Graphic novels are people too!
I was checking out reviews of the graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and became extremely irate at this sentence (which followed a one of five star critique): “I’d love to see this book rewritten, with really developed characters, complex sentences, and rich vocabulary.” First, I want to be clear that I have not yet read the book (it is in my queue), and so I can not vouch for the merit of the story itself. However, what really irritated me was the fact that the reason behind giving such a terrible review of the book was to basically wish it were something other than it is. I am fairly certain that the author/artist decided to base his story around images for a reason. I can’t help but feel that it is another example of people blatantly misunderstanding the comic/graphic novel medium and choosing to place it in a position that is lower than literary fiction. I take offense to this, sir or madam! In fact, my immediate response is to call you a dolt, but as I view Internet trolling to be completely void of any decency, I will just think it to myself (read is: rant about it in my blog). ;)