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Story Structure in Graphic Novels — Monsters

We all have secrets. Sometimes we feel these secrets are so shameful we don’t tell anyone, but when a secret can potentially affect someone else for the rest of their life it is our responsibility to be strong enough and mature enough to be honest with that person, even if it means admitting that life has left you scared, tainted, or blemished.

This is Ken Dahl’s problem in Monsters, a graphic novel memoir (Ken Dahl is the pen name for Gabby Schulz), when he learns he has herpes.

He struggles to be a responsible, mature adult while constantly tempted to take an easier path (and live life as a monster) by keeping it a secret from friends and, more importantly, lovers.

To see how Monsters works as a three-act story, visit here: Monsters Story Structure.

(Spoiler Alert: If you have not read Monsters, I will be discussing the entire story.)

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