A few months ago I had NEVER read a graphic novel or a comic. I had been curious for a while, wanted to try my hand at them, but was incredibly intimidated with the vast amount of titles out there. So I asked around in the blogging community for recommendations, googled things like ‘where to start if you want to read graphic novels’ and here we are, a few months later. I think I might’ve developed a slight addiction, because right now I’ve already gone through Saga volume 1 to 5, The Wicked + The Divine volume 1 and 2, Ms. Marvel volume 1, I’m halfway through Nimona and I have the first volume of Lumberjanes lined up for when I’ve finished that.
Whoever thought it was a good idea for me to start reading graphic novels and comics clearly wasn’t thinking about my poor wallet. Although I am pretty sure that person was me… Whoops. I did get a few for my birthday though! So I didn’t pay for them all by myself, haha.
Like I said, I started with Saga. And I’ll be honest with you, it took me a little while to get into. The problem wasn’t in the story though, no, it had more to do with the fact that I am used to books. Graphic novels are REALLY different from books. I mean, yes there’s a story going on, but instead of surroundings being described there’s an actual visual and there’s only a little dialogue to actually read. Now this might seem a bit silly and super obvious (and it is) but I didn’t fully realize that UNTIL I was actually reading it and I had a little trouble adapting to that. Something else that I didn’t really think about was the length of the story and the time it would take me to finish it. I mean, one book takes hours and I finished Saga volume 1 in under an hour! If you think about it, that really is no time at all…
So what made me push through? First of all, ALL the people that recommended Saga to me. I mean there were just so many people that told me I should start with Saga, and I figured that they must’ve recommend it for a reason.Second of all, the story was interesting. When I realized I was having a bit of trouble and started to think what the cause of that could be, I almost immediately realized that the story-line wasn’t the problem at all. It really was the form in which the story was told. Once I got to that point it was really easy to just keep going. After I had finished the first volume I was intrigued enough to try the second volume as well, and well, the rest is history. Before I knew it I am where I am at now: an ever growing collection of graphic novels on my shelves.
Now, what is that made me fall in love (read: addiction) so fast? Well, in a way, graphic novels really are like books. Both tell a story, just in a different form, and once I got used to that I was a goner. Because let’s be honest: the stories are EPIC. Also, the amount of time it takes me to finish one volume (another thing that I really had to get used to) is actually quite ideal. I am in my second year of university and I am quite busy with all that comes with it. I don’t always have the time to read for long periods of time. I love binge-reading, but with how busy I am that just isn’t always realistic. I can binge-read one volume though! Because it takes me less time to finish I can just read the whole thing in one sitting. I don’t have to stop reading when I’m halfway in and completely emerged into the story to study or do my homework because most just don’t take that long to finish. It’s perfect! Another HUGE perk is the illustrations: they are just beautiful works of art. I enjoy the illustrations so much, it’s so damn pretty to look at. My absolute favourite at the moment is The Wicked + The Divine, those illustrations are TO DIE FOR.
I really developed an addiction in no time and I have only my damn curiosity to blame! (not that I would have it any other way). I dived straight in, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be coming up for air anytime soon.