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Something Lulu
04-08-2003, 02:32 AM
This is going to seem a little odd, but...does anyone else savor the manga reading experience?

Let me explain. First of all, manga is expensive when compared to the time it takes to read it. I pay $7 a volume, and I get maybe one or two hours of reading time per manga volume, maximum. For $7 I can get a thick novel that will keep me occupied for a good week. Secondly, my living situation is such that my boyfriend spends most of his time here. For some reason whenever he sees me reading he interrupts me or disturbs me in some way, whether it's to order food or find a video game. Since manga is also visual, and the plotlines are so involved (and the length of each volume so short), I really like to take my time with them, uninterrupted. So I'll actually wait to read whatever new manga I get until I have a few hours of free time when I know I'll be alone in the house. Since there's at least a month in between releases, I also like to re-read the last volume a little to refresh my memory. I know this probably sounds very strange, but considering that reading is something I really enjoy and I don't have a lot of time for anymore, I don't think it's too weird. ^_^

Does anyone else have any kind of reading habits when it comes to manga? Do you zip through it or take your time? Seeing as it's 3:30 in the morning here I'm spaced out enough to be thinking about this stuff. ^_^ (Maybe I shouldn't start threads at this hour...lol)

Michi
04-08-2003, 03:31 AM
You aren't weird. :P

If I have enough other volumes to read, I go pretty fast.. But if I have the time, I tend to sit there and stare at the art.. especially with things by CLAMP and so on.. I dunno. ^_^; I remember reading an early volume of X in about an hour, and was all.. o.O;; ..from there I decided to be more careful with them and pay more attention to the art. ^^;

I think I repeated myself there. X_x; I'm about to go to bed.. narf. I'm spaced out, too. u.u

HuongStar
04-08-2003, 11:07 AM
I zip through them but I will always re-read those novels until the next installment comes out. I only wish I didn't read so fast! The next Blade of the Immortal doesn't come out for awhile. ;_;

Babbit_Chan
04-08-2003, 11:53 AM
I read them fast the first time and later on re-read them till I fall asleep. Ranma still makes me laugh after so many years.

Makoto
04-09-2003, 12:13 AM
When I was little and used to read American comics, I'd try to stretch them out for as long as I could... 24 pages was so hard to make last for more than one sitting.

But for manga, it really depends on the genre for me, and how long I've been following it. As Flame of Recca neared its end, I could devour a volume in half an hour. It was a basic shounen series with simple language, lots of action, and a highly addictive plot. XD Normally, a volume of 3x3 Eyes would take me quite a while, since the language was often difficult for me in that one... but once I got the last two volumes in my hand, I was through them ridiculously fast. It was like crack. ^_^ I had to go back and read them again to catch it all.

But for the Ladies Comic works that make up most of my collection, I prefer to curl up in a chair and read slowly, so I don't miss any of the nuances in the dialogue. A good volume of short stories from Koide Mieko can take me a week to read. But I'll happily go back and re-read again and again for a story that I loved. My copies of Love Mode are nearly worn out... ;^_^

Miroku
04-09-2003, 12:56 AM
Hmm, this is kinda a gripe on my part. I refuse to read manga more than one chapter a day in graphic novel format. I dont think anyone should read an entire graphic novel in one sitting. I know some people dont have time, but reading one chapter each day is less time than an entire novel at once. And I also like the suspense. I like thinking all day long, "Hmm, whats going to happen next?" Same with books. Same with anime. If an anime dvd has two, three or four, episodes, I will watch one a week. And for the same reasons. Suspense. I also like to fully appreciate each chapter or episode thoroughly before I move on. But that is just me I guess.

Widow
04-09-2003, 01:02 AM
Reading through Basara was the same. The nearer to the last book I came, the slower I read, and the more often I'd put my books aside. Anything to delay getting to that final chapter and coming to the end of Sarasa and Shuri's adventures! I would even lock my cats out of the room while reading it, to keep them from pawing and scratching me for attention while I absorbed every detail.

;_; Sadly, eventually, try as I did, I still came to the end. It was a great ending, but it was like saying goodbye to my best friends.

