Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 29 Aug 2014 | Archive Date 05 Sep 2017
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Also available in Manga Classics: Les Miserables The Scarlet Letter
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Being a life long lover of P&P, I had to pick this up when I saw it. These Manga Classics are part of a series taking classic novels and turning them into manga, which I would argue makes them more accessible to those who have less interest in reading the originals. Some of the others: Manga Classics: Emma, Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter, Manga Classics: Great Expectations, etc. Since I know the original book so well, I can say that this adaptation does a really good job at hitting all of the plot points. There are a few pacing changes, but they don't take away from the story itself. They also took a few liberties with Darcy's character, making him more relatable in a way that he doesn't manage to achieve in the book. There's also a good bit of humor added in that wasn't present in the books: As far as the art style, in this one at least, it's that super feminine, swirly, overly dramatic cutsy style. Does it have a name? Whatever it is, it's cute. So yes, I would definitly recomend these if there's a book that you've always wanted to experience, but know you will never pick up and read. I think I might try Manga Classics: Les Misérables next because I know I would never be able to make it through that alive. And I hope they do a Moby Dick in the future!
A thoroughly engaging and exuberant graphic re-telling of Jane Austen's classic novel! The appealing artwork gives equal care to manga style and historical accuracy.
This was the first manga I have ever read. I absolutely loved it! I couldn't pass it up because it's Pride and Prejudice and that is one of my all time favorite books. I loved the art and the script in this manga. It was beautifully drawn and written. I finished this in just a couple hours and I went through the drawings again throughout the manga because I wanted to take a closer look and not miss anything.
'Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice' is a faithful and unusual version of the classic. As a fan of the original work by Jane Austen, I found this to be a pleasing adaptation. All the major characters and events from the novel are here. The manga style is a bit hard to get used to because it can be comical in places, but only in places where the story deems it. Every time the characters speak of love, they are surrounded by flowers. The characters act and move dramatically. I don't read a lot of manga, but there were clear instructions on how to go about it, so I was up and running in no time. There are even some mini-comics and sketches at some of the chapter ends to flesh out the characters. I think Stacy King's adaptation is great and English teachers had best beware. Students may choose to read this 376 page manga instead of the novel, and could probably write a decent paper. They would, of course, miss the beauty of the original work, so this is not an endorsement of that behaviour. I liked Po Tse's art. It was perhaps a bit too feminine and flowery for my particular taste, but it serves the story well. Well done! I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Udon Entertainment, Myrick Marketing and Media, LLC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
4.5 Stars Let me start off by mentioning that even though I'm an avid reader (including graphic novels/comics), I can count on one hand my experiences with Manga. As a Jane Austen fan and lover of adaptations of any kind, this work caught my attention. I really enjoyed this lighthearted interpretation of Pride and Prejudice and think it's a great idea for a newer generation of readers who may be initially hesitant to attempt the classics. 4.25 Stars - narrative 5 Stars - artwork The story arc is mostly faithful to the original work with just a few obvious spots of artistic license, which does not negatively affect the overall book. In most cases, the divergences are pleasant and fun. The illustrations are absolutely amazing. The artist not only portrayed the characters and settings exceedingly well, but the emotions and wit were so expressive too. I loved it so much, I plan on reading more of these Manga Classics (especially that one dreaded classic that you did everything in your power as a student not to read). Recommended for fans of Austen, Manga, the classics, and adaptations. Strongly recommended for reluctant readers. Net Galley Feedback
An enjoyable adaptation - a must read for fans of Pride and Prejudice and those who struggle reading classics. After many years and many attempts at reading it, I've still not read Pride and Prejudice. *pauses for gasping and fainting and screaming because it's just so shocking* I do enjoy classics but - like all books - I prefer some to others. I can't help but think that Austen just isn't for me because I can never get into it, yet I do seem to really enjoy the adaptations, this manga adaptation being one of them. Like I said I've not read the novel entirely but from what I have read, it was well-adapted and stayed close to the original. It tells the story in a way that's easy to read and a lot of fun. The art is lovely and very detailed, though sometimes you can't help but wish there was colour to appreciate it all further. Last year I read Manga Classics: Les Miserables and I really enjoyed it, though unlike this one I had actually read the novel it was based on. Overall this series is turning out to be really great and I'm looking forward to reading more titles - at this point, they're all for classics I've not yet read either. I definitely recommend checking them out if you're perhaps interested in the stories but struggle with the original novels - there's no shame in that and adaptations really do help!
