>>5573586 >Have I come to the right place? yes but unfortunately nobody here is to be trusted. The sticky has some reading suggestions that are actually not terrible. Try some of the stuff mentioned there. >>5573666 I'd like to know the ironic punishment for all of those.
read short stories. get them in anthology then pick out your favourite writers. http://markmcbride.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/isaac-babels-the-story-of-my-dovecot-fulltext/ http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/kafka/inthepenalcolony.htm http://www.eldritchpress.org/ac/vanka.html http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/fiction-podcast-joyce-carol-oates-reads-cynthia-ozick http://www.scasd.org/cms/lib5/PA01000006/Centricity/Domain/1487/The%20Cat%20From%20Hell.pdf long prose isn't comparable to mangas unless you're reading some pre-modern novelists, like Heliodorus, Rabelais and Cervantes or people imitating them, like Jan Potocki. starting with the 19th century most novels became mired in pretentious essayistics. imho it's meh.
>>5573931 I agree on that and I think I'll keep returning to manga for some of the best laughs the medium provides. I love Yotsuba in particular.
What I am looking for here are well crafted stories not ridden by terrible character cliches as is so common in even some of the best manga. I suppose you could say I want to acquire a patrician taste.
>>5573586 Sort of. I enjoy manga from time to time but literature actually demands from you and rewards you accordingly. Still, if you just swallow content it's pretty much whatever medium you chose, the idea is trying to go beyond a simple list of things happening.
In the sticky (it has no picture) is a link to the rec list that includes a ridiculously huge mediafire with japanese classic literature. It's surprising how well they write when they keep exporting the same stuff.
>>5574040 You can try to cover your HS basis with something like this chart if you want to be comfortable posting around in /lit/, but it's not the same as with manga in which you have a certain number of genres and clear iconic works against garbage done for the money. It's centuries of material full of stuff that you'll probably never see mentioned here and it's still great, so you have a ridiculously large pool of stuff to pick from.
In doubt, though, charts help. If you start seeing stuff you like ask around for similar stuff.
Also, we're not as horrible as /a/ is with "board etiquette" or whatever, but if you want to make a good thread about something present some ideas in the OP instead of asking "yo, guys, what do you think?". No one wants to post in a thread where you don't know if OP will say something or you're just talking alone.
>>5573666 >666 >most simultaneous classically beautiful and autismal points for pictures all day >makes no mention of books besides Dante and uses US spelling It's either Lent or this is some obscure form of heresy.
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