How are graphic novels perceived by different people?

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How are graphic novels perceived by different people?

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març 18, 2016, 7:47pm

Hi everyone,
I’m PhD student and former 7th grade English teacher, and I am beginning a research project involving graphic novels. I want to get a sense of the ways graphic novels are viewed by various stakeholders in education and the community. I could really use input from people familiar with young readers. If there are any benevolent souls who could spare a few minutes, could they please reply to the questions below?

1. Do you feel that you currently have a well-stocked selection of graphic novels? Please describe any barriers that prevent you from having a wider selection.

2. When young people choose these books in the presence of a parent, guardian, or teacher what kind of reactions do they get? Would you say most adults are supportive of the form or not?

3. Do you personally enjoy graphic novels in your own reading life? Is there anything you can think of that would help you feel more confident selecting recommending graphic novels?

4. What questions do you think we should be asking about graphic novels? Please provide any additional information you think we ought to know.

I really appreciate any help you can offer!

març 19, 2016, 1:58am

1. Yes. I can ask for anything and pretty much get it. I guess some of my requests are out of print or not available through our distributor, but almost all are available.
2. Usually I would say they are supported in their choice. I've rarely heard a parent make a disparaging remark about a young person's book choice, and I don't think I've ever heard one about a graphic novel.
3. Yes I do. I would feel more confident in my recommendations if I actually enjoyed reading Superhero comics and most manga (I enjoy some manga but have very specific tastes). When someone asks about Superhero books I have little to go on because I personally can't tell the chalk from the cheese.
4. I'd be interested to see how graphic novels are perceived around the country and around the world. I'm in Phoenix, AZ if that helps.

març 22, 2016, 10:24am

Thank you! You're so right to point out that there are probably regional variations in the way these books are regarded. I'm going to have to think more about how to account for that.

març 24, 2016, 12:24pm

1. I feel our selection is good, but could be better. I love the form, and am constrained somewhat by some content deemed pornographic. In one instance a rape was depicted, and the book was nixed. Our collection is in the Young Adult department.

2. Most adults are fans, so they are usually delighted when the offspring follow suit. Some of my fellow librarians don't share my enthusiasm, but those are retiring and hopefully being replaced by people who are at least neutral if not fans. Our Babymouse collection started with the donation by a school librarian who refused to have it in "her" library. Frankly, I am more troubled by parents who refuse to let their kids read anything "below" their level, not realizing the importance of comfort reading and the confidence gained there.

3. Love them, especially memoir or history. Wish I were more superhero oriented, however.

4. What do they offer in terms of complexity? There is more going on in most GNs than simply looking at pictures. How does context and interpretation move a reader? Why are GN readers usually fans for life, in my experience?