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"The entire team behind this book has done a great job capturing the many spirits of a huge, thoughtful work. Jane’s coming-of-age story, the Jane/Rochester love story, themes of class and religion – it’s all there. I loved this adaptation and highly recommend it." --AllAboutRomance.com
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My teenaged daughter loves Manga and we love british classics so this Manga obviously was a must. The first thing my daughter said was that it was really sweet. It is a Manga alright but it captures the essence and the story of the book very well. Despite the story being a classic, in this form it is fresh and lively and fun to read. I have read many classics, including the original "Jane Eyre" but I always love to read good adaptions of a book that I enjoyed. Another perspective, another media in this case as well and it feels familiar and brand-new at the same time. This adaption is a wonderful way to get to know the story for those who don't like to read the original story by Charlotte Bronte but would like to know more than just the movie all the same. Classics are not everybody's cup of tea and if you don't like the style or just can't get into it, it is nice to have an alternative. This Manga is indeed an alternative in such a case but it is also a wonderful addition if you already know the original and liked the story. The drawings are well done and beautiful, my daughter and I both enjoyed them and the whole book immensely! If you love classics, if you love Manga or if you just want to know if you could love the classics, this book and - I dare say - this whole Manga Classics Series is definitely worth a look!
I actually liked this better than the novel. I've never been a fan of Jane Eyre, but I found the visual style of this made her more appealing as a character..
I keep repeating myself, I’m pretty sure a blogger should get a bit more creative but I think I’m justified in my choice of words. So here goes: Another brilliant adaptation of one of the most famous classics in English literature: Jane Eyre. I’ve read the original once a long time ago and by the time I finished with the manga adaptation I wanted to run and read it again. The novel follows the life of young Jane Eyre, an orphan with a cruel and abused childhood. When she is cast out by her aunt, Jane is sent to a charity school where she receives an education under a very strict regime. Years later, she finds a job as a governess at the Rochester estate. Three months after she starts, Jane meets the cold and mysterious Edward Rochester, the owner of the estate. Slowly they begin to bond but a secret threatens to ruin everything, both the reputation and the life of Miss Eyre. Will she be able to follow her heart and be with the man she loves or will she lose him? This is a story about facing fears and life no matter what comes your way, not letting traumatic experiences define you. It’s about determination, the power to follow dreams and above all, it’s about courage to face the world and to stay faithful to ourselves under every circumstance. Jane Eyre is a brilliant character, a strong, intelligent woman that knows the boundaries set by her social class but still manages to answer politely, crossing the line with grace and pure wit. The adaptation is once again incredible. The drawings transmit the simplicity of the characters but still manage to convey emotion. Can’t wait to read more!
Udon Entertainment and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Manga Classics: Jane Eyre. This is my honest opinion of the book. Jane Eyre is an orphan, raised by her Aunt for most of her young life. Bullied by her cousins, Jane is suffering the most miserable existence. An opportunity to go to Lowood School changes everything for Jane, despite the horrific conditions. She finds comfort with a fellow student and with the school superintendent. With such a tumultuous childhood, will Jane be able to forgive her past and become who she was always meant to be? Will being a governess and treating those around her with kindness help to fulfill Jane's life in ways that she could never imagine? As a fan of classic works of literature, I was curious to see if a Manga could bring the characters to life as much as the original. I have gained much appreciation for Manga because of Jane Eyre, as the story is exquisitely told through this visual art form. The life of Jane Eyre is simplified, but in no way is cheapened in this format. This book is, in many ways, a CliffsNotes version of Jane Eyre, but the complete story comes through loud and clear. Whether readers are fans of the classics, or fans of Manga, both will find Manga Classics: Jane Eyre to be delightful. With the addition of background information on the original Jane Eyre story and historical references to the times in which the book is set, this Manga provides a complete representation of the novel and more.
*I received this book through netgalley, but all thoughts and ideas about it are my own* To start, I have to admit I have never read Jane Eyre... or most of the 'classics'. I have been meaning to and I love manga so, when I saw this pop up I decided to give it a try. It was a very interesting read. I do really want to read the novel now so I can compare them because there were many places where the manga felt awkward. There were scenes or dialogue that seemed to come out of nowhere or not match the tone I suspected. This could also just be a time difference.... I wish we had more thought bubbles from Jane so we could understand things better. Very interesting though and I thought the artwork was very pretty.
I am really in love with this series and am reading all the titles in it. Jane Eyre is handled every bit as skillfully as the others both in the execution of the text and the illustrations. But I must say that I haven't read this book since I was a teenager, and looking at it again after so long really casts a different light on the relationships in the book. I think that reading it in the Manga format made these new insights even more apparent. I sill enjoyed it though very much.
<p>Comics and poetry are my mental palate-cleanser when I finish a book late at night and don't want to start anything too taxing before sleep. So I finished <a href="https://www.librarything.com/work/17295298/book/138825136">The Gene</a> last night at nine, and then turned to <a href="https://www.librarything.com/work/19117203/book/138825205">Manga Classics: Jane Eyre</a> for my reading-time sorbet. I've read the real Jane Eyre, way way back in high school. At the time, I swooned. Now, maybe a bit more world-weary, I recognize that there's a lot of worrisome bits in Jane Eyre: if a friend were to tell me that her new boyfriend was already married and kept his wife locked in the attic but really really loves her (the friend, not the wife), I would be like <i>Uuuuhhhhh</i>. Even ignoring the more prurient bits, let's not forget Rochester's behaviour, like pretending to be in love with someone else to make Jane jealous and fall in love with him, which is not really romantic as much as creepily manipulative. And what exactly is the allure of Rochester? He seems like a mercurial jerk, always bossing Jane about and alternating being friendly with being cold. That and having read <A href="https://www.librarything.com/work/11227385">Wide Sargasso Sea</a> within the last year has erased any memories of earlier Jane Eyre swooning; likely if Geoff locked me in the attic and then went off to marry a governess, I'd try to burn his house down too. Through a post-modern, feminist lens, Jane Eyre, manga or not, has a lot of problematic bits. </p> <p>But <A href="https://www.librarything.com/work/19117203/book/138825205">Manga Classics: Jane Eyre</a> does have this: some of the panels are drawn chibi style and they are <i>sooooooooooo</i> cute. It seems all aspects of my feminist-self can be co-opted by chibi drawings. And then I start to swoon.</p> <p>No, I tell myself. Don't do it. Rochester is a dick. Manipulative, lying, and way too tall.</p> <p>Chibis!</p> <p>Chibis cannot make up for the warning signs of an abusive partner.</p> <p>CHIBIS!</p> <p>I am not going to throw away my principles because of awwww they are so cute so so so so so so cute.</p> <p>Chibis?</p> <p>Chibis.</p> <p>Chibis.</p> <p>Basically, this is Jane Eyre with a few panels drawn as chibis and my mind ceases to function because chibis and I fail at feminist literary criticism.</p> <p><A href="https://www.librarything.com/work/19117203/book/138825205">Manga Classics: Jane Eyre</a> went on sale November 15, 2016.</p> <p><small>I received a copy free from <a href="https://www.netgalley.com/">Netgalley</a> in exchange for an honest review.</small></p>
This is a wonderful graphic novel adaptation of Jane Eyre and another great addition to the collection of Manga Classics! It has been a while since I read the original novel, but I felt like this shortened version stayed true to the story and I really enjoyed the art work. I would recommend this for readers already familiar with the story as well as those who just want to check out the story of a never read classic.
