Saturday, October 31, 2015

Manga Classics: Emma by Stacy King, Po Tse, Crystle S. Chan

Title: Manga Classics: Emma
Author: Stacy King, Po Tse, Crystle S. Chan
Publisher: UDON Entertainment 
Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel, Classic
Publication: May 12, 2015

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Experience CLASSIC tales in MANGA format!

Just in time for the 200th anniversary, Manga Classics brings Jane Austen’s classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful new manga adaptation of Emma.

When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse — one of Jane Austen's immortal creations — flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance. Beneath its wit, the novel is also the story of a young woman's progress toward self-understanding. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of master artist Po Tse.

**I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I read the original Emma by Jane Austen years ago, and I really enjoyed it. I love that they're creating all these classics in manga form. A lot of people feel a bit intimidated by big classics (Emma is a big book and Austen is very well-known for her smart writing and somewhat complex vocabulary), so this is a great way for them to read it. I've actually already read a Pride & Prejudice comic, so I knew there was a high chance I might enjoy this one as well!

The art was really breathtaking, especially a drawing Emma makes of her friend Harriet in the story. They successfully captured the personality of every single character, and made their physical appearance to match it so well! Their expressions and reactions were great, I was afraid they could appear silly or make things not seem as serious as they should be, but that was never the case.

And Emma's dresses were very beautiful too, one of the things I loved the most!

They followed the original story incredibly well, and it's very fast-paced. There's a very important moment in the novel, when Emma starts to think about her actions and realizes that they have consequences, and it was captured beautifully in this manga.

If you're interested in reading Jane Austen or are already a big fan, you might want to give this a try :)

Have you read any of these Manga Classics? What classic book do you wish could be turned into manga?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! ♥


  1. I have never really read graphic novels, but I may have to start soon. Great review, Carla!
    Here is my Fall Time Cozy Book Tag post. Thanks again for tagging me. :)

    1. Thank you! :D And you're welcome! I hope you had fun doing the tag ^-^

  2. I love the classics!

  3. I haven't read the original Emma yet which is something I would want to do before reading this manga, but I really think I could like this. When it comes to manga and graphic novels, the drawings are vitally important to me and I can tell from the cover I am going to love these drawings. As well as that, I have a manga version of Pride and Prejudice which I will be reading soon.

    1. Yes, the drawings are very important to me too :) I think manga artists are usually pretty good at it!
      That's amazing!! I haven't read a manga version of Pride and Prejudice, but I do have the Marvel comic :D I might reread it and write a review about it.

  4. Emma as Manga - how fun! I would love to see Emma's drawing of Harriet.

    1. Yes, it's really great :) and the drawing is beautiful!! <3


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