Written by 鈴木 光司 (Suzuki Kouji) in 1989, this is possibly what comes to mind for most people when they hear “Japanese horror”. It is the first of a series, and adapted multiple times for TV and cinema worldwide. I think the basic premise of the cursed videotape needs no introduction: “If you watch that video, you’ll die in a week .”
There are 4 chapters of uneven length in the book. The page numbers are approximate, calculated based on percentages, so may be off. If someone has the paperback, I’d be grateful if they could provide actual page numbers.
~ Page Count
第二章 and 第三章 1-3
第三章 12 and 第四章 (all)
initial, slower schedule
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The plan is to start this in October, in time for Halloween, but anyone can join at any time. Depending on participation, all discussion will probably take place in this one thread. If there are many of us we can discuss about weekly threads if people prefer it.
We can each read at our own pace, or we can follow a schedule. Let me know your preferences!
How about we aim to finish it at around the end of October? That would be 4+ weeks if we start on the 1st.
And of course there’s no pressure, and plans can change any time. It’s just that if we read at roughly the same time it’s easier to discuss, therefore more fun.
sorry to be a huge nag about this but do you have an idea when in October?
in time for Halloween means to start then or that you want to reach a scary part by then?
it’s just that if it’s October specifically then I really need a timetable soon since there’s a bunch of things happening then and I want to know if maybe I’ll join you guys late or something
We’re still discussing schedule (and whether there will be a strict schedule at all), so let us know what would be convenient for you.
So far with @Biblio we’ve been saying that we would take all of October, starting on the 1st and finishing on the 31st, give or take. Does that work for you?
I bought this book on a whim based on a rec by a Japanese person (without him telling me anything about the contents except これはちょっと。。。 ) and when I learned more about it, I got really scared, so maybe I’ll join this just because it will help me muster the courage to get through it
It’s really funny though, when I was young I used to read Stephen King by the dozen (and boi did I get scared at times ) but now I’ve become much more scared still
Yes, join us! Reading scary things with company is way more fun!
Funnily enough I’ve never read Stephen King - I was too scared. I suspect I might enjoy him now, but then, there’s so much more to read…
By the way, everyone please voice your opinions on pacing. As I said, everyone is welcome to read at their own pace and at any time, but as it’s fun to read together, it’s worth it to try and accommodate as many people as possible.
Reading this from October 1st-31st would mean roughly 80 pages per week, which may sound a little scary. 10 pages per day is a much nicer way to put it, as @Biblio did
We can also take up some or all of November if you like?
Okay, here’s a poll:
I prefer to have finished by the end of October
I prefer to read this over two months, October and November