Venturing into Graphic Novels

In the continuing spirit of trying new things, I decided it was time to try that genre I’ve avoided for a long time: graphic novels. The book that convinced me it was time to try was A Wrinkle in Time: the graphic novel, originally by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson.

Honestly, I probably shouldn’t have started out my graphic novel adventure with an adaptation of one of my favorite books of all time. That’s just setting it up for failure. BUT I will say that I enjoyed the illustrations much, much more than I expected. While Larson’s interpretation of the story was vastly different from my own, it was very beautifully drawn and expressed.

Unfortunately, there’s only so much of L’Engle’s incredible writing that you can fit into a graphic novel. While Larson did a good job of fitting in many of the good, powerful lines, there were still so many that were missing, and I was left completely unfulfilled. A graphic novel can’t hold a candle to the power of words.

That being said, I’m willing to try again. Like I said, it wasn’t totally fair to start out with an adaptation of an amazing book. So tell me—have you read any graphic novels? Which would you recommend?

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11 Comments

  1. It’s a bit kiddish, but the Zita the Spacegirl trilogy is fantastic. If you’ve seen Avatar the Last Airbender, the graphic novels that continue the series are good. I also adore the Manga called Kare Kano, or His and Her Circumstances.

  2. I’ve never actually read any graphic novels, but I’ve heard that Stardust is a great one. I don’t know if I could read A Wrinkle in Time as a graphic novel because I, like you, love that book too much. It’s like turning it into a movie… they’re never as good as the real thing.

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