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7:43 am, Jun 27 2020
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This poll was suggested by SrAndrerz. To be honest, the poll is a bit of a mess. It should really be split into multiple questions, but I just didn't bother. If you want to write a comment, please consider these things
  • Does a series based on an established work make a difference in your reading decision? Not as much can be new and exciting since it can't deviate too much from the source.
  • Does you knowing how it's supposed to end make a difference?
  • Does it make a difference that it's derivative and not the source? (Like manga that's based off an anime)
  • Does it make a difference that the source is Western literature?

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9:08 am, Jun 27 2020
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The way our choices break down doesn´t make much sense. Doesn't influence my decision it is anyway. Anyone who has read Jungle Taitei or knows the production history of The Lion King would immediately know that some people on the Disney staff knew about Leo and that´s it. Disney called TLK Bamblet for a reason. But the examination by YMS is good of course and the way Disney ceased and desisted the Jungle Emperor Leo 1997 anime that homages TLK is awful. It´s their actual crime against Tezuka and Tezuka himself adapted Western and non-Japanese works from Asia.

Hundreds of anime or manga are based on western literature. Les Miserables (ARAI Takahiro) for example and the Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo anime by Gonzo is a rare 10/10.
The best adaptation of Alexandre Dumas to this day.

Edit: The 4/4 Roger Ebert review for the 2002 Metropolis anime film that loosely adapted both the Tezuka manga and the Fritz Lang film:
I give it a 7/10. Even Studio Ghibli adapted westerns works. Their next film will again do just that:
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11:31 am, Jun 27 2020
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I always prefer source... If i can get it that is...

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12:06 pm, Jun 27 2020
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I perfer source. If I don't know about the source, I will read the manga adaption. Otherwise, I won't read the manga. Honestly, I might not even read the manga or the source if the source is hard to find or not complete but the manga is.

I want to say if the manga is just heavily influenced by another work, thats a different story. For example, using literary references and even character names and settings, could be possible and I might read. Basically, if the author is revisiting an old tale, its a hard no. If the author is spinning a new narrative, its a read. Thinking about the movie "Hoodwinked" or "Lore Olympus".

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12:07 pm, Jun 27 2020
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I think "The fact that it's based off an established work makes it LESS likely I would read the manga" and "It would put me off from reading the manga" are kind of the same. But yes, if it was based on a specific piece of Western literature I wouldn't be very interested in reading it.

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1:30 pm, Jun 27 2020
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I would prefer to read the source material over the manga. And this works both ways - I have no use for western adaptations of originally non-western works of fiction, either.

I'm making an exception for the manga versions of H. P. Lovecraft novels that are being scanlated recently, though, because I found the original stories very dry in terms of writing style, plus horror is just that much more impactful with visual accompaniment.

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2:00 pm, Jun 27 2020
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Hard to say, if it's completely the same as the source material only the artstyle changed then I don't think it's interesting mmm...
But if it's like Spider-man Fake Red which the mangaka add chunks to the story then it sure is pretty interesting mmm...

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3:00 pm, Jun 27 2020
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I've never liked manga based off of western literature so I chose >It would put me off from reading the manga.

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3:03 pm, Jun 27 2020
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I voted "I would prefer to read the source material over the manga".
I'd generally have to have read/watched the original, before I bother with an adaptation and I generally prefer original works ...but adaptations can be nice. It depends on the work, and how good/faithful the adaptation is.

This is less true, of stuff that is only loosely based on a different work.

Whether or not the adaptation, is of a Western work, doesn't really matter that much.
Well, it makes it less likely to be that faithful, and probably more loose, but aside from that...

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3:09 pm, Jun 27 2020
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...I found the original stories very dry in terms of writing style

I can totally sympathise with that. I dunno about those works, in particular, haven't read them (and not going to), but I tried to read Gulliver's Travels, the original book, once
...and I simply couldn't.
Interesting and fun stuff, sure, but written in such an insufferably boring way...


4:04 pm, Jun 27 2020
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I would prefer to read the source material over the manga

I say this from firsthand experience... I gave Moriarty the Patriot a shot. It intrigued me at first but the degree of rewriting the actual stories is... distressing. I was hoping it'd just give a look at another side of the equation (from the manga-ka's perspective, anyway, obviously it'd be non-canon either way), but they actually do change outcomes as well.

I'm just... not interested in trying anymore... in all things, the original story is all I'm interested in. Anything that warps that story in any way makes me hate it. I can't watch anime based on manga, and I can't even read manga based on light novels.

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6:13 pm, Jun 27 2020
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I would prefer to read the source material over the manga, but that reigns true for just about everything I've gone through for the past few years. Not just manga.

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2:15 am, Jun 28 2020
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I wouldn’t read a manga based on literature available for me to read in English. If it was a different western language and the work hadn’t been translated into English I suppose I would read a manga adaption of it.


5:08 am, Jun 29 2020
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I actually read the manga Fushigi no Kuni no Bird and Darren Shan. Does this count as "manga based on western literature"? The reason I read Darren Shan because I haven't read all the series until the end, and I thought I might read the ending. The manga adaptation wasn't really bad. I enjoyed it.

I read Fushigi no Kuni no Bird because I love the story of empowered women in the past when women haven't got many chances in the public life as it is today, like Arte. I also love how Lady Bird fought the racism, accepting the "Eastern" not as orientalist. I just knew that it was based on a real literature, a journal from a real person in history after I read the afterwords.

I think I read manga based on western literature depends on if I haven't known the ending on the real source, and hoping the adaptation would elaborate what I didn't know. For example, I read Kingdom Hearts manga adaptation since I didn't play the game and would like to understand the story further. But I wouldn't read Weathering With You manga adaptation, since I have watched the anime, and satisfied with it.

How about adaptation like Yukoku no Moriarty? It's very different with the original novel, but I also enjoyed it, since it's a fresh one on Moriarty's perspective, not Sherlock.

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9:31 am, Jun 29 2020
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Honestly, my answer is: If the art is nice, I'll read it. So I guess "doesn't influence my decision" is the closest choice? Though I am more likely to read a manga adaptation of a source I'm familiar with, simply because I'm curious about what changes the mangaka will have made.

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