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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eight Books That Deserve a Graphic Novel Treatment

Recently I have been noticing that many of the new graphic novel releases are simply re-tellings of more traditional print titles. I am apparently not the only one as Paste Magazine recently noted:
Earlier this month, we found out two iconic (in very different ways) literary works were being given the graphic-novel treatment. Sea Lion Books announced their interpretation of Paulo Coelho’s spiritual journey The Alchemist, featuring art by Daniel Sampere. Then, last week, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam announced they will be creating an illustrated version Frank’s famous diary, with Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon (the duo behind the graphic novel of the 9/11 commission report) at the helm. And prior to his death this week, one of the great Harvey Pekar’s last projects was a graphic-novel adaptation of Studs Terkel’s working-class gem Working
So in the spirit of "if you can't beat them, join them.," Paste Magazine continued this article by noting "Eight Literary Works That Deserve a Graphic Novel Treatment."

I will repost the list, but you will have to click through for their reasonings. I hope somebody's agent is reading this. Could you imagine Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy as a graphic novel? Awesome!

8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Marquez
7. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
6. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
5. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
4. Hell’s Angels: A Strange And Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson
3. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and the rest of the Millennium trilogy) by Stieg Larsson
1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon       

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