Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

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by Jane Austen, Po Tse
  • 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.


  • 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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
The classic story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is well known. Full of wit, humor, and stinging social commentary, the original book tells the story of five unmarried daughters, chief among them Elizabeth Bennet, and their difficulties in navigating English society at the turn of the 19th century. The complex attraction between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy is one of the most celebrated romantic entanglements in literature. This book, however, is the manga comic version. Manga originated in Japan and is ideally suited for the Japanese language, but this book is in English. Manga comic panels are read from right to left, each page begins in the right-hand corner, and the “back” of the book is the “front.” This book is 368 pages long, which is longer than Austen’s original, and the plot is continually interrupted by sidebars trying to explain what is happening. Inserts containing character identifications, since the publisher appears to have little or no confidence that readers can tell the characters apart, also halt the plot. The dialog is dumbed down and the original story’s wit has been stripped. The cover art is in various shades of pink and the cartoon panels are in black and white, all of which reflects a basic lack of understanding of Austen’s views of women and their roles in society. The advertisement on the inside of the back cover says that the book is intended for young adults, and that it is a “great way” for adult readers to rediscover the classics. But it’s hard to fathom the real audience for this version. If young adults or adults want to enjoy Pride and Prejudice, they should read the original. Manga is an art form and has a place in culture, but this is not it. Part of the “Manga Classics” series. Reviewer: Leona Illig; Ages 15 up.
VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Jessica Atherton
Udon publishes a deliciously dramatic graphic novel from the familiar tale of courtship between a prejudiced country girl and a prideful member of the upper class. Elizabeth Bennet’s mother decides that her daughters will be perfectly matched with her rich new neighbor, Mr. Bingley, and his guest, Mr. Darcy. Before the couples can pair off into the happiness of forever after, Elizabeth must see through the machinations of the dishonest Mr. Wickham, endure the manipulations of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and most importantly, conquer her own bias against Mr. Darcy. The animation studio, Morpheus, creates realistic settings and costumes, which strongly echo the TV and movie adaptations. King adapts Jane Austen’s work by stripping down the dialogue and descriptions and emphasizing the tragicomic elements. Austen’s cutting social critique softens into melodrama and comical episodes that prominently feature the absurdly avaricious Bennett matriarch. Tse’s artwork reflects the new direction, where roses soften the frames of character portraits and extra attention goes into the expressions. This work features highlights of dialogue from the original book and could act as a gateway to the world of the graphic novel. For manga lovers, this book would help make Austen accessible with the inclusion of comedy, which leavens the shoujo’s tendency toward the histrionic. The chibi version of a cranky Mr. Darcy is well worth the price of admission. Classrooms might benefit from their upcoming series of classics, including Les Miserables. This is a good read-alike for fans of Kaoru Moru’s Emma: A Victorian Romance and A Bride’s Story. Reviewer: Jessica Atherton; Ages 15 to 18.

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UDON Entertainment Corporation
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Manga Classics Series
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheIndigoQuill More than 1 year ago
See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com Thank you NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'll be honest, when I saw that a manga version of Pride and Prejudice was releasing, I thought there was no way it could even come close doing justice to Jane Austen's world. I can't say that it stands within the same caliber, I mean, classic Brit-Lit and Japanese Manga are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. However, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed this version of one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures. If you are unfamiliar with Jane Austen and her notorious work, Pride and Prejudice, shame on you. Either pick up the original book, or,  you are not a big reader, this graphic novel may be the perfect opportunity for you to seize and learn all about our literary heartthrob, Mr. Darcy. Jane Austen was the master of the original chick-lit that women have deliciously divulged in for centuries. Why? Because she gave women what they wantedL a fairy-tale romance without the fairies. A love story people felt they could obtain. Not to mention, the idea that social class can be overcome by the power of love. So what about this new approach to this beloved story? As previously stated, I enjoyed it way more than I expected. Manga is not new to me. I took three years of Japanese, and I'm a sucker for esthetically pleasing illustrations. This version is a unique and lovely interpretation of Pride and Prejudice that can easily open even the least likely of readers to a classic they may not otherwise expose themselves to. I think it's a great opportunity for people who have difficulty reading to open themselves to classic stories in an entertaining way. I hope to see more books from this publisher in the future!