[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Teen writer knows her readers wellI have recently read the article “Literary Lolita shares her joys, travails” (Dec. 5). As a 15-year-old girl, I happened to have read the one of Guiyeoni’s novels, “Geunomeun Meositseotda” (“That Guy Was Cute”).
I agree in some sense that this novel contains slang and inappropriate language, which novels are not usually supposed to. However, I think that literature is not measured by its use of words; it is measured by how much it can appeal to its readers’ emotions and thoughts.
If Guiyeoni’s novels had been written poorly, how could they possibly affect thousands of teenagers emotionally? Why would they cry and laugh for days and nights? Teenagers, accustomed to daily usage of emoticons and slang, barely feel uncomfortable while reading her novels. Rather, the teenage characters help teenage readers fulfill their imagination about fate and love.
Guiyeoni’s novels are evidence that Korean literature is changing because of advancements in communications like the Internet.
by Annette Lee