What Makes Graphic Novels/Manga Appealing?

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What Makes Graphic Novels/Manga Appealing?

Post by hsimone » 26 Sep 2017, 11:52

As the subject line says - what makes graphic novels and/or Manga appealing?

I've seen and heard of several young people and children enjoying them, but why do think that is? What makes this genre unique? And the question I've been toying with - is this genre good to use in the classroom to promote different genres?
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Post by gali » 26 Sep 2017, 12:04

They are easy to read, and their visual nature allows us to experience the story in different ways than we do when reading a traditional book. I think this genre is good to use in the classroom as it can motivate kids to read.
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Post by Amagine » 26 Sep 2017, 12:42

I agree with gali. It's the visual appeal that they bring to readers. The reason picture books are so popular with children is because of the illustrations. Children love looking at things that appeal to them. As people get older, that doesn't change. Graphic novels provide the visual appeal but also a mature plot that readers can relate too.

As for Japanese manga, they just have awesome story lines and the illustrations make them more awesome. I'm a huge manga fan, if anyone wanted to know. :lol2:
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Post by hsimone » 26 Sep 2017, 15:06

It's so true. The other thing that I was thinking about was for those who have comprehension issues might find the illustrations a great aide to assist in that area. It could also help build up their confidence in their reading.

I had one student who struggled in writing due to several issues, but he enjoyed coming up with comic-like stories, which are kind of like graphic novels. This was his incentive when he worked for a period a time.
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Post by Gravy » 29 Sep 2017, 04:11

I like seeing how a full story can unfold in something so limited. I also love how so much of the story doesn't even need words. There's a short story about V from V for Vendetta that uses no dialogue. At. All. I found it so fascinating.

There are also types of stories that you just don't get outside of comics/graphic novels.
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Post by hsimone » 29 Sep 2017, 06:48

I remember you mentioning that short story before, Gravy. I'm not sure why I have some issues in looking at the illustrations while trying to read the text. I wonder, though, if I read a graphic novel that didn't have words and the point was to look at the illustrations to absorb the story if that would make a difference. Hm...maybe :eusa-think:
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Post by Orang-U-Can » 13 May 2018, 03:49

Graphic novels are good for slow people who cannot read books.
They are actually comics by another name.
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