The Manga Classics adaptation of Jane Eyre manages to successfully condense the lengthy book of the title character into an enjoyable story that readers of all ages can enjoy. Written by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre was published in 1847 and explored themes such as sexuality, religion, and classism.
The novel follows Jane Eyre as she grows from childhood into an adult, exploring her life as she faces difficult situations ranging from abuse to being cast out of her home. Eventually, Jane takes a job as a governess where she meets the mysterious Edward Rochester.
Before this manga version of the story, I’d never read Jane Eyre. While this isn’t the type of novel that typically interests me, I did enjoy experiencing the journey of Jane as she grew up in front of my eyes in the panels of the manga.
Because I haven’t read the original story, I can’t comment on how faithful this adaptation is in comparison to the novel. I can say that I found both Jane and Edward compelling characters with a love story that was easy to root for.
For the length of the manga, it moved along pretty well. I did struggle a bit in the middle because I found the plot to drag, but that could be because I’m not the target audience for this story and had a difficult time getting as invested as I have for other titles in the Manga Classics collection.
From the title characters to the landscape surrounding them, the illustrations fit the tone of the story perfectly. As with most of the Manga Classics books, the artwork is one of the strongest features of the stories for me because it’s so interesting to see how the illustrator interprets the scenes for this medium.
As the protagonist, I found Jane to be full of expression and was able to read the emotions on her face and body language easily. I’ve read about some inconsistencies in the wardrobe when compared to the original novel and time period, but this didn’t bother me at all.
There was a heaven waiting for me in Thornfield, If I choose; I had only to enter his room and say that I would love him and live with him always.
The first-person perspective of this story strengthens the plot because it gives the reader a stronger understanding of what Jane goes through. This style of narration tells readers the facts of the story, while also exploring Jane’s thoughts and feelings about the events taking place.
Jane Eyre is an interesting story that has compelling characters and a narrative that follows the protagonist as she leaves her past behind and finds happiness. I enjoyed the Manga Classics adaptation of the novel and would recommend it to any reader who likes this genre or who have read the original book.
For another perspective on the manga version of Jane Eyre, check out Kimyouna Onna’s review. That’s it for the seventh and final part of my Manga Classics review series. I hope you enjoyed this look at some of the titles in this collection and reading about my thoughts on the mangas.
Check back in December for more reviews and posts about children’s stories and the community that supports them.