Book Review: Pride & Prejudice by Nancy Butler

Pride & Prejudice by Nancy Butler (2009)
120 pages
Goodreads Summary: An adaptation of the original by Jane Austen that tells of Lizzy Bennet and her lovable, eccentric family as they navigate through tricky British social circles.

I’ve had this graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice on my TBR for some time. But, since I just got around to reading the novel earlier this year, I hadn’t picked it up just then.  Actually I forgot about it until Sarah at Sarah Says Reads read it and mentioned it on her blog.  So thanks to her for the reminder!  I found it at my library and decided to finally give it a go.

Overall it’s a very brief outline of the novel.  If you’re familiar with the plot, as I think most people are, I won’t bore you with a summary.  There were of course some things left out because it’s a short adaptation and, because there are lots of things that just don’t translate to a graphic novel.

I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who hasn’t read the original or isn’t familiar with the story though.  At times there were nuances and things that I doubt I’d have picked up on if I hadn’t already read the novel.  I also didn’t find the characters to be quite how I pictured them.  They seemed to be drawn in a more contemporary way and I didn’t really feel like I was in the time the book was set in.

But I did enjoy reading and it was fun to be a part of that world again.  The illustrations are quite glossy and pretty to look at.  And I liked the cover which is designed like a magazine.  There were also several sample covers like that in the very back of the copy I had which were quite entertaining.  All in all an entertaining read but nothing special. Pick it up if you’re going through P&P withdrawal and need a quick fix!

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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