As a up-and-coming Professor of Robinhoodology (a profession that is quite rare, but all the more illustrious for its rarity), I plan to review books, movies, and TV shows that I come across concerning this timeless outlaw. Here is my current proposed method for review:
Books (also movies and TV shows) will be rated on a 5-star scale:
* = poor
* * = fair
* * * = good
* * * * = very good
* * * * * = above and beyond
In 5 categories:
Rating based mostly on originality or interesting twists.
Originality--but “bonus points” if the characters still “feels” right, as well as original.
Does this book--originality, characters, everything aside--feel like Robin Hood? Of course, this is very much concerned with the reviewer’s personal belief in what does feel like Robin Hood.
I decided long ago that one of my favorite parts of Robin Hood was the humor--especially in dialogue. How does this book stack up?
A bit harder to “rate,” but in this section I’ll touch on any elements of the particular book that stuck out to me, and made the reading more interesting/more confusing/less enjoyable, etc.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Self-explanatory, I do believe.
In each rated category, I will write in more detail about why the book/movie/TV show got that rating, and about the performance of the book in general in that area. I hope not to digress too much, but I'm a long-winded writer, so we shall see.
Links to reviews:
Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian (* *) by Kathryn Lasky
July 15, 2010
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood (* * *) written by Tony Lee
July 29, 2010
Robin Hood and His Adventures (* * * *) by Paul Creswick
August 12, 2010
Robin Hood (1973) (* * * *) film by Disney
September 24, 2010
Robin Hood (1922) (* * * *) film by Douglas Fairbanks
February 12, 2011
Robin's Country (* * *) by Monica Furlong
February 16, 2011
Sherwood (* * * 1/2) edited by Jane Yolen
February 17, 2011
Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest (* * 1/2) by Nancy Springer
August 27, 2011
The Adventure of Robin Hood (1938) (* * * * *) film by Warner Bros.
September 12, 2011
The Outlaws of Sherwood (* * *) by Robin McKinley
September 26, 2011
Renaissance Festival Re-enactment (* * * *)
October 7, 2011
My current to-read/to-watch/to-review list:
Hood by Lawhead (and perhaps the rest of the King Raven series.)
The Adventures of Robin Hood with Richard Greene (TV)
Robin Hood or The Adventures of Robin Hood by Vivian
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
BBC Robin Hood (TV)
Robin Hood (2010 film)
Don't see one here you're interested on my opinion on? Post a comment, and I'll look at adding it to my list!