Recently I finished my Goodreads Challenge goal of reading 100 books. It’s not as great as it sounds lol It’s mostly manga which brings me to what this post is about.
Ages back, back when I was far more active in booklr, I found a post where someone was complaining about people who ‘only read comics’ and how ‘comics/manga shouldn’t count for Goodreads Challenges’ because it’s mostly images.
I can kind of half-understand where they’re coming from because yes comics
(and manga) are generally quick reads, it’s not like they’re 800+ page high fantasy novels or something, so of course they’d reach their goal quicker and it may be a little discouraging to others. But then, that doesn’t mean that comics aren’t worthy of counting as books. If they don’t count for you then that’s fine, but idea that they don’t count at all is kind of weird?
Like, how far are we going to go into what counts and what doesn’t? Do Audiobooks not count anymore because it’s not like they’re actually getting read? Do non-fiction books stop counting because they’re not telling a story? Do eBooks stop counting because they’re on a screen and not on paper? Does poetry stop counting because they’re nowhere near the word or page counts of novels?
There are things I can get from comics that I don’t get from novels. There are cute little asides or extras, we can see the characters’ expressions, the backgrounds, the art❤
Yes, not everything is written out and it’s mostly dialogue or inner monologues, but you can extrapolate what’s going on from that and the images. Plus, the art is amazing. Ever wanted to see the face of your favourite character after just being rejected, well… look, there it is. Ouch.
The same amount of time and effort is put into them as there is in novels. Some series are long-running, and chapters are released every month and in some cases every week. The writing has to be consistent, catchy, and the art has to maintain the same style or better throughout. Some series can span for years, and years. Many western comics get reboots every few years.
Sure there are some awful comics and awful writers, but there are also awful books and awful authors. Let’s be real here, sometimes you have to wade through some stuff that isn’t great to get to the stuff that is no matter what you’re reading.
If they don’t count for you, then whatever, it’s fine. Just don’t decide for everyone that comics aren’t worthy to be counted as books because that’s just rude.
But also you’ll pry my meeting my Goodreads Challenge goal out of my cold dead fingers; comics and manga totally count.