Manga Classics: Emma
I did not enjoy reading Emma as much as I anticipated. The story was ok. Emma is a delusional girl and a match-maker. She assumes two people are in love and tries to set them up for marriage. Even though she was the protagonist but I didn't like her much in the start. At the end, she gets better when she realizes her mistakes.
Mr. Knightly was my favorite. Tall and handsome. Not to forget, he is sensi ...more
Emma is only my second Manga Classic rewriting (the first one was Pride and Prejudice) and I must say that I liked Pride and Prejudice better. I think, however, that this slight preference of mine is due to the fact that the story and the tone of the original Pride and Prejudice are better suited for a comic adaptation. Adapting Emma in this form was no easy task at all, and truth be told, once again I am rea ...more
Reading the novel version would take me at least a week or more to be able to finish because they are really long. But this manga adaptation/graphic novel really made it easier f ...more
Just like I mentioned in my review of Les Miserables, this one has inspired me to read the original novel and even check out the movie. I also think it is a great way to tell a classic story in a modern way, which ...more
The story follows the same path as the original with the same characters as it should. Emma is a young lady from a good family who happens to be one of the two leading families in the nei ...more
This is probably the least favorite of Jane Austin creation.
Emma is just...irritating. Match-making all the time even if she is not that good. (Ok she was half good as mentioned in beginning of the book) but that other than that one couple, she caused nothing but confusion and heart-break including her own.
Now you might be wondering why attach 'Sonam Kapoor' here. You see I'm not great fan of the actress but when I realized she is acting in the movie which is Emma adaption, I decided to watch t ...more
I was delighted to see there was a new Manga Classic on Netgalley, after I read several others already (Les Miserables, The Scarlet Letter and Pride & Prejudice). I'd never read the original Emma so I didn't know what the story was going to be about and I can't judge if the manga represents the story well.
Overall, it was a very fast and light read that did remind me of Pride & Prejudice. It's not completely my cup of tea, but since it's ...more
*Huge thanks to Jane Austen, Po Tse, Crystle S. Chan, Stacy King, Udon Entertainment and NetGalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*
I downloaded this Manga version of Jane Austen's 'Emma' with a sense of real curiosity – I love Jane Austen’s works and if I try to analyse why I like them one of the the things that jumps out most is her style and humour. To me, the most important things about an Austen story is not so much what happens but the enjoyment I get from how she describes it, so I was interested to see how well this ...more
The artwork is very pretty and (thankfully) very distinctive. I hate when I’m reading a manga and all characters seem to look exactly the same, so it was a relief that t ...more
Afraid to read and review a literary giant? Is your boredom level over 9000? So your balance sheet doesn’t balance? Have been forced to read classics as part of your school requirement? So you can’t relate to any of the socially awkward questions about great works of literature and most read classics clothed with universal appeal?
“Who? Emma? Sorry. Can’t relate.”
This is another adaptation in the Manga Classics line - this time of Jane Austen's Emma. And while I had praise for the Pride & Prejudice adaptation, I think this one is superior.
Emma seems a much more appealing character for a manga. But more importantly, the story had a much smoother flow. In Pride & Prejudice, the narrative could feel a little jumpy and scenes would change rather abruptly. This is rarely the case for Emma, though, and just makes the reading experience all the better.
The art i ...more
My biggest complaint though is that manga will just never be a good medium for this type of story. Manga typically requires its characters to over express, and so much of Jane Austen's stories are a result of subtlety and nuances. Emma's reactions in this telling were often over the top and o ...more
Recommended 13+ for romance, matchmaking ending badly, and Manga-style drawings (though this is on the conservative side, so it's not bad).
First, let me say that I LOVE these Manga Classics. I adore them, and I'll probably end up purchasing them in physical copy at some point. The story itself (sorry, Jane Austen), unfortunately fell flat for me. I'll probably read the original at some point, but I'm giving this edition a 3.5 star rating.
Emma is a novel that I have yet to read. Sadly I have yet to read any Jane Austen and the manga classic adaptations of P&P and Emma are the only exposure I’ve yet to have. I have to say, I do enjoy them and can’t wait to pick up Austen’s novels. I think that in the Manga Classic division the Austen adaptations are the strongest- the best being P&P. I didn’t know much about Emma going in, but I know all about her now. Emma is a young girl who...more
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 ...more
Emma is not actually my favourite Austen, never has been as I've always thought that Emma's not a very likeable heroine BUT this adaptation made me see things in a totally new light. I have read the book 3 or 4 times, seen the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow a time or two, and yet, this ...more
The artwork is really lovely and the characters are all so distinct. I love their costumes and the pretty scenery. Sometimes I think the drama goes a little bit overboard though, as though the characters are shou ...more
I have not read the original book before I read the Manga but while reading this I got really interested to read the book, just to get a little bit more insight and more depth that you probably can't get while reading a Manga.
But that being said I really enjoyed reading the story and I really liked the different characters and the relationships. The art was really good and it was overall just a really quick and easy r ...more
1) I've never read a Manga before
2) I've never read Austen's Emma
It all worked out well for me because the art was GORGEOUS and the story was very well laid-out so it was a quick read. This was important to me because I took a really long time to finish reading Pride and Prejudice because of the lengthy prose. But after reading this, I'm really interested to go for the full-text version of Emma which, I think, was the intention here. Well done ...more
The artists and writers of this adaptation did an excellent job of summarizing a classic whose language can often be complicated and confusing to readers by carefully choosing dialogue and filling in the gaps with easy-to-interpret images. They stayed true to the plot and themes, not leaving out anything important, and to the characters - Emma was portrayed as the obnoxious and oblivious busybody tha ...more
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Dungeons and Dragons Young Adventurer's Guides - introducing new players to the classic role-playing game through amazing new artwork and streamlined prose.
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