The difference between a novel and an essay… A review of reality entertainment in the case of ‘Golden Woman’ [작가 이윤영의 오늘도 메모]

Captured from SBS’ ‘Girls who hit the bone’

SBS’ sports entertainment program ‘Girls who hit the bones’ (goal girls) was embroiled in a manipulation controversy. Strictly speaking, it is not a ‘controversy’. In the episode aired on the 22nd, the production team changed the match order and edited the match sequence while leaving the overall final score (6:3) of the first match of the season 2 league between the season 1 participating team FC Gucheok Long and the new season 2 participating team FC Wonder Woman. It was broadcast on TV.

Immediately after the broadcast, comments from netizens were skeptical about the fact that the positions of the camps of the two teams did not change even after the first half was over, and the exposure of the sketchbook containing the actual score of the production team. Immediately after scoring the first goal, it went on until 5:0, and after that, Wonder Woman made up for three goals and conceded an additional goal, acknowledging that the final score was 6:3. There was no match-fixing, but he acknowledged and apologized for the fact that the editing order had been changed due to the flow of the program. As a result, many viewers expressed their deep regret about this entertainment program where you can fully enjoy the true spirit of sports.

I have been taking an essay writing class with about 8 friends for over a year. The team started last December and there are no major changes except for those who have changed classes for personal reasons or to write a personal book. Each of them chooses a topic they want to write on, writes a little each day according to it, and shares it. And once a week, we meet through video zoom (zoom) to share texts, and I am giving sincere feedback from a professional point of view (?).

I was asked this question last class.

“What is the difference between a novel and an essay? I want to write on a different topic, but I thought it would be okay to write a novel composition by adding surrounding examples?”

First off, the answer is absolutely no. A novel and an essay are different. It’s a completely different genre. A novel cannot be an essay, and an essay cannot be a novel. A novel is a genre that adds fiction to a story that is likely to occur in real life, that is, a story made with the creativity and imagination of the author, but an essay is a non-fictional prose style (Naver refer to the encyclopedia of knowledge).

The conceptual difference between the two genres lies in ‘fiction’ and ‘non-fiction’. A novel can be a fictional story, but an essay must be a non-fiction, that is, a real story of oneself. There is a story that has been passed down like a rumor among essay writers. If you write three essays, you say, “Your soul will be stolen.”

This means that you have to give out all your thoughts and experiences to the extent that your soul will be robbed. It also proves that writing my own story is not easy. It’s not that the novel is easy and the essay is difficult, it’s not that the essay is easy and the novel is difficult. This means that you need to know the significant difference between the two genres.

There is only one reason why we are angry at the gangsters in the entertainment industry. Although there will be some primary criticism that it has damaged the spirit of sports, this is because it is a ‘reality entertainment’ that has been loved so much by viewers.

Reality entertainment is like an essay in literature. We cried together and laughed together as they grew up. Seeing the bruised knees from being hit by the ball, my heart ached as if it were my younger brother, and sweating all over the body under the scorching heat of midsummer supported the sincerity of the girls kicking the ball.

The viewers, who did not even know the ‘celebration’ of soccer, cried and laughed with a soccer ball, got to know each other, and learned about themselves that the tears and laughter, which were surrogate satisfaction and healing, were controlled by someone’s ‘manipulation’. has been hurt

Broadcast programs can provide deeper emotion and laughter to viewers through various editing techniques (subtitles, repeat playback, fast screen, slow screen processing, sound effects, etc.). That is why various effect editing techniques are upgraded every day. But fundamental and basic reality is by no means the field of editing.

There is a fundamental difference between a novel and an essay.

We didn’t want a novelist, but rather, an essay.

Yoon-Young Lee (author, ‘Writing a memo in 10 minutes a day that makes writing easier’)

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