Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a fun little adaptation of P&P into manga form, but it’s a little too cutesy and “teen drama” for me. There are roses and hearts everywhere, and the character’s facial expressions and actions are too overly dramatic.
I mean, if someone is going to collapse into a chair from illness, is it really necessary for them to pitch headlong to the floor in a flurry of curly hair and roses, and with their cloak fluttering behind them? haha! They couldn’t just sit down in a chair and faint like a normal person?
I did not like how Darcy’s character was drawn so austere and dark. They could have softened him a little, I think. Same thing for Mr. Bennett. He looks very harsh.
Most of the other characters were perfectly drawn though! Their looks really reflected their personalities. I really liked how Elizabeth and Jane were portrayed.
Of course, any adaptation like this is going to be so watered down that the story is barely there, and the elegance of the original story is mostly lost. But it was very cute and enjoyable! It certainly made me laugh. I loved the chibi panels that were inserted between chapters. So funny!
This would be a good manga to introduce 7-12 year olds to classics!
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