Monday, 8 April 2013

G is for Graphic Novels

I literally didn't have a G until a few seconds ago. I was looking through the genres section on Goodreads and saw it and thought HA! YES!

I've had very little experience of graphic novels. I read a few when I was in school because our library had just started to stock manga and graphic novels and they were very easy to read over a lunch break if none of my friends were sharing the same lunch hour. Honestly, I can't remember most of them but some of the artwork blows my mind.

I do however, follow one online graphic novel called The Dreamer.

Here is the synopsis from the website:
Beatrice "Bea" Whaley seems to have it all; the seventeen year old high school senior is beautiful, wealthy and the star performer of the drama club. And with her uncle’s connections to Broadway theater, the future looks bright ahead of her. Little does she know that her future might actually be brighter behind her...
Bea begins having vivid dreams about a brave and handsome soldier named Alan Warren--a member of an elite group known as Knowlton’s Rangers that served during the Revolutionary War. Prone to keeping her head in the clouds, Bea welcomes her nightly adventures in 1776; filled with danger and romance they give her much to muse about the next day. But it is not long before Beatrice questions whether her dreams are simply dreams or something more. Each night they pick up exactly where the last one ended. And the senses--the smell of musket shots and cannons, the screams of soldiers in agony, and that kiss--are all far more real than any dream she can remember.
I just adore this series and once a week update is never enough. To practice my Spanish when I was still in school, I attempted to translate the comic but never got farther than a few pages.

I've been tempted to start reading The Walking Dead graphic novels because I've really enjoyed the TV show and I've also played the game.

Have you read many Graphic Novels? What do you think of them? Have you any that you could recommend?

Sarah x


  1. I got into graphic novels during my YA Lit class last semester, and am enjoying the chance to read some more during my Children's Lit class this semester. Some of the ones I've enjoyed are Mariko Tamaki's Skim, Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost, Marjane Satrap's Persepolis books, and Brian Fies's Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? The graphic novels I'm reading now are Lars Jakobsen's The Mysterious Manuscript and Trina Robbins's Lily Renée, Escape Artist.

  2. I was into graphic novels in high school, but mostly dark ones--Priest and Berserk were my favorites. I still enjoy Berserk. I also have The Walking Dead.

    Fel Wetzig at The Peasants Revolt

  3. Hello...I guess one could say that for me, if a novel is well-written, or even a short story, it becomes graphic for me, because I am a visual reader. When I read, I become immersed in the story, and my imagination takes over. I hear nothing around me, and see nothing except for what is happening in the story. Good G post. Best regards to you, Ruby

  4. I read Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterheart. A librarian and her son have to spend time together. It might not be what you instantly think of when you hear the word graphic novel but... it's amazing.

  5. I haven't read many graphic novels, but I think I'll give this one a look. Thanks for the tip.
    Kathy @ Swagger Writers


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