I really enjoyed this! The artwork was great and main plot of the story was portrayed well. This manga classics idea is great for those who just can't stand to read, what can be tedious, classics. If you're a fan of P&P you will either really love this or probably hate it; I loved it. Some of the reactions from the characters were over dramatic but that's manga for you.. I adored the scenes with Darcy and Elizabeth as well as the scenes with Jane and Bingley. The translation of the feel of the book to manga was done well. You still feel the same sentiment about the characters from book/tv/movie to manga. I was impressed that that all of the plot points were kept in here unlike in the 2005 movie version. I didn't like that Mr. Collins looked cartoon-y compared to the rest of the characters. I didn't really care one way or the other for the dialogue addition. I would have really loved some color in art but it was still great. Once again this is either a hit for those who are lovers of Pride and Prejudice. But for those who are hesitant to pick up classics it is a great read.
I absolutely adore Pride and Prejudice. It is my favourite book of all time, so much so, that I have 12 copies of it, and actually purchase a copy of the novel in every city I visit. Experiencing this novel in manga form was an incredible feeling. Seeing Darcy on the page as opposed to reading him resulted in a lot of fangirl screaming on my part. Manga form is very easy to follow, and allowed the story to flow easily. I know that eighteenth century language is what prevents a lot of people from reading the original novel, and if you are worried about the manga being the same, don't be. Also, give the original story a chance - it's a work of genius and you will fall in love with the language as well as the romance. The art was incredible and perfectly matched the tone of the original novel. Reading my favourite classical novel in art form was amazing; it felt like the artists were putting a modern twist on a classic. Do I recommend this manga? Certainly! But I hope it encourages you to read Jane Austen's classic, too. After all, it is a truth, universally acknowledged, that you will love this book.
Just as wonderful as the other editions in this series, all illustrations are gorgeous and the books are adapted slightly so you still get the full effect of it but in a slightly more streamlined way.
Overall: 4/5 Cover: 3.5/5 Illustrations: 4/5 Appealing: 5/5 (It IS Pride and Prejudice the MASTERPIECE, after all) As a Pride and Prejudice lover, I didn't want to miss out the chance of reading this book. Illustrated novel? Manga version? Of course yes! How can I miss out the chance of seeing the story again in a format that I like so much myself? (Yes, I am a super manga fan.) This book didn't disappoint me, the edit was cool, and I think the teeny tiny changes (Elizabeth's confession of her love for Darcy while it was raining and they got wet) were cool too (I don't know if any others readers would mind), so overall I liked it pretty much. The only part that didn't make me want to rush to the bookstore and grab a copy was probably only because the illustration style. (Darcy should be way more handsome! Just saying.) Some details too, were fine but simply didn't match my preference. (Such as the blushes on the characters' faces, and several parts that were meant to be cute but I didn't sense the cuteness at all. LOL.) I'm giving it four stars, I think it's a book worth recommending, and I believe some of my friends ---that are fans of P&P as well--- will be interested in purchasing a physical copy for their bookshelves.
I absolutely loved this combination! combining two awesome things - manga and pride and prejudice, the best classic romance there ever was! I was absolutely thrilled when I came across this book, and just had to read it and enjoy the visuals that come along with it. Like traditional manga, this book is read from end to beginning, or right to left.
