Review: Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King, Po Tse, & Jane Austen

August 12, 2014 Book 9 ★★★★★

Review: Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King, Po Tse, & Jane AustenManga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Po Tse, Stacy King
Genres: Classic, Comic, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Retelling, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Series: Manga Classics
Published by Udon Entertainment on August 12th 2014
Source: Netgalley
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five-stars

Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen's original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.

 

I didn’t plan on read this in the first place. I was curious to see what new titles were on Netgalley, and then THIS appeared. And I got approved. During this time I was doing community service in a summer camp for kids. I came home tired as heck, and barely read anything. But I had to read this. I finished it in two nights with my eyes almost closing on their own, and dying while in the camp at day to get home already to read more. Granted, I knew what would happen, but it was still entertaining.

Now a confession. I love Pride and Prejudice, but I haven’t read the book yet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve seen a 5 episode series, the 2005 movie version with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen (*squeals*), I read and watched the Lizzie Bennet Diaries Retelling, and now read this manga. I know this story inside and out, so far by what I’ve seen and read. And before this year ends I am going to read the original classic. But anyway, going on with the review…

I haven’t gotten the enough motivation to read a lot of the famous classics because, even though the plot and characters are fabulous, the posh words and such make me sleepy, or I get too distracted. What I loved of this manga adaptation was that it had the essence of the words used by Austen but rephrased in a way that people not acquainted with it can understand. And believe me when I write here that I almost fainted of swoon whenever Mr. Darcy would say… things that make me fall even more for him.

The drawings were stunning. The sisters, the men, all the characters were drawn with such precision and detail, I fell in love even with those I detested. Also, the PLACES AND OBJECTS! Gardens, estates, carriages, EVERYTHING looked as if taken directly out of a movie, or even from that time. It was like having your typical shoujo manga but with a great timeless classic, with funny drawings of Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Collins, and other characters fangirling over the Bennet’s, Darcy, or Bingley.

This is a great way to introduce great classics to people who don’t read much or don’t seem to find a way to grasp a story in the traditional words-only way. It was fun, VERY ROMANTIC, entertaining, and got me wanting to read more classics in manga style. Or just mangas in general.

This is read in the traditional Japanese Manga style (right-to-left and backwards), so it gives it an even more manga feel to it. This is worth reading for any fan of Pride and Prejudice, or someone who’d like to give it a first try. You’ll be hooked with Austen in a flash.

Rating: 5 stars

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  • Whaaaaaaaat??? A Pride and Prejudice manga?! *mind blown*

  • Wow, I had no idea P&P had a graphic novel out. It sounds like you’d really love the original story, even though it does have the olden day writing. I hope you enjoy it though, I did when I read it 🙂

  • I love Pride and Prejudice too, but I have to admit to being skeptical about P&P manga . . . HOWEVER, you are the second person I’ve seen who LOVED this, so maybe I’ll have to reevaluate 😉 Great review, Jennifer!

  • WOOT! I’m so glad you loved it!! I did too. ^^ YES, the drawings were very stunning! I can’t wait for you to read the manga. I have a good feeling that you’ll love it since you enjoyed the movie as well. Fantastic review!

  • **Why did I write ”manga”?? I meant classic.

  • Never read P&P?! *blinks*

    I totally have to read this!

  • a P&P manga? Wow.. that’s awesome. I’ve read the P&P and I love it. I love the never ending battle of wits. I’m a certified Darcy girl now. hahaha.

  • I saw this one on another blog and I confess that I’m intrigued because I really love the idea! I’m sure I would love this too. Great review!

  • I actually want to read this manga version because the drawing is so cute. I tried reading the novel but it’s not really for me. I’ve seen the youtube web series (The Lizzie Bennett) and I enjoyed that one.