The Rise of Graphic Novels

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The Rise of Graphic Novels

Matthew Winchester, Staff Writer

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The Carolina Forest Media Center is a great place to escape into all genres of books. Besides the young adult section, one genre that has become quite popular is the graphic novel.

A graphic novel is a full-length story published as a book in comic-strip format. Although the word “novel” usually refers to long fictional works, the word “graphic novel” is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term “comic book,” which is generally used for comic periodicals. Graphic novels are usually around 80 pages long.

Graphic novels are becoming so popular because children, teens and even adults love them. They are very easy to read and have visual content. They’re also based off  television shows that students loved as a kid.

“A lot of students enjoy reading graphic novels for leisure reading. It uses graphical elements such as panels, frames, speech/thought balloons, etc. in a sequential way to create and evoke a story in the reader’s mind,” said Tim Nesbit, our media specialist.

Some popular graphic novels include Level Up by Gene Luen Yang, Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, and When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs.

“In our library, we have popular series authors, such as Natsuku Takaya, Rumiko, and Takahashi,” shared Deborah Hansen, our media assistant.

Students are consistently checking out the vast variety of graphic novels.

“I personally like graphic novels because I think they are fun to read and to look at. If you like comics, you’ll definitely like graphic novels,” said Freddy Hernandez, a sophomore.

Graphic novels are great for people of all ages. There are plenty to choose from. I recommend that you grab a few of these awesome books from our media center and find a cozy corner to read!