14 January 2013

A Wham-Bam Graphic Novel Review of Emma

Have you tried Emma the graphic novel yet? I did and I have to say, if you've never read Emma and want the shortened version, definitely check it out. On the other hand, true fans of Emma may find it lacking. It felt like Diet Emma to me. Good for those who are watching their calories but not for those enjoy the real deal. 2 stars

Emma by Jane Austen is adapted by Nancy Butler and illustrated by Janet Lee. It's available as a graphic novel or as a series of 5 individual comic books.

Click here to read my review of Emma by Jane Austen
Click here to read my review of some Emma spin offs.

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62 comments :

  1. I had no idea that there was a graphic novel of Emma or any of the Austen classics. It might be a fun thing to have in my classroom library - my students love graphic novels! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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    1. It would! It could get the kids interested :) Great idea.

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  2. Whoa...you have been a very busy Whimsy..I must try something graphic!

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    1. Truthfully, this is me catching up on my 2012 posts ;)

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  3. I have never read a graphic novel but I love Jane Austen. This might be my first :)

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  4. i've never read or heard about that before. thanks for telling us. have an awesome week!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  5. I have skimmed a few graphic novels but nothing really catches my eye. I had no idea they made Jane Austin graphic novels. Did you enjoy the illustrations?

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    1. Yes. The illustrations were adorable. I really liked them.

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  6. Haha I love that you called it Diet Emma. Very clever. I've never heard of this graphic novel actually.

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  7. Diet Emma? That's too funny! :D

    I didn't know there was a graphic novel for Emma. That's really cool. I'm not much of a fan of graphic novel adaptations because of the way the original story is stripped down to almost nothing. But still, it's nice to see Jane Austen's books releasing in different forms.

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    1. Thanks :)

      Yes! I know you mean. I tried the Twilight one and as much as I loved Twilight I couldn't do it.

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  8. Oh Yay! I have actually been contemplating this for a while now!
    I'm glad it is worth the read! I will NEVER read the reg. version of Emma so I guess this would be good for me.
    I think this might be a good one for the spring read-a-thon.
    Thanks!

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    1. Really? Never ever? Ok then you should try it :)

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  9. I do love the real deal, so I'm not so interested in this. But I do want to read more graphic novels! They seem fun. :)

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  10. You are very brave to undertake Emma in graphic. I'm not sure if I can do it or not. I love your explanation as diet Emma.

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  11. I've never read Emma but think I'd rather start with the real thing since you didn't love this.

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    1. The best part of Emma is all the dialogue. :) I would definitely prefer you read the book.

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  12. Do you know I've never read a Jane Austin novel? Maybe I should try and remedy that sometime this year.

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    1. Don't feel bad. The only one I've read is Emma. ;)

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  13. I love Emma but I might not like Emma light..how was the art?

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  14. I just read this the other day, but haven't got around to reviewing it. I think it would be a good book to introduce younger readers to Austen. I enjoyed it because I love Emma and thought it was a unique way to tell the story, but as an Austen adaptation it was only okay.

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    1. Yes! That is an excellent point. It does make it more accessible. Great point.

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  15. I have to admited that I only read graphic novel and picture book,Jane Austen was fantastic with Emma.

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    1. Oh right on. No shame in that. So you liked this one?

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  16. I didn't even KNOW there was a graphic novel. But I do love most things Austen...

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  17. Diet Emma, lol! That's a great way of putting it. I didn't realise there was a graphic novel either. It might be interesting to check out.

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  18. Good to know! I appreciate how hard it must be to fit a book into graphic novel form, so even though I know it's trimmed some bits and pieces out I may give it a try. Thanks for the review :)

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  19. One of my goals for 2013 is to read a graphic novel (I've never read one before). I think it's going to be hard to find a good one that showcases that genre really well.

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    1. True :) Good luck finding the right one for you. I look forward to seeing what you find and decide on.

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  20. It could be cute...

    Thanks for bringing it to attention, Juju! :)

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  21. I am not much of a graphic novels fan but I might try this one out just to see what a diet Emma reads like :)

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  22. WHAT????????????? This looks hilariously awesome! I just told my husband that there was a Jane Austen graphic novel. His take: "That seems unnecessary." Ha ha ha! Oh I would love to see this, just to check it out.....

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  23. I've not read any graphic novels but I'd assume they all be more enjoyable after one has already read the original for the art????

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    1. I don't know. I think I like them more when I haven't read the book. When I have I miss the stuff they cut.

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  24. DIET EMMA! I love it!!! I have not ever read a graphic novel and don't really feel the desire to. I love Emma spin-offs though and of course, the original.

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    1. Thank you ;)

      They're definitely not for everyone.

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  25. What? Graphic novel of Austin?? Wow....what shall they think up next !! hehe :)

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  26. I thought this books was so prettily illustrated!

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  27. Lol, "Diet Emma." You're so funny, Juju.

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  28. I've not read ANY Jane Austen books - ya I know I'm a bad girl.....I run away scared from classics.

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    1. Don't feel bad girl. I run too them and usually stop cold. Emma was easy though. The dialogue is fantastic. I love Wuthering Heights too. The ghostly part sucked me in.

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  29. How great is this?! I have never had any interest in graphic novels, but Emma you say. I will definitely check this out. I can't wait to see it.

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