Coming up on Thursday, December 15th the library will have another Classic Movie Night in the Schafer Room from 6-8 pm. Popcorn and soda are provided. If you picked up a brochure with the full season of movie listings, we’ll be having a second try at showing Ruggles of Red Gap, instead of the listed title.
How many of my listeners out there know at least the basic plot of Romeo and Juliet? This Shakespeare play has been remade in movies, books, and plays many times over the years but if you were as frustrated at the idiotic decisions of the characters and the unavoidably tragic ending as I was, then this book should satisfy any unrest you may have with the classic story. Written in a modern vernacular and definitely for teens or the young adult audience, Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North is a choose your own adventure based on Romeo and Juliet. Author North has managed to combine fairly accurate plot points from the play and a few actual lines (to mostly humorous effect) with exaggerated character traits, even from minor players all with a choose-your-own adventure format. There are over 100 endings plus illustrations scattered throughout. It may take you ten minutes to reach an ending, or much longer. You can take the plot path originally described in the play, or like me, choose a different ending that fulfills your secret wishes for these classic star-crossed lovers, including making them not fall in love at all! This book will be shelved in the young adult section.
You can get the book reviewed here, which was Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North, and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”