Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter (Review)

 The Scarlet Letter

Title: Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter

Published by : Udon Entertainment

Publication date: March 31st 2015

Stacy King ( Author) (English Dialogue Adaptation), SunNeko Lee (Illustrator), Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), W.T. Francis (Lettering), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Original Story)

Source: Received copy from Udon Entertainment through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


This was the first manga I’ve read and I LOVED it! It was an adaptation of The Scarlet Letter from a series of Manga adaptations of classics including an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice which I really want to read!

From the illustrations to the dialogue to the small details that are hidden within the art you only notice after they are outlined at the end of the copy I received I enjoyed reading this so much and it has really sparked an interest in manga for me. I have never read the original classic, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne so I didn’t really know about the issues it dealt with until after reading the manga. It’s also quite a dense story with a lot of emotional scenes and engaging characters and I think the illustrations really helped enhance this experience! There were some scenes without even any dialogue and they still managed to make me feel some type of way. The way this manga was structured, the dialogue and the narration made it incredibly easy to follow the story and I genuinely think that this adaptation has fully encompassed the original classic even though I haven’t even read it yet!

The way they went about this adaptation was so simple yet if you dug a little deeper you would explore the complexity of each of these characters and you would find a lot of little details that under any other circumstances you wouldn’t pay much attention to. Within the short span of this adaptation you could see the development of each of our characters and also the development of the relationships. Again I haven’t read the original classic but I found that the dialogue was powerful, engaging and I honestly couldn’t put this down once I started reading it!

If you’ve never read manga, or you’ve read The Scarlet Letter and would be interested in seeing a strong adaptation of the story I HIGHLY recommend you check this out! I CANNOT wait to read the Pride and Prejudice adaption!!!!


34 thoughts on “Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter (Review)

  1. I feel like I would have finished this book in high school if it would have been in manga form.
    Probably still wouldn’t have LIKED it, but might have finished at least.

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      1. I hated all the chatacters. I didn’t find even one of them that was relatable enough to make me want to keep going.

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      2. Ohhh that’s interesting, I haven’t read the classic so I can’t really say much but I loved the way the characters were portrayed in this Manga


    1. If you love classics I strongly recommend you read this! Even if you don’t they add something to original classics and make them more readable for people who may not necessarily enjoy reading classics!

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  2. This seems like a really great way for high school students to actually read the books their teachers set, haha. I love this creative approach to telling what I believe is quite a dense classic (tbh I haven’t read it). Other than this the only thing I know about The Scarlet Letter is Easy A. It’s a great movie but I’m guessing it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the original novel.

    I’ve seen quite a lot of Shakespeare plays written in this format too. Your enthusiasm about this makes me want to check them out even more than I did already.

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Pride and Prejudice 🙂

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    1. It’s funny you should mention Shakespeare because just the other day I went to a local charity shop and found they had manga adaptations of Hamlet and The Tempest 😅 and of course had to pick them up! I completely agree with you, the manga may actually make the reader want to give the classic a chance! Especially as you said so many classics contain dense topics and take a bit more time/effort to read, so this can give the reader a head start. I can’t wait to read the Pride and Prejudice one! 😊😊

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      1. That’s great! 😊 you can contact me at anytime, just email me in advance roughly when you’re going to send me the copy for review so I can take it into consideration when receiving other requests 😊 Good luck with everything!


  3. I’ve heard about these many years ago when I was still at university. One of my instructors actually came across this one. Seeing that I’m a huge fan of manga, I should check this out. Thank you for reviewing this; it’s now on my list to read.
    Also, I was wondering how I could directly contact you. My publisher and I like your reviews very much since your frank and completely honest about what you have read. We wanted to see if you’d be interested in reviewing my novel when it become available.

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  4. I LOVE The Scarlet Letter. I don’t really like Manga art, but I might need to check this out anyway. Marvel also has a series of classics drawn as comics, which are amazing!

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    1. If you loved the classic I think you should give it a try, who knows maybe after this you won’t mind it! What??!! I didn’t know about this but I’m definitely going to check it out, thanks for telling me 😊

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      1. No problem! Any new way to absorb Pride and Prejudice is always a good idea. That was one of the first of the Marvel Classics I read.

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  5. This sounds like a lot of fun! I studied the Scarlet Letter in school and sort of don’t remember it at all so this might be a good way to actually read it again. If you’re liking manga do add Death Note to your list.

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  6. Oh! This I like. ❤ haha Manga is always a welcome surprise. No matter how tragic a story was written those eyes just speaks to you and tell you, read my words!

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