It’s time for another Blogger Panel! Today’s bloggers are:
Stormy from Book.Blog.Bake
Shelly from Shelly’s Rambles
Tanja from Ja citam, a ti?
Sana from Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile
Thank you so much for joining me, ladies! The question, asked by Asti from A Bookish Heart, is…
How do you feel about YA books with illustrations? Does it make you want to read the book or is it too childish?
I also think illustrations can do a great deal for books considering the way we usually consume media today. Think about it–almost every medium today combines different elements like say, pictures and words. We’re so internet-driven, which means we watch YouTube videos with pop-up text boxes, tweet along in real time as we watch TV shows, and combine design elements for things as simple as blog posts. Thinking about YA with illustrations that way, putting it in context of the way we generally consume and transfer information today, makes me a bit hopeful(and excited) for the future of media such as illustrations in YA. I just hope it’s done well and contributes to the story.
And as a disclaimer, I can’t say I have much experience with illustrations in YA–the only book I’ve read that fits that description is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, which is one of my all-time favorite books. The illustrations in that book were so spot-on, so judging on that alone, I’d have to say I lean more towards the “I’m a fan!” of illustrations in YA category.
The type of illustrations I’ve come across most in the YA books I’ve read are maps. I love maps as they tend to give a real feeling to the story. I was recently browsing through the map of Erilea in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I thought that there should be more books with maps. My love for maps really began with the Marauder’s Map which is the only kind of map I’d love to own (and would’ve to live in Hogwarts because of it). As for illustrations in general, I feel okay about them. I don’t think it’s childish at all. MG books are best for illustrations but it’s good to see YA branch out its wings and dabble in illustrations every now and then.
What do YOU think?
What do you think of illustrations in YA books? Do they only serve to distract you from the story? Or do they help to add depth to the story? Do you think there should be more illustrations in YA books? Leave your thoughts below!
What is the Blogger Panel?
The Blogger Panel is to provide help and a little bit of an “insider’s scoop” into what bloggers/reviewers think about certain things in a book, OR anything book/blog related. I’m also accepting questions from YOU! The questions can be about anything – books, authors, book blogs (advice, etc.) – just as long as it is book related. Please remember, this isn’t an interview with bloggers, so do refrain from asking simple questions you’d ask in an interview.
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