Emma is actually my favorite Jane Austen story, but Pride & Prejudice is a close, close second! As far as the story goes, this was quite close to the original. The main thing that popped out as different was the epilogue at the end. Although that was a new addition to Austen's story, I quite liked it. Over the years, many "epilogues" have been proposed and made into stories or TV movies, etc. The epilogue here was very simple and made a lot of sense, so I don't see an issue with it. It was only a couple pages of the nearly 400 pages in the graphic novel. The artwork was beautiful. Every page was just gorgeous to look at. The only issue I noted from time to time was that some emotions were... over-acted, for lack of a better word. The first time Darcy proposed to Elizabeth had me nearly crying with laughter because Elizabeth's "shocked" expression was so ridiculously overdone. Similarly, there were a few times when Darcy was supposed to look uncomfortable, but his facial expression didn't come across the right away. Overall, I enjoyed this immensely and plan to hunt down the graphic novel for Emma.
I absolutely loved reading this. The original novel is one of my favorite books and to see it retold in manga format was a lot of fun. Keep in mind I never expected it to be a perfect copy or fit my visions perfectly. The romance was full of exploding sparkles and floating rose petals. The in between sections had cute little comic strips. Even some of the interactions were adapted to a more humorous view. That was all more than fine with me. I was happy to see a classic title such as this redone for a different audience.
Despite having an English degree and being a reading teacher, I am embarrassed to admit I have not read many of the Classics. One I have read, however, is Pride and Prejudice. So seeing this manga version of the story caught my attention right away. In my eighth grade classroom, I teach students from a first grade reading level to students with advanced, high school level comprehension. Graphic novels have become a great equalizer - being enjoyed across the vast spectrum of abilities. It has been a great way to introduce classic literature in my classroom. As my students read these works, even in their adapted, graphic novel format, they can build their knowledge and recognize allusions in other texts and movies/television shows. I was thrilled to see these manga adaptations of classic stories. This graphic novel does a great job conveying the story of Pride and Prejudice in the manga style. Students who read it will be able to understand references and allusions to the classic novel. The author/adapter does a great job adding some humor in as well, which will help hold a readers attention. This book makes the text (and the beloved Mr. Darcy) accessible to a new generation of readers who may be intimidated by the length and density of the original. It also does a great job helping kids understand the expectations of young women of that era. The artwork is fun and can give an access point to the story for kids who may struggle with reading or be learning English (as a good percentage of my students are). I will be hunting down a copy of this text for my classroom library, and also be trying out some of the others in this series.
Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King , Po Tse , Jane Austen Synopsis: 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. Meta details and rating: Source: Netgalley Format: eBook Length: 377 pages Genre: Romance Content Level: Young Adult Pearl Clutching Content: Everything from Pride and Prejudice. (Basically Wickham) Featuring: Everything from Pride and Prejudice. (Basically Darcy and Elizabeth) Recommended for: fans of Pride and Prejudice, fans of manga, and anyone looking to get into Pride and Prejudice Rating: I went out and bought a copy, it was that good. Ginny Lurcock’s Thoughts: I came into Pride and Prejudice late, and all because of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. So it should be no shock that I enjoy a twist on a classic. I have gone back and read the original work, but I will be the first to admit it took me three times as long to read as it would a comparable book from this century. Language has changed since this was written, that’s an unavoidable fact, and it makes it harder for these stories to be accessible to everyone. (Yes, obviously, it is possible to read it and understand it… but books should be available to everyone. Not just history and language nerds like myself who thrive on obsolete terminology) Where the Manga Classics series excels is staying true to the source material for long time fans, but also engaging a new audience who may have been scared off by the language barrier, the length, etc. Plus who doesn’t want to see Darcy wince when he makes a misstep. Oh god, his and Elizabeth’s reactions were priceless. They made me feel the same way I do biting into really good chocolate. So if you enjoy the classic, want to get into the classic, or are looking for a way to share your fave with someone new, check this volume out. Don’t let your pride or your prejudice scare you off… A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review via Netgalley.
