Oh. My. Gosh. I can’t remember the last time I had such a “squee!” reaction to something I read. That is seriously almost embarrassing!
It’s funny whenOh. My. Gosh. I can’t remember the last time I had such a “squee!” reaction to something I read. That is seriously almost embarrassing!
It’s funny when I think of it, because my reaction to the first book of the series (which is the exact story told by the first manga) had been a little “blah”. Not bad, just a bit disappointed. I understand now that it came mainly from a mix of too high expectations and a misunderstanding of what the book was about. But I didn’t have such expectations for the manga; mostly, I wanted to refresh my memory of the first novel so that I could go on and read the next books. I was able to immersed myself completely into it – and oh my did I love it!
It’s simple, really; Soulless was a fun and completely charming manga. It had nice action scenes, funny dialogue and very sexy moments between Alexia and Lord Maccon. My brain being what it is, I needed to refresh my memory of the book before I could read the manga to refresh my memory of the story (if that makes sense!), so I had reread a few excerpts. I can therefore confirm with complete authority (!!!) that a lot of the text is exactly as it was in the book. Good thing, too, because Alexia has some golden quips and it would have been really sad for her to so suddenly lose her wits.
I loved how detailed the illustrations were. There are a few panels with complete background of the streets that are just so striking! And I really loved the first few color pages; they were simply gorgeous! I understand that a complete color graphic novel would up the price a lot, but it did made me wish I could see Alexia and Maccon in colors from beginning to end.
If the second manga had been on my shelf, I think I would have read it right away – even though I’d really prefer to read the book it was inspired by first. The second manga came out this week, which is absolutely exciting – but it also means I have some catching up to do with my reading!...more
I read the Uglies series a few years ago and absolutely loved it. With the Hunger Games, it’s one of my favorite YA series and one against which I meaI read the Uglies series a few years ago and absolutely loved it. With the Hunger Games, it’s one of my favorite YA series and one against which I measure all the new dystopian YA series. So of course I wouldn’t pass on a illustrated version of the series, and when I saw it at the store last week, I immediately grabbed it. I am so glad that I can say that I really enjoyed it.
First, I really liked the illustrations. I don’t read that many mangas and graphic novels, but when I do I love the style to be clean and clear. The characters really came alive and I loved how the scenes on the boards felt full of action. I could sense the movement and the danger, and it was exciting to see that what I had imagined from my reading of the story mostly matched what I saw in these illustrations.
The story itself was fun, though very predictable if you have read the books. There seem to be two trends right now for book series; new short stories to keep readers interested in between books’ publication, and direct adaptations of the books into graphic novels/mangas. Interestingly, Shay’s Story is a little of both; the story is almost the same as the one in Uglies, but from another character’s point of view. This mix of familiar and new worked really well for me, helping me remember the series while giving me the chance to discover Shay.
I have always loved Shay as a character. In the books, I always found her a bit mysterious. It was often difficult to understand her true motivations, desires and goals. While her complexity wasn’t as obvious here, I liked that we got to see how it all started for her. Seeing Tally, David and Zane was also really nice. I found it interesting how, seeing the story from another point of view, it was Tally now who became a little mysterious, intriguing.
This visual adaptation of Uglies does have a flaw, and in my opinion it’s a big one. While I loved the illustrator’s style, I felt there wasn’t enough difference in appearance between the Uglies, Pretties and Specials. I do remember that the Uglies are not necessarily ugly but normal, ordinary. For the purpose of a graphic novel though, I feel the contrast should have been bigger. It seemed that all the Pretties had different was a better hairstylist and a touch of makeup, and the Specials didn’t look that special either. This was a tiny bit disappointing.
Still I really appreciated reading it, and it made me want to reread the complete series. I am really happy to know there will be two more volumes following Shay’s Story, and I can’t wait to put my hands on them!...more