Katie @Doing Dewey is hosting a challenge throughout February to encourage us to read a genre we tend to avoid.
Today’s discussion topic is “It’s Complicated”.
The idea is to discuss what has kept us from reading more of our chosen genre.
However my complications have taken a completely different turn this week. As it turns out, my genre has become complicated in a way that I didn’t, or couldn’t, predict.
As it turns out, my genre is NOT graphic novels as I originally thought, but some kind of weird hybrid that better fits the #librariansdilemma tag instead!
Is it graphic? Is it art? Is it non-fiction of fiction?
My genre is a booksellers nightmare – of the where on earth do I shelve this book? kind.
It’s a story book and it’s heavily illustrated or decorated, so much so that the artwork tells at least half of the story. But it’s not a children’s picture book. Adult themes and concepts are explored. There are no speech bubbles but conversations can take place.
Are you confused yet?
Perhaps if I show you what I mean….
But it wasn’t; it was this –
– exquisite artwork on every page that told the story of Marie and Pierre Curie along with the text.
Which then reminded me that I had another part-read book somewhat like it by my bed –
– Shaun Tan’s incredibly beautiful, haunting, grotesque clay works in The Singing Bones which depict various scenes from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
There’s not a speech bubble in sight, and the art is the main focus of the story. Tan’s creative interpretations challenge the reader/viewer to delve deeper into each of the tales hidden layers.
What is this genre?
Things at Brona’s Books are not only complicated, but confused!