Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Scarlet Letter art by SunNeko Lee - HIGH

The Scarlet Letter (Manga Classics) art by SunNeko Lee, 308 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL  Udon Entertainment, 2015. $20. 9781927925348

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG



As punishment for committing adultery, Hester must now wear a red “A” for the rest of her life. With her poor treatment from the townspeople for her sin and her lover staying hidden, Hester’s daughter is all that she has left -- but will they ever have a happily ever after?

I was intrigued by the idea of a manga version of this classic book, but I was also hesitant to pick it up because I hated this book in high school. However, as I read this adaptation, I discovered that I was engaged by the story and that I love Hester’s character, the epitome of strength. Being able to actually understand the story in a way that I didn’t when reading Hawthorne’s original planted the desire to go back and read the full classic again. I want to know the details that had to be left out, and I want to gain greater insights into the characters I have been reintroduced to. Hawthorne’s story deserved redemption from the poor first impression it left on me, and anyone who struggles with the original -- and even those who loved the original -- will find that Chan’s adaptation is a great supplement to the classic.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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