Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Cell Phone Novel

Cell Phone novels (keitai shosetsu) are the first literary genre to emerge from the cellular age and the new craze for Japanese teens. Written mostly by women for women, they are usually love stories, which are literally typed on a cell phone screen (via text message) and uploaded to a popular site, Maho-i land. The New Yorker has a great piece on this from the December 22 issue (I'm catching up) and the Times ran a piece last January:
Of last year’s 10 best-selling novels, five were originally cellphone novels, mostly love stories written in the short sentences characteristic of text messaging...

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