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Pride & Prejudice by Nancy Butler
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Aug 20, 2010

it was ok

Nancy Butler did a fantastic job translating Jane Austen into a graphic novel. With just dialogue she was somehow able to keep the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennet.
The illustrations were just horrible though. Ugh.
I can only assume that a graphic novel version of Pride and Prejudice was meant to appeal to girls (and get them into comic book shops). The illustrations seem as if they couldn't decide between more modern looking characters (a couple times I wonder if the Bennet sisters going to fall out of their dresses in an apparent wardrobe malfunction) or more traditional and what we got was something in between. The shading of the characters doesn't quite work either - faces looked very amateurishly drawn and you were left with expressions that never felt real or genuine. In the end, I just didn't feel any connection to Elizabeth as she came to life on the page. And how can you really enjoy P&P if you can't connect to Elizabeth.
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