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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.

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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.

30 review for Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    *4.5 stars* The idea of making manga adaptations of classics is simply genious and I literally can’t wait to see if Little Women will be made in a manga as well for it is my second favourite classic after Pride and Prejudice. Now this adaptation wasn’t perfect or one hundred percent accurate. There is even an epilogue at the end which we all know is not included in the original classic. Did the fact of not following the exact same plot bother me? Not at all since these changes were small and the s *4.5 stars* The idea of making manga adaptations of classics is simply genious and I literally can’t wait to see if Little Women will be made in a manga as well for it is my second favourite classic after Pride and Prejudice. Now this adaptation wasn’t perfect or one hundred percent accurate. There is even an epilogue at the end which we all know is not included in the original classic. Did the fact of not following the exact same plot bother me? Not at all since these changes were small and the story is still intact and beautiful as it has always been. If you’re a fan of the Pride and Prejudice classic and its movie, then I highly recommend you to read this manga. The art was fantastic! Now I know many mangas are more concentrated on the plot and dialogs than the art but this one truly had it all. Mr. Darcy was stunningly pictured with the personality we all know he posses. Unfortunately, I disliked how Elizabeth’s hair was drawn. Her hair was rather horrible by moments and I imagined something more subtle for her. Her character was fine but she easily got very emotive which, again, is not the Elizabeth I know. This is how her hair was supposed to be, in my opinion: I also had a problem with Mr. Collins’ character. Why was he acting so ridiculously? He is supposed to be shy and lack of self-esteem (sounds harsh but it’s true) when what I got is a clown-like hyperactive personage. He didn’t even look human… That’s all for the negative since, really, this was a fantastic adaptation and I will buy this title the minute it will be released (which is soon.) The character I always enjoyed the most reading about, for she is very entertaining, is the five girls’ mama, Mrs. Bennet. She was hilarious in this version and VERY similar to the actress in the 2005 movie adaptation. As well as Jane and Mr. Bingley in fact, which I really appreciated since it personally is my favorite movie and it was amusing to see the characters ‘again.’ If only Elizabeth and Mr. Collins had been more…true to their characters, I would have given a complete 5 star rating to this title. STILL, I had so much pleasure reading it and connecting with the characters that it didn’t bug me that much. Also, the roses that were drawn on some pages, surrounding the characters, were so pretty and I can’t help but say that the artist did, without a doubt, an amazing job. I am more than eager to see and read the other manga, Manga Classics: Les Miserables, in this new collection. **ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒

    What a read! A classic tale adorned with beautiful artwork! I absolutely loved this Manga Classic. The storytelling was good. The characters' faces showed really good expressions. I could see when they were happy, sad or angry. Jane and Darcy were drawn beautifully. It was good seeing these characters in 2D. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    3.5 stars I'm a Jane Austen fan. I like the original stories, I like the retellings, so I couldn't miss with the manga. The art is beautiful, as with most manga, but Elizabeth's hair was a bit too puffy. I'm biased because of all the Pride & Prejudice movie adaptations I've seen so far. So, do you like Jane Austen and manga? If the answer is yes, you should give this one a try. *Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patry Fernandez

    Me ha encantado leer esta preciosa historia en forma de manga... en general fue una muy buena adaptación añadiendo ciertos momentos cómicos para hacerlo aun mejor :D Foto-reseña -> http://thewordsofbooks.blogspot.com.e...

  5. 5 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    I confess that I still haven't read the novel Pride and Prejudice, but I've already watched the movie version of it. Just like the other classic books, Pride and Prejudice is quite long to read and I must devote a lot of time to be able to finish it. But thanks to this graphic novel because I felt like that I was able to read the novel through this. Thank you Udon Entertainment for making it possible to published a graphic novel of this classic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Simona Bartolotta

