Finnish Nightmares: A Must-read Social Guide for Anyone (Not just for Finns) 芬兰人的噩梦, 超人气幽默又另类芬兰社交指南 / 漫画集
These are funny books of finnish people. I spotted these little books at a bookstore in Finland and was curious to see what kind of nightmares the Finnish have. After flicking through and realising they are in English and also hilarious I bought them both to take home to Singapore. Apparently, the Finnish Nightmares books have been bestsellers worldwide.
Finnish Nightmares by Karoliina Korhonen, is a collection of comic art detailing the life of finnish Matti, who loves silence and personal space. If someone gets angry or is behaving badly, he wonders what he has done wrong. The idea is interesting, and I like the way the nightmares (universal as they are) are represented. Who of us hasn't felt awkward when someone invades ones space? Who doesn't feel at least a tiny bit of social anxiety when standing in an elevator with a stranger? What about that awkward moment when you accidentally touch the salesperson while collecting your change? Small talk turning into something way serious? That´s when it happens. A finnish awkward moment. And I could go on. These books have made me wonder if I'm maybe a secret Finn? The author says that if you relate to any of the comics you may have a little Matti living inside you. I think I am Matti.
芬兰艺术家Karoliina Korhonen创作了一个漫画系列，取名为“芬兰人的噩梦”（Finnish Nightmares），漫画的主角叫Matti，是一个典型的芬兰人，注重平和、安静的个人生活，尊重人际交往中的个人空间、对待他人的礼貌以及避免不必要的搭讪。
I especially loved the pages about public transportation. When someone sitting next to me gets up and moves (presumably because an empty set of seats opens up), I always wonder if there's something wrong with me! And if I'm sitting next to someone and seats open up, I feel I must stay there or they'll think there's something wrong with them. Once I was stuck on a train sitting next to someone even though the entire rest of the car was empty because I was worried about hurting a stranger's feelings.
I love the honesty within this book's pages, exposing awkward situations and what some of us think about them. I'm so glad the author published them.