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Moment in sun for young writers

  • Emmy Fitri and Daniel Rose

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 11 2008   /  12:37 pm
TEEN SPIRIT: Teenagers browse at Gramedia bookstore in South Jakarta on Saturday. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)(JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

TEEN SPIRIT: Teenagers browse at Gramedia bookstore in South Jakarta on Saturday. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama) A band of young authors, with brave new ideas and works, are leading the country's literary scene out of a period of stagnation. An entire genre is dedicated to them: teen-lit or teen literature, the sister genre of chick-lit, in which the story is told Sophie Kinsela-style. But there is no sense questioning the merit of the work of these young writers and entering a state of being stalemated. As author Martin Aleida puts it: "Literary taste is very subjective and attempts to rate popular fiction tend to create endless discussion." Martin is of the belief that teenage writers have taken the right path to express themselves: through their work. "Some consider that these works by teenagers are responsible for the bastardization ...