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Miceala ShockleeMiceala Shocklee
A Caltech graduate, is our editorial assistant and a monthly columnist.

From the Pocket to the Big Screen: Keitai Shousetsu Trends Upwards
(Continued from Monthly Columns)

Mobile devices help us organize schedules, exchange contact via text and email and chat, and, of course, find endless sources of entertainment from Youtube to flash games to swipe-right speed dating.

Cell phones aren’t just for fun, though. Mobile devices are also increasingly a platform for professional usage. Creative types, especially, have found a haven of on-the-go work utility.

For example, books are now not only consumed via cell phones; they quite often are written on them too, the book’s literary existence never having once left the screen in between writer and reader. Lauren Oliver’s print and e-book Panic is one such famous case.

Joining the ranks of fiction and self-help is a new umbrella genre: the “cell phone novel,” which encompasses any novel, whether published through one of the major print houses or via any of the self- and vanity-publishing options out there, written exclusively on a cell phone. The genre is defined by one caveat, though: the manuscripts must have been first scripted via text message.

The cell phone novel derives from what was originally a Japanese trend referred to as “keitai shousetsu,” though the format has also found popularity in China, the U.S., Germany, and South Africa. The first cell phone novel to be published was the 2003 work Deep Love by nom-de-plume Yoshi. Since then, cell phone novelists have gone on to have their works mass-published, and even turned into movies.

Interested in writing your own cell phone novel? Check out what text novel resources are available online to meet your needs.



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