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Emma, Vol. 01 by Kaoru Mori
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Mar 17, 09

bookshelves: translations, graphic-novels
Read in March, 2009

I really wanted to like this. I read a review of it and it seemed so terrific. The art was almost as good as I anticipated, especially the elephants and the dancing girls.

But I just couldn't cope with the characters, and how ridiculously unrealistic they were. I guess I've read too much 'real' Victorian fiction. Emma's relationship with her employer was so implausible. Sometimes I can accept that I'm in a fictional world, where everybody wears period costume and talks in today's voice and behaves with today's values. Maybe it was the hyper-realistic drawings, but I just couldn't do it. It didn't pass the sniff test.

Still, I'll probably read some more in the series. Maybe it will get better, maybe I will learn to mind less.
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