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When pop culture meets literary fiction

  • Daniel Rose

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 11 2008   /  12:37 pm
Teenlit books are reflections of the worlds of young people today. (JP/J. Adiguna)(JP/J. Adiguna)

Meet Dyan Nuranindya, the 22-year-old writer who started Dealova fever when she wrote about a beautiful young girl who likes to play basketball and has to choose between loves. Sounds like typical teen-themed writing, you might say, but Dyan's first published work turned out to be a tremendous success. "The first draft was written when I was in junior high, but none of my friends wanted to read it. I finally found someone who said she would take a look, but days later I found the draft lying on a cafeteria table, smeared with ketchup and soup," Dyan said with a big laugh. Teenlit books are reflections of the worlds of young people today. (JP/J. Adiguna) After rewriting the draft and sending it off to a publisher, Dealova landed on bookstore shelves in 2004. The book was adapted into a motion picture in 2005 and has been reprinted 14 times, setting a...