This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Suggested by: Thisisnotabookclub
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…)
Frankly, I think the question better asked is, What is a story? Because all of the mediums mentioned, novels, comics, graphic novels, manga, e-books, audiobooks, all qualify as something you can read (I even lump audiobooks in there…which I won’t discuss at great length here). But I can read the back of a cereal box, I can read a cookbook, I can read the back of a DVD case. But none of those are stories. At least with comics, graphic novels, manga, etc, it’s all a story that uses your imagination. But if someone says, “I enjoy reading”, do I then expect them to tell me what cereal boxes they’ve read? Certainly not.
I got into a disagreement with a friend about what she catalogues in Library Thing. She catalogues her cookbooks and any children’s book she’s read. I thought it was silly to catalogue your cookbooks as to me that isn’t reading. Reading, to me, engages your imagination. Don’t tell me cookbooks engage your imagination; you know what I mean.
To each their own. If a kid reads comic books, awesome! If somebody listens to a lot of audiobooks, great!
What saddens me the most is this: My friend overheard a co-worker say that one of her New Year’s resolutions is to read A book. As in one book. For the ENTIRE YEAR. Tell me that’s worse than nitpicking at WHAT people are reading.
*I’d love to get your input on this question…I think this will make for some interesting discussions around the blogosphere. Unfortunately, I may not be able to make it to each person’s blog who comments here. I hope you understand! My time is getting less and less as the wedding approaches (GAH! 10 days!).