This is becoming a popular question among us literature connoisseurs (i.e. super nerds!). As graphic novels become a more common appearance in book stores, and more serious authors are delving into the medium, should we consider this the next wave of literary evolution?
Who really took the novel seriously when it first became popular in the early 18th century? For a very long period of time, those that wrote novels were literary outcasts. They were considered the lowest of low of writers. No one believed that by the 19th and 20th centuries the novel would become the most popular form of storytelling for contemporary readers. Virginia Woolf avidly defended the writing of the novel, and the literary value of its form did not fall far behind her voice. Eventually, novels became commonplace.
So, then what happens, we ask, if the graphic novel becomes a household thing? What if writing the next great American graphic novel is the way of the future? As our society becomes more visual and more technology obsessed, it might just be the next generation of literature.
If you have any thoughts on the topic of comic books (aka graphic novels) being considered literature, let us know!