November 29th, 2007
Going Japanese

The Japanese are truly quirky, which is one of the reasons that I love them so much. I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels and manga lately. Currently, I’m working my way through Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. In a nutshell, the story is about a boy who finds Death’s notebook and starts killing people in order to make the world a better place. (If only life was that simple.) The thing I really LOVE about Japanese Manga particularly the paranormal work is that it’s incredibly original. Mind blowing original. They come up with stuff that I wouldn’t even think about and then present it in a way I would’ve never imagined. I think hope that the more paranormal Manga I read, the better my story telling will become. Japanese storytellers think WAY outside the box. We may have different opinions when it comes to how stories should end, but there is no denying the skill that goes into creating the work.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the future of paranormal romances and urban fantasy/sci-fi will be determined by how close we (the writers) can get to graphic novels.

12 comments to “Going Japanese”

  1. As I was telling someone recently, say all you want about manga — the creators know how to commit and run with an idea, no matter how crazy.

  2. Ah. My childhood love of comics followed by my adult passion for manga and anime can pay off, mwahaha!

  3. One thing I like about the Japanese is they incorporate a code of honor in nearly all their graphic novels. Sometimes it’s a little twisted at times, but it’s there. 🙂

  4. I completely agree Jordan. I’ve been looking through the manga and graphic novel shelves at my bookstore for the same reason. There’s something there…

  5. Vernieda, You are absolutely right. Some of those ideas are crazy in their execution, but I can respect that they gave it a go.

  6. Charli, LOL! Yes, it can. I must say that I’m really enjoying the new stuff that is coming out in both Manga, Anime, and graphic novels. It’s hard to boil a story down to a few lines.

  7. Bernard, Yes, they do. It’s built into their culture, even though the kids coming up now have walked away a bit from the older influence. Luckily they still maintain enough of their parents values to incorporate it into their work.

  8. Vivi, There’s definitely something there. I WISH someone talented would be interested in turning RED into a graphic novel. That would rock. I just don’t know if I’ve written it enough like one to get someone’s interest.

  9. Ah, this answers my blog question of which manga you were reading. 🙂 I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying DN. I consider Light Yagami as more of an anti-hero than a hero, but he’s a nice break from the usual shonen manga protags. In addition to all the other manga and graphic novels series I follow/have followed, Death Note and Y: The Last Man are the most recent additions. There’s a handful of steampunk-ish graphic novels I want to pick up, by they seem to mostly one-shot deals. I’ve long thought that one of the keys to understanding what interests newer generations of readers is to pay attention to what’s popular in anime, manga, and video games.

  10. Michele, I know you have the manga, anime and graphic novels covered. I have quite a few of the video games covered. Some I like to play. Others, I like to watch dh play. We are definitely a video game household. *ggg* Quite a few of the games have terrific storylines.

  11. I hit the post your comment button just as I noticed the typos, argh! That was supposed to be “but they seem to be mostly one-shot deals.” Sigh…

  12. Michele, No worries. I knew what you meant. 😉