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12 June 2008: Animated Actions Speak Louder than Static Words

Posted by Christina on March 20, 2009

tiger-01I was so in love with the film when I first saw it in theaters that I jumped to the first chance I got to work with it in some form through my Film & Media Studies classes. All majors are required to take a writing class and I happened to select the one that focused on writing about the transfer of a text from comic book to film. It was absolutely perfect and I had never had such a great time writing a final until this assignment, especially since I did exceptionally well on the paper.

Animated Actions Speak Louder than Static Words: Media Formats Effect the Presentation of the Plight of an Expatriate Youth

The translation of Persepolis from graphic novel to film is one of the more unique examples of artistic endeavors that have transcended varying forms of media. Many comic book adaptations have made their way through popular culture with the perennial summer blockbuster hit the likes of Spiderman, Batman and X-Men releases, especially with their subsequent sequels. Persepolis, however, has managed a different place for itself within this genre of adaptation. As it has maintained a sense of originality in its presentation, it has procured the belief that comic books and graphic novels can be considered to be high art in graphic novels, filmic and literary forms. The release of Persepolis also amplifies the poignant effect such simplistic visualizations representing a landmark moment in the political history of a nation can have on those who consume the media. Further, Persepolis as a film also comments on the differing cultures of those who consume graphic novels and those who take part in film culture and how the availability and power of each media form, combined with the narrative content in author Marjane Satrapi’s work, effects the reception of the text as a whole.

Coupled with the graphic notions of content are the literary and artistic qualities of Persepolis productions that create an overall oeuvre d’art[1]. Thematically, a story that accounts the development of a youth over their integral periods of their life is considered a bildungsroman. This literary genre follows the processes of an individual’s maturity and the tears and wears along the way. As the very first panel presents a first person introduction of the character at 10-years-old, we can expect the rest to be a qualifiable account of the author’s life throughout the remainder of the text. We follow the author as she experiences the most trying times of her life and end with her leaving this world that has reared her behind. Also, taking into consideration Persepolis is somewhat of a memoir, we know exactly what has become of our protagonist as her media projects are being consumed.

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14 January 2008: Persepolis – A Graphic Girlhood

Posted by Christina on March 13, 2009

persepolis-poster-1This was such an inspiring film because of the content, the form of the medium – practically everything drew me to this film. I ended up writing about this film and graphic novel for my Film & Media Studies writing class.

New University Newspaper: Persepolis – A Graphic Girlhood

Persepolis: A Graphic Girlhood
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 41, Issue 13 | Jan 14 2008

The journey from graphic novel to silver screen usually involves script alterations that sometimes change meanings found in the original text. ‘Ghost World’ materialized before our eyes with the saturated colors of Thora Birch’s skirt and Scarlett Johansson’s lipstick. In more recent years we’ve seen a particular take on the dark and eerie history of Guy Fawkes Day with ‘V for Vendetta’ put to a live-action adaptation of the graphic novel.

Now, in a world where women are more often silenced than they are heard, Marjane Satrapi lends each of those lost voices a deserved loudspeaker. A woman of Iranian and French decent, Satrapi represents the artistically enhanced individual and a clear appreciator of culture.

As a contemporary graphic novelist, children’s book author and illustrator for her comic book biography, ‘Persepolis,’ she recounts her life as a staunchly outspoken young girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

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