Sunday, August 28, 2011

Oor Wullie trumps literary classics for Auld Geezers.


Comic strip character Oor Wullie is the most popular literary figure in the Scottish literary canon, according to a new study.
Researchers from Edinburgh Napier University spent three years exploring the reading habits of Scots born on or before 1945.

They found that the popularity of Oor Wullie, The Broons and other comics produced by Dundee's DC Thomson dwarfed offerings by more highbrow authors like Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

Professor Alistair McCleery, Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book, who led the study said: "Almost all the interviewees we spoke to said Oor Wullie and The Broons was a key part of their reading experience, whether in The Sunday Post or the Christmas annuals.

"Their adventures were keenly read and enjoyed by children, parents and grandparents and, in many respects, Oor Wullie was very much like Harry Potter for that generation of Scots.

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