Classic Stories and Manga



Photo by Deb Watley

A couple of my recent reads were manga versions (in the Manga Classics series) of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

The Scarlett Letter was adapted by Crystal S. Chan and illustrated by SunNeko Lee, and Pride and Prejudice was adapted by Stacy King and illustrated by Po Tae.

Past posts about manga:

Stretching My Reading Habits: Manga

Manga and the Emmas

Because I began 2017 ill, I’m now very behind. For the next couple weeks I will focus on some other writing/teaching projects, and my next blog post will be on Jan. 31.

What have you read recently?





  1. Joel Rosenthal


    Good morning, glad you are feeling better.

    I would not reply on your blog site, but last year I read “Eligible” a modern retelling of “ Pride and Prejudice”. It was a very fun read and quite modern.

    Best –


  2. Mary Louise Sanchez

    Hope you’re feeling better and back to writing your blog soon. Love your angles on history. I read Barbara O’
    Connor’s book, Wish. I enjoyed the picture book biography, I Dissent” Ruth Bader Ginsber Makes He Mark; The Singing Bones (Grimm Fairy Tales illustrated in sculpture) by Shaun Tan; The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne.

    • Deb Watley

      Thanks, Mary Louise! You’ve read a lot lately! I’m curious about The Singing Bones. I looked up info about it, and it seems to be such an unique way to connect with the Grimm Fairy Tales. We are so used to illustrations and movies providing the visuals for us, but sculpture is a very classic and ancient way to represent a story. I’m reminded of all those Greek and Roman myths brought to life through sculpture. Did the sculptures in The Singing Bones bring the Grimms tales to life for you?

  3. Mary Louise Sanchez

    The sculptures reminded me how dark some of those fairy tales really are. There were Grimm stories in Tan’s book that I wasn’t familiar with.

  4. Jane Healy

    Hope you are feeling better, Deb. I wonder what you thought of these. Am between books myself. Just finished The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, and really liked it.

    • Deb Watley

      Thanks, Jane! I really liked the Pride and Prejudice adaptation. And, although I didn’t think the Scarlet Letter one was quite as faithful to the original as P & P was, I thought it made a wonderful story very accessible for today’s readers. The original is a tough read, so it’s nice to see the story continue to live. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend looks interesting, after all I’m from small-town Iowa.

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