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How to Make Mr. Right

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This chapter focuses on the specific reader gesture of "seeking Mr. Right": deciphering the intended hero in Web-based popular romances. It analyzes Web users' unique style of reading, commenting on, and discussing romance works alongside one another. Readers' practices and experiences related to Chinese Web romance, while to some extent confirming these theorizations of the ideal hero in Western romance scholarship, also challenge their static descriptions of what reading romance can and should do for readers. The main plot of Zhifou reflects the recent upsurge of romances featuring household intrigues among the main wife, concubines, and their children, and falls into the so-called household fights subgenre. Female Chinese romance readers tend to focus their discussion on the ideal hero, even though it is the heroine who provides the narrative perspective and determines the tone of the romance.

Keywords: Chinese Web romance; female Chinese romance readers; Janice Radway; seeking Mr. Right; Zhifou



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