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Sure, it might be the author will never know a bad translation ruined their sales in a country. Or won't be able to do anything once rights were sold. But have you heard of cases where authors did try this? Or opposed against changing key details because the translator was bigoted or they/the published didn't think it would fly in a country with given (conservative) values?

b) Did you notice differences between the original book and the translation in terms of omissions? For example, it seems to be an AMerican thing to go to great lengths to describe the contents of the protag's bar at home, to sneakily give the protags the author's own tastes and knowledge in alcohols (so as to brag and make oneself out to be a connisseur) (unless it's an American thing to describe the protag's personality through his tastes - like wine is associated with elegance, while Vodka is for those wanting to get vulgarly drunk in company, etc.). Did you notice omissions in such cultural contexts?
I know it was a big thing among TV broadcast firms to "americanize" Japanese shows like Sailor Moon, but does the same go for books?

Don't be shy if you just want to say you haven't heard about anything like that. That's also an indicator of how common this practice is. Any help appreciated. I have a whole group of native translators eagerly awaiting your perspective.
I was hoping to start this series of threads where we'd share our knowledge and thoughts on what makes a book in a particular genre good or great.

I wanted to start with romance as it's the genre I have the least experience in.

If you have experience in subgenres of romance like historical romance or romantic comedy, you can share that too.

I also thought I (or anyone willing to practice) could reply with tiny snippets incorporating the advice, if needed, to see if I got this right. I'm not saying I'd do that with every piece of advice, but most likely those I don't feel confident about.
And yes, I know many things require lengthier passages to test, but I won't bother with that here.

Even if you don't know much yourself, you can ask all subject related questions here and perhaps someone will answer them. Or check if what you know is sound or just a myth. Even if not, the questions will be good food for thought.

I'LL START
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So what I heard is that romance is about the clash of two worlds. About a relationship between people from different backgrounds, with clashing personalities that, through adventures they went through together (like the wacky road trip in romcom where they're stuck together), get closer, learn from each other and eventually accept each other.

Often the guy is dangerous, or eccentric in some way. He takes the woman away from an environment where she's expected to conform to societal rules and kind of encourages her to break the facade, the taboos, or packs her into situations where she's forced to act not like herself. Basically he takes away responsibility for her exploration of her wild, bad girl side. She can hate him for that in a "look what you made me do!" kind of way, but eventually comes back with a new perspective and finds her good looking, well positioned, rich boyfriend or husband is a kind of a boring, controlling d*ck and leaves with the dangerous guy.

Is that right?

And a question for girls: what do you expect from a good romance novel or book with romance plots? What did you like in the books you read?

Thanks for any advice.

PS. Even if one is a guy and doesn't plan to write romance novels it can still teach him how to write women characters that aren't shallow man fantasies and actually appeal to women.
Practice Sketches Day 2
Category: Practice Sketches.

Music I listened to while drawing Scar Symmetry, The Invisible Empire album.
Goal To practice drawing silvery metal and see how it would work with big, patternlike reflexes. To test new colour pencils. To test various types of reflexes and textures on the sword. To practice darker skin shading. To relieve my mind of concepts it's been holding for quite a while now. 
Additional goals achieved I learned that while the new pencils create softer and richer gradients than Conte' pencils or Koh-I-Noor or Bambino pencils, they don't allow for dark shading. 
Technique Various techniques used. Shading with a graphite pencil. Stabilo fineliner and graphite pencil. Colouring with generic, China-made colour pencils and making linearts with Stabilo fineliners.
Story Just wanted to see what the Scooby Gang would look like if I exxaggerated each members' features. 
Next experiment I want to test how various pencil brands mix. I also want to practice drawing textures from reference material.
Time spent on this As the notes on the pic say - I started at 6.28 PM (18.28) and finished at 11.55 PM (23.55).
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Pedigri
Industrial Antipaladin Pedigri
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Poland
"I am thy empire", spectrally whispers the Antipaladin as you approach him, what means in a language long dormant: "Please, tell me, how may I be of service?"

If you happen to seek the ageless counsel of an astrologer, the intuitive wisdom of a numerologist, or a soothing embrace for your spirit and mind, then you have come to the right place, and your pouch won't miss a gold piece, for I am the guardian seeking redemption by leading you through oceans of thorned labirynths until you find your way in life. Fear not, for I always leave paths to choose from instead of showing you the only way...

I am forever thyne.

Current Residence: "I am forever thyne".
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Medium
Print preference: Glossy poster
Favourite genre of music: Industrial, Industrial/Electronica, EBM, Industrial-Metal, Power metal, Celtic, Neo-Classical, Anime
Favourite photographer: Well, I like the ancient ones:D
Favourite style of art: Abstract, fantasy, surreal, dark, photomanips, traditional, anime, animations, landscape photos
Operating System: Windows XPerienced.
MP3 player of choice: Winamp rocks the docks
Shell of choice: Shell? A toilet shell? A shotguns shell? If so, I like FN P90 TR and FN Minimi shells...
Wallpaper of choice: Konoko, Jade, Nightelves, Cats, Sunsets, Sunrises, Forest and Waterscapes... I collect wallpapers...
Skin of choice: Tanned...
Favourite cartoon character: SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Soul Hunter, Slayers, Record of Loddoss War etc.
Personal Quote: Reality is only for people without imagination
Interests
I did a little video where I tried to synch Disney's Frozen's Let it Go scene with the popular Get Jinxed song from League of Legends and tie it with its story.
I hope you'll like it.



I'm struggling to find time to get back into doing art, but I'm definitely going to do it. And I want to combine it with making videos.

Anyway, how have you been? I hope you're doing great.

Best wishes.

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TEANO Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I forgot about your birthday :ohnoes: Sorry!
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Pedigri Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha ha, a night elf curse shall be upon you. From this day forward you will be a successful and prolific writer!
This will teach you ot to anger the gods :nod:
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TEANO Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
Hi. In case you wanna give it another look, I've finished editing chapter 1 part 1. It needed a lot of work (there weren't necessarily any typo's, but mostly slightly awkward expressions and descriptions that could have been more to the point), and I've also changed the name of Adane's ship. teano.deviantart.com/art/Legac…
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Pedigri Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, I'll take a look.
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andersartigkeit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
Hey :wave: Thank you for the :+fav: !

If you want you can also support me on Facebook ;) www.facebook.com/andersartigkeit
I would be really happy about it! :happybounce:

Instagram? andersartigkeit
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TK769 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Your drawring skills are very good.

Regards

M
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Pedigri Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much:)

As for the calibration problem I amped up the gamma and was able to see details in the upper right corner. I'll see how this setting will work out.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Just came to say hello and thank you for +devWatching my 3D Animeness work! I appreciate the time you have spent browsing my gallery and hope you had fun! :hug:
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TEANO Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
hey just letting you know i only have internet access from my phone until friday because of a defect I will thus not be able to make any edits This sucks. Regards
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Pedigri Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Well, I hope you get it fixed soon. Perhaps you'll get to write more new material.
I finally got to edit my short story which was 27th among 50 short stories and could be higher, because I exceeded the character limit and had to cut lrge chunks of it and replace it with anti-climactic summaries, which didn't work well. It was also one where I still used lengthy sentences and too much "simultaneous" verbs, the ones with -ing (he ate while watching TV).

See you until then.
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