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The Pick: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted by Nancy Butler and Hugo Petrus

The Plot: Jane Austen’s classic novel reimagined in comic book form. When Mrs. Bennet determines to marry off one of her eligible daughters to the newcomers renting a nearby estate, the social order of the neighborhood is turned on its ear. Will any of the four Bennet sisters find love or will they be doomed to a penniless existence because of their pride and others’ prejudice?

The Pros and Cons: it is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen continues to be a book which transcends generations. From sweet, trusting Jane, to feisty, opinionated Lizzie, to flighty and silly Lydia, there is sure to be a Bennet sister we can relate to. In this comic book/graphic novel adaptation, the essence of the book is boiled down to a shorter format while preserving the story.

I enjoyed this adaptation, it is a great book to introduce Jane Austen to a new generation of readers as well as an excellent read for any Jane Austen fan club. I recommend you put it on your “to buy” list for Christmas, I guarantee you have someone you know who would love to find it in their stocking.

My only complaint, and it’s a tiny one, is that in boiling down the story for this shorter format, some of the beauty of language that makes Jane Austen so appealing is lost; some of the Austen-ness just wasn’t there. This would have been fine if the graphic novel-ness made up for that lack, but I didn’t feel there was enough added uniqueness to quite make up for the charm that was lost.

The Perfect Book for: The newbie Jane Austen reader as well as the fan who has every edition on their shelves.