Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Crystal Chan
Type: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Date published: November 15, 2016
Page Count: 319
Source: ARC via Netgalley
As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers. Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale of morality and social criticism takes on an entirely new life in this beautiful Manga Classic adaptation of Jane Eyre.
The manga had been quite an enjoyable read. I had read Jane Eyre a few years ago, so it was nice having a refresher. SunNeko did a wonderful job with the graphics, and I found the dialogue adequate.
The manga takes place over the whole span of the actual book, mostly focusing on Jane’s childhood and her time as a governess. It does a great job retelling most of the main points in Charlotte Bronte’s classic and effectively reveals Jane’s thoughts and feelings.
However, the story plot was romanticized, making Mr Rochester much dreamier than he should have been. Jane should have been plainer, but then again, this was manga. Everything has to be a little stylized to be … a manga. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually ship Jane and Mr Rochester.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and I found the romance adorable.