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“Twilight: The Graphic Novel” and “The Birthing House”

Wednesday, December 01, 2010 - Book Reading

I’m just going to jump right into it…

Twilight: the Graphic Novel

The content, story, characters, and whatnot are courtesy of Stephenie Meyer, obviously.  The artwork (you know, since this is a graphic novel) was done by Young Kim.

There isn’t too much to say about the novel, really.  If you read and loved the actual books, you’ll possibly enjoy this depending on how well your imagination works.  I have a very vivid imagination and I picture almost everything I read.  I don’t like to have someone come behind me and say, “hey, wait, we decided that these people are going to look like this now.”  It’s not that the drawings don’t fit the descriptions, per se, but they don’t fit my imaginings of the descriptions.

Also, I don’t find that romance novels, which is what Twilight is at it’s core, work well as comic books.  The artwork is fine, but when you try to fit several pages of internal thoughts, worries, and musings into one page with a few pictures and one sentence, you lose a lot in the translation.

“The Birthing House”

This book, written by Christopher Ransom, pulled a highly unusual response from me.

I hated it.  With a passion!

I finished reading this book while in the tub and I seriously considered drowning it…

That being said, the writing was fine – very descriptive, easy to read, easy to understand.

The plot, however…  Is there a plot?  I think there is.  I’m just having trouble finding it.

I sincerely hope that I am missing some big point in this book that, if I were to find, it would finally make sense.  However, when it comes right down to it, I don’t think I am.

Warning: This next section may contain spoilers, but I don’t really think they can count as spoilers if the ending makes no sense whatsoever even if you know it while reading the book…

Haha, I almost forgot the first really disturbing part.  Conrad briefly imagines the realtor “suddeny grabbing him by the arm and paddling him over one knee.”  Really?  What’s the point of that?!  I think that part is designed specifically to make us think that he’s completely insane from the beginning…

Anyways, I read the book in spite of the …  I’m not sure what to call it, really.  Grossness, maybe.  :-/  I read it.  I’ll never read it again.  And if the book wasn’t Jaime’s, I would put it up on bookmooch right now.

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