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More and more Americans like to see the net fiction from China?

December 14th, 2016 by biyan_gu | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on More and more Americans like to see the net fiction from China?
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Recently in China, the growth of a new net fiction website is catching people’s attention – Wuxiaworld, a overseas website which was founded in December 22, 2014, and the current average monthly page views is over 70 million within less two years. It is indeed a remarkable achievement as the monthly page views of the original website – Qidian is only 580,000.

From Alexa, we can see that the traffic ranks has dramatically increased. The majority of the audience are from the U.S.A. The audience totals 100 million. As a simple fiction site, this should be a very good achievement. For the growing trends, it can be seen as explosion.

But it is quite hard to compartmentalize this kind of fiction, writers write the novels down chapter by chapter and publish them through the fic-website. If their works are really popular, some publishers will also help them to publish the real books for both the writers and readers. It is a kind like light novels from Japan, but most of them are seen as Pulp fiction. A great numbers of Chinese are wondering why these fictions are becoming so popular in the western countries.

Or in the other word, why Europe and the America do not have this kind of net fictions? Or do they have this kind of commercialization of the system?

Before the development of the network, Europe and the United States have established a mature mechanism for best-selling book. Formed readers, a well-developed publishing mechanism, and stable author groups & agencies.

This is the most advanced printing system, from the 18th century it bumped all the way to come over. When the network comes, this system seems not work well with the network.

However, compared with the network publishing system, this traditional production system is obviously slow and not flexible enough. A best-selling book can raise the profile of authors for a few years, but it would be eliminated if the text need to update in more than a week. Moreover, the best-selling author is very difficult to face the competition as the author of the net fiction, facing the reader – this work is often done by the editor. This relationship is not enough “flat”, the innovation is not fast enough, the grasp of the market is not precise enough.

This system has been defeated, in fact, as Fifty Shades of Grey was the fanfiction of Twilight originally, written and published on the Internet. At first some publishers do not want to make it real and it also have some problems about the IP right. However, the final market proved that this is actually the reader wants to see.

It seems that the net fiction has strong life: the users product the content, the authors tried to form the perfect rules and settings again and again, and the following group of authors will share, inherit and develop these routines, styles and settings. And this process is very fast and flexible response.

Therefore, Chinese net fictions are becoming popular for foreign readers. This is the victory for the new media, new mode of production, against with the old media, the old mode of production. And for some national conditions and the accumulation of pressure and power, making this process particularly fierce.

Europe and the United States literature industry is well developed, but there is a gap between the authors and the readers. The author needs help from press to meet with the reader, the reader can only passively wait for works from the press. Harry Potter, Twilight, and so forth are liked by the masses, but because of their poor literary style they were rejected by many publishing houses.

The net fiction can avoid the disrupt from the publishers, authors can release their works on the internet, a simple truth, less risks for publishers but represent the masses needs.

Min Yu, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2013-2014

October 22nd, 2013 by Min | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Min Yu, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2013-2014
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Hello, everyone, my name is Min and I am  from the city of Shenzhen (near Hong Kong), Guangdong Province, China. I am 26 years old and I was born in Shandong Province which is in the north in China. Actually, I have been working in a media company as a media asset manager for 3 years after I graduated from my undergraduate university, Shenzhen University with a degree in Communication.Then I decided to improve myself to get a master degree, so I quit my job and became a student again.

The publishing industry is very technological and advanced in UK, so that’s why I choose to study publishing here. When I started studying, I find there are a lot of information and knowledge needing to be received and understand. It is not easy for me to study these , so I decided to spend more time reading books. I think it is really a challenge for me to study. On the other hand, I find I can learn a lot from this programme, especially I can learn various cultures in my class because this is a great international class. The classmates are nice and they have different personalities. I also can learn something from them because we have different educations and backgrounds.

The most important thing is that I hope my English language will be improved effectively and I can read many books. There are many fantastic books in UK and I really want to read as many as possible. In the future, I hope I can work in the library in my University in China because I love the environment of libraries and campus.

My hobbies are watching movies, travelling, so I will plan to travel to Europe at this studying aboard year. I hope this year will be unforgettable.

 

 

 

 

 

Publishing graduate appears on Chinese TV

May 26th, 2011 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Publishing graduate appears on Chinese TV
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We previously reported on the publishing phenomenon that was the Royal Wedding.

Now, Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication graduate Lucy Ren has had a starring role on Chinese TV commenting on the Royal Wedding. In addition to lending her perspective to chat shows, she also talked about the experience of studying at a Scottish university, though Stirling rather than St Andrews.

She’s pictured here in a screen shot from one of the shows she appeared on.

Shanghai: City of Books

March 26th, 2010 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Shanghai: City of Books
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099Shanghai is known for its skyscrapers, the Bund and the financial district, its Art Deco buildings, some delicious food, and the forthcoming Expo 2010. But in a recent trip to the city, it became clear that Shanghai is also a City of Books.

On Fuzhou Road, the ‘book street’ of Shanghai (rather a different feel to London’s Charing Cross Road), shops include the Shanghai Ancient Bookstore, the Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore (currently with a very enticing display of English-language books on Shanghai and China), and the piece-de-resistance, the multi-storey Shanghai City of Books, which was buzzing with readers and book-buyers at the end of the working day.

 112In-store promotions included book covers printed onto the escalator hand rail, something I’d never seen before, and which made me stop to look at the big pile of books it was promoting. I hope no-one noticed me going up and down the escalator several times to examine this point of sale. Never surprised by my capacity to acquire books in languages I can’t actually read, I amused myself by buying a copy of The Blue Lotus, the Tintin adventure set in China.