I first became aware of the term "graphic novel" a few years ago. I thought it meant novels that are, well, graphic in the sense of violence or sex. (I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes!) My first introduction to a graphic novel/memoir was Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. (Some of you may know her as the amazing author of Dykes to Watch Out For in all its iterations.) I was enthralled with Fun Home’s story, the illustrations, the form. Since then I’ve read several more graphic memoirs and some graphic novels. A particular favorite author is Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia and others.
Do you read graphic novels or memoirs? Who are your favorite authors? Which books do you recommend?
If you haven’t read any, why not?
Some people have the impression that graphic novels are glorified comic books, are unsophisticated or don’t qualify as "serious" literature. What do you think? If you track your book numbers, do you count a graphic novel as a book read?
No, I don’t read graphic novels.
I gave them a try, but found I didn’t like them at all. I tried yaoi; God, that was confusing and so not my thing. I blogged about that here.
My husband reads a lot of graphic novels and told me when the first Anita Blake book “Guilty Pleasures” came out as a graphic novel. Another shot, another failure. I hated the art work, I hated how the images in my head were not like the ones in the book.
I suppose it would be different if it was an original novel and not an adaptation, but as far as I’m concerned the less images in a fiction book, the better.
To see what other weekly Geeks have to say about graphic novels, go here.