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“Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world worth having but youth!” The Picture of Dorian Gray is a graphic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic work, stunningly re-imagined by writer Ian Edginton and artist I.N.J. Culbard. This Gothic morality tale is the story of a man who, taken by his own beauty, pledges his soul in a desperate bid for eternal youth. But wh “Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world worth having but youth!” The Picture of Dorian Gray is a graphic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic work, stunningly re-imagined by writer Ian Edginton and artist I.N.J. Culbard. This Gothic morality tale is the story of a man who, taken by his own beauty, pledges his soul in a desperate bid for eternal youth. But when his wish is granted, things go terribly wrong. A painting of Dorian begins to age in his place, while Dorian himself becomes a dangerous narcissist who destroys everyone standing in his way until the day he is forced to come face to face with the ugliness of his own conscience.


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“Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world worth having but youth!” The Picture of Dorian Gray is a graphic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic work, stunningly re-imagined by writer Ian Edginton and artist I.N.J. Culbard. This Gothic morality tale is the story of a man who, taken by his own beauty, pledges his soul in a desperate bid for eternal youth. But wh “Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world worth having but youth!” The Picture of Dorian Gray is a graphic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic work, stunningly re-imagined by writer Ian Edginton and artist I.N.J. Culbard. This Gothic morality tale is the story of a man who, taken by his own beauty, pledges his soul in a desperate bid for eternal youth. But when his wish is granted, things go terribly wrong. A painting of Dorian begins to age in his place, while Dorian himself becomes a dangerous narcissist who destroys everyone standing in his way until the day he is forced to come face to face with the ugliness of his own conscience.

30 review for The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    For my review of the full text by Oscar Wilde, please link here. Ian Edginton has written many screenplays, and graphic novels. Here he has done a workmanlike job of adapting Oscar Wilde's Faustian tale into a graphic narrative format. The accompanying monochrome illustrations are by I.N.J. Culbard, who is primarily a director of animated films. This is his first graphic novel. It is competent, but not attractive. The drawings are cartoon caricatures, bold and striking, but spare. There is little For my review of the full text by Oscar Wilde, please link here. Ian Edginton has written many screenplays, and graphic novels. Here he has done a workmanlike job of adapting Oscar Wilde's Faustian tale into a graphic narrative format. The accompanying monochrome illustrations are by I.N.J. Culbard, who is primarily a director of animated films. This is his first graphic novel. It is competent, but not attractive. The drawings are cartoon caricatures, bold and striking, but spare. There is little detail in any of the settings, although occasionally an impression of darkness is attempted in the outdoor scenes. The cover picture is misleading. Not only is this is the only picture in colour, but it is the only illustration in the entire work which attempts the use of shades and tones without thick black lines around them. This style of illustrative technique is not to my personal taste. Nevertheless, the novel captures the sense of Oscar Wilde's original, which has more of a play-like feel than most novels. It is Wilde's only novel, after all, and his plays are mostly what he is celebrated for. This graphic novel may possibly serve a function in introducing his work to a new audience who like this style.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roya

    "If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that-I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!" A couple of years ago at the MET I picked up a copy of this book featuring some of Oscar Wilde's best quotes. I threw it out (sorry, Mom!) after marring it with my unnecessary scribblings, but based on the quotes it had from this book, I decided I'd give "If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that-I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!" A couple of years ago at the MET I picked up a copy of this book featuring some of Oscar Wilde's best quotes. I threw it out (sorry, Mom!) after marring it with my unnecessary scribblings, but based on the quotes it had from this book, I decided I'd give it a go. One afternoon, Lord Henry Wotton visited his friend Basil and met his muse Dorian Gray, a physical paragon. After a long lecture from Harry about the importance of youth and beauty, Dorian's ego inflated. Basil painted a portrait of him and Dorian was enamoured with it. So much in fact that he unknowingly sold his soul for it. Of course, the painting didn't retain the same beauty, but I'm not going to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it. This was definitely the most quotable book I've come across. There aren't many characters, but they're all witty. The ending was so unpredictable and satisfying! There wasn't a moment where I didn't enjoy reading this. So far my favourite book of the year. (As a side note, I didn't read the graphic novel. My edition just bore the same cover.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    I'm not going to lie. I hated the majority of the storyline but what propelled me to give this graphic novel 4 stars, was how atmospheric it came across. The illustrations were in black and white and most were very creepy. Could it be a good read for Halloween? *ticks that box* Not read the original novel!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin Dunn

