Saturday, 16 January 2016

Books & Graphic Novels Lately

Here's a round up of books I've been enjoying recently...

1. As If! The Oral History of Clueless by Jen Chaney
Clueless is an unashamed favourite of mine, I've watched it countless times and this book was a great easy read over the Christmas holiday. Featuring interviews with the director Amy Heckerling, cast and crew, chapters include The Language of Clueless, Casting Clueless (rejected actresses for the parts of Dion and Cher included Lauryn Hill and Angelina Jolie!) and Remembering Brittany Murphy.

2. Filmish: A Graphic Journey through Film by Edward Ross
Before Filmish, Ross published a series of zines all about the history of film, so I was happy to receive this graphic novel which delves further into cinematic history. Each chapter features a different theme, from the body to architecture and language.

3. Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
I've long been a fan of Tomine's work so was excited to read his latest graphic novel. As always the artwork is fantastic, and the stories dip into normal people's lives, telling stories of loneliness, parenthood and stand up comedy. My only slight bugbear with Tomine's work is the stories are always left very open-ended, which I sometimes find a bit frustrating!

4. Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
Last year I wanted a new graphic novel to read, and after some research decided to purchase Roz Chast's best selling graphic memoir, 'Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?' which documents time spent with her aging parents during the last few years of their lives. Although the subject is sad, Chast's memoir is a wry and funny tale of a daughter struggling to cope as her parents have to move out of their home and deal with multiple health issues. It's a story which many people will find familiar and moving.

5. Art Schooled by Jamie Coe
Art Schooled tells the story of Daniel, who enrols in art school and struggles to make friends in a new town. Some of the characters will be familiar to anyone who studied a creative subject at uni, and bears similarities to Daniel Clowe's Art School Confidential.

6. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Having recently enjoyed Ansari's Netflix series, Master of None I am now halfway through his book, Modern Romance which looks at dating and relationships in the digital age. It's an entertaining look at the rise of online dating and how things have changed radically since our parents' generation, when it was common to marry someone who grew up on the same street as you. It also looks at the most successful online dating photos (a selfie taken from above for women and a mysterious side glance ideally taken with a cute animal for men apparently!) and how smartphones have changed the way our conversations and relationships work.

Next on my list is Carrie Brownstein's Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.

Have you read anything great recently or are you planning to? If so, do share!


  1. The Clueless one looks good- have you seen Beyond Clueless, the documentary on the history of teen films? I think its on Netflix, its quite good, not amazing but good enough to have in the background ha!

    I've heard good things about Killing & /Dying too but I've neglected my graphic novel reading lately and really want to get back into them.

    There are two graphic novels I haven't read but really want to: Becoming/Unbecoming: a coming of age tale set against the Yorkshire Ripper killings in the 1970's (just writing about it is tempting me to buy it online now!) and Jane, the fox and me which is another coming of age tale about bullying with some Jane Eyre thrown in too!


    1. Yes i saw Beyond Clueless at the cinema where i work when it came out, enjoyed it - i really liked the soundtrack!

      Ooh they sound good, I'll have a look, thanks!


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