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Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Sense and Sensibility Manga

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Studios
Release Date: August 10, 2016

When Elinor Dashwood's father dies, her family's finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in Devonshire, Elinor's sister Marianne is torn between the handsome John Willoughby and the older Colonel Brandon. Meanwhile, Elinor's romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars are hindered due to his prior engagement. Both Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change.

Manga Classics brings new life to Jane Austen’s very first novel. Sense and Sensibility is a classic tale about love, romance and heartbreak in this brilliant manga adaption

What’s it About? Sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood couldn’t be more different if they tried. Where Elinor is reserved, Marianne is impulsive but both girls are devastated by their father’s sudden death. Elinor’s growing attraction to Edward Ferrars is ruined by his family’s opposition while Marianne’s passionate romance with John Willoughby comes to a sudden and very public stop. Left broken hearted the sisters must learn to overcome the sudden obstacles thrown their way in order to find happiness.

Overall reaction to the story? The classic Jane Austen tale is now in manga format! Oh why wasn’t this done when I was a teenager? Better yet, why can’t this be part of school reading? This manga version of Sense and Sensibility may not be the whole novel but it can sure get hesitant readers interested in the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

I’ve only read one manga in my life and that was years ago and my younger sister had to teach me how (She loves her manga) but because this is Sense and Sensibility I couldn’t resist and I wasn’t disappointed. The illustrations are beautifully done and highlight the best and most important scenes of the story plus they give each character their own distinct look. I had such a great time with the illustrations and even when I got stuck or confused on the reading order (It happens with a novice) I never lost my interest or enthusiasm for this version of the story.

I don’t know why this wasn’t a “thing” sooner but I am loving the idea of classic stories being turned into manga versions. Artist Po Tse really brings the characters to life and Stacy King makes sure that this adaptation doesn’t leave out key moments in the story.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Especially if you’re a fan of the original story. It’s interesting to see what the manga does with it.

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