The Exile – a graphic novel by Diana Gabaldon

Do Graphic Novels count as real books?  Its come up in conversation recently as my husband has included quite a number of Graphic Novels in his list of books read this year, while his mother claims they don’t count.  Even in Neighbour’s recently, the character Callum won the school’s readathon by including quite a few graphic novels. It was allowed in the rules, but his best friend didn’t seem to agree.

I’ve discussed before about the genre of Comic Books and Graphic novels, and the interest in them seems to be gaining worldwide.  As seen in something like Maus, by Art Speigalman, something in a graphic novel form, can’t be instantly dismissed as light hearted.

With the movie, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, I think even more attention is being given to this sort of format. Lots of popular TV shows, have developed a graphic novel or comic book that goes with the show, like Chuck.  Also, alot of author’s, are recreating parts of their stories with a graphic novel version.

One of my favourite authors is Diana Gabaldon.  I am madly in love with the relationship of Jamie and Claire in the Outlander series, and every book just keeps me yearning for more.  I’m very excited about discovering that Diana Gabaldon has release a graphic novel retelling the events of the first book, from the point of view of Jamie Fraser, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.  I hope I’m able to track down a copy locally at some point in the near future.

You can check out the book trailer here:

Do you know of any other graphic novel adaptations worth checking out?