@harmlessdave i stoped at volume 4. i was reading 3 and started to 4 but i got swleepy so i slept. After that i never wanted to open the book again. I am re-reading stuff its much better than that series. Honestly , i dont remember why i recommended that book. :/
The whole bonus thing is an interesting business custom. I wonder when did this all started.
In case of TO Books, publisher of Bookworm, they attach physical copy of bonus side story to:
Print book purchased directly from TO Books online store
Distributed at partner brick and mortar book stores
So, they seems to be strongly promoting print books with their bonus contents.
With Bookworm, they have published one compilation book of short stories gathering those past bonus stories and unpublished Web short stories.
It is a bit difficult to recommend you any titles without knowing what you have already read, however as far as Shonen Light Novels go I would recommend Teogonia it is battle focused, a bit of mystery, Gods, Violence, some mild ecchi as well
Additionally we do have a General Recommendation Thread
There are some things people are more comfortable buying digital too (in America, Erotica sells very well digitally, I think more than physical).
I'd assume we see trends like that in Japan too with Ero stuff? We both have self-published works too in that space that account for healthy amounts of sales.
I’ve only read the translations done by YP. Fan translation sounds tempting but I’ll wait. Also Spider LN came out the same day slime did but v7 comes out 2 separate months for both. (Spider comes out first) I started reading both around the same time since I binge read one and hopped to the other fast.
Spider- So I’m a spider. So what?
@bloodygaikotsu said in After Isekai / Fantasy, What Genre Do We Want Licensing Companies to Pursue?:
A. Why do I have to choose one!?
Well, I went with romantic drama...but it doesn't have to be to be romantic.
B. AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CHOSE IT?
Well, I just want more drama, romcom, light bungei, mystery.
Also, state-wise, I think the most popular genres are Fantasy then SciFi.
I'm with you on wanting to see more drama.
@bookmaniareader said in Shakugan no Shana novels licensing?:
I can guarantee Shakugan no Shana will be very popular.
I wonder if it's a few years too late now. I used to see posts and news about the series often a few years back but until your post I hadn't seen anything or thought about the series for awhile.
Proof that we're getting ... less young: the anime is now 15 years old.
@sevennations said in Writing... held above all interest, ...why?:
@empactwb When it comes down to it, how much do people like “good” and “bad” written content? “Bad execution, writing, plot holes” come up so frequently, that it’s occurrence overshadows good writing or ‘masterpieces’ I assume. I’ve thought about it and the primary cause seems to be “why?” Rather, there’s the respondent (the reader) who gripes at the poorly written work and questions why the author has it so, and then my theory, is why do people complain about such things because what they get is what they get, regardless how it could of been improved?
I know some movies are like that In which they’re “bad” subjective and objectively, such as Twilight, but can still be enjoyed for the motifs and other things that the series offers.
That's going to vary from person to person. For example, I read eight of Stephen King's novels before I decided that I just hate his work. It's not that his books are badly written, it's just that he doesn't write the kind of stories I enjoy. At the same time, I'll gladly spend a couple of hours watching The Last Dragon or Big Trouble in Little China, which are fun movies despite the facts (or maybe because of them) that the plots are goofy, the writing is all over the place, and the effects are dated if we're being polite.
One thing I will say: I don't think one can really call something poorly written a "masterpiece." If someone collects all the finest ingredients to prepare a fancy dinner, and some of it comes out underdone while other bits are overcooked, one wouldn't consider that haute cuisine. In the same way, having all the components of a good story but failing to communicate them well just means the work could have been good. The author didn't master the medium in which they were working (or at least didn't demonstrate mastery), so it's just a piece.
The Juxt of this is why do some literary goers have a go at such things if there are other aspects of a series to treasure, such as character role and themes? This is where a phrase “Don’t like it, make it yourself” can come in, but it loops again around again to the creator doing something wrong that readers don’t like. So why is this the case in our societies?
We as a society have good reason to expect that professionally-presented commercial goods (which published books certainly are) will be of higher quality than we ourselves could produce, so we tend to hold them up to rather high standards. I certainly wouldn't trust myself to build a car. But if I bought one so bad that I thought "even I could do better," I'd probably complain to anyone who would listen. By that same token, if I'm reading something and noticing the errors, I make the assumption that I would have noticed them if I were the writer. (My English teachers will assure you that this assumption is incorrect, but it is the way I tend to feel.) This leads to dissatisfaction with the work as a whole, since any other parts I dislike seem that much worse paired with the poorly written bits.
An example: I'm a huge fan of Terry Brooks. The first book of his I ever read was The Wishsong of Shannara, and I loved it so much that I started collecting every book I could find. When I later found his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, it may have been the most disappointing thing I'd ever read. Not just for the bad writing (between plot holes and poorly used cliches, there was plenty of it), but also because it felt like something I'd have written if my silly brain dared to try writing high fantasy. It came off like he was just mimicking other popular writers instead of writing his own story (a trap I'm pretty sure I'd find myself in). I've never stopped thanking my lucky stars that it wasn't my first exposure to his work. If it had been, I'm pretty sure I'd have never touched anything with his name on it ever again. If it had been a well-written rehash of other stories, would I have minded it so much? I don't believe so.
The important thing to remember is this: if you want to enjoy something, go for it, whether it's well-written or not. If anyone calls you out on it, I recommend retorting with the MST3K Mantra ("If you're wondering how he eats and breathes, and other science facts, then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, I should really just relax.'") and/or Sturgeon's Revelation/Law ("90% of everything is crap.") before going right back to reading.
@hopebestman said in Fan/Pirate Translations:
@jcochran what a f.ed up sitution. I am writing a book. Some one buys the rights translating to another language and sell , but couple smart asses buy one book and translated and put their web-site for free. And no one cant do anything. Anyway , i got my answers so i am little dissapointed but thanks.
Yes, basically the short answer is you can't win against the thieves and criminals without becoming one yourself and Jnovel has no desire to soil their own honor and legitimacy that way.