Re: RARA-AVIS: Graphic Novels/Snobbery

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 01 May 2008

I was started to write something very similar, but I've got to work.

Karin At 10:06 AM 01/05/2008 -0400, David wrote:

>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.

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