Finnish Nightmares 2: an even more different kind of social guide to Finland

“This is Matti. If you didn’t know him already.
Matti is just a regular Finn. He does things the way a regular Finn would do: in silence and trying his best not to stand out or bother anyone.”
– Finnish Nightmares, Karoliina Korhonen.

Finnish Nightmares 2 – An Even More Different Kind of Social Guide to Finland by Karoliina Korhonen is a series of comic strips. It’s a continuation to Finnish Nightmares.  I was happy that there is a continuation to Finnish Nightmares because the first part was very entertaining and it perfectly described many funny thoughts we Finns have about things. Finnish Nightmares 2 continues to explore many nightmarish topics like summer, traveling, shopping,  about how nightmarish can it be to be Finnish… Seriously there was own chapter for that one.

I liked how the book started describing Finnish summer (I remember last year when it was snowing in May) and I liked reading strips that went on for a page or two because I felt like they explained the situation much better that one strip in many cases would. Traveling part was my favorite one. If you see people who don’t rush after their luggage after the flight even if they want to…that’s just us Finns.

I have a bit mixed feelings about this second part.. I don’t know whether it was the hype of the first book or what. Even if I liked ‘Summer’, I think it dived too deep into Finnishness. And I wonder if anyone else than a Finn would get these summery nightmare scenarios. Other than that, I really couldn’t relate to some of the strips, for example about wearing or not wearing the graduation cap on Vappu. Moreover, I see that there’s more potential for FN. Maybe it could expand to describe Finnish history, different cities, maybe there could be more characters…

All in all, I liked the book so
3/5 stars

How-To Read Finnish Nightmares 2
1. Read the first part before this one, it will make more sense. And buy these two together too.
2. It’s very light read, just under 100 pages.  If you have a Finn friend, this will help you to understand him /her.
3. Pre-Order the book (it will be out in June in English) like Finnish Nightmares on Facebook & read the blog to get your regular update on us Finns & about what makes us feel awkward.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher (Thank you!) in exchange for my honest review.

Legends in Exile

“The only easy day was yesterday.”
― Bill Willingham, Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Legends in Exile (2001) by  Bill Willingham is the first part of FABLES. In Fables series, Willingham has created a  new world for beloved fables, fairytale characters like Snow White, Bigby Wolf,  Bluebeard, Rose Red, Jack the Giant Killer, Prince Charming… These characters have had to flee their homes because it’s been taken over by an enemy called The Adversary and they now have to live in the same world as we do. Shortly about the plot, our fables live as normal citizens in modern-day New York where they have created their own secret society of sorts but one day everything changes when Snow White’s sister Rose Red is apparently murdered and Fabletown’s sheriff ( who is no other than Bigby Wolf) to find out who the culprit is.

“Isn’t there a statute of limitation on playing the poor abused victim?”
― Bill Willingham, Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

I’ve been reading a lot of comics this year because I have had troubles with jobs so comics have been something I have had enough time for. I really loved the first part of FABLES series Legends in Exile and I’m  looking forward to reading the second part of this series: Animal Farm. I think art was just gorgeous in Legends in Exile, I spent many minutes just looking at one illustration. The story is interesting and characters are just magnificent.

“I’m about to start reading it again, because what good is a story you only want to read once?”
― Bill Willingham

5/5 stars

Tips
1.
If you’re a fan of Sandman, you must read this!
2.
I think fans of Once Upon a Time tv series would enjoy reading this. Also, I think you’ll love this if you like reading fairytale retellings.
3. I believe FABLES has over twenty volumes so you won’t immediately run out of stories to read.

Have you read this? What’s your favorite graphic novel?

//Anastasia

 

Finnish Nightmares – A Different Kind of Social Guide To Finland

“Meet Matti, a stereotypical Finn who appreciates peace, quiet and personal space. Matti tries his best to do unto others as he wishes to be done unto him: to give space, be polite and not bother with unnecessary chit chat. As you might’ve guessed, it can’t always go that way”
– Finnish Nightmares, Karoliina Korhonen.

