Thinking about finally adventuring into Japanese novels? This is where you will proceed from from the safe training grounds you have grown so accustomed to to the dark and dangerous . . . Expecting a video game analogy? You got one. Reading a new book is like entering a new dungeon (I like to envision a Final Fantasy dungeon). What exactly is waiting?
New dungeons have unfamiliar perils and great rewards: enemies you’ve never encountered, traps, a maze, a final boss, treasure, experience and leveling up, and advancement of your Japanese Quest story. You will get lost as you wander around and you may even have to retreat. Dungeons are level based and all the enemies and bosses that you face should be chosen by your level. No matter how much you want to jump to an advanced dungeon that you aren’t ready for, you must resist. If you dive into that super dungeon too quickly, you will get killed upon your first random battle. You must make efficient use of your weapons and items. You will be with this dungeon for a while. Create a lot of save points. This won’t be easy, but no easy dungeon has ever been worthwhile.
Reading is the gatekeeper of your 4 skills. Improve reading and improve all. With so much potential power for you to acquire, I thought it was finally time to start providing some concrete guidance.
And before you think to yourself “I’m not really a reader,” stop. Despite the fact that I was an English literature major in college, I never really did much of any of the “reading for pleasure” thing. However, for some reason when it came to reading Japanese novels, I developed an addiction. Maybe it is because I love Japanese, so reading in Japanese is just more enjoyable. Or maybe it is because Japan has produced some of the most fun and wild books you will ever lay your culture shocked eyes on. You decide. But you must (a Japanese Level Up must) give some novels a try.
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