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Pride and Prejudice (Marvel Illustrated) Hardcover – October 28, 2009
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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.
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.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would rate this a 4.5. I love the cover and the text, but the inner graphics aren't as good as the cover graphics. They are a little too modern.Published 13 days ago by EliteIndieReads
Wanted it for collection. Was in great condition and illustrations stay true to the originalPublished 8 months ago by Starbrand
i am offended. the artwork on the cover seems perfectly attuned to both austen's time period, the character of lizzy and the style of graphic novel art. Read morePublished 9 months ago by AMW
The drawings are true to the novel, and I find them chosen well to give a good flow to the story.
But the quality of the cartoons themselves leaves a lot to be desired. Read more
As a PP fan, I want to read every PP adaptation there is! So when I saw Marvel did one, I had to have it! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lynda
I'm a huge Pride and Prejudice fan and I'm very glad to have this one in my collection! Its a faithful rendition of the original in graphic novel format.Published 12 months ago by UrsulaGertrude
I loved the art and they did a great job retelling the story. A must for any P&P fanPublished 13 months ago by KarenBBH
The narrative followed the book well so I have no complaints with the storyline. I just thought I'd like the artwork better than I did. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Quiet Traveller