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Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen
Adapted By: Nancy Butler & Hugo Petrus
Collects: Pride & Prejudice #1-5
Collection originally published: 2010
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Purchased

The Story

Pride and PrejudiceFrom the back of the book:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife…”

Tailored from the adored Jane Austen classic, Marvel Comics is proud to present an adaptation of the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles. Will Lizzy’s beautiful sister Jane marry the handsome, wealthy Mr. Bingley? Or will his brooding friend Mr. Darcy stand between their happiness?

One of the most acclaimed novels in English literature has endured since its release in 1813 and is adapted as a graphic novel for the first time, collecting all five instalments from two-time RITA award-winner Nancy Butler and fan-favorite Hugo Petrus.

The Response

This would be a good introduction to P&P… and it was a good way to revisit it. It would be a good substitute for it. Oh, nothing could ever be a good substitute for it!

So, here’s what I liked about it – it still had some of the best of Austen’s dialogue. It still brought the characters to life, and it was still able to make certain ones (ahem Mr Collins) as dislikable as if you were reading the full novel. (Or watching the BBC P&P miniseries). The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful! Lovely!

But… all of Pride and Prejudice was condensed into five comics. That’s like condensing the whole book into a 129 minute film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Very pretty to look at, but missing so much of the depth that makes the story so rich and such a classic in itself.

I did get some time with some of my favourite characters though. Oh, Mr. Darcy! I would that you were real! (But shh, don’t tell the bf that my love for you will never die!) And Lizzy, I wish that you were my best of friends! Ah, loving fictional characters more than most real people makes for some interesting times.

The Bottom Line

This was a cute accompaniment or a cute introduction. I’ll be flipping through it again when I need a quick Darcy fix.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:04 am June 5, 2013.
Category: Classics
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  • Ruth

    I thought this was cute too! But I think my favorite condensed/graphic novel Austen is the Sense & Sensibility Butler released after this one (I think).

  • Cheryl

    Oh, how funny! I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that there’s a comics version of P&P–there seems to be every kind of version of the story. Although cutting it down does seem like it would be, um, challenging. Except…shh, but I liked the Kiera Knightley version. Not the same depth, perhaps, but so much fun.