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5 Reasons to Love Graphic Novels

5 Reasons to Love Graphic Novels

Since childhood, I have always been a huge fan of written words. But as much as I believe that good authors can express almost anything merely by finding the right words and building the perfect sentence, I always really appreciated books with illustrations as well. And graphic novels. Here are five reasons, why graphic novels are a wonderful thing, and if you haven’t already, you might want to give them a try.

They can feature a unique style
In graphic novels, the visuals play a major role in the total work of art, and the clever use of design elements sometimes opens a whole new box of narrative tools. The same story could feel entirely different with a darker art style than it would with a more cartoonish look. Take Sin City for example - the style was so capturing that even the movies adapted the black-and-white color scheme of the original comic books.

They are less intimidating to read
Particularly for younger readers, it can be quite breathtaking to stare at a wall of text, page after page, without any visual features whatsoever. After all, we got used to books with loads of fantastic illustrations at a very young age. The step from the colorful bedtime stories our parents read to us, straight into the world of novels can be a tough one to make, so why not get your little ones into reading with a good graphic novel? It certainly did enhance my reading skills a bit, back in these days :)

They can express many things in one image
As the old saying goes, a picture says more than a thousand words. While writers can certainly do a proper job describing the atmosphere of the world or the beauty of a landscape, not every reader enjoys wading through all these bits of information, but would rather focus on the action. Like with acting, there are certain things a single emotionally charged look from the protagonist or the view of a bizarre alien creature can express within a second, that words simply might not be able to convey.

They inspire great movies and series
This is especially true to manga, but also western franchises have spawned many great movie adaptations. There’s a good chance even one of your favorite movies started out as a graphic novel. While this holds true to regular books as well, the already existing artwork of graphic novels tends to make it much easier for filmmakers and animators alike, to stay true to the unique look and feel of the original work, which is - you know - a good thing.

They combine two arts into one
I alway admired how cartoonists were able to breathe life into a blank page. Writing, especially storytelling, is an incredible (sometimes even dominant) art by itself, but combined with the imagery of a skilled illustrator, it becomes an impressive blend, that can lead to genuine masterpieces and, in the end, that deserves to be considered an art form of its own.
About the Author
Ben Wendtner is an Austrian author and the creator of the online writing platform Belletristica, a place to publish, enjoy and chat about written words of all kinds.

Image credits: Pixabay

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