I don't think I will ever get over how wonderfully portrayed Mr. Collins is. I would like to thank the author and the artist. The art is amazing, and it fits the story perfectly. I'm awkward with anything romantic, so I did cringe at times, but over all, I very much enjoyed the story. How the artist draws Elizabeth kind of reminds me of Meg from "Hercules," and I loved her hair. The art is very flowery and detailed, and the dialogue suits it very well. Nothing about the phrasing felt awkward or stilted, and the story flows together nicely. In conclusion, this is a beautiful adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice," and I look forward to more from the author and the Manga Classics collection.
This Pride and Prejudice adaptation by UDON Entertainment is perfect for all who love Jane Austen and Manga! The dialogue and illustrations follow the story or Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy pretty closely and is great for any Austen fan, even if you don't normally read manga. If you've never read manga before, this might just get you hooked! I remember seeing this title at a local Barnes and Noble a while back, but I only got to scan through it. I'm so glad I was able to get a copy and finally read it! The illustrations are beautifully done and the manga really captures the main parts of the story.
*** Disclaimer: This is given to me by the author/publisher via Netgalley for an honest review *** Rating: 5/5 This was fantastic and I would read it again in a second. I have never read the original work but I have seen many movie adaptations and enjoyed them throughly enough. This gave me all that I didn't get in the Great Expectations adaptation and I am so happy to have read it. The plot moved fluidly and the dialogue between the characters was exchanged seamlessly. It was never jarring and it made you move from one page to another without realizing that you had nearly completed half the book. All the characters were distinct and memorable and of course the art was divine. I especially loved all the art work of Mrs. Bennett. Coupled with her outrageous exclamations she was my favourite character in the whole manga followed closely by the Mr. Bennett. He was a riot too. I also appreciated that all the sisters were easy to identify because sometimes female characters in manga start to look like one another if there are too many on a page. They were all distinct voices as well in the book and I loved that too. The story was funny and charming and I feel it was only enhanced in the manga format. I would highly recommend this book and will probably re read it again before the end of the year. I was laughing all the time and I had so much fun. If any of you picked it up don't forget to comment below and let me know what you thought about it. Happy Reading :) Jo
MANGA CLASSICS: Pride and Prejudice / B01LW0JIK6 I love a lot of Jane Austen, but I've always been the odd one out in English major circles for not caring much for Pride and Prejudice. I liked the plot just fine, but I never could get around not liking Darcy. At all. Even a little bit. No, no, come back! The thing is, despite the fact that he's very proud and reserved and shy and such, it did feel like he spent so much of the novel being rude to Elizabeth that it was hard for me to stomach the turnaround later. This manga adaptation of P&P does an excellent job of overcoming that barrier for me by adding that most powerful tool in the actor's toolbox: facial expressions. We're able to see Darcy's embarrassment, chagrin, and regret as actions unfold and I find I like him so much better when his cutting remarks are accompanied by a wincing expression as he reflects on what he's just said. Overall, I feel this is an excellent adaption of the source material and I stayed up late reading until the end, which is quite a feat given that I already knew the ending! The art is gorgeous, especially for Elizabeth and Jane, and I feel that the supporting characters and side panels are well-depicted in ways that better foreshadow Darcy's concerns (which make his actions easier to stomach, understand, and forgive). I will add that there are some cutesy "chibi-style" panels where Mrs Bennet is a little tiny doll waving her arms around; nothing manga fans won't be used to. The only thing I did not like is that Mr Collins is drawn in a very strange style and he stands out against the more realistic characters; I realize we aren't supposed to like him but his cartoonish appearance in contrast to the others made his arc difficult to enjoy. It was just very jarring. I considered taking a star off for that, but the rest of the book is so good that I think it overcomes that fault. I'll say 4.5 stars, rounded up. NOTE: This review is based on a free electronic Advance Review Copy of this book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. ~ Ana Mardoll
This book is a fantastic introduction to the classic for learners at the K-12 level! Speaking as both a lover of graphic novels AND a lifetime Jane Austen fanatic, I would adopt this book for my curriculum in a heartbeat. It's such an accessible adaptation of the story--students are still reading it with (much of) the original wording and dialogue, but key words are changed (i.e. Netherfield hall has been rented rather than let) to allow for modern understanding. Students are still reading the original text, but where they might be in the dark about the meaning, they get to see Lizzie's reaction on her face and know that Darcy has insulted her, or that Mrs. Bennett is crazy excited, etc. That added context does wonders for the story's accessibility to a younger audience. What's more, in a visual arts classroom like my own, this would be the ideal text to adopt for a unit: encouraging literacy and working cross-curricularly are close to my art, and this would allow for so many lessons. Students could read it and redraw panels, or do their own adaptation of a classic work--a fairytale, etc. This is a fantastic tool for the classroom!
Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourite novels and I have recently found a great love for manga nd graphic novels also. Even though parts of the story were emphasized/dramatized to fit the manga style I still thoroughly enjoyed this adaption. I liked the fact it kept many of my favorite quotes and how the characters were drawn/portrayed. I could certainly understand how die hard Austen fans may not share this opinion but for me I really enjoyed it and it just made me want to re-read it and the original novel and watch the BBC adaption all at once. I am most definitely buying the hard copy to add to my library.
I highly recommend this to everyone who loves Pride and Prejudice. it is faithful to the original story with some cute humor added in. I've loved Mr. Darcy for as long as i can remember and this brang back all the feelings for when i first read P&P. This is a perfect way for people to read and for in love with the classics without being intimidated by reading the original book. I've been meaning to re-read P&P and this was the perfect way to do so, it's a nice quick read that explains the original story perfectly in a short amount of time. the illustrations are beautiful it helps give that romantic vibe from the original story (but with less words). I can't wait to read the rest in the series. P.S i really hope they do Moby Dick in the future.
I rarely read manga, though I have great love for the genre due to low money to be able to buy what always turns out to be an expensive venture. This one certainly falls into the more -flowery- drawings, but I feel that it falls perfectly into the story since this is an age where women were willowy and tall, with flowing dresses. All characters are well drawn, and are distinctive so that it isn't possible for the reader to be confused over who is speaking. I would say that it's not a good idea to read this as an ebook, as I learned to my slight aggravation. I would highly recommend for this to be bought as an actual book, since scrolling up and down, with it being difficult to get the page to be all on screen made my reading slightly less enjoyable. 'Pride and Prejudice' is one of the few books that I enjoy from this genre, with the other being 'Emma'. I enjoy the wit that is hidden in there, though the main characters, the girls, tend to be very... weepy and self-indulgent even though they are strong minded and do not act like the other surrounding characters. I feel that seeing it in manga, along with much of the long, wistful sentences of Jane Austin cut out so it gets straight to the point make this book even more tolerable as I have to take the book when I normally read it in chunks. This is not a book that I would speed read through in one sitting. The various characters that matter the most are given enough screen time for their personalities to shine through, though I did wish more had been shown with Wickham. I understand that much had to be cut out in order to make this manga work, but it did seem a bit too much sudden information of him coming through. My favourite character as always, is the father, with Elizabeth being a close second. The mother is tolerable in small bits, but I am quite sure that she's been written like that on purpose. I do wish that Lydia had played more of a part, since she was a major plot point near the end and I just wanted a bit more insight into her flighty behaviour. While I did understand why she fell into love like she did, I was more uncertain on why her love fell in love with her. Maybe it was because their personalities were so similiar, but at the same time I didn't understand why one of the main character points of her husband would suddenly be ignored. I could probably continue going on about the story, but I believe the different style in the way it is being portrayed is slightly more important to state my opinion on. I will be buying this book once I find a way to get my hands on it, as I think there's an American Publisher I can try. I may breach out and try and see if I can find the 'Emma' one as well. On this note, if you are a fan of Jane Austen, I would definitely recommend that this is bought. If you are not such a lover of this genre, but have a great appreciation for manga, or wish to have it done in a much easier way, then I would still advise for the story to be bought in this form.
