Thursday, February 3, 2011

Is It Really Reading?

Here’s a question for you:  If you read a wordless graphic novel like The Arrival, is it really reading?  What does “reading” really mean, anyway?  Well, here are the first four definitions of “read” according to

–verb (used with object)

1. to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.): to read a book; to read music.

2. to utter aloud or render in speech (something written, printed, etc.): reading a story to his children; The actor read his lines in a booming voice.

3. to have such knowledge of (a language) as to be able to understand things written in it: to be able to read french.

4. to apprehend the meaning of (signs, characters, etc.) otherwise than with the eyes, as by means of the fingers: to read braille.

So I’d say yes, reading The Arrival really is reading.