7.5.09

Booking Through Thursday: Graphic



Last Saturday (May 2nd) is Free Comic Book Day! In celebration of comics and graphic novels, some suggestions:

- Do you read graphic novels/comics? Why do/don’t you enjoy them?

I used to read comics when I was very young and did enjoy them but as an adult they have never interested me. Maybe I still feel that they are a childish thing. I don't think that a graphic novel or comic would have enough detail to hold my attention, I love reading as it allows me to use my imagination where as with a graphic novel, most of that work is done for you. I have to say though that I have always found the characters from some of the main stream comics to be really intriguing when I have seen their stories translated to the big screen, I am thinking of characters such as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Peter Parker/Spiderman.

- How would you describe the difference between “graphic novel” and “comic”? Is there a difference at all?

I really don't know anything about them so I am just guessing that a comic is like a short story and a graphic novel is exactly that, a novel and so longer and detailed. I am probably completely wrong.

- Say you have a friend who’s never encountered graphic novels. Recommend some titles you consider landmark/”canonical”.

Again, I would not have a clue, maybe I need to check out this section in my book shop next time I go, just to see what it's all about!


15 comments:

JessicaLeigh said...

I'm just like you in this case... But I definitely want to pick up a graphic novel soon to see what they're all about!

violetcrush said...

I used to read comics when I was young too. But I think I need to give them a try.

Novroz said...

never like superheroes comics.

I love manga even though I'm 32years old now :)

BooksPlease said...

I'm like you too. Maybe it's that feeling that comics are childish that puts me off.

Melody said...

I enjoy reading mangas, but I rarely read them nowadays although I've a TBR pile on them too, LOL.

Dot said...

Melody- I didn't know what a Manga was until today! This week's BTT has been very enlightening!

Yvonne said...

I loved comic books when I was a kid, but as an adult, I've never read any. As for graphic novels, never read them but after seeing some people raving about them, I might give it a try.

JoAnn said...

I haven't read a graphic novel, although I loved comic books as a kid. Hope to pick up some good ideas today!

Charli and me said...

I enjoyed reading your post. I too like to see how they transform cartoon characters to the big screen. Happy BTT!

Jess said...

I don't read a ton of graphic novels but I loved Epileptic by David B. It is incredible.

thekoolaidmom said...

I've been working to get past my own prejudices against graphic novels, and am finding they're not the dumbed down reading I'd always thought they were. It adds another facet of variety to my reading.

Dot said...

Jess- I shall have to have a look at that! I have never really looked at graphic novels in book shops but I might do next time.

Heather said...

I used to be as in the dark about the difference between graphic novels and comics too. I tackle the graphic novel v. comic debate on my post here.

Josette said...

Hi, I enjoyed reading comics when I was little too. Still do. :)

Dot said...

Josette- thanks for visiting my blog! I think comics are a great way to get kids interested in reading as well.

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