Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Illustrations by Rajesh Nagulakonda)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Illustrations by Rajesh Nagulakonda)

Review by Shwetha H S

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a literary classic every reader will swear by. The pride of Fitzwilliam Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet take you on a ride full of emotions that are justified. Different editions of this classic has come out with equally beautiful cover designs from many publishing houses. This review is not just of Pride and Prejudice, but of its graphic novel with illustrations by Rajesh Nagulakunda from Campfire Graphic Novels. The scenes seem to be taken from the movie version of Pride and Prejudice directed by Joe Wright. It is good to take inspiration, but it is necessary to have one’s own inputs. The illustrator has done his best to in bringing good illustrations to cater to your imagination if it is not good enough. But the downside of this graphic novel is the illustrations of the characters are not consistent. They look very different from on panel to another. The single worst part of this version is when Mr.Bingley finally asks Jane Bennet to marry him she is actually saying “Oh, Lizzy! Mr.Bingley has proposed to me! He has made me the happiest person in the world!” but the illustrations show her with lusty expressions with anguish. With an exception to this, the graphic novel version of Pride and Prejudice provides a good start to those who are not familiar with Jane Austen and her works.

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