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Korean Books Seen From a Foreign Blog’s View

 

2021.12.06

 

Korean content, or K-content, is making outstanding progress in parts of the world in various fields. Korean books are not an exception. While they are spreading their influence in the international market, blogs in other countries that introduce various Korean books are also actively making posts about them. Foreign blogs that criticize and empathize with Korean books in a different style from the domestic market promote Korean books with fresh insights. They not only spark interest but also provide high-quality interpretation and approach. Following are some of the blogs that contribute to the spread of Korean books’ reputation worldwide by covering a wide range of Korean books.

 

Warm but keen evaluation of Korean books

 

A variety of content drives empathy from the generation living in this globalized era transcending time and space. Korea’s various cultures are captivating the minds of global citizens in the name of “K-Culture,” exhibiting its high popularity and influence. It has come to a level where everyone has experienced and empathized with diverse content produced in Korea at least once.
Books are not an exception. Poet Ko Un was mentioned several times as a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and Han Kang’s novel The Vegetarian (Changbi) won the Man Booker International Prize. These worked as a trigger that boosted interest in Korean books and literature, which were only regarded as something for certain groups, with a specific interest. Reflecting such a trend, more and more blogs overseas are introducing Korean books. They cover Korean books and books from across the world, making an in-depth analysis of Korean books based on their sense and knowledge of books above a certain level. They look at Korean books from a warm but sharp view, helping understand Korean literature while contributing to Korean books’ advancement into overseas markets at the same time.

 

Interest in books leads to a wide range of cultural content

 

BLARB(blog.lareviewofbooks.org)

 

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The representative foreign blog that introduces Korean books is BLARB. BLARB, a reviewer of books from Los Angeles, covers a wide range of Korean content from the overall literature, including books, social trends, TV shows, tourist sites including cities, K-Pop, and Korean bloggers doing various activities. Besides, BLARB also features old Korean TV shows produced so long ago that they have even been forgotten by Koreans, and covers things that are unique even to Koreans. The particularly impressive thing about BLARB is that it not only provides summaries of various Korean books, categorizing them by topics but also offers a brief review of them. Thus, it has a strange power that makes readers take an interest and want to try the book with the summaries while keeping its role as a book guide. As such, BLARB is playing a critical role in broadening the horizon of Korean literature, introducing varieties of books published in Korea.

 

KLit Readers(klitreads.com)

 

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Screenshot of KLit Readers

 

 

We cannot leave out KLit Readers as well. KLit Readers is a blog that offers a detailed introduction to Korean books, covering a huge amount of Korean bestsellers. It is hard to believe it is a foreign blog. It has been promoting Korean literature to readers across the world who have been sending much love and support, mesmerized by Korea’s literary works. KLit Readers makes recommendations of Korean literature such as poetry and fiction for different seasons and times, and regularly updates the introduction of overall Korean literature. Such delicately chosen books provide a chance for readers to have a richer experience of Korean books, inducing them to complete the whole series of them. In short, KLit Readers encourages people to read Korean books regularly, rather than a one-time-only encounter. Thanks to its efforts, anyone reading a Korean book series along with the recommendations of KLit Readers, can end up reading a considerable amount of Korean books so easily. Another charming point is that the blog offers a high-quality list of recommendations, making you wonder what the next series would be. What’s more, you can find the information you want to know almost instantly as the blog has a news search function about Korean literature. It is, therefore, a useful blog that helps visitors have a deeper understanding of Korean literature overall.

 

Asian Review of Books(asianreviewofbooks.com)

 

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Screenshot of Asian Review of Books

 

 

Some blogs have solidified their position as a provider of general literary content from Asia. For example, the Asian Review of Books introduces various books that cannot easily be found in Korea as a blog that recommends a wide range of books published in Asian countries, just like its name. You can meet several Korean books in the Asian Review of Books as well, as it makes a good mixture of books published in each Asian country, helping readers learn the publishing trends and books in Asia. Korean books selected through the keen insight of the blogger shows a different aspect comparable to the Korean market, thereby letting Korean readers embrace the fun of meeting new books. Various genres of Korean books are also introduced, to the point that we can feel their heightened reputation as they rub shoulders with various books from other Asian countries. Asian Review of Books not only introduces books from an in-depth perspective but also provides classical music and a variety of additional information, doubling the interest.

 

While there are diversified channels in which you can meet and purchase books, blogs with unique colors are forming an important pillar that rediscovers the value of books and leads it to the creation of a market. The rapid progress of blogs, which introduce various books in a more accessible, and more profound manner, will promote the growth of books and the publishing market, strengthening their position.

 

 


Written by Kim Young-Ihm

 

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Kim Young-Ihm

#Foreign Blog#BLARB#KLit Readers#Asian Review of Books
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