I enjoy graphic novels. I have only read a few in the past, but when thinking about reading a graphic novel for a senior seminar class, I wasn’t sure how it was going to tie in or be taken seriously. For some reason, when I think of a graphic novel I often think of comic books or Sin City, which while entertaining, doesn’t really convey a deeper meaning for me.
However, like Wayne and Phil both stated in their blogs, I feel like Satrapi was able to tie her story in with the idea of a graphic novel really well. Some graphic novels are very colorful but Persepolis was not, which I think made it more real in a way.
I wish we read more graphic novels in our classes because I think that they can be informative. We are given an insight into a world we are unfamiliar with through a unique lens. While it is written in a form that we are not always familiar with, it is still a form of literature. I think that like poetry, graphic novels shouldn’t be ignored. I’m really glad we had the opportunity to delve into this, though I wish I didn’t have to wait until my last semester of college to be exposed to this form of writing.
Satrapi, Marjane, and Marjane Satrapi. The Complete Persepolis. New York: Pantheon, 2007. Print.