Earlier this week, I received the email below from a VBC reader. She asked me to about beloved authors publishing graphic novels in addition to traditional novels. I’m not the best person to ask, to be honest. I have great respect for the talent that goes into conveying the emotion and narrative of a complex story visually, but I’m just not into graphic novels. I will say, before turning it over to VBC reader Noreen, comparing the two isn’t really fair. They are two different art forms requiring varied skills. But I would never suggest that one is better than the other. Merely different.
To: Chelsea / Vampire Book Club
So I am an avid reader, two sometimes three books a week, in all different genres, but I do not get the graphic novel craze. Recently some of my favorite authors have ventured into the graphic novel arena. Authors such as Diana Gabaldon and Janet Evanovich among others, who are amazing writers and great storytellers, have released basically very long, not very captivating, comic books. I don’t know if it is an author’s desire to attract new readers or just to try something different that would encourage them to release works that are, in my opinion, so below their amazing talents. For me the attraction of a novel or series is the depth of character development, depth of plot, the development of the story, everything that takes time to build up to. Also the imagery you create in your mind of characters and scenery. In a graphic novel you don’t get the build up and depth of the story because you only get snippets of dialog based around someone else images of the characters, which I have found often don’t live up to the images I have created for characters which tend to ruin the character for me.
The most recent author to join the graphic novel trend is Kim Harrison with Blood Work: An Original Hallows Graphic Novel being released in July, and I recently read Karen Moning is completeing a graphic novel about MacKayla and Barrons. I am a huge fan of Kim Harrison’s Hallows Series, so for this reason alone I am going to try this book and hope for the best. Now I have never really been a fan of comics so that is what I’m wondering, is it just me not being a comic book fan that turns me off to the graphic novel or do others agree with me that they are not worthy of the authors efforts. Just wondering if you could pose this question on your site so that I might get others opinions on this.
I know several of you are big fans of graphic novels, and I’m looking forward to hearing your opinions on Noreen’s question of whether novelists should be writing graphic novels, too.