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* These illustrations are absolutely lovely. I love how they manage to convey at the same time both an idea of refinement and a delicious, smart humour. If Austen's chiselled, brisk, lively writing style could be turned into drawings, it would be impossible to do a better job than Po Tse's. And Mr Collins is simply priceless, his looks made me laugh so much my eyes watered. Super recommended (from a huge fan of *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* These illustrations are absolutely lovely. I love how they manage to convey at the same time both an idea of refinement and a delicious, smart humour. If Austen's chiselled, brisk, lively writing style could be turned into drawings, it would be impossible to do a better job than Po Tse's. And Mr Collins is simply priceless, his looks made me laugh so much my eyes watered. Super recommended (from a huge fan of the novel).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    My very first manga!!! ...and if I've gotta start somewhere, why not start with one of my favorite classics ♥ While Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice isn't a word-for-word adaptation of the original, it's close enough and the art keeps the visual senses stimulated while devouring an interesting re-telling. I can't say with certainty that I'm officially a manga fan but I can say I'm happy to have experienced this type of reading experience and even happier it was based on a courtship that will My very first manga!!! ...and if I've gotta start somewhere, why not start with one of my favorite classics ♥ While Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice isn't a word-for-word adaptation of the original, it's close enough and the art keeps the visual senses stimulated while devouring an interesting re-telling. I can't say with certainty that I'm officially a manga fan but I can say I'm happy to have experienced this type of reading experience and even happier it was based on a courtship that will be cherished until the end of time. Check it out. Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Authors: Jane Austen, Po Tse, Stacy King Publisher: UDON Entertainment Pub Date: 17 Sep 2014

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Carrington-Fox

    4'5 estrellitas. Con lo que adoro Orgullo y prejuicio muy mal tenía que haber estado este cómic para que no me gustara. En general la obra está bastante bien adaptada, aunque se toman unas cuantas licencias resumiendo. Tiene todo lo que adoro de la obra original y un poquito más, ya que tiene viñetas realmente cómicas que me han sacado la carcajada. Y el dibujo (en blanco y negro) es precioso, muy a lo Candy Candy. Darcy es un chulazo con cara de ajo, muy fan! XD [Ojo, es un manga, por lo que se 4'5 estrellitas. Con lo que adoro Orgullo y prejuicio muy mal tenía que haber estado este cómic para que no me gustara. En general la obra está bastante bien adaptada, aunque se toman unas cuantas licencias resumiendo. Tiene todo lo que adoro de la obra original y un poquito más, ya que tiene viñetas realmente cómicas que me han sacado la carcajada. Y el dibujo (en blanco y negro) es precioso, muy a lo Candy Candy. Darcy es un chulazo con cara de ajo, muy fan! XD [Ojo, es un manga, por lo que se lee en sentido contrario] Para mí ha sido una delicia que he devorado y que pienso releer unas cuantas veces más.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sheziss

    I cannot count the number of times I have watched Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley's version, of course). It was one of those movies that used to arise comments of the kind: "Oh no, not that again!". I loved the movie so much I tried to read the book. I barely read 30 pages until I gave up. Still, a graphic novel is a different matter. So, why not? The style is amazing, so beautiful. Each curl of Elizabeth, each sparkle, each hint of infatuation and love, for us to see. Only for that, the book I cannot count the number of times I have watched Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley's version, of course). It was one of those movies that used to arise comments of the kind: "Oh no, not that again!". I loved the movie so much I tried to read the book. I barely read 30 pages until I gave up. Still, a graphic novel is a different matter. So, why not? The style is amazing, so beautiful. Each curl of Elizabeth, each sparkle, each hint of infatuation and love, for us to see. Only for that, the book was worth it. But the story made it even better. A story that is not new, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Highly recommended. ***** ***Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

  10. 4 out of 5

    Niyura

    Ha estado bien, sin más. Podría haber estado mejor si no hubiesen representado la obra de forma cómica.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    This was a fun read, although definitely both simplified certain parts of the plot (and also dramatised it in a hilariously cringe worthy way at times!) It was nice to read this as a whole from start to finish in such a short period time, after having read Pride and Prejudice for so long. It was a fun, easy way to follow and understand the basis of the story. It was also my first ever manga, which was such a fun experience and definitely something I'll have to look into reading more of!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aly's Bookish Wonderland

