Three Gaiman Adaptations


Neil Gaiman is a popular author across many genres and audiences, and some of his work for young adults is the best I’ve read. I found Coraline to be chillingly spooky, on par with some of the creepiest and most unsettling horror I’ve read for adults (I’ll never forget that first encounter with the other mother and her glossy, black button eyes). And his Graveyard Book with its unassuming orphan child hero, Nobody Owens, was a delightfully original take on some fairy tale stories.

So I had high hopes for the graphic novel adaptations; this is a format that I’ve come to really enjoy personally. The artwork in all three adaptations (The Graveyard Book is divided into two volumes) is appealing and clean; I found the work in The Graveyard Book to be particularly imaginative (although the fact that the first volume is drawn by a variety of illustrators is a bit jarring at transitions from one section to another). It’s interesting in this case to read these volumes because I’ve never before read graphic novel adaptations of pre-existing stories (except some Shakespeare and classical texts like The Odyssey, all of which have hewn pretty closely to the original story).

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