Okay, so I couldn’t talk about books without talking about graphic novels. Graphic novels are some of my favorite sources of inspiration as a writer: partially because I think really visually, but partially because I think its really important for writers to learn some of the mechanics of graphic novels, like closure and fragmentation. Especially for poets, reading graphic novels can really help with economy of language.
One of my all time favorite graphic novels is Its a Bird… by Steven Seagle and Teddy Krstiansen. Its a Superman novel- but not your typical one. The premise of the story is that a graphic novel author gets the job of writing the next Superman novel. In graphic novel talk, that’s like being nominated for a Pulitzer. However, struggling with his own life, relationship and memories, he doesn’t want to take up the task because he doesn’t feel any connection with Superman. The novel then is an exploration of Superman (almost like a Superman Renaissance), where he muses on different aspects of Superman’s personality, in an attempt to better humanize him.
The novel asks the pertinent question: Can a fictional character save a real life in the real world? This is a question SO many writers and readers and lovers of words grapple with, because its a huge part in WHY people read & write: to look for connection or safety or a savior, even if it is from yourself and your memories.
Also, the whole thing is done in water color.
I’m sorry, WHAT?? Yes, water color. Shit’s cray. You need to read it.