Graphic Novel Review: Marvel Adaptations – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice | Original work by Jane Austen | Adapted by Nancy Butler & Illustrated by Hugo Petrus | Marvel Comics | 4 Stars | Source: Bought | 114 pages | Collects Issues #1-#5
Classics | Romance
Release Date: October 28th, 2009
ISBN13: 9780785139157

Goodreads Synopsis:

“An adaptation of the original by Jane Austen that tells of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable, eccentric family as they navigate through tricky British social circles.”


As some of you may know, I have just recently got in to graphic novels. I was told by a few friends that the best way to get in to them is to check out adaptations of books you have already read instead of original works. With that in mind, I went to Goodreads and found this!

This is a review of the adaptation more than P&P since I would not know where to start reviewing that since I loved it so much!

This graphic novel sits at just over 100 pages has just under 300 so a considerable amount of the books has had to be taken out. Some of the descriptions have obviously been thrown and Mrs. Bennett’s nerves aren’t mentioned as much. In terms of maintaining the original story arc, I think it does this perfectly. In the same week I read this, I listened to the audiobook, watched the miniseries and watched the film so I had most of the book to memory.

If there is anything I remember Pride and Prejudice for, it is for how genuinely funny and witty it is. This adaptation definitely maintains that. I still laughed at Lizzy’s commentary and Mrs Bennetts hysteria.

Small note on the illustrations. For the most part, they are beautiful. The cover is kind of deceiving since the inside is not like that.  The only thing I found of putting was the fact that characters facial expressions were incredibly harsh. This works perfect for characters like Mr. Darcy or Lady Catharine, but when it came to the Bennett sisters (arguably apart from Mary!) It didn’t suit them at all. This only happens a few times in the comic so it is not too bad!

All in all, I think this is a great adaptation. I think it is good for lovers of P&P and also for those who have yet to read it and find the whole classic thing daunting like I do sometimes. I wish I had this back when I was studying the novel in school. The small overview would have been nice! I will definitely check out the rest of the Marvel Classics adaptations!

Goodreads Average: 3.76/5 (out of 2,720 ratings)


This originally came out in 5 separate volumes and in the back of this bindup of there were the covers for all of them. Here are two of my favourites.

#currentread: Marvel Classics Illustrated: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (adapted by Nancy Butler and Hugo Petrus)




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