While Mike suns himself on vacation, Kathleen works on a new sketch (risking sweetness!), Paul waits for his book to come out next month, Naomi spends time with her inspirational rabbit, and Jen makes sure the newsroom is chock full of news, I've been thinking about my next post. But I got sidetracked when a friend emailed me this article about cellphone novels.
Cellphone novels are a cultural phenomenon in Japan. Basically, the authors gradually write them as a series of text messages - similar to online novels, only in much shorter installments, incorporating emoticons and texting slang. I don't really want to get into whether this phenomenon is positive or negative, since I've never read a cellphone novel. The thing that surprised me is how successful the format apparently is - millions of novels as well as millions of readers. And! I'm seeing an opportunity for literature to branch out.
Cereal boxes! Cereal Novels! Ha ha ha... ha?
Just think about it for a minute. You're having your cereal for breakfast and naturally you want to read something - why not the fragment of a novel? How long does it take to finish a whole box of cereal, a week maybe? Then next week the new box will have the next fragment, and so on and so on. Of course there'd be problems deciding what content is appropriate for the format. Can you make an R-rated cereal box? Now there's a question.
(By the way, though I'm more kidding than serious, I mean no offense to cellular novelists and cellular novel readers. I was simply surprised by the concept.)