Welcome to Part 3 of my Lost in Translation blog article series!!
I recently re-read a digital manga that was based on the Harlequin novel, The Wedding In White by Diana Palmer. During my re-read, I found a few differences between the original version and the manga version.
Below are the basic format differences of these differences between the two versions:
The original version published in 2000 as a paperback in North America, exclusively for new members for eHarlequin.com, with 187 pages and contains words only.
The manga version is a digital ebook, first published in 2008 in Japan, with 144 pages and contains words with illustrations.
There are a few differences between the two versions which I thought were a bit unusual and worth mentioning in more detail.
The story name of the town, the setting of the story, is different between the two versions.
In the manga version, the name of the town is “Medisene Ridge” (see above), but in the original version, the name is “Medicine Ridge”.
This most likely happened because of how this name was first translated into Japanese and then translated back to English.
There is a plot element difference between the two versions:
In the manga, a locket (see above) is given to the main female character by the family of the main male character of the story, but in the original version, there is no mention of a locket at any point of the story.
I have no idea why the manga version added this plot element. However, it would be interesting to find out if it was artistic license or if the original author was aware of this addition to the plot.
Two of the characters in the story have different names between the two versions:
1). The girlfriend of the main male character is named “Clair” in the manga version (see above), but it is “Glenna” in the original version.
2). The boyfriend of the main female character’s friend, Vivian, and sister to the main male character is named “Hewlett” in the manga version (see above), but it is “Whit” in the original version.
I have no idea why these character name differences occurred. This might also be another example of artistic license instead of differences between the translation and re-translation from the English, to Japanese and back to English.
I hope you enjoyed this latest installment of my “Lost In Translation” series. Please stay tuned for the next one, which will be posted in a few weeks.
Topic: Lost in Translation Cover Comparison: The Wedding in White
Since I started my “Lost In Translation” series of blog posts, I thought it would be interesting to continue this companion piece started during the A to Z Blog Challenge. This post will focus on the different covers between the original novel version and the manga version of “The Wedding In White” by Diana Palmer.
Manga Cover has the following characteristics:
*Setting is outdoors
*The couple is in the foreground with a fruit bearing tree just behind them
*The man is wearing a tuxedo in white
*The woman is wearing a white wedding gown with a huge bow on her arm
*The man is carrying the women with her arms around his head and not his neck
*The woman is holding an eye patch in her hand
*There is a ranch house is in the background
Observation: This version is trying to covey the characters and the wedding between them. It also hints to an important piece of the plot, which is represented by the positioning of the women’s arms and the eye patch in her hand.
*Setting is outdoors
*A bouquet of roses sits on the ground in the foreground
*The couple is standing in a dancing pose more in the background than the foreground
*The man is wearing a tuxedo in black
*The woman is wearing a white wedding gown without bows
*There is a ranch house near the background with trees and mountains in the distance
Observation: It is harder to understand what it is trying to covey with this version. There does not seem to be any hints of the plot except for the couple in wedding clothes and the location of the story.
My next Lost In Translation post will review and compare the original The Wedding in White novel and the manga version.
I had an interesting adventure today reading a digital manga version of a Harlequin Romance novel that I read sometime ago. This particular digital manga was based on the Harlequin novel, Heartbreaker by Diana Palmer.
Diana Palmer is one of my favorite novelist and I always look forward to reading all her novels no matter what format it is in. However, there was quite a difference between the original version and the manga version. Now, I understand that there will be a difference between these two formats because of the following basic differences between the formats including:
What I found interesting was the difference between the translation of the main female character’s first name. In the original, her name is Tellie, while the manga version her name is Terry.
Now in order to understand part of the reason why there is a difference in the main character’s first name is how Japanese language treats the letter “L” during the translation process. There is no letter “L” in the Japanese language and when that letter is translated from English to Japanese the letter “R” is used instead of the letter “L”. Therefore, the name Tellie changes into Terrie. However, that name is then translated to Terry when translated back to English from the Japanese. This makes sense as a one to one translation from Japanese to English without the original material. So here are my questions regarding this name difference:
Why did the editor and/or translator not verify the spelling of the main character’s first name with the original material during the whole process?
Was it lack of access to the original material?
Was it lack of money?
Was it timing?
Was it a lack of understanding of the original material?
I doubt if I will ever get answers to these questions, but I just wanted to express how this puzzled me when I read this digital manga version.
I wonder if I will find any other interesting differences as I purchase more manga versions of some of my favorite romance novels that are available through the Nook Book store of Barnes & Noble.