Review: Pride and Prejudice A Graphic Novel by Jane Austen, Robert Deas and Ian Edington

The graphic novel adaption of Jane Austen's beloved classic Pride and Prejudice is a delight from start to finish. With graphics that seem somewhat reminiscent of the 2005 film adaption the story is lovingly retold. Many visitors to this blog will be familiar with the story already, but for those who came in late ... Elizabeth Bennet is the second oldest of five daughters, all of whom their mother is keen to marry off--otherwise British laws of inheritance of the day would leave them at the mercy of their cousin. The fortunes take a turn for the better when a wealthy young man moves to the neighbourhood and takes more than a passing interest in oldest sister Jane. Then Elizabeth meets Mr Bingley's close friend, the proud and disagreeable Mr Darcy, and a few tiffs, misunderstandings and dramas occur, during which Jane Austen takes a humorous and slightly wicked, but never scathing, look at British society in the early 19th century. 

As I stated previously, this one is a delight. The illustrations are brilliant, and bring out the romantic tension between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy perfectly, along with their contrasting--but surprisingly complimentary--personalities. Although it recreates many of the best scenes from the book, I did feel that a few parts had been skimmed over, and that it could have been longer. That said, it did give me some nostalgic vibes about reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time, and I feel this book would be a near perfect gift for a reader in their early teens who is just starting to become familiar with Austen. 



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