Yes, this picture WILL be on every one of my BEA posts- I just learned how to do it and I’m very proud.
And we’re on at BEA Day Two! I’m a little late in the game (it’s already noon!) But I had a little trouble coming up with my spine poem. Finally, I decided on this:
Wintergirls Speak Easy of their Fatally Flaky Fragile Spirits but Unwind the Sharp Objects of their Cold Kiss and you’ll find their True Colors are Poison.
Not fluent in and of itself, but I couldn’t make anything without adding a few “if, ands,” or “buts.”
If that’s too wordy for you, I have a shorter and far more accurate poem…
The Truth about Forever: There’s Cake in my Future.
And there is. There literally is.
Anywho, it’s time to get on to the juice of BEA today: Today’s topic!
The topic is Visual Expressions. I understand not seeing a lot of people doing this- sometimes graphic novels (particularly manga) receive a hyperactive following that muddies up the whole feel of loving it, so I usually tend to stay away from reviewing them, but actually, I have read graphic novels, although the kind of books on my blog may hint at otherwise. I even have a favorite!
Fruits Basket, otherwise called Furuba, is the most magnificent manga I’ve ever read, and even if you don’t read manga, I’d like to tell you why! It’s centered around the zodiac, where thirteen people in the Sohma family are burdened with the curse of the zodiac- cursed to periodically become the animals they represent. There are thirteen instead of twelve because this includes the cat, Kyo (who I entirely love), who is outcasted by the entire family because the cat never became an official part of the zodiac. An outsider orphan, Tohru Honda, discovers the family curse as three members of the family take her in when she has no place to live.
Fruits basket is incredible entirely for its characters. They are all deep, unique, and lovable, but the most lovable character of all is Tohru (The girl on the cover) who discovers the curse and throughout the series wins the love and adoration of every member of the zodiac through her selflessness and kindness. When I was younger, she was my role model. To this day, she still sorta is, but sometimes you just wanna be not nice, you know? I couldn’t even compete with Tohru.
There is sort of – but not technically- a form of nudity (you don’t actually see anything but it’s enough to make me uncomfortable) and that’s a real shame, but with people transforming into animals and back, what can you do? Anyways, it’s a light and cute read that periodically becomes very deep and heartbreaking, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves chick-lit, comedy, or romance.
Also, on a side note, the artist about her covers says something that’s always stuck with me sort of happily (I’ll be paraphrasing here). Tohru is orphaned after her mother, Kyoko dies and that’s when the series begins, but you see plenty of flashbacks of Kyoko, a former feared gang leader who left her violent life to marry Tohru’s father, and you realize she’s influenced so many lives in such a positive way despite her dark past. About the covers Natsuki Takaya says: “I’ve always intended the covers to start with Tohru and end with Kyoko.” I loved her for that.
Anyways, it’s a good series to give a try if you ever want to try out manga. I so wish it was in novel form because it would be the most amazing written work ever and then more people would get to share in my love for it, but just delight in knowing that if you read manga, this would totally be your piece of cake.