Emma Hardcover – Oct 12 2011
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About the Author
Nancy Butler is the award-winning author of 12 Signet Regencies and 3 novellas. Winner of the 1998 Golden Leaf Award for Best First Novel and two Rita Awards.
Janet Lee is relatively new to graphic novels, having just released her first graphic Novel Return of the Dapper Men with writer Jim McCann
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As the story opens, Emma congratulates herself on arranging the marriage of her governess to a local widower and, ignoring the advice of older confidant George Knightley, takes on the case of Miss Harriet Knight. Emma decides that Harriet, a young woman of amiable disposition but uncertain parentage, is to be married to the local Vicar, Mr. Elton. Emma takes pains to bring the two together, only to get an hilariously unintended result.
Emma's next foray into matchmaking is triggered by the exciting arrival in Highbury of the handsome, charming, and mischevious Mr. Frank Churchill. Mr. Churchill will confuse Emma by appearing to pay attention to several women, including the accomplished Miss Jane Fairfax, Harriet Smith, and Emma, who finds herself wondering if she has fallen in love. A dance and a fateful picnic add to the romantic confusion, leading Emma to a shocking discovery about who she really cares about...
"Emma" is very highly recommended as an introduction to Jane Austen's original novel. Butler and Lee do an excellent job capturing the essentials of the story in a graphic format very suitable for the younger reader, and for Jane Austen fans of all ages.
The experience of reading the book was somewhat frustrating. Granted, we might not be savvy enough to know all the tricks of reading comics in this format, so I can only speak to our experience. Not being able to zoom in and out of the individual panels made it difficult to read. The print was pretty small.
We did feel compelled to buy the TPB of the story in the near future.
Have you ever gone to a movie expecting it to be a stinker or even just so-so, and then totally amazed how good it was? Same here. Grumbling about the drawings for about the first page or two, I soon was immersed in total enjoyment of this fun adaptation of Jane Ausen's classic. There are an immense amout of frames here, full of the wonderful dialogue and cleverness we've all come to thrive on over the years; moreover, the art work flushes out with all the different angles and expressions, the emotional fun of this story. By George, it works!
I recommend, unless you are simply a total, unflexible realist, to give this book a try. Go with the flow. Feel the interactions, teasings and playfulness between the characters, such as Knightley and Emma. If you've only seen the movies, you're, definitely, going to get a lot more details from this very accurate telling. Then, go read the real novel.
Good stuff. Capital, capital!
Emma starts out in the story as a young woman self obsessed. Being a young woman of not just privilege, but being spoiled as well, has Emma coming off as a snoot. As the story progresses Emma starts to question her status in the world and she's also starting to care more about her friends and their well being.
She has a male friend, for whom she thinks of like a brother. They fuss and argue as siblings would. As time goes on Emma starts questioning her feelings for her very best male friend.
Do they end up together? Read it and see.
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