Thursday, March 11, 2010
Booking Through Thursday--Illustrious
Today's Booking Through Thursday question is:
How do you feel about illustrations in your books? Graphs? Photos? Sketches?
I don't have a strong opinion about illustrations in my books. I guess it really depends on the book.
As a child, I loved the illustrations in my copies of Alice in Wonderland (the originals by Sir John Tenniel), and in The Borrowers (illustrations done by Beth and Joe Krush), because they were really beautiful drawings, and I looked forward to coming across them while reading. It was like getting a wonderful little surprise every few pages. So I remember the magic of illustrations very well.
I just finished Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, about her life in New York with Robert Mapplethorpe, which had photos sprinkled throughout. It reminded me of those reading experiences I had had as a child, enchanted by the illustrations I would come across. That's because the pictures were so great in this book--allowing a glimpse into a life, and perfectly illustrating the text. They also felt necessary, because they were often mentioned in the text, and were part of the story itself.
But generally speaking, I don't want or need illustrations for a novel. The language paints enough of a picture for me.