In my recent post about whether readers preferred yaoi manga to yaoi novels, Richelle made the comment “Actually, what I’d really like is for some of my fave m/m novels to have pretty illustrations throughout.”
My immediate response to that was ‘hell yes! that would be awesome!’ and then I started to think about which ones I’d love to see illustrated.
Yeah, I know. These choices might seem a tad obvious, but couldn’t you just imagine a manga version of one of Jet Mykles’ Heaven Sent books…
Where was I again??
Question for you…
If you could get one m/m – or m/f if that’s your preference – illustrated or turned into a graphic novel or manga or whatever, what would it be?
Um…yeah..I'd go with your picks. Oh My. Who can we email to make that happen? lol
Yes please, oh please, yes please, oh please. YES!
Oh… wait… was I supposed to give you more ideas? I'm still stuck on illustrations of Hell… oh, god.
Without actually expending any brain cells to think about this, I immediately thought of J L Langley's My Fair Captain.
And then the Deviations books by Owen/Payne.
And after that, Jourdan Lane's Soulmates series. And JCP's Psycop…
Wait, did you say “one”?
You know, there are books that are currently being turned into graphic novels. Kenyon's Darkhunters, Gabaldon's Outlander, even Twilight…
Why shouldn't m/m jump on that wagon?
I can't think of any… I'm perfectly ok without illustrations.
My Fair Captain! Beards and piercings in wonderful color!
Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan, More by Sloan Parker, Wren's Ice Cream on the Side…
Those were the first that came to mind. 🙂
YES to the Heaven Sent books! PL Nunn produces graphic novels, I'm SURE she could do one for the HS books. Those books would work really well as they are very yaoi inspired.
Also like the My Fair Captain idea. That piercing… *fans face*.
Not all m/m books would work though, especially those which are more focused on internal dialogue rather than a number of visual scenes.
Lord and Master by Jules Jones would probably work as the setting is relatively static and much of the plot is controlled by action or dialogue. Or Her Majesty's Men by Marquesate, which would be a much darker and more brutal graphic book.
Excellent choices Kris.
Perhaps the Draegan Lords by ML Rhodes or Skin deep by SW Vaughn?
Jambrea & Miranda: I'm thinking of starting a petition…
Wren: I did say one, but those are some mighty fine suggestions. 🙂
“You know, there are books that are currently being turned into graphic novels. Kenyon's Darkhunters, Gabaldon's Outlander, even Twilight…
Why shouldn't m/m jump on that wagon?”
I absolutely agree and let's face it yaoi has already proved how popular this form could be with readers.
Yes, the Heaven Sent series would be perfect! I also like the suggestions of My Fair Captain and The Draegan Lords.
Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane would also be good.
And maybe Charlie Cochrane's Cambridge Fellows series.
So who do we need to talk to to make this happen? 😛
Definitely Heaven sent or something with lots of character in the form of the setting. I'm thinking Sean's Wings of Equity, lots of great scenes of the flying and the landscape. I think most contemporary m/m would be rather boring as as a graphic novel. Maybe my love of manga with lots of swords and sorcerers and battles comes out, but I like action (and not just between the sheets).
Chris: Yeah, but isn't there anything, if you could get it illustrated or turned into a graphic novel, that you would? Anything at all?
Katiebabs chook: Another vote for MFC! 🙂 Far be it for me NOT to be a perve, but I think the world building from this series would look awesome in graphic form.
Janna: Cool, and we already have Wren's fabulous P L Nunn cover as an example so…
I agree! MFC has a luscious romance that would look so pretty in picture form.
Jenre: “YES to the Heaven Sent books! PL Nunn produces graphic novels, I'm SURE she could do one for the HS books. Those books would work really well as they are very yaoi inspired.”
Yep. We're on to a winner here! *ponders* I wonder if we will get a commission. 😉
“Not all m/m books would work though, especially those which are more focused on internal dialogue rather than a number of visual scenes.”
I agree. There are also some which would require so much interpretation as to what was happening visually that it would likely cause an outcry amongst readers who didn't imagine the story 'that way'.
Ingrid: Ooooh, The Draegan Lords… *stares dreamily into space*
Richelle: Truth in the Dark would be terrific in graphic form! Great pick. 🙂
“So who do we need to talk to to make this happen?”
Do we know anyone who knows Jet Mykles??
Tam: “and not just between the sheets”
*snort* Who are you trying to fool? 😛
It's interesting that you are really into fantasy etc when it comes to manga and graphic novels cos you're not a huge fan of it in novel form, right?
KBC: “I agree! MFC has a luscious romance that would look so pretty in picture form.”
We need to stalk – I mean approach – J L Langley too. *rubs hands together with glee*
Ooh, Tam, yes. Get someone onto turning WOE into graphic novel format for me, stat!
You're right Kris, I don't care for fantasy novels. Perhaps I have a lazy brain, I don't want to visualize all that world building and battles, I want someone to do it for me. I also like sci-fi movies and TV shows but not books so much. Who knows. My brain is weird.
If I had that kind of power I would do it for you Sean. Unfortunately ….
Tam: “Who knows. My brain is weird.”
No comment. 😛
Maybe Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale, the PsyCop books by Jordan Castillo Price, and the Hell Cop anthologies by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling, and Ginn Hale.
