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 No.36[Reply]

HELLO THERE. It's your friendly neighborhood Writer, just here to leave a pile of rules to establish a level of standards for those who want to enjoy the board.

  • Division of shit from lit: No flimsy, short, barebones posts that are undeveloped and thoughtless. If you're going to write something, write something. Posting an outline of a story or some ideas and looking for critiques or advice is totally acceptable, though.
  • No smut: I had to think about this for some time. Tasteless fap material is not welcome in /lit/. This isn't your personal jerk-off board. Don't write stories that are sex-centric. Sex is a natural human act so it can enhance a story, but sex itself is never by any means a story. Although, if you must, post it in /ot/. If enough people post their smut there, hell, you might get your own smut board.
  • Content: What is/isn't allowed? The works posted do not have to be related directly to Yume Nikki, although a majority tends to me. I believe as far as writing/literature goes, most anything can find its way here. Talking about books and literature is encouraged, as well!
  • Labeling of NSFW material: Some people don't have strong stomachs or don't like sexual content to your writing. If a post or chapter of a story contains some, please label it as such.
  • Level of maturity: Sure, some writers may not have the technical finesse or prowess of people who have been writing for a while. Still, as long as the fledgling writer is trying their best, don't insult others and instead offer advice. Otherwise, posts will be deleted and you may be banned. Repeated offenses will incur increasing penalties.


That's basically it. Read, write, have fun. :D


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 No.858[Reply]

Reading non-fiction books such as manuals, biopics, essays and the like is quite a delight. Does anyone here find them interesting as well?
Share resources and non-fiction you find interesting in this thread.

 No.859

Depends on the topic. Memoirs can be interesting. This honestly seems like a strange question to me.



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 No.851[Reply]

Starting from two weeks ago I've resolved to actually get into reading and start going through books one after another. It's not like I don't pick up something for fun once in a blue moon, but I never really submerged myself in literature. I figured it would be better to die after going through my bucket list plus some. It's the sort of thing you can wait on for years after all.

Lord of the Flies: I've been meaning to get to this one since middle school, though I can probably appreciate it now much more than I would have back then. The symbolism is heavy-handed, but poignant none the less. It's about a bunch of boys getting stuck on an island. The book's about how the savagery of man conflicts with society/our reason and the gradual degeneration of the boys works nicely as an allegory for that. I was surprised by my own reaction to the gruesome parts of the book. When something like that actually gets under my skin that's a good sign. I'm desensitized to pointless gore. This is the sort of thing that should be taught in school, but is gradually being phased out.

Dracula: This was a fun ride. I've watched the German movie in a class before and the differences are astounding. The most well known theatrical versions seem to have cut out the entire plot and half the characters. The book really deserves its own mini-series. Aside from the story itself, it's interesting to see how stuff I watched before seems to have been influenced by it, Jojo in particular in my case. The long speeches about nobility, the dramatic reactions, etc. It's a Romantic/Gothic adventure story. It starts off slow with the first three hundred pages being build-up, and the last 100 being constant action. I actually got invested in the characters the same way I would have in an anime or something. It was entertaining to see the characters, especially Van Helsing, learn about and battle the count in wits.

 No.854

Frankenstein: This book was very thought-provoking. It's a little hard to get into, but once you become comfortable with the style and look up what countenance means, you should be fine. After reading this, Dracula seemed simple and maybe even a step down, but despite their similarities, they're apples and oranges. The actual plot isn't anything too compelling, but the way the book plays with your emotions and makes you doubt your own perceptions of characters is extremely compelling. The point is, you're not always right about your moral judgments. There isn't a security in your own perspective in Frankenstein. The monster is, by the way, eloquent and intelligent, which makes the theatrical version seem completely butchered. It upsets me a bit to see how people's conception of both Dracula and the monster are based on bastardized versions. It's not long and I definitely think it's worth a read through.

Solaris: Starting a sci-fi book after the last two was jarring, but I powered through that pretty quickly. It's about a distant planet covered in a massive, life-like ocean with the bizarre abilities to influence its own orbit around two stars and continually form massive structures that perform unbelievably complex processes and then disintegrate. The planet has been being studied for 100 years already and at this point investigations seem to be at their tail end without any definitive conclusions having been made. When the main character arrives to the research station, there's only two scientists still left there, with the third having recently committed suicide. Starting from recently, these scientists have been being 'visited' by people from their past memories, like hallucinations, but actually physical. The main character's nineteen year old wife who committed suicide years ago is who comes to him and with no recollection of her death. It's not immediately clear whether these visitors are actually self-aware, or just following a program.

The similarities to Evangelion are too numerous to seem like a coincidence to me. The red ocean, descriptions of giant humanoids floating in it, the planet 'mind raping' people to learn information about them and humans in general, etc. Their atmospheres are also very much alike and there's many similarities between the utterly inhuman nature of the planet, the structures that form on it, and the angels. It's also similarly depressing as hell. There's way too many themes and thought-provoking questiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

 No.855

>The similarities to Evangelion are too numerous to seem like a coincidence to me.
It probably is a coincidence, there's not much similarity beside the superfluous theme of something more powerful than humanity messing with people's heads. Which is not even the focus of Eva, now that I think of it. But who knows, Lem is a very renowned writer, maybe Anno was in fact influenced by his work somehow.

 No.856

>>855
I meant more along the lines of visual similarities, though a lot of that probably comes from my own imagination. The way in which the planet and angels 'mess' with people has some stuff in common too, like the book's dream sequences(the melting together parts among others). I'm not the first person to have made the connection.
>superfluous
Wrong word I think.

