In Real Life

In Real Life

Book - 2014
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"Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer -- a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake" --cover flap.
Publisher: New York : First Second, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781596436589
Characteristics: xii, 175 pages :,chiefly colour illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wang, Jen 1984-- Author
Alternative Title: IRL

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ryankuang
Aug 05, 2017

A fairly unrealistic look at MMORPG's but it's an interesting framing device that is simple enough for a children's graphic novel.

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ArianaRayne
Jun 24, 2017

It was an alright graphic novel, the story was a little quick and the art was pretty good.

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Bratcat1114
Apr 07, 2017

Amazing book that i recommend to anyone who is a fan of comics and video game related things! I love the art style and characters!

PinesandPrejudice Dec 06, 2016

Absolutely brilliant. I love the message and the story. Wonderful read.

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SashaE
Sep 06, 2016

Decent.
It was "Meh" But still fun to read.

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skyekilaen
Jul 10, 2016

This is definitely a book that’s Trying To Tell You Something! But the central character, teenage girl Anda, has a fully developed personality, and the plot has some surprises, so I can forgive it the heavy-handed message. Anda’s experience with the online multiplayer game “Coarsegold Online” shows the power of video games and online spaces to connect people who might not otherwise see each other. The book is about making mistakes, and being forgiven, which is something we can all benefit from reflecting on. Wang’s art here made me want to track down more of her work!

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RACHAEL BROWN
Jun 18, 2016

This graphic novel is a great booster of feminism and female gamers. While I personally am not a "true" gamer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It teaches girls to be proud of who they are and take pride in their achievements, as well as internet awareness and your online footprint. Overall, great read! :)

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Joanna_nie
Dec 10, 2015

me and my friend loves this book

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ReadingRainBro
Oct 12, 2015

I loved the artwork and the use of the vivid colors. It is a modern representation of an atypical girl (that demographic seems to becoming more numerous). Anda reminds me of my niece and my best friend. It is definitely geared toward a younger audience and I think boys would enjoy it too.

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winsas
May 20, 2015

In terms of feminism and its rise in awareness in the world of gaming as well as tackling the social aspects of how interactions and relationships spur activism, this graphic novel is both well-grounded and beautifully illustrated. I loved the style, such as how the two worlds both online and offline have their own colour palettes that begin to ever-so-slightly bleed into each other.
Despite how much I loved this graphic novel, it was way too short and too vague on explaining the true complexity of "gold farmers". Also, the entire perspective is told from a privileged American girl, who would be easier to relate to but does little to help readers fully understand Raymond (a gold farmer who virtually farms in the game as a real-life job and is exploited because it is preferable to working in a multinational company zipper factory) and his situation. When things go wrong for him, Anda blames herself, the angst centring around her grief rather than readers seeing Raymond's. Although I didn't feel it right away, upon finishing it, the graphic novel did feel like it was leaning towards the "white saviour complex". That people like Raymond NEED our help, and only WE can save them. Not that we shouldn't care because, by all means, they do need help, but there is so much more to their world than just exploitation, so many more complexities that we would not understand (just because we do a bit of research on Wikipedia) unless we lived their lives.
All in all, it was an amazing read.

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ryankuang
Aug 05, 2017

ryankuang thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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RACHAEL BROWN
Jun 18, 2016

RACHAEL BROWN thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Joanna_nie
Dec 10, 2015

Joanna_nie thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 8

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RACHAEL BROWN
Jun 18, 2016

Violence: Duh. It's an action-game book.

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RACHAEL BROWN
Jun 18, 2016

Coarse Language: There are a few swear words, but not too many to concern yourselves with.

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