Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët


beautiful darkness vehlmann coverUnrelated to the young adult novel by Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and artist team Kerascoët is a graphic novel that takes dark fantasy to a whole different level. It is difficult to describe the plot without giving too much away; I suggest that you just pick it up and read to get the full effect.

Aurora is a sweet fairy living among her adoring friends and her true love, Prince Hector. However, her charmed life comes to an abrupt end when, in the middle of a tea party, the entire kingdom begins to disintegrate. Left homeless and lost in the wilderness, Aurora and the fairies find they must battle the natural world in order to survive.

This graphic novel is incredibly dark. I know that the summary sounds adorable, but I promise the book is not. Much of the shock comes from the stark juxtaposition between the darling artwork and the terrible things that the characters do. The characters themselves are flat, but it fits perfectly with the story’s allegorical nature. There are many different ways to interpret Beautiful Darkness, and the book will leave you wondering about it long after you’ve read it.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Beautiful Darkness.

2 thoughts on “Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët

  1. I love the juxtaposition of cuteness/innocence with darkness. It’s a common idea, and some rely only on that (Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared – sorry, just boring) but when it works, it’s great. I need some graphic novels to start with so this seems like a good place.

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    • We’ve been beefing up adult graphic novel collection lately, and Beautiful Darkness was one of our first additions.

      If you end up reading it, do let us know. I checked out Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared and it was interesting, but Beautiful Darkness is a bit different in that the dark themes start up almost immediately.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment.


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