Marvel Comics releases Pride & Prejudice

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In recent years, Jane Austen has become one of the most celebrated writers in history. Many of her books, especially Pride and Prejudice, have had numerous adaptations of various kinds. Not only has Pride and Prejudice been made into both theatrical and television movies and stage shows, but there have also been many works based on the classic such as the films Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bride and Prejudice and the recent book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Now, Marvel Comics is getting in on the act and is publishing a five issue comic book of Jane Austen’s most famous book.

Pride & Prejudice #1 (of 5) written by Nancy Butler and penciled by Hugo Petrus was recently released. You can see a sneak peek of a few pages of the comic here at Marvel Comics website. The comic has stayed mostly faithful to the book, however the language was been updated just enough to make it easier to understand. I actually love the language used in Austen’s books, but I know that it is a turn-off to many people that would otherwise love her stories.

It would be wonderful if these comics would open up the world of Jane Austen to a whole new audience. Hopefully they would then move on to her books. Mr. Darcy is an iconic character that everyone should be familiar with. My favorite Jane Austen book is actually Sense and Sensibility, but that might be because I fell in love with the 1995 movie production written by and starring Emma Thompson. Maybe if the Pride & Prejudice comics work out, Marvel will make a Sense and Sensibility comic next.

See also: Emma and the Vampires – New Jane Austen Mashup

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  1. I’m working out how I feel about this — since it’s one of my favorite books.

  2. I think that is so cool. A comic that’s not about killing but an incredibly complicated love story that has depth and heart. My hubby grew up a fan boy so and through him I learned to appreciate comics. I think that most things that get kids to read are great.

  3. I’m curious how Jane Austin would feel about her life’s work being pimped out like this. Interesting.

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