Saturday, 21 February 2015

[MANGA REVIEW] Pride & Prejudice (Manga Classics) by Stacy King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kynthos-the-Archer by: ARC provided by Netgallery
Recommended for: Newbies to Jane Austen's work.
Read from January 26 to February 17, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1 

I am happy to award this manga adaptation of Jane Austen's famous romance 4 stars for the lovely artwork and smooth manga storyboard. I'd say it's a worthy purchase to add to your bookshelf. The cover itself would certainly look lovely on your shelf and the book would help ease the introduction of Ms. Austen's work to the younger generation.

Frankly speaking I am a newbie to Ms. Austen's stories. This manga adaptation of Pride & Prejudice is my first experience of her story. I haven't even watched any of the film adaptations. Nevertheless I am quite charmed by the storyline and Po Tse's lovely artwork. However there are times where I felt the characters' facial expressions to be a little overboard and this threw me off a tad. Aside from that, Elizabeth came out somewhat airheaded to me instead of displaying her reputed intelligence and her charming quick-wits. Perhaps this could be due to the manga compressed time frame which might have hampered the delivery of Elizabeth's feelings sufficiently. On the other hand, the presentation of Mr. Darcy is pretty well done. He is that handsome to a fault vainpot who is full of himself and that rich unpleasant dude who thinks that everyone else is beneath him. Yeah I sorta did a bit of research on the characters as a comparison guideline since I don't have any prior information on them to help me on the valuation.

Upon experiencing this famous classical romance via the manga adaptation I am now keen on reading the original novel itself. So bravo for a job well done to both Stacy King and Po Tse.

Introducing the lovely manga cover (softcover version):

Another colored artwork (hardcover version):

Meet the lovely Bennets sisters:

A sample page:
Darcy isn't as dashing here on this particular page. Sometimes he even looked a little villainous on the artwork. Other times he is a lady killer. Haha.

Do check out some more sample pages over at COMICS ALLIANCE

Title: Pride & Prejudice (Manga Classics)
Author: Stacy King
Illustrator: Po Tse
Publication Date: August 19th, 2014
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Type: Manga
Genre: Classical Historical Romance

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.

★|| AMAZON ||★
★|| BARNES & NOBLE ||★

* Reviewed on February 21st, 2015
**ARC provided by NetGalley for reviewing purpose.**

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