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Jane Eyre Graphic Novel

Jane Eyre – graphic novel adapted by Amy Corzine

A new acquisition for the LRC is Jane Eyre, a classic of English literature by Charlotte Brontë. This book can be a daunting prospect to read. The Penguin paperback edition has over 500 pages. However, this edition is adapted as a graphic novel.

Graphic novels are closely linked with comic books with the story mainly told in pictures. Unlike comic books, graphic novels tell the story in one volume rather than over separate issues. Don’t just think they about superheros either! They cover all genres of fiction and non-fiction. Many graphic novels have serious, adult themes such as war, love and belonging. They can be sophisticated and engrossing as they bring together two artistic forms – illustration and writing.

Graphic novels can be more a accessible format especially for visual learners. It can be a good medium for those people who don’t like reading but want to be immersed in a story. The artwork kick-starts the imagination and helps you engage with times, characters and places far away from your everyday experience. It can make a nice change to read something less dense in words, particularly for ESOL learners (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

It takes some adjustment to read a graphic novel, but the basic principle is the same as all books: left to right and from the top to bottom of the page.

One of the most widely-known graphic novels is Marjane Satrapi’s autobiography Persepolis which tells her story of growing up in Iran and emigrating to France. This has been made into a film too. Either the book or DVD forms you can borrow from the LRC.

We also have a number of other graphic novels available for example:

  • Fables: Rose Red – tells the story of Snow White’s sister but it is not the fairy tale as you might be familiar with.
  • Adamtine – a horror story involving a group of strangers who vanish on a train journey.

Please tell us what you think of graphic novels by email, in person or leave us a comment below. We are hoping to start a shelf to promote graphic novels. Which adapted books would you like the LRC to add to our graphic novel shelf?

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Book shelves with biographiesThis week we’ve been adding to our biographies and graphic novels. We’ve had a number of student requests to increase the choice of biographies and reflect the lives of women in other countries and cultures. As a result we ordered in a number of biographies of Chinese and black women:

Falling Leaves Return to their Roots:  the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Samantha Tross: a Profile by Verna Wilkins

Baroness Scotland of Asthal by Sue Adler

and other biographies of musicians and singers as well as a former Member of Parliament:

Amy Winehouse – the Biography, 1983-2011 by Chas Newkey-Burden

Nancy The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort

The Shaking Woman, or, a History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt

Under the Ivy: the Life and Music of Kate Bush by Graeme Thomson

plus two graphic novels:

Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh

Palestine by Joe Sacco

 

 

Much Ado About Nothing and Buffy the Vampire slayer graphic novelsEarlier this academic year our Six Book Challenge students took part in voting for books they’d like to see us stock to count towards the Challenge.

One of them who has recently completed the Challenge told me how she’d loved reading the Manga Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing edited by Richard Appignanesi. Since she finished the Challenge we’ve added Romeo and Juliet to our stock too. If you’re into graphic Shakespeare then why not try Macbeth by William Shakespeare edited by John McDonald?

If you’re a fan of Manga then you’ll also like these graphic novels:

Adamtine by Hannah Berry

Fables: Rose Red by Bill Willingham

Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham

Buffy the Vampire Slayer- Time of Your Life by Joss Whedon

Graphic doesn’t necessarily mean it only applies to plays and novels. We’ve got some graphic books for students studying for Access to Higher Education:

Introducing Psychology: a Graphic Guide by Nigel C. Benson

Sociology in Pictures: Research Methods by Michael Haralambos and Wendy Hope

 

Inside Adamtine graphic novelWe asked our students studying English as a Second and Other Language and  Get confident with English  to vote for books they’d like to read as part of the Six Book Challenge. In December we counted up their votes and placed orders with our book supplier.

It’s now February and the books have all started arriving. Here’s just some of them that have been arriving so far:

Graphic novels
Much ado about nothing  (Manga Shakespeare)
Adamtine by Hannah Berry
Buffy the vampire slayer: time of your life

Fiction
Flowers in the attic by Virginia Andrews
Petals on the wind by Virginia Andrews

Biography
The crocodile by the door: the story of a house , a farm and a family by Selina Guinness

Guiness’s biography was selected in the Costa Book Awards 2012.


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