Ten Books: From Graphic Novel to Film

Graphic novels lend themselves well to movie adaptations, and there have been a few quality ones in the last few years, with cinematographic imagery ranging from realism (Road to Perdition) through looks-like-a-graphic-novel (Sin City and 300, for example) to animation (Persepolis). Here are ten graphic novels that have been converted to successful films, all of which are available from Wellington City Libraries.

  1. Sin City, graphic novel series by Frank Miller, DVD (2005, recut and extended edition)
  2. Persepoliscomplete graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi (2007), DVD (2007, the film won the Jury Prize at Cannes that year)
  3. 300, again graphic novel by Frank Miller (2005), DVD (2007)
  4. V for Vendettagraphic novel by Alan Moore (1990), DVD (2006, starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving)
  5. A History of Violence, graphic novel by John Wagner (1997), DVD (2006)
  6. Road to Perdition, graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner (1998), DVD (2003, won the Best Cinematography Oscar in 2003)
  7. Ghost World, graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (1996),  DVD (2003, with a pre-fame Scarlett Johansson)
  8. Akira, graphic novel series by Katsuhiro Otomo, DVD (1987)
  9. Ghost in the Shell, graphic novel by Masamune Shirow (1995), DVD (1995)
  10. The Surrogates, graphic novel by Robert Venditti (2006), DVD (Surrogates) available soon!