Manga Classics: Great Expectations

23332875Novel: Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Stacy King, Crystal Chan, Nokman Poon  | Goodreads
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

Great Expectations has it all: romance, mystery, comedy, and unforgettable characters woven through a gripping rags-to-riches tale. Naive Pip, creepy Miss Haversham, beautifully cold Estella, terrifying Abel Magwitch, and the rest of Dicken’s fantastic cast are perfectly envisioned in this new adaptation in this 300-plus page volume featuring artwork by artist Nokman Poon. Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.

This is the second manga book I’ve ever read and, like the first one, I enjoyed it more than I ever would have expected. The goal of this line of Manga Classics is to get more people interested in reading classics. This goal has been reached with me, because I now want to read Dickens’ original Great Expectations in full. I loved the graphics and found Pip to be a protagonist with depth and character. I was able to follow the story easily for the most part, though the mystery holds less weight than it probably does in the actual novel. Nevertheless, this was a fun, entertaining, and easy read. I highly recommend the Manga Classics line for anyone who would like to explore classic literature but is a bit hesitant to do so. Also, anyone who loves Great Expectations and is interested in reading it in comic form should give this book a shot.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley. All opinions are honest and my own.

Manga Classics: Emma

23332879Novel: Manga Classics: Emma | Goodreads
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Also Published On: Lit Up Review

Just in time for the 200th Anniversary, Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen’s classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). – Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.

Let me start off by saying that this is the first manga novel I’ve ever read. I’ve never had an interest in this type of book before, but I do have a strong interest in reading classics. However, my dilemma is that sometimes classics are, well, stuffy and boring and more than a bit pedantic. I have never read Jane Austen’s Emma before so I cannot compare this manga edition to the original novel. But I will say that I quite enjoyed reading manga Emma and I now have a strong desire to read the actual classic. I think that’s what’s so great about the entire collection of Manga Classics: they get readers interested in classic literature by making it fun to read and easy to breeze through. I am sure that I will find it much easier to follow the complete novel after experiencing this version than I would have otherwise. And lovers of the original Emma will surely be delighted with the way the story is brought to life on these pages. The illustrations are charming and easy to follow once you get the hang of reading right to left. I did struggle at times to keep track of characters by their last names, but was always able to sort them out quickly within any given scene. Above all, I really enjoyed the story and the manner in which it is depicted. It is entertaining and cartoonish, but I can still see the appeal of Austen’s work that has lasted two centuries. I myself will most definitely be picking up her original novel soon!

I recommend this edition of Emma to any reader who wants to delve into the world of classics but is hesitant to do so. In addition, I recommend it to any Jane Austen lovers as an hour and a half illustrated adventure with Emma Woodhouse. Happy 200th anniversary, Emma!

DISCLAIMER: I received a digital copy of this title for free through NetGalley. All opinions are honest and my own.