Monday, October 03, 2011

Trend: Graphic Novel Adaptations

I've noticed a rash of graphic novels based on (or continuations of) huge, bestselling novels lately. Just looking at paranormals alone, you've got Stephenie Myer's Twilight, P.C. & Kristen Cast's House of Night, and Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series. (That last one is a manga, so the site is in Japanese. Try Google. It's not the best translation, but you'll get the gist.)


Of course, paranormals lend well to the comic-like feel of graphic novels, but authors in other genres are stepping up, too. Janet Evanovich has teamed with Dark Horse to continue her Alex Barnaby series, starring characters from Metro Girl and Motor Mouth.  (See: Troublemaker)

So, what do you think of this trend? How would you feel about your book or series being made into a graphic novel?
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30 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

Any time someone wants to do a graphic adaptation, it's got to be a huge ego boost, but graphic novels tend to hit the popular novels anyway. They're just reaching out to a different demographic to bring them into the fan base.

Lynda R Young said...

while I don't read graphic novels anymore (I used to because I loved the art) I'd certainly never turn it down if someone wanted to adapt my work.

Nancy Thompson said...

Ha! My book was made into a graphic novel, it would be entirely TOO graphic, so I don't think it would translate well. But a movie, now THAT would be interesting...

Carrie Butler said...

@Maria - Absolutely. It seems to work, too. :)

@Lynda - I wouldn't either! :)

@Nancy - Hah! Sounds like they would have to sell your super-graphic novels in discrete brown sacks, Nancy... *grins*

Melodie Wright said...

Ok, trying to post again.
I did see a graphic novel of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander a few mos. back. Lots of busty ladies...honestly thought the artwork didn't serve the writing quality. On the other hand, my daughter loves her graphic novel of Jane Eyre.

Mary Ellen Quigley said...

I've read a few of the graphic novel adaptations, and I don't like them. In my opinion, it causes to book to loose some of it's substance. I don't know how I would feel about my work being tuned into one. I guess it would depend on the artist and how they portrayed the story line.

JeffO said...

I doubt my current WiP would be graphic novel-worthy, but I have one in head that could be. The way I see it, if someone is willing to pay me to graphicalize one of my books, I'm willing to listen, the same way I'd listen if Hollywood came knocking for the rights.

Joylene said...

I'm be thrilled. I love the idea of pictures and words sharing the spotlight. The art is spectacular. Both my brother and my youngest son are artist, and to collaborate with them on a graphic novel would be wonderful.

Clarissa Draper said...

I think it's going to effect the self-published writers who can't get into this action. However, that's also why it's important to get involved in a writing community like ours. That's also why I'm hoping the auditions thing will take off, writers who want to get their books into audio form could never do so unless published by big six or unless they had lots of money. Now they can.

Alicia Gregoire said...

I like this trend, sometimes. It depends on the artwork. I'm a huge fan of the Dark Tower graphic novels because of that.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm fine with it. It promotes reading among young and maybe reluctant readers, and that's always a good thing.

The Golden Eagle said...

I like graphic novels (speaking of which, I have the adaptation of The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett out from the library) although I don't read that many of them. Sometimes I find the way they present the characters is very different from the image I had of them in my head, which can put me off.

Lydia Kang said...

I haven't read graphic novels in quite a long time. I'm not sure if I'd go for these, unless I was really obsessed with the book.

Iain said...

Ooh! You're making me think today. :o)
I hadn't thought of seeing my MS in a graphic novel, which is odd, seeing as my kids are both into them in a big way at the moment. I'll definitely be storing this idea away to dredge up at a later date :o)

Mina Burrows said...

I think it would be pretty awesome! Like movies, TV etc...you'd be able to reach another demographic. That would be killer. Great post.

Carrie Butler said...

@Melodie - A graphic novel of Jane Eyre? How cool! What a great way to get younger readers into the "classics".

@Mary Ellen - Yeah, sometimes adaptations of things we already enjoy can skew the way we picture them. It's a bit of a tossup.

