Manga Classics by Stacy King

Manga Classics

A powerful tale of forbidden love, shame, and revenge comes to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. Faithfully adapted by Crystal Chan from the original novel, this new edition features stunning artwork by SunNeko Lee (Manga Classics: Les Miserables) which will give old and new readers alike a fresh insight into the Nathaniel Hawthorne's tragic saga of Puritan America. Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and...

Details Manga Classics

TitleManga Classics
Release DateMar 31st, 2015
PublisherUdon Entertainment
Number of pages308 pages
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Classics, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Historical

Reviews Manga Classics

  • Lola Reviewer
    Having not read the original classic, I had no expectations whatsoever regarding the story or any element related to it. I did, however, wish, as I do whenever I start reading a manga, for the graphics to be beautiful and for them to make us clearly understand the actions of the characters.In this case, those two conditions were fulfilled, so I did enjoy my reading of this novel. Still, perhaps it would have been better for me to read the origina...
  • Anny
    I had great expectations for this Manga Classic. The description of this Manga Classic sounded promising. Not having read the original work, I can't say whether it was the original story or the manga adaptation that ruined it for me. What is it about? Hester Prynne had a few months old baby while her husband left her 2 years ago. For this sin, she suffered public shaming and was out casted. She was also confined to the prison for her sin. The sc...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    UPDATE: I've received a lengthy, considerate reply from the publisher explaining more about the manga format and how they're attempting to make literature more accessible for all readers. I'll add some of it at the bottom of my review. I love finding ways to help struggling readers, and if this works, great!- - - - -3.5★I’m sure there are manga readers who will find this a great way to be introduced to classic stories. It’s the first manga ...
  • Aya Hamza
    SUCH A GREAT IDEA! I didn't read the original classic! It's a crying shame!But I liked the idea of reading manga classics. It's super easy to read. I loved the graphics, they are literally gorgeous :)But I think I need to read the original book because there are some scenes I want to get explanations for. Yeah, this manga made me eager to read the original classic!"An Advanced Review Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an...
  • Brian
    I am now a Manga Ninja! Okay, not really. In fact, this book was my (covers mouth and mumbles) first. I recently told a coworker I wanted to read “Sailor Moon” and I still feel the sting of her laughter. Obviously I missed several decades of Manga, but better late than never, right? So how do I review this? I need to split it into two parts, but most of this will review the medium and story-boarding of the graphic novel. Hawthorne. That nam...
  • Gill
    'Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter'3.5 stars/ 7 out of 10I was interested in reading this book, because I have read some discussions about it; and also some information and explanations from the publisher concerning manga in general, and this book in particular.I have read the original 'The Scarlet Letter' but this is my first manga book.I enjoyed reading (is that the right term?) this book. It took me a bit of time to get used to the direction ...
  • Adela Cacovean
    The Scarlet Letter is the third Manga Classic I read and I must say this is getting rather addictive. I seem to be making a habit of reading this kind of adaptations to sample classics that have been on my to be read pile for quite some time.For this one, I remember seing the movie when I was little, but just the ending, and I actually own an ebook copy just waiting for me on my Kindle. I must say, this manga adaptation made me want to move it hi...
  • Michelle Curie
    "Was it simply that her scarlett letter sat bold upon her breast, while the sins of others were hidden in their own hearts?" The idea of classics told in form of manga was so abstruse to me, that I just had to give it a try. The author, Stacy King, made it her mission to find the right balance between preserving the depth of the original piece while keeping up with the "taste of the younger generation". I have not read the original book by Nathan...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    I am so impressed with this graphic novel! The artwork is beautiful and each panel shows a clear story. The classic story of the Scarlet Letter is condensed but retains its integrity, and the characters are powerfully depicted. The tension and emotion of the story really comes through in the art and dialogue. Even small changes in the coloring or lighting show a change in mood or scene, and as the characters develop and change through the story, ...
  • Umaiya ⚡A ℱar Off ℳemory⚡
    I don't like classics. I just have a real hard time falling into the story but I've always been curious about the hype.Why do people like them so much, what is it exactly that is so interesting?So if you're someone like me, getting this manga is a great idea to catch up.You don't have to imagine anything, it's all depicted in front of your eyes, no long and boring descriptions, only and only the essential story.Ever since I watched Emma Stone's S...
  • Jody McGrath
    A great classic novel brought back to life in a graphic novel. It makes reading more challenging books so much easier for younger audiences. I look forward to reading more of these. I hear there is a very good representation of Pride and Prejudice!* I read an ARC of this book and have written an honest review *
  •  ~Geektastic~
    (I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review)Manga Classics has tackled several works of Western literature, including Pride and Prejudice, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, and most recently Emma (which I’m currently reading. Short take: it’s nuts), but The Scarlet Letter seems to be the first work of American fiction the series has tackled. It’s an odd choice. Not because Letter i...
  • Malcolm Everett
    I’ve been looking for something like this all my life yet didn’t know it until I picked up Manga Classics! In high school, The Scarlet Letter was required reading and although I found the plot interesting enough, the writing style was far too dry and antiquated for me, making it a pain to read. However, I grew up reading manga by the boatload, so the combination of classic literature with familiar bubbly illustrations sucked me in right away....
  • Becky
    This is actually really well done.
  • Sparkleypenguin
    This graphic novel was an interesting take on the Scarlett letter. I enjoyed it very much. I liked the art style although Dimmsdales's long hair put me off a bit to his character (which is just a matter of opinion). I would recommend this to others if they had to read this for class and they were struggling with basic plot points because this book pretty much covers everything. 3.25/5 stars
