This year, I branched out from my comfort zone and tried out two new types of books that I’ve never read before…a novella and a graphic novel. I ended up loving my first novella so much that I immediately went and read a ton more. But my experience reading the graphic novel was a little bit different.
For my first graphic novel, I chose Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel. I love the Vampire Academy series so much, I knew (or at least hoped) that I would love the graphic novel as well. But…it fell disappointingly flat.
Reading the same story over again didn’t bother me. It was just the way it was done, I guess. It felt almost sterile to me. It was completely lacking the magic that the original novel held for me, and it wasn’t just because it was a “re-read.” It felt like too much information was being shoved into too small a space, and even though there were pictures, I was having trouble getting immersed in the atmosphere of the Academy because of the poor translation into this format.
I also really didn’t enjoy the artwork. I expected more from this graphic novel, and it just didn’t deliver. The characters looked nothing like I’d pictured them in my head, especially Rose. She’s supposed to be this sexy, curvy, short badass with awesome hair…but she was tall, lanky, and not very attractive in the graphic novel version. The bad artwork was distracting and made it really hard for me to be able to concentrate on the story itself.
This whole experience just left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t think that I’ll be picking up another graphic novel any time soon.
Have you ever read a graphic novel? Do you like them or dislike them?