Vampires, on the other hand, have been very popular for quite a few years now (blame that phenomenon on what you will). In 2009, Author Van Jensen had the idea of putting “Pinocchio” and vampires together in the same graphic novel in a way that's surprisingly brilliant. No really, hear me out on this one!
The story goes a little something like this: When vampires attack Pinocchio's small Italian village, the toymaker Geppetto, Pinocchio's father-figure, is killed. In his despair, Pinocchio tells a terrible lie. His nose grows long. He chops it off, and uses it as a wooden stake to slay a vampire. That's when Pinocchio has an epiphany. As long as he can keep coming up with lies, he will have an endless supply of vampire-killing weapons.
As strange as that premise is, I actually think it's rather clever. Van Jensen did the writing, and Dustin Higgins created the art. It's gotten rave reviews since it came out. Although, I should mention, this series is only recommended for more mature audiences, due to violence and some gore. I personally have a low tolerance for blood, but if you're a fan of horror, you may enjoy this title. If you haven't read it yet, follow this link.
Here's another graphic novel you might be interested in. Simply titled Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth,' this novel actually serves as a prequel to the 1986 cult classic film. It follows a young boy named Jareth and his journey through the Labyrinth many years before Sarah, the heroine of the film, ever arrived there. Will Jareth defeat the Goblin Queen and rescue his true love? Find out by exploring the book here.
Now, let's not forget, a few months ago, I had reported that Robert Downey Jr. was planning to portray both Pinocchio and Geppetto in an upcoming live-action film. I wish I had an update to give you on that bizarre story, but so far, nothing has come to the surface. And that's a shame, because I'm terribly curious how that will turn out!
It's nice to see this classic Italian fairy tale getting a little more attention, thanks to all of these talented artists and producers. What are some fairy tales that you feel are unfairly under-represented in modern media? I have a feeling our readers will have plenty to say on that topic. I eagerly anticipate your comments!
Happy Spring, everyone!
Bio: Nora writes, "I have been a lover of creative writing and fairy tales for basically my entire life! I recently graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers where I completed a minor in English, with a focus in Creative Writing and Shakespeare (I majored in Psychology)."