When I went to another edition of the Boekenfestijn [bookfest] in June, the Pride and Prejudice comic book version was the book I was happiest about finding. Why? Because it was the biggest surprise among the books, the one I never ever expected to find, had forgotten about completely, and then there it was…
It was the cover image that sold me instantly. The drawing style, the girly-magazine-like cover that pokes fun at the “pride and prejudice as chick lit” portrayal we often find. I knew I had to own it.
Just look at the pretty cover images that were part of this interpretation of Pride and Prejudice:
Unfortunately, the artwork inside the book is much less satisfying. This should not be too surprising, when you realise that the covers were made by another artist; they were not drawn by Hugo Petrus, but by Sonny Liew.
Hugo Petrus visual interpretation of Pride and Prejudice, together with Nancy Butler’s unsatisfactory lifting of huge lines from the original texts which nevertheless made me feel that it didn’t do the complexity of the story justice, left me completely underwhelmed. Especially the facial expressions seemed completely unfitting to the characters. I simply do not want to picture Lizzy as follows [see to the left].
It’s unfortunate but true. As much as I still like the fact that I own this as part of my probably never-ending drive to own as many as possible Jane Austen related things, the book itself was a disappointment.
Other Opinions: Good OK Bad [which is also the source for the screenshot on the left], Lindy Reads, fashion piranha, Lakeside Musing, One Literature Nut, Beth Fish Reads, YA Book Nerd, Fantasy Debut.
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