Today I read a YA novel in which a thirteen-year-old boy realizes he's gay immediately after looking at an issue of Teen Titans.
Which, you know, is kind of funny. I'd discuss further, except I found the rest of the book to be a terrific bore.
But you know, this got me thinking. A lot of TV shows, movies, and books tend to depict reading comic books as a universal past-time of children and adolescents. It stands out to me, anyway - someone's often mentioned as flipping through a comic book or some such. I find this a little perplexing because, even though I did read comic books as a kid, I knew hardly anyone else who did. When I started reading X-Men
in the third grade, I had all of one friend who was also a fan of the actual paper-and-ink and not just the cartoon.
Now, preceding generations, yeah, comic books were more of a universal phenomenon. My dad and uncles read comics, as did a lot of their friends. My grandma
read comics. And it's people from these generations who are actually writing all this schlock, so I guess it makes sense, but. Yeah. I sometimes wonder if writers are actually paying attention at all.
But heck, I may very well be wrong! Poll, anyone?( poll! )