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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

The Plain Janes - Cecil Castellucci, Jim Rugg When you come across a premises like The Plain Jane's it's hard to turn away from. A graphic novel about a group of girls (all named Jane) who take it upon themselves to bring art into everyone's daily lives in a way that can only be called P.L.A.I.N. Firstly, I loved this story. The number of smart statements it manages to make within such a concise story-line was brilliant. Overall it was pretty quick read [>40 minuet]. The characters were interesting and possibly endearing but you would have needed another 200 pages to really get to know any one of them. And that is what I really left wanting of this story, something complete, something more.This is a graphic novel that feels like it was written as a novel then edited down to fit. Now, that's not to say that it isn't well written or interesting to read, like I said, I loved the story but... Although the art was well done, detailed, and expressive, it felt like it wasn't necessary to tell the story. When I read a graphic novel I expect there to be a balance between the importance of the art and the importance of the story. In this case it made sense to have this be a graphic novel in theory because the story is focused on art and creativity. It just didn't deliver the balance of story that I expect of the format.Throughout my reading I kept feeling like The Plain Jane's should have been in a novel. If not a novel then at least a complete story, with time to develop into a more natural plot with dimensional characters.It could have been more. This has such amazing potential that it's potential sort of tainted my experience and I don't know who to blame for that.All of that said, I would still recommend this to people. It is a book that makes you think big with small gestures. Still enjoyable and quick enough that I'll probably come back to read it again.