Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and Stacy King, Illustrated by Po Tse #Review

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and Stacy King, Illustrated by Po Tse #ReviewManga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Po Tse, Stacy King

Genres: Graphic Novel, Historical Romance
on August 19, 2014
Pages: 376
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars  

I wanted to explore an old favorite in a new way so I eagerly took up just my second Manga Graphic Novel and dove in to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. It was a delightful surprise. The adapted story explored many nuances through a few extra conversations, expressions, and moods that were merely possibilities in the original that came alive in this one. They were offered in a way that didn’t alter the story outcome.

I had fun with the quirks of Manga in that I had to start at what many of us consider the back of the book to work my way forward and had to adjust to viewing and reading right to left. It was a challenge, but I adjusted quickly enough.

The story hit the major milestones of: Bingley leasing Netherfield, Darcy making his famous blundering comment overheard by Elizabeth, Jane’s illness and stay at Netherfield, Mr. Collins and Wickham’s arrival, the Netherfield Ball, Darcy’s infamous proposal at Hunsford and Elizabeth’s scathing refusal, second chance at Pemberley, Lydia’s elopement, and it all comes around to where it began with Bingley’s return to Netherfield.

But in between were all the speculative scenes that were done just brilliantly. At times the characters were caricatures of themselves, but this was amusing in it’s own way.

While I enjoyed this adaption, I would caution readers not to substitute this for the original (and I do not mean that as a disparagement of this engaging book). Let’s just say that one can appreciate this book, but really shouldn’t miss the classic version.

As to the graphic, I loved what the artists did with the characters, the scenes, the body positions and expressions. Many moods were portrayed and a frame was so detailed that it conveyed whole pages worth at times.

All in all, I enjoyed the refreshing take on a favorite classic in this Manga format. I would recommend it to graphic novel lovers, but also Austenesque fans.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #225 HR

New to me #116 author

Historical Romance #55

Austenesque Lovers #31

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Jane Austen meets Manga. That is pretty crazy but so fun. I love all the different things out there. Glad you enjoyed it so much, Sophia!

  • This sounds pretty interesting. Never would have thought they would have done it in a manga format. I do love the Austen themes they have coming out lately.

    • I was pretty surprised, too. They’ve done several classics. So fun!

  • I’ve been wondering about these. I’m going to have to add this one to my Jane Austen hoard. lol

    • Haha! Your hoard! These are a fun re-read for the Austen lover, Angela.

  • wow, how cool! I haven’t read a manga in a long time but I that it is awesome that one was done for Jane Austen 🙂

    • It was very cool, Sharonda. They did all sorts of classics, but of course I had to grab the Jane Austen. Haha!

  • Lindy Gomez

    I’ve never read Manga, but I enjoy the look of it. I like that the characters were caricatures of themselves, and that the frames were so detailed with both the plot and moods of the characters. I’m glad that this was a wonderful reading experience for you!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Manga-style is a whole new world of reading for me, Lindy. I had a good time once I figured out how to read them back to front and adjust to the art work and storytelling style.