You're not alone! ^_^

Something Lulu
04-09-2003, 01:20 AM
Originally posted by Miroku
Hmm, this is kinda a gripe on my part. I refuse to read manga more than one chapter a day in graphic novel format. I dont think anyone should read an entire graphic novel in one sitting. I know some people dont have time, but reading one chapter each day is less time than an entire novel at once. And I also like the suspense. I like thinking all day long, "Hmm, whats going to happen next?"

Not a bad idea. I think I would probably do that if it weren't so rare for me to have a few hours of peace and quiet in my house. So the best I can manage is to read very slowly and really absorb the artwork.

But it's nice to know I'm not the only person who thinks like this. ^_^

Miroku
04-09-2003, 01:20 AM
I would even lock my cats out of the room while reading it, to keep them from pawing and scratching me for attention while I absorbed every detail

Ha ha, cute. Those sound like some attention lovin cats. Good to know Im not the only one who likes to draw out a story!

yayahan
04-09-2003, 03:50 PM
I have always been a fast reader when it comes to a manga that sucks me in. I once stayed up a whole night to read the entire series of Saitou Chiho's "Kanon", unable to put it down. And the next day I started reading it again o_x...
Come to think about it, I'm this way with just about every reading material ^^;;;.

Something Lulu
04-09-2003, 04:01 PM
I read regular books fast because I'm anxious to see what happens next, but mangas are just so short! It kind of makes me glad that Tokyopop puts them out no sooner than once a month, because it helps to draw them out.

JacksUsername
04-09-2003, 10:40 PM
Yeah, I'm quick and slow at the same time. For example, when i got Paradise Kiss, I only got the first volume and read it really fast....but then refused to buy the second volume for a while....(this is recently so the first three were out) that way I would make sure to go back to the first one at least a couple more times and absorb it....so although I zoom through it, I draw out the story,...if that makes sense anyway.

rei_hino
04-10-2003, 03:13 PM
ya, thats true. Like fushigi yuugi costs like around 15-17$ around here and i finish it pretty fast but i dont have any money to buy the next one. I do like reading them though, even though they go by pretty fast. like planet ladder #1 mostly has more pictures than words so i read that one pretty fast

Velvy
04-10-2003, 07:33 PM
I have 2 ways, depending on how much time I have.

1). I read the entire manga, lying face down in my bed and sometimes switching (because laying down with all support on my elbows starts to get a little achy ^_^; ) and I read it all there in 1 hr to 2.

2). What I'm doing now, which is I keep the mangas by my bedside and I read a little bit each night. It's a tedious process, but it fits with my sometimes-busy (especially now) schedule.

I feel bad though ^_^; Because I do have thick novels that I've bought (Black Boy, A Prayer For Owen Meany, My Name Is Asher Lev, Dangerous Angels, Blood and Chocolate, the narnia chronicles, and the Hitchhiker's Guide chronicles) that I haven't read, and it's in my way of thinking that mangas have somewhat replaced that. :(

Something Lulu
04-10-2003, 08:01 PM
Dangerous Angels is really good! But read one novel at a time, it's nice like that. The language in it is gorgeous, like eating sweet candy with your brain.

I can't read a little at a time because by the time I get back to it I forget what's happening lol.

Widow
04-10-2003, 08:02 PM
Originally posted by Velvy
I feel bad though ^_^; Because I do have thick novels that I've bought (Black Boy, A Prayer For Owen Meany, My Name Is Asher Lev, Dangerous Angels, Blood and Chocolate, the narnia chronicles, and the Hitchhiker's Guide chronicles) that I haven't read, and it's in my way of thinking that mangas have somewhat replaced that. :(

Oh, crime and travesty! ;__; The Chronicles of Narnia are excellant, and so is The Space Trilogy; both sets are by C.S. Lewis.

kitti-chan
04-12-2003, 12:30 PM
I just go get a new manga about every week but i reread the whole series before i read the next book so its kinda like a big long book.....but i might stop that after a while because i only have 1-4 of love hina and 1-5 of kodocha and a couple singles so it doesnt take that long for me to go through them.

And i always reread them when im bored.....It's too bad the y dont count a AR(Accelerated Reader a reading program which you earn points depending on the grade level and length of the book that my school uses and you have to have so many points in order to pass your englishclass) cause then i would have 100% all the time.....no problem

Shadow Lady
04-19-2003, 12:06 AM
If I'm reading a manga in english (which is fairly rare for me) I read pretty fast unless I take the time to look at the pictures for a while. Clamp art has a lot of detail ^_^.