I absolutely LOVE this! I've enjoyed all the Manga Classics I've read so far, but I think this one is my favorite! Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books, and this manga is just DELIGHTFUL. I've laughed so many times and I'm not even finished with it yet. Definitely going to buy this one for myself.
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I received the opportunity to read and review Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice, I was absolutely ecstatic. You see, I absolutely love Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen because of Darcy the time period, the wit, the relationship development between Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley , and because of many many more things… Anywho, here are my likes of Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice. LIKES: Lovely graphics. Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice was my first manga. Did I love it? Why yes, I did! I loved how the graphics complemented the dialogue so well. Even in the areas where there wasn't a great deal of dialogue, the graphics definitely told the story. There were times that the graphics totally made me laugh. These parts were super cute! I wish there was an anime version of Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice. An essence of the original Pride & Prejudice. This manga does not tell an exact account of everything that occurs in the Pride & Prejudice we know and love. Although this was the case, the author did a spectacular job picking important parts and quotes from the Pride & Prejudice story and making it fit into the manga style. I was an awe with how well the manga version brought forth all the feels and all the awesomeness from the original story. The story kept me engaged. I’m not going to lie. I’ve read Pride & Prejudice once (it’s definitely time for a reread), but I’ve watched the BBC mini-series and movie version too many times. I mean there was a month and a half where I watched the Pride & Prejudice movie every single day. I think that’s why Netflix removed it. But anyway, having said that, reading Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice made me feel like I was experiencing the story through a different lens. Reading it was a very enjoyable experience. I was attached to the story, the characters, absolutely everything! I hope you enjoyed my review. Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice was just so awesome. Please go and check it out, especially if you love Pride & Prejudice.
This is a fantastic, engaging, modern way to bring a classic to the next generation. It was a wonderful adaptation come with Little changes, and a quick easy read. I will be sending copies of this to my nieces, and highly recommending it to bring Jane Austen to a whole new generation. Please keep up the good work turn classics into Manga.
First of all this is my first time to read Pride and Prejudice. I only ever saw the adaptation film of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which had the major events covered and it helped a bit as I was reading this manga. Beyond that film I have no other idea about this popular novel by Jane Austen. I find that this manga was very helpful. Whenever I want to read a classic I would turn to graphic novels now to spare myself the time of reading the full length novel. Not a lot of people read the classics anymore and I'd be fine by knowing enough rather than nothing at all. The drawings on this manga were very wonderful, aristic, the women are beautiful, the men are handsome! I wish men were often drawn with Mr. Darcy's hair in this manga. His hair is fabulous! For students who are tasked to write an essay on classics (who aren't really fond of reading lots of words) I suggest you pick up Mangas or Graphic Novels because they are quite helpful and easier to read. It takes a lot less time too!
Good art and adaptation of a wonderful story. Will seek more of this series of Manga. Auto buy for pride and prejudice lover
I am enchanted with this gorgeous manga! The classic novel by Jane Austen was done much justice by this manga format! The elegance, emotion & exquisite balance of human nature and the beautiful story of Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy is all there. Two of the most beloved characters in classic literature. I was intrigued with how well this would follow the novel and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth the artist & author captured everything so well! You will not be disappointed when you read this manga! I definitely wasn't. This is a beautiful manga to own as well as to introduce young ladies to the hauntingly beautiful and heartfelt story of Pride and Prejudice. This book was given to me by NetGalley and Udon Entertainment in exchange for a fair and honest review!