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Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui
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did not like it
bookshelves: fantasy, scifi, weird-new-weird

Trigger warning: rape, sexual violence, and pretty offensive portrayals of mental illness (coming from someone who has dealt with them)

I'm reviewing this book before finishing it because the only reason I am going to continue reading is because I need to for my thesis.

Let me say first that I was super excited to read this after seeing the movie (which is amazing, you should watch it) but ugh. At first I thought maybe it was the translation that accounted for the bad soap opera dialogue and totally made up psychoanalytic terms (and it might partially be), but the pacing is also awful. The novel was originally serialized, which explains why the reader is being constantly reminded of the plot, but absolutely no suspense is built up.

And those aren't even the real problems. This book is hands down the most sexist and homophobic thing I've read that isn't an internet comment section. All the characters are totally vapid and shallow, and the 'sexually liberated' protagonist is just a stand-in for the author's desires. Really? This 28 year old genius only falls for awkward yet upstanding middle-age men that fit the physical descriptions of the author? Huh. On top of that, the villains are gay (and only the villains). And I'm pretty sure we're meant to believe they are villains because they are gay and deviantly sexual. The book goes to great length to suggest that, while everyone has latent homosexual desire, sexual deviancy (which is anything that isn't straight) is really really wrong.

But then there is the rape scene. (view spoiler)

I wish I could be nice and fair but this book just makes me so angry.
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Reading Progress

May 26, 2015 – Started Reading
May 26, 2015 – Shelved
May 28, 2015 – Finished Reading
June 5, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 5, 2015 – Shelved as: scifi
June 5, 2015 – Shelved as: weird-new-weird

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Kristen Maxwell I had EXACTLY the same response. I've never been made so angry by a book before, and that assault scene just made me ragequit.

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