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Women in Comics – Graphic Adaptations

Given the popularity of comics, it isn’t surprising that many works originally created and released as books and films have been adapted into comics and graphic novels. Not only does this bring these stories to a new audience, but in the process of adapting and illustrating these stories, the creators of the comics are able to add their own take on the original version. In the past, I’ve written about Hope Larson’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time and Leigh Dragoon’s adaptation of Legend by Marie Lu in my post on science fiction comics, but this list offers even more options for thought provoking adaptations of some popular works.

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Women in Comics: Love Is In The Air

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it seems like a perfect time to highlight some great examples of love stories and romances in comics. Though romance comics were very popular in comics historically, this genre is sometimes overlooked in the current comics marketplace, receiving less focus than superhero stories and tales of adventure. But, this is not because of a lack of romantic tales being written. Though they may not always garner as many headlines, these stories exist and have great crossover appeal for readers who don’t generally read comics.

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Reading Horoscope: Cancer

CancerCancer is represented by the crab, but there is nothing to be crabby about this month. Kind, sensitive, and devoted to family and friends, Cancers have a full month ahead of planning cookouts, making lemonade for little siblings, and making sure this summer is the best for everyone they care most about. But Cancers need to inject a little self-care every so often to maintain balance and health. What better way than with these comforting and adventurous books.

a wrinke in time gnMadeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

“It was a dark and stormy night…” So begins the classic fantasy novel of adventure and danger, family bonds, and, above all, love. Hope Larson creates a new reading experience with her graphic novel adaptation. The art is fresh and expressive and none of the original magic of L’Engle’s tale is lost. The perfect read for a sunny day under a tree or even a dark and stormy night.

Three Unconventional Jane Austen Adaptations

In one of my first posts on The Hub, I mentioned that I enjoy the notion of synchronicity. If you hear about something over and over from seemingly unrelated sources, it’s worth making a connection. Once three similar things get my attention, they begin to coalesce. Here’s my latest occurrence: Jane Austen, outside the box.

Jane Austen adaptations are ubiquitous, and a lot of them are pretty similar. This is not really a bad thing. The stories are captivating and the characters are familiar enough to feel like family. Curiosity about which particular details each adaptation will highlight is enough to intrigue me into almost any version of an Austen story. These, however, are something more.

Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars is a science fiction story inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The fact of this alone is intriguing. The execution is a balanced blend of original and adapted ideas, science fiction world building and heart-wrenching romance.

The apocalypse in this world was caused by genetic experimentation. In the generations since the Reduction, much of the human population is reduced in intellect, while a class of technology abstaining Luddites rules. In recent years, Post-Reductionists, normal children born to the Reduced, are coming into being. Elliot, the daughter of a Luddite plantation owner, exchanged letters from the age of six with Kai, the son of a mechanic. They fell in love as young teens, and Kai asked Elliot to run away with him. Elliot said no. She could not leave the plantation’s inhabitants to her uncaring father’s whims. For four years, Elliot has done her duty despite her broken heart.

When the Cloud Fleet comes to rent her family’s land for ship building, they bring Captain Malakai Wenforth along with their unprejudiced ideas about technology. Kai has changed so much — time and heartbreak have pushed him far away from Elliot — but their chemistry is undeniable. Each chapter begins with letters between Elliott and Kai from when they were younger, giving context to the depth of their relationship and their world. The bulk of the story is narrated by Elliot, allowing the reader to closely follow her range of emotions at having Kai in her life again, while leaving Kai’s feelings and motives mysterious. In addition to borrowing their delayed love story, Peterfreund’s characters borrow their names from Austen’s Anne Elliot and Frank Wentworth. As Elliot struggles over her feelings for Kai, her people struggle between the safety of tradition and the risk of scientific experimentation. Peterfreund is writing another book set in this world. Across a Star-Swept Sea, due to come out next year, takes its inspiration from The Scarlet Pimpernel.