Jul 13 2012 9:23am

Seeing the Words: Literal Graphic Romance Novels

This week, Karen Marie Moning released Fever Moon, a graphic novel from her Fever world. Not only does it have a new Mac and Barrons story, it tells the story in graphic novel form, illustrated so you can see Mac and Barrons on the page.

Moning isn’t the first author to take her written words into graphic form; Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Steig Larsson, and even Jane Austen have gotten graphic treatment.

Do you want to see more of your favorite romances in graphic novel form? Or do you prefer to let the author’s words and descriptions tell the story?

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Jen W
1. dumblydore
I suppose I'm a purist and prefer to let my imagination draw for me. That said, I think graphic novels are a great extension to keep fans hooked on a book/series, BUT the quality and production values have to be high. Fans, who are also willing to pay extra, expect something exceptional. And you've got to appreciate the amount of pressure on the artist/s to get everything and everyone looking "right", so a good production team is essential.

I mean, it's the same with movies, isn't it? Why do we have so many movie adaptations of novels? There's this hunger to have our imaginations realised on other media. Whether on a piece of art paper or on film, or a soundtrack or musical. I'm not complaining. Much.

I think the greatest appeal of a graphic novel adaptation is how stories on the verbose side are forcibly condensed and become a lot more approachable. Just think how much more fun those boring English texts in high school would be if they'd been made into comic books! EPIC CONCEPT.

My recent favourite has been Gail Carriger's Soulless manga. Really excellent example of expressive art, writing and lettering.
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