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19 February 2008 @ 08:12 pm
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Finally, a version of Beowulf that is comprehensible to teens. The resident 15 year old was thrilled to see this graphic novel adaptation of a required reading book for AP English. So was I who still do not recall reading Beowulf until college quite frankly. Gareth Hinds' interpretation of the classic epic poem is dark and bloody, something certain to win over some very reluctant readers who will see this more as a visualization of a video game than a prose retelling of an ancient story. The text is still, IMHO, rich in language. However, that should not prove troublesome to students already astute at reading the illustrations in order to fully comprehend the story. I read somewhere that Hinds plans to adapt other stories. I am voting for THE SCARLET LETTER as that is the one currently eating the resident 17 year old's lunch. Seems she has to make her own scarlet letter, one that represents her weakness (as if Hester is responsible for earning that "A" somehow). Extra credit for being creative with the letter making (she is doing hers 3D). Really? AP English? GAH!
 
 
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thunderchikin on February 20th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
The letter is supposed to stand for the *sin* that *others* would label you with, not a weakness. Hester was not *weak*, unlike the men in her life.
Miss Kitty Fantasticadragonchariot on February 20th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
The Scarlet Letter was good but I remember a super long super dry part in the middle. I made it through though. I would have welcomed a graphic novel to make it less dense.
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Loved this book in high school! It and my junior English teacher always receive credit as being my defining moment when I knew I wanted to teach English.