“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.”
Illustration by: Po Tse, Crystle S Chan and Stacy King
Publisher: UDON Entertainment
Genre(s): Manga, Comic, Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Romance, Historical
Disclaimer: This book is an e-galley manga that I received from the publisher UDON Entertainment to review. I have not been paid to review this book, nor to give this book a good review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by the publisher.
This manga adaptation went on sale on June 16, 2015. This means it was brought out in time for the 200th anniversary of the novel by Jane Austen.
I read a lot of manga and so I was extremely happy to see this. I have also meant to to read a lot more of the “classics” but with new books coming out every week I never seem to have enough time! I would just like everyone reading this review to note that I have NOT read the original novel before I read this manga.
The plot seemed like a fun story, but in the end it fell flat for me and ended up irritating me. This was surprising for me since I loved Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Although the manga got more tolerable and actually enjoyable when it focused on the ongoing relationships rather than Emma interfering and making a mess of everything. Around the time that Emma realized that she was in love and focused on her own love rather than meddling in others was when it got the best for me.
Since the book is titled Emma, it makes sense that the manga focuses on her. I am sad to say instead of cute and quirky, I found Emma to be just annoying. There were many times I wished I could drag her out of the manga and throttle her! Emma epitomizes the saying “leave well enough alone.” I did connect with Emma on one level though because we are both romantics at heart who want everyone around us happy and in love. I also found Emma was at times a hypocrite. At one point she blames Mr. Elton for not considering her friend Harriet in marriage because of her social class but Emma herself told Harriet to turn down her first marriage proposal from Mr Martin because he was in a lower social caste than Harriet as a farmer. So that bothered me a little too. Lastly, Emma also doesn’t seem to understand or care about the emotional toll it takes on the people that are part of her matchmaking schemes. I just have to keep reminding myself that it was a different time and she was a lady of leisure.
I didn’t really understand the character of Harriet though. She didn’t really seem to have any importance in the story except as a pawn for Emma to focus her matchmaking thoughts on. So I was kind of confused on why she was in the story in the first place.