Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Released: November 15th 2016
I received a copy of Manga Classics: Jane Eyre from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I finally read Jane Eyre for the first time this year, so it only seemed natural for me to move forward and read the Manga adaptation as well, while it was fresh in my mind. Needless to say, I loved it! Stacy King and Crystal S. Chan are incredibly talented when it comes to adapting and condensing a classic into a manga version of itself. While I can see the changes they made (it is a requirement when it comes to this sort of adaptation), I don’t feel like there was any loss to the heart or intent of the story, and I found myself enjoying it very much.
In many ways Jane Eyre really lends well to an adaptation of this form. It is a beautiful yet sad (at times) story about a young girl who’s had a rough start in life, yet despite that she never loses her hope or determination. Adding visuals to a story like this really does enhance the experience, and increase the reader’s concern for the characters introduced. The beautiful and intricate artwork did a wonderful job of setting the scene, as well as making the characters come to life.
I truly love the concept of Manga Classics. Not only do they present us with striking final products, but they make them more approachable to a broader audience. I feel like if I had been offered to read a manga version of Jane Eyre when I was younger I would have been more likely to actually have read it at the time; and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way. I can’t wait to see what Manga Classics will be adapting next!