At 12:20am I finished reading my 45th book of the year and the 2015 Reading Challenge #61 A book with forbidden love: “Noughts and Crosses Graphic Novel” by Malorie Blackman. As one of my favourite books of all time – it places firmly in my top 3 – I had high hopes for this long awaited adaptation about politics and forbidden love. I wasn’t disappointed.
My Goodreads Review
“‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman follows the unlikely friendship of Callum and Sephy – a nought and a cross – in a world where noughts and crosses do not mix, let alone get along. Together they face a series of challenges, but they always come through them stronger – that is, until Callum’s family becomes involved in a terrorist organisation, with a plan to bomb a shopping centre, and Callum and Sephy inadvertently become caught up in the madness. Can their relationship survive against all the odds?
This graphic novel is a beautiful representation of the critically acclaimed novel. There are obviously instances where explanations are avoided in this medium, and as a result some of the emotion is lost in translation. The art is simplistic, but I believe it should be, when the whole premise of the book is black and white. Overall it is still a fantastic adaptation of the book.”
I loved the simplicity of the ending, as it was incredibly hard hitting. Whilst I didn’t enjoy the graphic novel as much as the original novel, it was really interesting to see how one of my favourite books of all time translated to a different format. I also was unable to sit down and devour the whole book, perhaps because the subject matter was so heavy. I hope it attracts a new audience to the beautiful series by Malorie Blackman, as it’s themes are so important.
#61 A book with forbidden love – Noughts and Crosses: The Graphic Novel by Malorie Blackman (7/10)
Thirty-three down, seventeen to go. (Forty-five read)
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