I’m not a great graphic novel reader in fact I am REALLY new to the genre but since I read Saga (Vol 1 and 2) I have been keen to give other graphic novels a try. Tamara Drewe by Posey Simmonds is my first step into what will hopefully be a whole new genre to explore.
Tamara is a British romp set in a small English country village the graphic novel is loosely based on the Tom Hardy novel Far From The Madding Crowd. At this time I haven’t read the original text so I can only judge Tamara Drewe for what it is.
Tamara is a young up and coming journalist and after her mother dies she returns to her family home in the country from London to deal with her house and her mothers belongings. When Tamara returns she soon encounters her former teenage boyfriend Andy and married, adulterous literary sensation Nick. All the while Tamara is dealing with her own boyfriend former boy-band member and D-list celeb Ben. For the teenage girls in the village have Ben from Swipe roll in to town to see plastic fantastic Tamara is about the most exciting thing to happen EVER!
I really enjoyed Tamara Drewe, the art work was beautiful and the characters particularly Nick and Tamara herself were extremely flawed. The story had a real feel of Britishness about it and the confines but beauty of living in a small English village. While the main plot is quite comical the story touches on topics of adulatory, teen drug problems and escapee dog.
Tamara Drewe has now been adapted for the big screen with Gemma Arterton as Tamara, Dominic Cooper as Ben and Luke Evans as Andy.
I would recommend Tamara and her adventures it’s soft, sweet, with a good heart and underlying moral compass.
3/5 Paint and Butterflies Stars