Thursday, 29 May 2008

Booking through Thursday

Over on Booking through Thursday we are asked to consider the following,


What is reading, anyway? Novels, comics, graphic novels, manga, e-books, audiobooks — which of these is reading these days? Are they all reading? Only some of them? What are your personal qualifications for something to be “reading” — why? If something isn’t reading, why not? Does it matter? Does it impact your desire to sample a source if you find out a premise you liked the sound of is in a format you don’t consider to be reading? Share your personal definition of reading, and how you came to have that stance.



This is an interesting theme. When I was a child comics were classed as second rate for reading. At the boarding school I attended they were banned. Now my Mother was not so sure of this and so always bought me comics, in particular, 'Princess' comic and kept them for the holidays. This I loved to return home to a pile of comics!

I did read books, but mostly at school. When my own girls were at school the teachers were of the opinion that any reading was good . So my own family read comics, books and books on tape. They are all good readers, and were always well above the standard for their age.

So in conclusion , considering books v. comics , I think one type can lead into the other and should not be disregarded.


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3 comments:

literatehousewife said...

Here's to guilty pleasures that shouldn't be guilty pleasures! One of my most vivid early childhood memories is getting a couple of comic books after I had a bad fall and had to stay up to be sure I didn't have a concussion. Although I don't read comic books today, the idea of them is soothing to me.

John's comments said...

Interesting reflections. I reflected on definitions to try and tackle the topic but agree comics can rock

Charli and me said...

I agree with you Zetor. I think one thing will eventually lead to the other. I think the most inportant thing to do is to stimulate a childs interest in reading what ever that may be.