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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1128

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I only read factual information, typically any information I absorb will be from a screen and not a book.

But a few years ago I remember going into a book store (waterstones) and asking if they did illustrated books for adults, the answer I got was, "comics are over there".

I replied, "no not comics, proper books, but with illustrations every so often"

"we don't have any"

Now, was the person poorly informed, do they exist? Have I found a niche?

It really ####ing annoys me that I don't want to read fiction because I can't visualise. I would love to be able to enjoy reading, but I could do with a bit of visual help to set the scene.

Anyone know of any books like this?
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1151

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Never really thought about it... I am a total comic book geek though...

Why not give something like watchmen, v for vendetta or From Hell ago ... Great stories amazing graphics....more graphic novels than comics...
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1154

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I will go back and have another look.
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1157

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There's a great list of graphic novels here... Lots of different genres....

forbiddenplanet.com/log/recommendations/...best-graphic-novels/

Should be something there... If you have a bit of a sick sense of humour I would recommend Deadpool comics... Definitely adult but so funny and so wrong at the same time...

Like I said comic book geek :)
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1195

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Interesting idea, a lot of children's books that are mostly prose use some graphics, a good example is Charlotte's web, so maybe a single graphic per chapter or so, just enough to help ground the content without making it about the visual imagery. We have some creative writer types here, if the niche is not being exploited, now we have an excuse to explore it!

Nice idea Thomas, if I was to consider asking anyone if they existed, I would contact the people at Powell's in Portland, Oregon...which is a brilliant place to visit and get lost in, it is the largest bookstore in the world, if anyone carried something like that, I would look there. And they do ship internationally.
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1225

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Nathan Buzby wrote:
so maybe a single graphic per chapter or so, just enough to help ground the content without making it about the visual imagery.
There're plenty of illustraded books out there. Many classics exist as illustrated versions. As for current writers I can only think of Neil Gaiman, several of his books (eh. Stardust, The Graveyard book) have been available in illustraded versions. Some of them are not targeted directly to adult readers but still work well for all ages.
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1229

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This might sound weird but wouldn't it be cool if there were books that maybe interacted with more of the senses, such as sound and maybe smell? I know when I've read about it online they say it's just a substitute for bad writing but I feel that this is something that could potentially be explored?
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1230

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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1232

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haha could be interesting. especially with some subjects
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1298

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Well this thread has solved the question my family always ask, "what do we get him for christmas"
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1315

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I was after such books for my son Matthew and was told to look at the comics as well. I have downloaded BBC food and BBC gardeners world magazine on my iPad and they are great because they have lots of visual information. I am not good at reading blocks of writing. If someone asks me to read a manual I would rather jump of a cliff :)
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1317

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I'm starting to wonder if some people have more that just an inability to visualise an image, I read a lot, and much of it id science fiction. I cannot visualise anything but I cam imagine the scenarios in a way that enables me to get into the world being created. I have almost read all Of terry Pratchet's Disc World series (in last one now) and have enjoyed every one. I can easily imagine his Disc world being supported by elephants on the back of a Turtle drifting through space. It sound as though some don't have that ability to imagine. Perhaps this is why I don't see not being able to visualise to be a problem.
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 8 months ago #1450

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That's interesting, I'm like Chris. I've read fiction for ever and get lost. I never realized people created scenes in their while they read. I've cried, laughed, and scared myself silly with books.
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 6 months ago #2034

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I find this topic a bit hard to relate to, because I seem to be as aphantasiac as it gets, except for dreams, yet still enjoy reading fiction, and do so on a regular basis, including (and especially, really) science fiction and fantasy.

This might come across as ignorant, but if you need images to enjoy a work of fiction, wouldn't a graphic novel be the way to go? I would think that an odd image every so often wouldn't do much.

Please enlighten me.

EDIT: I skimmed the topic after the first couple of posts, and missed most of the two posts above mine...so, basically, what they said. Question still stands, though.
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 6 months ago #2041

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time.com/4056590/jk-rowling-harry-potter-apple-books/

edit: me too WxMom2, but then I also cried because the experience might be so much better if I saw images.
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Illustrated books for adults 3 years 2 months ago #2711

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There are a lot of graphic novels for adults, and there definitely are other books for adults with periodic pictures as well, but they are not very common.

for me I had to spend decades reading books before I was able to properly visualize the scenes going on, it was just a lot of hard work, I think if you actually devote some time to reading fiction books and attempting to imagine what's going on, you will find that you don't actually need to have a highly visual imagination, you only need to be able to conceptualize what is going on. I found myself mostly skipping over the descriptions that were not important to me, such as people's hair or skin color. So for me the story is I love the most are the ones with beautiful writing style or complicated plots that are engaging.
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