Children of West

Do you trust Internet critics and reviewers still?..

There’s a Russian self-pub site, very popular here, called Samizdat. It’s much more popular in Russia then Wattpad.

A new author appeared on it at 2012. A Russian girl named Svetlana Skornyakova had published a romantic-looking picture and the first six chapters of a western romance novel called Children of West. Then she contacted reviewers. She begged to tell her about mistakes and possible improvements.

Reviewers (mostly male) used all of their intelligence and analysis. They said stuff like:

The genre, as I can guess, is a romance.

I can’t see any well-described male character

costs of age, youthful reception of world and the opposite sex

I can’t resist the feeling that your man thinks like a girl. A young girl.

The only problem with this deep analysis was that the author and his text were a pure hoax, an experiment to test the critic’s intuition. The real source of fake western romance Children of West were the classical translation by V. Stanevich (1929) of first six chapters from The Valley of the Moon by Jack London (1912).

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Russia strikes with LitRPG

LitRPG a strange genre invaded us from Korea and Japan. VERY long multi-volume portal fantasy stories about an ordinary man transferred to the world of a video role-playing game. Sometimes he’s ported, sometimes he just plays 24/7. Then the hero starts to grind and push levels up.

Legendary Moonlight Sculptor by Heesung Nam is one of first works in this genre. Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara is another. Of course, there were plenty of heroes sent to video game worlds before as well, but most of them didn’t grind or collected hitpoints.

There’s boom of such a books now in Russia. Some of this Russian series are translated to English and became Amazon bestsellers. It looks like this genre is one of rare chances to get gazillion of readers.

I guess the popularity of this genre is caused by crysis in game industry. Modern MMO RPG are so tricky and donation-based that a new player needs to be a superhero to reach the level where he can enjoy the game without donations.

The word itself is just short form for “Literature about Role Playing Game”. This strange abbreviation was name of serie for such a books, started by EKSMO Publishing (one of main publishing houses of Russia, that controls most of market).

Now this word appears even in Wikipedia. Oh boy, we influence the world again.

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Starting an English blog

English is not my native language. So, this blog will contain just the biggest and hottest news.

I tell stories, mostly in fantasy genre. Since the invasion of Russian LitRPG (Tao Wong and Shemar Kuznitz) to Amazon, I’ve started to translate my works to English by myself (with a little help from my friends).

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