Illustrated Diaries Are Not Comics!

It’s a pet peeve of mine when people consider things like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries graphic novels. I know kids love reading them, and that’s great. They’re fun and entertaining. They’re just not comics.

That distinction may not matter, or I may be being pedantic in harping on it, but I’m glad to see that Amazon, at least, now agrees with me, as reported by Dave Carter. He regularly puts together a list of the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon, and earlier this month, he noted that

there are no Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries titles. This is because Amazon appears to have removed them completely from their Comics and Graphic Novels category…. This of course will make comparisons from last week to this week difficult, and will really mess with my year-end compilation.

I sympathize with his data struggles, as the source changed without warning or notice, but I applaud the end result.

4 Responses to “Illustrated Diaries Are Not Comics!”

  1. ShadZ Says:

    Yes! Those were never graphic novels, and it bugged me to see them in the lists..

  2. Kat Kan Says:

    Most libraries (my school library included) catalog and shelve these series as fiction. I call them illustrated fiction, some call them hybrid fiction. They are definitely super-popular with my students.

  3. Johanna Says:

    “Hybrid fiction” is a neat term. I like that word.

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