Dismissed by scholars for their lack of literary value, Chinese web novels have an appeal that no formal study explains. Photo: Alamy
Rachel Cheung
Opinion

Opinion

Rachel Cheung

My guilty pleasure: Chinese online novels, and why they’re so alluring

  • In 2017, the world suddenly realised how much money was in Chinese online literature when a Tencent-owned platform launched a lucrative IPO
  • Rachel Cheung was not surprised, having been hooked on the platform’s books for years. Here she gets to the bottom of why they are so intriguing

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Dismissed by scholars for their lack of literary value, Chinese web novels have an appeal that no formal study explains. Photo: Alamy
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