Friday, December 18, 2009

Classic to graphic novels

Recently, there has been a large development of graphic novels on the market. A graphic novel is defined as a narrative work that takes place in comic form. This is a huge progression from the typical comic strip one would find in the Sunday paper. These have attracted many comic fanatics leading publishers to attract more readers. Several classic works, including those of William Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe have been republished as graphic novels. Many education students
Many education students have also discussed implementing graphic novel versions of Shakespeare into class instruction under the belief that they are more reader friendly leading to more student engagement. This makes sense as comic books have been collected and enjoyed by many in society. The images give a clear and concise display of what’s taking place rather than using textual descriptive imagery.
It is also evident that comics have their own way of showing expressions and emotions in the text bubbles between characters. For example, the use of a ellipsis suggests a pause in speech from the speaker. Bold font suggests that the speaker is placing an emphasis on a specific word. Typically words containing letters that are all capitalized suggests that the speaker is shouting what they’re saying.
I suppose the only question that comes in to play is, does a graphic novel take away from the overall quality of a classic text?

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