Monday, January 11, 2010
Graphic Novel Monday: Festering Romance, by Renee Lott
Festering Romance, by Renee Lott. Published 2009 by Oni Press.Graphica. Fiction.
Festering Romance is a cute, quick read, about young woman named Janet who lives with a platonic-male-friend ghost, who dates Derek, a young man with a female-friend ghost. Janet uses her ghost friend, Paul, as a bit of a crutch to avoid dating and relationships; Derek's makes his social life a little difficult too, but when they meet we know it's all meant to be.
Or do we? Janet and Derek are sweet and moody and have all of that new-couple nervousness and anxiety, which is both cute and cringe-making. Derek works as a trolley tour operator and Janet is a student; they're introduced by Janet's friend Freya and neither knows about the other's ghost- at first. A lot of time is spent as the two get used to the idea of the significant other in each other's life. Too much time, in my opinion!
The artwork in Festering Romance is simple and cute but the story is why you'll want to read it, and if you like light romance you'll enjoy it. There are some sexual references but no nudity; I would suggest it for teens and above. It's the graphic-novel equivalent of chick lit- light and airy and quick to read and enjoy. I'd love to see more work from writer and artist Lott in the future but for the time being Festering Romance makes for an enjoyable, if not crucial, read.
FTC Disclosure: I did not receive this book for review from the publisher.