Admittedly, I am not a manga fan. But I got this book because my daughter is. I have loved the story of Jane Eyre for many, many years and have read the unabridged version many times over. It is truly one of my top ten favorite books. I began reading this manga version with a bit of trepidation, hoping that the story would not be "mangled." I am happy to report that it was not in the least bit mangled. Although the story line moved swiftly, the pictures were richly and carefully drawn. I wasn't completely sold on the way the hair styles were drawn, but that is more manga-stylization than strict adherence to period authenticity. It wasn't hugely distracting, especially when faced with such beautiful renderings of the rooms and Thornfield Hall. I liked the way the book denoted when they were speaking French by drawing double lines around the speech bubbles. It still kept the essence of the story without distracting the reader with trying to decipher the language. I did notice that Blanche Ingram is drawn as a raven-haired beauty (as in the novel) and not as a blond (as in a fairly recent film adaptation). I further noticed that this version included an oft-excluded part of the story when the gypsy visits Thornfield. In fact, this version contained almost the entire story as written in the original novel, something that most other adaptations cannot claim. I also liked the supplemental information at the end of the book, such as further information about the publication of the original novel and about the real life of a governess back then. It was also interesting to see various character sketches as they developed. Overall, I highly recommend this book. Like I said before, I'm not personally a manga fan, but I can see how this book would be a useful tool to encourage reluctant readers or readers for whom English is not their first language to explore the richer texts of classic English literature. I wouldn't quite put this on par with Cliffs Notes, but it could be a useful companion to a literature student who struggles with the original text. I gratefully received this eARC from the authors, publisher, and NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
This beautiful stories really comes to life in this Manga. It feels like you're in it yourself, consumed by the wonderfully filled pages with amazing artwork!
I give the book 4 stars. I loved that the classics are being translated into mangos. I think it's helping the younger generation be interested in classics and it will be helpful for kids who have trouble get into reading. Jane Eyre is one of my favorites and I happy with the reinterpretation and enjoyed the drawings. I would recommend.
Having not actually read the original classic, I can't compare the manga adaptation to the original, but I felt they story flowed incredibly well and the chapters were created so that they had nice little cliff-hangers at the end. The art is servicable, but I felt that Jane was always depicted as being much younger than she was supposed to be, even as an adult, her face was that of a small child and I simply didn't buy it. The other volumes of the manga classics from Udon check out really well at our library, and so this is still definitely a purchase we will be making.
Jane Eyre has always been one of my favorite books, so I had high expectations for this manga adaptation, and I was not disappointed! Jane is beautifully portrayed, and all the complexity and grace of her character is reflected in her appearance, her facial expressions, and in every bit of dialogue. Simply brilliant! I loved her pretty dresses, and her fierce spirit and sweetness absolutely pours off the page! Condensing such a complex and deep story into manga form works very well here, and the plot closely follows the original story. I loved the artwork so much! Beautiful panels in every chapter that draw you into the story. Every character is exactly like I always imagined while reading the original book. Mr. Rochester is a difficult character to pin down, because he's so changeable and enigmatic, but they did a wonderful job portraying his wild nature, both when he wants to be charming and when he's being a manipulative jerk. The only reason I love his character is because he repents and reforms at the end. Adele is adorable in every way! And even St. John is just the sort of haughty and distant character I always imagined him to be. Both good characters and villains are drawn so uniquely and that makes them all very memorable. What a delight to revisit this beloved classic in manga form!
This is by far one of the best artistic renditions of the original novel "Jane Eyre" that I have had the privilege to enjoy, and that includes the movie and tv adaptations. This manga is both true to the original text, including scenes, like Rochester disguising himself as a gipsy during a party to investigate Jane's feelings, that are often disregarded and deleted, as well as excellent in terms of graphic art, lines choice and script in general. I wholeheartedly recommend this comic for both Young audiences first approaching Bronte's novel as well as for adults who already know the novel but might enjoy a very well done and respectful visualization of the text.
What can I say about this? It was a great refresher and a fun way to dip my toes into the Brontë’s work again without having to commit to a longer read of the entire novel. I talked about the pros of illustrated classics when I read the Marvel Illustrated Jane Austen works (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey) and again when I read is when I read the Manga Classics Emma, so there’s not much point in rehashing those. Overall, the adapters and artist did a great job on the adaptation. There were a couple of things that I was like uh that definitely wasn’t in the book, i.e. positioning of characters and character interactions. I guess it just has to do with making the stories more accessible to wider audiences. Recommendation: I still prefer the Marvel Illustrated style, but since they didn’t deign the Brontë’s important enough to adapt before they shuttered, this is a pretty good option. They’re a quick refresher on the classics and if they do the job right, which so far both the Manga Classics and the Marvel Illustrated have) they’ll make you want to (re)read the originals!
