The "read the manga bro" problem


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    I know I really should not get upset but a part of me just breaks when someone says stuff like "Read the Manga" or something along those lines when it is a LN first. It is even worse when someone says something like "read the Manga and you will find out" when what is wanting to be "found out" is not even in the Manga yet. Another thing is when ppl say "The anime is catching up to the manga" or "The anime is ahead of the manga" as if the anime is now entering anime-original content; I just wish ppl would do at least a minimum amount of research. I get that for some series the Manga is really the only thing we have access too but for quite a few series now we do like Overlord as an example (and there are many more). I have seen someone make a comment for Overlord that was pretty much "Read the manga bro" and yet the manga was not even where the anime was at or answered the original question asked (which even made that guy look worse as he was acting like the manga answered the question, someone had). I doubt we will see this problem in like five years but it just really bothers me that the "read the manga bro" is just the generic response people use.



  • I feel ya bro.

    I have like 1 friend who tolerates anime and manga to an extent, but even though he really liked Dannachi he won’t read the novel.

    He knows about the novel i have offered to lend him them on numerous occasions but he said he don’t wanna read dem “word books”.

    So he is just chillin till season 2 comes out, and after that if there is no season 3 he will just deal.


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    @rahul-balaggan said in The "read the manga bro" problem:

    He knows about the novel i have offered to lend him them on numerous occasions but he said he don’t wanna read dem “word books”.

    This is another gripe I have that overlaps with the whole "read the manga bro" problem. People just do not like to read anymore. I know I kind of sound like an old man with that comment (I am one of dem "pesky millennials") but it pains me that people just do not like to read or find it "too hard." I remember as a kid I loved reading and I still do, my favourite books as a kid were Spiderwick chronicles, 39 clues, The Hobbit, and Narnia. I just wished people would at least read something everynow and again.


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    I actually used to be a person that just wasn't interested in reading when I was younger. I just had never found stuff that really interested me. All the popular books of my age just weren't interesting in premise to me so I never bothered. Love reading Light Novels though and I'm constantly waiting release to release to have something to read.


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    The opposite problem is when people ask questions where it's... just read the goddamn book and the answer is right there. You know, "what happens to X after that event?" or other kind of minor spoiler things that anyone who read the book should not need to ask about.


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    @drone205 said in The "read the manga bro" problem:

    I doubt we will see this problem in like five years but it just really bothers me that the "read the manga bro" is just the generic response people use.

    scratch that part out! until the Mass-Reading-Phobia is cured this will likely still happen!



  • @aruseus493 said in The "read the manga bro" problem:

    All the popular books of my age just weren't interesting in premise to me so I never bothered.

    This reminds me of funny thing

    So, as a kid, I loved reading but I didn't like the stuff that are expected to be read by elementary school brat lol.
    We had this period in school where they handed us a book and told us to read it (It's usually a fairy tale or fairytale-like story) and I would cry or pout saying that I didn't want to read this and that I wanted to choose what I'd read.

    Then I go and pick stuff that is meant for middle and high schooler like Sherlock Holmes, a scientific book or book about Triangle Bermuda and Alien abduction (I stayed scared of certain balcony for a year fearing being abducted lol)


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    @bloodygaikotsu said in The "read the manga bro" problem:

    So, as a kid, I loved reading but I didn't like the stuff that are expected to be read by elementary school brat lol.

    If all else fails, we can always use the schools as a scape-goat! We can say it is the schools' fault for people not wanting too read! Who wants to read a story about a yellow wallpaper! heck, the only book I can think of that I kind of liked was Hatchet. when it came to reading and stuff in Class my favourite parts were reading our own books, like I had to write an essay about either a story we read in class or a story the teacher approved of. I picked Bakemonogatari Part 01. we had to use academic sources to make an argument, for me I wrote about the theme of "saving yourself" and used books about stress and how people cope with it and how you should cope with it. I think schools should allow more freedom about what books students can read for class



  • Damn, I use to be like the type of people that doesn't want to read the "word books". Until I got a goosebumps book and saw an episode of the book I read on TV and saw that it wasn't as good as the book. I figured the same thing for anime. Only difference was I read manga before LNs. Now I can't really get into reading manga. It just doesn't have the detail I want. Sometimes I can't even tell what's going on because the imagery doesn't give me enough to think about. Not saying all manga are bad, since there are some that are amazing like Tokyo Ghoul Re: but those rare mangas have authors that put a lot of thought into their art and writing. Ishida Sui used a lot of symbolism and it made me sometimes go google what x and x meant in other languages or folk lore.
    Tokyo Ghoul Re: spoiler

    . I love stuff like that. it's all about detail and that's why I personally like Ln's better than anime or manga.


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    @drone205 I think you have a point here about how schools will push certain books on students that they won't find interesting. I myself remember having to spend more time than I'd like to admit analyzing The Yellow Wallpaper.


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    If we're talking about school enforced books, I think they just always sucked at encouraging people to read. They never really put the effort into helping students find something they'd enjoy.

    • Forced Books - As mentioned, no one really liked reading stuff like The Yellow Wallpaper and then doing write-ups on it. These kind of forced readings really only ever served to harm a kid's interest in reading.
    • Pick from a List - Once again, it doesn't help at all as no kid wants to spend the time to pick out something from a list which comes across as a bunch of books that are likely just as bad as The Yellow Wallpaper in the kid's mind.
    • Completely Open - This honestly isn't a great choice either. If you give too much power to the kid for what he can read to write about, he'll pick something easy or that he's already read to skirt the issue.

    I think what would be interesting is if they had the kids take surveys or write their interests and then books would be suggested based on them. That way, it's less restrictive, but also not so free as to undermine the point.


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    I have this problem a little bit with my husband since he's never really been one to read books but he loves manga and anime so generally he'd always check those out instead. I'm slowly bringing him around though - during a short period when he forgot to renew his mobile internet, he was complaining about having nothing to do on his work breaks so I gave him the first volume of The Faraway Paladin to read and he got hooked! For a while we were competing over who was going to finish volume 3.2 first (I won, barely). He's reading volume 4 at the moment and he's interested in trying Infinite Dendrogram next. :)


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    I've actually brainwashed my twin boys (not-identical). They both love the idea of reading. When they were learning to crawl, I would read books with me and the book on the floor a couple feet in front of them to encourage them to start crawling. They were extremely curious about what was keeping my attention.

    We would read stories to them almost every single night before bedtime (punishment for extremely bad behavior was having the story time taken away).

    My biggest tool I used to brainwash the kids was the concept that "people seek to confirm that which they already believe". I talked about how great school was and told hem what they would be able to do when they learned to read and do math. I got them excited about things like pen and paper role-playing games and more.

    One kid I was a little too successful at brainwashing, when I told him how long Christmas break was he started crying. When Valentines Day came around the teacher had him fill out a card that had "love is" printed on it he wrote "scool" [sic]. He just got out of kindergarten and two days ago I asked him how he liked his summer break; he said "I don't. I hate breaks."

    The kid has already read three of the five books from the Prydain Chronicles on his own without help (AKA The Black Cauldron series). I didn't read that series on my own until I was well into first grade.

    My other son has struggled a little more but seems to be doing much better after he finished the summer reading class we put him in.

    Back on topic though, I prefer light novels over manga. I would rather read the light novel before watching the Anime or read the manga.