ikyrian: HiNaBN's {...} (Bitch please)
So, I occasionally go through [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets "secrets" and the ones that really, really make me want to put my head through my desk are the: "If I hear you say "I don't like "blankseries" (usually One Piece) because of the artwork," I immediately think less of/lose respect for you." Usually their reasoning is because the story is so awesome that it super cedes how awful the art really is.

The only conclusion I can come up with that is that they don't understand what manga/graphic novels are in relation to say regular books with little to no pictures. When you buy a regular book, you're buying it for the story. Since there is no art is involved, except for maybe the cover, your own imagination must be engaged to visualize the story. Based on the descriptions in the books, the reader must come up with their own idea of what the characters and settings of the book look like. In essence, the plot of the book and how well it is written, will convince the reader to like it or not.

Manga/graphic novels, being a visual medium, rely not only on their plot and characterization, but also on well the story is rendered visually, to convince a reader to dis/like it. There is very little imagination involved in creating the characters/setting, all of that work has already been completed before you even pick up the book. The character designs have been worked out and setting has been drawn. Usually the only imagination involved at that point would be how the reader would think they sound and/or thinking outside of the plot as it has been written.

If a manga has art that is so abhorrent to your eyes that you get thrown out of the story, or in some cases can't even get into it, than that work is not worth the effort for you to read it. It doesn't matter how "good" another person thinks the story is in relation to the art, or how good the art is in relation to the story - it's not worth wasting your time and money on that series. These kinds of things are supposed to fun and enjoyable. Why would you waste your money on something that makes you continually roll your eyes and sigh every time you try to read through it?

I'll give a couple of examples. I, personally, cannot stand the art of "One Piece." I also cannot get engaged enough in the plot or the characters to make a credible go at reading the series because I am continually thrown out of the story because I'm thinking about how much I dislike the art and how much it bothers me. Yes, some people love the art. Some people hate the art but it doesn't bother them enough to not read the story. Fine, whatever. I have the same adverse reaction to Utena - I've been told over and over, it's so awesome, the story is just the greatest! So I give it a try and, wow, yeah, the art really bothers me. I just can't sit through it.

Another example is in the reverse, the art for "Yami no Matsuei," is, to me, simply stunning. I love how each panel is rendered, I love how the characters are drawn, and I love, simply love, the way the art is colord. But I cannot read YnM. I cannot read it because I hate most of the characters and the plot is not interesting enough to keep me going. Most of them annoy the living shit out of me (one in particular *coughhisokacough*). I read the first book and I want to punch the living day lights out of a good deal of them. (It's the same reason I gave up on Harry Potter.) Because of that, to this day I have never finished YnM. (Or Harry Potter.)

I also have a friend who refused to watch "Hikaru no Go" because of plot. She didn't understand how a series about Go, of all things, could be interesting. And I whined at her that it was really really good and she should just give it a chance! But, no. I forget what we ended up watching, but it definitely was not HnG. And I've done that a few times myself where the plot out there and unbelievable and overall uninteresting to me, that I wouldn't bother with that series. Like..."School Days" or "Azumanga Daioh."

It sees to be slightly more acceptable to dislike a manga/graphic novel for its plot/characterization instead of it's art. I guess the mentality is if you don't like the art, then you are just too shallow to understand the "complexity" of that series. If you ever feel that way, or are made to feel that way, please stop. You're not shallow for not liking it, that work is just not to your taste and anyone that tries to tell you different should STFU and GTFO.

Remember, manga/graphic novels/comic books of any flavor are all visual mediums. The art is an important element in the telling of that story and if you hate the art, fine. If you hate the plot, fine. If you hate the characterizations, fine. Try something else.

So, people who look down on others for not liking a series for the art instead of the plot and/or characterization, please grow up and remember that this is why there is something called "diversity." Thank you.
ikyrian: Naruto - Iruka (...buh?)
I had another dermatology appointment today at a brand new doctor's office - the Clinical Skin Center of Northern Virgina with Dr. Michael Stashower. They had me strip down to my undies, made me put on a paper gown and sit in a room for almost fifteen minutes by myself. When he came in for the exam it was pretty much the same song and dance (except for the part where he pulled down the paper gown to expose my breasts for the exam. That was weird. At least he was professional about it? I guess?). Y'know - take better care of your skin, seriously, you use Irish Spring, seriously?, get rid of the ferrets, yadda yadda yadda.

The big thing that came out of this exam is...you guys know that red spot on my chest, right between the two clavicle bones? He took one look at that and told me to get an appointment with an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist posthaste. Apparently it's a congenital defect that could lead to thyroglossal ducts/cycts, bronchogenical cysts, sinus cysts, and/or cancer.

Me - AH-Buh-wah?

I did a little bit of research and it's apparently something that doesn't usually get diagnosed until later in life because most general practitioners wouldn't know to look for it. If I hadn't had a weird skin problem, it would have been much later until a doctor would have thought to even think it was a concern. So...yay for the disease weasel's giving me a pox?

He told me it probably wasn't going to turn out to be any sort of problem, but that it was best to get it imaged, preferably by a CAT scan. So now I have to go to my primary care physician to get a referral to see a ENT specialist. Which is another sixty bucks ($20 to see PCP, $40 for specialists. I thought HMO's were supposed to be CHEAPER?) for medical care.


I caught a bit of Michael Moore's documentary "Bowling for Columbine" today. I think I've seen some of it before, but I didn't see this part. Most of you probably know this, but for those of you who don't, BoC follows the "history" of gun violence in the US. While I was watching it, and Travis happened to be sitting on the couch playing his PSP, I had a moment of Zen a la The Daily Show.

I was watching the part where Michael Moore was interviewing a couple of people in the media industry, if you want to call it that, about how gun stories are the more provocative and sensational and higher rated stories then say, pollution. That it's easier to sell people on the violence of the guns and their consequences.

He asked one reporter, "If you had a choice between a half-drowned baby and a gun story, which would you go for?" And the reporter replies, "The gun story. Every time."

Then he goes on to interview a top exec producer for COPS and World's Most Violent/Extreme/Whatever Police Chases. And there they both discuss the evils of producing works that glorify the rage, violence, and whatnot of guns and the destruction it brings to people's lives vs trying to teach people how to stop spreading that kind of violence and how to solve the problem.

They came to the conclusion that the violent/bloody stuff sells better and it's too hard to get people to watch the other stuff. Which, no kidding, is a no duh.

My moment of Zen was this: I was watching a show where the parts that I had seen were glorifying violent crimes to sell the documentary to a wider audience while preaching that it would be infinitely better to try to teach people how to solve the problem without offering any sort of solution!

I think my brain broke, just a little. And while musing on this aloud, I hear this odd noise, like air leaking from a tire. I looked at Travis, where he is concentrating fiercely on his game.

"Shh," he whispered. "Stop making sense."

"But--"

"They don't like it when you make sense."

After that I just had to change the channel (to The Daily Show, ironically, where I saw the hysterical bit about who should be Obama's running mate).

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