*Spoilers keep secrets here Jane Eyre is a young orphaned woman, who does not find the company of her aunt and cousins to be agreeable, for they all treat her with disdain. She is soon sent to a charity boarding school, where other young girls of situations similar to hers are sent. After being at the school for eight years Jane realizes that there is more to life than just this school, and sets out to be a governess at Thornefield manor. While there she quickly bonds with the inhabitants, her pupil, and the master of the manor. While at first he seems to be coarse and uncaring Mr. Rochester soon begins to soften, and becomes warmer towards Jane. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. I loved this adaptation. I absolutely adore Jane Eyre, it is a personal favorite of mine. It was lovely seeing it come to life. I liked how everything was paced out, and still kept the feeling and length of the original novel. Although I enjoyed the character’s looks I only wish that they would’ve been a bit more true to the character’s descriptions, Mr. Rochestor is often described as ugly, or at least not very appealing, and Jane often calls herself ugly, although I have a feeling that she was more plain looking than unattractive, and the characters were drawn as a pretty gorgeous couple of people. I would recommend this to those who enjoyed the classic, and want to see the new life that was breathed into it. Or those who wish to check out the classic, but are daunted by the length and language of the original novel. Quotes of the book “Women are suppose to be very calm generally, but women feel just as men feel; they suffer from restraint and stagnation precisely as men would suffer. It is vain to say that human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action, and they will make it if they cannot find it.” (Bronte 247) “My master was not handsome by common standards, but he was more than handsome to me, for the power he held over my heart.” (Bronte 187) “I would rather have pleased than tease him; still, the effort kept me from becoming lost in his sweet words.” (Bronte 114)
Jane Eyre was orphaned at a young age. She was sent to live with her aunt and cousins, but they never treated her well. After an incident with her cousin, Jane’s aunt, Mrs. Reed, send Jane to a school. The conditions weren’t good at the school, with the girls being underfed and underclothed. Eventually the school got better, and Jane taught there for a few years when she finished her own schooling. Then, she put out an ad to be a governess. Mrs. Fairfax asked Jane to come to teach Adele, Mr. Rochester’s charge. Soon after Jane arrives, strange things happen. She thinks the house is haunted. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books. It has just enough mystery in it to make it suspenseful. This graphic novel is great! It tells the story very well. I liked the way that Jane looked very evil as a child. She had dark hair and eyes, and she was always yelling at people. It made her very spooky and set the tone for what will happen later in the story. Each of the characters looked very distinct, so I could distinguish between them. Sometimes, if the characters are drawn in the same style, they can blend together and become confused. But the characters all had a separate style of clothes and looks in this story. This is my favourite book in the Manga Classics series!
I'm a classics fan, and I have read Jane Eyre in the past. Manga is a bit awkward for me, takes some getting used to. I thought this was a great adaptation, though. For the die-hard classics lover like me, I'd recommend reading the regular version as well, and probably first. I think the manga version would be a great way to get this classic into the hands of those who don't do a lot of traditional reading, and also younger audiences. I'd also like to see some color added to the final version. Overall, I'd give the story itself, as well as the manga adaptation, 4 stars.
I liked this manga adaptation of Jane Eyre a lot. I've read the book a number of times but this would be a more accessible way to help those who don't read classics give them a go. I liked the style of drawing and the bulk of the story was there. I did sometimes miss the details the book includes though but it can't all be included.
Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books and I was interested to see what a manga version of it was like. I read comic books on occasion, but have not read much manga. I am unaccustomed to reading right to left, but found that within a couple of pages I didn’t need to think about it. The story telling was great, and the adaption has been done deftly enough that there are no noticeable gaps. The characters are true to the original and the feel of the story is right. The illustration adds to the emotional feel of the story. For myself this was a great way to re-experience a much loved story in just an evening. I think it would also serve as a good introduction for those unfamiliar with Jane Eyre. I also loved the end notes explaining the thought that went into the adaptation, they gave it much more depth and revealed the thought and work involved in the process. Overall, I enjoyed this and will be looking for other books in the series as I believe they have done other classic novels as well. I received an electronic version of this book for an honest review from the publisher via NetGalley. This has not coloured my opinion of the book.
I loved this version of Jane Eyre; the manga is a great adaption and I loved the art included. Manga Classics adapts classics with beautiful illustrations using the author's original work as text instead of just retelling or paraphrase of the work. Jane Eyre is the story of an orphan who left in the care of family who do not ant her there. For Jane, being sent away to school is a reprieve rom the abuse and torment from her aunt and cousins. At school Jane learns about faith and how to continue even in the face of trauma. Once she graduates, she acts as a governess and tutor for a young girl at the home of an odd man who soon captures her heart but life is not happily ever after. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic and I loved how faithful this adaption was to the original work . I still felt just as emotionally for Jane; making it a manga did not detract from the words. The illustrious are lovely and I really enjoyed seeing the story happen before my eyes. In fact, I now want to read their adaptions of other classics that I had no interest in reading in novel form.
Firstly, I would like to thank Udon Entertainment & Morpheus Studios and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful work of art. This is my first request and I was accepted just a few hours later. From the detailed illustrations and the story, I can see that the artist and writer had put in a lot of effort making this. The characters were drawn beautifully and the buildings were exquisite. The whole book transported me to that time and place. About the story: Jane Eyre is an orphan who was abused by those who had taken her in and was then sent away to a charity school. Although she was met with further abuse at school, she grew up well and worked as a governess for a sweet child but she bonded with Edward Rochester. Their feelings were mutual but Mr Rochester's secret led Jane to leave him. What will Jane do? Will their love be strong enough to overcome everything? I have to say though. This manga adaptation is such a clever idea. It will most certainly spark interests among children and adults alike to read classics.
*thank you to NetGalley and UDON Entertainment & Morpheus Studios for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. I am SO glad I was given a copy of this. I had tried to read my original copy of Jane Eyre and found it a it too hard to follow and thought id give it a go another time. Then I see this and the match between it and me was perfect. The graphics are amazing and the story is so easy to follow and so enjoyable. This will easily be one of my favourite books. Apparenly there are slight changes made for it to work as a Manga book, but I feel that it still works and this version is also best for younger readers too and those why have also had trouble following the text of the original. An excellent book and highly recommended. Plus I love the cover! Its just beautiful.
I absolutely love the Manga Classics. The Jane Eyre one was just as good as the rest. It is well drawn, easy to follow, with a language true to the original novel, but also understandable. A great addition to any middle or high school library.
A manga adaptation of Jane Eyre that makes this rather weighty classic so much more accessible to a wider audience. I might not have hated this book so much when forced to read it (too early) as a teenager if I'd read this manga version! As an adult I can appreciate the full novel now, but it took me a number of years to get over the trauma of being forced to read it before I was ready. It seemed so BORING, and the illustrations in this manga version would have made it a lot more engaging for 15-year-old me.
