Library gets graphic—December 28, 2012
One type of book that has grown increasingly popular is the graphic novel. While I do not read many graphic novels, every now and then it is fun to read one, especially if it is based on a favorite book or series. The library has many comic book adaptations for all ages to check out.
For adults try the graphic adaptation of Steig Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, adapted by Denise Mina. Just like the book and movie, the graphic novel follows journalist Mikael Blomkvist and punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander as they try to discover what happened to Harriet Vanger, a girl who has been missing for over forty years. With great illustrations, this graphic format is another way to enjoy this thriller.
One of my favorite graphic novel adaptations is the six volume version of Stephen King's The Stand, adapted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. This very well drawn version remains faithful to King's novel about a group of plague survivor's in a dystopian world, while giving us, the readers, a great visual to go along with King's massive novel.
For teens and younger readers the library has great adaptations of popular teen and children's novels. Try the graphic version of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Hobbit. With the movie in theaters right now, it might be fun to see what adaptor Charles Dixon does with the classic story of Bilbo Baggins.
Or how about Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, adapted by Hope Larson. Larson's simplistic drawings bring to life the story of Meg Murry, who along with her friends becomes involved with unearthly strangers and goes on a search for her father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
Other great graphic adaptations available at HPL include several Shakespeare plays such as Julius Caesar, and two series of graphic novels based on the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book series. So if you have never read a graphic novel before stop in to HPL and try out an adaptation of one of your favorite books, who knows you might just like it so much, you will want to try other great graphic novels. If that's the case HPL has got you covered!