Manga Classics: Pride And Prejudice by Stacy King

Adapted from the original classic by Jane Austen, the manga retelling was published in 2014. It was written by Stacy King and illustrated by Po Tse.

Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pride and Prejudice was a charming and gracefully illustrated graphic novel retelling. It does a fantastic job of making Austen’s classic accessible to younger or more visual readers, whilst also keeping the integrity of the original story. A couple of scenes were left out of the retelling, such as when Elizabeth is exploring the countryside with her Aunt and Uncle, Mr and Mrs Gardiner, and exclaims upon beholding the beauty of nature;

“’My dear, dear aunt,’ she rapturously cried, what delight! what felicity!…What are men to rocks and mountains? Oh! what hours of transport we shall spend!”

This was one of my favourite moments in the book, apart from the heated tête-à-tête with Lady Catherine de Bourgh, so I was disappointed that it was not included in the graphic retelling, but the plot is otherwise true to the source material. Another way in which it does justice to the classic is through the artwork, which I thought had a softly refined charm. The illustrator depicted each character in such a way that really brought them to life. It is evident that she worked hard to create illustrations that fully embody the way each character is described and presented in the original novel. Altogether, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Pride And Prejudice and would recommend to those apprehensive about reading classic novels.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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