I like to use my imagination when reading a story, although I also like to see what the author or illustrator had in mind when they wrote or drew their creation. A simple picture on the book cover is enough for me, or if it’s a book geared towards the young adult audience, I don’t mind a few pictures scattered here or there throughout the book. Sometimes I nod in approval when the characters mirror what my inner eye has seen. Other times I shake my head and sigh at the drawing which is so different from what I had imagined. Then there is the traditional comic book – a magazine style book that features pictures as the main mode of storytelling. A few words are scattered around the pictures which either show the characters talking or explaining the situation depicted in the drawing. This is one method of writing I have tried to read several times, but I’ve never fully succeeded in immersing myself into the story. Maybe it’s because you don’t really get to know the characters; their feelings or thoughts. Maybe it’s because the drawings distract me from creating the world inside my mind and therefore I never invest myself or emotions into the story. Whatever the reason, I’m not a big fan of the comic book because I find myself observing the story instead of being a part of it.
With that being said, I still buy one here and there. When I see one about a character I like, I’ll pick it up and buy it. A few comic books I have stored away throughout the years have been about Donald Duck and Darkwing Duck. Just last year I picked up two more comic books, this time about Star Trek. I ended up buying them, not so much for the story, but for my collection of Star Trek memorabilia. They still sit on my nightstand in the protective plastic cover yet to be read. Truth be told, I tried reading one a few weeks ago and I think I read maybe 4 pages before I put it back into its plastic encasement. Although I like the subject of Star Trek and the Borg, I could not get into the story being told through the comic pictures.
Which brings me to the question, as readers are you drawn more to written books or comic books? Is it one or the other, or do you like both of them equally? Like I said earlier in this post, I’m not really drawn to them because it’s hard for me to get into the story (maybe one day I’ll find that comic series that draws me in and makes me reconsider my stance). But this doesn’t mean I hate them or don’t consider them a valid form of writing – I just prefer regular books full of words and a rare picture or two. I know many people love comic books and find them a fun source of literature. Whatever your forte, I think it’s wonderful that people are reading them because, as a writer and reader, I encourage reading and the opening of one’s imagination that the written word can produce.
On my next post I’ll share some pictures of the Star Trek comic books I purchased last year…stay tuned! 😉