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Pictures add zing to reading

chandigarh Updated: Jan 30, 2009 01:30 IST
Archna Matharu

Reading is an enjoyable experience for many but for some it remains a pain in the neck. Some find it plain boring, some consider it a waste of time; some doubt their ability to sit and concentrate while the size of the novel scares others.

Such book shirkers can seek redemption in today’s new-age graphic novels. Seeking inspiration from the Chinese adage, “One picture is equal to a thousand words,” publishers have come up with a new trend.

Besides, they aim to woo back readers who have switched over to Internet reading. Innovative books have come up, which present the story and its characters in caricature format, thus giving the impression of a comic strip. So, the book has the look of a comic but the story and characters remain unchanged.

Effortless reading

The concept emerged around a year ago and since has picked up among people as an easy and interactive means to read a book. And with the passage of time, a large number of graphic novels can be seen adorning bookstores across the city. “The demand for these works has gone up remarkably. People have started viewing it as a trouble-free means to read a novel. It is a big hit among kids as well,” says Mathew, Store Manager, Oxford Book Store.

Grips the reader

Shakespeare’s works were among the first ones to be released in this format. At present, five of Shakespeare’s works come in this form including The Tempest, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. “I find the concept of a graphic novel to be very fascinating.

The language used in Shakespeare’s literature is not easy to read and understand. Therefore, the illustration format makes the novel not only easy to understand but also fun to read,” says Gurpreet, an ardent reader.

“I feel that one of the prime advantages of graphic novel is that all the characters are presented in the form of drawings.

This makes it easy to imagine the characters and situations,” feels Ashish, a regular follower of these works.

Indians joining the trend

However, as the concept picks up among the city folk, more and more titles and works by different authors are adapting this format. Almost all titles by the famous detective novelist, Agatha Christie, can be read in this format.

Not only foreign authors, even famous works by Indian authors are joining this trend. Kari and Corridor, two celebrated works by Indian authors have also been adapted in the graphic form.

“Around a year back, no one was aware that something like a graphic novel exists. But now, not only are people aware but also they are interested in reading and buying them,” adds Mathew.

However, this list is not exhaustive. The fans of the graphic novel should not satisfy themselves with these names.

In the near future, readers would soon have many more titles to lay their hands on. Informs Mathew, “Although we are not sure about the names, 20 to 25 more titles are expected to soon join the list.”