With four books currently on the go, I am not ashamed to say that I became slightly intimidated and wanted to briefly avoid them, so I decided to pick up my second graphic novel “Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan as a distraction. It worked. It also happily checked off #42 A book that you own but have never read, from my 2015 Reading Challenge.
My Goodreads Review
“Having previously read ‘The Lightning Thief’ Graphic Novel only a month ago (which was my very first graphic novel experience) I decided to pick up ‘The Sea of Monsters’. This edition felt more complete as it was closer to the storyline of the novel, however I felt there was a distinct lack of conversation in this book – several pages were purely pictures.
That being said, it was a fun, quick and easy read. I probably enjoyed it more than the first, but that may have been partly because I knew what to expect going into ‘The Sea of Monsters’. The art is imaginative (in some cases it wasn’t what I had pictured – Clarisse in particular) and the full colour illustrations help bring the story to life.
Personally I wouldn’t read a graphic novel that has been adapted from a full length novel unless I had already read said novel, because the plot can be spoilt in an instant. However, this is where I love these Percy Jackson graphic novels as they are great refreshers before diving into the next book. I would certainly recommend this graphic novel to young and old alike. I for one didn’t really expect to like the reading experience, but I was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail.”
Comparing a novel to a graphic novel isn’t really fair in theory or practice. They are intrinsically different, and they are designed to be. Whilst I am still not fully convinced by graphic novels, I can accept that they have their place and can be extremely enjoyable to their target demographic. Unfortunately, I just don’t think that I am it. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but I don’t think I’ll ever be convinced that any form of book will be better than the novel.
#42 A book that you own but have never read – Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti (6/10)
Twelve down, thirty-eight to go. (Thirteen read)
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