Jane Eyre has always been one of my favourites. When I discovered that there was a manga version I had to read it! This version is wonderful. It still captures the essence of all the characters so well. Even though it's obviously shorter and less detailed than the original novel it doesn't lose its 'classic' feel. It's a great starter for those who would be interested in reading the story of Jane Eyre but feel intimidated to delve into classic literature. It's a very refreshing and light retelling and I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series.
This is a lovely addition to the Jane Eyre collection. At the end you're treated with Sunneko Lee drawing form with cats asking about your thoughts on the manga. Further on details about their process in creating Jane Eyre as a Manga and background information about Charlotte Bronte. There will be more Classic Manga's written about here. I absolutely enjoyed my time with this and can't wait to dive into another!
Jane's life is not an easy one. She becomes an orphan at a very young age living with a cruel aunt & bully cousins who despise her and punish her frequently. She is saved when a doctor helps her get into a charity school with her aunt's funding. Janes hardships were only beginning as she endures hardships and knowledge at the school and teaches for two years before leaving to see the world outside by becoming a governess. She takes a post at the home of a wealthy man named Mr.Rochester to teach his young French ward, Adele. Me. Rochester is frequently absent and Jane doesn't know what to make of this as she finds herself daydreaming about him even though they aren't in the same class. Mr. Rochester labors to try to figure out Jane vocally as she tries to do the same with him in silence. She saves his life from a mysterious circumstance and her heart worries when he disappears for a fortnight (two weeks). He returns with a large entourage including the beautiful, high class Miss Blanche. One night a gypsy arrives to say she will not leave until every woman's fortune is told. Jane reluctantly does so but what was her fortune? The same night a stranger arrives whom Jane is forbidden to speak to. More mystery and suspense shrouds Jane in each chapter but I'd like not to spoil it! This story is set in the Victorian Era with beautiful graphics on every page. This novel has many resemblances to Charlotte Bronte's real life and she died only a few years after the book was published. The manga author did a great job stickingbwith the original story conveying suspense, mystery and even supernatural elements! This is a true Romance Period story and I fell in love with this re-telling! I really liked the different "thought" and "language" bibles that give the story personality since the novel is written in first person. This story is easy to understand and hard to put down. I highly recommend this manga! This book was given to me by NetGalley and Udon Entertainment in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Thanks to NetGalley and UDON Entertainment for the opportunity to read and review Manga Classics! Manga Classics include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which is true to the original classic with added cliffhangers to keep manga readers interested and eye-catching illustrations. After the story ends, the details of adaptation from classic literature to manga lets us see into the transformation. Each story in this collection follows these same guidelines! Impressive artwork and transformation! Manga Classics also include The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (the only color is the scarlet letter A, which makes striking illustrations!), Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven. The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red death and The Fall of the House of Usher; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and many more! 5 stars for books that make classics accessible and understandable to every reader!
I was so excited to discover a manga adaptation of my favourite novel of all-time, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Reading the manga was a completely new and fresh experience. When reading the original novel, everything is seen though Jane's point of view. Her interiority gives the novel its richness and depth. A manga is visual and automatically limiting in depicting interiority. Yet, the artwork in the manga, and concise adaptation of the text worked very well. I was so happy to see all of my favourite quotes from Jane Eyre transplanted into the manga. Manga Classic's version of Jane Eyre is a great adaptation and introduction to Bronte's masterpiece as it captures the very essence of the storyline.
Rating: 5/5 *A copy of this book was received for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really blown away by this adaptation, it captured the heart of the story with ease and kept me hooked right the way through. This was the first manga I had read so found the included instructions on how to read it (back to front etc) very helpful. It didn’t take me long to get into the flow of reading it. The art style is exquisite and matched very well with the story, it flowed beautifully from page to page and chapter to chapter. Each character is as thoughtfully detailed as those within the original novel, I adore Charlotte Brontë work and feel this adaptation more than does it justice. The plot in line with the original novel follows Jane Eyre who was orphaned as a child and abused by her aunt before being sent away to school. Despite the hardships she experiences there she still gets an education and as a result a job as a governess at Edward Rochesters estate, there she discovers Rochesters terrible secret. Fans of Brontë’s work will know how this story ends, however this adaptation is still worth reading regardless of whether you have read the orginal version or not. It breathes a new breath of life on the classic tale. Overall I enjoyed this book, it was an amazing experience to read the classic tale accompanied by beautiful art. I would recommend this to lovers of classic literature and manga, it perfectly combines the two.
As a child, Jane Eyre was mistreated by her relations and sent away to Lowood Institution where her constant companions were isolation and disengagement. After turning 18, Jane decides to make her own way in the world and acquires a position at Thornfield Hall as a governess. Shortly after, Jane meets the master of the house, Mr. Edward Rochester, and a strange feeling overcomes her. Could this be love? Yet the world is a harsh place with dark secrets, social boundaries, and hesitant hearts. Still...despite everything... ...can love defy the odds? 🌟 From an artistic perspective alone, this work is an absolute treasure that belongs on your bookshelf. I loved reading the original book followed by "Manga Classic: Jane Eyre" that elevates classic literature to another level. The manga not only enables readers to connect with the past, but also conveys the gist of the story through visual narratives and translates the dialogue into understandable text for the modern age. The illustrations heighten the characters inner-emotions through their facial expression to the point where readers start to see the characters as individuals rather than constructs of fiction and literature.
