Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen, Stacy King, and Po Tse
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Source: Udon Entertainment on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father’s sudden Death. Elinor’s attachment to the reserved Edward Ferrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne’s brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness?
Jane Austen’s beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation! (Source: Goodreads)
Week 2 of Manga Classics month! This week it’s Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. This has never been one of my favourite Austen novels, which already gives this book a disadvantage. I’ve tried so many times to read the original book and really enjoy it, or enjoy a movie adaptation, but I just don’t enjoy it for some reason, and that really remained true with this adaptation as well unfortunately.
The story of Sense and Sensibility has always seemed kind of convoluted to me, with far too many characters all entwining in strange ways. I don’t really like any of them, especially the two leads Marianne and Elinor who are kind of boring and don’t inspire any passion from the reader (at least in my opinion). The romantic interests aren’t really given room to develop and make you swoon the way they are in later Austen novels.
All of that really comes through in this adaptation for me. Marianne and Elinor are bland, their romances don’t have any true passion, there are too many characters. On top of that though the art really wasn’t my favourite. Some of the character designs were kind of questionable in my opinion, with awkward facial features and too large eyes. I definitely prefer the art from some of the other books, like last weeks Jane Eyre.
Definitely not the best from this series, and I honestly wouldn’t recommend this one, but it was a pleasure to read and interesting to compare to other books in the series.
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