    Read reviews and more at The Beautiful World of Books! **I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Here's the thing about Pride & Prejudice: I never enjoyed it. Mostly because the first time, I had to read it under pressured circumstances in school and (as most people will understand) if school tells you you need to do something, it makes you dislike the task immensely. So the first time was a fail. The second time, my mother bought me a beautiful copy in a Read reviews and more at The Beautiful World of Books! **I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Here's the thing about Pride & Prejudice: I never enjoyed it. Mostly because the first time, I had to read it under pressured circumstances in school and (as most people will understand) if school tells you you need to do something, it makes you dislike the task immensely. So the first time was a fail. The second time, my mother bought me a beautiful copy in a charity shop for 50p and I thought, "Since I'm not in school and reading this because I WANT to, maybe I'll feel differently!" Did I? No, no I did not. I still felt confused, frustrated and annoyed and DNFd the thing at around 200 pages in. It now sits on my shelf, gathering dust and every time I look at it, I shudder. The third time was when NetGalley approved my request of this little gem. I finished it today, in under 2 hours, as I lay prone on my sofa after eating too much and feeling too bloated to move. Let me tell you something about Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice. It was really good. This is definitely something I would recommend people read, especially as a companion novel if they're reading the original P&P. It being a graphic novel stops things from getting too confusing and frustrating, and I found myself hastily scrolling up and down so I could finish it. It was a fast, surprisingly light read. And the artwork! I love it. It's perfect and captures the essence of the characters in their entirety. The only thing that annoyed me was how a) I couldn't read this on my Kindle because of the format and b) how the formatting was really, really weird on my computer, which made it annoying to read at time. And if you lost your place, you're doomed. These are understandable problems, which I hope will be fixed by the time it's officially published. Overall, 4.5/5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Read this review and more on my blog! In a nutshell: 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 Read this review and more on my blog! In a nutshell: 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! Some snippets: Source: NetGalley I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  14. 5 out of 5

    Booknut

    "You are not the last man I could ever marry, but the only one. Indeed, I am ashamed of what I said then, for I was more wrong than I have ever been in all my life." "Then do me the honour of becoming my wife!" Experience the classic Austen tale like never before! I am a devoted Pride and Prejudice fan. I also love reading manga any chance I get. So when I discovered that someone has combined the two, I was over the moon with happiness. How could it get any better than this?! Manga Classics has cre "You are not the last man I could ever marry, but the only one. Indeed, I am ashamed of what I said then, for I was more wrong than I have ever been in all my life." "Then do me the honour of becoming my wife!" Experience the classic Austen tale like never before! I am a devoted Pride and Prejudice fan. I also love reading manga any chance I get. So when I discovered that someone has combined the two, I was over the moon with happiness. How could it get any better than this?! Manga Classics has created a fun and engaging adaption of Austen's novel. **Check out the full version of the review (with added images from the graphic novel!) over on 21st Century Once Upon A Times.**

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cee (The Mistress Case)

    Take your pick. You either like the manga or you didn’t. I’m on the dislike side. I believe this is a parody of Pride and Prejudice more than it is an adaption. There are a few parts which are funny and others which are annoying. I found myself wincing more times than I can count because of the exaggeration and inaccuracies. Did I enjoy the manga at the very least? Can’t say that I did. 1) Elizabeth has no class. The manga portrays a petty, juvenile, and melodramatic heroine. 2) I don’t find the draw Take your pick. You either like the manga or you didn’t. I’m on the dislike side. I believe this is a parody of Pride and Prejudice more than it is an adaption. There are a few parts which are funny and others which are annoying. I found myself wincing more times than I can count because of the exaggeration and inaccuracies. Did I enjoy the manga at the very least? Can’t say that I did. 1) Elizabeth has no class. The manga portrays a petty, juvenile, and melodramatic heroine. 2) I don’t find the drawings attractive. They were pretty at first sight. Then after a while, the drawing lost its appeal. 3) Mrs. Collins reminds me too much of my mother. I can’t. I just can’t. ARC via Netgalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    It is no secret that 'Pride & Prejudice' is one of my old time favorites so once I saw adapted Manga in netgalley, I cannot not request it and I'm glad I've been accepted. The cover and art is gorgeous! Even black & white images as well - I wish I can keep this book forever but as all comics, it is on lease and would be only available for 50 days...I'll cherish as long as I can then!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda

    Primer manga que leo, me ha encantado!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Not sure how I feel about this one...or the fact that I read the whole thing. Not bad outright but not really good?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diamond