I was auto-approved by the publisher Udon Entertainment through NetGalley to review this title. Charlotte Brontë’s <i>Jane Eyre</i> holds a special place in my heart and on my permanent bookshelf and I’m glad Manga Classics decided to turn it into a comic. The artwork beautifully captures the atmosphere of the story and emphasizes the remoteness and isolation of the characters. Overall, I enjoyed this comic tremendously and would recommend it to manga and classic literature enthusiasts.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Jane Eyre is a classic that I have wanted to read for a while. When I saw that there was a manga version of it, I was so excited. I love reading manga and I wanted to see what it would be like to read a manga adaptation of a classic. I haven’t read the original so I don’t know how faithful the manga was but I will give my opinion of this book. Jane Eyre follows a young woman from a child to an adult. She is an orphan brought up by her auntie who does not treat her well. She is then sent to a school for orphans, there she meets further bullying and sadness. When she is older she is employed as a governess, education a young girl in the care of Mr Rochester, a man living in mysterious circumstances. Throughout this book I felt a variety of emotions; empathy, sadness, happiness, sadness again, hope and cheerfulness. I feel as though the manga read a lot faster than reading the original classic would have been. The manga seemed to portray the story well, I felt the air of the period and I loved the characters even in an illustrated form. I wanted to discover the mystery and willed for Jane and Mr Rochester’s union. However, I did have an issue with the end of the manga. I do not want to spoil the story for anyone so I cannot say exactly what my problem was but it was something that Jane said that I did not like. Additionally, there were some errors in the writing which was slightly confusing but if you have experience reading manga, this is nothing new. Overall, if you like manga and you like classics I would definitely recommend this book! I really enjoyed it and I am glad that I read this manga version of the classic. I am now ready to read more manga classics! Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the first classic adaptation I've read and Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. At first, I was a bit anxious about taking this book, but I really wanted to know how this great book full of life struggles, dark moments and love will be portraited in a manga... I am so happy I did take this book <3 This was made brilliantly and the story of Jane Eyre shines beautifully here. The artwork shows the emotions of the story in an incredible way, making the reading even more powerful and emotional. We also get to see the Victorian era come to life in the clothes and the homes, all wonderfully drawn and they really made this small details in their art which made reading this adaptation, even more, fun. The illustrations are just so charming and captivating and it captures the essence of all the characters brilliantly. Overall, I was truly impressed with this adaptation and I can't wait to read more of my favorite classic adaptions <3 Read more of my reviews at Coffee n' Notes Blog
I am very fond of these adaptations of classics for manga, not only for the fidelity to the original book as for the care with the graphic adaptation as for the final explanations of the writer and the designer. In Jane Eyre manga, I came across with smooth story full of lyricism where the characters' feelings overflow the pages and the richness of characterization of them transmit well the personality of each one. For those who do not know this is a classic dramatic work of Charlotte Bronte one of the famous Bronte sisters, writers who marked the history of world literature. As was said in the synopsis ... "The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but it is nevertheless considered the front of its time, given the individualistic character of Jane and the exploration of classism, sexuality and religion." The book tells the story of an orphaned girl who knows human cruelty early on and still does not lose hope of having a better life with every step she takes. Dedicated, correct, loyal and extremely measured, she falls in love with her boss. A love impossible to the standards of the time for various reasons (the great difference of age and social class, the situation of his life, among others reasons) and that she tries at all costs to keep within herself. Mr Rochester behaves, in my view, as a needy boy, a man desirous of attention and extremely romantic guy, with a big heart full of love. He, full of tricks, acts at various times to find out what Jane feels for him and this in the graphics is very clear, something I had not noticed much in the movie. (but I love the movie too, just for the record). Another different detail of the film and that left the book complete was that the manga took the story to the end of the original classic which to the delight of fans completely closes this beautiful and suffered love story. The cover for me is one of the most beautiful in is great collection. So cute, so sweet,so strong. I need to say more? But I recommend it too much for everyone.
Absolutely loved this Manga version of one of my favorite novels. I don’t read a lot of Manga so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was a fun and interesting way to capture the magic of a story I fell in love with years ago. I also think that the graphic novel or Manga approach to retelling a classic is a unique and interesting way to introduce new or reluctant readers to beloved or classic stories and authors. *I received a digital copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
This is such an unique way to read the classics! Definitely recommend if you want to read some classics, but in a quicker and easier way since classics are sometimes hard to read.
Jane Eyre is arguably one of the most read classic books of all time, and yet somehow I've never read it. Not once. Whoops. I've watched the Crash Course video, but somehow I don't think that counts. This version is an illustrated version from Manga Classics, and yes I know comics and manga are different, but the easiest thing to say is: this is an awesome comic. Manga Classics have versions of tons of famous books, from Shakespeare to Mark Twain (I absolutely have to get my hands on their version of The Count of Monte Cristo, which is one of my favorite books of all time). This is a great book for people who want to read more classics, (like myself), but who just can't find the time or energy to wade through all of them. The art style is simple and charming (black and white, as is the case with most manga), and really brings to light the characters. I'm definitely planning on reading more of their work in the future (I already have Sense and Sensibility downloaded, thanks to Netgalley!) and I hope I enjoy it as much as I enjoyed this one!!!
When I first started college, I realized just how many classics that I managed to skimp out on. I hadn't read any Charles Dickens or barely any Steinbeck outside of high school's required reading. It really started after the premiere of Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, which took place at the turn of the century. The gothic victorian themes set me on a mission to consume as much gothic, Victorian literature that ever existed. I marched to my university's library and triumphantly snagged Jane Eyre off the shelves, and began reading on a chilly autumn night. I was not disappointed. Here's the thing, folks. Victorian literature, especially gothic classics like Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, is that it was written during a time period where everyone was afraid of the dark. Immersing your mind and body in the experience makes for a very interesting reading experience. Jane Eyre follows an orphaned girl Jane, who was raised by her cruel aunt and suffered constant torment from her nasty little cousins. She is treated like an unwanted nuisance and is constantly labeled an ungrateful liar. Eventually, she is sent away to a decrepit girl's school, where she stays for eight years. When she accepts new employment, she enters the house of the manic and elusive Mr. Rochester. Without giving anything away, I just want to say that I love Jane Eyre. The protagonist is strong in her convictions, and she strives to honest and true to herself, even if it causes herself pain. The manga adaptation was extremely well done. The art and the mannerisms were incredibly endearing. I especially enjoyed Jane's character design. The art was done by the masterful SunNeko Lee, and the story adaptation was completed by Crystal S. Chan. Thank you NetGalley and UDON Entertainment for providing me with this opportunity.
A beautiful, beautiful book. The first manga that has made me feel like reading the original classic. The artwork was brilliant as the story was told beautifully. I really loved it!
After reading The Count of Monte Christo Manga Classic edition I had to try another one. The manga editions are fantastic! Quick easy reads if our favorite classic tales. Next on my list is Macbeth. If you want to get into classics and live manga you better start collecting those gorgeous editions. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy.
Content warnings include abuse, suicide and mental illness. Jane Eyre was one of my Nan’s favourite books so I have intended to read it for the past 30 years. Over the years I’ve tried and failed to make it past Jane’s childhood. I was so mad at the way she was treated, especially by Mrs Reed and John, and when I finally made it to the beginning of her time at Lowood I was so infuriated by the injustice of her life that I discarded this story and moved on to something else; probably something with unicorns. Now I’ve finally learned the rest of the story thanks to manga! While I’m not the hugest fan of Jane’s story due to my romantiphobia (I would like to think that had I been in Jane’s shoes I would have bailed on both potential suitors and enjoyed my life as an independent single woman) I was engaged in her story from beginning to end. I appreciated Jane’s strong will and independent spirit, especially considering the adversity she faced, and I think it was Jane’s perseverance that would have drawn my Nan to this story. I adored the illustrations in this book, although Jane’s gorgeous doe eyes made it difficult to take her seriously when she spoke of her plain looks. I loved that, in true manga style, this story reads from right to left and was surprised by how quickly I became used to reading this way. Thank you to NetGalley and UDON Entertainment for the opportunity to read this book. I’m all doe eyes for manga right now and want to work my way through the rest of their Manga Classics series.
