Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association
Oscar is a girl raised as a boy and trained as a soldier. As Commander of France’s Royal Guard she faces both scheming nobles and a naive Marie Antoinette. All the while revolution looms (Dezaki et al., 2013).
Though I had only heard about the novel, I thought it could engage some history students (Perry, 2006). Recently I viewed the easier-to-borrow animated series (Dezaki et al., 2013). Viewers could compare its plot and characters to real events and people. We could say the same about other forms of storytelling: let’s not ignore this form.
Banned Books Week celebrates our right to experience books and related media. Now I have experienced The Rose of Versailles for myself.
Dezaki, O., & Nagahama, T. (Directors), Ginya, S., Katoì, S., & Gero, K. (Producers), & Ikeda, R. (Original creator). (2013). The rose of Versailles, Part 1 [Television series]. Grimes, IA: Nozomi Entertainment/Right Stuf.
Perry, M. (2006). In defense of comics and connected habits of mind. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Adult & Higher Education, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME.
P.S. At press time I didn’t find specific challenges to The Rose of Versailles. Still, manga are often challenged.
P.P.S. Thanks to our interlibrary loan staff for the amazing turnaround time on my DVD request!