Manga and the Emmas


Two different Emmas–Photo by Deb Watley

At the beginning of the year I wrote about my “discovery” of manga because I found a book  titled Emma, which I wrongly thought was a version of Jane Austen’s story.

The Emma I had found is a delightful historical fiction series set in Britain around 1900, created by Kaoru Mori. I read book one in the series, where the title character is a maid who loves a man above her station in life.

But, guess what? I recently discovered there is a manga version of Jane Austen’s Emma! This is an adaption illustrated by Po Tse and published in Udon Entertainment’s Manga Classics series.

I think manga is a wonderful way to introduce well-loved stories to readers who wouldn’t normally read classics.

Have you read any classics or old favorites in an unusual format?


  1. Jane Heitman Healy

    Great find, Deb! I have the graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time, and while it’s the same story, it takes a different emphasis because of the selected dialogue and illustrations.

    • Deb Watley

      A graphic novel version of Wrinkle would be helpful to me. The original was so different than anything I had ever read that I had trouble visualizing it.

  2. Marcia Strykowski

    How fun to come across this post. My daughter and I have been watching the anime version of Emma (English subtitles). We’ve almost finished the first season and are really enjoying it—each episode is very well done. I had no idea this started out as a regular book series. Thanks for letting us know, I’ll be checking it out!

    • Deb Watley

      I had no idea there was a tv version of the books! So far, there are four hardback books. I’ll have to see if I can find the anime version.

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  4. The Clever Bookworm


    The manga books by Kaoru Mori looks beautiful. How was the art? and is the binding too tight? I’m thinking of buying them, but I can’t seem to find them at a nearby B&N.

    Havea nice day!

    • Deb Watley

      Hi, Clever Bookworm! I liked her artwork, but I’m fairly new to manga. Although the cover is in color, the inside artwork is all black and white line drawing. Also, I liked the hardback binding, but it pushed up the cost of the book quite a bit. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the series in paperback. And my local B&N only carries the most recent books in the series, so to get book 1 now, I would have to order it. Perhaps your local library carries it?

      • The Clever Bookworm

        hello, thanks for getting back to me. i’m buying it online and my issue with hardcover edition is that sometimes their binding is so tight that i can’t see all the drawing all the way through. and i haven’t seen anyone reviewing this manga with detailed. anyway i will still buy it. 😍🙂

        • Deb Watley

          Oh, now I understand. That’s a detail I never thought of, so I did a quick flip-through the pages. None of the illustration boxes are caught in the binding’s gutter area. There are occasional illustrations that bleed into the gutter, but they were meant to do so. I have a separate post about Kaoru Mori’s Emma, and I’ve just added a photo of an inside spread so you can see what the gutter area looks like. book

          I hope you enjoy the book!

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