Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Graphic Novel - Challenge Update

Twilight (The Graphic Novel)

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Art adaptation: Young Kim

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When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret...

My Thoughts

I did a challenge last year and read all the Twilights books in one go, I was  late to the TWILIGHT party but I ended up liking the books alot. I had issues with more the last book more than the whole series per se. 

Since I read the novels I have since watched two feature film adaptation of the books and my latest journey into the Meyer’s money making steam train is the graphic novel. I wasn’t sure what to expect as with each outing there are bits added and bits that I either love or hate.

The first thing I found striking is the drawings in the  graphic novels and I was liking the style, but after having the picture of Bella and Edward as Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, it took a little while to get used to the newer slicker Bella and a dark eyed brooding Edward.

While Comic’s on the whole have very abrupt dialogue – the dialogue in this was literally cut and paste from the book, I doubt there was one line that was solely new to the comic adaptation and because of that it was a bit wonky for me.. 

I am not quite sure who the graphic novel target market is but other than the drawings it really has no draw. Most readers would have read the story already – so there will naturally be loads of comparison between the  novel, the film and the graphic novel.  I would also call it the tamer sister of the three because there really wasn’t anything more than Edward – Bella, Bella – Edward, while other readers might say that was the whole plot, we got a bit more in the novel and the film.

True Graphic Novel connoisseurs will tear this apart, middle of the  road readers like myself – will have more than the usual issues with it and yet still await the second book in the series. Nobody said we had to be consistent…

Rapunzel

Author: Shannon & Dean Hale

Illustrator:  Nathan Hale

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Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.

My Thoughts

Rapunzel is an active girl who is always getting her fingers in some sort of mischief. Living the live that is the stuff of dreams but a lonely one, as she is the only child in the entire household. She makes friend where she could, with guards and servants – but ultimately her natural curiosity lures her to try and climb “the wall” – the one place that Gothel, her mother warned her not to climb.

As expected Rapunzel could not resist and what began as mere curiosity opens a door she never knew existed and starts her on a journey of years of imprisonment, creative escape and a fistful of adventure. She also ends up making friends along the way to getting revenge on the one person who made alot of people’s life a living hell.

I really enjoyed this book. This was a mishmash of various childhood tales strung together to make a delightful read with Rapunzel and her side kick Jack as the star.

I will admit I wanted this book as soon as I saw the long hair on Rapunzel, she was a kick ass chick and didn’t back down from anyone and I really like that about her. The story didn’t drag and I had a few laugh out loud moments during my reading of this book, so all in all a worthwhile read.

Pencilling and colouring was really good. Lines were crisp, clear and will appeal to not only kids but adults alike.. 

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Murder on The Orient Express

Original Story: Agatha Christie

Adapted: Francois Riviere

Illustrated by: Solidor

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The world's most famous murder story, newly adapted into a vibrant comic strip for new generations of thrill-seeking sleuths to enjoy. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer -- in case he or she decides to strike again.

My thoughts.

I wont go into the details of this book, but just to say if you have never read Agatha Christie works whether because of the length of the novels themselves or the wordy scenes, The Graphic Novel is so the business.

Right from a few pages in I was suck in, I had read the novel before so I knew the story and the graphic novel kept as true to the book as possible. I thought the language flowed better and with the visuals backing up the more sinister and dark theme of the book I really felt that this would be a great introduction into Ms. Christies work for newbie to her extensive catalogue of books.

Hercule Poirot is depicted more as the TV star than from the novel and I thought all the little nuances and fussiness of Mr Poirot was ideally captured. The slew of support cast that make up MURDER ON HE ORIENT EXPRESS was well drawn and this was no funny story, but the morbid side of me – had a little chuckle at some of the artist rendering of the more sinister player.

I am off to get a few more books in this series. The other cool thing about these books are that they are all hard covers, so they will last a while on any readers or collectors shelf.

 

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9 Speak To Me:

Chris on 12 May 2010 at 18:50 said...

Hmm. Reading about Murder on the Orient Express reminded me of a series of comic books I read as kid - they were classic novels, redone as commic books. The only one I can remember off-hand is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - I really loved that series. Hmm...

Eyre on 12 May 2010 at 21:12 said...

I'm getting that Twilight graphic novel for my classroom. I have some students who would love the series, but they are scared to death because they think books are "too thick." I think this would pique their interests. Of course, I'll get it and it will be stolen. They've stolen the entire Twilight series from me already.

Kris on 12 May 2010 at 23:17 said...

I actually liked the Twilight graphic novel a lot. It 'fit' how I imagined the story happening a lot more than the movies did, although Bella still is not right some how. *sigh*

I have a whole heap of the Agatha Christie graphic novels that I got last year for my birthday. They're so terrific. :)

Blodeuedd on 13 May 2010 at 09:00 said...

I think I would check that one out, just to see the pics

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 10:17 said...

@Chris

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

I will have to check up on that book - I wonder if my son has heard of it...

I am liking these Christie GN..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 10:19 said...

@Eyre..

You bearly escape from your class daily with your sanity, so I am not surprise they pilfer all your good books..

For starters to the Twilight series the GN are so good - I just finished the Indian Jones series - GN makes it comes alive for me..

All the best with those kids.

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 10:23 said...

@Kris

You are right - but I fnd I have gotten caught up in the movie world of Twilight...

and long hair pouty Bella and Shadow eyed vamps dont cut it for me any more..

The power of the big screen - I am brainwashed I tell you...

I am working my way through the Christie Graphic Novels - I am doing it through the library - giving them something to do other than gossip at the loans desk..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 10:24 said...

@Blodeueed..

I hope the library gets it in for you - it is actually well presented..

I am looking forward to seeing what they do with volume two..

E.H>

Chris on 16 May 2010 at 16:36 said...

EH: You can pick up the non-graphic version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court over at Project Gutenberg for free.