Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Great Japanese Cellphone Novel?

Check out this mind-boggling piece in today's New York Times about the rise of the "cellphone novel" in Japan! OMG!

And to think I was waxing nostalgic on the air a couple weeks ago about old-fashioned manual typewriters.

The story notes that one cellphone novel written by a high school senior was turned into a hardback book that's sold more than 400,000 copies. The monosyllabically named author, Rin, says traditional novels leave her cold:

“They don’t read works by professional writers because their sentences are too difficult to understand, their expressions are intentionally wordy, and the stories are not familiar to them,” she said.



Blogger Cheryl Kaye Tardif, suspense author said...

I'm a Canadian author who's taking cell phone novels to a whole new level. I'm not only writing my next novel on the new iPhone 3G (using the Notes app), I have a character in the novel who uses an iPhone.

I'm an established author with 3 bestsellers available, a 4th with my agent in New York and a fifth nearly finished. Then I'll be able to focus on 'Finding Bliss', the first novel written on an iPhone 3G using Notes.

My novel will be written in my own style, not in cell phone lingo. It won't read the same way as the Japanese cell phone novels; it'll be more current.

I expect that Finding Bliss will come out in book form and hopefully e-book as well. I'd also like to see it as a downloadable application on the iPhone and any other cell phone.

My story has been in the news in Canada a lot this past week--TV, radio, newspapers and online. I'm looking forward to doing something different and exciting.

Read more about Finding Bliss.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
bestselling author of Whale Song, The River and Divine Intervention

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