This is a beautiful adaptation. I really love the idea of turning classics into manga. I don’t often read manga, but then again, I don’t read many classics either. I always feel like the language in classics can be inaccessible and dry. Overall, I find them to be intimidating. And I do enjoy manga, even if I don’t really read them often. Which is why I really enjoyed this adaptation. I didn't really connect with Jane Eyre the first time I tried to read it. I liked it for the most part, but there were many times in the middle that really dragged. I enjoyed this so much more. This is perfect for those who are interested in classics, but are intimidated to dive into the actual classics.
Wow, this was the best of the Manga classics so far. I adore of the story of Jane Eyre and her love for Mr Rochester. Once again the writing style was amazing and loyal to the original novel. The art style was gorgeous. I highly recommend this manga if you love Jane Eyre and classics. This series of books keeps getting better and better.
This manga adaptation of one of the most classic romance stories not only holds up well; it offers a new lens through which to view this beloved book and its complex characters. It has always been hard for me to view Rochester as anything besides dour and problematic, except during his most heartfelt romantic speeches. This manga beautifully demonstrates the whole of Rochester, not merely in those moments, but throughout. Longtime Brontë fans and those new to Jane Eyre alike will love this solid new adaptation.
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Jane Eyre" is my favourite classic. I love the story, the characters and the important messages it sends. So, when I bumped into this manga I was really curious to see how they converted this novel into a graphic one. I have to admit it, I'm really impressed. Everything was true to the story and the lovely illustrations give an additional power to it. Seeing Jane and Rochester while reading their story was really amazing! This adaptation is a very fresh and new way to discover or re-discover Charlotte Brontë's novel.
Manga Classics created a gorgeously-drawn adaptation that highlights the romance of the story. I have wanted to watch and read Jane Eyre many times, but the TV and movie adaptations have been far too dreary. While I appreciate that this was a part of the original story, I tend to prefer lighter, more romantic British dramas such as Jane Austen's. I'm so happy that I could finally enjoy Jane Eyre through this beautiful Manga Classics version. While I haven't read the original work, the writer who adapted the story mentioned how she made some minor changes. She created cliffhangers at the end of the chapters, which I really appreciated and found very effective. Without them, a work of this length could've had pacing issues, and I'm so glad they put them in to keep readers hooked. The quality of the artwork was impressive. I read a lot of manga (especially shoujo), and the art was absolutely gorgeous. There was great attention to detail in the costumes, hairstyles, and settings. All of this created a greater sense of immersion, and made the world feel sumptuous and romantic, even during the darker moments. The panels were consistently good as well; I didn't see any artwork that felt rushed (as can occasionally happen with some of the weekly manga series - but not here). It was beautiful, and very readable. I would absolutely recommend this adaptation to anyone interested in reading a classic romance. Manga Classics makes it easy to enjoy even if you aren't familiar with manga - they even have a quick, cute "reading guide" to help readers new to the back-to-front format. Thank you to Netgalley and Udon for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
To preface this, "Jane Eyre" is one of my favourite novels of all time. I am very serious about all things Brontë; I do not take adaptations to this timeless tale lightly. That being said, I am ecstatic to report that this manga edition of "Jane Eyre" is one of the best retellings of Charlotte Brontë's renowned novel that I have ever read. What really makes it so amazing is how faithful the author remains to the original storyline. Most adaptations, particularly in film, leave out some of the more memorable scenes, such as the session with the fortune telling gypsy. The author and illustrator of this manga, however, both did an amazing job selecting the most important lines from the story to create an accurate and beautiful rendition that is easy to read and enjoy. I love it so much that I want to buy my own physical copy! I cannot wait to read other manga classics because of this.
As always, these classic editions don’t disappoint. The artwork is gorgeous and the story is the sane old classic you know and love. I want to collect them all!
“I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.” I had not read any of the Manga Classics yet before reading this one and I definitely think I will continue with these adaptations! The drama in JANE EYRE really comes across well through this manga and I love how the characters were so expressive and quite frankly adorable. The selection of scenes and dialogue for this was well done, as obviously it is more limited than the novel due to the format. The manga succeeds at the sillier and spookier scenes in this book much better than a film format could because of the flexibility of drawing art. Although some of the hard-hitting lines don't land as well without the exposition of the novel and it can feel a bit rushed at the climaxes, the author and artist really did the best job possible here with this adaptation. Jane Eyre is such an interesting heroine and JANE EYRE has so much to teach about independence, love, possession, social class and more. I'm glad it gets to reach new audiences with this manga and overall I loved it! 4 stars!
I've never been a fan of Jane Eyre, but this adaptation is great. This story being put into a manga is such a great idea and I believe it makes the reader closer to the characters and we connect to them just more. Everything in the drawing is perfect. I loved it.
For me, there is just something refreshing about classics revisited Manga style. Japanese style art flowing across the pages....reading right to left.... It's still the favorite classic tale I know and love. The Manga adaptation just gives a new feel to an old, favorite story. I've read Jane Eyre probably 50 times. It's one of those stories I can re-read often, but still enjoy. And I loved the Manga Classic version! It follows the book closely, including illustrating most, if not all, of my favorite lines from the book. The artwork is awesome! From Pilot (Rochester's faithful dog) to Mrs. Fairfax, I liked the appearance of all the minor characters. As for major characters....Jane Eyre had a sweet face and Rochester was drawn with just the right amount of brooding darkness. The pages depicting Rochester's hidden, terrible secret as well as other important plot points were perfect! I am always skeptical of adaptations. I have dnf'd many, many supposed continuations of favorite classic stories or re-tellings/adaptations because they just didn't stay true to my favorite classic stories. I am picky. But I have yet to be disappointed by Manga Classics. The story is always well depicted. The art is awesome each time. It's an enjoyable reading experience for me. I don't find myself frowning about weird plot changes, or missing characters/dialog. For the most part, they stick to the original...just condensing it a bit and illustrating the story. Love it! I'm ordering copies for my keeper shelf! I thoroughly enjoyed this manga version of Jane Eyre! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Udon Entertainment via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane andÂ Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers. Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale of morality and social criticism takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classic adaptation of Jane Eyre. The adaptation is once again incredible. The drawings transmit the simplicity of the characters but still manage to convey emotion. I had a great time reading this book.
