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English: Ring
Synonyms: Ringu, The Ring
Japanese: リング


Type: Novel
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 25
Status: Finished
Published: 1991 to ?
Genres: Horror
Authors: Suzuki, Koji (Story)
Serialization: None


Score: 7.791 (scored by 171 users)
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Ranked: #15842
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The body of a young girl is found at her home in Yokohama, contorted in fear, but the cause of her death is a mystery. Soon afterwards the bodies of three more teenagers are discovered - dead in chillingly similar circumstances.

Sensing a story, journalist Asakawa becomes fixated on unravelling the cause of this bizzare sudden-death syndrome. He discoveres that the four victims had shared a log cabin for one night, exactly seven days before their deaths.

In the cabin, Asakawa finds a nightmarish secret - a curious videotape which plays not a movie, but a strange collecrion of abstract, subliminal images, concluding with a portentous message:
'Those who have viewed these images are fated to die at this exact hour one week from now. If you do not wish to die, you must follow these instructions exactly...'

Then the tape cuts to static.

This slickly plotted page-turner reverberates with a terrifying supernatural twist. It inspired the cult Japanese movie and the US remake of the same name.

(Source: Vertical)


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Jun 14, 2015
If you're not familiar with Ringu, the novel, you're almost certainly familiar with it's legacy. Spawning the cult film adaptation by Hideo Nakata, and its American remake, The Ring. Ringu single-handedly set the stage for countless future horror films (both western and Japanese) to follow in its wake, and rocketed Sadako into a Japanese pop-culture icon. The franchise has had rocky areas, most notably the release of S and it's adaptation Sadako 3D which singlehandedly ranks as the biggest bastardization of a beloved character I have ever seen. Going back, though, before all of the CGI and questionable design choices (spider Sadako, why?), you'll find read more
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Mar 19, 2016
While still being a pop-culture itemthis novel shows the big gap that exist between a LN and a regular novel. Just from this work come multiple movies and adaptations the skip big parts of the source material while usually a light novel results in 2 or 3 anime episodes, maybe 4 or 6 if they really stretch it out. While I really liked some of the changes made on the main character (making it a female, single parent, without any residual esper powers) I really disliked taking out the original side kick and reducing the supernatural to just Sadako.

While the movies are pretty accesible for read more
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