The Adventures of Tintin

By Shayna Barnhard, ’15

A page from the book "Tintin in Tibet."

A page from the book “Tintin in Tibet.”

In seventh grade, the last day before February vacation, my home room teacher was looking for a movie to watch.  Someone mentioned “Tintin.”  At the time, I had no idea who or what Tintin was. I realized later that it was not just a movie, but also a comic series.  Ever since, I wanted to read the books. In 8th grade, I found two “Tintin” books in the AMS library and read them both.  Last summer, I found more books and read those and I’ve loved all of them. 

If you haven’t read any of the books or watched the movie, and wondering why the series is called “The Adventures of Tintin,” it’s because the main character’s name is Tintin.  To be honest, I don’t know why that’s his name either.  There have many theories on why, from being his pen name to just being a complete mystery.  The first ever Tintin book, “Tintin in the Land of the Soviets,” was published in 1929.  The last book, the unfinished “Tintin and the Alpha-Art,” was published in 1986.  Why it’s unfinished is because the author of the series, Herge, died before he finished it.

So far, I’ve read only nine out of 26 books (including the unfinished one).  Some of the books take place in different countries around the world.  In one book, Tintin even goes to the moon.  If I had to choose which book was my favorite Tintin book out of all the books I’ve read, it would probably have to be “Tintin in Tibet.”  In this book, Tintin has a dream that his friend Chang Chong-Chen (from the book “The Blue Lotus”) gets into a plane crash in Tibet and calls for help.  The next morning, Tintin reads in the newspaper that Chang is believed dead in a plane crash weeks ago.  Tintin is convinced that his friend isn’t dead and sets out to find him.  No one believes Tintin, though, not even his friend Captain Haddock (read “Crab with the Golden Claws”). This one is my favorite because it shows how much Tintin cares about his friend.  I find this book sweet.

My favorite characters in the series are Tintin, his dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, and Thompson and Thomson. If you’ve seen the movie and want to read the books but you haven’t read them, go to your school library or nearest library and check some out; they’re well worth your time.

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