http://www.sina.com.cn 2009年11月27日 16:07
New waves of authors continue making a splash in China'sliterary scene. The innovative work represents the ideals andstyles of younger generations, offering insight into a world oftenunseen by those of different times。
While most respect and credit isoften given to older writers who have consistently been at theleading edge of literary accomplishment, the presence of youngerauthors is seen as an integral part of the publishingtapestry。
Literary creation is no longerrestricted to career writers who live off the government coffer.Some young writers such as Han Han, who is not associated with anywriters' agency, have begun to receive media attention. Instantfame has brought wealth to some of these young writers in turntransforming them into modern day pop stars。
What makes authors like Guo Jingmingand Zhang Yueran so successful is their ability to connect directlywith their peers. Jingming has written several best sellersincluding: City of Fantasy and River of Sorrow. Yueran's top books,Far Away Peaches, Red Shoes, Bird Under Oath and Lost in 1890, havealso become a phenomenon among young readers。
Since Three Layers of Doors, writtenby Han was released in 2000, it has been reprinted dozens of timesand about 2.1 million copies have been sold. The popularity ofHan's novel, which describes the life of middle school students,has been attributed to his criticism of the educationsystem。
Guo was ranked 100th on the 2004Forbes Chinese Celebrity list, reflecting his popularity and theimmense commercial potential he possesses. He gained successovernight when his City of Fantasy book hit Beijing's book stores,having sold more than 1.5 million copies. City of Fantasy depicts afanciful world, where the affections of the characters are simpleand pure, with no worldly obstacles. Guo has tried to convey histhoughts on human nature, and his portrayal of rich emotions hasbeen widely appreciated by the readers。
For Guo writing is "like playingbadminton. It's one of my hobbies,"he says. "I write to record theannual changes. Maybe there won't be enough changes in future. ThenI will stop writing," he said。
Not all authors are pleasedabout being thrown into the spotlight. Zhang writes of her concernsin her blog: "It's always so easy for us to ignore or forgive oreven indulge our faults, as if running towards an evil utopia. Didany one of us really realize that this road would never lead us totrue literature and, hence, our dreams? ... We are commercialinstruments exploited by some people to make money; we areentertainment tools used and played by media andcritics."
"We make up more meaningless honorsfor ourselves and play games that have nothing to do withliterature."
An old English saying, "from themouth of babes," signifying the truth that is often spoken bychildren not yet exposed to the world of lies created by adultstakes on particular relevance in this light. Allowing fresherviewpoints and opinions, which can only truly be expressed byyounger people, is essential for any nation`s literary heritage toavoid dwindling into irrelevant obscurity。
The best advice to young writers fortheir future writing may have been given by French author JulesRenard when he wrote: "Literature is an occupation in which youhave to keep proving your talent to people who havenone."