Graphic Novels + Poll
So I’m not sure how many of you enjoy reading graphic novels, but volume 2 of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson is out and available (forgive me for being a couple of weekend behind). I have volume 1 myself which I enjoyed a lot, but now is the time that I wish I had a physical bookstore nearby so that I could thumb through this new one. I’m curious as to how Stefan will look. I met Ms. Briggs at San Diego Comic Con last summer and she said that we’d finally see him in this volume.
Of course it made me think a bit about graphic novels in general. I honestly don’t think I am a huge fan of it in most cases. Usually the characters for the series I read are set in my mind and someone else’s interpretation can’t capture it for the better, especially not something in comic book format. There were only a couple of instances where it has been right on and so far it’s only been through fanarts.
Take Rachel Morgan and Trent Kalamack:
Let’s also forget how nice it is that Trent is coincidentally facing her.
Or Anita Blake’s Jean Claude (too many good ones to pick out, so you all can have at).
I can guarantee that they don’t look nearly as great in the graphic novel or even the world book, but these artists make them look even better than I’d imagined (well, Trent at least. Rachel is spot on). So I just wonder how you guys feel as readers when it comes to changing mediums. Television/movie adaptations are a whole other can of worms altogether that I won’t discuss at this time, but I have pretty strong opinions there too. Either way, nothing feels quite as rich as its written novel counter parts and I think I’d prefer that the authors keep writing more books than to take that valuable time away to branch out to the graphic novel realm.
I used to be an avid reader of Japanese manga, but I guess I didn’t mind it there because that was that is how we’re usually introduced to the characters (not to mention the Japanese attention to detail and making the characters look attractive are bar none).
So what do you guys think?