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Great adaptation of a timeless tale,
This review is from: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel (Hardcover)
A Wrinkle in Time has become a timeless tale, more relevant today than in any other decade, containing two prominent ingredients: a strong female lead, and a popularization of science. Hope Larson does an excellent job at adapting the story to the graphic novel format by capturing the essense of the story, and detailing the physical reactions of the characters in a way that progresses the tale.
The graphic novel format does present a few obstacles that take away from the story as a whole. As with any adaptation (e.g. graphic novel, television, movie) the visual representation of the story reduces the imaginative effort of the reader. If one has read the book before, the graphic novel might not meet expectations of visual elements, such as character looks. Also, the graphic novel is really a reduction of the story, missing some of the wonderful language that has made the original novel such a classic. Meanwhile, the lack of color (the graphic novel uses black, white and blue) takes some getting used to, as does Larson's cartoonish style. In fact, although Larson's artistic style is quite good, the slightly cartoonish nature of it removes any real sense of danger from the pages. Only the scene with the boy's bouncing ball presented any real dread.
Despite these limitations, Larson has constructed an adaptation worthy of the source material. Occasionally, the reduced nature of the novel makes Meg out to be a little too whiny and Charles Wallace out to be a little too much of a know-it-all, but overall the portrayal of each character is very true to the original novel. Larson's panels flow consistently and speed up the enjoyment of the book, while her characters are drawn with a charm that children and young adult readers will love.