Fiction by Korean Authors and/or Containing Korean Characters

A list for any fictional book written by Koreans and/or that contain Korean characters. Can be in any sub-genre of fiction and for any age group.

List any books you find that meet the criteria, not just ones you've read so the list can be longer and more comprehensive. This is a hard category to find books for!

No manhwa (comics) though, there's a list for that already.
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message 1: by Liz (new)

Liz Marnell Neat!


message 2: by Sara (new)

Sara Weather Authors should write more books set in Korea. That would be awesome.


message 3: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Sara wrote: "Authors should write more books set in Korea. That would be awesome."

I agree!


message 4: by Krycek (new)

Krycek I love this list! Thanks for making it. Not to be nit-picky, but The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong by Haboush isn't fiction, but a memoir. But it is fascinating! (I've read portions of it for school).


message 5: by Shannon (last edited Feb 12, 2013 01:19AM) (new)

Shannon Thanks! I deleted that book. I try to stay on top of this list but sometimes people add books that slip by.


message 6: by James (new)

James Dante Hello, everyone. I'm new to Goodreads and I've just posted my novel, THE TIGER'S WEDDING, to this shelf. Some of the titles are familiar to me. Many are not. I'm looking forward to joining in.


message 7: by James (new)

James Dante Yesterday I added my novel, THE TIGER'S WEDDING, to the giveaway list.


message 8: by Scott (new)

Scott Alumbaugh I just added my novella, Will Kill for Food, to the list. I think it does not belong here, but rather on the Korean-American book list. I apologize for the mistake! I have tried to remove it, but don't see how to do so. Could a librarian or whomever maintains this list please remove it? Again, sorry for the mistake.


message 9: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Scott, I'm not seeing it on this list, so either someone got to it already or you only added it to the other list. The Korean-American list is the only one I see it on:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/book/2...

But, if your character is Korean-American then your book can be on this list too. Plenty of American born Korean characters (and authors) are listed here.


message 10: by Scott (new)

Scott Alumbaugh The Holy Terror wrote: "Scott, I'm not seeing it on this list, so either someone got to it already or you only added it to the other list. The Korean-American list is the only one I see it on:

https://www.goodreads.com/l..."


Thanks, Holy Terror. The story takes place in Los Angeles during the Rodney King Riots and one of the three main characters is from Korea (the main character is half-Korean, born in the US). I just had the impression from perusing the titles on this list that readers were looking for more of a direct connection to Korea. If it will not upset anyone, I'll go ahead and (try to) add it back to this list.


message 11: by Simon (new)

Simon Cree Hi everyone!

Just to let you know, we'll be doing a giveaway of our new novel fairly soon, if any of you are interested: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Just to let you know, if you want to keep it on your radar!


message 12: by Giacomo (new)

Giacomo I've added the Seoul-set Funereal to the list :) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 13: by Haydn (new)

Haydn Wilks I added The Death of Danny Daggers. Ji Eun, one of the central characters, is a Korean student studying in the UK. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 14: by R (new)

R Why is "Eleanor and Park" even allowed on this list


message 15: by Shannon (new)

Shannon R wrote: "Why is "Eleanor and Park" even allowed on this list"

Isn't the boy Korean-American?


message 16: by Laura (new)

Laura Thanks for linking manhwa! I searched it in the lists and it didn't come up, even though it's right there in the title.


message 17: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Kenneth wrote: "How about this new biography on Amazon?
https://goo.gl/sahvFs"


Biographies aren't fiction.


message 18: by BookLovingLady (last edited Aug 27, 2017 12:15AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Shannon (formerly The Holy Terror) wrote: "Biographies aren't fiction."

Good on you for telling him off! As it's a self-promotional comment, I've flagged it ('Kenneth' is one of the authors).


message 19: by Donna R (new)

Donna R Forgotten Reflections: A War Story

appears twice

Lists such as this help my reading around the world - thanks for the effort to maintain


message 20: by BookLovingLady (last edited Dec 05, 2019 09:30PM) (new)

BookLovingLady Donna R wrote: "Forgotten Reflections: A War Story appears twice"

Shouldn't appear twice anymore (I let the system do a duplicate check for librarians).


message 21: by Avirup (new)

Avirup M Does Goodreads have the ability to save this list somewhere?


message 22: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Avirup wrote: "Does Goodreads have the ability to save this list somewhere?"

Nope. 😕


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