Finnish Nightmares – A Different Kind of Social Guide to Finland by Karoliina Korhonen is series of comic strips. They describe situations in which Finns feel awkward. Usually it involves human interaction. Originally, creator of Finnish Nightmares Karoliina Korhonen thought it would be fun to present the most awkward social situations a stereotypical Finn can encounter. Korhonen thought that it would be boring to explain these situations just through plain text and so she decided to doodle them out. She made a joke to her friends that she should make it a Facebook page. Her Facebook page went viral. Now it has more than 125 000 likes.

This book begins with a chapter “Being a Finn” and continues to deal with many common issues such as food, public transport, neighbors and social relations. For example, if we are waiting for the bus to arrive in pouring rain, we can’t seek cover under bus stop’s shelter if there is someone already there. Because we respect personal space of that person. As a result, we will be soaking wet because of it. Or when stranger looks us in the eye and smiles. Or when someone tries to greet us by hugging!

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matti1Source of the 2 comic strips:  Finnish Nightmares – A Different Kind of Social Guide To Finland by Karoliina Korhonen. Published by Atena Kustannus.

In Finland, we reserve the physical touch only to people we care a lot for. Personally, for me it’s weird when people or even friends I don’t know that well try to hug me, not to mention shoulder tap or if someone stands too close to me. As a Finn, I find these comics very truthful and usually they describe very well how I react under those circumstances

This is a book on what it’s like to be Finn. I love these comic strips! They’re hilarious! I think you will enjoy these strips a lot if you are curious about different cultures and if you would like to learn more about Finland. And if you love good humor.

5/5 stars.

Tips

  1. It was published simultaneously in English and Finnish (Suomalaisten painajaiset – Vähäsanaista vertaistukea) last month.
    2. It’s HILARIOUS!! If you’re wondering how true this all is, as Finn I can confirm that all the situations that are described awkward, really are.
    3. About 100 pages, it won’t take you long to read this book but you should savor it.
    4. Surprise your friend who lives in Finland by getting them this book, also this is the perfect souvenir if you’re traveling or just for someone who loves Finland.
    5. Order the book, like Finnish Nightmares on Facebook & read the blog to get your regular update on us Finns & about what makes us feel awkward.Do you have a little bit of Matti living in you?

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher (Thank you!) in exchange for my honest review.

V for Vendetta

“Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd. In these comics, there is alternate dystopian vision of Britain in the 1990s. The fascist Norsefire party has exterminated its opponents in concentration camps and rules the country. Comics follow V, an anarchist, who starts a revolution to bring down the government.

I like V. I adore V as character. He’s very well created. We can see him as hero fighting for a noble cause  or we can think that he is simply a maniac causing a lot of chaos with supernatural powers and brilliant mind. He is a mystery. I also like how the plot enwraps, all the little surprises you don’t see coming and everything you could quote in V for Vendetta … Quotes, they are bulletproof.

“Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story to tell.”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

Graphic novels like this are always a bit twisted and they’re supposed to be like that. I am a bit conflicted about Evey, V’s protégé. First of all she’s very young. Second of all, she’s kidnapped by this mysterious man in a mask who holds her prisoner, brainwashes her for her own good and in the end Evey nearly falls in love with him. But hey let’s not read too much into that.

I don’t see anarchism doing any good and I don’t support anarchism, however I understand portrayal of anarchism in arts, especially in dystopian worlds like this one. I think it goes along with the vigilantes and freedom fighters in comics and literature in general (Robin Hood, Green Arrow, pirates etc….). We are given two ultimatums in these comics: fascism or anarchism so I understand the appeal of anarchism. Though, in the end, we don’t know what happened after.

5/5 stars

Tips

1. If you’ve never read graphic novels before but you’d like to try it out, here’s one you should start with it! Unless you don’t like dark stuff, in that case turn away from V for Vendetta.
2. Perfect November read! And if you like this, read Watchmen by Alan Moore, there are connections to V for Vendetta.
3. Content: dystopian Britain, violence, anarchism, fascism, twistedness, death and destruction.
4. MOVIE! If you’re not going to read the comics, see the movie because V is awesome in flesh. One of my all time favorite movies. (And he is just a freedom fighter in movie.)

“Remember, remember the fifth of November of gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot.”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
Do you read comics?

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