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An Educator's Reading List of Contemporary Literature, Literacy, and Reading Issues. Visit us at https://www.GoogleLitTrips.org
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Was the Book Better? I No Longer Care

In defense of enjoying stories however you end up enjoying them.
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7 April 2017
Oh my! Blasphemy? Or, thinking outside a rusty box?

It's a long held belief, with much solid supporting evidence, that the book is always better; that alternate media adaptations are always "less." I suppose that I generally fall in line with this line of thought. I even believe that the much beloved film version of To Kill A Mockingbird, as good as it is, falls far short of depth  and breadth to be found in the novel. 

I have cringeworthy recollections of standing in line at Blockbuster (remember them?) behind a group of AP English students giggling about how well they'd done on multiple tests without reading a word of the book thanks to Blockbuster. 

However, I also have recollections of multiple struggling readers who had the love of reading destroyed by being assigned books well beyond their reading skill sets. 

Yet, the author Emily Wenstrom offers an interesting take on the issue. 

Wenstrom does not actually argue that argue that the book is not better; though she does offer a few challenges to this belief. What she argues is that it is the story and that given "Thanks to disruptors like Netflix, Amazon, and HBO, television is in a new golden age." 

The truth? There is much absolutely exquisite story telling happening in video formats. Anyone reading this not yet found him or herself becoming a dedicated binge watcher of any on the high end series being provided by these and other media sources?

In my mind it's not a question of one OR the other. Nor is the question of paper-based books OR digital books. 

All this aside, I still do believe that LITERARY READING is incredibly important. But, we should be careful about the ironic outcome of an increasing number of students who get absolutely turned off to literary reading; many of whom actually do a significant amount of literary reading that falls outside of what is considered "worthwhile" in too many classrooms. Perhaps we ought to consider having two objectives for literary reading. The first being the objective of creating future English majors; the second for creating lifelong readers regardless of their future career choices.

Good storytelling in any format is good for everyone.

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25 More Outstanding Podcasts for Readers

25 More Outstanding Podcasts for Readers | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Last year I highlighted 25 of the best podcasts for readers. Here are 25 more outstanding podcasts for book lovers!
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17 November 2016

This is a followup article to the first 25 Outstanding Podcasts for Readers that can be found here: https://bookriot.com/2015/11/25/25-outstanding-podcasts-readers/


Try this...

Have Tinitus? Listen to a literary podcast as you go to sleep.

Too many commercials on your morning drive to school? Listen to a literary podcast and arrive at school smiling.

Build listening to literary podcasts into your students' options as individuals or small group activity. There are so many similar podcasts promoting a love of literature that students can personalize their listening AND get credit for it.

Several focus upon author interviews. Why not have students do Author Reports consisting of reporting on the experience of choosing an author focused podcast and then having read a story of their own choice by that author.


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