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deathbypenguin
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For manga you might try All My Darling Daughters. It's a slice of life type short story collection about mothers and daughters. If you're sick of archetypal characters you won't find any in it.
Also, Miyori no Mori has characters that are flawed in a human way. (Not like this: "Oh, she's perfect except for her adorable clumsiness." Oh, please.) I found it refreshing, and am still looking for more manga like it.

As for movies, I saw Yi Yi the other day and cannot get it out of my head. It's long and slow, but well worth sitting through. The director has one of those aerial story telling styles, (I can't remember the name for it, but Leo Tolstoy was a fan of this style.) where every character is a main character and the viewer travels from one to another as movie time progresses. The acting is much subtler than most mainstream movies and consequently feels much more real. The story, to put it simply, is about family life, and all that that entails. I don't know if you'll like it. It's definitely not for everyone, but no harm in giving it a try, right?

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Check out Haruki Murakami's novels, namely Kafka on the Shore, and Dance, Dance, Dance. I still have to read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles from him, but I don't have time yet because of its length (finals next week...) His descriptive novels, in my opinion, transcend beyond the normal senses (as the characters, too, question what is abstract/concrete in their world) and it is also quite ethereal. Anyway, Kafka is my favorite so far.

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garth nix's books are vary good. I think the Old Kingdom books were his best so far but all his books are good.

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hobbitelf518! OH MY GOODNESS you know exactly what I love! ...

ZOMG! I recognize your name now!! We have similar tastes!! Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!! Did you get a chance to watch Honey and Clover yet? If not, it's okay... take your time... wait until you finish college or are in college. smile

Another book that I'm going to suggest just for fun (since I'm in love with Mr. Darcy) is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies XD I love Pride and Prejudice, so I couldn't help but buy this book... supposedly there's an "ultra violent zombie mayhem" addition... but I read the "original publication"... totally tongue-in-cheek... biggrin

Recently, I've been reading chick-lit... so I don't think they'll provide much brain stimulation, but it's entertaining... you can try Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series... I'm currently reading The Undomestic Goddess... My worth just dropped in your eyes huh when I mentioned chick-lit... XD


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You're like me you like classics try Emma or Pride and Prejudice by jane austen i love her . Try Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights I think their by Charlotte Bronte for mystery try Agatha Christie she is the best when it comes tn that. For a more teenish feel mystery try Virals by the creator of the Bones series and thd Agency series by Y.S. Lee. Also try J.patteson maximum ride series.I got plenty more just let me know if you want any

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Alright, so after contemplating the books, movies, and manga that have stuck with me, I have found that a lot of them are slightly disturbing and or psychological/twisted and or tragic (not to the point of gore and TOTAL... ruin... just enough for some people to sit and go... huh?) Anyways this kind of made me wonder about myself, but I won't think of that just yet. wink

Just be warned they aren't very typical... I think that's why I liked them so much and they stuck with me, though. smile

books:
-My fave author, Chuck Palahniuk. ESPECIALLY FIGHT CLUB. If you have not read the book, read it! x124214 better than the movie
-Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (Memoir)
-Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (Another Memoir)
-OH I also like Ellen Hopkins, especially Identical... ohhhh.

movies:
-Dangerous Beauty (Okay, no thinking or mind blowing-ness really, but I LOVED it and the girl is kick-butt!
-The Life Before Her Eyes - Just watch it! Sooo good!

manga:
-Another general author (or mangaka? I guess?): One of my faves, Fujiwara Kaoru. BEAUTIFUL art, and concepts that are out of the norm and twisted and just... smile
-Yuki Kaori is another good author, I really liked ludwig kakumei and fairy cube.
-Our Happy Hours: just such a good story, and it had pretty art... I loved it. (A lot of her other ones were good too!)
-3 Years This left me with that wonderful, bittersweet feeling. One of those strange ones that aren't twisted or anything, it's just.... I don't know. <- Best part? Maybe.
-Arcana Soul has stuck with me for a while, and I remember liking it and the story, but I'm not quite sure why... ?

That's what I got from preliminary wracking of my brain... smile Sorry for my strange tastes haha!!

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Anything by Aki. All her works are original and they are very, VERY deep and philosophical. Besides Hanamatsuri I guess [it's pretty original, but not so deep]... Definitely a brain simulator. A lot of her series, especially Angel's Doubt, include evident literary devices such as in media res, foreshadowing, hamartia, dramatic irony, etc.
Not many people appreciate her works because they don't understand it no It's really sad
When you start to think some archetype is present, Aki does something unexpected with it eyes And you gotta examine all the subtle details and hints in her stories to understand it.

There's also Shoukoku no Altair. It's the most historically accurate manga I've read [helped me pass a history test with one of the top 3 highest scores in my class /shot] as well as having unique plots, settings, plot development, and character development. You can learn a lot from reading this manga.

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If it's your brain that needs stimulation, try Liar Game. The male protagonist is a genius and I find it a lot of fun just wrapping my head around some of his logic in the games they have to play. So cool!

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Quote from hobbitelf518
Recently, I've been reading chick-lit... so I don't think they'll provide much brain stimulation, but it's entertaining... you can try Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series... I'm currently reading The Undomestic Goddess... My worth just dropped in your eyes huh when I mentioned chick-lit... XD


haha and dont forget "remember me"....wats rlli weird is that eventhough i hate shoujo,i enjoy chick-lit xD

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hobbitelf518! OH MY GOODNESS you know exactly what I love! ...

