Romeo & Juliet & Vampires
William Shakespeare, Claudia Gabel,
Young Adult Fiction
August 31, 2010
"You are deluded, Romeo. Vampires do not have the capability to love. They are heartless." The Capulets and the Montagues have some deep and essential differences. Blood differences. Of course, the Capulets can escape their vampire fate, and the Montagues can try not to kill their undead enemies. But at the end of the day, their blood feud is unstoppable. So it's really quite a problem when Juliet, a vampire-to-be, and Romeo, the human who should be hunting her, fall desperately in love. What they don't realize is how deadly their love will turn out to be—or what it will mean for their afterlives. . . . This riotous twist on the ultimate tale of forbidden romance is simply to die for.
If it weren’t a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, I’m not sure it would be so funny. Every step of the way, I thought, “Aw, this is where this happens but for SUCH a different reason.” Of course, since this is a comic retelling (not really) it must have the same ending and yet, must be a happy ending. Hmmmmm. Go figure. Still, don’t use this to pass a test on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. There are enough differences to fail. I happen to love Shakespeare, so I enjoyed the play on the Bard. If you are really into vampires, you may really enjoy it. If you are mid-way? Your guess is as good as mine.