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i want talk about the book i skipped ahead to reread but won't because i'm trying to go in order [Nov. 17th, 2010|10:37 pm]
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I was reading the next Fujimi book Request but as it was kind of painful, I lost to temptation and read my single favorite volume in the series (so far), Kareinaru fukushuu, from waaaay ahead in the series. I love that book so much. ♥ Also, the art is so much better since the artist changed at some point. I find the original art distinctive but ugly. The faces seem distorted or freakily alien/elven at times. The color insert for Request was horrifying! It's a two-shot of Sora and Takane that triggered my shota-revulsion to the max. Sora looks ten (and with eyes so huge, kind of bug-like) and Takane looks like a creepy predator. Ick ick ick.

I am fighting the urge to keep reading after Kareinaru fukushuu instead of going back to Request as I want to read the entire series in order, but I may not be able to help myself. I want to know certain things that should happen because of the awesome stuff that happened in Kareinaru fukushuu I'd never gotten to reading as I haven't read the latest five or so books.

One thing that's been bothering me in the reread is the one sentence foreshadowing the author seems to drop like an anvil at the end of a section. It's very jarring and distracting for me because usually the foreshadowing is negative and it immediately makes my hackles rise. I rack my brains to remember what that sentence could be referring to but almost always fail to remember. I just end up feeling anxious and resentful because if she hadn't included the foreshadowing sentence I would've been totally fine. (I have no idea if I made any sense in this paragraph. ^^;)

[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2010-11-18 01:17 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, I know exactly the picture of Ikushima and Sora you're talking about. I took notes while I was reading the series, and when I opened that book, I wrote, "Ugh, could the artist make Ikushima and Sora look ANY uglier?" (But, looking at my notes, I think my favorite line from the series comes from that book: 越後の頑固者が本気で惚れたってのがどういうもんか、思い知ってもらうからね。Yuuki can be so awesome sometimes. ♥)

The way the author uses foreshadowing drives me CRAZY. I mean, to have a conversation foreshadow a struggle Yuuki later has with his violin is fine. But to have Yuuki then think "later I would realize that conversation contained an important hint" is awkward and annoying and just plain terrible writing. I think it gets worse as the series goes on, too. :/
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-11-19 03:51 am (UTC)
Good Yuki line!! I love it when he...er...開き直る's....

It's not just that the two look ugly in the picture, they look creepy (individually and as a couple). :P

I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates her foreshadowing anvils. It's so unnecessary, especially since she's not foreshadowing the immediate future so there's this annoying niggling bit at the back of the mind as you keep reading...
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