Don't get me wrong, not all threads on 2ch are really bad, but since it's so anonymous, people over there seem to seriously lose all concept of netiquette on both sides (writers and repliers). >.> Earlier in the summer, I was trying to track down some raw DL sites for manga and novels, and ended up finding myself in an anti-Chinese, racist thread during the search. >.<;; I seriously felt like taking my brain out and bleaching it after that experience.
Fortunately, not all threads are bad. Migawari and HakuYou are generally quite amiable with lots of info sharing and such. I've seen one anti-Saiun poster come into the HakuYou thread, but other than some minor posts clarifying what the person was trying to talk about, the poster was essentially shrugged off and ignored. Presumably they were trolling trying to incite a flame war or otherwise create trouble, but... *shrug* The HakuYou crowd are pretty laid back and since it wasn't an issue of wrong-doing on the HakuYou side, it was seen as a problem with Saiun and not HakuYou.
The Saiun and anti-Saiun threads at the moment though, are pretty bad. The main thing (constantly) being mentioned in the anti-thread that's spilled over to the main thread currently is about plagiarism. Basically, that Saiun's author has essentially plagiarised bits and pieces from anywhere and everywhere including doujinshi. (There is a detailed list of the scenes/plot points/chara concepts supposedly plagiarised from titles including Harukanaru, 12 Kokuki, HakuYou, etc.) And since it's been quite some time since the last main story novel was published for Saiun, there's speculation that the publisher is being more careful about watching for plagiarism by the author and that's why things are taking so long. Alternatively, since no ideas have been posted for where the story should go next, the author (who 'doesn't have an original story concept in her') has nothing to steal and therefore has no idea what to write. Personally, I can't say a huge amount because a lot of what's on the list deals with titles I'm not familiar with. And while I suppose comparisons can be drawn between HakuYou and Saiun... I've been more bothered lately by the similarities in plot points between Migawari and HakuYou. Those similarities are quite frankly more striking to me. (Not to mention, I have other issues with Saiunkoku which has led to my declining interest in the title. Oh, FWIW, there's no anti-Migawari thread (there was a very inactive anti-HakuYou anime thread though) on 2ch, and I haven't seen any comments about the similarities I've noticed. *shrug*)
In terms of Migawari, two (... three now?) plot devices and one major concept overlap with HakuYou. The first of which is seen in the latest chapter (8) of the manga. Since it's a minor thing, I didn't pay a huge amount of attention to it other than noticing the similarity at first. More importantly, in HakuYou, it was a minor scene and that was it. But in Migawari, it's mentioned again 3 books later and takes on more significance. The same is true for another scene in book 3. (Folks who've seen HakuYou would probably see the similarity pretty quickly in this case since the HakuYou equivalent was a pretty major incident in the anime / novels.) In Migawari, the scene ended up creating an incredibly humourous situation that's drawn throughout the book until it's resolved at the end. It also introduces what ends up becoming a major concept to the current story. (FWIW, in HakuYou, since the relationship of the charas at that point are quite different to those in Migawari, it creates a very different situation and the actual issue was never truly talked about or resolved while more or less being forgiven.) Because of these differences in usage, I tend to forgive these similarities between Migawari and HakuYou, but I have to admit they're rather noticeable at times. (Oh, and the uncertain third similarity happens at the end of the latest novel, so I'm not sure how things are going to go yet and whether it will be similar in concept to HakuYou's London Bridge usage or not. It's a common plot device though, and has been used in lots of doujinshi, too. Actually, the concept has been making the rounds in HakuYou doujinshi lately. (...Come to think of it, I used the plot device in last year's NaNo. :P))
In this sense, I often see these sorts of light novels like, oh... Harlequin romance books where the stories follow a generic plot by numbers style. By no means is this great writing or anything, but it's fun and light stuffs using generic plot devices and concepts. The thing that does bother to a degree is the claims of plagiarism against Saiun since it's quite extensive. But quite frankly, I think I'd rather leave that concept for the J fans and anti-fans to fight out.
Otherwise, I'm hoping to get out tomorrow and take a look at some systems to see what I think of the makers, how much I like the build quality, the feel of the keyboards, and also see how bad the screen glare may or may not be.
It's sad, but at the moment, I'm essentially looking at systems with fairly similar specs to Mokkun (in the end, Mokkun was a 3GB (2.5 orig) RAM, 2GHz C2D, 120GB HD, 256 MB (128 orig) discrete graphics, Vista Bus). I didn't find myself overly restricted during the two+ years I was working on him beyond him being a bit weak for gaming. The bigger restrictions I ran into were compatibility issues with Vista. Even after two years, some of those still plagued me, but for the most part, they were finally getting pounded out. Right now, I'm primarily looking at 3-4GB RAM, 2-2.2GHz C2D, 320-500GB HD, 256-512 MB graphics, Vista Home Prem. I keep waffling over whether I really need discrete graphics or not. (FSU immediately said I did when I mentioned not being sure. ^^; ) The other thing that I'm waffling over is if I want to skip C2D and go for the new quad core processors, but they've only recently started coming out, and I have no idea if I really want to go that far or not. Like I said, I didn't particularly feel restricted during the entire time I was using Mokkun, so I'm not sure I'd need that sort of power these days. (Maybe if I was subbing stuffs I would need that.)
As it is, I continue in my tendency to go with less popular brand names. I haven't decided whether to go with another Asus and am currently looking at Gateway, Samsung, and LG. ^^; Funny how Toshiba, Sony, HP, and Compaq never seem to be on my list of possible systems. (I might add Toshiba back to my list of possibilities some day.) Lenovo might also be a possibility, but I don't know if I can get the system I was interested in or not. I will admit though, I did briefly consider the 17" quad core HP system, but... ^^;; It's 17". :P Dell's an outside possibility as I continue to eye the Studio 15. I'm not sure if I really want to try going with them though. >.>
And Monday's Thanksgiving! Already! O_O;; I think we're doing bird again this year (Hutterite chicken). FSU seems to want buns, so I'll check my bread book for a recipe. I thought it was me when the buns ended up a bit heavy, but I think it's the stand mixer's recipes. Its recipes are calling for more flour to liquid compared to what my regular bread book calls for. Still, the bread's been decent so far, and the two loaves of French bread made... yesterday?!? are already all gone. O_O;; Okay, that's a bit too fast. ^^;
Here's to hoping tomorrow's shopping excursion is fruitful and I'll be able to home in on a system for purchase within the next few days or so. ^_^