    This is my all time favorite book so of course I enjoyed the graphic novel. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This was a rather short adaptation of the morality tale, so it ended up being more of an introduction than a complete retelling of the story. Some of Wilde’s biting wit made it into the story, but the black and white illustrations were rather simple and cartoonish. I hope that after reading this adaptation, young readers will then move onto the original.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    *Línea 4b. Novela gráfica o manga* Sigo pensando que no habrá imagen que pueda representar el retrato de Dorian Gray, pero me gustó la idea de los clásicos a las novelas gráficas. Incluso me dieron ganas de releer la historia.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    A good adaptation of a great book. Edginton's script does a great job of condensing Wilde's novel without losing any of the flavor. I'm not a huge fan of the art, it was just a little too abstracted for my taste. But overall, a good job.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fiction State Of Mind

    I found this Graphic Novel in the bargain bin at Banes & Noble. I wasn't familiar with this publisher but the cover art really drew me in. I enjoy seeing adaptions of classic books in the graphic novel format, I think its a great bridge to introduce readers to the graphic novel format. Dorian Gray really does well in this illustrated format. Dorian is a young lord living the life of comfort his money and title afford him. His would probable been one of comfort, security , a few scandalous aff I found this Graphic Novel in the bargain bin at Banes & Noble. I wasn't familiar with this publisher but the cover art really drew me in. I enjoy seeing adaptions of classic books in the graphic novel format, I think its a great bridge to introduce readers to the graphic novel format. Dorian Gray really does well in this illustrated format. Dorian is a young lord living the life of comfort his money and title afford him. His would probable been one of comfort, security , a few scandalous affairs maybe before a proper marriage. When Dorian's friend Basil does a stunning portrait of him , Dorian's thoughts turn to his mortality and the daily fading of his youth. In a impassioned outburst he pledges his soul in return for eternal youth. In the beginning Dorian might have doubted the success of his plea but when he carelessly throws away the love of a young actress, a move that leads to her death, he begins to see the sins of his actions visible upon the painting. Years pass and as others age Dorian keeps his youthful appearance. He also has cultivated a dark narcissism that leads him to more and more depraved acts. His own skin remains unblemished while his portrait becomes a haggard, evil visage. Edginton does a great adaption of the novel even inserting some of the famous?favorite quotes from the source material. i really liked Culbard's stark black & White art. There is also a wonderful use of shading and movement in the art. A great adaption.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    This graphic novel has made me want to read the original. What lovely grimness. To be so full of vanity and sin, to live in perfect youthfulness. Dorian Gray traded his virtue and innocence for youthful longevity. He prayed to a self portrait that he may keep his beautiful face and that he never have to whither and grow old and age. To be loved forever. Yet....With this trade he was unhappy. I believe Harry to be the devil in disguise. How else could he have had so much influence on a person. Thi This graphic novel has made me want to read the original. What lovely grimness. To be so full of vanity and sin, to live in perfect youthfulness. Dorian Gray traded his virtue and innocence for youthful longevity. He prayed to a self portrait that he may keep his beautiful face and that he never have to whither and grow old and age. To be loved forever. Yet....With this trade he was unhappy. I believe Harry to be the devil in disguise. How else could he have had so much influence on a person. This classis has a good moral. Be good to thy neighbor and thy self otherwise you will be lost and your soul will suffer. Great graphics loved how pretty the illustrators made Dorian Gray.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pía Andrea

