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Review: Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice Hardcover

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice Hardcover
Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice Hardcover by Stacy King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are many, many, many adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, so when I received this manga classics version from Udon Entertainment and Netgalley (in exchange for a fair review), I went in with my eyes open. The text is mostly faithful to the classic tale of enemies who overcome their misunderstandings to fall in love, but the charm of this version is in its illustrations. The artwork is beautiful, and reminds me of the work done by REM for Gail Carriger’s Soulless manga adaptations in its attention to detail. I have to say that the egalley I received of this work was difficult to read at times because the copy lost some of the clarity necessary to read the text, but my familiarity with the story made up for this. Despite this limitation, or maybe because of it, I think this would be a good entry point to manga for those who are unfamiliar with it. It takes some practice for novices to get used to the “backwards” reading style that it requires, so some familiarity with the text will allow new readers to focus more on the style of reading and on the artwork, which is this particular adaptation’s greatest asset.

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5 thoughts on “Review: Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice Hardcover

  1. This article reminds me of why I stopped reading manga. It used to show and display Japanese culture now a days it has been taken over by lazy Americans try to capitalize on another culture success and I refuse to participate or purchase any manga that is not Asian influnced.

    1. I think that’s fair, but it’s also worth pointing out that Japanese manga can have a steep learning curve for those who are really new to it. I didn’t start reading manga at all until I took a comic books and graphic novels course in grad school, and for me, it was much easier to get “used to” the basics of manga this way and then move into more Asian influenced works. Are there some you would suggest to newer readers?

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