Alicia Keys has demonstrated her ability to adapt a work of art into a new media with her latest endeavor, which took five years to complete.
The singer has released her first-ever young adult graphic novel, which she shared on Instagram and was inspired by her fifth studio album and popular track, “Girl on Fire.”
The new novel features 14-year-old Lolo Wright, a young Brooklyn girl who discovers she has superpowers, according to Rated R&B.
“Girl on Fire,” co-written by Andrew Weiner and illustrated by Brittney Williams, epitomizes the lyrics of the song. “She’s got her head in the clouds, and she’s not backing down,” for example.
“When I wrote ‘Girl On Fire,’ I knew I was writing it for that girl in the way back row who needed someone to tell her there’s nothing you can’t do, that nothing is impossible,” Keys shared in a past statement, according to Rated R&B. “When Andrew and I came up with the idea of translating the song into a young adult graphic novel, I knew that I wanted it to be about a girl coming to realize the strength she’s always had. There’s a little Lolo in all of us …”
Lolo walks the halls of her high school by day while balancing her mission to protect her city, in this coming-of-age story. The novel features a Black supergirl as its main protagonist, drawn by a Black comics artist, and it promotes community representation, particularly among Black youth. It’s also a nod to Keys’ beloved hometown, New York City.
“Get ready to fall in love with Lolo,” Key shared in her Instagram caption. “Get ready to fall in love with NYC. Get ready to discover that there’s more than what you even imagined inside of you! This is a book for everyone!”