    Este libro lo leí cuando tenía aproximadamente 16 años, lo adoré con la vida y a pesar que el autor no es mi persona favorita (por toda su historia y su opinión acerca de las mujeres) siento que la forma en que está plasmada el arte, la belleza, la juventud y otros temas dentro de la novela no podrá superarse jamás. La historia ya la conocen pero leerla, es otra otra experiencia!!! Te consume y te hace reflexionar acerca de todo lo que crees.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Seher Kaya

    Çizimleri hiç begenmedim. Sanki internetten kitabın özeti okunmuş öyle yazılıp çizilmiş gibi.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is probably the last book that should be made into a graphic novel. The slow, simmering story is boiled down and shaved away until only the bare structure of the plot remains. Oscar Wilde's dialogue cannot and should not be squeezed into a word bubble in incomprehensible fine print. They cut out most of the interesting elements of the original book, including it's Aestheticism, allusions and symbolism, and most surprisingly of all, Basil's feelings for Dorian. Overall The Picture of Dorian Gray is probably the last book that should be made into a graphic novel. The slow, simmering story is boiled down and shaved away until only the bare structure of the plot remains. Oscar Wilde's dialogue cannot and should not be squeezed into a word bubble in incomprehensible fine print. They cut out most of the interesting elements of the original book, including it's Aestheticism, allusions and symbolism, and most surprisingly of all, Basil's feelings for Dorian. Overall pretty blah.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ghada Said

    قصة مخيفه ، تلمس ذلك الجزء الخفى فى نفوسنا لشد ما يختلف تأثير قراءتها فى الصف الاول الاعدادى عن قراءتها فى الجامعة . طرق جرئ للنفس البشرية يعطيك قدرا لابأس به من الشجاعة .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Olga

    *Read in Spanish.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (Addicted2Daydreaming)

    Actually a 3.5 stars My review is based on the adaptation alone, the story and the characters are Oscar Wilde's and I've already rated the original novel 5 stars. On the whole, a pretty good adaptation, there were little bits missing which I didn't really understand considering the original novel is so short but oh well. I don't think the art style worked well at all to represent Oscar's work, it felt very childish which clashed horribly with Wilde's nuanced style. Overall a decent enough adaptatio Actually a 3.5 stars My review is based on the adaptation alone, the story and the characters are Oscar Wilde's and I've already rated the original novel 5 stars. On the whole, a pretty good adaptation, there were little bits missing which I didn't really understand considering the original novel is so short but oh well. I don't think the art style worked well at all to represent Oscar's work, it felt very childish which clashed horribly with Wilde's nuanced style. Overall a decent enough adaptation, but it doesn't quite represent the original book's beauty and elegance the way I would have liked

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joy Lim

    While it is of course, beautifully written by Oscar Wilde, the story line to me was a bit too incredulous, though intriguing. It will never happen in real life for sure, but in many ways I think each one of us has a version of this painting, maybe in the form of a different object, or so we wish, that would absorb our guilt, our negative thoughts, as we strive to remain pure in the eyes of humanity.

  17. 5 out of 5

    BooksonHold

    An illustrated sparknotes that makes you actually want to read and finish the original?... Perhaps. I have only read the first couple of chapters of the original and it was tedious as most classic reads are to me. But I really wanted know the story and so when I saw this in the library, I knew it was a chance to read a classic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benedikte

    I haven't read the novel and read this mostly to finally get the full story. I did not feel as though a got the full story, more like a strongly abridged version. Obviously it would be shorter but the growth of the characters was not given time. The artwork was nice, but it did not feel like it added much to the story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mira Sukov

    Una metáfora genial sobre las diferencias posibles entre el interior y el exterior de un ser. Juzgamos a nuestros semejantes por su aspecto sin saber nunca del todo lo que habita en su interior, porque todos escondemos algún secreto.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hulda

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Isabel OK

    A little dull at points but the ending did not disappoint! I read it while traveling through Europe which was the right decision.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nolan

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I liked the book

  27. 4 out of 5

    Guy

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charliy Fox

    Was a little short and blunt but I got the gist, I will definitely be reading the original version.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Agapi Gregoriou Loreley

    "Behind every exquisite thing that existed there was a tragedy..."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lina

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

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