This book is not easy for many people to read, especially young people. A manga adaptation isn't less than the original! It's just different. I think many people take pride in having read and loved the classics (and rightfully so!) but they put them on a pedestal. One person whom I disagreed with VERY strongly over on goodreads posted a question: "Why take a well-known novel to turn it into something else? Is it not taking advantage of the famous original?"
Where to even begin with that? Adding to the conversation around something iconic like a classic novel doesn't detract from the original. And there are countless reasons to do it! The one that I was interested in was that it takes something historic, iconic, and culturally significant and makes it accessible and appealing to a younger audience.
The plot remains intact, as well as many of the lines--changes made are clearly for accessibility (i.e. Netherfield Park is rented at last, as opposed to let.) But what I really love about this is and its accessibility to a young audience isn't the text adaptation, but the graphic novelization components.
Phrases, lines, and words that have changed over time have a visual context in this text. Much like watching a film, readers see Lizzie's face and know that what Darcy just said is insulting, even where they're unfamiliar with the language and wording--but they're still reading it. They're working through it and learning it. As a teacher in the Visual Arts who's passionate about encouraging literacy and teaching cross-curricularly (not to mention a life-long Jane Austen fanatic) this is like the Holy Grail.
I can spitball countless lesson ideas off the top of my head for this. Read it together over the course of a few weeks, as a full unit: sometimes read in class, sometimes as homework; character design assignment where students take a famous literary character and design them for a graphic novel. Next, we could take about settings and how art style can work in tandem with text and content. Work in groups to create a setting layout from a novel they've read in their Language Arts course (to have a common ground for them to work from, and a history of looking at the book in question critically.) We could culminate in a graphic novel that is done collaboratively where we adapt a famous fairy tale, or maybe students all do a cover for their own graphic novel adaptation of their favorite book. This is off the top of my head. Opportunities are endless!
I do have one major qualm with this adaptation: I think it's blasphemous to change the opening line of Pride and Prejudice. But that's the Austenite talking.
I can't recommend this book more strongly for a K-12 audience; or for an Austen lover. It would be an amazing way to share this story with your child, as well! I'm so glad it's out there.