Monday, August 22, 2016

Great Expectations- Manga Classic gets 4 stars {Graphic Novel}

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens a Manga Classics version of the classic story.  It's a great adaptation that read a lot faster than the original.  4 out of 5 stars in my book review found on the blog.  YA Lit, Manga, graphic novel, fast read, fun, reluctant readers. Alohamora Open a Book

I am going to start with the fact that I am not a huge Charles Dickens fan; he's just a bit wordy for me.  However, this Manga Classic version of Great Expectations is pretty darn great and solves my problem with Dickens wordiness problem.

This book is a manga, but it is similar to a graphic novel which is why I listed both in the title of the post.  A graphic novel looks like a comic book with the words and pictures telling the story.  Graphic novels can be any length, unlike comic books which are usually no longer than 30 pages.   A manga is the Japanese format for a comic or graphic novel.  The book is read right to left rather than the typical left to right American reading format.  Therefore, the cover of the book is at, what we would normally consider, the back of the book.  Manga books are also always black and white pictures except for the cover picture, and the characters are often associated with large eyes.  

Reading a graphic novel is a different reading experience compared to a normal novel b/c it is a verbal and a visual reading experience.  I think every person should read at least a couple graphic novels and mangas.  Reading a manga is even more tiring on the brain for a new manga reader b/c you have to think more about where to read and how to turn the page.       

I give this Manga Classic- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Edited by Crystal Chan a rating of 4 out of 5 stars in my book review.  I felt this was a great adaptation of the original story, but if you have never read the original novel you won't feel like you are missing out on much at all.

Reading an English story in a Japanese artistic style was a little challenging at first.  However, I was surprised it didn't take me long to get comfortable and accept that this Japanese manga fit this classic English story.  Overall, the artist did a great job.

I feel the story flowed well and smooth.  There were only a couple of times where I felt the story was rushed and I had to reread to make sure I understood what was going on.  Overall, the adaption was well done.  However, the story being rushed in a few spots, and the one typo I found were the main reasons for the less than perfect rating.        

Graphic Novels and mangas are great for reluctant readers aka for kids and adults that don't love to read..  They are a quick book and a fast read.  I also love reading a graphic novel or manga for classic books or books I've read before.  The different format is fun and enlightening, in a different way, to read.  

All in all, if you are wanting to catch up on some of your classic literature reads try giving this manga adaptation a read.  

Amazon had the following book description

"Great Expectations has it all: romance, mystery, comedy, and unforgettable characters woven through a gripping rags-to-riches tale. Naive Pip, creepy Miss Haversham, beautifully cold Estella, terrifying Abel Magwitch, and the rest of Dicken’s fantastic cast are perfectly envisioned in this new adaptation in this 300-plus page volume featuring artwork by artist Nokman Poon. 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."

Happy Classic Great Expectations Manga Style Reading

Have you ever read a manga?  What about a graphic novel?  Do you like them? 

I received this book from Myrick Marketing in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  All words and thoughts are completely my own.  


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