May 9, 2015

Book 101: A Fox's Love by Brandon Varnell

A Fox's Love
American Kitsune 1
Brandon Varnell
February 28, 2014

The story of a boy, a fox, and a whole lot of ecchi…

Kevin Swift has the worst luck with women. It’s not that he’s unattractive or even unpopular. He just can’t talk to them. He blames it on all those Shōnen love comedies he enjoys watching. Fortunately, or unfortunately―depending on who’s asking―Kevin’s love life is about to start looking up.

After saving a fox’s life Kevin discovers that he actually rescued a Kitsune, a shape-shifter capable of transforming into a beautiful girl who appears to have popped right out of the pages to a Shōnen manga. Her name is Lilian, and she apparently wants to mate with him.

Between dealing with an overly amorous vixen’s zealous attempts at getting into his pants, his inability to talk to girls and school, Kevin is going to have his hands full.

I don't read manga but I watch the ocassional anime with my son. I thought BVarnell has a cool concept going on here so I thought I'd share it with you all!

Transcribing Anime and Manga into the Written Word
By Brandon Varnell

How many of you know what anime is? How many of you have heard of manga? To those of you who know what I'm talking about, awesome, you've just met a fellow fan. To those of you who don't know: anime is the abbreviated word for animation, however, a lot of people in the world consider anime to be a word exclusively used to define Japanese animations. On the other end, manga is basically the Japanese equivalent to American comics.

You must be wondering why in the heck I'm talking about this. Don't worry, all will be made clear soon.

As a young boy, I watched my first anime when I was... I wanna say 9 years old. It was Pokemon which, back in the day, was what all of us cool kids (I.E. nerds) watched. Actually, I still think it's an awesome show and I'm 26 now. I guess I just never grew up. Either way, after watching my first episode of Pikachu, that lovable yellow rodent, shocking the main protagonist Ash Ketchum with its electric powers, I was hooked. It was only a matter of time before I expanded my repertoire to include many other anime, and it wasn't long after picking up my love for anime that I discovered manga. Having spent over a decade nerding out, I have gained a large collection of anime and manga that I've watched/read.

What's this? You want me to get to the point? Well, I guess I could do that, though I do so love rambling.

Having discovered my love for writing several years ago whilst in college, and having absolutely zero talent for drawing or animating, it is no wonder that a lot of what I write has become a parody of anime and manga. A good portion of my stories have been inspired by the many stories I've seen through these two mediums; tales of ancient spirits and powerful gods, of giant fighting robots and aliens that shoot beams of Ki from their hands, of high school romances and off the wall comedy. Japanese storytelling vastly differs from traditional American storytelling. Everything, from the tropes used to the way stories unfold is so different from what Americans, and most other nations, are used to. As writer, that is what initially drew me into writing stories based on Japanese tropes instead of American ones. I wanted to do something unique.

Writing stories inspired by anime and manga means writing something different. You're not just telling a story filled with unusual tropes. You're telling a story using a different culture entirely. Beyond that, writing a story inspired by my many hours spent watching and reading stuff like Naruto, Rurouni Kenshin, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Death Note, Code Geass and hundreds of other tales that you won't find in American culture brings a smile to my face and, hopefully, it will bring a smile to the faces of others as well.

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Brandon Varnell first got into writing when he was in college. Before that, he wanted to be a video game designer—until he realized that he couldn't make a video game to save his life—and before that, he wanted to be a rock star—until he realized that sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll stopped being a thing in the 80s. His life has been filled with ups and downs and various moments of ADHD driven high-jinks. It wasn't until he discovered his love for writing that his mind gained the focus necessary to commit himself to something as a (hopefully) possible career choice.

When not sitting in front of his computer typing, he can usually be found watching anime or reading a variety of books, manga, and Japanese light novels. His favorite book series are The Dresden Files, Spice and Wolf, A Certain Magical Index, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Legend of Drizzt, Sword Art Online, Highschool DxD, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Ballad of a Shinigami. He also enjoys taking long walks on the beach, watching the sun set and... you're not even reading to this anymore, are you?

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  1. I'm not big on manga, but I do watch anime. The Wallflower and Death Note were awesome :) Interesting post. Japanese culture is fascinating!

    1. I've only watched semi-followed Naruto. And yes, their culture is amazing. Their literature even better

  2. Sounds interesting but I'm a little confused by it. Is it a mature YA? In the synopsis it says that the katsune is trying to get in his pants the whole time. It sounds like a fun and light read though. I really enjoyed Spice & Wolf which deals with a male human and wolf deity and have been looking for something like that. I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I think it is MYA, I was thinking Naruto where it can be green at times but not overly raunchy

  3. Sounds fun :D I used to read manga

    1. I tried, I find it so weird to start backwards

  4. I was going to say that the cover is reminded me very much of a manga! :P The blurb sounds funny and remonded me of a manga that I can't place but it would be interested to see if this storyline, without the pretty art would work. Thanks for sharing Braine! :)

    1. Naruto? It reminded me of naruto because of the fox

  5. I remember watching Voltron with my brother. We had a good time with that, but I'm not sure if it was technically anime. Can't say that I've read any Manga, but I'm not opposed to it.

    1. Oh I love Voltron! And Daimos!!! We are old, Sophia, so so old lol


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