In Suruga Monkey Part 2 of Bakemonogatari, Kanbaru's room is literally full of red hardcover books. Why is this and what does it represent?

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    Those are her piles and piles of boys love novels. They represent her massive fandom of boys love novels.
    – Torisuda
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 15:21
  • Pre sure she said she was into yuri as she's a lesbian, not yaoi.
    – Jack Pan
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 18:56
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    From the wiki: "Her hobbies include reading yaoi literature and playing basketball." bakemonogatari.wikia.com/wiki/Suruga_Kanbaru.
    – Torisuda
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 19:10
  • @MaxLi she calls herself a Yuri after she upfront said to Araragi that she was a lesbian (same thing really), there's no reason a Yuri can't also be into reading Yaoi as well
    – Memor-X
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 22:13

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That's her massive collection of BL (boys' love) books (which she is also into, besides considering herself a lesbian), at least that's what they represent. As many other things in Monogatari's animation, it should be taken more symbolically than literally. Take for example Senjougahara's "arsenal" of stationery in episode 1 of Bakemonogatari, or even more obviously the constantly shifting, multiplying, growing, falling etc. pile of pencils in episode 6 of Nisemonogatari (you'll know when you get there :) ).


I believe the books (which are from BL) can represent the mental state of the character, who is also homosexual. Maybe that's why it's all a mess, and when Araragi goes to Suruga's house during a long conversation, they arrange (literally and metaphorically) her books (feelings). Perhaps this is why, in the Nisemonogatari tidying scene, when Suruga gets confused in the conversation, the books fall into a domino effect, and when Araragi helps Suruga to find herself again, the books arrange themselves. But that's just my interpretation

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