Saturday, April 20, 2013
I'm still not quite sure how I feel about graphic novel retellings of novels. It feels a little like making an abridged audio recording of a book or even a movie from a novel - there are things being left out; the story is being changed a bit; the focus is more on what is observed and said rather than on interior monologue or characters' thoughts. I guess I worry a bit about what is being left out, and how that omission changes the story.
I was particularly ambivalent in the case of the graphic novelization of A Wrinkle in Time, which is one of my favorite books from my childhood. But I have to say, when I found out it was Hope Larson who had created it, I grew excited. I love her work, its complexity and emotional resonance, and I knew right away that she was an excellent choice for this adaptation.
I found myself enjoying the graphic novel even more than I thought. Yes, the story has been simplified, as have the characters and their relationships, just a little, but Larson manages to hit the key moments and really bring out the images as described in the novel. The blue, black and white color scheme lends itself well to the atmosphere of the story.
I did find the situation at the climax (which really creeped the heck out of me when I was a kid) felt more quickly and easily resolved than in the novel, but that was my only real issue with the book. Larson does a great job of illustrating the indescribable, and I think that kids who read one version of this book will definitely be inspired to read the other.
Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012)
Also by Hope Larson:
Also by Madeleine L'Engle:
The Joys of Love
Meet the Austins
A Wrinkle in Time