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 ‘œreading’ ‘” 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’¦)
To me these are all forms of reading, even audiobooks where the words come into your head through the ears rather than the eyes, as I hear the words in my head when I read with my eyes. I also picture the images the words evoke, so pictorial images such as comics, graphic novels and manga are all reading too. The difficulty in this line of thought is that I don’t count watching films and TV as “reading”. Watching is a passive activity, whereas reading is active and involves using your imagination and working out your own interpretation.
Audiobooks are good because you can listen whilst doing something like ironing (watching TV and ironing is a bit tricky, although I do that too), using the exercise bike, which I find immensely boring, and listening in the car. They must be a godsend if you’re blind (going blind is one of my worst nightmares).
I used to enjoy reading comics as a child as much as reading books. I haven’t actually read a graphic novel, but going off other people’s recommendations they seem to be worth trying at least. The format doesn’t stop me from reading them – I just haven’t picked one up to look at it as there are so many other books that I want to read. I don’t often buy a newspaper but I read on-line and I only read magazines now and then, apart from the Radio Times which I read every week. I used to read lots of magazines but the number of adverts made me think they weren’t worth buying and as they cost as much as a book, I prefer to buy a book.
I prefer reading physical books to reading e-books, partly because it’s less tiring on the eyes, but also because I enjoy the physical sensations of reading a book – the weight, the feel of the paper, its smell, its actual presence and ease of use. This may be because I’ve enjoyed reading books from an early age, and I’m used to it. Although I hope I would cope if e-books were the only form of books available, I would be very upset if physical books ceased to be published. I think reading newspapers on-line is not the same as the articles are shorter and I can cope with that. So it follows from this that the format doesn’t stop me from reading but it may lessen my enjoyment .