Northanger Abbey by Nancy Butler | Graphic Novel Review

Rating: 7/10

Format: Ebook – Owned

I really should have known better. As a fluffy Hufflepuff creature, I should love all things Jane Austen. I should love the romance and the English countryside and London society. I love tea and dresses and kissing, so what can I possibly dislike about Jane Austen? Honestly, I have no idea. I just don’t enjoy them. I’ve never enjoyed an Austen book and if I couldn’t enjoy this as a graphic novel, I think it’s time I hung up my hat.

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with this story or this book. The art is beautiful, the pacing is great, and even the characters are interesting (sometimes). I just can’t make myself care about what’s happening. I found myself idly turning pages to look at the pictures without reading the words. Then I had to go back and figure out who was being proper with who and whether they were going to take in the air or whatever.

I have no idea why I’m so violently opposed to all things Austen. I read Emma in the 7th or 8th grade– probably in between The Three Musketeers and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I was numbed by it. I kept trying though, I’ve tried a ton of her books over the years. Even Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson couldn’t make me enjoy Sense and Sensibility!

Anyway with that all said, I’m just the wrongest person to give anyone a real review of this piece. I can tell you the art was really nice.

Subjective Hearts:  3/5

Objective Hearts: 4/5

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