Manga Classics: Emma

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goodreads-synopsis

Just in time for the 200th Anniversary, Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen’s classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). – Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.

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(Artwork from book)

Book is available on NetGalley.

Emma is an upperclass young lady that loves being a matchmaker. She has fun pairing her friends, but not everyone approves of her hobby. Though Emma has good intentions, she doesn’t realize she causes harm when she tries to matchmake. She constantly finds herself bickering with her brother in law, Mr. George Knightley who feels Emma shouldn’t matchmake at all. When Harriet arrives into town, Emma becomes friends with Harriet. Harriet lacks Emma’s confidence and reputation, and Emma sees her as a project in the making. Emma is independent and feels that she cannot marry. She is better off alone or so she thinks. Because Emma tries to matchmake, she gets herself involve in many situations. This manga edition of Emma is quite hilarious.

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I have not read Emma by Jane Austen, but I know the gist of the story thanks Clueless. With this manga edition of Emma, I knew that I was going to get condescended story. Though I this edition is quite short, I found it to be light hearted and funny. Starting off with the drawing style, honestly I was not much of a fan at first. The more I kept reading, the more I felt that the drawing style suited this story. I even learned to love it by the end.

As for the characters, Emma was by far my favorite from the cast of characters. She is independent, helpful, fun, and childish. Despite her good qualities, Emma is also prejudice when it comes to people of lower standing. This can be proven when Mr. Martin is introduced, and Emma declares to Harriet that she doesn’t associate with people of lower standing.

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For most of the book, she is very clueless…ha ha ha. See what I did there. All right, moving on. Though Emma finds herself in many situations, she isn’t very socially aware of what she is doing. For example, Emma tries to pair Harriet to Mr. Elton, but she does not realize that Mr. Elton is deeply falling in love with her until he confesses his feelings for her. Though the poor doesn’t have a clue, she has a good heart. As for Mr. Knightley, he deeply cares for Emma but doesn’t reveal his feelings for her. Most of the time, he is concealing his true feelings for Emma.

The manga version of Emma tries to stay as close to the original work, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance. If this book had a couple more chapters, I am sure that it could have been better executed. I did like all the romantic pairings, except for Mr. Elton and Mrs. Elton since they are downright deplorable. If you feel intimidated by reading classic books, I feel manga editions of the book are better since it is easier to understand language and plot wise.

Final rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

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My Dream Literary Collection | Invaluable.com

I was contacted by Ryan from Invaluable to participate in a mini project. The folks from Invaluable asked a group of book bloggers to write a post about what they would like to see in their dream library. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I signed up for it. Once I started browsing on Invaluable, I found a lot of goodies! Invaluable has a huge collection of  rare books! So many classics that I would love to have! Anyways, these are the items I chose for my dream library. Just in time for the holidays!

the first edition of harry potter

Who wouldn’t want to own the first edition of the Harry Potter series? I know I already it, but it’s the first edition! Besides, I don’t have those covers! Look at them! This would be an awesome series to display on my bookshelf!

collecters edition of the tales of beedle

A collector’s edition of Tales Of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling. Once again, this would look great on my bookshelf.

floras dictionary

Flora’s Dictionary is a Victorian flower dictionary and the images inside this book are beautiful. Look at the cover!

winnie the pooh

Winnie The Pooh is one of my favorite childhood stories, of course I have to include it. I had many wonderful memories when I read this book.

fairy tales

I love fairy tales and look at this boxed set. I love both Han Christian Anderson‘s stories and I love Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Both are equally delightful and once again, I like the duo book set even though I own their completed works already.

the hobbit leather bound

I don’t own The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien on my bookshelf, but I’m such a fan of leather bound editions! It was such a great book.

lord of the rings

I own the movie cover editions of Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkien. I remember when I was younger, I felt really accomplished when I finished this series. This was one of the first trilogies I finished and I really love the covers.

tender is the night

Look at this beautiful edition of Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I really love his writing, and I am such a fan of his books. This is a must have on my library.

I could go on and on about the books I want to own on my dream library. You should really consider looking at Invaluable, trust me. I spent a couple of hours looking for books that I don’t own.