The London Book Fair Korea Market Focus 2014: Adaptations – From Page to Screen

Hwang Sun-miYoon Tae-ho and Martin Rowson

In the UK as in Korea, cinematic adaptations of novels are as popular as ever. We explore the process of adaptation – online comics to films, books to films, and online formats to print. What happens to a story or a character and when it shifts from screen to page or page to screen and what are the challenges and opportunities for creativity each of these formats afford?

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Date: Thursday 10 April, 11.30-12.30
Venue: Whitehall Room, Earls Court


Hwang Sun-mi was born in 1963 and studied creative writing at university. Hwang is a leading children’s books author. Her works handle a variety of subject matters such as the meaning of freedom, the value of love and eco-conscious thinking. Her stories cross the boundaries between the past and the present, and reality and fantasy. The Bad Boy Stickers criticizes adults through the eyes of children, and it seeks a way for adults and the children to communicate fairly with each other. Hwang has been actively publishing children’s books and young adult literature since her literary debut in 1995. Her masterpiece, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, tells a story about the beauty and pride of a life striving for freedom and dreams. This work sold over a million copies since its publication in 2000 and was included in the school curriculum for fifth graders in Korea. The animated film adaptation of the work attracted over two million viewers. Penguin USA published a translation of The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly in 2013; the book was later chosen as an “Amazon Best Book of the Month” in November of the same year. She has published over thirty works includingMy Blue BicycleInvited FriendsCapture the OrchardThe Grandpa Herbalist and the Friends of the Valley vol. 1 & 2The Shorty Goblin of WelltownMy One and Only Wish, and Know My Secret, Please.


Yoon Tae-ho was born in Gwangju in 1969. He showed exceptional talent and passion for graphic novels from an early age. After completing his apprenticeship under Jo Unhak and then later Huh Young-man, who is regarded as one of the greatest graphic novelists in Korea, Yoon published his first work Emergency Landing in 1993. Since his debut, Yoon’s works in both the traditional printed media and Webtoon— serialised publication online—have been met with great response among readers. With the successive publication of works such as Yahoo (a reinterpretation of the modern history of Korea through the author’s imagination),Moss (a gory thriller that opens with the death of the protagonist’s father in a quiet village), and Incomplete Life (a touching portrayal of the life and struggle of an office worker in Korea), Yoon won the top honor in the Korea Content Awards twice: the Presidential Award in 2010 and then again in 2012. Moss has been adapted into a film by Kang Woo-suk, one of the master directors of Korean cinema, andIncomplete Life has made a record number of sales and online views. Yoon is considered a leading graphic novelist who has achieved both popular and artistic success.



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