The platform from which I will launch various and sundry bookish and/or nerdery topics for discussion. Or ranting. Probably in equal proportion.
There will be no rhyme or reason. I may do it once a week OR once a month—basically, whenever the mood strikes me.
Potential future topics:
1. Why do doppelgängers of boyfriends past keep showing up in comic book movies/sitcoms, and am I the only one having this problem?
2. FUNKO pops, I love ’em.
3. Suicide Squad: was it as awesome as the hype?
4. GoT, Season Six: WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
SO. My review of FABLES, Volume 1 posted on Wednesday, and since I read it last weekend . . . I’ve read the other twenty-one volumes. YES. You read that correctly. All twenty-two volumes. #cantstopwontstop
My Goodreads 2016 Reading Goal is in excellent shape.
How is that even possible?
Well . . . Firstly, graphic novels are mostly pretty pictures, and secondly, they’re significantly shorter than the average novel. So not that hard if you’re
And I definitely was.
Part of it was the art. Part of it was the concept—fairytale characters relocated to New York City to escape the tyranny of the Adversary taking over in the Homelands. And surprisingly (to me), part of it was the characters.
I scoffed at that possibility early on—how could graphic novel characters be as well-developed as traditional novel characters? You have what are essentially cartoons and dialogue vs. pages and pages of written development. No comparison, right?
Not to mention the fresh new spins on old stories. Several of my favorite plot threads grew out of my least favorite childhood stories, like THE WIZARD OF OZ.
I tried to read the books when I was younger, but I didn’t like Oz for the same reason I didn’t like Wonderland: too effing weird.
And yet, when this happened, I lol’d for probably a solid five minutes:
Occasionally, it still makes me laugh . . . Two lollipops . . . *giggle snorts*
Then, in the same issue (Volume 20, I believe), a separate plot thread had me crying, b/c just like in the best books, the characters had become REAL.
And that’s all I’m after, folks. Good characters doing interesting things. So for my money, this little journey I’ve taken with the residents of Fabletown, and a million other worlds besides, has taught me that graphic novels can be every bit as compelling as full-length books.
What about you? Have you tried graphic novels? What was your experience?