The Jakarta Post
When officials from local television station SCTV announced they would make the bestselling novel Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Warriors) into a mini-series, people immediately questioned whether the TV station secured permission from the author, Andrea Hirata.
Surprisingly, it did.
Andrea admitted that he used to say that he would not allow Laskar Pelangi to be adopted into a sinetron (local soap opera), but he recently announced his approval of the project.
“It was a difficult decision for me. I told my readers for years that I am not going to allow the novel to be adapted into a sinetron,” he said during a press conference recently.
He said that he did not mean to undermine sinetron, but implied that he feared his novel would only become one of many low quality programs that currently flood the screen.
JP/P.J.LeoAndrea said he gave the nod to the TV st...