Another great adaptation by Manga Classics. I've been a fan of the Jane Eyre story and watched movie adaptations of it, but haven't read the actual book quite yet. This manga does a good job including many little moments and events that I hadn't recalled from other adaptations. The hefty 300+ page count definitely helped in making the story fuller and getting into nitty-gritty details, but the chapters are also well organized in and the pacing is quite fast with large, clean panels. As usual I love the art style by SunNeko Lee, who also did a fabulous job with the adaptations of The Scarlet Letter and Les Miserables. Characters look distinctive and charming. Child characters stand out as being extra adorable, Rochester's ward Adele comes to mind. The only point that may be of concern to some is in Jane looking so young and perhaps a bit too pretty given Jane's supposed plainness. People can probably can tell from the cover if this will be an issue for them personally. A note about the dialogue and overall script. I was relieved to find that these aspects, while convincingly faithful, were still very easy to understand from a modern perspective. Though the original book is from the mid-1800s, the motivations of the characters and their feelings are simply grasped. There are also several pages toward the end detailing the adaptation process and a long note expanding upon the role of a governess at that period of time, adding further context to Jane's duties. The little added details are nice to see. Overall, another great adaptation. Note : Many thanks to Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me an e-ARC of this title for the purpose of review.
I found myself sucked into the story with the beautiful illustrations of this edition of Jane Eyre. I would absolutely recommend this to those who want to read classics, but are concerned about being engaged with dense material. I would also recommend this to a fan of Jane Eyre who is looking to experience the story in a new way.
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books that I've read. It's one of those books that I reread every year at least once. And thank you to NetGalley for a copy of Manga Classics: Jane Eyre. The story of Jane Eyre is wonderful. It's about a young girl who is mistreated by her relatives after being orphaned. She is sent away from them to a school for children and learns to grow up quickly. The love between Jane and Mr. Rochester is phenomenal. But we all know the story of Jane Eyre. The Manga Classic: Jane Eyre is exceptionally done. I love the artwork. The chibi style brings something new to a classical book. The art brings alive the story that I love. I do miss some of the things that you will never get when reading a GN/Manga that you get from reading a full length novel, but it was extremely well done. I would recommend this book to anyone young or old.
I was provided an e-book version of this manga classic via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Prior to reading this book, I had only been acquainted with the plot and story of Jane Eyre through the abridged version which I read when I was around ten years old, but I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed this version of the classic tale by Charlotte Brontë. The story kept me interested till the end, even though I vaguely knew what was going to happen next. I loved all of the characters and the roles they played in the story, especially Jane herself, Mr Rochester and Adele. I also loved seeing the playful banter of Rochester and Jane come to life especially when Rochester pretended to be the gypsy woman! The art style is so cute and beautiful and brought a new flair to this story which I appreciated. Overall, I gave this 5/5 stars and I totally recommend this if you like classics, romance, beautiful drawings and a compelling and engaging story.
Thank you Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me with the arc of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily. Jane Eyre has always been on my radar but I never seem to pick it up for some strange reason. I really wanted to read the original before I got into the Manga edition but I didn't have the time to read the original before reading the Manga. So here I am diving straight into the adapted version of the original hoping it will be an enjoyable experience. I have to say I loved the Manga and wouldn't have minded it be longer. I enjoyed the illustrations, the characters, and now I can't wait to read the original book. Jane Eyre was the perfect amount of demure and feisty that is a rarity for women of that time. She is independent, passionate, speaks her mind, does not tolerate nonsense from people. She is also someone who is strong, holds onto her faith, tries to be better and also serve without judgment. I found her to be the perfect heroine for this romantic novel. I loved her and wanted her to find her happiness however she chooses it to be. Rochester is an interesting guy. I loved how despite their social standing and the class differences they seemed to have found one another. He was quirky, moody and handsome. I liked how he was portrayed and the illustrations were amazing. All the characters were done very well. Overall I enjoyed the reading experience. The visuals as usual with all these Manga editions were amazing. I am confident I'll love it more once I have read the original and have a good grasp of the complexity of the characters and the depth of the story. I gave the book 4.5 stars. This is a book about love, duty, social classes, morality, and destiny. If you love classics and you enjoy Manga this book would be a perfect combo to take with you. Highly recommend!!!
