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After Week One of Library School

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This week marks the official beginning of my graduate school career.  I had my 701 “Fundamentals of Library & Information Science” class twice this week.  So far, we’ve only covered the history of libraries, a topic I find very interesting.  Unfortunately, the professor (and presumably most library students) are bored by illuminated manuscripts and the rise of literacy, so the professor just read aloud from her notes from the text.  On the bright side, I’ve been reading The Library, a new volume that includes a written history of libraries (albeit written without subtle sophistication I’d expect from an academic work), coupled with beautiful photographs of the written word through the ages.

Anyway, I was assigned my first project in class: an annotated bibliography.  Sadly, I made it through a rigorous undergraduate program without ever having done intense research, a skill that will be of utmost importance in my library career.   So, I’ll be learning so much about research as I complete this project and continue in my classwork.  The professor introduced us to two databases last night: Academic Search Complete (formerly Academic Search Premier, which I’ve used before) and Library Literature & Information Science Full Text.  In class, she also had us create accounts on RefWorks, a bibliography-building tool that allows importation of references from other databases.  So far, the research aspect of this 701 class seems very useful to my needs for assignments.

Oh, and back to the topic I’ve chosen for the assignment: how graphic novels can be used by libraries to promote children’s literacy and engagement in reading.  I found a handful of electronic journal articles and brick-and-mortar books in the Queens College library.  I hope to begin really delving into these on Saturday, because I like to let out my wild side on the weekends.

What is your opinion of graphic novels? Have you read any?  What are your favorites? (I’ve only read the adaptation of Twilight and hybrid graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.).  Please share your thoughts – thanks

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Twilight: The Graphic Novel – Volume 1

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Twilight: The Graphic Novel – Volume 1

Art and Adaptation by Young Kim

Spoiler Warning – But why would you read the graphic novel before the canon?

Based on Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Under the auspices of Ms. Meyer, Young Kim has created a beautiful graphic novel that follows our favorite vampire-lover to halfway through the first Twilight novel.  This is the first ‘real’ graphic novel that I’ve read, so it’s a whole new medium for me to take in.  Ms. Kim tells the story fluidly, with illustrations and textual interjections that keep a smart pace.  She manages to keep the true spirit and tension of Twilight, while leaving aside minor details that aren’t vital to the telling of the story.

Judging by the graphic novel itself, Young Kim didn’t seem to draw (punny?) too much inspiration from the movie adaptation, except perhaps that the character Jessica resembles Anna Kendrick from the film series.  Kim’s drawings are really mesmerizing, and portray a more well-rounded Bella than in the films; her facial expressions make her seem like she actually has doubts and fears and is really human.  Drawings of Edward, although not in line with my taste in men, showed powerful contrast between his good and bad days (aka satisfied vs. hungry).  Billy, with  his hat shadowing his warning expression, was incredibly close to what I’d imagined while reading the original text.  Overall, the graphic novel was far less emo and Bella was far less angry than in the movie version; this was an advantage of this volume for me.

Bella and Edward

The story frames use an interesting combination of black and white drawings and edited photo backgrounds.  For instance, Bella is drawn in at the Phoenix airport, surrounded by a [photo of a] real terminal.But what really captivated me about this retelling was the use of color; Ms. Kim used technicolor only sparingly, and to heighten the meaning and delivery of important scenes.  Here are some examples:
1. When Bella dreams about Edward an a mysterious wolf facing off, she sees the wolf in an Earthy, bloody red.
2. Edward describes why twilight is his favorite part of every day, shimmers of topaz[!]-like orange and yellow break through the background sky to lend our cold hero some power in getting the reader to sympathize with his turmoil.
3. The meadow – Yes, the cliches remain, but the strong influx of greens and golds gives us a clue as to what sort of elated joy Bella and Edward felt, finally knowing that they were, for now, safe and happy in each other’s presence.

Although I thought some scenes were a bit brief or glossed-over, I had no problem with continuity because I’ve read the canon and am familiar with the storyline and characters.   So, I recommend this graphic novels to readers who are already well-versed in Twilight-ology.  Note: Even though I’ve listed this under “Children’s Books,” I do it with reservation; just as with the original, Twilight‘s themes, attitudes, and [eventually] content is best for mature/older teens or adults, in my opinion.  Personally, I enjoyed the graphic novel far better than the movie, and on par (granted, in a different way) with the original novel.  For a first graphic novel read, I’m impressed and I look forward to more!

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