the story adaptation by Stacy King ,
art by Po Tse
written, of course, by Jane Austen
I’m always looking for new adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, it doesn’t matter if it’s a movie or a TV show or just novel about girls obsessed with Mr. Darcy. There are thousands of versions of this story and I’ve been through most of them.
I’ve always been a fan of manga, mostly because it’s an interesting way to read a story and the drawings are more often than not, really impressive. So this adaptation is like made for me.
If you’re looking for a way to make your children, students or friends read a classic they probably wouldn’t read by themselves, you can give manga classics a shot. Of course, if you’re a teacher, don’t expect your kids to go with any written version, they may just watch the movie.
This is a simplified version of the story. Some characters are cut out from certain scenes (while in the book they’re very much present) and it’s creating more tension, which is acceptable because this is the story that inspired pretty much every will-they-won’t-they narrative. Manga is famous for its amazingly drawn fight scenes so the author chose to instead create a gothic-like tale full of tension, hidden looks and dark manors. I like it, but only because I’m a really big fan of the original story and I appreciate a new way to tell an old tale. This is a bit darker romance than it actually is in the books, especially the Wickham part.
I enjoyed this story very much, especially because at times it felt like reading a completely new story with the same characters. I would recommend this to life-long fans and to lovers of fanfiction. As for the first time readers, well…The children always complain about how this book is boring (I know, right?). Maybe starting with this story will change their minds, but, of course, only if they remember to give the original story a shot.
*I received this book on NetGalley and gave it my honest review. Thanks for sharing!