    Review originally posted on my blog (with graphics) @ Diamond’s Reads I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I remember voting on the Goodread’s Choices Awards last year for the Best Graphic Novel/Manga category. I remember being somewhat shocked that a classic won! I vowed to read some of the books that made the list (and won said categories) and I’m happy to say that I am really glad I made that decision. :tup I usually read several graphic novels at o Review originally posted on my blog (with graphics) @ Diamond’s Reads I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I remember voting on the Goodread’s Choices Awards last year for the Best Graphic Novel/Manga category. I remember being somewhat shocked that a classic won! I vowed to read some of the books that made the list (and won said categories) and I’m happy to say that I am really glad I made that decision. :tup I usually read several graphic novels at once *hides in fear of judgement* ..lol just kidding. But seriously though, there is usually two that I am starting while I take breathers from my books on certain days (its a system, okay?) So when I started Pride and Prejudice, I was a bit taken aback by how I reacted. I mean, let’s be honest, I love my graphic novel retellings of classics/YA/whatever. I am a huge fan of a retelling done right in this format. But, I have to mention, I’m not a huge manga nut. I just never got into the experience of it like I did with graphic novels. The thing that always seemed to bug me was the lack of color. *shrugs* I just couldn’t connect as well with the story. THAT HAS ALL CHANGED, MY FRIENDS. I went from feeling “meh” about manga (meh with an overwhelming respect for it, and love…from afar) —to that lightbulb moment where I was finally like I GET IT. I GET THIS MEDIUM. And man, that felt great! I really got lost in the story of Darcy…and Elizabeth and Jane and Mr. Bindley. I actually forgot that it wasn’t in color can you believe that especially color-obsessed-me! I think that anytime a story transports you to that zone where you “forget” things like whether you are looking at color or black and white, or when was the last time you ate? haha those are the best reads! I am very happy to say that this manga classic version of Pride and Prejudice did the classic novel justice. More than that, it introduced me to a new medium that I was afraid I would never really love— manga! So onto more manga with renewed vigor (let’s just forget those other manga I tried to read and didn’t love that much, it happens!) I definitely recommend this to lovers of Jane Austen. It is a super fast read! I read it in 24 hours! That is huge for me, especially this past year! haha I also recommend it to those who, like me, may not be completely on the ‘manga train’ and especially if they love this story they it’s the perfect time to try out the medium! You never know! And to finish up this review I of course have to add some images from the book *taken from google* so you can see a bit about what I am talking about! Note: I’m not sure whether these images are from the published version or not, because I got them off google and because I read the eARC I am not sure if they altered anything in the final version so yeah.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kuroi

    When I heard we were doing catch-up week, I thought why not and picked the most irrelevant book I could find... So I got this ARC of Pride and Prejudice, everybody's favourite book, and it was less thrilling than I expected. Nevertheless, this is quite a solid adaptation and I would recommend both to first time readers and veteran fans. Firstly, I was excited at the prospect of it being a manga, and it does retain a lot of the elements including the right-to-left panels, chibi forms for humour an When I heard we were doing catch-up week, I thought why not and picked the most irrelevant book I could find... So I got this ARC of Pride and Prejudice, everybody's favourite book, and it was less thrilling than I expected. Nevertheless, this is quite a solid adaptation and I would recommend both to first time readers and veteran fans. Firstly, I was excited at the prospect of it being a manga, and it does retain a lot of the elements including the right-to-left panels, chibi forms for humour and luminescent blushes. Unfortunately, not all of these things translate well in a novel set in Regency England and I found the effect a bit jarring occasionally. Imagine Darcy doing that kind of blush, for example. It's all well and good in theory, but in practice it looks quite silly and out of place. Blushes on guys are very hard to pull off convincingly even for experienced manga artists (Shimaki Ako does a brillant job, if you're wondering.) In that vein, most of my complaints stem from the artwork. The graphics are, to risk sounding snobby, so old Harlequin manga style - you know, those ones with dramatic tears and oddly proportioned men. It doesn't appeal to me at all, especially since Elizabeth's hair grows and shortens randomly. Darcy, who is the raison d'etre, has a head like a cello on a diet, to put it mildly. I do like his tail coats, which are so long and dramatic they remind me of Batman's cape. Sadly, Mrs. Bennett's delightfully satircali hypocrisy has been reduced to hamster-like antics. To the book's credit, it does put some light-heartedness into P&P in a medium where it is difficult to convey the convoluted verbal sarcasm of the novel. It is rather adorable, especially in its depiction of the sisters' relationship. The other plus point is its general faithfulness to the original, which even movies haven't managed to do. Events are sometimes compressed, but not altered considerably. So, with more modern art and better research (Darcy is wearing a tricorn hat at the wedding!) I think it would be a stellar graphic novel. At the moment, it is good starting point for first time readers of the classic and a rather cute visualisation for long-time fans. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me review this! Get this review and more at:

