Manga Classics: Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Bronte (Author), Crystal S. Chan (Adaptor), SunNeko Lee (Artist)
Genre: Graphic Novel/Classic
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Publication Date: July 2016
As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is expected to be humble and grateful, but her wild spirit will not be tamed or broken despite the abuse she endures. As an adult, Jane finds her soul’s match in the brooding Mr. Rochester, but their love is not enough to overcome the dreadful secret hidden within the very walls of his estate.
Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale of morality and social criticism takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classics™ adaption of Jane Eyre. Experience this immortal saga of passion and defiance in the face of adversity with stunning artwork that captures the Gothic glory of Thornfield Hall, the rugged charm of Mr. Rochester, and the fiercely independent essence of Jane Eyre herself.
Earlier this year, I had forayed into reading Wuthering Heights, and while I found it to be odd, I also enjoyed how different it was from most books of that period. Finishing the book, I turned to reading Jane Eyre, but was unable to finish the first chapter.
Reading this adaption of the famous classic has given me an idea of the story’s plot and shows just how different this story is from the author’s sister’s work. Wuthering Heights was dark and strange. Jane Eyre, however, was lighter and more hopeful, despite Jane’s dismal beginnings. Jane shone through the story with her strong will and her perseverance, no matter how bad her circumstances became. Her independence is admiral. Full of mystery and tension, the plot is just quick enough to keep the reader engaged. However, at times, it moved a bit too slow for my taste.
Overall, this adaptation of Jane Eyre is not only beautiful with its excellent drawings, but fascinating, with its dive into the past, bringing the characters to life in period-accurate clothing and hairstyles.
I Rate It: 4 ½ stars
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Charlotte Bronte was born on April 21st, 1816 in the village of Thornton, West Riding, Yorkshire, where she lived with her three siblings, Branwell, Emily (author of Wuthering Heights), and Anne (author of Agnes Grey). They lived with their father, Patrick Bronte, who was a poor Irish clergyman in the Church of England. When Charlotte was five, her mother died, and her two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died when she was nine. At one point, she worked as a governess, but soon quit, as she couldn’t stand being away from her siblings for long.
Charlotte’s first story was The Professor, which was never published. Her second novel, Jane Eyre, however, became a success, and was published in 1847, the same year Emily’s Wuthering Heights was released. Jane Eyre was published under the name “Currer Bell” to avoid stigma that surrounded female authors at the time.
In 1848, both Branwell and Emily died shortly after one another, and Anne followed in May of 1849. Charlotte was the last of the siblings to live, and immersed herself in her writing to stave off the grief of losing her siblings. She wrote completed Shirley in 1849 and Villette in 1855. She married Arthur Bell Nicholls, her father’s curate. But her health declined rapidly and she passed away on March 31, 1855.