Infernal Adaptations

by Lois H.

Every summer, I look forward to packing a perfect picnic and settling in to enjoy some Shakespeare in the park. Recently, I attended performances of the three plays in the Island Shakespeare Festival’s tenth anniversary season. I cried through The Winter’s Tale. Cried with laughter through A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

On the last day of my triple feature island weekend, I was blown away by the company’s hilarious and poignant adaption of Dante’s Inferno.

Actors posing on the set of Inferno

Actors posing on the set of the Island Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 production of Inferno

During my years as an English major, I dabbled with Dante’s epic poem. I never consumed the poem in its entirety because I only read select passages in relation to the other works I was studying.

After experiencing a piece of art that blows my mind, there’s nothing I love more than becoming completely obsessed. And nothing fuels my obsession more effectively than adaptations.

The day after the play, I read Inferno in one sitting. I followed my reading with a search for every possible adaptation I could find. There are graphic novels, orchestral works, YA novels, and more. There’s even an animated film that is based on a video game! This is all very exciting for me.

I’ve gathered some of the Inferno adaptations we have here at Sno-Isle Libraries into a list for our enjoyment.

Do you love adaptations or are you all about the original? Check out these infernal adaptations and then tell me your favorites in the comments!


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One response to “Infernal Adaptations”

  1. Alez says:

    I must admit, when I did read Dante’s Inferno as part of a World Literature class, it was my least favorite text. Something about it just didn’t click with me. But this is one of the reasons I love adaptations so much. I can connect with an adaptation when I don’t with the original.

    I might not like the book, but I love Symphony X’s Underworld. Well, I just love Symphony X overall (and used their Odyssey song in that same World Lit class as a basis for a comparison paper).

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