For our upcoming “Graphic Novels” unit, I plan to study The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel, originally a Young Adult novel by Jeanne DuPrau, adapted by Dallas Middaugh and illustrated by Niklas Asker. I have always had a passion for Young Adult novels. Growing up, DuPrau’s The City of Ember (2003) was one of my favorites. The book was eventually made into a movie in 2008, and the saying “the books are always better than the movies” held true in my opinion. Much to my surprise, I discovered it was made into a graphic novel in 2012. I’m curious to see if I find this rendition to be any better than the movie. It’s always interesting studying something in several mediums (book, film, graphic novel), and I want to see how the storyline might be perceived differently when told in this unique format.
Check out the graphic novel here.