In the Library Media Center, there are countless numbers of books and novels lining the shelves. Romance, mystery, non-fiction; the library has it all. That is just the regular novels though. Located in the back of the library are the shelves that hold the library’s very own graphic novel section.

Located in the back of the library are the shelves that hold the library’s very own graphic novel section.

Located in the back of the library are the shelves that hold the library’s very own graphic novel section.

Some might like to think that graphic novels are not healthy for a growing, adolescent mind, but there are others that say the opposite. Some say that graphic novels actually help a developing mind. Whether one is right or the other is wrong is up to the reader to decide.
Graphic novels, which range from comic books to manga, can help broaden a reader’s view of reading. It is usually thought that reading is just looking at a paper holding a seemingly endless amount of text from start to end. This was how reading used to be, and it even started out to be just books containing facts and research rather than interesting novels full of story and character development for pleasure. Then fast forward to modern day, and now there are many graphic novels today.
One can say that graphic novels might be taking the fun of imagination out of reading a novel, but some say that the graphics enhance the story. It is true that graphic novels can say the same story as a literary novel, but the way the stories are presented are different. The literary piece can allow the reader to have complete reign on what was just read with their imaginations, because two people can think the same thing would look entirely different if its based off of words. The graphic novel might limit the reader to having the imagination of what the protagonist’s exact appearance and what some actions look like, but graphic novels provide a clearer picture for the reader because it is easier to play an action through one’s head and see how each picture links up to one another, animating the story with imagination, rather than animate and create appearances for an entire story.
Others proclaim that graphic novels are violent, graphic, and inappropriate. These claims can be true. There are some pictured novels that may seem too violent or inappropriate at times, but then again so are novels. Literary novels are actually worse with this because the reader could imagine the violent, graphic, or inappropriate action, rather than just seeing a picture of it that can easily be looked away from. There are even some novels, both of the graphic and literary genres, that cross the line for some people for what had been read or seen.
Graphic novels are not something to be looked down upon for the way it tells a story through pictures, and not rich, imaginative words. In fact, they should be given some credit for coming up with some of the greatest stories known to most Americans: the superhero-classics from the comic books, such as Superman and Batman. Reading a graphic novel is different from reading a literary piece, but whichever gives the greater impact to the reader would be up to the reader to decide.

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