  21. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    I received an e-copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! You may be shocked to hear that I have never read Pride and Prejudice or even seen any of the movies or the mini series, so I was going into this knowing absolutely nothing about the story itself, and this definitely made reading this manga interesting. I am honestly not a huge fan of classics and I've had Pride and Prejudice sitting on my shelf for a while, but as soon as I saw there was a manga version of this, I imme I received an e-copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! You may be shocked to hear that I have never read Pride and Prejudice or even seen any of the movies or the mini series, so I was going into this knowing absolutely nothing about the story itself, and this definitely made reading this manga interesting. I am honestly not a huge fan of classics and I've had Pride and Prejudice sitting on my shelf for a while, but as soon as I saw there was a manga version of this, I immediately requested this title because I find classics really hard to get into and thought that this might be different when put into this format. And I was right! Having this classic story in manga form was amazing, easy to follow and so much more gripping than it would have been for me to read the actual book. The story flowed so easily and made so much sense (which is saying something seeing as I knew nothing about the plot in the first place!) The art was fantastic (even though I would've liked some colour every now and again) and what I especially loved were the humorous faces that the characters would sometimes pull which were HILARIOUS! I loved how having this kind of art was bringing a modern twist to this classic story and I could tell that some of the things were added in the dialogue for this very purpose. It worked really well and it was an effortless combination of both old and new put into this manga! I definitely recommend this, and not only for fans of Pride and Prejudice, but also people who are hesitant to pick up classics because of their writing and such.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    Ha estado bonito :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    This was a great experience, it was my first manga classic and to be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was awesome and I had a lot of pleasure reading it. The adaptation wasn’t a 100% copy of the novel, I’ll give you that but only minor changes were brought and the essential parts of the novel were kept intact (unlike the carnage of the movie) I liked the fact that most of the characters were true to the novel’s ones and the art was really good, Mrs. Bennet still irritated me the This was a great experience, it was my first manga classic and to be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was awesome and I had a lot of pleasure reading it. The adaptation wasn’t a 100% copy of the novel, I’ll give you that but only minor changes were brought and the essential parts of the novel were kept intact (unlike the carnage of the movie) I liked the fact that most of the characters were true to the novel’s ones and the art was really good, Mrs. Bennet still irritated me the same way, Lydia was still the worst pain in the arse I’ve ever experienced, Mr. Bingley was -as usual- so sweet and so innocent, his sister – God give her a brain- so stupid, Jane was, well, Jane and Darcy was perfectly “The” Mr. Darcy. What I didn’t like was: 1st, Elizabeth’s character, as we know her, she’s the tough personality kind of girls, but here, she was far too emotional making me a bit ill at ease from time to time and making no sense as I couldn’t find a reason to her overwhelmed reactions. 2nd, Mr. Collins, he was ridiculous and acting in a very weird way, not the novel’s Mr. Collins weird way, but, a worse one. (never thought it was possible, but, strange enough, it seems it is) Some pages were so glittering and filled with love and romance and feelings ( kinda creepy sometimes, lol) but, it was an enjoyable piece. Highly recommended for Pride and Prejudice fans! Thanks Netgalley for the copy!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vicky N.

