Jane Austen Illustrated: Exploring Jane Austen Adaptations in Graphic Novels and Manga

A book adaptation may be an excellent way to discover an author or simply relive the story with a new aesthetic sense. We all have our own visual representation of the book, and seeing other people’s interpretations may be a great way to broaden our own – or, regrettably, turn us off the original materials due to a lazy/bad adaptation.

As Jane Austen has become one of English literature’s most influential and revered authors, it’s no wonder that her stories have been adapted into various media, including graphic novels and manga.

Explore Jane Austen’s World by reading those graphic renditions of her novels, which offer cultural variations and various visual styles.

Jane Austen: Marvel Adaptations Series by Nancy Butler

Marvel launched the ‘Marvel Illustrated’ imprint in 2007, specializing on comic book adaptations of classic literature. Nancy Butler has written four adaptations of Jane Austen, each with a different artist:

Pride and Prejudice (2010), with art by Hugo Petrus
Sense and Sensibility (2010), with art by Sonny Liew
Emma (2011), with art by Janet K. Lee
Northanger Abbey (2011), with art by Janet K. Lee

Jane Austen: Manga Classics

Coming from Udon Entertainment, Manga Classics is a line of manga adaptations for a young adult audience that can be read to rediscover those classics or experiencing them for the first time! Like Marvel Illustrated, the publisher did not adapt all of Jane Austen’s works; just three have been adapted by Stacy King and Po Tse:

Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice
Manga Classics: Emma
Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility

Other Graphic Novels and Manga Adaptations

Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s most famous work and always the first to be adapted by publisher. Following is a short list of other ‘Pride and Prejudice’ adaptations from various publishers:

Pride and Prejudice (Eye Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Campfire Graphic Novels)
Lit for Little Hands: Pride and Prejudice (Familius, board book for readers age 1-3 years)

For those interested, Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies parody novel has also been adapted in Comics!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel (2010)