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10 Classic Novels Reimagined as Graphic Novels

In the enchanting realm of our imagination, these literature classics have found vibrant new life as graphic novels. The stories, once held within the pages of timeless books, have been transformed into novels which are illustrated in the style of comic, making them more accessible for everyone. Let’s uncover 10 classic novels that have been adapted into graphic novels…

Romeo and Juliet 

The graphic novel book cover of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, a classic tragedy by Shakespeare, tells the story of two young lovers from rival families. Their love defies all, but ultimately results in a series of unfortunate events – highlighting the destructive power of prejudice and hate. 

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Crystal S. Chan
Illustrated by Julien Choy 

The Hobbit

The graphic novel book cover of The Hobbit

The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who embarks on an epic journey to reclaim a stolen treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug. Along the way, Bilbo discovers bravery and friendship! This version is illustrated in a fully painted graphic novel, meaning  you feel really immersed in the Middle Earth landscape as you follow Bilbo’s adventure. 

Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Adapted by Chuck Dixon and Sean Deming
Illustrated by David Wenzel

Animal Farm

The graphic novel book cover of Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell portrays farm animals who overthrow humans to establish equality. But when the power goes to their heads, they end up in a regime which ends up mirroring human society awash with its flaws. The artwork in this graphic novel enables you to see the individual brushstrokes, which brings the characters to life in a whole new way! 

Written by George Orwell
Adapted by Odyr
Illustrated by Odyr

The Great Gatsby

The graphic novel book cover of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby explores 1920s glamour. They weren’t known as the roaring ’20s for nothing! F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel delves into the American Dream and highlights themes of wealth, social class and moral decay. This graphic novel immerses you in the lavishness of the 1920s with its stunning illustrations.

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted by Fred Fordham
Illustrated by Aya Morton

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The graphic novel book cover of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

​​The Wonderful Wizard of Oz follows Dorothy’s journey to the magical land of Oz. Alongside her companions, Dorothy seeks the Wizard’s help to return home. Along the way, she encounters challenges and discovers her inner strength. Her story emphasises courage, friendship and self-discovery. This graphic novel adaptation by Eric Shanower stays true to the book, including many characters and details left out by the famous ‘Wizard of Oz’ film adaptation.

Written by L. Frank Baum
Adapted by Eric Shanower
Illustrated by Skottie Young

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The Little Mermaid

The graphic novel book cover of The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid tells the story of a mermaid who sacrifices her voice to swap her tail for legs, so she can walk on land and pursue love. Despite challenges, she learns about sacrifice, selflessness and just how complex human emotions can be. This adaptation is true to the Hans Christian Andersons original (rather than the Disney version), and the art duo Metaphrog have won awards for their visual storytelling.

Written by Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted by Metaphrog
Illustrated by Metaphrog

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The graphic novel book cover of The Nutcracker and the mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a classic Christmas tale. It follows Marie’s magical adventure with the Nutcracker prince, battling the Mouse King and visiting the Land of Sweets. It’s a christmassy fave! This adaptation would be particularly inspiring for any budding illustrators, as Natalie Andrewson’s quirky characters have so much personality!

Written by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Adapted by Natalie Andrewson
Illustrated by Natalie Andrewson

The Jungle Book

The graphic novel book cover of The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling tells the tale of Mowgli, a boy raised by animals in the jungle. Guided by mammal mentors, Mowgli learns important life lessons and skills. The story explores themes of identity and friendship. This Manga Classics adaptation is a fast paced and exciting retelling of the classic story.

Written by Rudyard Kipling
Adapted by Stacy King
Illustrated by Julien Choy

Oliver Twist

The graphic novel book cover of Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist tells the tale of an orphan named Oliver who has a harsh and tricky upbringing in Victorian London. From workhouse struggles to encounters with criminals (like Fagin and the Artful Dodger), Oliver’s tale exposes just how unjust life can be. This graphic novel really helps you to feel immersed in Victorian London.

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Dan Johnson
Illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda

Snow White

The graphic novel book cover of Snow White

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the prettiest of them all?”

We all know the story of Snow White, the princess with a wicked stepmother who becomes jealous of her beauty. The jealous stepmother wants her gone, and orders a huntsman to get rid of her. Discovering Snow White is still alive, the evil stepmother tricks her into eating a poisoned apple which puts her in a deep sleep! This graphic novel will have you gripped and flipping the pages to find out more.

Written by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
Adapted by Martin Powell
Illustrated by Erik Valdez Alanis