Ayatsuji Yukito Hon no Mushi Interview Part 3: Living in the Publishing World

The third part of an interview with Japanese mystery novelist Ayatsuji Yukito, in which he talks about living in the publishing world, and his wife Ono Fuyumi. The interview was originally conducted in 1999, and published as a preface interview in a special issue of the magazine Hon no Mushi. Please go to part one “The Roots of Ayatsuji Mysteries” to read the interview from the beginning.

It’s up to the editor.

There were many people at my school who aimed to become an editor in the future. What is a “good editor” to you?
Ayatsuji is well-known for his mystery horror novel “Another“, which received an anime adaptation in 2012.

It depends on the editor, their motivations differ. I want to work with someone who I can trust… so a “person” after all. For example, there’s a publisher that has an editor who I trust immensely. If they quit there and go to another publisher, I would come with the editor. My requirements for a good editor are abstract, but they have to “see the same world” and “understand my language”; because there are many people who don’t understand my language. We go together to collect data, they collect documents for me, and I also consult with them on the contents. It’s easier to do if they return answers which resound if you strike back at them. It’s like a three-legged race.

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Ayatsuji Yukito Hon no Mushi Interview Part 2: The Future of Publication and the Charm of Mystery

The second part of an interview with Japanese mystery novelist Ayatsuji Yukito, on the future of publication in Japan and the charm of the mystery genre. Ayatsuji is well-known for his debut novel The Decagon House Murders and Another, which received an anime adaptation in 2012. The interview was originally conducted in 1999, and published as a preface interview in a special issue of the magazine Hon no Mushi. Please go to part one “The Roots of Ayatsuji Mysteries” to read the interview from the beginning.

Books continue to have that much charm.

I was told [the focus] is shifting away from reading literature now.
Jukkakukan no Satsujin (The Decagon House Murders)
Jukkakukan no Satsujin (The Decagon House Murders)

It can’t be helped. Alternatives such as games and internet are flourishing; it is inevitable that the amount of readers decrease. You won’t enjoy books if you don’t actively approach it, so it’s disadvantaged too in that sense. But on the other hand “reading addicts” also exist. Books continue to have that much charm. In a broad sense the culture of the printed word won’t ever fade, and novels won’t waste away. That’s how I view it optimistically.

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Ayatsuji Yukito Hon no Mushi Interview Part 1: The Roots of Ayatsuji Mysteries

The first part of an interview with Japanese mystery novelist Ayatsuji Yukito, well-known for his debut novel The Decagon House Murders and Another, which received an anime adaptation in 2012. The interview was originally conducted in 1999, and published as a preface interview in a special issue of the magazine Hon no Mushi.

Ayatsuji Yukito: “A glimpse of the roots of Orthodox Mystery”

Ayatsuji Yukito
Ayatsuji Yukito

Mr. Ayatsuji has been busy as of late. He announced the long-awaited new book “Don don hashi, ochita”. He also made an appearance on television as the original author of mystery dramas, delighting us fans.

Twelve years have passed since his debuting novel “The Decagon House Murders“. This time we probed the roots of the Ayatsuji mysteries, and inquired about his reading experiences in his childhood.

Did you often read books when you were a child?

I suppose I read about as much as the average person until my third year in primary school. We were of the “manga generation”; as a kid I read a lot of manga, but …not so much when it came to text-only novels. I wasn’t an active reader even if I was assigned to do a book report.

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