    A beautiful adaptation of the classic we all know and love. It is not a faithful adaptation, but a retelling in comic that gives it a humorous spin and will make you yearn to read the book or watch your favorite adaptation. I really loved the art, I didn't expect them to be so manga-like, but it delivered. The writing did felt weak at times, but I was enthralled enough to ignore it. Really recommend it for all of those Austen fans that can get enough of the Jane Austen classic. I received a copy from A beautiful adaptation of the classic we all know and love. It is not a faithful adaptation, but a retelling in comic that gives it a humorous spin and will make you yearn to read the book or watch your favorite adaptation. I really loved the art, I didn't expect them to be so manga-like, but it delivered. The writing did felt weak at times, but I was enthralled enough to ignore it. Really recommend it for all of those Austen fans that can get enough of the Jane Austen classic. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Manga?? Seriously?? Oh, yes... I’ve never read any manga before – in truth, I wasn’t at all sure what it really is other than being some form of graphic novel, but honestly! Look at the cover! How could I possibly resist? Once I’d worked out that you have to read this from back to front and from right to left, I settled down to see just how awful it would be. And for the first few pages I really thought the answer might be pretty awful! And then…and then…I began to smile, then giggle, then chuckle Manga?? Seriously?? Oh, yes... I’ve never read any manga before – in truth, I wasn’t at all sure what it really is other than being some form of graphic novel, but honestly! Look at the cover! How could I possibly resist? Once I’d worked out that you have to read this from back to front and from right to left, I settled down to see just how awful it would be. And for the first few pages I really thought the answer might be pretty awful! And then…and then…I began to smile, then giggle, then chuckle unrestrainedly…and the sun came out, gloom was banished from the world and joy began to burst out all over! This is an utterly charming, witty and affectionate adaptation with some really fabulous artwork by Po Tse, (who is apparently a manga-ka, whatever that might be). Apart from the cover all the artwork is black and white, which apparently is the norm for manga, but this really doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Most of the social commentary has been thrown out, but all the fun and romance of the original has been retained – enhanced, even - by the great marrying together of the original text with a beautifully modern outlook. I can see how this adaptation might annoy Austen purists (and that usually includes me). But this is done with such skill and warmth that it completely won me over. Wickham is deceptively sweet-looking while Darcy is outrageously sexy, and Lizzie’s huge eyes twinkle with mischief. Some of the pages made me positively guffaw with laughter. Mrs Bennet is a joy – drawn to perfection and often appearing in odd corners of pages just being her awesomely awful self. Because it’s so flowing there can be a tendency to speed through the pages, especially for someone like me who’s not used to the graphic format – but it’s essential to slow down and really look, ‘cos there’s all kinds of little humorous touches in the backgrounds. We often say a book is a ‘real page-turner’ – well, this one certainly is. I found I couldn’t wait to get to some of the big scenes – the ball, the proposal, the wet shirt scene (oh yes, it may not be in the original, but it’s become an essential scene now!). Clever, lovely, light, refreshing – can you tell that I really enjoyed this? I hope, I hope, I HOPE they’re going to do Northanger Abbey… NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Udon Entertainment. www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erica (daydreamer)

