Encouraging reading with graphic novels

Encouraging reading with graphic novels

Graphic novels have gained popularity in recent years. This is partially thanks to the fact that it’s now actually quite fashionable to be a geek! Of course, the influx in Marvel film releases over the last few years hasn’t caused any harm either. If your child refuses to read, buying a graphic novel could be a good way to entice them. 

What is a graphic novel?

So, what is a graphic novel, you ask? Put simply, it’s a novel in a comic strip format. There are various types of graphic novel. The Marvel films I referenced earlier are all based on graphic novels. A common phrase is that the book is always better than the film, so in theory the graphic novels should be better! Not a Marvel fan? Don’t worry, there are DC graphic novels too, as well as other topics such as Star Wars. I personally was a huge fan of Manga as a teenager. These are Japanese graphic novels that read back to front like in Asia, although they are translated into English! Manga comes in a lot of different genres.

Encouraging reading

Lots of children and teenagers don’t really like reading. However, I think in most cases there is a book for everyone. It’s just finding the right material that someone will enjoy. With a comic strip format, graphic novels are going to be a lot more encouraging than hundreds of pages of words only. Got a fan of Pokemon Go? There’s your way in, as there are Pokemon graphic novels available. Likewise, if your child shows an interest in superheroes then there is a huge variety of books to choose from!

Where to buy

I am lucky enough to have a comic book store locally to me. I love hanging out there, thumbing through all the graphic novels and looking at the action figures. However, if you’re not lucky enough to have a similar shop near you, graphic novels are also available online.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with HMV. As always, all views and opinions are honest and my own. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CommentLuv badge