The protagonist of the story, Konoha Inoue, is a seemingly normal senior high 2nd year student. His high school life, other than a hinted incident 2 years ago, can be summed up as normal- if one can dismissed the secret fact that he used to be a female bestselling romance author. Due to that incident, however, he has now vowed never to write again.
This continued on until he was forced to join the literary club by the literary club president, the 3rd year female student Amano Tooko, a beautiful girl who has a taste [for] eating literary works. Now he has been tasked to write her snack every day after school.
(Source: To Say Nothing of the Dog)
"Bungaku Shoujo" novel series is in Konoha Inoue's point of view.
THIS MANGA IS SO UNIQUE AND ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES
WARNING: TRAGIC, REALLY SAD AND TWISTED, DARK AND DEEP
This is really, truly unique. There's nothing like this, at first it starts with a girl who is most definitely not ordinary. She is a "literature girl", she does not eat human food, but stories. And then there's this guy with a sad past. It starts off with them, but then they encounter this... "problem". If you have heard or have read (which i bet most of you have not) Osamu Dazai's "Ningen Shikkaku", Japan's #2 best selling novel, its based on this. It shows this person that empathizes with this book, and his life is wack, and then this girl who hears both stories and can empathize with both is also "wack". I think im turning wack too becasue of this, actually this really changed my life and i became almost a monstrous as them, this is how strong it is. But it is kind of confusing and it could have definitely could have been better.
It's not the best ive seen and it is not the best. But the art was very good.
Character: over 8000 ( but max is 10 so....)
Where do i begin? Everybody is unique. There is the pretty girl who likes the guy. There is the pretty girl who is yandere scary for the guy, and is "fake", as fake as nikki manaj, no more fake than Nikki Manaj. There is the "innocent", talented guy that is liked, and is good at writing. There is the nerdy girl with the flat chest, two long braids, and glasses, but you take the glasses off and braids and you get a sexy beautiful girl. And there are the nihility filled, sad, suicidal people that are... interesting?
I definitely enjoyed this. I enjjoyed it A LOT and it made me change more the ʙ̶̷ᴇ̶̷ᴛ̶̷ᴛ̶̷ᴇ̶̷ʀ̶̷ .
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In terms of plot, I couldn't enjoy its fullest because I don't read hardcore literature as much, but if you're someone who does, I highly recommend this novel to you.
STORY & CHARACTER
Each volume of the novel is kind of like a spin-off of some famous Western or Japanese literary work, and the story progresses in the same general direction as the original work it is based on. Most characters appearing in the novel have their own motivation and resolve, but as the story develops the author will slowly reveal to you how he/she resembles a certain character in the original work. She adds her own spin to the stories so it doesn't matter if you read the original work before, but perhaps it'd be interesting for someone who knew the original work.
ART & ATMOSPHERE
This may be a subjective opinion, but the author was able to nurture this tranquil, immersing school-life atmosphere that I've never felt before. It was similar to the feeling I got when reading spice and wolf, except calmer and sweeter, in the high school way. That feeling is super amplified when you look at the pictures. If you look at some of the covers, especially volume 6, hopefully you'll get what I mean. This just goes to show how well the artist was able to depict the scenes in the novel.
THIS NOVEL IS NOT GOD TIER AS PEOPLE SAY
This novel is not perfect. The level of sophistication often goes beyond what one would expect from a light novel, which fundamentally is supposed to be "light". Due to the way it was written, the literary components are too big of a fraction for the overall enjoyment, in the sense that I had put in too much effort to get through the reading. Sometimes it feels more like I'm doing an assigned reading from school rather than reading an anime-like novel during spare time. Other times there are some pretty depressing plots, which I really wouldn't want if I were trying to relax. Does this take away anything? For me yes.
Finally I should mention that the author is extremely good at writing. period. My only regret is that I couldn't get the full experience since I read this novel in Chinese.
Overall, great story, beautiful art, unique setting, heavy writing. I give this an 8/10.
On a side note, I've heard people say the anime is shit. So just read the novel. read more