Irina’s First Five Mangas

Well hello there.

I know some of you may be a little bit confused because you were expecting Jordanne but instead you got me!…I’m sorry. Think of it as a lesson in appreciating what you have!

I guess I should let you know who me, is. I’m Irina and I have a blog. The name of my blog should tell you all you need to know about me. A little while ago Jordanne sent me an email with a project proposition. – Quick aside here, Jordanne is one of the great email authors of our day! If you can somehow convince her to send you one, do so. You will not regret it! –  Jordanne basically figured we could contribute posts to each other’s blogs to give our respective readers a bit of diversity.

So if you were really looking forward to one of Jordanne’s posts – good news, you can read her 10 reasons to watch Voltron over HERE. As for me – Jordanne suggested something along the lines of Top 5 manga to suggest to new manga readers. I’ve often thought of creating a sot of beginners reading list but I have a very tough time putting them together. After all, it depends so much on the person’s individual tastes. So instead, I figured you might like to hear about the first 5 manga I read. They certainly inspired me to keep on reading manga so it may work for you.

You should know that I read all of these in French so I can’t vouch for their English translations but I assume they’re EVEN BETTER!Read More »

Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet by Crystal S. Chan – Book Review

Chan, C. S - Manga Classics Romeo and JulietI received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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So this is the fourth Manga Classic I’ve read and needless to say I’m officially a fan. My method with this series is to review the adaption more than the story because really you can’t review it as a story since its based off another book (that I’ve likely read and therefore reviewed).

Since I have not actually read Romeo and Juliet I can’t exactly do that but I happen to know this book is taken word for word from the OG so I don’t actually think it matters and – unpopular opinion coming your way – I genuinely think this could be a good alternative to reading the original. HEAR ME OUT.

Shakespeare never intended his plays to actually be read, he intended them to be seen and experienced. Reading Shakespeare is hard and sometimes dull for leisure purposes. I mean sure, you can get the gist of the language after some practice but I found this method of enjoying it so much better. I have read a few of the Bard’s plays and I honestly don’t find them even remotely fun to do so. I love watching the plays, every actor interprets and presents the character differently and it’s so good to watch and the acting and context makes understanding second nature. But, plays don’t come along that often, least of all really good ones, and manga is a perfect graphic substitute because the style is so expressive and hyperbolic – like good actors in a Shakespeare play should be.

really enjoyed this book, the art was beautiful. I mean, stunning really. Of course, I knew what was coming the whole time because it’s Romeo and Juliet but still loved it all the same. The only nitpick I’d have is maybe more clearly labeling characters as it can be tricky to keep track of them all.

If you enjoy Shakespeare anyway or want to get into it but are hesitant because of the language – read this, it’s great.

Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo By Crystal S. Chan – Book Review

51fmzzsq8ql1334064964..jpgI received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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If you have read the Count of Monte Cristo, you obviously don’t need me to give an overview of the plot, if you haven’t then what the hell are you doing reading reviews on this book? Go and read the original. Now. It’s amazing and you will not appreciate this book or the story unless you have read it. And not the abridged version, the whole 1300 page monster.

The Count of Monte Cristo is easily my favourite classic novel – perhaps even favourite book in general – of all time. I read it for the first time at the end of last year and fell in love with it. I was just sad I was unlikely to have the time to read it again anytime soon because, as I’ve said it’s a monster of a book and really I think everything in it is important to the story – at least in prose form.

I have read a few other Manga Classics as a way to almost experience the classics in a consolidated way, and also out of curiosity as to how they will be depicted. Generally, I have liked them all and this was no exception as it allowed me to experience the story in only 400 beautifully illustrated pages. The way the characters were depicted was brilliant and I love how this team adapts classic stories to the manga style. That being said, being only 400 pages it does gloss over large portions of the book – Edmond’s time in prison for example and the majority of Heloise de Villefort’s whole scheming, treacherous arc. I understand why this is done but if you have not read the original, and don’t know how to fill in the blanks, it loses something.

Either way, it’s impressive how concisely they cut it down, and I also think it’s clever how they changed the perspective slightly so that some of the ‘insider info’ or dramatic irony that the reader experiences in the novel is removed and then revealed with more suspenseful way, like an unravelling mystery, in this adaption.

I will most definitely be adding this to my hard copy collection, along with Pride and Prejudice.