Review: Manga Classics: Emma by Stacy King, Jane Austen, Crystal Chan, & Po Tse

March 18, 2016 Book, Reviews 0

Review: Manga Classics: Emma by Stacy King,  Jane Austen, Crystal Chan, & Po TseManga Classics: Emma by Stacy King, Jane Austen, Crystal Chan, Po Tse
Genres: Classic, Comic, Comics & Graphic Novels, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Manga, Retelling
Published by Udon Entertainment on May 12th 2015
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Just in time for the 200th Anniversary, Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen's classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). - Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.

I am an uncultured swine (Pixar’s Toy Story) because I haven’t read a single one of Jane Austen’s books. I have two in physical and the rest in ebook, but I just haven’t gotten myself to it. I struggle most of the time with classics because of how heavy the reading might feel, even if I enjoy the story. Which brings me to this: Manga Classics are a life saver and a wonder of pop culture.

This being the second manga I read from Jane Austen’s stories, I loved every moment of it. The drawings were very striking and very manga-like (Japanese drawing style of comics and graphic novels). Many of the settings, clothes, hairstyles, and other minor things were exactly like the ones you see in movies and series of the Regency Era, and lovely for the eye.

Since this is an adaptation, there might be things omitted from the original work by Austen, but it keeps the essence of Emma in its characters and turn of events in a language that is simple to grasp. It also leaves space to get the reader interested and involved enough to read the complete, non-illustrated book heh. It also got me interested to watch the movie Clueless by understand that it was a modern tell of Emma (not Pride and Prejudice, as some have told me) and very fun to watch.

Everyone’s hard work into the drawings, editing, adaptation of the text, everything was wonderfully made, and I look forward to reading many more of these manga in the future.

Rating: 5 stars

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