Thus far, my meager attempts (whether online or offline) to encourage more people to at the very least take up The Ravages of Time – and see for themselves the characteristics of the series and the merits of the various claims about the series – have not fared so well.
In what ways can one nudge more effectively and persuade more skillfully?
Throughout my few years of lurking I have seen many allegations and alibis, excuses and explanations, as to why after over a decade of publication Ravages remains grossly under-appreciated and under-discussed among Anglophone readers of manga/manhwa/manhua. To be sure, there is a point to some if not many of the objections (though there are also petty rationalizations that are selectively invoked as far as Ravages is concerned, and yet can actually work on the more ‘popular’ works as well). Moreover, it may be the case that the set of relatively active English-speaking fans of the series – myself included – all happen to be dealing with circumstances that reduce their (our) ability to promote the series. Another thing to take note of would be the constraints and avenues embedded in modes of communication. To just consider the example of the internet medium: on the one hand, there are so many reading sites that one can come to appreciate Ravages without having to say a word; on the other hand, there are so many available options besides Ravages that the series is hard to see unless one is actively looking for it or things similar to it (and even then one would have to rely on recommendations and comments to find one’s way). For my part, maybe I’m not using enough clickbait material, perhaps I use too few tag marks and categories and hashtags, somehow I have not established my ‘credibility’ across various platforms and threads and boards. Even so, there are bound to be others who have done things that I have yet to do on behalf of Ravages, and yet the series is still as niche (even among niche appreciation communities) as it has been years ago, at least in the English ‘part’ of the internet.
This leads me to another question-set: What sort of ‘treasure’ does Ravages have, what sorts of readers like what Ravages has to offer, and what is it that the others who dare leave Ravages behind are looking for?
If only things were easier…