@JeffO - Heck yeah! I think new opportunities are always worth consideration. :)

@Joylene - I would, too. Really? That would be awesome! :)

@Clarissa - Good point! I think you're doing the community a great service with your project, Clarissa. :D

@Alicia - I'm that way, too. The art style definitely plays a significant role. :)

@CLeeMckenzie - Absolutely! :D

@Eagle - Nice! I didn't know about that. I'll have to check it out. :) Yeah, the adaptation of any written work is always a gamble for the early fans. Sometimes it's better suited to draw in new audiences.

@Lydia - Understandable. There's so much to read, but only so many hours in the day. :)

@Iain - I'm glad! Thanks for dropping by, Iain!

@Mina - Me too! Thank you. :)

Jennifer Hillier said...

It would be cool to see my book as a graphic novel, though I'm thinking some parts might end up being PORNOgraphic. :/ But I would never say no if someone wanted to adapt it that way.

Laila Knight said...

This is okay as long as it follows the same story line. Often graphic novels place so much enphasis on pictures they leave out a lot of plot. L K Hamilton has a whole comic book series out on the Anita Blake novels. I like looking at the pictures...especially since her vampire guys are pretty hot. :)

Bryce Daniels said...

I know my WIP wouldn't lend itself to a graphic interpretation.
The jury is still out over my opinion on the trend. I know it's all about the readership and the money, but I guess I'm old-fashioned. The words, to me, are still paramount.

Carrie Butler said...

@Jennifer - Maybe they could thrown in some of those "fade to black" panels to compensate. ;)

@Laila - Really? I had no clue. Hot guys, eh? I'm in! ;)

@Bryce - Hey, whatever works. The words paint their own pictures, anyway. :)

Sally said...

I think I like this trend better than movie adaptations that completely kill the original story -_- (Eragon...Eragon....WHY ERAGON?!)
But I still prefer old-fashioned reading, as the story was originally made to be told. I like manga and all, but because they were written as such and well, that's the 'best'. A story written out as a novel is at its best in the original form, I think. Besides, there's something about reading that makes a story so much more personal for me than just 'watching' it. But still, it's kind of cool to see the same story told in a different way (that doesn't butcher it completely, like movies...oh Eragon WHY?;_;)

However, if I were to have a book I write made into a graphic novel...I'd be psyched for it! It'd be awesome to see someone else's visual image of what I wrote!*.*

Linda said...

I honestly don't know how I feel about this trend. I don't really read them, but I think it's a good way to reach out to a different set of readers. Honestly, I'd be pretty psyched if my book was made into a graphic novel.

Carrie Butler said...

@Sally - I've never seen Eragon, but after your comment... I think I'll skip it! *grins* You make a wonderful point. There's something special and organic about a story in its first form.

Yeah, that would be pretty cool! :)

Carrie Butler said...

@Linda - Absolutely! :) I would, too.

Peggy Eddleman said...

I love graphic novels. I can't say I read them a ton, but I think they can turn non-readers into readers. Some people just really need a book to be more visual, so that makes them fabulous! Plus, seeing my book in pictures? I think I'd pretty much love that.

Carrie Butler said...

@Peggy - Very true. Sometimes it's a matter of preference. Heck yeah! That'd be awesome. :D

Angela Ackerman said...

I think Graphic novels are a lot of fun, and just really juice the imagination. Dark stories translate especially well into graphics. :) I always like the dark scary comics as a kid. :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Donna K. Weaver said...

Don't forget the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

One of my sons loves graphic novels and has ideas for four of them (he's also an artist). There's certainly a market for it.

It used to be an insult to someone intelligence when they only read "picture" books. Is that changing? ;)

unikorna said...

Very enjoyable place you have here, I had to stop and mention that. Also a very impressing number of friends :). Good luck with your writing, kisses.

Carrie Butler said...

@Angela - Oo, I agree. Dark stories are a ton of fun. They must tap into some fantastic, twisted part of the brain. *grins*

@Donna - I wasn't aware of that one, but that's awesome! Thanks for telling me about it. :) Oh, how cool! You should post some of your son's work sometime.

Why yes, I do believe the "picture" book stigma is changing. ;)

@Unikorna - Thank you! I really appreciate it, and I'm glad to have you here. Good luck with yours, too! :)