I began reading at a very young age and I read voraciously…..still do. I remember my first books being The famous five, The secret seven, Nancy Drew, Hardy boys and then I discovered Lorna doone, Jane Eyre, little women….I am ashamed to say I then discovered bodice rippers (oh, how naughty I felt) Mills and boon and harlequin became a staple for my little teen heart. Soon i branched into serious reads and I was reading Shakespeare, Tolstoy and J.K.Rowling and anything I could from the library. I was a bit of an introvert and I could discover new places and people and have grand adventures all whilst reading these books.
Then I discovered manga and anime and I indulged to my hearts content. Quickly, a problem arose…I was reading faster than they were illustrating and so I began looking for the novels that inspired said mangas. Amazingly, I found translated novels that I had no idea about. Asian literature had been something I had never paid much attention to.
I quickly devoured what stash I could find and then I ran out of interesting things to read since most of the Japanese novels I was reading followed a certain format. I then skipped on to watching shows and movies from said country and the next thing i knew….hello Korea! I had a good time gobbling up everything i could and it was at this time that I discovered Panlong (Coiling Dragon) in wuxiaworld.
I was amazed!! It blew my mind that i had overlooked such wonderful reading and I quickly followed the crumbs all the way to NU. Months later, I noticed that although the translators were doing a fantastic job, I had run into my age old problem of reading faster than they could churn out pages/chapters. I then decided to try and learn mandarin (dedication , people!); but that was a no-go. I am already struggling with Spanish as a fourth language….it was not going to happen.
I decided to take the plunge and let google-sensei do the translating for me. My brain nearly fried the first time I did it…but like every addict, I kept going back and I have developed quite the talent for it. When you find yourself re-reading a book via mtl….then you know you are a goner.
Thing is, I don’t regret a single moment of it.