Lee Seung Gi To Appear As Hero In Upcoming Banana Yoshimoto Romance Novel 'Shall We Love' For Women's Magazine Anan
By Jesse Lent | April 02, 2013 10:15 PM EDT
Lee Seung Gi will soon be able to add romance novel hero to his resume.
The K-pop star will be immortalized as the central character of Banana Yoshimoto's upcoming serialized romance novel 'Shall We Love,' to be published in the women's magazine anan, starting April 10.
"I couldn′t believe it when I heard that Yoshimoto, who is popular not only in Japan but in Korea also, would be writing a novel with a character modeled after me," Lee Seung Gi told Oricon on Saturday. "It′s a great honor. I′m looking forward to it as a reader."
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Lee Seung Gi and Banana Yoshimoto are outspoken fans of each other's work.
Banana attended Lee′s Budokan concert in 2012, presenting the singer with a signed copy of her novel and a hand-written letter, according to CJ E&M enewsWorld.
Lee Seung Gi says he will reveal the conclusion of the serialized Banana Yoshimoto novel at a concert in Tokyo on December 7.
The romance novel will reportedly be the first to feature a Korean singer as the central character.
Yoshimoto says her taste in music isn't just confined to K-pop.
"I like all sorts of music depending on my mood," she said in an interview for her website yoshimotobanana.com. "My favorites are Prefab Sprout and Masumi Hara, needless to say! I love John Frusciante, too. I feel as if he were related to me."
The Japanese author that is immortalizing Lee Seung Gi in print says she is considering a move to the U.S.
"Okinawa attracts me a bit, and maybe Hawaii, too," Banana said. "In any case the move won't happen very soon, though. In Tokyo people are kind, I think. And you can be nobody here. These are the good points. Also, you can get to see any kinds of films, music and books here and you can choose whatever you like. The bad point is that it's so big that it takes time to get around. And this crazy traffic jam! Plus, the air is bad here."
Yoshimoto words on living a life unhindered by fear, ring particularly true in light of the escalating diplomatic crisis in North Korea.
"The only thing that we should have in mind is not to use our time to fear," she said. "And we should prepare some specific countermeasures to some extent. There is nobody who has no fear about the future. Thus we should do what we can do now, instead of just worrying about the future in vain. That's what I truly think."
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