Hate Plus is one of those rare sequels that actually make its prequel better. After completing the three main routes for Hate Plus, I went back to replay Analogue: A Hate Story. Mainly because I had forgotten a lot of important details in Analogue (such as the incest part and *Mute’s fondness for Smith Sang-jung). Also, I wanted to obtain all of the endings in Analogue so that I could unlock Raide’s final pieces of concept artwork in the bonus menu.
And then once again, I accessed the menu showing the developer’s list of reference material that she used for the game’s research, and this got me thinking: has anyone actually tried to search for these books? Since I am currently working in Singapore’s National Library, I decided to give it a shot. I was quite pleased and surprised to be able to find it tucked away in the “Asian Literature” section on Level 8 (I work at Level 7):
The book’s focus, according to the blurb, is on comparing the differences between female Korean literature written during the Joseon dynasty and during the “Modern” era (after 1910). I admit I was a bit turned off at first. “This is the book that Christine Love recommended us to read? About Korean literature?”, I thought aloud to myself. After reading the first few pages, everything started to make sense. According to the book’s author, to truly understand the context of female Korean literature, we need to understand the reasons why these women wanted to write these texts in the first place. And the answer was: feminine oppression. Writing was a way for Korean women to release their pent up sorrow and frustrations in a patriarchal society.
Did you know, that before Neo-Confucianism came about, Korea actually had a Buddhist and Shamanistic society? This is something that I had absolutely no knowledge about. Perhaps I should read up more on ancient Korean history after this.
I only had 30 minutes to spare during my lunch break to read until page 28 of the book, but I am enjoying it so far. The author never resorts to using unnecessary, overly-complicated academic language (something I absolutely despised during my university days). It will probably take about a week or so to finish the remaining 150+ pages at this rate.
But I really wonder: are there any other Analogue or Hate Plus players that actually went to read up on Christine Love’s references? I am very curious to hear your thoughts on them.