ZOMG! I recognize your name now!! We have similar tastes!! Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!! Did you get a chance to watch Honey and Clover yet? If not, it's okay... take your time... wait until you finish college or are in college. smile

Another book that I'm going to suggest just for fun (since I'm in love with Mr. Darcy) is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies XD I love Pride and Prejudice, so I couldn't help but buy this book... supposedly there's an "ultra violent zombie mayhem" addition... but I read the "original publication"... totally tongue-in-cheek... biggrin

Recently, I've been reading chick-lit... so I don't think they'll provide much brain stimulation, but it's entertaining... you can try Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series... I'm currently reading The Undomestic Goddess... My worth just dropped in your eyes huh when I mentioned chick-lit... XD


haha no way dude! In fact your worth just doubled in my eyes. I mean I say I love all these classics but a part of my bookshelf is dedicated to Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen and other chick lit writers... I need my chick lit novels. I need my clumsy but fashionable main characters and their sexy male counterparts bigrazz And yes, I was saving Honey and Clover for when I get to college which is this fall! I mean I started watching it but then I was like, it might be better if I watched this when I can actually relate lol

I've always meant to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, everytime I start reading it at the bookstore I cannot control my giggling (it's gotten so bad to the point where I've been asked to keep it down). Oh! There's this book that I got for my Ap Lit teacher and it's called Pride and Prejudice:The Wild and Wanton Edition and basically it's the same except Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy finally do it (there's also one for Wuthering Heights)!
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You like chick lit too so do I. If you haven't read it yet read Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen and another good chick lit author is Susan Colasanti. There so many good mangas i good possibly name them all but try Billion Girl and Perfect Girl Evolution. I LOVE 2 READ I'm a Bookworm.

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I've always meant to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, everytime I start reading it at the bookstore I cannot control my giggling (it's gotten so bad to the point where I've been asked to keep it down). Oh! There's this book that I got for my Ap Lit teacher and it's called Pride and Prejudice:The Wild and Wanton Edition and basically it's the same except Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy finally do it (there's also one for Wuthering Heights)!
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ZOMG! I have to read Pride and Prejudice: The Wild and Wonton Edition then! looooooooooool... I mean, bring on the sexual tension!! *swooooons over Mr. Darcy. Thanks for letting me know, DorkFishOK! And yes... PPZ is hilarious... at least for me since P&P is my favorite book of all time... well... favorite romance of all time!! I managed to brainwash my family into watching the BBC/A&E mini-series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle! Muahahahahahahahaaaa... ♥

You know what are nice movies? Ones with quirky characters!!
Amélie. It's so random but so good!!
Little Miss Sunshine was great too!! I ♥ how functional a dysfunctional family can be!!

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You like chick lit too so do I. If you haven't read it yet read Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen and another good chick lit author is Susan Colasanti. There so many good mangas i good possibly name them all but try Billion Girl and Perfect Girl Evolution. I LOVE 2 READ I'm a Bookworm.


I LOVE SARAH DESSEN! And I'm a huge bookworm too! Do you read Meg Cabot? Oh and I will read Billion Girl, though I've read Perfect Girl Evolution and I loved it smile

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I've always meant to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, everytime I start reading it at the bookstore I cannot control my giggling (it's gotten so bad to the point where I've been asked to keep it down). Oh! There's this book that I got for my Ap Lit teacher and it's called Pride and Prejudice:The Wild and Wanton Edition and basically it's the same except Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy finally do it (there's also one for Wuthering Heights)!
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ZOMG! I have to read Pride and Prejudice: The Wild and Wonton Edition then! looooooooooool... I mean, bring on the sexual tension!! *swooooons over Mr. Darcy. Thanks for letting me know, DorkFishOK! And yes... PPZ is hilarious... at least for me since P&P is my favorite book of all time... well... favorite romance of all time!! I managed to brainwash my family into watching the BBC/A&E mini-series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle! Muahahahahahahahaaaa... ♥

You know what are nice movies? Ones with quirky characters!!
Amélie. It's so random but so good!!
Little Miss Sunshine was great too!! I ♥ how functional a dysfunctional family can be!!


YES!! FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS MY SEXUAL FANTASIES! Oh my goodness I am so happy right now! biggrin I've only seen the movie with Keira Knightly and that hot british guy and so far, every single member of my family has managed to fall asleep through it (to my infinite dismay) lol I've also seen both those movies and I LOVE THEM AMELIE IS LIKE MY FAVORITE MOVIE EVER!!!! biggrin DDD I have a HUGE thing for french films/books and movies with quirky characters! Have you seen Paris Je T'Aime? It's really good, it's a bunch of short vignettes about, well, Paris obviously but yeah it's really good!
Have you read anything by Antione de Saint-Exupery or Chocolat by Joanne Harris?
and you should look at this trailer for this movie that just came out in France biggrin

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You like chick lit too so do I. If you haven't read it yet read Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen and another good chick lit author is Susan Colasanti. There so many good mangas i good possibly name them all but try Billion Girl and Perfect Girl Evolution. I LOVE 2 READ I'm a Bookworm.
I LOVE SARAH DESSEN! And I'm a huge bookworm too! Do you read Meg Cabot? Oh and I will read Billion Girl, though I've read Perfect Girl Evolution and I loved it smile
yes i love meg cabot! She's one of my favorite authors. I accidently put Billon Girl. I meant Million Girl. LOl oops I would love to read that wild version of P&P

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