Friday, 25 January 2013

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo II

I have read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel, Book One, twice. It became clearer on the second reading but I still need to check some points with Ketlan who has read the novel and seen the films. Obviously, each adaptation should tell the story clearly enough on its own terms.

Seeing the film of a book sometimes makes us want to read the book. In this case, I am not in a hurry to read the original. I imagine that the disgraced journalist and the title character are view point characters for different chapters or sections of chapters? It would be interesting to read the memories, thoughts and feelings of the heroine since these are almost completely unstated in the graphic adaptation.

When a comic is based on a screen drama, whether cinema or TV, the characters are drawn to resemble the actors but, when a film and a graphic novel are independently based on a prose novel, there need not be any resemblance. This happened with Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. The comic was based either on the novel or on the TV script but not on the visuals of the TV series. The Black Friars were described as black men in the novel and were black on TV so should have been black in the comic. (The idea seemed to be a child's imagining of "Black Friars", as with some of the images in Alice. The child's viewpoint is a major feature in Gaiman's works.)

There are two films of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo but the comic is, like them, independently based on the novel so need not resemble either film.

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