I got a little long-winded again yesterday, so I'll try to behave today. Luckily for you, I have not read too many graphic novels. When they first started floating into the bookstore I worked at years ago, I thought they were merely glorified, hardbound comic books (or manga). Now, I enjoy comic books just as much as the next person - don't get me wrong. I just could not really see much point in paying such high prices for a hardcover when the silly paper business was working just fine.
I see the error in my ways. I know there is a difference. (Yes, the distinction is ignored and abused from time to time, but what isn't?) Honestly, I find the recent graphic novelization of EVERYTHING EVER lately quite exciting. Maybe it will open doors to reading for kids who were intimidated by the prospect before. I'm not saying that graphic novels are training wheels (I'm an artist myself and love what I have seen), but they can be gateway or crossover books.
As for graphic novels that I have experienced personally, there are only a few. Most of them were bedtime stories for my daughter when she was tired of the picture books I was bringing home. However, I did have the opportunity to review The Girl Who Owned a City for Lerner Publishing Group. I enjoyed it a lot. I will definitely read more.
I wonder when we'll get The Lord of the Rings graphic novels...