TITLE: The Lover’s Dictionary
AUTHOR: David Levithan
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: The lives of a couple is told in snippets in the form of a dictionary.
GENRE: Romance | Fiction | Contemporary
If I could describe this book in three words I’d say: cute, fast, and creative. We don’t ever get an in depth look at this romance, we don’t even get their names, but it was still very good. We only ever get snippets of this couple, or various couples, but that’s exactly how it is in real life if you think about it. When we see people in public, we don’t get the whole story, we only get that moment.
Part of what drew me into this book was the dictionary concept because I love it when authors are get creative with the format of their storytelling. I especially loved the way Levithan played with the words he was defining. I can tell he had fun writing this.
I know Levithan usually writes YA, but the feel of this book seems to be directed at a slightly older audience like people in their 20s or 30s.
TITLE: Nat Turner
AUTHOR: Kyle Baker
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Nat Turner’s slave rebellion of 1831 is told through drawings.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Nonfiction | History
NOTE: It has violent and graphic scenes.
I’ve read my share of biographies in graphic novel format, and this one has been my favorite by far. Why? Because unlike most graphic novels of this genre, this one is not wordy like the others. Instead, this novel tells Nat Turner’s story through pictures alone. You won’t find a single sentence in the first chapter of the book, only pictures.
It’s not that I’m being a lazy reader, but when I read graphic novels I shouldn’t need words to make sense of the story. If I did, I would have just read a normal non-fiction book.
The only part of this book I didn’t like was how Baker incorporated the Thomas R. Gray’s The Confessions of Nat Turner. For those who don’t know, The Confessions of Nat Turner is this sort of transcription of what Turner told Gray about the rebellion. This semester I’ve spent plenty of time with this part of American history, to know that Gray’s publication is not reliable. It’s Turner’s story seen through a skewed perspective from white southern lawyer. We never see the true Nat Turner and what the rebellion meant to him.
On the other hand, Baker is taking ownership of Gray’s confessions by displaying it alongside his version of the events. So, I guess it’s this part is not all that horrible.
But by all means please, please, please, read this novel if you ever get the chance or if you want to know more about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion.
TITLE: Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father
AUTHOR: Jonathan Hennessey
ILLUSTRATOR: Justins Greenwood
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Alexander Hamilton’s life.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction | Biography
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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TITLE: Paper Girls
AUTHOR: Brian K. Vaughan
ILLUSTRATOR: Cliff Chiang
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Four paper delivery girls from the 1980s find the adventure of their lifetimes when they encounter strange people on Halloween night.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction | Young Adult
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DIRECTOR: Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud
RUNTIME: 96 minutes
SUMMARY: Marjane Satrapi tells the story of her life living in Iran in the midst of the cultural revolution.
GENRE: Coming of Age | Animated
NOTES: Based on the graphic memoir, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Quickly after I read Persepolis, I found out there was a movie adaptation from a couple of years back. The movie was co directed by Marjane Satrapi, the author of the graphic novel, and Vincent Paronnaud. It was also nominated for best animated feature film in various award shows like the Oscars and the Golden Globe. So, of course I had to find this film and watch it.
I wish I could say I went on a quest. That I had to face metaphorical dragons and find metaphorical unicorns to get my hands on this holy movie in DVD, but the truth is much more boring than that. I went to my local library and checked it out.
So onto the review!
The first thing that surprised me about the film was the animation style. It is exactly like the comics, but the drawings just happen to move and talk. It was weird to see such a unique style in animation film when I’m so used to watching today’s modern 3D cartoon (example, Zootopia) or even the original 2D cartoons (example, Lion King) but I loved it either way. That’s already the first sign of how this film stays true to the source material. If anything it made it stand out even more.
The animation is in black and white except for a couple of scenes. Ironically though, the scenes in color felt the weirdest because they felt like they didn’t belong. Personally, I prefferred the black and white scenes more. However, that doesn’t matter because 95% of the film is in black and white.
The movie is exactly like the memoir. By this, I mean that essence and main points of Marjane’s memoir are in the movie. They don’t focus on every little detail but stick to what’s important. Call it the highlights of the book. I preferred it that way because, if I’m honest, there are parts of the book that I wasn’t fully invested in. It still shows what it was like for Marjane to grow up in Iran, all the hurdles and changes the government made her go through. It shows her teen years in France and her return. It’s not an exact replica, but we shouldn’t expect it to be. As far as graphic novel to film adaptations go, this movie is a must see.
AUTHOR: Marjane Satrapi
SUMMARY: Marjane tells the story of her childhood and teenage years living in Iran in the midst of the Islamic Revolution.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Memoir | Coming of Age | Non-Fiction
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AUTHOR: Art Spiegelman
SUMMARY: Art Spiegelman writes about his father’s experience during the Holocaust.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Memoir | Non-Fiction | Historical
RATING: 4/5 Continue reading