May 19, 2015

Review: Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Po Tse, Stacy King

Review of the manga adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Title: Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Illustrator: Po Tse

Adaptation: Stacy King

Publisher: UDON Entertainment

Date of Publication: September 17th, 2014

Number of Pages: 377

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Summary

Beloved by millions all over the world, Pride and Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen's original work, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of that manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.

Review

I was so excited to review Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice! I'm basically a Janeite, Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books and I've read over the years many of its adaptations and retellings. So when I first learnt that a manga adaptation had been published I couldn't be happier. Some years earlier Marvel had released a graphic novel version of the story, but I was curious to see how this would work in the Japanese style. The result left me totally content.

Do you guys need me to say anything about the story and the characters? This classic love story, which turns out to be a study of the human behaviour as well, is so well known and so much loved, that I couldn't really say anything more. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have many obstacles to overcome before they can finally be together. But those obstacles come from themselves, like the pride of Mr. Darcy and the prejudice of Elizabeth.

But what's really important here is the adaptation, from which I was impressed. The story remained the same, everything was included, which was a fact that made me really happy. Even though I knew the story, the dialogue was witty and funny and I giggled and laughed almost all of the time. The illustration was also great and it suited all of the characters. It was amazing to see Mrs. Bennet's expression with sparkling background and hearts when she talks about a possible marriage for her daughters, or Mr. Darcy's awkward expression when he sees Whickham for the first time, or his blushing every time he talks to Elizabeth. 

Sometimes though I got the feeling that Mr. Darcy's and Elizabeth's way of talking was more intimate than it would be expected, especially at the beginning when Elizabeth stays at Netherfield Park. There were also some anachronisms, when for example Mr. Bingley entered Jane's bedroom when she was ill, but I can forgive those because it made the story easier to understand for those who are not familiar with the ways of that society. What I really missed though is the complete lack of titles, like Mr, Mrs and Miss. During the whole novel, everyone called the others either by their given name or their surname and this is something that sounded wrong to me. These are all minor things that really don't take much out of the enjoyment this manga has to offer. 

Manga Classics is a very interesting series and I'd like to read the rest of them too. If the adaptation is that good as it is in Pride and Prejudice then I believe that I'll enjoy them a lot. If you are a fan of Jane Austen or want to read a different take on this classic novel, this manga is for you. Don't hesitate to pick it up, you won't be disappointed!   

So my advice is...

Fall in love with Mr. Darcy...again!
  

10 comments:

  1. Pride and Prejudice has been one of my favourite classics of all time since the start. I love the idea of it in manga form. I am itching to get my hands on it.

    The informal names aren't the norm for their society. Might be the author could have stayed with the proper addressing?

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    1. Yes, it's so disturbing to see Mr. Darcy callind Elizabeth by her given name alone and Mre. Bennet to address Mr. Darcy as Darcy.

      But compared to the enjoyment I got from this manga, this is only a minor complaint.

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  2. Wow, I never knew that there are manga re-tellings of classic novels. Thanks for this wonderful post! I've read Pride and Prejudice a long time ago and I think it's nice to re-visit the story through manga. :)

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    1. I've read it plenty of times and I never seem to get bored of the story.. The manga version was so funny, I believe you'll enjoy it :)

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  3. I've been wanting to read this so bad! It looks freaking amazing

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    1. I don't know if it's because I love Pride and Prejudice so much, but the manga version was amazing as well! :)

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  4. Manga version looks quite alluring!

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    1. Two of my loves together: Pride and Prejudice and Manga! Yay!! :)

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  5. I need this in my life!!! #justalittleobsessedwithjaneausten (okay, super SUPER obsessed with Jane Austen)
    <3/ Audrey
    simplyaudrey89.blogspot.com

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    1. I totally understand you! When I saw, I just felt the same way :)

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