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A Study on the Motif of ‘Book Travel’ in Korean Web Novel—Focused on Romance Fantasy Genre

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2020, 26(3), pp.87-120
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2020.26.3.003
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : July 17, 2020
  • Accepted : August 14, 2020
  • Published : August 30, 2020

AHN, Sang-Won 1

1부산외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The study noted the characteristics of the web novel’s ‘Book Travel’ motif, which reflects the characteristics of popular culture content, which is free to use familiar genre grammar or code. The imagination of the main character entering the work he read in the real world is a reinterpretation of the existing genre grammar of the web novel, and studying the motif is meaningful in reviewing the intertext of the genre. This motif, summarized as ‘Book Travel’ differs from other genres in the romance fantasy genre, which can also be used to reveal the gender characteristics of the genre. The study noted that the ‘Book Travel’ motif was born from an interactive interpretation of existing narratives, thus having a affinity with dimensional shift, regression, and alternative historical objects, and referring to the writing norms of Fanfiction. Through this, it was predicted that the re-combination of existing narratives and interference between genres would continue in the future. Next, the original move in the romance fantasy genre was seen as quite conservative and revealing the logic of self-improvement even though people around him became the main characters and overthrew the narrative. The characters should use their knowledge of the future of the real world to fight in a world of survival where destruction has been predicted. The appearance of an ethical and self-help subject is interesting, but on the other hand, I could look at conservatism in that romance is a way of survival and achievement of characters. The research is meaningful in that it reviewed the characteristics of the original transfer motif, which started fairly quickly in the romance fantasy genre, and reviewed its appearance background and characteristics. There was a limit to the collection of physical works and limited platform. The above limits are intended to be supplemented by further reviewing and supplementing later works.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.