Classic Literature Meets Graphic Novels

I have a confession to make: I’ve never been much into reading the classics. Try as I might, I’ve just always struggled with connecting to the story. One day I was browsing a school book fair and noticed they had a graphic novel adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. I was immediately drawn to its colorful pages and read it as soon as I got home. Since then, graphic novel adaptations of classic novels have been one of my favorite things to read. The illustrations and fast pace bring the stories to life in ways I thought would never get through to me. If you’re interested in trying them out for yourself, here are a few titles we have at Denton Public Library:

Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice adapted by Nancy Butler

This one is probably my favorite.  The author and illustrator have kept the original feel of Jane Austen’s classic tale but have added a modern touch of humor and wit.  Just check out the headlines on the book cover!

the odyssey

The Odyssey adapted by Tim Mucci

This adaptation of The Odyssey really captures the action-packed theme of the story through its vivid illustrations and fast-paced plot twists.

A wrinkle in time

A Wrinkle in Time adapted by Hope Larson

Meet Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which once again in this graphic novel adaption.  Colorful illustrations bring this tale to life in a new way that will please old fans and entice new readers to give it a try.


Beowulf adapted by Gareth Hinds

This adaptation of Beowulf gives the ancient tale a new appeal that is perfect for reluctant readers who will appreciate the fast pace and dark illustrations.



The Tempest adapted by Richard Appignanesi

This adaptation of The Tempest is actually part of a series of manga Shakespeare titles.  Illustrations are done in typical manga style in that they are featured in black and white.  These Shakespeare adaptations bring a fun, light twist to the classic tales we all remember reading in English class.

These are just a few of the titles we have at the library.  Visit one of our librarians at the reference desk and we’d be happy to help you find more!


Teen Services Librarian, South Branch


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