Cinderella is a tale that is told in many cultures. Check out these two versions set in Korea.
From a life filled with heartache and hardship, comes an unmatched beauty destined for a fairy-tale ending: Pear Blossom, a young Korean girl, leads a happy life with her parents until her mother dies and her father remarries. Her new wicked stepmother and stepsister make Pear Blossom the victim of their cruelty. They give her the nickname Pigling, or little pig, and do everything they can to torture her. But soon, magical creatures come to Pear Blossom’s aid and one day, the girl meets a handsome magistrate. Will Pear Blossom’s luck change for the better? Or is she destined to suffer at her stepfamily’s hands forever?
This masterfully retold version of Cinderella presents real Korean customs and includes dramatic, brightly colored illustrations” (Children’s Literature).
This is an enchanting and magical variant of the favorite fairy tale. Publishers Weekly noted that “the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporation of Korean words.” Children’s Literature pointed out that “it should be noted that all the illustrations—from those depicting Korean rituals to the smallest clothing details—are the result of the illustrator’s extensive research and passionate interest in Korean culture.”
Like the tree planted to honor her birth, Pear Blossom is beautiful, and the pride of her elderly mother and father. But then her mother dies, and her father remarries. Pear Blossom’s stepmother resents her new daughter’s beauty.
Out of jealousy, she makes Pear Blossom perform impossible chores while her own daughter, Peony, watches idly. But fortunately, Pear Blossom is not alone. With the help of magical creatures—togkabis—she can accomplish each task, and triumph over her stepmother’s cruelty.
Jennie Bennett is a mother to four beautiful and crazy children, and wife to a handsome and kind husband. She found a passion in Korean pop culture in January of 2013 and she’s never looked back since. She currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, kids, and a cute puppy named Charlie. Twitter: @jabennettwrites Facebook: Jennie Bennett Instagram: @Jenniefire
As one of the authors sponsoring our event, For the Love of Korea, it is now time to share her delightful romantic comedies with you.
This exciting contest is offered by Jennie Bennett.
How to enter:
Either publicly share the contest post on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter–or Snap, Tweet, Insta, or post on Facebook about one of my books, and tag me in the post.
That post is on her facebook page. Sharing this blog post will not count towards an entry (although it is appreciated).
You’ll get one entry per social media share, per day.
Since writing a book is a huge undertaking, Jennie will not write it unless she gets 100 entrants (not entries, rather, individual persons participating. So the more you share, the better.)
When I started planning this event, I reached out to several authors. The one that got back to me was Love Journey. On her Amazon bio she states: LOVE JOURNEY is a brown girl that’s captivated by the world of Asian dramas, culture, food, and music. She writes to show the world that Asian men and Black Women (AMBW) Romance is alive and well.
Love Journey provided me with a list of books that was influenced by her love of things Asian/Korean.
BOOK 1 – Paranormal Tiger Shifter Romance
A life of obligation is the only thing Mika has ever known.
She is one of the last female tiger-shifter. Her future has been decided – marry the tiger-shifter prince, produce children, and save the race. She has always followed a strict code of conduct and played by the rules. That is, until she meets Seungri.
She didn’t expect him to understand, but she hoped to have this one affair of the heart before settling into her life of loveless duty. As Seungri finds his way into her heart, Mika’s must decide between betraying her people or her soul mate. Time to decide.
Her Unexpected Fate is a short but sweet romance novella, with no graphic content. This can be read as a stand-alone novella.
AMBW Paranormal Shifter Romance Series:
Book 1 – Her Unexpected Fate
Book 2 – His Unexpected Love
Book 3 – Their Unexpected Legacy
I’ve read the first in the series, Her Unexpected Fate. I’ve also grabbed the second one in the series. I thought Her Unexpected Fate sets the stage for part two. I won’t give any details, but I liked it enough to read on. The world is interesting, and I look forward to seeing the further world building While this book isn’t set in the real world, Mika does fall in love with a man whose culture will mirror Korean culture in some ways.
If you like shapeshifters, the check out this song from the Kdrama, Gu Family Book.
When Jaewon is assigned to partner with supersoldier Tera in Neo Seoul’s top weapons development division, he must decide where he stands: with the people his rebel father protected or with the totalitarian government that claims it will end all war.
With this book, I haven’t read all of it yet, so I can’t offer a warning about content. This is a dystopian book set in a divided Seoul.
I asked my Kdrama fan group for a song that would fit an dystopian novel to share, and I’ve selected this one by BTS.
[Feature film adaption with EXO’s Chanyeol and Girl’s Generation’s Seohyun released in China July 2016]
Modern-day woman Geunyoung Lee struggles to make ends meet working as a lowly reporter for a magazine. She lives with a friend and barely scratches out her rent every month. On the other hand, male sex symbol Joon Hoo currently rides on top of the world. His movies become instant hits. Corporations clamber all over each other to pay for his product endorsements. Women adore him. His public image stays squeaky clean…that is, until one night he runs into Geunyoung at a club. Lee accidentally snaps a photo of Joon dumping a heartbroken young girl. He suddenly goes nuclear trying to protect his image, forcing Lee’s magazine to fire her. Now, despite losing her job and apartment, the intrepid young woman has taken on a new mission in life: Destroy Joon Hoo at all costs.
This manhwa is based on the novel of the same title written by Eunjung Kim, and its production is partly supported by SBA Seoul Animation Center.
Korea has their own manga/anime. It’s called manhwa (만화).
I’ve only read volume 1 so far, and it was cute. There was some kissing, and a woman in lingerie.
Interestingly I notice that there a Chinese drama based on the manhwa, starring EXO’s Chanyeol, so I’ve selected a song that features in to share today with you. If you do go on to watch the C-drama (I plan to), just remember that everybody is dubbed. It makes for interesting viewing, but after awhile you’ll start to recognize voice actors even though the physical actor changes.
Last year at my book blog I hosted a K-book Blog Party. You can check those books out by going here:
This year I’m doing things a little different. First up, I’m going to introduce the sponsoring authors.
Jennie Bennett is the author of K-pop Romance books such as Celebrity Superhero and #Fangirl Problems. Jennie loves all things Korean. You can find her at www.facebook.com/jabennettwrites/
The other sponsor is me. I’m a Kdrama fan, and I also enjoy some Kpop. (I’ll admit that most of the songs I have I track down because I heard it in a show, and there’s a good chance I won’t recall who sings it. But don’t worry, I’m the same way with most music I enjoy from around the world. Isn’t the internet grand?) I write romantic fantasy. While most fantasy is set in a medieval Europeon based world, the worlds I create are inspired by historic Korea.
Korea has a vast and rich history. Today we have the wonderful gift of learning more about Korea than ever before. From folktales, to television and cinema, to Kpop (with BTS topping the USA Billboard charts), and now to literature.
And it’s that literature we are here to celebrate.
So let’s get the party started and talk Kpop!
What/who is your favorite Kpop band? Share in the comments.
Enter to win an ebook copy of #Fangirl Problems by Jennie Bennett, and other prizes!