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The Romeo and Juliet Phenomenon

William Shakespeare’s literary masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet, has influenced a whole generation’s perception of forbidden love. The story of star-crossed lovers are now retold through different mediums such as comics, cartoons, songs and many more. It is so amusing how people can come up with many different ideas on how to portray Romeo and Juliet.

Disclaimer: None of the images and videos below belong to me though I wish they did due to their creativity and great ability have awesome ideas such as these.


COMICS: Many artists today use Romeo and Juliet as inspiration for their works. They even add some twist to the story to add humor to it.































Lastly, the famous Savage Chickens never fail to amuse us–




























CARTOON: I present to you The Guinea Pig Theater to perform their own version of Romeo and Juliet. This is definitely my favorite.

DANCE: Romeo and Juliet is also a famous ballet done by numerous ballet companies all over the world. It has been performed by numerous world-known ballet dancers such as the great Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nuryev.

SONGS: The work of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has also inspired contemporary songs today such as Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” which became a worldwide hit.

These are just a FEW of the NUMEROUS adaptations of Romeo and Juliet which until today, is very popular.  The Romeo and Juliet of William Shakespeare is definitely a worldwide phenomenon and will continue to be until God knows when.

Categories: Multimedia Essays
  1. February 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I found the comics at the beginning very funny. It’s nice to see how they’ve adapted the story into modern language, with such meanings attached to these words. It is even more interesting that in seeing it depicted in different ways and through different mediums, we still see somehow recognize the elements that make up Romeo and Juliet

  2. February 27, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I don’t even remember how I found out about Romeo and Juliet’s story as a kid, but I’m almost sure that before having seen Baz Luhrman’s version of it, I already knew what was going to happen. Maybe this is because, like you said, their tragedy is seen in so many other forms as well. I have probably come across one as a kid.

    But do you think people will ever tire of their story? Or do you think it’s being overused? In my opinion, these Shakespearean references will always find their way in contemporary media as long as kids grow up, it would be nice for them to know about Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy. However, to media addressed to more mature audiences, maybe it is getting a little tiring. Although Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a wonderful story, maybe it’s good to be just a little bit more original.

    • shakespeareonhand
      February 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      I totally agree with you. I think it’s time that we come up with modern day love stories instead of the typical “Romeo and Juliet” type. It’s funny how they even came up with the Guinea Pig Theater presentation. I mean it’s really funny and it really is one of my favorites but it was sort of trying hard. Have you seen the trailer of Gnomeo and Juliet? If I’m not mistaken, i think that is the title. it’s this new cartoon that’s coming out in cinemas soon. Again, it revolves around this particular work of Shakespeare. I think that the whole Romeo and Juliet Phenomenon should only be up to a certain extent. In the present, I actually believe it has gone too far.

  3. March 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Who could not love Romeo and Juliet? They are the perfect epitome of how love turns you into a fool. Because that’s the kind of love everyone longs and fights for. Something that would make you stupid enough to kill yourself.

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