 No.857

>>856
>Wrong word I think.
Ah, yeah, meant to say "superficial". Derp.



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 No.811[Reply]

ITT we write a story one sentence at a time. When you add a sentence, make sure you wait for at least one other contribution before adding another.

>Stepping out of her house, K. noticed a strange shape in the fog.
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>>844
That wasn't part of the story, it was actual information

 No.847

>K wakes up coughing on a rocky shore.

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 No.849

>As she rolls onto her side, she sees the cat from the car (who is not dead) sleeping soundly next to her, wearing a satisfied smile and a torn maids dress.

 No.850

it was urotsuki?



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 No.841[Reply]

I'll start,

Title: Memphis Megahertz and the Kansas City Fractal

What: Techno-Coffeetable/quote style book, follows 2 nostalgic computer systems through a Virtual American Empire.

Where: Amazon Sept. 7

PDF preview-download?: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FkK0NRe59EK2Chnw-lid6UToX3jweiKD/view?usp=sharing

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 No.440[Reply]

Pic not related

> If this needs to be moved to another board, please do so. It seemed appropriate to put this in /lit/ rather than /ot/


I was hoping there were some people out there that know of any good writer support groups. I'm currently working on a book, but the problem is that the genre is kind of hard to pinpoint, though it leans toward supernatural overall. So are there any groups that you'd recommend to me?

 No.503

Find a competent forum RPG, make a character, participate, and talk to the other players. That's how I learned to write.

 No.810

If you're fine with a writing group where the writers are from tumblr (this one is a lot less crazy than the ones that allow minors and there are even people there who won't get angry at you for every small "mistake") then ask and I can give you the discord link



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 No.789[Reply]

People often talk about how the Yume Nikki manga was horrible but no one seems to talk about the light novel. Is it any good?

 No.791

In my opinion, no. Its tone is so monotone it gets annoying after 3 lines.

 No.792

Isn't Poniko like Madotsuki's mother here?

 No.806

I was planning on ordering it soon but I haven't been able to find scans of it anywhere. Is it still worth buying?

 No.807

>>806
It's basically a novel written in first person, with a very repetitive tone.
"I opened my eyes. I walked towards the door. I couldn't open it. I turned my gaze over the TV. I decided not to turn it. I walked back towards my bed. I sleep. Now I am in my dream. Now I try opening the dream door. Now I take a pee. Now I watch this. Now I do that. Now I. And then I. I. I."
I honestly got sick before finishing the 6 page.

 No.808

>>807
Is the art good? That's the main reason I'm buying it



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Recently I had the privilege of reading the masterpiece that is I Want My Hat Back, and its spiritual successor, This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klaasen. I was immediately overcome with a lighthearted happiness from enjoying this book, and have since been inspired to bring the same to the earth, though it has been hard to hold onto it.

What is your favorite children's book? What were your favorites as a child? Have you picked one up in a while? They are still great, and after having read them at an older age I do appreciate the tact it takes to put together such a delightful book that remains entertaining and a wholesome-feeling read at any age.

 No.523

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My fave children's book was pic related, a strange monster hunting manual that really struck home thanks to the fantastic illustrations. Closely following Where the WIld Things Are and this crazy book about a crocodile and toothpaste, been looking everywhere for it to no avail.

 No.530

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>>523
My savior has been amazon and book swaps/hand-me-down libaries. I also stopped by a toy store a while ago with a couple friends and found awesome books i forgot i remembered.

 No.804

>>530
i loved strega nona as a child, i've never heard anyone else mention it before

hershel and the hanukkah goblins
madeline
the velveteen rabbit
so many others that i can't remember right now

i used to get these children's books about a little witch girl out from the library and i've been trying to remember what they were for something like a decade now

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>>804
…forgot pic



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 No.689[Reply]

Is anyone else reading this? What do you think of it?
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 No.799

apparently more is coming

 No.800

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>>799
More? You mean like a sequal, or a translation of her pixiv thing? Could you post a link please?

 No.801

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>>694
Hey, are you still around? Did you ever get around to doing the translation? Sorry if this is jarring after almost two years.

 No.802

Random anon says, "What does sideboob have to do with loneliness?"

 No.803

>>802
Nothing, but it has everything to do with lesbians.



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 No.709[Reply]

Seeing as this is a YN site, I figured it would be a good idea to ask if anyone here might know of any dream related books. Not necessarily centred around them, but at least having them play a semi-significant role in the book. I'm interested in seeing how it might play out in novel format.
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I know this can be considered a necrobump but I'm interested in this discussion and have a little to contribute. Recently I was looking for books like OP mentions and here is a few I read and recommend (most of them are german but there are surely translations available)

>Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

>Rhapsody: A Dream Novel by Arthur Schnitzler
>A Dream Play by August Strindberg (was a huge influence to the german literature scene in the early 20th century, together with Freud's work)
>Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (not solely centered about dreams but the paranormal/psychedelic plays a huge part)
>Kafka's short stories (espescially Der Landarzt)
>The Dream Cycle by H.P. Lovecraft
>The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

I'll add to this post if I remember/read more.

 No.752

>>750
Wonderful suggestions, The Book of Disquiet and Rhapsody: A Dream Novel seem very interesting. It's unfortunate then that Rhapsody seems so expensive…

 No.766

>>752
Rhapsody is freely available on the net (legally too)
The copyright expired.

 No.778

Finnegans Wake reads like you're in a fever dream, and it was meant to feel like a dream. But its not everyone's taste.

 No.798

The Rings Of Saturn by W. G. Sebald



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