An article in the Observer of 10 graphic novels that "transcend the comic medium."
It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken.
Ethel and Ernest.
Alice in Sunderland.
The Castlefiore Emerald (Tintin).
See I have a problem with the word "transcend." As if comics need to be "transcended."
They do the same kind of rescuing with science fiction books, and, well, just about any other genre. It's a bit condescending.
(I'm carrying G.N. 4-10. I think I've got at least two of the first three).
Went to see The Three Musketeers, which was about as bad as we expected. But I'll sit through a lot for a few moments of steam punk, I guess.
And then there is a review of Colson Whitehead's 'Zone One' in the N.Y.T. Book Review that starts: "A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star. "
Suddenly, I don't want to read this book.
The same with the Night Circus review.
In both cases, it sounds that that unholy "serious" genre novel. The best example I can come up with is, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, which seemed to be almost apologizing for being a fantasy novel. I know other people enjoyed this book, but I found it underwhelming.
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