When I started blogging, there were series I already knew I wanted to write about. Nana, Itazura na Kiss, even series I’m not crazy about such as The Devil Does Exist were all series I had ideas of topics that I could write about in the future. Whether I loved it or hated it, if a series made a strong impact on me I felt a strong desire to share my opinions of them. But there are times when I feel it’s better not to write anything at all. When a series doesn’t leave a lasting impression on me, I tend to have a difficult time coming up with something to write about it. Although part of me wishes to write about a series just to show I’m familiar with it, I’ve come to believe that this alone isn’t a strong enough reason to write about a series. Take Nodame Cantabile, for example. I’ve read seven volumes of this popular josei series, yet when I tred to write a review for the series I found myself coming up empty. Sure, I like Nodame – she’s a fun character and I especially like it when she tries to act ‘sexy’ for Chiaki. And the series has definitely made me laugh out loud on occassion. But after finishing a volume of the manga, I’d completely forget what had just happened. I like the series enough, but unfortunately, I felt I had nothing else to say about Nodame Cantabile, and that’s what inspired this post. Even though I originally had wanted to do a review of what I had read of the series, I felt as though I couldn’t contribute anything worthwhile to say about the series, especially when there are other bloggers out there who already have.
This is even true for some series that I feel are unique. I really like Prétear because I think it twists the magical-genre in clever ways, yet I didn’t have a strong urge to write about the series. It’s a much more emotional series than I expected it to be, and I love a mid-series twist invloving a certain Leafe Knight. I considered writing a review of the anime, yet my opinions of the series aligns with many others who have blogged about it, and I didn’t feel I that I could analyze the series from any unique angle. That’s not to say that I feel in order to write about a series I have to be the first or only person to hold a certain view of a series – what I’m saying is that I need to have a strong opinion in order to discuss a series. I’ve never been a big fan of reviewing series to begin with – I tend to enjoy looking closely at specific themes or characters rather than trying to capture the gist of my feelings toward a series. And when it comes to reviewing, I tend to just want to jump into writing my thoughts about the series instead of having to set the series up by summarizing its plot and characters. So I’ll extend a question to you bloggers out there: do you feel the need to write about series you didn’t have a strong reaction to? And do you enjoy writing reviews, or do you prefer to write other types of posts?