Review - "Manga Classics: The Scarlett Letter"

Manga Classics: The Scarlett Letter (Manga Classics) by Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Crystal S. Chan, W.T. Francis & Nathaniel Hawthorne 

A powerful tale of forbidden love, shame, and revenge comes to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. Faithfully adapted by Crystal Chan from the original novel, this new edition features stunning artwork by SunNeko Lee (Manga Classics: Les Miserables) which will give old and new readers alike a fresh insight into the Nathaniel Hawthorne's tragic saga of Puritan America. .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.

*I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review*

Okay, first things first ... I had heard about Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter", but I had no idea what it was about so I went into this pretty much blindly. I am not new to manga and I enjoy them very much, but if you have no idea what it is, here is a short definition: 

"a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children."

In a typical manga form you start from the back and read from right to left - which sounds more confusing than it actually is. But no worries, there is a short instruction in the manga that explains to the reader (in pictures) how to read it correctly - which I think is a great idea. 

If you do not know the original version, the story follows a young woman named Hester Prynne, who is found guilty of adultery. The product of this "liaison" is a illegitimate child - a baby girl, Pearl. As a punishment for her sin, Hester is forced to wear a badge on her chest - a red "A" - seeable for everyone and marking her as a flagitious woman. Now Hester has to live with what she has done and endure people's criticizing glances and humiliating comments. 

I have not read the original version, but after looking at other reviews and asking people who have read Nathaniel Hawthorne's book and it can be said that the manga pretty much sticks to the original version. The illustrators did an amazing job bringing these characters to life and giving them a soul. SunNeko Lee & Crystal S. Chan are amazingly talented and incredibly gifted. 

Overall this is an exceptionally well done adaptation and I'm sure I will be reading more of the MANGA CLASSICS in near future. And as a future teacher, I can also see myself using these in class, in order to introduce diversity and spark interest in the students; although comics might be just pictures with occasional text, they can, like books, unleash great emotions in the readers. 

Title:  The Scarlet Letter

Author: Stacy King (English Dialog Adaptation), SunNeko Lee (Illustrator), Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), W.T. Francis (Lettering), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Original Story)

Pub. Date: March 31st 2015

Pages: 308

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

ISBN: 9781927925331

Genre: Manga, Classics, Graphic Novels, Young Adult



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