Series: Manga Classics #2
Published by Udon Entertainment on August 12, 2014
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Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen's original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.
*I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*
I don’t know if you all know this but I have a slight obsession with Pride and Prejudice! I’m not as crazy as the main character in Austenland is at the first of the movie, but I definitely qualify as a fangirl. I own seven different copies of the book, three different movie adaptations, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series. I really love the story! I love everything from sassy Lizzie to crazy Mama Bennet to brooding Darcy!
So when I was going through the Netgalley graphic novels page last week and saw manga adaptations of this story and Les Misérables, I had to request them both!* I may have squealed when I was approved for them. I read this whole manga in one sitting and it was wonderful. A manga is definitely not the first thing you think of when it comes to potential Pride & Prejudice adaptations, but it totally works! It took me a few pages to warm up to how a few of the characters were drawn but after that I was hooked!
All the important scenes were included and everything was well and gorgeously illustrated, from the characters to the beautiful settings of the story. The adaptation stayed fairly true to the novel and it embraced Austen’s humor from the original story, which I really appreciated. There were a few things included that were not part of the story, but they were minor changes that needed to be there to help translate the story to a manga. The thing that really impressed me about this manga is how well the artist captured the personalities of each of the characters in the art. Darcy is gorgeously drawn and his awkwardness really stands out. There are a couple scenes where I couldn’t help but laugh at how flustered he was. I think it endeared his character to me even more! The scene where he finally realizes Lizzie is beautiful is a gem!
But do you want to know which character translated the best to manga? Mrs. Bennet! She was just so darn cute and the chibi drawings of her were the best! Although the “evil” Chibi Darcy is a close second to winning all of the awards! They even made Mr. Collins hilarious and not as tedious! I do think most of that is because a lot of his page time got cut in going from roughly a 400 page novel to a 376 page graphic novel. The story really concentrated on the Lizzie/Darcy and Jane/Bingley story lines. The only thing I wish was that Georgiana made more of an appearance. But every adaptation isn’t perfect and that’s okay!
Overall, I loved it and gave it a 5 out of 5 stars! Reading this manga made me nostalgic for the first time I read the novel and fell in love with Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. I will be keeping on the lookout for more Manga Classics and I’ll definitely be buying a copy of this one for my manga collection when it comes out on August 12!
*I’m reviewing the Les Misérables manga over on Jessie Reads Everything today if you want to check that out!
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