A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel — Madeleine L’Engle & Hope Larson

April 20, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Larson

TITLE: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
AUTHOR: Madeleine L’Engle (adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson)
RELEASED: October 2nd, 2012; Margaret Ferguson Books (original story published in 1962)
GENRE: Science Fiction
SYNOPSIS: The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and the three Mrs–Who, Whatsit, and Which–the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.  Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.


I had DNFed both the regular and graphic novel versions of this book before, but with the film coming out this year, and the book being voted in as a BOTM for Life & Lit, I figured I would give it one more chance, so I picked the graphic novel up from the library and set to it. Unfortunately, even with forcing myself to finish it, I kind of hated this book. The only reason I’m giving it 2 stars instead of 1 is because I can appreciate the fact that it was very unique for its original time of publication (the story, not the graphic novel specifically).

1. The story is boring AF and I never stood a chance of connecting with any of the characters or actively caring about why their mission existed in the first place.

2. Holy hell, why does nobody talk about how drenched in religious overtones and patriotism this book is? That’s honestly, like, 90% of the subplot: religious quotes and references, and patriotic rambling. I am in no way at all bashing on religion or patriotism, so don’t get me wrong! If that’s something that appeals to you, by all means, you do you! But those are two tones that I genuinely strongly dislike 99% of the time, and it caught me entirely by surprise in this book because I’d never heard anyone mention it. It did not make for a good reading experience.

So, at the end of the day… I dunno. If you liked the original story, sure, it’s a good graphic novel to pick up – but do I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read the original book or seen the movie and enjoyed the plot? Nahhh.



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  • Reply fictionologyst April 20, 2018 at 11:09 am

    This book is a big no for me, seriously the story is too weird, I don’t care about any of the characters!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:15 am

      I don’t blame you AT ALL. I knew better than to give it another try, really. :/ Yikes!

  • Reply Fanna April 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Wow, i haven’t read either of the two formats but I’m pretty sure I would’ve kinda of the same opinions. The film definitely looks super appealing but I’ve never grew up too much to the main idea of the story and hasn’t picked up because of that.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:16 am

      Yeah, for sure! :/ I hear the film changed a LOT about the story, and you know, part of me wanted to go see it in theatres because of the amazing cast, but the rest of me just knows I won’t enjoy the story in the film, either.

  • Reply Ellyn April 21, 2018 at 4:56 am

    I actually do really love this book, but I agree that it is very religious. And maybe you will enjoy the movie more because they got rid of all the religious undertones. I have read the book in both formats and still enjoy it though I can understand why it’s not for everyone.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:16 am

      I hope so! In that case, maybe I will give the movie a try after all – probably when it hits Redbox or something! 🙂

  • Reply Norrie April 21, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Aww, how sad…
    Boring books are unforgivable! ?
    Been looking for some graphic novel as a gift that are not superhero stuff, guess i can cross this off the list ??

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:17 am

      Agreed! I do love graphic novels but I find that I dislike a lot of popular ones, sadly. 🙁 I think a lot of them sacrifice a good storyline in favor of pretty art.

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