Re: RARA-AVIS: Graphic Novels/Snobbery

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 01 May 2008

What Karin wrote. I'm a word person rather than a picture person and rarely watch a movie even. I picked up a graphic novel in a store once, saw all the pictures, and put it back.
    I have only so much time left on earth to read, and all this copyediting and proofreading has turned me into a slow reader.
    But I like new crime fiction more than David does. Joy

Karin Montin wrote:
>I was started to write something very similar, but I've got to work.

> 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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