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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