  • Emily
    What happens when a woman breaks the foundational rules of the Puritan beliefs? As a part of the Puritan community, she is forced to wear the letter “A” in scarlet on her chest at all times, to represent the adultery she committed. She refuses to expose both the child’s father and her own husband, despite the township’s demands. But secrets run deep and even the best in the community may yet be revealed as hypocrites to the faith they so ...
  • Sarah Marie
    Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne & SunNeko Lee3.25 starsThe Scarlet Letter is a popular classic that can be considered the basis of American literature. Most schools study this book in great detail, so it’s a pretty big staple in classics. Naturally the fabulous creators behind Manga Classics are going to adapt it. I have read The Scarlet Letter, so out of all the manga adaptations it’s the only one I can fully agree ...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]Caveat: the ARC copy I got was backwards, which doesn't make it too easy to read on a Kindle or tablet. This won't be an issue with the paper copy, though—and readers not used to manga format won't be too lost, since this is explained in the book.This isn't the first manga in this series I read, and like the others, while obviously not dealing with every single...
  • Aparajitabasu
    Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here ----After 'Les Miz' and 'Pride & Prejudice', the 'Manga Classics' line serves us yet another illustrious classic, Nathaniel Hawthrone's The Scarlet Letter. It is always a pleasure rediscovering old classics in a variety of formats. Although here it would be discovering the tale .... I haven't read the source material yet, so I can't compare after my opinion of only this manga version....
  • Gary Anderson
    I've always taught Nathaniel Hawthorne through a selection of his stories rather than investing class time in his longer works. Hawthorne's themes emerge clearly in the shorter works and students experience the flavor of early American Romantic writing through lessons that take one day rather than the extended time required to teach a novel. Now along comes this Manga Classics edition from Udon Entertainment that reinforces those themes so critic...
  • Bunny
    Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.Full disclosure: I hated reading Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. I read it in '08, while recovering from surgery. Such a tiny book, and it took me so so so long to get through it. The language was the problem. The story was fantastic and interesting, but I wanted to slit my throat rather than keep going with it. And truth be told, understanding it was a near impossibility. It's stopped me from ...
  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    Review posted on Got Fiction?I liked The Scarlet Letter in high school, and I've read it once or twice since then. But this is completely different. This was a new way to experience the classic tale.So, this is a different type of review, with different subject matter than normal, but you can find summaries and essays galore out there on this book. Since this is the manga version, I thought I'd focus on the artwork.I'm not big on manga or graphic...
  • Marjolein
    Read all my reviews on Last year I read the manga-ization (I know that's not a word, but how would you call it?) of Les Miserables and enjoyed it a lot more than I had expected. I found it a very clever way to introduce people to classics, especially so with classics that might seem a bit daring (like my two-year-and-counting struggle with the 'real' Les Miserables). So, when I saw this new so-called Manga Clas...
  • Tanja
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.I was very curious about how this manga will turn out, because I read the original novel and it doesn’t seem easy to adapt. In my review of the novel, I complained about the unnecessary details and one of the things that make this adaptation more approachable than the original is that it leaves those out. The dialogue is much easier to understand too, and the manga overall never gets ...
  • Bea Flores
    I was shocked when I saw this. I didn’t thought there were classics like these one! The idea’s amazing. What I love about this idea and the book ofcourse is that.. it gives more life to the story. And also, it gives young readers the chance to understand the story better. I hope to read this kind of MANGAs soon! I really enjoyed flipping the pages and looking at the beautiful illustrations. Such a wonderful book!
  • Tera
    While the Scarlet Letter was definitely not my classic of choice I did have hopes that the manga version would be better. That said it was better but still not my reading preference. Hopefully they put out more manga classics that i will enjoy a lot more than this one. Nice choice for those wanting to read Scarlet Letter without being bogged down by the original or if they simply not able to get into the original.arc from NetGalley
  • Emily
    I haven't actually read The Scarlet Letter Yet. My friend's sister told me that the important thing is not to read Scarlet Letter, but to know the plot, because the book itself is dry and wordy. I have read quite a few other seduced and abandoned novels from the time period, but Hawthorne's is, of course, the pinnacle of the genre because he is male a literary author. I started reading Scarlet Letter once but got bogged down in the Custom's House...
  • Annie
    I enjoyed this so much more than the original classic. There's no confusing flowery prose, only a sequence of adorable manga illustrations. I loved Pearl in manga form. The story is actually not as bad as I remembered it, and there was less confusion regarding Hester's husband aka Dr. Chillingworth. I have no desire to reread the original. I recommend the manga classics for anyone who wants to know the bones of the classics without wading through...
  • Gully Ditta
    An excellent manga adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, that remains true to the original while bringing the refreshing medium of art to the classic.Manga is usually presented in black and white, and so it was ingenious and effective to colour the letter ‘A’ red/scarlet, insofar as it emphasises Hester’s taint and alienation from the puritan community she lives among. The art really heightens the emotions and features of the characters. Hester...
  • Christina
    4.5 stars Please support my blog and read my review here: novels are all the rage in the book community right now, and I decided to test out the genre for myself with this manga edition of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I'll be completely honest here. I was assigned The Scarlet Letter during my junior year of high school, and never finished it. I remember the writing being a bit complex ...