Do you have books that you Always want to read, but are scared to start because they're super long, or you are discouraged by ratings? Well, Jane Eyre falls into the first cateogry. The original classic novel is 500 pages, which is a lot, for a classic book, but after reading the Manga adaptation, I understood why. The story is about an orphaned girl, named Jane Eyre, who had a rough childhood, as she was living with her relatives, or forced upon them, as Mrs Reed sees her, by her uncle's dying wish. She was subjected to neglects and bully from either her aunt or her cousins, seeing her as a responsability they never asked for. When she was caught defending herself against the bullying of her cousin, her aunt punished her, sending her to the <i>Red Room</i>, the same room her uncle died in. Later on, she is sent to a charity school, where she is to meet new people and make friendships that would shape her and help her grow. The story goes in four stages: 1. Jane Eyre's childhood 2. Her time in school 3. Her aulthood 4. Her falling in love. At first, I pitied her, I felt seorry for this young girl who was punished for something she never asked for, and had no hand in doing. But as she grew old, I didn't like how she took most of her decisions, like leaving in the middle of the night with zero money, because I don't believe an educated woman would be this reckless, and how she didn't see the fault in St. John. The love story wasn't really that comforting, because it just implayed that women are so into bad guys, those who treated them bad, and have good guys taking care of them, but always leave them for the bad guy. Mr. Rochester was horrible in giving Jane hope when he is already engaged with another woman. So, you may ask, why did I give the story 4 stars if I hated the key elements? Well, "hate" is a big word, and I wished they weren't there, not just hate them, but they somehow helped in making Jane's personality. On another note, I liked the art, the flow of the actions, and how the story when in Manga style is turned into something more "barebale"
Jane Eyre is the story of an orphan girl, despised by her relatives for being poor, and ending in an orphanage of the time, with cold and hunger. Then she will end up going as a girl's governess in Thornfield Hall, there her employer is a temperamental and strange man named Rochester. This is a classic of literature, and is even considered feminist by many of the character's ideas (which are from believed come from Charlotte Brontë's autobiographical material). The relevant thing about Jane is that a woman who rebels against injustices, and whose bad circumstances fail to undermine her own inner strength, refusing to be trampled by others or to give in to her own convictions. Until now, I had not had very good luck with these adaptations of famous novels to graphic novels, so I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this version. My only problem with the drawing is that Edward Rochester is too pretty, too shōjo, and he is not the rough-faced man described in the novel. Also, The edition contains several explanations about the original work, and the time; in addition to drawings and sketches that were made. Very neat. ------------------------------------------------------------ (In spanish) Jane Eyre es la historia de una niña huérfana, despreciada por sus familiares por ser pobre, y que termina en un orfanato de la época, con frío y hambre. Luego terminará yendo como institutriz de una niña en una propiedad llamada Thornfield, allí su empleador es un hombre temperamental y extraño llamado Rochester. Este es un clásico de la literatura, e incluso es considerado feminista por muchas de las ideas del personaje (que se cree provienen del material autobiográfico de la autora). Lo relevante de Jane es que es una mujer que se rebela contra las injusticias y cuyas malas circunstancias no socavan su propia fuerza interior, se niega a ser pisoteada por otros o a ceder en sus propias convicciones. Hasta ahora, no había tenido muy buena suerte con estas adaptaciones de novelas famosas a novelas gráficas, por lo que me sorprendió gratamente que me gustara esta versión. Mi único problema con el dibujo es que Edward Rochester es demasiado lindo, demasiado shōjo, y él no es el hombre de aspecto tosco descrito en la novela. La edición contiene varias explicaciones acerca de la obra original, y de la época; además de dibujos y bocetos que se realizaron. Muy buena adaptación de la novela de Bronte.
Jane Eyre is a classic story that has stood the test of time. However, reading the events and seeing them unfold reaches readers a different way. As much as I enjoy reading classics it usually takes me a couple of readings before I can fully grasp all the events that are happening. Being able to read this book in manga form has shown me all the nuances that I usually miss in the first reading. The artwork was very clear leaving the reader with undeniably beautiful images for the setting and characters. Although there was very little difference in the transition of Jane from childhood to adulthood in the drawings, the story moved exactly like the book with very minor changes that enhanced the story. I was able to understand the events and follow the dialog a bit better using this version of the story than the traditional version. I do wish this was an option when I was taking my English classes in college. A great way to read a classic and enjoy it.
I haven’t read Jane Eyre since the summer before fourth grade. I’m not a huge fan of manga, but it can make for a lighter, fun read. This was the case with Jane Eyre. This manga has beautiful artwork and this classic book was condensed in a way that brought the story to life. Jane Eyre is an orphan whose taken in by her rich aunt. Her older cousins are cruel and pick on Jane nonstop. Her aunt decides to send her off to a strict boarding school called Lowood. The school isn’t much improved from her aunt’s house. Thankfully Jane has a classmate, Helen befriend her. Life gets more bearable, until Helen passes from getting sick. Jane sticks it out at Lowood and decides she wants to be a governess. She responds to an ad for one. Thornfield is a massive mansion of sorts and the owner never seems to be home. Thankfully the housekeeper keeps her company along with the little girl she’s teaching, Adele. The master of the house comes home and Jane realizes he’s standoffish and placates Adele by buying her fancy gifts. Jane keeps to herself and teaching Adele. One night Jane hears a noise and goes out of her room to investigate. She discovers that there’s a fire in the master’s room. Jane runs in to wake him up. This scary incident makes Jane wonder who would want to harm the master of the house? The master, Mr. Rochester, tries to distract Jane from overthinking the incident. Will Jane figure out what her employer is hiding? Is there more to Mr. Rochester then meets the eye? Follow Jane on her journey to figure out what secrets may be hiding at Thornfield. I received my complimentary digital copy of Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own will. This manga brought Jane Eyre to life in a way I’d forgotten. This novel is so dark, spiritually deep and intense. It’s definitely not for kids. It might be even a tad too, adult for a high schooler. I can’t believe I read it before 4th grade.
I want to start this review with a thank you to NetGalley and UDON Entertainment for sending this eBook to me in exchange for an honest review. This is my first experience with reading Jane Eyre. I have a couple of shelves on my bookcase dedicated to the classics, but there are many I haven’t read yet, and this is one of them. Also, I am fairly new to reading manga’s and graphic novels. I find them to be entertaining in the story telling as well as the beautiful graphics. After reading this, I’ve decided that I want to read the original Jane Eyre. I think it would be interesting to compare the differences. This manga has beautiful illustrations and tells the story of an orphan whose aunt takes her in and decides to send her off to a strict boarding school. Jane’s life has been hard, and we see her doing her best to work through bullying and difficult circumstances. The mystery begins after she accepts a governess position and there is an attack on the Master of the house, Mr. Rochester, and Jane wonders who would want to hurt him and why. I don’t think it’s necessary to read the original before reading it in this format, however, I’m sure there are differences. I also love seeing classics being formatted in this way so that they appeal to a wider audience. I don’t think this makes a good recommendation for younger readers because it does contain dark themes, but it makes a great read for adults.
This was a pretty straightforward adaptation, enough that the adaptation notes at the end of the book were really welcome. I didn't see some of the differences because they worked well enough to feel seamless. I liked the character design, many of the non-Jane women were pretty interchangeable looking but not to the point of confusion. There's nothing in the manga that requires you to tell Diana and Mary apart, for example. It's impressive that this format was able to maintain a lot of the introspection and philosophy of the original text, Jane's battle to be a good Christian against her own stubborn and angry temper stays a main theme. Honestly, that aspect makes this a better choice than one of the movies (as much as I love them all) for a student struggling with reading the original for a class.
I was really excited to read this version of Jane Eyre by Manga Classics! I honestly love these comic book adaptations of classic novels. I have another version of Jane Eyre comic, and I absolutely love them both! I really enjoyed comparing and contrasting them to each other, as well as to the original text by Charlotte Bronte. I think it is really important to study the great works of literature, and adapting them into comic book format makes them super fun, quick, and easy to read. It also is a great way to create a discussion around the text. I was impressed with the book; for a shortened version of the text, the authors did a fantastic job of selecting the important parts of the text, highlighting and explaining it in a quick and fun way.