Val: O_O Wicked Gentlemen would be fantastic as a graphic novel. I could just imagine it. Gorgeous!
All four books of Ariel Tachna's Partnership in Blood series in graphic novel form would be awe-some. When Orlando first bites Alain…just thinking about it is hot but seeing it would be…the ice cubes in the freezer would melt.
Mary: Wizards and vampires and lust bites, oh my! We're all such unrepentant perves. 🙂
I would adore a manga version of the Heaven Sent series! OMG could you imagine?
I find I prefer manga to yaoi novels most of the time – like the ones going around in the swap…I can't seem to get into them.
Tracy: I'm stalking Jet Mykles and P L Nunn until they agree to do the project. If no publisher is willing to take it on, I'm just going to start a company myself and make gazillions from it. 🙂
I have Heaven on my iPhone and it sounds…like it would be so good as a manga! And there is more than one sequel? Ohhhhhh!
Um, I should probably be embarrassed to admit this given the enthusiasm for your suggestion Kris – but I've not heard of Jet Mykles before. Or My Fair Captain for that matter.
Clearly I need (as you say) “edumacating”.
Definately the Lord and Master series for me..
and I would love to see what they would do with Soulmates – Jourdan Lane series…
How are you hon, hope all is well in your world…
Orannia: Heaven is actually the first book in a series. The other books tell the stories of the rest of the members in the band. 🙂
Kaetrin: What?! *gasp* Hun, we need to have a serious 'come to Jesus' talk about your lack of edjumacation.
EH: So you think Lord & Master would work too. That's really interesting.
I survive. As always. *woe is me sigh* How are you? I've been meaning to pester you but brain = sieve.
Good luck. A graphic novel is about 800 times the work of a written one. I wrote a fan story that got (almost) turned into manga once. The artist pooped out three months into the project, but her roughs were awesome. The story took me less than an hour to write.
What I'd like to see: An Uncommon Whore, the Paths of Iro would make better graphic novels than written ones, Seti's Heart.
*whispers* Niko-Chan *ducks*
Angelia: LOL. Pimp it baby, yeah. 🙂
What a bummer that your project didn't get completed. And, yep, I've read several articles about turning stories into graphic novels so am very aware about the amount of work involved. Could you imagine it though? Wow. I'm sure that they would sell.
Hmmm. I should do a poll…
I agree with your picks for sure. I'm betting the Indigo Knights would also be awesome as manga. I've not really gotten into manga yet but if Heaven Sent were then yes I would buy them. Also Jet's Sursein Judgement. jet's Leashed series is m/m/f but I could see that done in manga also.
Another I would pick would be Morgan Hawke's Lost Star if we are talking just m/m but then I would have to see Victorious Star though it's m/m/f. Fallen Star and Fortune's Star too. i could so see the Skeldhi with their two ahhh appendages in a manga. Oh and Hungry Spirits is prime for manga, Security Issues is all m/m though… ok all of Morgan's would be on my list. lol
To the person who didn't know Heaven Sent had sequels, hurry to Jet's site and look and/or to Loose id cause there are like 6 books or more? in the series. I lost count.
Susan: Having just read it last night, I think Indigo Knights would be terrific too. And don't you LOVE that P L Nunn cover. It's awesome. 😀
Oooo, and Morgan Hawke. GREAT suggestion. There are a number of her books which naturally lend themselves to yaoi manga.
How about ZA Maxfield's Drawn Together–Rory and Yamane are such a sweet, adorable couple. It would definitely be yummalicious!
Ah, Kris, tell me you don't want to see the inside of the Men's Pleasure Club: its boardgame with human dice, the Windows where one can be fucked anonymously for hours at a time, the low-x with a sub on his knees for the amusement of the crowd. Or that you don't want to see a pretty boy forced to be a girl for a third of the novel, dressed in yukata and make-up. Or a big, gorgeous man, tanned golden with long black curls, made to wear a baby-blue posing pouch and silver collar and cuffs.
Deviations would be good too. Because I keep thinking of Phantom with the leather ribbons in his curly red hair…
Jo: I'm to busy drooling about the possibility of seeing more artwork featuring Rory and Yamane to come up with something sensible. Yummy indeed. *GRIN*
Angelia: “Ah, Kris, tell me you don't want to see the inside of the Men's Pleasure Club: its boardgame with human dice…”
O. M. G. *shirt fronts* You better not be messing with me, Angelia. Tell me where I can read this NOW!
(I refer to it as “Nick's extended 80's movie training montage”)
You might want to read Nikolai first:
I'm working on the third book.
I have both of those in my TBR, Angelia, so I'm all set. YAY! 🙂
My Fair Captain adapted and illustrated by Franze & Andärle 😀 THAT would be like the best present ever.
God, all that lush sensuality of their artwork turned at MFC??
That would be…
something interesting about The Exile which is the graphic novel from Jamie's perspective of the first 1/3 of Outlander…
this is one graphic novel I'll definitely be picking up.
Kaetrin: You're such a Jamie fan gurl. 😛
I remember reading a similar 'making of' ages ago on The Book Smugglers by Melissa Marr. That was really interesting too.
I am TOTALLY a Jamie fangirl!! I mean, what's NOT to squee about? 🙂 *fans self*