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.
(Two weeks late for Reading is Fundamental week, but, well…)
This weeks question comes to us courtesy of This Is Not A Book Club. And I must start by saying that I really like this question because I’ve thought about this and I must also say that my answer is rather fluid because it’s been in flux over the past year or so. I’ve been re-examining my definition of reading over the years, expanding what I would have included in reading and what’s been excluded. Some of the reason for that is due to my participation in this book blog (Bblofia) community. I’m also excited about this question because it should bring about some good discussion.
To simply come up with a definition of reading is difficult and is probably best done by looking at the things we read. This is where the second part of the question comes in, “Novels, comics, graphic novels, manga, e-books, audiobooks — which of these is reading these days? Are they all reading? Only some of them?” The quick answer is yes, they are all types of reading but we should expand the list by including encyclopedias, newspapers, textbooks, newspapers, I’m sure I could go on. Anything that places words into sentences that a person reads that combination of words. Our blogs should also be included in that list of what we read, many websites require some type of reading. For many north Americans websites are the only reading many people do these days.
I used to exclude comics and graphic novels from my definition of reading but since I’ve been reading them I’ve come to realize that there is more to this genre than I originally thought. I find that the combination of illustrations and words bring the stories alive in a way that a typical novel just cannot do. It’s almost a cross between film and novel I’m glad that I was introduced to this genre because now I cannot get enough of it. I actually came across a pop-up graphic novel of Moby Dick at the Festival that I’d really like to get sometime.
I’m interested to see what everyone else has to say on the subject. What is reading for you?