In an earlier post on my blog, I talk about the magic of graphic novels. Books, in my dictionary, can easily have the synonym ‘magic.’ And when classics that have withstood the test of time come together with the graphic novel form, it does make for a cool kind of magic of its own!! I recently read and discussed the Anne of Green Gables illustrated edition over on my IG here. Needless to say, I enjoyed it, a lot! I have also read and loved manga versions of various classics, including Pride and Prejudice (different from this one featured today). Adapting beloved classics in a graphic novel version is certainly a wonderful way to introduce these books to broader audiences, and also something that will be cherished by fans of the originals (hint, perfect gifts for everyone!)
Note: this review came about in an attempt to celebrate Austen’s birthday (Dec 16th, 1775!)
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Pride and Prejudice (Marvel Illustrated)
Title: Pride and Prejudice (Marvel Illustrated)
Author: Jane Austen/ Adapter: Nancy Butler
Illustrator: Hugo Petrus
Length: 120 pages
Genre: Classic Graphic Novels (13 years and up)
Publisher : Marvel Illustrated edition (October 28, 2009)
Tailored from the adored Jane Austen classic, Marvel Comics is proud to present Pride & Prejudice! Two-time Rita Award-Winner Nancy Butler and fan-favorite Hugo Petras faithfully adapt the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles.
A delightful adaptation of the book. This is certainly a book whose physical copy is going to find its way into my bookshelves pretty soon (I have the graphic novel version and while it has cool features, like a magnifying lens, I know that I will love the proper paper edition here!)
Nancy Butler’s adaptation is faithful to the original and at the same time will appeal to younger readers today. Hugo Petrus’ illustrations are kind of a mixed bag for me here. First, I love the artwork and the details. Petrus is certainly talented and I know I want to check out his other illustrations for Marvel Classics, like Treasure Island. However, some of the sisters look too much like each other across panels which makes it difficult to distinguish between them at times. That is a minor peeve in the overall scheme of things.
And that magazine cover look for this book!! I am so in love with it and inspired by it – so innovative and cool, right?!
A great book to introduce young readers to the classics, and a wonderful gift for all Austen fans!
And now I am off to read the rest of the books that Nancy Butler has worked on for the Marvel classic series, including Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey!
Get it Here
- The Superlative Magic of Graphic Novels
- When Stars are Scattered – Graphic Novels are Powerful
- World of Words Wednesday – Pride and Prejudice reviewed, and memes
- The Tale of Genji
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear reader, have you read the featured book? Or any other similar adaptations? Do you have any favorites among those you read? And if you are yet to read them, which one would you pick? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on this post and your recommendations as well.