#1 Posted by jointron33 (1902 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm tired of being looked own upon for reading comics, but not something like Twilight! If one is a legitimate form or literature, so is the other. For every Harry Potter, there is an All-star Superman. For every To Kill A Mockingbird, there is a Watchmen. And for every Twilight or smut novel, there is a Youngblood or Clone Saga. Damn literature Nazis to hell, along with that bastard Shakespeare.

#2 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

That being said comics will never be taken seriously for the same reason that they are awesome. The pictures. Most I've talked to who don't like comics sat it's because they equate them to picture books

#3 Posted by JediXMan (29679 posts) - - Show Bio

Most comic books should never be considered literature, just like most novels should never be considered literature. Only the select few comics and novels should be considered as such.

#4 Posted by guttridgeb (4831 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree. My mum used to tell me off for not reading enough "proper literature". The most irritating this was that I actually did read the kind of books she wanted me to.

#5 Posted by SmashBrawler (5506 posts) - - Show Bio

@jointron33 said:

I'm tired of being looked own upon for reading comics, but not something like Twilight! If one is a legitimate form or literature, so is the other. For every Harry Potter, there is an All-star Superman. For every To Kill A Mockingbird, there is a Watchmen. And for every Twilight or smut novel, there is a Youngblood or Clone Saga. Damn literature Nazis to hell, along with that bastard Shakespeare.

LOL

I agree, comics are overlooked way too much.

#6 Posted by AssertingValor (5382 posts) - - Show Bio

If u go with the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" then comics are like novels i guess

#7 Posted by Aiden Cross (15562 posts) - - Show Bio

Why not read both? Best of both worlds =)

#8 Posted by War Killer (19995 posts) - - Show Bio

Books are books to me, including comic books.

#9 Posted by The Poet (8302 posts) - - Show Bio

but literature is defined as WRITTEN word. Comics still belong on a book shelf, but I don't think they should be called literature because they are written and illustrated work.

I think the word you want more is "Classics". To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic to some people, and so is Watchmen. So I think the word you want is classic...

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#10 Posted by JediXMan (29679 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Poet said:

but literature is defined as WRITTEN word. Comics still belong on a book shelf, but I don't think they should be called literature because they are written and illustrated work.

The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive terms. Comics are still written.

Still, I don't feel right calling "comics" literature. Just a select few GNs (throwing Sandman in there)

#11 Posted by MrShway88 (655 posts) - - Show Bio

Comics are more than just literature. They are a combination of literature and modern art.

#12 Posted by cuddles666 (310 posts) - - Show Bio

We're getting there. I wrote my undergrad English thesis on Grant Morrison's portrayal of Darkseid and my graduate university even has a graphic novel specialist in their English Department! People have even written doctoral dissertations on Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis!

People in general tend to be pretty idiotic and close-minded, but that doesn't change the fact that five decades after Wertham and friends butchered the comics medium, we're taking it back and the people in the know are taking notice.....not that you'd have a terribly good chance of making that point to someone you just met on the street. But who cares about them anyway?

#13 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

i think most people look down because it has pictures

#14 Edited by BumpyBoo (7676 posts) - - Show Bio

Many books that are considered literary classics are illustrated. Ask Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, or A. A. Milne. Ask Hunter S Thompson. Just because a piece of work is illustrated does not mean that any prose contained therein should be automatically dismissed as "not being real literature".

#15 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19965 posts) - - Show Bio

In my opinion, Comic Books are literature, only expressed in a different method.

#16 Posted by Eternal19 (2076 posts) - - Show Bio

@geoff2005 said:

i think most people look down because it has pictures

this, because it has pictures people equate them to childrens books and dont give the comics or the people who read them respect. Im so sick of the insults and laughs when im reading a comic in public.

#17 Edited by Imagine_Man15 (1801 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm slowly convincing friends and family of this very thing. I even got my dad, who spent years making fun of me for reading comics, to read Watchmen and he loved it.