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Hello Everyone! Happy August! Austen In August has become one of my favorite events over the year. I love reading all the posts and book reviews from fellow bloggers. Today I’m going to talk about a version of Austen’s classics in a way you may not have experienced before: Manga & Comics.
Udon’s Manga Classics
Udon has released two adaptations of Austen’s work so far: Pride & Prejudice and Emma. Pride & Prejudice was an interesting adaptation. The creators transformed the story into traditional manga style, so you see lots of starry eyes and blushing cheeks. Darcy especially is given the long, lean Hero look though his face is often in a dark scowl. The manga version does a great job at revealing when Darcy first notices his attraction to Elizabeth. Despite that scene I felt some of the passion from the novel was lacking in the manga but overall it was very enjoyable.
Emma however adapts beautifully to the manga format. Emma’s whimsical personality and matchmaking dramas play well with the manga look. The writer of this adaptation also does a great job adapting the mental condition of Emma’s Father. It is very obvious in the Manga adaptation that he has a nervous condition and worries excessively. The care that Knightly takes to make him at ease is very sweet.
In 2010 & 2011 Marvel did some stellar adaptations on some of Austen’s stories.
Sense & Sensibility
The artist on this series really captures the angst and longing of Elinor & Marianne’s individual stories. The romance is wonderfully expressed as well as the resolution.
Another Marvel adaptation that captures the essence of the main character very well Catherine’s innocence and imaginations show up very well on the comic page.
The Emma manga by Udon Entertainment was recently available on Netgalley and can also be found on most digital devices and in bookstores as well as the Pride & Prejudice adaptation. The Marvel adaptations came out about five years ago and should be available at your local library or from Marvel.com. I hope you give one of these versions a try.
Happy Reading and Happy Austen in August!