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Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The adaptation of the text is solid, but a lot is missing in the details since it would be so long to include it all. Comes with the territory, really. Really lovely condensed version of the story though, and the art makes Mr Darcy much more understandable, to read into what you might not see just from text.

Recommended: yup!
For a pared down version of the original story, for illustrations that give depth to small moments that may be missed in the original, for a quicker read of a classic story

Summary:
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. Elizabeth and her sisters are looking for marriage. The balance of love, wealth, and status is hard to find, and they’ll have to work past lies, pride, scoundrels, and ballgowns to find it.

Thoughts:
Another wonderful Manga Classics adaptation! I finished Manga Classics: Macbeth and knew I had to look up some of their other works after seeing how excellent that one was. Since Pride and Prejudice is such a lengthy text, they had to adapt it rather than maintaining the full text as with Shakespeare’s. The idea of the story is maintained, and it turns into a quick read of a familiar story, good for if you want the story but also want to give time to other games as well.

The drawback to the condensing of the story are the details that are missing. I’m not the first to note that the banter that’s such a feature of Jane Austen’s original work are notably absent, to keep the story length manageable. It simplifies many of the interactions and abolishes much of the subtlety.

The art brings some of that back, though, so it’s really a constant tradeoff. The imagery reveals hidden moments that might not be explicit in the story, but can be huge tiny moments to reveal personality. What most comes to mind is Mr Darcy reaching out to comfort Elizabeth, then drawing back before touching her. It’s clear he cares, but also clear he’s too nervous to actually go through with his attempt at comforting her. Elizabeth never sees this, but we, the readers, do. And so, we see what she misses, and can have that moment where you shout at the character “But if you only knew–!!”

So: a bit of a different experience of the story, but that’s as would be expected. I quite enjoyed the quick read of the adaptation, and the artwork drew details into moments that might otherwise have been missed.



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