April 14th, 2013

Pancakes // Naruto

The great CLAMP readathon, episode II + other stuff

1. I finished Tokyo Babylon. Quite a while back, actually; I just forgot to post about it.

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2. Couldn't find a scanslation of Man of Many Faces, so I guess I'm not reading that one. Tbh, CLAMP School Detectives irritated me so much that I gave up on it. I just found all of the main characters unbelievably smug. Like, I get that they're supposed to be cute wish-fulfillment characters, but I couldn't get past the 'trio of ridiculously wealthy and gorgeous children help others by being ridiculously wealthy and gorgeous' aspect of it. I kind of wanted to kick them.

Also, the manga trope where a character who the readers can all already see is gorgeous since this is a visual medium nevertheless must continually be pointed out as gorgeous by other characters? It's getting really old for me. It's irritating because it feels like something mangaka do when they're not sure about their characterization.

3. For a long time, I wished I could enjoy nonfiction more than fiction. Especially when I was in school, because it was immensely frustrating to realize that I would slog through the books for my courses but then gleefully read fiction.

I've been trying to make it through Lolita for several months now, and I just can't do it. It's not that I dislike it. It's a good read. But the second I put it down, I don't really have any desire to pick it up again.

It's only now that I realized that it's because my wish finally came true. I really want to read books that have information in them. I just can't get up much enthusiasm for stories anymore. Very mysterious.