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I haven’t read a lot of Manga but I love Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away so I wanted to try it out, I love the art style. I enjoy watching classics like Pride and Prejudice so when I went to a bookstore and saw in their collection they had Manga Classics, I knew these would be perfect place to start.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Stacy King
I didn’t know anything about Jane Eyre’s story prior to reading this. Jane Eyre in Manga was a great way to read a classic quickly. It allows you to get to know the story if you’re not up to reading the novel. One day I might tackle the novel but I’m glad I read this as it allowed me to actually learn the story. The illustrations were beautiful, keeping the story engaging. I really enjoyed this.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Stacy King
I really like Pride and Prejudice. I love how Elizabeth Bennett is a strong character who can stand up for herself and not give in to societal expectations. Rather than giving into the pressure of marrying just for the sake of marrying or reputation and wealth, she is determined to marry for love. Again, the illustrations were so pretty, however, I was put off with how Mr. Collins was illustrated. I can understand how it could fit his character but it just seemed kinda random and stuck out. Overall, I really enjoyed this. It was an easy, enjoyable read. Definitely great for those who struggle to concentrate on classics (like me) as well as Pride and Prejudice fans.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Stacy King
I read this in an afternoon. I was pretty impressed with myself. This goes to show how quickly you can demolish these. As someone who loves the film, I really enjoyed reading this. It was great to get to know the novel (well Manga in this case) version. It was more following the plot line of the novel which I found really refreshing.
I did find Marianne’s character more annoying in this version compared to the film. I understand she’s supposed to be in her mid-teens but I got annoyed at some of her actions. That was one thing about this story in this text, I didn’t feel as connected to the characters.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This is my newest that I’ve added to my Manga Classics collection. The Count of Monte Cristo is a brand new story for me. I’ve only heard about it but don’t know much of the story. Again, this is a great way for me learn and experience a classic. I’m keen to read this.
Fruits Basket (Volumes 1-5) by Natsuki Takaya
I came across volume 1-5 of Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya at Savers (op-shop) for only a couple of dollars each. I’ve never heard of this series before! But there has been a lot of talk about it which makes me intrigued. Seems to be a favourite series for some and was turned into an Anime. It’s a fantasy, rom-com.
Oresama Teacher by Izumi Tsubaki & Stepping on Roses by Rinko Ueda
Again, these are two manga series I’ve never heard of before. I picked these up at Savers as well and as they are number 4 & 5 in their separate series I won’t be able to read these yet but I’ll definitely keep a look out for the first ones. I love the vibrant colours on the covers and the art style.
So that was my manga haul! Sorry it took longer to upload then I thought it would be. Hope you enjoyed this post and have you read any of these? If so, did you enjoy them? Do you have any manga recommendations?
Until next time…