Friday, 22 July 2011

Blankets by Craig Thompson

by Craig Thompson

Summary: Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.

This is a graphic novel and I think it’s the first proper graphic novel I’ve ever read. I liked it a lot, but not quite as much as other people seemed to.

I love, love, love the illustrations. Particularly the ones where he was with Raina - that was my favourite part of the book, the story of his first love but that only made up about a third of what the book was about and the other parts are probably why it had less of an impact on me.

A huge part of the book is about religion. About growing up in a small town where religion is a big deal and your parents are very religious and they raise you to be the same. You go to church, you go to a school that teaches the Christian way and you’re taught that being gay is wrong that lust is wrong that perfectly natural things are wrong…that’s the kind of childhood/teenage years that Craig had. And that’s probably why the book didn’t really get under my skin as it did with some people.

I couldn’t relate to that at all. I live in Scotland and the whole religion thing isn’t as…strict here. I never had religion forced down my throat from a young age, that’s not to say I wasn’t educated about religion, I was…but I was allowed to decide for myself. While the pictures were interesting in those parts of the story, a lot of the religious aspects just didn’t click with me at all. But I think if someone is or was Christian or was raised in a town like that or with Christian parents, then the book might do more for them than it did for me.

The other part of the story, with Craig and his younger brother, that was sweet and sad and funny at times - it made me laugh out loud a few times (and “EWWW!” out loud, too). I liked that part, but didn’t love it.

I guess this was one of those books that was just too hyped up. People were telling me how amazing it is and how it’s one of the best books they’ve ever read…and it was really good, just not quite that good. But as far as graphic novels go, if you’ve never read one before, this is a good one to start with.


1 comment:

  1. I was very underwhelmed by Blankets. I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt this way.



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