Review: 男子高校生で売れっ子ライトノベル作家をしているけれど、年下のクラスメイトで声優の女の子に首を絞められている。 (1) ―Time to Play― (上)

男子高校生で売れっ子ライトノベル作家をしているけれど、年下のクラスメイトで声優の女の子に首を絞められている。 (1) ―Time to Play― (上)
男子高校生で売れっ子ライトノベル作家をしているけれど、年下のクラスメイトで声優の女の子に首を絞められている。 (1) ―Time to Play― (上) by 時雨沢恵一
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll start off by saying this book is amazingly boring. Now why would I give a boring book 4 stars?
Well, it’s also a nice look into the workings of the light novel industry. The title of this book should be:

How To Get Published As A LN Writer In Japan, Especially Submitting for Dengeki Bunko

Because the amount of info is staggering. SO much info…. that there is no plot. Not for the first volume. It’s hinted at the end, but no meat really. It’s just one big info dump.

This book was inspiring to keep writing. The process of how the author kept plugging away at it and then the process involved in publishing. It was a bit “wow”.
As he says in the book. Just write. We all can’t start being authors in the first go. If all you can write is something simple, write simple then build up. He details at length how he kept a notebook and wrote down all his “delusions”, and then another file was just plot snippets like “alien turtles take over the school”. So it gives some good advice.
He also details about how he realized he wrote too many males in his story, so he set off to correct the balance by changing some of them to women. It isn’t perfect because he likes to do it in book. with a gender reveal. Still it’s what most male authors can’t even seem to do and just brush it off as “well that just the way it is”. So it reflects back on the actual author that he probably does a lot of gender balancing in his novels unless he means for them to focus on having a majority as girls.

The only really super problem, I found with the book lies only in the translator/editor (if there was one). Lots of misspellings that change the meaning, the name of “Reputation” seems to change, uses “Miss” instead of honorifics, etc.
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