Most of the time I read manga in Japanese. Since I'm not fluent in Japanese (still learning) I take my time. Sometimes I'll look a word up in my dictionary if I don't know it and it starts to bug me.

I also find Japanese manga around half of the price of most translated manga. Perfect for my budget ^_^.

Yautja834
04-19-2003, 01:31 PM
the second i get home with a new manga i cant help but want to read it. I usually finish in like a half hour then i have to wait a whole month for the next one. I'm still new to getting mangas but i guess i should start rereading them to help pass the time.

Naru
04-21-2003, 07:54 AM
I read em really quick and then i regreat that. I read them without fully recalling what all has been going on and that really sucks. So, lately, i have been trying very hard telling myself to slow down and not to worry, that the manga will still be there even if I have to go back and refreash my memory. I get most confused on the more complicated ones like Planet Ladder, Dragon Knights, etc. I like the fact that I can dwell on a funny page or certain pictures. That is what sets it apart from the high paced anime and the reason I enjoy the manga so much.

Mandy Mitchell
04-25-2003, 02:27 AM
Manga is quite expensive. I usually don't purchase them unless I'm very familiar with the title. At least I have friends to borrow manga from. It usually takes me an hour to finish one volume.

Bell-chan
04-30-2003, 01:53 AM
I can't zip through the reading, since I'll usually miss some joke or hilarious picture if I do, and I can't read only a couple of pages because of the flow of the story, I suppose? I take quite a while to read it, but compared to a novel, it's nothing. @_@ Even so, I'll read it over a couple of times. But then, that could be because I only have 2 manga books ~_~

chibi_kitsune
05-01-2003, 11:04 PM
i always take my time when reading manga, after i read it i just go back and look at the pictures .

wacko
05-03-2003, 11:27 PM
omg awesome thread topic! I loooove reading manga slowly. When I watch anime, I have to go as fast as the show goes, but with manga- 'tis my own paradise:D

..Also, what about rereading them? Does the magic get lost when you know what's gonna happen next? It kind of does for me, but I just like to pretend I'm going through for the first time [again]... hehe @ oxymoron

number18
05-06-2003, 10:57 AM
Hmm...speaking of the novels at bedside that haven't beenr ead, I've become like that. I haven't been reading many actual novels lately. I spend my money on manga now. The last actual novel I read was Memnoch the Devil and The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, both by Anne Rice. Everytime I go into a bookstore there are tons of books I would like to buy or read, but like...I don't even like to read any more. I live in the small town that I do, who wants to spend their time reading when you could possibly be going out somewhere, even if it's not that exciting? I mean, in Philly, I used to read all the time, because I was commuting to and from school and work, etc etc. There just isn't any time I need to fill with a book and it really sucks.

As for reading manga, I tend to read it all at once when I first get it. When I'm done, I like to go back over certain scenes and re-read. When I got Clover, I had to read the book once, then go back and re-read it to pay attention to the artwork (which had so many clues and details to the story), and then I read it a third time, considering both art and dialogue. It was a wonderful experience. As for cooping up to read, I can read it on the couch while everyone is watching football, no problem. I'm not really bothered, since no one bothers me. I do wish the reading experience would last longer, since I pay so much money for a single book. I could have bought the friggan 2nd volume to the sleeping beauty books AGAIN. Heh. But for some reason, I prefer to get the manga, since it's coming out NOW and I don't want to get stuck behind the release schedule. I can ALWAYS pick up the sleeping beauty book...

hikura
05-14-2003, 09:42 PM
For me i tend to zip thru my manga cause i absorb stuff really fast.I can do both picture and words so i tend read all of them realitvely fast.The ones i truely like such as inu yasha&blade of the immortal i really zip thru them.I usually get to the end and it is like ACK! i am done.No fair lol.I tend to re read lots of my stuff which is good cause i have a large libary plus i have a good comic book retail store in my area and the owner watches out fo rme and really helps me out.

Jehuty
05-15-2003, 04:48 PM
Holly crap that's some serious reading angelicstar but i'm guilty of a similar act I stayed up several hours one night to finish reading my Realbout Highschool graphic novels one time. When i'm in a store I skim through a manga unless i'm trying to buy some time then I sit there and read for about a hour per manga.