Ring! Ring! Your Novel Is Calling
Cell phone novels, like text messages, are both written and read on phones. The most prolific authors can input text much faster (using only their thumbs) than they can type on a keyboard. Since the screens are so small, readers must continuously scroll or turn pages. The cell phone novels are short by other literary standards, but pretty long considering the format.
Plot tends to be thin or nonexistent. These are formulaic cliffhangers, with horror and love stories most popular. Many are written by high school girls who have had no other literary output.
Deep Love was the first cell phone novel. It was authored by "Yoshi," and tells the story of a teenaged girl, Ayu, who is prostituting herself because she values money above all else. Ayu meets an old lady who teaches her there are more important things in life. Ayu thereupon begins earning an honest living so she can pay for a desperately-needed operation for the old lady's son. Sniff, sniff.
Popular cell phone novels get turned into manga, movies, and hard-copy books. Fifteen-year-old authors are getting obscenely rich. I don't think I'll be jumping on this particular bandwagon. And that realization is making me feel like an old fuddy-duddy.