|Beautiful Darkness cover|
Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët
I just HAD to share this awesome young adult graphic novel with my fellow librarians. Beautiful Darkness, originally published in French as Jolies Ténèbres, is a beautifully illustrated, creepy anti-fairy tale. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time judging what graphic novels will take off with young adults, and this one has been so popular with all of the teens, whether they are regular graphic novel readers or not.
Beautiful Darkness begins when a young girl dies alone in the woods and all of the characters from the fairy tales and fantasies in her imagination are ejected out of her body and into the forest. As her body decomposes and the characters try to survive near her corpse in the woods, their true (and sometimes disturbing) personalities come out. NOT for the faint of heart!