Thursday, October 6, 2011

Your Thoughts: Do you see the trend towards turning book series into Mangas?

I might just be a little slow on the uptake, but has anyone else noticed the trend toward turning books series into mangas? (haha, spell checker just tried to fix 'mangas' to 'mangos'....silly spell checker)

Anywho, practically everywhere I look lately a series is having a manga, or graphic novel, published. Below are some examples, and I'll admit I like the covers and have read my fair share of manga's, but I don't think I'm really a fan of this new trend. Not that it hurts me or anything! I just don't think I'll look at these as additions to the books and read them.

My reasoning behind this is I usually end up picturing characters differently than they are described. Having an imposed vision of this person kind of ruins it for me. Movies sometimes do this, but not to the same extent for some reason. Not only that, but yeah, the cover may look nice, but inside the drawings could be a bit ridiculous and elementary (this has happened to me before with a graphic novel of a book, the drawings weren't even drawings but a mix of computer graphics and backgrounds. *gag* it was awful!)

On the other hand it is sometimes nice to see how a person pictured a specific gun, or to have more ideas on clothing designs, etc. etc. Even though I'd like to think it is, my imagination is not all powerful and it's nice to get fresh ideas on how to picture different things and circumstances.

What are your thoughts? Have you read some manga's of books you liked and liked the graphic novels in turn? or was it a poor representation? I'd love to hear what you think!

Here are just a few that I have seen floating around:

Vampire Academy

City of Bones 


  1. Ahaha, yes, I just noticed the same this week when I saw that the Hush, Hush series was getting a graphic novel, too. I haven't read any -- not really my thing -- but I do like taking a peak through the illustrations sometimes. The Twilight ones I especially love and I might have to get my hands on the volumes eventually.

  2. I've noticed the trend and also been somewhat annoyed. I like the idea when a series has ended and the mango :) lets us explore the world a bit more. I've heard they may do this with The Lost Room. A miniseries, not a book, but I'm excited to see what they do with the world that fascinates me.

    But, I don't like when they just retell the story. That's why I read books, people.

    New, here. Thanks!

  3. While I don't mind graphic novels, I'm not sure I need to re-read something as a graphic novel.

    Great post. Definitely a trend.

  4. I think its a hit or miss trend. some manga versions are well done. I personally do like the illustrations in the twilight manga * far more than I like having the image of K.S. and R.P. in my head :s.. but there are some that are a flop.. like when they make teenagers look more * ehrm* mature than described in the book. But I can see some pluses.. When I worked at Borders I would have some kids come up with a copy of a manga version saying they wanted to read "the real deal" next. It's kinda like books to movies.. sometimes I love em sometimes I hate em, but Hey.. whatever gets people reading! one book to manga that I enjoy is Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark hunter series, she had alot of say in the artwork and I think it rocks!

    happy reading and blogging!


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