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Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

Created: 04/18/14

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Posted Apr. 18, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

Do you approach reading a graphic novel differently than reading a more traditional novel?


Posted Apr. 21, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
asha

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

Definitely Yes, for me. I enjoy the visualization provided and makes me work less at it. This novel moved me...


Posted Apr. 21, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Lynn

Join Date: 02/28/14

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

This was my first graphic novel, I never even liked comic books as a child. I did begin differently, I previewed the drawings, quickly scanning through the book, creating lots of questions in my mind as to how this would ever be considered a real "novel" but I was drawn in by the story when I began reading the text.


Posted Apr. 21, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
mystinamarie

Join Date: 12/19/12

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

I did, yes. Normally I "save" my new BookBrowse books for our monthly car trips to visit my in laws. This book was different, I preferred to read it at home, curled up with lots of light in a quiet room to slowly flip through and make sure I could absorb each detail. It felt more like an adventure to be engrossed in, so I treated it different in that sense.


Posted Apr. 22, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
beverlyj

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

I would say yes - I approach a graphic novel differently but then I think I approach ebooks, audio books and print books each in a different manner.

With a graphic novel - I do not necessarily have to visualize the scenes as it is presented to me. I like to take my time looking at the visuals and seeing what clues and other information I can pick up on as the "word" are few and economical.


Posted Apr. 22, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
pennyp

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Yes, I spent a lot of time looking at the illustrations, so much that I was distracted and may have misses a lot of the story. As an earlier reader mentioned, I was never someone who liked comic books so this most likely says more about me than the book.


Posted Apr. 23, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
marys

Join Date: 05/24/11

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

Interesting question. When first reading the book, I don't think I approached it differently. However, upon reflection, I obviously did. I think I may have screwed up the flow of the book because I would get hung up on why there were drops of moisture on a person's face or what did the items on the mermaid's necklace symbolize. There was a lot of stopping and starting on my part.


Posted Apr. 23, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dorisk

Join Date: 10/20/10

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

yes, I only have read a few and ordinarily would not choose them. This one was interesting and the illustrations were fascinating.


Posted Apr. 24, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dorianbc

Join Date: 04/25/11

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

This was also my first graphic novel that I had read. I definitely approached it differently because I did not really know what to expect and had a preset notion in my mind that I was going to have difficulty following the story. (Which did not happen.)


Posted Apr. 26, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
elizabethl

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

I definitely find it a different reading experience. But I think you need to hold them to the same standards for writing, plot, and character development as a written/text book.


Posted Apr. 26, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
danniellei

Join Date: 04/21/14

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

Very differently. At least I should have. I believe you have to have a different mindset. It must take experience with with the genre to get it.


Posted Apr. 28, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
garyr

Join Date: 10/23/12

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

No doubt, you really have no choice, instead of your mind you're at the mercy of the artist.


Posted Apr. 30, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
hahiramom

Join Date: 01/16/14

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

No, not at all. A novel is a novel. It is the story that matters. How the author chooses to deliver the story does not
influence how I read it. The illustrations simply replace the words but I
am still reading.

When my children were growing up and just starting to read, I never drew a line between a "proper" book (as some called them) vs an illustrated book. No matter how the story was delivered, at least they were reading and that was far more important to me.


Posted May. 14, 2014 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
poniesnpearls

Join Date: 06/28/11

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RE: Do you approach a graphic novel differently?

I didn't intentionally approach this book differently, but the experience was different. The images were provided for me instead of from my imagination which, I think, had both positive and negative effects on my reading. I enjoyed the experience of Sailor Twain overall.


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