aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Typing with your thumbs: the rise of the cellphone novel

In Japan, 10 of last year’s bestselling novels were originally cellphone novels with short sentences, lots of dialog and little plot or character development. The people who write them don’t make any money unless they are turned into physical books.

A New York Times article explores the phenomenon. “The affordability of cellphones coincided with the coming of age of a generation of Japanese for whom cellphones, more than personal computers, had been an integral part of their lives since junior high school. …“It’s not that they had a desire to write and that the cellphone happened to be there,” said Chiaki Ishihara, an expert in Japanese literature at Waseda University who has studied cellphone novels. “Instead, in the course of exchanging e-mail, this tool called the cellphone instilled in them a desire to write.”

I understand that in Asian countries, it might be unusual to have a computer at home (because it takes up too much space), and all the Web sites are designed to be read on cellphones.

Do you think something similar will happen here?

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