    This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’s just so fantastic! It has all the charm and wit and elegance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but then it has humor and a slightly modern feel at times, made possible through the manga drawings. Which, by the way, were extremely well drawn. There were times when I laughed out loud at the antics of the characters, and at some of the drawings t This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’s just so fantastic! It has all the charm and wit and elegance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but then it has humor and a slightly modern feel at times, made possible through the manga drawings. Which, by the way, were extremely well drawn. There were times when I laughed out loud at the antics of the characters, and at some of the drawings that told so much more than words could ever say. Especially when it involved Mr. Darcy, since in the original novel we never really get into his head. First, Mr. Colllins. Oh dear, he’s always just made me cringe with his awkwardness and weirdness. But in this manga, ha! When he asked Elizabeth to marry him and she said “no” which he found “fashionable,” he kept popping up all over the place, asking her to marry him. One picture had his head sticking out of a pot and Elizabeth spewing tea. So funny! Oh my gosh. Then when Elizabeth visits Pemberley and she remembers that Mr. Darcy owns it, there’s a picture of Darcy looking like a king: wearing a cloak, holding a scepter, head held high. Basically the opposite of his quiet, don’t-look-at-me character. Bahaha! There were also little modern things like the words “ha ha” and “awkward” in certain pictures. Very much not a Jane Austen thing. The drawings added so much emotion. And most of the time they were just subtle things, like Darcy reaching for Elizabeth then retracting his hand, and Darcy rubbing the back of his head when talking to Elizabeth about something that made him nervous. The emotion and characters’ inner feelings were done so beautifully. Ah, I just love this book so much! It’s the most fantastic thing. It’s perfect. Now, to get my hands on Manga Classics: Jane Eyre, which is sure to be just as delightful.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen & PoTse 5 stars Pride & Prejudice is a popular beloved classic. It’s one of Austen’s most renowned works and is probably considered one of the world’s greatest loved classics. Merchandise for P&P is everywhere and it makes since that this famous novel would be adapted into a manga format. I personally haven’t watched the movie all the way through or read the book, but I definitely plan to. I’ve only known bits and pieces of the plot Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen & PoTse 5 stars Pride & Prejudice is a popular beloved classic. It’s one of Austen’s most renowned works and is probably considered one of the world’s greatest loved classics. Merchandise for P&P is everywhere and it makes since that this famous novel would be adapted into a manga format. I personally haven’t watched the movie all the way through or read the book, but I definitely plan to. I’ve only known bits and pieces of the plot and characters, but the pieces I knew didn’t do these characters or the story justice. It’s a beautiful masterpiece and I can see why it’s so acclaimed. Whimsical Writing Scale: 5 Lizzie and Darcy are probably literatures most loved couple. Darcy is a name that most women fawn over and get giddy over discussing. I can definitely see why he’s a stunner and I totally can’t wait to read P&P to experience more of him. I love Lizzie’s personality and her stubbornness. She is level headed, but also too stubborn for her own good. Kick- Butt Heroine Scale: 5 Swoon Worthy Scale: 5 I love all the side characters. Lizzie’s family, Bingley, and Lizzie’s friend are all so enjoyable and bring a small presence to the story that I enjoyed. Character Scale: 5 I definitely enjoyed this manga classic and I’m convinced that P&P will be a book that I will love. Can’t wait to pick it up! Plotastic Scale: 5 Cover Thoughts: I really like the illustration. It’s not amazing, but it’s quite beautiful in a simplistic tone. Thank you Netgalley & Udon Entertainment for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    My 9-year-old has introduced me to graphic novels, and a Goodreads friend has more recently introduced me to Manga novels. Turns out "Manga" isn't a tropical fruit, but a Japanese-inspired comic book. I would describe them as graphic novels that contain characters that look part-zombie/part-kewpie doll, with a nipple or a breast spontaneously bursting out on random pages. (Talk about a non-sequitur). Sometimes characters have no features at all. . . just a weird blank space for a face. Plus, you r My 9-year-old has introduced me to graphic novels, and a Goodreads friend has more recently introduced me to Manga novels. Turns out "Manga" isn't a tropical fruit, but a Japanese-inspired comic book. I would describe them as graphic novels that contain characters that look part-zombie/part-kewpie doll, with a nipple or a breast spontaneously bursting out on random pages. (Talk about a non-sequitur). Sometimes characters have no features at all. . . just a weird blank space for a face. Plus, you read them right to left, back to front. Quirky. The description of "Manga Classics" at the back of the book explains that they "look and read like great commercial manga, while being faithful adaptations of literary classics!" Okay, so this English Lit teacher is going to explain to you that. . . er, no, that is SO not true. This book is loaded with inaccuracies. It has more than a few translation hiccups as well. However. . . if you know that going into it (and believe me, if my daughters read these Manga Classics in a few years, they WILL be reading them in conjunction with the original novels!), then I must say that these illustrators must have a HELLUVA good time making these! How much fun would it be to do this? To take an old story and make it have an edgy, modern feel, potentially pulling in new, fresh readers who may never have known these stories? Please, people, don't forget the originals!! We've mutated enough already. But, dang it, these are fun!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lila

    Reading Challenge 2015: A CLASSIC ROMANCE Hands down my favorite read of the year so far. This is one of my favorite stories ever, the characters are so interesting and funny. The art was gorgeous.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    idk who this bitch was but that wasn't Elizabeth Bennet.

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