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

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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