The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer were a fantastic set of sci-fi, fractured fairy tales (see my previous post). And when I found out there were two graphic novels that picked up where the series ended, I jumped at the chance to enjoy more of this particular story. Still set in the future (the Third Era), this two-volume set – appropriately titled Wires and Nerve – follows Iko, the protagonist's android sidekick, on a mini-adventure as she takes down a pack of rogue Lunar soldiers before they destroy the fragile peace being forged between Earth and Luna.
I enjoyed revisiting the world of the Lunar Chronicles: it was great to see the gang again (though, the drawings are a bit simple compared to the manga I'm used to reading... so I use the word "see" with a grain of salt... but having had great character descriptions in the books, these illustrations are really more of "placeholders" for the mental pictures I had already formed, instead of bringing these folks to life for the first time). I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of this particular form of storytelling; they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and graphic novels can add to a story beyond what mere words can describe. It's especially fun when novels you already know and love come out with a pictoral version :-D. For instance, when I found out there was a Twilight graphic novel, did I run out and buy a copy? You bet your boots I did! In fact, I would love to do this with one of my stories if I ever got the chance – but that's dependent on finding someone with actual artistic ability to collaborate with ><.
The best part of these two books, of course, is the fact that the story centers around Iko, the cheeky android who wants so badly to be human. She's one of my favorite characters from the original series – right up there with crazy Princess Winter, followed closely by tough-as-nails Scarlet and tough-because-she's-made-of-nails Cinder. Woven under the main plot is the theme of "android" versus being "alive," as Iko and her semi-love interest Kinney go back and forth about her humanity, or lack thereof. Despite the genre differences, this is a theme that I like to bring out in my works; only I use monsters instead of machines to show what it means to be human. For only by knowing what it means to be human – especially our flaws and shortcomings – can we truly appreciate who God is :-).
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I have two passions: reading and writing. You can't write good stories without first reading good stories - that's my theory, anyway. So this is where I'll share with you the depth of those passions: background on what and why I write, as well as talking about the books that I read and how they impact my writing.