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Most readers aren’t interested in classic novels.

As teenagers, many of us were forced to read so-called “classic” novels in school. We had to force our way through long, boring texts that were not interesting to us in the least. It was because the language was so formal or the style was long-winded, or we just plain didn’t understand what was going on, or we just didn’t care about the story or the characters.

Forcing kids to read books they aren’t interested in or books that feel too difficult to them doesn’t do any readers any favours. It actually turns kids off reading for life. Something like 33% of high school students won’t read another book after they graduate. That’s devastating.

Graphic novel versions of classic novels can open them up to new readers of all ages.

If we really want teens to read these stories, let’s put them into formats that will make them interesting to teens. Graphic novels are incredibly popular, and for good reason. Graphic novels allow readers of all levels to dig into and understand a story. Readers have to decode not only text, but also illustrations to fully understand what’s happening in a story. There are a ton of benefits to reading graphic novels!

Here are five classic novels reimagined into graphic novels. They might even make you interested in the classics!

Jane graphic novelJane by Aline Brosh McKenna, Illustrated by Ramón Pérez

A graphic novel retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre in a contemporary setting. This book is stunning.

Want to read it? Buy a copy today.

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Anne of Green Gables graphic novel

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden, Illustrated by Brenna Thummler

A beautiful edition of Anne’s misadventures. This is a favourite in my collection. See my review (and inside) here.

Want to read it? Buy a copy today.

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Anne Frank Graphic novel

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Ari Folman, Illustrated by David Polonsky

Authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation, this graphic novel retelling of Anne’s famous diary shares her experience as a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazi’s and dreaming of her future.

Want to read it? Buy a copy today.

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a wrinkle in time graphic novel

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larsen (adapted and illustrated)

I’m not a huge fan of this book, but this adaptation looks amazing. It’s bright and colourful and perfect for middle graders who might find the full text intimidating.

Want to read it? Buy a copy today.

Chapters-Indigo | Book Depository

 

the picture of dorian gray graphic novel

The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Graphic Novel by Ian Edginton, Illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard

This version reimagined Oscar Wilde’s story of a young man who makes a bargain for eternal youth and watches a painting of himself age instead of his body.

Want to read it? Buy a copy today.

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And as a bonus: There are graphic novel adaptations of nearly all of William Shakespeare’s plays!

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What’s your favourite graphic novel adaptation?

 

5 graphic novel retellings of classic literature

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