In this world, it's adultery or cheating, I suppose it's called. Now, I loved the manga and art aspect of this book but the story aspect….not so much. Hester is a very strong woman, and I admire her a lot for how she tackled what she went through. - - - - - This wasn't terrible and it's a noble cause King is on: making classics more accessible to people who are cautious when it comes to 19th century language and dwellings. I've heard several times before that it's a pretty boring read that is styled in a way that's not flowing or easy to read. PDF/X-1:2001 The art is amazing and makes the story that much more vivid. Intended for a young adult audience, Manga Classics™ are just as likely to be enjoyed in the reader’s free time as in the classroom. (I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review) from application/x-indesign to application/pdf - Characters who are harshly challenged by the plot in some way. The tension and emotion of the story really comes through in the art and dialogue. Having not read the original classic, I had no expectations whatsoever regarding the story or any element related to it. Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables! I can't speak for how accurate/true to the original this version is as I I'm auto-approved by Udon Entertainment on Netgalley, where I got this, so thank you thank you! Not in a gripping fast-paced way, but it made me feel like I was on a speedy escalator watching the story pass me by. I loved the drawings and the characters’ descriptions. Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. 3.75 Hester Prynne had a few months old baby while her husband left her 2 years ago. I’m sure there are manga readers who will find this a great way to be introduced to classic stories. Jane Eyre was the first Manga Classics adaptation that I had read. The Scarlet Letter told a story of a sin acted by Hester Prynne. I gave this 5 stars because while reading the story - particularly the characterization - I was able to guess that there is some kind of magic or witchcraft going on; and I even suspect that Illuminati or the New World Order is involved. Reading this adaption was super nostalgic and added a little extra something to the novel. Check out the entire line of Manga Classics. Beautifully done! I’m assuming it’s another visual metaphor like the snake, but literal and figurative blur quite a bit. The art style used for the physical appearances is also a standard trope for the manga world. I have not read the original book by Nathaniel Hawthorne yet, so I can't make comparisons as to how similar this version of the story is to the novel its based upon. Manga Classics has tackled several works of Western literature, including Pride and Prejudice, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, and most recently Emma (which I’m currently reading. [Hester Prynne] 'I WILL NOT SPEAK. The adaptation itself—the translation of the story into this visual medium and into the framework of another culture—is not terrible. It's such a big part of the emotional landscape of the story. I appreciate the story-boarding, and the cutting of scenes into multiple drawings. (NetGalley, and the publishers working with them, gave me this in exchange for a review. - - - - - The Scarlet Letter has inspired numerous film, television, and stage adaptations, and plot elements have influenced several novels, musical works, and screen productions.. I think that’s a Manga thing. Oh, just an advice! Instead of feeling sad, she's shown to be determined and strong, making her a like-able character. Manga Classics has tackled several works of Western literature, including Pride and Prejudice, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, and most recently Emma (which I’m currently reading. Intended for a young adult audience, Manga Classics™ are just as likely to be enjoyed in the reader’s free time as in the classroom. People today have a hard time understanding how dangerous life was if you didn't conform and toe the line. I’m not sure if people think that good or bad. especially since she acts out under all the condemnation she has been born into. A powerful tale of forbidden love, shame, and revenge comes to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. So the criticism that I am going to put forth is not necessarily criticism of this manga but if the original story of The Scarlet Letter. / The Scarlett Letter was an enjoyable read but it didn't really hit the mark with me. Not having read the original work, I can't say whether it was the original story or the manga adaptation that ruined it for me. – Yeah, this manga made me eager to read the original classic! adobe:docid:indd:1302f82d-a68c-11dd-b1b3-f55377ea858d I plan to follow up with the original novel. Perhaps simplifying the core of the storyline and characterization may have played a big role in that, but I do have a bit of an interest in seeking out the classical novel now after reading this. thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books) Lack of dept characterization-wise, realism in the romance, adequate pacing and detail for the story aside, as a whole this was enjoyable and pretty captivating despite all its flaws. ( Log Out /  I did, however, wish, as I do whenever I start reading a manga, for the graphics to be beautiful and for them to make us clearly understand the actions of the characters. For this one, I remember seing the movie when I was little, but just the ending, and I actually own an ebook copy just waiting for me on my Kindle. Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! Another one is the way Hester's character was portrayed there. It would a fun display idea to feature the original and its manga adaptation side by side – I’d love to see how it affects my circulation. In high school, The Scarlet Letter was required reading and although I found the plot interesting enough, the writing style was far too dry and antiquated for me, making it a pain to read. With our adaptation of The Scarlet Letter we opted to use spot coloring only on the letter A which ensures the reader knows how visible it was to everyone around Hester. Hester still looked so young and lovable. I guess the irony is that we then re-translate the manga version into English for the otaku who prefer their American literature Japanese-style. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Even as an older adult, I can honestly state that I’m really enjoying these Manga Classics. It’s the first manga I’ve read, so reading right to left (back to front for m Funny how the romance left me emotionless. Nathaniel Hawthorne's powerful tale of forbidden love, shame and revenge comes to life in this manga presentation of the classic story. Jan 02, 2019, I loved this adaptation of the scarlet letter, the art work is beautiful and this version brought the story up to date and really interesting. I would recommend this manga to those, like me, who want to attempt to read Hugo’s Les Misérables one day. I must say, this manga adaptation made me want to move it higher on my TBR list. Please keep doing them cause I’ll be more than happy to keep on reading. I wish I had this back in high school when I was reading the text. Manga is a real challenge if you don't have any sort of reference point from which to begin. I hear there is a very good representation of Pride and Prejudice! I would start with what I liked about this manga, I love the drawing especially for Hester and the little Pearl, Hester's daughter. Hawthorne. the elf … I felt so lucky to happen upon the manga adaptation of Les Misérables. Manga is a popular art medium that’s been reaching beyond purely Japanese titles and finding a firm audience in American adaptations, from popular YA series like Twilight and Beautiful Creatures to classics like Les Miserables, Pride and Prejudice, and now, The Scarlet Letter. I am so impressed with this graphic novel! Hester Prynne had a few months old baby while her husband left her 2 years ago. A lover of magical books : Book reviews, and general book rambling, a woman in her twenties drinking coffee and reading books, Your Source For Young Adult Books, Unboxings, and All Things Bookish, Let's grab a cup of tea and talk about books. I must say, this manga adaptation made me want to move it higher on my TBR list. - Psychologically complex and puzzling characters. adobe:docid:indd:1302f82d-a68c-11dd-b1b3-f55377ea858d Naturally the fabulous creators behind Manga Classics are going to adapt it. 2. Turning it into a manga, once again is a commendable effort that just might get me to read more classics. Change ). ( Log Out /  I was surprised how quickly I adapted to this though.mI thought the use of black and white in general for the illustrations, with only the scarlet A in colour, was very effective. I highly recommend this book, especially to new readers, or young readers who get bored with the classics. I was glad to see that a lot of the symbolism of the original classic is highlighted in this manga. But again, the art was incredible. We are getting closer to making that change. In fact, this book was my (covers mouth and mumbles) first. Yet, the artwork in the manga, and concise adaptation of the text worked very well. UPDATE: I've received a lengthy, considerate reply from the publisher explaining more about the manga format and how they're attempting to make literature more accessible for all readers. Obviously I missed several decades of Manga, but better late than never, right? I really did not sense any romance whatsoever here, nor affection between the main couple. She looks like an imp straight from fairyland. Reading the story of Hester Prynne and her scarlet letter is a rite of passage in high school, but that doesn’t always make it an accessible book. The story, for those unfamiliar, is about a young woman who gives birth to a perfectly healthy girl. Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter A powerful tale of forbidden love, shame, and revenge comes to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. Adobe InDesign CS6 (Macintosh) As the creators state, the manga version is meant as a supplement to the original text rather than a substitute, and it serves its purpose well. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. I had no idea how him (to not spoil you) fell in love, why they loved each other ‘‘so much’’ as for Hester to keep the name of her lover hidden from everyone and, especially, how she could have concealed her feelings for him from everyone for so long.

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