Sure, a lot of comic books have been made into movies, movies have been made into video games, manga has been made into anime… there is a lot of crossover. But what about incredible literature that has been illustrated and turned into a graphic novel? It’s like storybooks for grown ups! Here are the top 5 that currently reside in my novels to graphic novels collection.
While A Game of Thrones is one of those incredible series that are equally as awesome in book AND television form, you should add a third “awesome” to this list: the graphic novel. As a book that is full of dynamic character interactions and compelling dialogue, breathtaking environments and beautiful costume design, it is a perfect transition onto the pages of a comic. If you don’t get enough of the TV show, you should pick up the graphic novel – it goes chapter by chapter through the novel and is a pretty honest adaptation. As someone who has read the book, graphic novel, and watched the show, I HIGHLY recommend this.
This adaptation of the horror classic is incredible. It’s atmospheric with full color art that has a 70s vibe, which I feel perfectly encapsulates the style that Dracula deserves. The presentation of the characters from the novels is dead on – exactly how one would picture them in their heads upon reading the original book. Bram Stoker would be proud.
Jane Austen’s classic tale of love and status is brought to life with this gorgeously illustrated Marvel classic graphic novel. As a rabid Austen fan I read this graphic novel with a grain of salt and now it is dog eared and oftentimes off my shelf. It is truthfully condensed down into linear, beautiful story telling with lush art and beautiful character design. I’d love to see ALL of Austen’s classics translated into comic form.
I actually read the Anita Blake comic books before I read the novels, and I will admit they are an entirely guilty pleasure. Anita Blake is what Twilight would be if it was actually good–it’s rife with mythical creatures, sexual tension, and cliche characters. The art in the graphic novels oftentimes reminds me of 1990s X-Men. It’s everything a vampire graphic novel should be.
This beloved childhood classic comes to life with Hope Larson’s vibrant, youthful art. Follow these familiar characters through the graphic novel pages as they fight the darkness to save the entire universe. I HIGHLY recommend this be on everyone’s shelf.