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review 2017-08-29 09:59
Manga Classics: The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book: Manga Classics - Kipling,Crystal S. Chan

I've read most of the other Manga classics, and they were always nice, so even though I had only seen the Disney movie with the same name, I wanted to read this version of the Jungle book.

I had some problems at first to get into the short story collection, probably since I was unaware that the original stories were quite different from the movie, and did not seem to follow in a chronological order. One of the stories even takes place in icy seas so I didn't associate that with jungle either. But once I settled for this I was glad for it. The way some of the original prose was kept in the manga was great.

Also, most importantly, it made me curious towards The Jungle Book, even though I previously read some of Rudyard Kipling's work in a Little Black Classic and was slightly disappointed with it.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-06-08 00:00
Manga Classics: Jane Eyre
Manga Classics: Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë I was surprised by this combination: english classic literature with japanese popular culture in the form of manga comics. It was strange to read backwards (the correct way to read manga is explained in the book) but I got used to it. I read Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The stories are all true to the original, mixed with the expressiveness of the characters drawn with the typical manga big eyes. There's also humor in the illustrations. It's a different reading. It's fun to see the classics you know translated in a different art form.

I was provided an ARC by Netgalley and the publisher. This is my honest review.
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review 2017-06-08 00:00
Manga Classics: Emma
Manga Classics: Emma - Po Tse,Jane Austen,Luke Mehall;Gaelen Engler;Drew Thayer;Ashley King;Stacy Bare;Chris Barlow;Erica Lineberry;Brendan Leonard;Teresa Bruffey;D. Scott Borden,Crystal Chan I was surprised by this combination: english classic literature with japanese popular culture in the form of manga comics. It was strange to read backwards (the correct way to read manga is explained in the book) but I got used to it. I read Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The stories are all true to the original, mixed with the expressiveness of the characters drawn with the typical manga big eyes. There's also humor in the illustrations. It's a different reading. It's fun to see the classics you know translated in a different art form.

I was provided an ARC by Netgalley and the publisher. This is my honest review.
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review 2017-06-08 00:00
Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice Softcover
Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice Softcover - Jane Austen I was surprised by this combination: english classic literature with japanese popular culture in the form of manga comics. It was strange to read backwards (the correct way to read manga is explained in the book) but I got used to it. I read Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The stories are all true to the original, mixed with the expressiveness of the characters drawn with the typical manga big eyes. There's also humor in the illustrations. It's a different reading. It's fun to see the classics you know translated in a different art form.

I was provided an ARC by Netgalley and the publisher. This is my honest review.
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review 2017-05-02 03:50
Pride and Prejudice
Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice Softcover - Jane Austen

This is so pretty. It is in the Asian manga style, not strictly the Japanese manga style, so if that kind of art is not appealing to you, then you will hate this book. But otherwise it is very nicely drawn, focusing on the romantic themes in the panels with a lot of flower symbolism. It is not a strictly serious comic either with frequent appearances of chibi-Mrs. Bennett and chibi-Mr. Collins. I find it to be hilarious, but some other reviewers hated it.

 

The story is condensed from the novel version to make it more suitable for comic format, and some events are elided together or rearranged in order for the same reasons, but it is overall coherent and keeps the most important parts necessary to the story's ending. Compared to a standard manga volume, however, it is double the length. It does not have the epilogue that most modern readers may be used to seeing at the end of a copy of P&P. Also, I would say it is more inspired by the 2005 film version aesthetically than any other adaptation that I am aware of at present.

 

Manga Classics has more adaptations of Jane Austen novels and other literary classics available on their website. I am currently on the hunt for Sense and Sensibility and the Count of Monte Cristo. <3

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