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Her Eternal Moonlight: Sailor Moon's Female Fans In North America, An Unauthorized Examination Paperback – June 18, 2016
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If "Sailor Moon" has never been your cup of preferred beverage, this book covers what we missed. For me, Sally and Bunny were strong role models, but they didn't have the same rapport with each other that male SatAM characters shared. Despite Dee Dee being the inspiration for "Dexter's Lab", she was relegated to a secondary role, in the final cut. The "Powerpuff Girls" were a nice change of pace, but they didn't have to worry about school or the social pressures that the Sailor Scouts encountered. These leading ladies had rapport, presence, and a sworn duty to protect life as we know it.
The "save the world" plot line seems tired, until we remember that this wasn't (and, sadly, still isn't) a typical role for female characters. Perhaps my craving for such stories would have been better satisfied if I'd given Sailor Moon a chance. With an example of strong and complex female leads, maybe I'd have craved more, knowing that girls deserve better. After reading this book, I hope we can all think critically about our fandoms, asking what spoke to us and why.
Artistic, geeky, and very true to it's fandom. If you're a Sailor Moon fan, or call yourself a "Moonie", you've got to read this. Even if you've never quite gotten the phenomena, read it to get it. I'm actually buying a hard copy for my mother, who's never gotten my obsession.
This book is well researched, well written, and well intentioned, And very loyal to the cannon of the series and it's fans. I foresee this being one of the small smattering of North American unofficial Sailor Moon Books, and it's a welcome addition.
Thanks Steve for bringing our stories to life.
This is a light-hearted, casual read that serves as a great introduction to one of modern anime's most fundamental series. The Sailor Moon generation is grown up now, making our own culture and telling our own stories. This book helps explain why. As our generation creates more comics and TV shows, I can only imagine that Sailor Moon's influence will become even more prominent, and all the experiences captured in this book (mine included) reveal the starting points.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Sailor Moon's cultural impact. You don't have to be familiar with the series at all–in fact, you may enjoy the book even more if you're starting with little to no knowledge. Seasoned fans, on the other hand, will enjoy the throwbacks to Geocities and fansubbed VHS tapes.
Frequent tense-switching and wordy or passive sentences sometimes makes reading clunky, but the main points still come across clearly. Ultimately, this book is a collection of women telling their stories about their heroes, which are too often brushed aside.
The book collects stories of cosplayers and toy collectors, asking each what truly moved them to jump on the Sailor Moon bandwagon. As the internet age began, fans found themselves in a new world of like-minded people, all of whom wanted to share how the characters' underdog status and magical powers helped them. The writers did quite a thorough job, interviewing fans most of all for their first encounter with the heroine and how she changed their lives. Thus there’s a lot of love in this book, which readers can share in and enjoy. “Sailor Moon was all about people being true to their own uniqueness and not having to be like anyone else. It was about dreaming bigger dreams, of these everyday schoolgirls who would one day reforge a magical age and overcome tragedy.” For all those who love Sailor Moon, or are curious about a fandom that inspires these beliefs, this is your book.
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