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By-the-numbers adaptation, artless art.
on May 17, 2014
I'm a huge Jane Austen fan, and a fan of Northanger Abbey specifically. I bought this pretty much on the strength of the lush cover art. When I got it in my sweaty little palms and opened it, I felt disappointed. The art wasn't *bad* exactly, but it was all hasty caricatures in flat, lifeless colors. Others have praised the artwork, and I guess I can see the appeal It just wasn't to my taste, and the cover art just isn't representative of what you're buying.
The adaptation was straightforward, sticking to the text of the original. The blurb says "lovingly" adapted, but I think "indifferently" would be more accurate. I don't think anything was gained in the move to a visual medium, though there were opportunities to make it shine.
Still, if you liked the source material, and your expectations toward the artwork aren't overblown, this is a fun way to read Northanger Abbey.