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?
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