Book Junkie 411: Manga & other stuff

So, manga and other stuff. Other stuff being comics and graphic novels and similar stuff.

This has got to be one genre of literature I just have a hard time reading. I know what you’re thinking …

You’re kidding right? They have pictures, for crying out loud!

… and you’d be right of course. I mean, how could I possible have a hard time reading books with pictures? Well, I do and I have no idea why. It’s not for the lack of trying. I tried to read Marvel Civil War, one of the Batman comics, and I glanced through the new Ms. Marvel comic book but it didn’t capture my interest. I tried the Percy Jackson graphic novels and even the Neil Gaiman Graveyard Book graphic Novel and … still, couldn’t get past the first few pages.

I have to say, though, the one graphic novel series that actually captured my interest was the ElfQuest series. That was epic! But, even then, I did have to force myself to read at least book one.

Uh, you have manga in the title of your post? Get to your point.

I even tried manga! I tried Naruto, Bleach, Fruits Baskets, and a couple of others and still had a hard time. And I wanted to read them because their anime counterparts are awesome! I mean, I watched Sailor Moon religiously every morning before school in the 6th grade! (Or was it 7th?) And some of the storylines intrigues me.

Anyway, I gave up. Until I read that doing something different, like looking at a picture upside down, will help your brain exercise. Looking at the picture upside down causes other parts of your brain, the ones you usually don’t use to recognize an image, will be forced to work instead.

Now, I’m a sucker for brain exercises so guess what that means? Yep, I’m starting with manga. I mean, reading something I don’t usually read and reading it backwards? That’s gottah count for something, right? I can just picture my brain wigging out: “Wait, what? I don’t understand this … are those pictures? And what’s with this right to left?” (*snickers* which is partly why I’m dying to see Disney’s Inside Out!)

We’ll see how this experiment goes.

How do you guys feel about manga and the like?

Any suggestions on what I should read? (Remember, I’m a beginner so to speak)

(photo credits: for the Naruto & for Fruits Basket)

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