It is blatantly obvious that a page in a graphic novel will seem more dramatic than a page in normal novel. The novel Fight Club focuses on intriguing the reader over time with suspense and complex structure of a story. In the graphic novel Fight Club 2, the images on each page are a part of the text in a way that the reader must interpret the images for themselves to understand the story. Because of this, graphic novel artists and authors create specific graphics so that the reader mostly understands the story in the way the author/artist intended.
For the layered graph above, the x-axis is measured by the number of pages in each medium. The y-axis is measured by the level of social critique determined separately for each page of the format. The blue line represents the level of social critique per page of the PDF novel, while the orange line represents the same for the graphic novel. From the graph, it is clear that reading the story through the medium of a graphic novel derives higher level of social critique than reading from a PDF of a novel. While each medium produced an equal maximum critique level, the mean critique level for the graphic novel is higher. The one page that produced the “8” for the PDF was filled with denunciations of foreign landmarks and world history. This trend throughout the page earns a high level of social critique because of the main characters’ ridicule of the world around him. But over time after that outburst, the story’s levels declined as the author continued to attempt to create suspense for a further time in the story. The novel earns a lower level of social critique overall because of how the author has to stretch suspense and action over longer periods of time. As for the graphic novel medium, the story’s level of critique early on and stays relatively high for a significant amount of time afterwards. This medium has the ability to portray more drama than a normal novel due to the illustrations that are a part of every page. An author can force the reader to visualize a building explosion through a paragraph of vivid verbs and sensory detail, but an author & artist combined can conjure a single bold image for the reader to base their visualization from. The further the graphic novel went through time, the more aggressive the images became in their actions.
The differences of each medium force the reader to adapt to how they follow the story. While reading the novel, the reader focuses on each page as a scene to visualize. While reading the graphic novel, the reader can choose whether to read the text first or the images to get an idea of the “scene”, then proceed to the next to understand the entire page.