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Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne with art by SunNeko Lee and adaptation by Crystal S. Chan is the manga version of the classic The Scarlet Letter about a woman who, after cheating on her husband and having a baby with another man, must deal with with the repudiation of New England Puritan society.

I was always interested in the story of The Scarlet Letter, but I had never been able to read it. This version allowed me not only to know it but to love it because of how well built it is.

The story focuses on Hester, an English woman who traveled alone to New England and had an affair with a man while she was married. Hester ends up having a baby, but she never says who her father is, so she has to live alone with her daughter, and also is repudiated by the Puritan society of the time.

The characters are very interesting, although in this version there are some that are not well known, the main ones are developed very well. Hester is a woman who does not let the situation overwhelm her even when it is very difficult to have to live with the hatred of an entire city and to have to raise a daughter in those conditions completely alone. I really liked that she did not allow herself to be trampled by the different problems that arise and above all that this maintained the kindness with which she treats other citizens.

This edition is spectacular, it can be read quickly because the format is agile and entertaining. The language is not complicated as can be expected from a classic since almost all are dialogues here. The only color detail is the letter A in red and I think that is a wise decision as it makes it stand out a lot. Although I would have liked some situations that seem to exist in the original book to be more developed, I understand that perhaps it was not possible to do so because of the adaptation.

I will be looking for more of these editions and I think everyone should.

⚠️TW: abuse.

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I enjoyed this take on a classic and the illustrations were really good. The details and the caption and dialogue was well done. I recommend this!

I would advise not to read this on a phone (I tried and got confused since it reads differently from other books).

Thank you NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for giving me the opportunity to read this.

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I thought this was a good representation of the book and I’m sure this would be perfect to show to younger audiences that might have trouble understanding the book itself. Great art too! Thank you netgalley!!

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I love the manga adaptations of classic novels and The Scarlet Letter was no different. I very much enjoyed the artwork and fresh take on a very classic story. A great way to refresh the story and inspire more audiences to read the classics.

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Remaining amazingly true to the original novel, the illustrations and dialogue bring new life to a classic and allow the tale to resonate with another branch of readers.

The story is as anyone whose read the book already knows—Hester Prynne gives birth to an illegitimate child and must face the town's wrath, hate, and gossip during Colonial times in a Puritan community. And this manga brings exactly this tale across, staying very true to the original.

First, for those who are new to the manga world, there are instructions on how to approach this type of novel (as they are read in a different direction than our Western world is accustom to). Then, it starts with the writer's finding of his ancestor's notes, which inspires him to recapture Hester's tale. I was wondering how all of this would flow...whether it would be lighter, changed, different atmosphere and such. But this is a very serious read, which brings across the exact same atmosphere, scenes, characterization and circumstances.

The settings and scenes, of course, pick up mostly in the illustrations, and these do a great job at making the time visual while keeping it simple. Little details like Hester's 'A' poke forward with a subtle intensity to make the scenes and importance sit. I was also impressed at how well the emotions and characters are brought across. The illustrator takes care to capture each one with the right features and let their personalities shine without over doing it, either. The dialogue did meld a bit away from the original, but only in the sense that it was easier to read and understand. I even found this aspect well done.

Of course, classic lovers and those, who really want to dive into the novel, will probably want to grab up the original, but this form does a great job at offering a slightly different point of view without altering the main strings. It is easier to digest and is even worth a peek from those, who do adore the original novel. To say that it is probably more inviting for the younger audience is, in my opinion, a given.

After reading this one, I'm more than curious to dive into the other manga classics in the series.

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I had been meaning to read this book for a very long time. It was not at all what I expected, yet I enjoyed it. I can understand why it is a classic. Pearl was my favorite character by far.

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I am happy to see more classic titles being turned into manga. It was a great experience reading The Scarlet Letter in manga format. I would recommend this.

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This is the manga adaptation of the classic novel The Scarlet Letter, in which Hester Prynne is forced to bear a scarlet “A” on her chest after her adultery has been revealed. This adaptation stayed true to the overall themes and story of the novel and beautifully brought the story to life. I recommend this manga classic to anyone who enjoyed the original or who had trouble getting into the original but still wants to know the story.

