So Tatami was basically, 'What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.'?
Allow me to remind you that in Japan literature is very strictly divided into "serious" and then "light novels etc." and Morimi Tomihiko's works are firmly in the "serious" bracket and always was. Some writers can graduate from LNs to serious literature, but Morimi was a serious writer from the start.
>>7584499 >>7584590 No, he basically writes light novels, or at least what we would call pop/genre fiction. It might be decent genre fiction (as he's won a few famous genre fic awards: Japan Fantasy Novel Award, Nihon SF Taisho Award, Yamamoto Shugoro Prize), but he's not some particularly highly-regarded writer in Japan. The only reason you know about him is because of the anime.
>>7584726 >>7584470 >>7584499 >>7584581 This is interesting. A reflection of the American genre divide on a culture that doesn't suffer from it half as much. You're both right. Morimi is weeb in that people who know about him in the west tend to be anime watchers, but at the same time he's not exactly the -monogatari guy - his work is viewed without the kind of negative baggage an American would view "genre fiction" with.
>>7584729 It absolutely does exist in Japan, as there's a very clear distinction between, e.g., literary awards for genre fiction and those for serious fiction. Also consider that most Americans, including those who read, don't even think about whether what they're reading is "genre fiction" or not, so it doesn't exist in America as much as you apparently think.
If you're interested in contemporary/recent Japanese writers who are highly regarded by more educated people, I recommend, for example:
>>7584499 Honestly, I think a threefold categorization here would be more accurate. At the highest end there's "serious literature" (things read and studied in schools), followed by "popular literature" (things read by average people: think Stephen King), and at the bottom "light novels" (things read by nerds: compare to shitty Tolkien-clone fantasy novels). Morimi Tomihiko clearly falls under "popular literature".
>>7584821 Perhaps this is more accurate yes, but I mainly wanted to make clear that Morimi isn't in the lowest one. And when you walk to a Japanese bookstore, you'll just two clear categories.
>>7584729 Nishio Ishin (Monogatari guy) stands between categories. Using the three category system, Okitegami Kyouko or Himeiden are in the popular literature, while Zaregoto or Monogatari are LNs (Monogatari super shamelessly, playing with otaku culture tropes and references is one of its main selling points and Nishio does it well).
Okitegami Kyouko is now very popular, since it got TV drama. You can find it promoted prominetly in bookstores in Japan.
>>7584834 >Okitegami Kyouko or Himeiden are in the popular literature >Okitegami Kyouko is now very popular, since it got TV drama. I'd still put these at the bottom, honestly. I'd do the same with Game of Thrones, no matter how popular it is.
No but the Tatami Galaxy's anime is beautiful. The show is the most perfect anime I've ever seen and Akashi is the most perfect anime girl I've ever seen. What kind of literature would Akashi read, /lit/?
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