"Oh, those are for kids."
"Oh, those are too violent."
"Oh, that isn't really literature."
Graphic novels as a genre is plagued with stereotypes, often assigned by people who have never even read a graphic novel! I've written about graphic novels on this blog in the past-- about how they offer a unique perspective, a different entryway into reading and stories. Frankly, I've been on a kick of them lately because they're a great before bed read.
Here's a few I've been enjoying lately if you're interested. . .
A beautiful telling of the lives of the novelist's parents as they lived through the 20th century in England.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen:
A vibrant, food based memoir from the daughter of a chef and a gourmet.
She includes neat recipes at the end of each chapter!
Ever wonder what Harry Potter would have been like if its author had based the character on his/her own son, and then the son had to grow up and face the pressures of fame? This series explores the politics of fame, influence, and the power of literature on its audience.
Now a successful movie that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival, this French translated novel explores the romance between two young women and the travails they face.
Locke & Key:
This recently completed series is smartly written by the novelist son of Stephen King, Joe Hill. While you should know that at times this book is violent or graphic, it more importantly tells an engrossing story of the magical powers of a house and its many keys, and the ways these powers affects the residents of the Lovecraft house-- the Lockes.
A compelling set of three stories about residents of a community in Canada.
A moving story based on real-life accounts of the horrors faced by child soldiers in Uganda.