Okay, so I’m going to try and word this as best as I can, with the help of some photos. This is probably going to be quite long, sorry. So there has been a debate on whether Comic Books and Graphic Novels are classed as actual books and if you can include them in reading challenges and photo challenges.
So, graphic novels and comics like these…. Personally, I think they are the same as books and you can include them in reading challenges. So I’m going to explain why I think that. Let’s compare shall we, lets get a book and a comic….
Hmmmm, maybe comparing Batman to a completely different story isn’t going to work….
That’s better. EXACTLY THE SAME STORY!! One’s just told through pictures and words instead of just words.
So this is exactly the same part in both books. But one needs a lot less words because you don’t have to explain the setting, environment, timing or emotions. All of that is shown through the pictures, which just leaves the basic dialogue. You still have to read, pay attention and think. It tells the same story and has exactly the same effect, the only difference is the fact you don’t need all of the description. Okay, so let’s compare two other completely different books….
….like these. The top one is a book and there is no debate on that at all. The second, is a comic/graphic novel and there is a debate on whether you can class that as a proper book…. lets have a closer look….
Okay, so the book has 80 pages that are all like this…. the comic is a lot thicker and…. wow…. that’s a lot of text. That is quite small. Surely, they can’t all be similar….
(Yes, these are all from the same comic. It includes old and newer comics that include The Riddler.) Oh wait, so that is still a lot of text. Actually, I think that is more than the actual books…. There is a lot to read and to take in. Yet, people still debate whether it is a book that you can include in a reading challenge….
Okay, let’s have a look at 2 other comics shall we….
Like these…. first up….
….The Killing Joke. Oh look, an introduction…. lots of words. Okay, so I admit, there isn’t as much reading as the previous comic. But, there is still quite a bit. But like I said, in comics there is no need to describe the settings etc…. I don’t really need to explain much more here. Just like in comics, the pictures speak for themselves.
Finally, Arkham Unhinged. This is actually the second one in a series of 4 (so far). Again, even less writing. But it is split into more comics after this. But, there is still a fair amount. I can’t show every page obviously, but there is probably the same amount as a short story.
Okay, so that may not have been 100% clear as I’m not too good with wording things…. So let me try to sum up here….
1. Some comic/graphic novels actually have more words than some books. 2. A graphic novel don’t need to describe settings, the environment, weather, emotions, how characters look etc because the pictures do all of that. Leaving only the basic dialogue. 3. You still have to read them, understand them, pay attention, think, and the story is still told whether through pictures or words. 4. Picture books are classed as books and some people include them in reading challenges…. Picture books, with no word. But people still debate over comics….. that contain words. 5. IT STILL TELLS THE STORY!!
Comics are great for getting you out of reading slumps because they a quick to read and exciting. They are brilliant for just before bed, on the bus, in the car etc. Exactly the same as books. They help to get kids into reading. But saying that, they are brilliant for anyone, no matter age or gender. If you want to read comics, do it. Include them in reading challenges, include them in book photos. Read them, enjoy them, love them.
DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU READ COMICS, THAT YOU DON’T READ BOOKS. THEY STILL TELL A STORY.
There is so much darkness in Ember, Lina. It’s not just outside, it’s inside us, too. Everyone has some darkness inside. It’s like a hungry creature. It wants and wants and wants with a terrible power. And the more you give it, the bigger and hungrier it gets.
Cadewyn is amazed by the beauty of Terrasen. The towering mountains, crystal clear lakes, and enormous, flourishing pine trees that surround the capital city of Orynth is completely breathtaking. As he follows the Captain of the Guard, Aedion, around the palace grounds, he is struck by how different it is from the Night Court.
In Velaris, his parents do not own a large castle, or a huge plot of land. There is Aunt Elain’s garden, but Cade is sure she would love to see the one in Terrasen thrice the size of her own. Only in the last few years has Cade been able to venture down to the Court of Nightmares, and the difference between the two capitals is practically palpable.
Terrasen is fresh, new, and clean, with smiles passed between everyone and a calm atmosphere. The palace, which Cade has learned was built only in the last couple decades, is pristine, though old fashioned, and though it is enormous, has an incredibly homey feel to it. Hewn City is dark, extravagant, and the tension that is constantly floating in the air gives him a headache whenever he visits. The architecture is old and, though it is kept very clean, feels dirty.
Quickly, and without much effort, Cade finds himself at ease in the company of the captain as they stroll along the edge of the forest and make polite conversation. Aedion only looks a few years older than Cade, but the boy knows better. The captain may not have pointed ears or elongated teeth, but Cade can recognize the smell of fae blood in him.
They have been walking a few minutes in silence, just admiring their surroundings, when Cade finally works up the courage to ask. “So, how old are you?” He wonders, trying to be nonchalant about it so as not to seem rude.