Emma: Manga Classics adapted by Stacy King and illustrated by Tse
So my niece’s birthday was the second of February and this is the year she turns 16, I decided to do my annual gift of Pride and Prejudice. I first read it when I turned 16, so now I gift as a 16th birthday gift.
So I decided to get a copy for my niece…but only one problem-my niece isn’t a big fan of reading. She doesn’t hate it, but is more into Netflix, K-Dramas, Anime, tiktok, etc. You know how I feel about that…
So I am planning something else to celebrate her birthday, but I figured I would get her the book too. But then I was looking online at Barnes and Nobles to decide what I wanted to spend my christmas gift card on, and I spotted Emma and Pride and Prejudice manga.
My niece loves Webtoons so I figured that a Manga would be the route to go! I looked at the two and was going to buy Pride and Prejudice when I looked at the Emma manga. Emma would be perfect as a manga as it has great comedic moments and the style would fit perfect for some of these characters. I mean think how fun some of the more extreme characters would be in this-Mrs. Elton for example.
My niece also LOVES Clueless so I figured it would be the perfect in to Jane Austen, and espechially Emma.
While it differs from tradition, I think she will love it, so I ordered the book.
We then went to the bookstore last weekend and my niece was looking at the manga wanting to buy one, but couldn’t settle on one. I was so pleased as I have one ready.
But then, of course like last year’s P.S. I Like You, I needed to read it first so I could review it.
So I read this book and I just absolutely LOVED it! I started reading and couldn’t put it down at all. They did such a good job with selecting which parts of the novel and text to use and pairing them with the illustrations. It was incredibly enjoyable, and I highly recommend it for any Austen fan.
These illustrations were also 100% perfect.
I loved Mr. Knightley’s reaction to Emma:
I laughed so hard at this one of Mrs. Elton and everyone who dislikes her:
Look how gorgeous they drew Emma’s dress for the ball:
Ugh, Frank’s temper tantrum. They did him perfectly. Like, wah little baby!
It was fantastic and I loved in the back how they detailed their process in adapating the novel to manga. I absolutely loved it and again, I recommend it to any Jane Austen or Manga fans.
I can’t wait to check out their Pride and Prejudice version. Maybe for Christmas?
For more Emma, go to Why Don’t More People Talk about Mrs. Goddard?
For more Emma adaptions, go to Interference: Friday Night Lights Meets Emma
For more Emma Woodhouse, go to Achy Breaky Heart: Austentatious (2015)
For more Jane Austen adaptions, go to Northanger Abbey Audiobook Narrated by Anna Massey