For years, my daughter told me that she didn’t like to read. I tried threatening her. I tried rewarding her. I bought her tons of different books only to be told they were “boring.”
And then one day last year she came home with a book she liked. It was Captain Underpants.
A lot of parents would have been horrified. They say that Captain Underpants is “gross” and “toilet humor.”
I was beyond thrilled. My reluctant reader was reading.
I am a voracious reader. I have over 200 Star Trek paperbacks alone, and I have read them all. The fact that my daughter had proclaimed for years that she didn’t like to read was a constant thorn in my side. I simply do not understand people who don’t like to read.
Since that day, I’ve become well-versed in books written in comic book style. And to try to help my daughter explore her interests in that area, I took her to Free Comic Book Day. And lo and behold, we found other women who like comics! Yay!
Seriously though, finding women who like comics, science fiction, or anything else "geeky" can be a serious endeavor in our very rural, conservative area. But they are out there.
And...I was conned into buying my daughter two Doctor Who comics and a poster.
But if she reads them.....I will be thrilled. And I will buy more. And one of these days, my daughter may read a "real" book and enjoy it. But I will be forever grateful to Captain Underpants for showing her that not all books are boring.