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Jane Austen at her finest.
Love the friendships in this story. And putting it in manga form makes it easier to visualize the story.

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I'm not really a fan of Jane Austen, but I have read some Manga Classics before and I couldn't wait to read some more as I liked this "series" of manga classics very much. What can I say, this one didn't disappoint either and now I am contemplating to read Sense and Sensibility's book as well, so very well done!
Bonus: I loved the in-depth studies at the end about the way the manga was created, recommended like all the others Manga Classics!

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I’ve read Jane Austen’a original novel Sense and Sensibility before and greatly enjoyed it, but sometimes had a hard time imagining the words as pictures. This adaptation assists with that greatly. The outfits on the characters were beautifully drawn and matched the mood of the story so well. This is a wonderful way to experience the story in an accessible way.

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Sense and Sensibility translates wonderfully to a shojo style, and this did not disappoint. I was even able to summon a smidgen of pity for Willoughby, and I usually cannot! Thank you to NetGalley and Manga Classics for the ARC!

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I want to begin by saying I am not a huge Jane Austen fan. I have never finished one of her books so I was hoping reading it as a manga would help me see what I was missing. While I did finish it, I learned that Jane Austen just isn't for me.

I do love that this book was written with education in mind. At the end of the book you get all kinds of extras that I thought were really cool. They gave you the process of adopting a classic into a manga and facts about the original work.

The art is adorable. It did feel like you were stepping back in time, but still had the feel of a manga. The story is about two sisters trying to find love. While this isn't my kind of story, I think it will appeal to Jane Austen fans.

Creative Team:
By Jane Austen
Art by Po Tse
Story adaption by Stacy King
Lettering by Morpheus Studios
Lettering Assist: Jeannie Lee

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Read the classic twice and reading this manga adaptation wasn't as appealing to me. I think the artwork is stunning for sure, but reading the manga didn't really inspire me to re-read the classic again.

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

I am officially not a fan of Jane Austen's work. This felt rushed and overexaggerated. Nothing is charming, funny, or unique about it. I thought it would be okay as a manga but I am just not into romance books. I had a horrible time trying to get this to load right on my computer. And then I found it wasn't in color so I had to strain to see it. It took forever to go to the next page. I only seem to have trouble loading the Manga Classics for some reason. Dull and not for me. 2 stars for the art style.

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Manga classics continue to be great! I haven't actually read the non-Manga version of Sense & Sensibility, so it was a little hard to compare, but I do know the general story, and this seems to depict it well. Kids can read these so quickly and really get a strong sense of the story, themes, etc. I think all school libraries should buy them.

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This was the first time I have ever read “Sense and Sensibility,” and as much as I love Jane Austen, I did not fully enjoy the book. I do believe that this Manga edition will help introduce a new generation to the classics, and hopefully show them the wonders of amazing authors, but at times I did feel confused with the story line. I am looking forward to reading more Manga Classics!

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This was a cute version of the original, something easy to read when you don’t have time to sit down and read over the original. Definitely not as good as the original, but worth a read if you like to read anime/manga.

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I really enjoyed this. Its a great way to access some classic tales, particularly for people who find the language of Austen and other works of that era intimidating. Will definitely be reading more from this range,. .

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I have never read Sense and Sensibility, but after reading this manga I definitely want to! I loved the art, but enjoyed the story more. I’m not really one for romance, but this wasn’t too bad. Definitely recommend for any who enjoys the classic

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A delightful re-working. I think this is prime introductory material for younger readers who have yet to read Austen, or are not enjoying her work.

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This was a very easy to read and adorable manga version of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. I'm glad I read it because it helped me understand the story more than the movie, The informational section about the time period and social mores was very informative and should be useful for those unfamiliar with the Regency Era. This is perfect for children or low attention span readers who might not be able to get through the original book or for anyone who just loves manga!

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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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There is something a bit jarring about seeing a classic story like this in a Manga format, but it's also a wonderful way to connect this story to reluctant readers, or just people who want to read it the story with a fun new visual element to it. I can't be mad at something that gets kids reading.

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**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this opportunity.

Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King is a manga adaptation of the classic novel Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.  I rated it four stars on Goodreads.  It was published on August 9, 2016.


Here's the summary from Goodreads:

Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father's sudden Death. Elinor's attachment to the reserved Edward Ferrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne's brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness?
Jane Austen's beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation!

I've read a couple of other manga adaptations of classics and that was why I ended up requesting this one.  I've never read Sense and Sensibility, but I read Pride and Prejudice and enjoyed it so I wanted to check out other books by her.  However, I've had a rough time wanting to read classics so this seemed perfect.

I had a lot of fun reading this book.  It took me a minute to adjust to the manga style, but once I got the hang of it, the novel was quite readable.  The art was lovely and it was clear which character was which.  It was also very clear what was happening at any given point.  I know that seems like a silly thing to review, but when you don't have the text in front of you saying who said something, it helps to have good character design.

Story wise, I felt that it was a very good adaptation.  It made the story easy to understand and I had a lot of emotions while reading it.  I liked the general story line of the two different sisters and their different interests and priorities.  I will fully admit to tearing up at one point, which is not something I've ever done with a classic book.

If you find yourself daunted by classics and want an easy way to get into one, this is definitely a good way to do it.  I recommend that you check it out.

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I have not read the original Sense and Sensibility, but I have read some of Austen's other works and I think this adaptation does a good job of getting the Austen vibes. It's a really digestible way to read a classic and I love the extras at the end that explain some of the cultural things that aren't obvious to most people. The art is unbelievably cute too!

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* Thanks to Udon Entertainment and Netgalley for an advance copy for review purposes *

I haven't yet read "Sense and Sensibility", so I can make comparisons to the original. When I spotted the Manga Classics releases, my first thought was that shoujo manga (Japanese graphic stories targeting teenage women) and Jane Austen are a pairing that needed to happen, and here it is!

The plot itself stands the test of time - The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, are left with nothing after the death of her father, and stay with their half brother, who inherited their father's state, until fed up with the haughty attitude of his wife. Marianne is rash and passionate, while Elinor is sensible and restrained, and they face love in very different ways. The plot is definitely a step up to your average high school romance common in shoujo.

The artwork is beautiful, although the love interests are not particularly attractive and could have leaned more heavily on the shoujo male lead style - would have liked a swoon worthy lead akin to Colin Firth's Mr Darcy. (or let's say, Skip Beat's Ren Tsuruga). There are bursts of flowers everywhere, starry lovestruck eyes, and dramatic tears, as one would expect, Jane Austen's work does translate really well to the manga format. I enjoyed this a fair bit, and have now purchased Pride and Prejudice.

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**I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

I've been a Jane Austen fan since I was about twelve, and "Sense and Sensibility" has always been a favorite. This manga adaptation was absolutely wonderful! The story followed the original closely, and the art style was absolutely beautiful. I can tell that the team that worked on this was truly passionate about the original story, and that really shows through in their work. If you're a Jane Austen fan and like manga, then this is definitely one book you need to check out!

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