I'm an big Austen fan and so I ordered this graphic novel version of Pride and Prejudice just to see what they'd done with the story. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the result. The author did a good job of abridging the story down enough that it would fit the format of a graphic novel but not so much that the essence of the story was in any way changed. I noticed that most of the dialogue was directly from the original text, although some was created here and there to move the story forward.
The illustrations of the characters and the locations seem like original interpretations to me -- in other words, they're not just illustrations of the various actors and actresses who've appeared in the two recent movie versions of the story. They look like 19th century people for the most part although it's definitely drawn in the rather dramatic style of most graphic novels I've seen. In some cases, the women especially looked a little older and a little harder than I thought they should.
Some people might be appalled to think that literary classics like Pride and Prejudice have been made into graphic novels, but I would disagree. Although Butler's retelling in no way replaces the original, I do think it adds an interesting interpretation. After all, screen writers have created several adaptations of the novel, and this one actually stays closer to the original than the screenplay for the 2005 movie (starring Kiera Knightly). My hope would be that someone who might not otherwise read the original might be inspired to do so after enjoying this version.
When a much-loved novel such as "Pride and Prejudice" is translated into another, more visual medium, the devoted Jane Austen fan cannot help but be nervous at the potential for mixed results. The storyline, with its superb dialogue, is apt to be pruned and compressed, while readers may be reluctant to accept another's visualization of their favorite characters.
This reviewer thinks Marvel Comic's adaption of "P&P" can fairly be called a success. Writer Nancy Butler and artist Hugo Petrus capture the essentials of Miss Jane Austen's classic romance in graphic novel format. Inevitably, the storyline has been compressed, and the dialogue was been slightly modernized, but fans should have no problem recognizing the story of the Bennets, the Bingleys, and Mr. Darcy. The best of the dialogue has been preserved while those readers familar with the 1995 BBC TV presentation or the 2005 movie version will recognize a somewhat similar visual presentation.
"Pride & Prejudice" the graphic novel is very highly recommended to those Jane Austen fans looking for a way to introduce their digital-age children or grandchildren to a classic romance novel in a form that is apt to hold their attention, and perhaps motivate them to read the original.
I absolutely love this book! As a dedicated reader of all things Austen, I purchased this book as part of my collection. Not sure what to expect, I waited...and was thrilled what I saw! This is beautifully illustrated and the writing...ah, I can't say enough. Thank you for the offering, I've even purchased on for a friend that also shares my love for Austen and reading.
I was excited to try this out and really liked the representation of Elizabeth on the cover. The art inside though is nothing like this. All five girls look overly sexualized with huge pouty lips. Worse - they are nearly indistinguishable from each other apart from hair color/style. This is including Mary Bennet...which....seems like a pretty big oversight given her plain appearance is a major part of her character. I know the story line in and out, so I was really hoping to enjoy the artistry here and was disappointed.
This was originally published by Marvel Comics as a five issue mini-series. Pride and Prejudice is one of the greatest English language novels of all time, and this is an excellent adaptation of it. It is abridged, out of necessity, but all the major plots are included and much of the original dialogue is retained. And the artwork is outstanding. This graphic novel might be a good way to get young people interested in reading the original book.
it is a fact universally acknowledged that a novel of great popularity must be in want of a comic book adaptation.
So it is with Marvel's "Pride and Prejudice," a loving but deeply flawed comic-book adaptation of Jane Austen's classic. It's obvious that adaptor Nancy Butler really adores the original novel, but the strangely generic character designs and the rushed pace are pretty distracting. Seriously, why has everyone got Botox and blindingly white teeth?
The Bennett family is in an uproar when wealthy Mr. Bingley moves into the neighborhood, and Mrs. Bennett is especially happy when he takes a liking to the eldest Bennett daughter Jane -- since their estate is entailed and there is no Mr. Bennett Jr., a good marriage is considered essential for at least one of the girls. But her forthright, independent sister Lizzie immediately butts heads with wealthy, aloof Mr. Darcy, who scorns the rural village and seems haughty about everything.
A flurry of proposals, road trips and friendships happen over the course of the following months, with Lizzie fending off her slimy cousin Mr. Collins, and befriending the flirty, hunky Wickham, who claims to have been wronged by Darcy. Lizzie believes Wickham's account -- and she's in for a shock when Darcy unexpectedly proposes, and reveals what Wickham won't tell her about both of their past lives, and what Wickham did to offend Darcy.
And finally things take a scandalous turn when Lizzie's idiotic younger sister Lydia elopes with Wickham, while staying with a friend in Brighton. The family is plunged into disgrace, which also wrecks any chances of a halfway decent marriage for the other daughters.Read more ›