Welcome to the third post in my new weekly Fandom Reads series! This week, obviously we’re going to be embracing our inner Sailor Scout with Sailor Moon!
If you like Sailor Moon, then you’re in luck because they actually have about twelve manga volumes for the original series written, as well as side stories and a number of additional volumes set in alternate universes. The original manga was what the show was based on (and are fairly accurate by my recollection.)
Without further ado, here are my book recommendations if you’re a fan of Sailor Moon:
Daughters of the Moon by Lynne Ewing
I loved these books when I was younger. I remember finding them for $2-3 each at a local store and falling in love! The series follows a group of girls who are strong, flawed, funny and diverse as they battle evil and have special powers. And yes, if you are familiar with the series I did wear a moon necklace for a good long while. (I definitely still own that necklace.)
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
This book is all about a character discovering their hidden depth and how they are capable of so much more than they ever imagined. It will remind reader’s of Usagi/Serena’s journey as she discovers that she is Sailor Moon and all the responsibility that is now on her shoulders.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
This series has both the fantastic sisterly bond and the special powers that you may have fallen in love with while watching or reading Sailor Moon.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
This book would appeal to those that love Sailor Moon for the bond between the Scouts. Even though it is a contemporary, rather than something magical – the bond of sisterhood between the girls in the book and the Sailor Scouts are so similar. They may have problems sometimes, but they’re always there for one another.
T*Witches by H.B. Gilmour
14-year-old girls are drawn together when they discover that they have powers and must fight evil to defend the world? Why yes, that can accurately describe both Sailor Moon and T*Witches so I think they’re a perfect combination! (Plus you’ll probably be familiar with this if you grew up watching DCOMs.)
If you’re a fan of manga or comics and want to give more of them a read, here are some recommendations for you:
Cardcaptor Sakura by Clamp
Sakura accidentally unleashes cards that will cause chaos and destruction if she cannot recapture them – this battle is reminiscent of the Scouts’ battle against the Negaverse.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica by Magica Quartet
The girls in this manga get magical powers and have to fight demons – yes, please. This manga is a bit heavier than Sailor Moon, so just prepare yourself if you’re expecting light, fun battles against evil.
Kingdom Hearts by Shiro Amano
Sora is drawn into a world and a battle against evil that he never expected, nor was he prepared for. Although this series isn’t about girl power, I think it is similar enough to Sailor Moon that readers will enjoy it.
What did you guys think of these recommendations? If you love Sailor Moon and I totally missed a book/series that you think would be perfect, let me know! Which Sailor Scout would you be? What do you think next week’s fandom will be?