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
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Classics, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Manga Classics

  • Lola
    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...
  • Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
    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 ...
  • [Shai] Bibliophage
    How odd that they keep on mentioning the Man in Black and how peculiar Pearl's personality is; not to mention that Chillingworth is really creepy. I still haven't read the novel of Scarlet Letter, and thanks to this graphic novel, I became aware that there's a sect or religion of Puritan that practices purity and simplicity. I gave this 5 stars because while reading the story - particularly the characterization - I was able to guess that there is...
  • Tammie
    The Scarlet Letter: Manga Classics was a solid 5 stars. Even as an older adult, I can honestly state that I’m really enjoying these Manga Classics. I remember reading The Scarlet Letter way back in my teen years, so this was a great “refresher” of sorts. The story centers around Hester Prynne, a married woman living in a Puritan settlement. Hester is forced to wear a scarlet “A” after committing adultery, which also resulted in the birt...
  • 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...
  • Élefill
    A Hester la casaron con un hombre que no quería, mucho mas mayor que ella, y meses después éste la manda sola a Boston. Allí sola, se enamora y se queda embarazada, un crimen y pecado para la comunidad de puritanos y es condenada a llevar una letra A escarlata (de adultera) cosida en su pecho y a decir el nombre de su amante, sin embargo Hester se niega a revelarlo y prefiere cargar ella sola con la humillación y la culpa, y la situación no...
  • Arybo ✨
    3.75This manga was as good as the other titles in the Udon Manga Classics series. I loved the drawings and the characters’ descriptions. I read the original book years ago and this manga reminded me about the story and the spiritual journey of the main character very well. As always, art style is really good, the plot lines are also very well chosen and I enjoyed the reading experience a lot. I want to spend some words about this phenomenal ide...
  • Heather
    While by no means will you be able to read Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter and get away with it for your big book report, or does it truly master all of the complexity of the original work. The Manga Classics version could be read and understood without ever having read the original, and it's true, you would be able to understand the basic jist of the original. But, Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter adds something of its own to the original s...
  • Flor
    I honestly love this whole concept, the art is beautiful as always, this is the the third manga classic I’ve read and it won’t be the last.I review this adaptation as someone who hasn’t read the original artwork but who’s really glad to have read this one first. The Scarlet Letter is a complex and difficult tale to fully understand, in basic, it’s the story of a woman who committed adultery and now has to carry an “A” on her chest f...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • Umaiya ✨Insignificant September✨
    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 *
  • Maria
    I am truly grateful to get this from Net Galley as an exchange for honest review. I would highlight that Classic is not really my genre, it's a bit hard for me to understand the sentences as English is not my first language too. Therefore, when I thought that it would be made into manga, I was thrilled, hoping it would help me to understand the story better .The Scarlet Letter told a story of a sin acted by Hester Prynne. In this world, it's adul...
  • Jules ♈ ☾Bookvergent☽
    Copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Seriously, as if I cared that publishers might actually see this. I went into this graphic novel without having read The Scarlet LetterThe story begins with a mob of Puritans discussing Hester Prynne’s crime of adultery with a mysterious man who has left her with a baby, Pearl, and that’s the basis of the entire plot. Due to her crimes she is forced to wea...
  • Tara
    I loved this adaptation of the scarlet letter, the art work is beautiful and this version brought the story up to date and really interesting. I love manga so was really interested to read this version in their manga classics range and wasn't disappointed. This graphic novel is a great introduction to both manga and classic literature. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
  • Josephine
    I'm auto-approved by Udon Entertainment on Netgalley, where I got this, so thank you thank you!3.5 stars.My first read since January!I love these manga classics so much 😍Okay, so this isn't my favourite story, mostly because not much really happens, and I would definitely never have made it through the original classic, so I'm grateful that these manga versions make reading the classics so much easier and more entertaining.I can't speak for ho...
  •  ~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....
  • Sesana
    It's a been a bit since I read the actual book, but this seemed like a fine adaptation. I'm sure it's missing some of the nuance of the original book, but the core story is nicely done, from my memory. The art is manga standard, but that won't be jarring to the sort of person who's likely to read a manga adaptation of a classic novel.
  • Becky
    This is actually really well done.
  • Lara Mi
    The Scarlet Letter is the first of the Manga Classics adaptations where I know close to nothing of its original - I've never read it nor do I intend on doing so! Some stories only work for me through specific mediums. I always thought I would not enjoy this novel and have thus stayed clear from it. Reading this manga adaptation has strengthened my belief in not liking its original source material - but it seems to work relatively well in this man...
  • Susan
    Nathaniel Hawthorne's tragic saga of Puritan America, "The Scarlet Letter" has always been intriguing tale in which for some people the book is outright boring and for others is a masterpiece. While the Magna edition faithfully adapted the story, the illustrations (though very beautiful) made most of the characters look very young. I was provided a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • 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
  • Jenny Clark
    This was another good adaptation from this series. The character designs are all very cute, and they do a pretty goo job of staying true to the original book. Some side plots do get shortchanged, but the most important things do stay in, and some things are easier to see and understand in this format. I would recommend this to manga fans, or fans of classics who are looking for good visual representations, or reluctant readers of classics. This m...
  • Silvia
    Bonito pero no he entendido bien a esa Pearl tan "chisposa" y saltarina, ni al pobre reverendo traumatizado. Supongo que debería leer la novela original. Aun así, me ha gustado.