Monday, January 25, 2010
Dracula Goes Graphic...
But back to the graphic novel. As I mentioned earlier, the illustrations are GREAT. The characters are extremely stylized. Mina Harker and Lucy Westenra sort of look like Bratz dolls with their big eyes and fluffy cheek bones, and Dracula himself is a hilarious, anorexic, ugly piece of a count. It's also very moody and cutesy at the same time. It's hard to explain, but if you visit the linked title above, it'll take you to the Google books version, which lets you preview a good portion of the book.
The only thing that bugged me visually was the actual written text. I was soooo not a fan of the text. It was fitting to the illustrations, sort of a rounded, weird font, but it was also hard to read. I found myself re-reading little portions because I couldn't make out a word.
The adaptation part was spot on as far as I could remember. The storyline is basically the same as the novel but with a few funny things thrown in. As I was reading I would occasionally catch a snarky comment by one of the characters that didn't fit with the time period, and there was a reference to the SPCA that made me blink a couple of times. I found these instances to enhance the quirky weirdness of the book rather than disappointing me.
For a first effort reading an adapted classic, it was a great success! I love quirk, so this type of adaptation is right up my alley, and I'm not sure a more serious, straightlaced one would've worked for me. If you're going to adapt a classic to graphic novel format, it seems a sense of humor only helps the situation.
This is my second book read for the 2010 Graphic Novels Challenge. Oh, and FTC, if you weren't paying attention, I got this one from the LIBRARY.