RARA-AVIS: Graphic Novels/Snobbery

From: Rachels, David ( RachelsDA@vmi.edu)
Date: 01 May 2008

Just because Penzler says he doesn't read it doesn't necessarily mean that he looks down on it (though he may very well). Speaking for myself, 80% of the crime fiction I read was published before 1970, and I read graphic novels only occasionally. And it's not that I dislike graphic novels or books published after 1970-it's just that I have only so many hours in the day to read (and only so many days left in my lifetime), and I know, in general, all other things being equal, that I am more likely to enjoy a crime novel published in 1955 than 1985, and I am more likely to enjoy a conventional novel than a graphic novel. But this is largely a matter of personal taste.


As for graphic novels and older readers, I do know several readers of the 50+ group whose prejudice against the genre is downright irrational. I have one colleague in the English department where I teach who stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that the term GRAPHIC NOVEL even exists-they're all "comic books" to him. Then again, he's got age AND literary snobbery working against him.




From: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com [mailto: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Nathan Cain Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:37 AM To: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:The Golden Age of American Crime Fiction


He's got to have someone to look down on, the way "literary" writers look down on crime fiction and the pulps that spawned it. In all seriousness, though, Penzler's old enough that he's of a generation that sees comics as exclusively for kids, though that's obviously not the case any more, if it ever was.


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