Monday, June 29, 2020

Review: The Great Gatsby Graphic Nobel Adaptation

Coming January 2021, K. Woodman-Maynard presents her graphic novel adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ⁣
From her website, the new graphic novel is described as an  “adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story of the mysterious Jay Gatsby and his desire to be reunited with his love, Daisy Buchanan. Katharine both adapted and illustrated the book, depicting Fitzgerald’s iconic work in lush watercolors which captures the beauty of the Jazz Age.” ⁣
As a teacher, I’m always on the lookout for resources that will enlighten our students’ understanding of the literature we teach. While we do have several film adaptations of the classic novel, they don’t quite capture the true essence of the words in the same manner as Woodman-Maynard creates for readers. You can tell she loves the book in the way that she paints the characters. ⁣
Each important scene from the novel is recreated in the graphic novel in beautiful blues, yellows, and corals. Sometimes students respond better to graphic novels than classic literature. This way, a teacher could use both. For non-teachers, the graphic novel is a new way to experience the classic you probably read in high school. 🎨 

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