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Pride and Prejudice: Manga Classics Paperback – August 19, 2014
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"If you’re a fan of the Pride and Prejudice classic and its movie, then I highly recommend you to read this manga.: Five Stars! GoodReads.com
"The transition from book to manga was well done... It translated the book to manga, while still staying true to the story, which I really appreciated. Honestly, I thought it was just lovely." - Five Stars! Barnes and Noble.com
"P&P is an overly dramatic, incredibly silly romance with much miscommunication and swooning. It's a perfect shojo story though and transforms into manga very well. This is a great starter for kids or someone who wants to know the story. Or, like me, one who likes to experience the classics in all formats. " - Four Stars! Library Thing.com
"This adaptation retains all of the charm and fun of the characters and situations, and is a great way to expose those without the time or inclination to pick up the novel. I can’t think of a better way to experience this story other than reading the original novel." Good Comics for Kids/School Library Journal
About the Author
Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. Austen’s use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary have earned her great and historical importance to critics and scholars.
Stacy King is an editor for Manga Classics, a critically-acclaimed line of modern adaptations of literary classics in a manga format. In addition to her editorial duties, she has also written the adaptations for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, the upcoming THE STORIES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE and DRACULA, along with creating the English-language scripts for other books in the line. She holds an Honors B.A. from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English Literature. When not immersed in a book, she enjoys historical costuming and obsessing about cats.
Po Tse is a veteran in the comic-activists community. His uncanny talent of drawing authentic shoujo style as a male artist has made him a rare breed among his peers. Also known as Lemon Po to his followers and friends, Po’s drawing style is inspired by classic manga artists of the 80's. Aside from being a shoujo comic artist, Po is a domestic husband who enjoys making desserts to delight his friends and family.
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First, a word of warning: the way this book is printed means you have to read it from right to left, and from "end" to "beginning". If you're not to manga, this can be a little unsettling. Just a little. The pages were drawn that way, though; neither they nor the panels are mirrored, which is good.
This would make a nice enough introduction to Jane Austen's work for younger readers, although an older audience with proper knowledge of the book will likely find it lacking: obviously, due to the format, some shortcuts had to be taken, and as a result, some secondary characters aren't given the spotlight they'd deserve, some scenes just don't happen, and Elizabeth didn't appear as smart as she did in the novel. The focus remains on Elizabeth and Darcy, but some flavour is definitely lost here. On the bright side, it probably helps making things clearer for a reader who might be confused otherwise by all the secondary characters gravitating around the main couples in the story. Dialogue was also fairly well-respected, from what I could tell (I haven't read the novel in a few years, though, so I might be mistaken).
I found the artwork reminiscent of older shoujo manga styles, with a touch of modern lines. Not unpleasant at all, depending on what a reader's preferred kind of style is, of course; personally, I quite enjoyed it—and was totally biased towards Mr. Bennet, I admit, whom I've always liked because he genuinely cared for his daughters; here, he was all dapper and stylish to boot. Typical manga comical codes work especially well here for characters such as Mr. Collins or Mrs. Bennet, who were eally hilarious. On the other hand, I didn't like how Darcy was portrayed: too often he seemed more of the emotional, slightly panicky type, when I've always perceived him in the original novel as proud and somewhat aloof. I couldn't reconcile this vision with the Darcy I grew to know when I first read the real Pride and Prejudice.
It was a pleasant read, and one I'd recommend to people who'd like to be reconciled to the original novel; however, it has its shortcomings, and if you feel you won't like a script taking a few liberties with what inspired it, it might not be so interesting.
Now I had the chance to read in manga format and to delight in the fortunes and misadventures of the Bennett family. Just as he did with Emma, the writer Stacy E. King also tried hard to preserve the story in this adaptation, in some moments it was magnificent, in others not so much. So, I'm actually going to report what I liked about the adaptation and what I did not like.
The manga begins, as well as the original work, with Jane's famous single-man phrase and presents the family, highlighting the protagonists of this incredible love story: Elizabeth and Jane.
We have already begun to glimpse the characterization and highlight of each character in the plot.
Initially, I thought the manga-ka was a little caricature in his images showing characters a little different from what I imagined when reading the original work.
- Jane demonstrating rebelliousness and impulsivity, almost always with loose and careless hair
- Mr. Darcy somewhat explosive and always angry
- Mr Collins almost a goofy and so stereotyped
As much as Jane is stubborn and strong, Mr. Collins is extremely talkative and a bit nasty, and Mr. Darcy is arrogant, pedantic, and serious. I could not see them so different from what I read in the original book, but as the story progressed I realized that Po Tse used these exaggerated elements so that the reader (especially the one who never read the original book) could understand Jane Austen's intentions in setting up this history. Details that are between the lines in the original reading and that need to be transmitted through the drawing in the case of the manga.
Along with this I also noticed some slight changes in the text to facilitate the understanding of finished situations, since we do not have a narrator in the manga, but it was nothing that compromised the central idea of the book.
At this point, I missed the setting and dialogues of the emblematic scene that takes place in Mr. Bingley's house when Mr. Darcy is writing a letter to his sister and Caroline talks to him and then to Elizabeth. So far the text has been preserved but Darcy's discussion with Elizabeth has been cut short and for me it's one of the strongest times Darcy ever begins to show interest in that girl.
I also missed the various field rides that Elizabeth does and where she can sometimes talk to some characters.
Apart from these details I enjoyed the adaptation and how it clearly showed the difference in personality of each sister.
I loved the fun and desperate Mrs. Bennett and her follies to see the married daughters, no matter with whom.
In addition to all this, the designer presents in several passages between the chapters a comic to show more fun yet the strong personality of some characters, such as:
-Mr. Bennett who was portrayed in a way that was perfect for me."
-Sr. Darcy and the image he makes for himself and Mr. Bingley of Jane.
High point of the story continued to be the declaration of love between Jane and Darcy entitled to a modernized on the scene which further increased my passion for the manga.
I know the review is long, but I can not finish without mentioning the extremely romantic finale and the cute cover and representative, putting the scene of the famous first dance of them.
I loved it all a lot .... hehehehe ....
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