Is Reading a Graphic Novel Adaptation of a Classic “Cheating?”

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story looks at the publishing program of Campfire Books, an Indian graphic novel company that is exporting comic book versions of Western classics around the world. The books are proving especially popular with teachers and schools, as a result of both their high quality and low cost, not to mention their appeal to younger readers.

The question arises: Is using graphic novel adaptations in the classroom, offering students a truncated, abridged version of the original, doing students a disservice? Is it the equivalent of watching the film version of a book instead of reading the original? Certainly, the story is the same, but is the storytelling? And isn’t that much of the point of studying literature, to ascertain how and why a story is told, rather than necessarily the content of the story itself?

Tell us what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.