Understandable. I am not saying that ironically. I can see where everyone who found my post offensive is coming from. I was pretty off-the-mark on that one. Let me just say, I am really sorry for being so wrong.
This paragraph in particular got some people riled up.
Basically, I was kind of a purist when U.S. publishers began releasing manhwa. I read manga and only manga. […] Manhwa was, in my eyes, a cheap imitation.
But I want it to be clear that this was my former view of manhwa; my view of it when I was 15 and Tokyopop first put I.N.V.U. out on bookstore shelves. That was in 2003. Now, I’ve recently developed a strong interest in Korean culture after I was able to visit the country for the first time. I want to learn Korean soon and if anyone wants to show me where some good manhwa scanlations are, I will gladly go read as much as I can over my Thanksgiving break.
Another thing that was found offensive was my view that manhwa is kind of shallow. I only find it to be shallow because, in what I’ve read, everyone bickers with each other. As I talked about in my post, I’ve got strong negative feelings about meaningless bickering. Therefore, manhwa with lots of bickering is shallow to me. So is any manga, manhua and any other form of comics with lots of bickering, but I’ve found it to be less prominent in those types of comics than in manhwa that I’ve read. Again, I would love to read manhwa that shatters this narrow stereotype I’ve got. I’m clearly missing out according to troisroyaumes’ post about my post. Although troisroyaumes assumed some things about me that are wrong, they’ve got a REALLY strong point, especially about mostly sunjeong and boys’ love titles being published here in the U.S.
I’d really like to apologize for how my thoughts on manhwa came off. My only excuses are that I’m young, pretty new to this blogging game (I started this blog in September for one of my classes) and that the post in question was pretty much me writing down what came spilling out of my mind at the time. I should have done more research and I will in the future. This has been a pretty valuable learning experience for me. I have to thank Melinda Beasi for that, since she’s the one who let everyone know about my post.
That being said, PLEASE let me know how you feel about my posts on this subject matter. Let me really have it if you feel like it. I want your criticism.
I would like to let you all know that in no way do I begrudge any of you who have said negative things about me. I think it would be detrimental to me to hold it against anyone since not only am I wrong, but everyone who’s talked about me is mostly right. (Other than what’s been assumed, but I won’t hold that against anyone because it’s not like we know each other.) This blog is really a learning experience for me and I’m learning a lot. All of my readers and my detractors should think of themselves as aiding me along with this. I’m grateful. Thank you.