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Manga classics are a great way to revisit classic stories in a new format. The Scarlet Letter was always one that was difficult for me to get into but in this format it was a breeze.

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I haven't read The Scarlet Letter since high school. I graduated in 2010. But this manga gives you a quick refresher. It had many main concepts and dialogue. It would be great for anyone who wants to revisit the story or wants to read it in a new way.
The illustrations were beautiful. True artistry.

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*I received this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

If you enjoy manga & classic books, you will most likely enjoy this.

I have never read the original and now I will not be doing so. This is a very boring story. Nothing much happens and it comes off very silly. Some of it wasn't very clear about what they were trying to say. The illustrations are fine-nothing special. All-in-all, the manga just lacks depth or anything to make it stand out.

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This adaption made the story a little more enjoyable than the original, which I read this year for the second time because it was required reading in high school and I’m now getting an English Lit degree so what did I expect but the inevitability of reading The Scarlet Letter once more. I’m not sure why I decided reading a manga adaptation was a great idea since I don’t like The Scarlet Letter, but I didn’t completely hate the experience so that’s something.

I think the pieces it took from the story were the essential ones and there weren’t any vital-to-the-plot scenes that were missing, though of course a lot of the nuances were gone but there is no way around that when you adapt a novel into a manga. I was surprised but pleased that they included the ridiculousness of The Custom House. And it was easy to follow, which isn’t always the case with graphic novels. I will say, though, that I doubt I would have been able to follow the story if I didn’t already know it.

I don’t know, these things are hard to give star ratings to since the book achieved it’s objective, but I still didn’t really like it because of the source material.

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Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book! The title and this beautiful cover drew me in and i was excited to read this book! I will be recommending this book to others for readers advisory

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Many thanks to NetGalley, the adaptors, authors, and illustrator Stacy King (Adaptor), Crystal S. Chan (Contributor), SunNeko Lee (Illustrator) UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing for a chance to review this book. I was given this book for free in exchange for my fair and honest opinion. I have not felt compelled, in any way, by the author, the publisher, or NetGalley to alter my sincerest thoughts on this book. Every word of this review is solely and completely mine. This is a beautiful, powerful, classic tale rendered even more gorgeous in this manga fashion. The artwork provides even greater depth to the enjoyment of this heart-wrenchingly compelling story. The trade paperback format amplifies the story of Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl, but also does not allow for the complexity of human emotion inherent in the Nathaniel Hawthorne work. So in some ways the novel is made better (more focused and illustrated in magnificent detail); while simultaneously not as good (limited in character study and necessarily abridged). Still and all, I feel enriched by having read both the original and this new version. IMHO the literary world is made better for having both.

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Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter is a manga version of the classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I believe that the manga versions of classic titles are a great way to introduce classic novels to children and teens that may not be ready for the full-length novel. The illustrations pair well with the words to tell the story, although of course some details will be left out when a novel is condensed into an illustrated version. My own teen read this book when she was younger and this is a title that I would consider purchasing for my school library.

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Well done adaption of the classic! I was impressed with the way they translated it, and I am already a huge manga fan. I still prefer the original but this is a great book for reluctant readers, or people looking for new angles and ideas.

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Thank you to Udon Entertainment and NetGalley for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

First I had to read the original story, because that is me... everything in order. So, I was happy to read and review this comic book/anime version of the same story. I give this a 5 star , thumbs up . The art was beautiful and the narration was easy to understand and follow for today's times. This was a fun and quick read and any fan of the classics would really enjoy this version.

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Love classics novels being turned into a manga. I would recommend it to any of my students. Will read the rest in the collection.

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Thanks to Manga classics I got to read classics which I otherwise wouldn't have picked. Lovely artwork. Hester deserved so much more

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Thanks Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for allowing me to take a read of this manga adaptation of “The Scarlet Letter”. As someone who has never read the original book, this was a pretty good way to allow people find out about the story.

However not gonna lie, I had no clue wtf was going on at all with most of the characters like for example, the exact interactions involving Hester, the priest Arthur, little Pearl and her “evil” husband. The illustrations were pretty detailed enough to show what the characters but I felt the whole storyline of what exactly is Hester’s goal pretty rushed.

I’m disappointed that the story just didn’t impress enough tbh :/

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