Help me find *English* novelizations of Korean TV shows.
March 25, 2014 5:38 PM   Subscribe

Librarian here, trying to help a patron who enjoys Korean television shows find their novelized versions in English.

We know that novelizations are made of some of them (or, in some cases, Korean novels are made into TV shows), but we're both coming up empty-handed for tracking them down in English, for borrowing or for purchase.

Indirect leads are welcome; the patron says she's happy to consult discussion forums, read blogs that might provide leads, or consult "People who liked X Korean TV show also liked Y similar Korean books, translated into English"-type databases. We just don't know where to start.
posted by Rykey to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
Some Korean dramas have been inspired by manga or manhwa. There's a couple of lists here and here.

I also found a list about Korean drama shows inspired in novels. Maybe you could search for translations of these books.
posted by clearlydemon at 5:51 PM on March 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Post a query here:

It's the K-Drama forum for

posted by sebastienbailard at 7:11 PM on March 25, 2014

Dramabeans is my go-to blog for all things Korean Drama. The authors there have recapped thousands of episodes in detail, and would probably know about any English novelizations of the shows, if they do exist.
posted by augustimagination at 7:31 PM on March 25, 2014

I'm not sure if there will be many official translations of these titles. Here's an article about Korean translations: Korean Literature Still Lost in Translation. There might be some fan translations online. Korean Literature in Translation looks like it also might be a good place to start.

I did find this Korean novel: Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. This article, Not Lost in Translation, seems to suggest this was a rare success from Korea, but might be indicative of increasing popularity. So not a novelization of a Korean drama, but possibly of interest.
posted by wsquared at 8:02 PM on March 25, 2014

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