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Review: Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


Title: Jane Eyre 

Series: Manga Classics

Authors: Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Crystal S. Chan, Charlotte Brontë

As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers.Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale of morality and social criticism takes on an entirely new life in this beautiful Manga Classic adaptation of Jane Eyre.

Rating: 4/5

I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.

It’s pretty impossible for me to judge those adaptations on their own; I always end up comparing them to the original novel. So far, the Manga Classics series has been doing very well in those comparisions. Jane Eyre is another in a series of very enjoyable adaptations.

It’s been a while since I read the novel but the manga seems to stick pretty close to the original story. The only thing that really stands out as different is the way Jane and Rochester look. Jane is supposed to be plain looking and Rochester is described as ‘not handsome’ – but in the manga they’re both drawn as beautiful, and Rochester looks quite young. This happens in other Jane Eyre adaptations too (for example, in the 2011 movie, Jane is played by Mia Wasikowska and Rochester is played by Michael Fassbender – both very good looking people).

Some parts of the story were a bit hurried – Jane even thinking about marrying St. John didn’t make sense to me because that storyline happens really quickly in this manga. I’d still recommend this to people who love Jane Eyre and anybody who’s curious about this classic story.



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