This is a going to be a pretty strange little entry, I think, consisting mainly of bunnies and boys’ love. First of all, my husband took new photos of our bunny, Kino, the other day, and I wanted to share because, well, bunny. You can see them here on flickr. My favorite is this one.
I was going to ask for people’s opinions as manga fans on NY Comic Con, because I thought I might go, but then I realized that it is on the same weekend as UPTAs this year, which I am committed to attend for work. Very sad!
So, okay, boys’ love manga. I know I always say I’m not really a fan, and then I end up talking about it anyway. It just so happens that in the past week or so, I’ve ended up reading one of the nicest BL volumes I’ve personally read, and one of the worst. I won’t talk about the worst right now, because I’ll eventually be writing a review of it for Manga Recon. The other, though, I will discuss a little.
The book is Hinako Takanaga’s You Will Fall in Love, which I first became aware of thanks to Johanna Draper Carlson’s very thoughtful review at the beginning of the month. Her review is really right on, and there isn’t much I can add to that, except to say that what it really made me wish for was more of itself. I don’t mean more stories like it (though that would be fine too), but rather I wish it could have played itself out over a longer period, so that the characters and their relationships could have been more fully developed.
My opinion on this is nothing new. It’s been one of the main complaints I’ve had about the genre all along, I know. I suppose what’s new for me is that I’ve suddenly wondered if the the story might have been different if someone told Hinako Takanaga that she had three volumes (or more) to write it in. Is it the readers’ expectations (or the publishers’ more likely) that are behind my discontent? Do the writers rush the plot and character development because they have to? And I’m not sure where this line of thought is going, really, especially since I doubt Japan is terribly concerned about my opinions. I suppose I keep putting them out there just in case someone is. :)