Let’s Talk Bookish: Illustrations in Books

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Today’s topic is Illustrations in Books.

Do you read books with illustrations in them?

I don’t specifically seek out books with illustrations, but I do enjoy the occasional comic book. The Asterix and Tintin comics are among my favorite books to reread. I’m not really that comfortable with graphic novels though, I guess I just prefer standard novels as illustrations tend to distract me from the story.

Do you think illustrations are only for children’s books or graphic novels? Can illustrations work well in adult literature?

I don’t think illustrations are just for children’s books, nor should they necessarily be limited to only graphic novels. Well done and relevant illustrations can enhance any story, such as the maps in many fantasy novels. I’ve even seen some books that have a little illustration at the beginning of each chapter and they can be really cute and fun depending on the genre. I’ve never encountered this in adult literature, but I think it’s something that could be explored and done right, could work in this age group too.

What are some of your favourite illustrated books?

As I mentioned above, the Asterix and Tintin comics have been longtime favorites of mine, but if we’re talking about full fledged novels, one of my all time favorite books, The Lord of the Rings, has a surprising number of beautiful illustrations, from detailed maps to sketches by the author himself and they definitely enhance the story.

What do you think of illustrations in books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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