What if your favorite book is made into a comic?
In recent years, there’s been a few novelizations of comics. For example, we got the DC Icons series, where famous YA authors are writing books about superheroes (like Wonder Woman and Batman). We’ve also seen books being adapted into comics, like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods or Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak etc. This topic was recently covered on Hey YA, Book Riot’s podcast and it got me thinking – what books would I like to see as comics, and what comics would I like to see as books? So I made a list.
1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
So I am only 50 pages into this, but imagine that cover as a whole comic. And so far the world seems lush enough and the plot seems quick enough to warrant a comic book series. I would personally love to see this world brought to life in comic art and pictures and I think it would be super fun.
2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I really enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s take on “Harry Potter fanfiction” and I think it would be great if that story was transferred into comics. I think the world would leave a lot of room and would allow a lot of material for great comic art. Plus, there’s a lot of like plot points that can be explored in comic format, so I think that would be a pretty exciting venture.
3. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Okay, so I know I’ve been obsessed with this book, but it’s really great. I love contemporary comics (Giant Days is probably my fave comic ever) and I would love to see a slice of life style of comic about all of these characters. The story itself can lend a lot to a comic – there’s gaming and theater and such great relationships that I think would really work well in comics.
4. Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
Now, the Mistborn series is quite complex and the world is vast and what not, but I would love a comic version of it. It can go on for thousands of volumes, but seeing Sanderson magic system in comic book form would be amazing. He has wonderful fighting scenes that would look so good in art, plus the way his magic system works would offer so much material for comic art. It would be awesome!
5. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
This pick is sort of due to my obsession with the series, sort of due to the fact that there’s barely any fan art for it, but I genuinely think this would be a great comic. Seeing the element based witch magic would be amazing, and don’t get me started on Threads. I would love seeing Threads in comic art, they would be so pretty. This is my new obsession, please make this.
1. Giant Days by John Allison, Max Sarin and Whitney Cogar
This was a given. I adore this series, the characters are fantastic and so hilarious, and this would be a fantastic contemporary novel, maybe even a series where we focus on one of the girls in each. Plus there’s a lot of different story arcs that can be used in a book and I would get this in a second.
2. The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson
Would this story be interesting as a book! Twelve gods reincarnate as people every 90 years. AND THEY BECOME POP STARS. And then in two years, they’re all dead. This is a fantastic premise. I love gods on Earth stories. Love them. People always talk about art in this series, but the plot and the premise itself are equally interesting and would make for great books.
3. Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire
I love this comic series, and it has I think only 8 volumes and a clear, one storyline so I think it would transfer into a book really well. It’s a dystopian story with a really interesting premise and plot and I think it would make for a really interesting book. Plus, it’s so emotional and heartbreaking and beautiful at times and who doesn’t want a read like that?
4. Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
This is a comic I got into recently, thanks to Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books who talks about it on Twitter and I love it. And I think it would be a great contemporary book. The characters are super amazing and the whole fencing competition and training stuff is really interesting and would make for a different kind of setting than you usually see.
And those are my picks for books as comics and comics as book wishlist! I WOULD LOVE to hear from you on this! Any books you’d love to see translated into comics or vice versa? Let me know in the comments!
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