In­spired by the lack of books for teens, Leâ Hoaøng penned his de­but novel

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In­spired by the lack of books for teenagers, film di­rec­tor Leâ Hoaøng penned a 280-page de­but novel ti­tled: Why Isn’t My Teacher a Teenager For­ever.

HCM CITY — After sev­eral years of work­ing in film, the tal­ented di­rec­tor Leâ Hoaøng has writ­ten his first book, Sao Thaày

Khoâng Maõi Teen Teen (Why Isn’t My Teacher in His Teens For­ever?), which was re­leased in HCM City this week.

The 280- page book in­cludes dozens of lively works by young painters from the HCM City Cul­ture and Art Pub­lish­ing House.

It tells sto­ries about a 17year-old girl, Ly Cuùn, and her class­mates, who dis­cover life and love to­gether. The book also pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on the his­tory of HCM City, a sub­ject that many youth know lit­tle about.

Hoaøng told the lo­cal me­dia that he had de­cided to write a book aimed at teenagers be­cause he thought it “ was crit­i­cal that teenagers have ac­cess to good- qual­ity books suit­able to their needs ” .

The book high­lights teens’ loves and dreams, writ­ten with the au­thor’s great imag­i­na­tion and flair.

More than 10,000 copies of the book have been printed and dis­trib­uted by the HCM City Cul­ture and Arts Pub­lish­ing House and Phöông Nam


“I’m a fan of Hoaøng’s movies. I think Hoaøng’s book will be popular with both teenagers and adults be­cause they are full of myth­i­cal be­ings and re­al­is­tic fea­tures,” said Vuõ Hoaøng Ñieäp, a first-year stu­dent at the HCM City Law Univer­sity.

“ I be­lieve Hoaøng knows what young peo­ple think and want,” she added.

Many par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors are trou­bled by teenagers turn­ing to read­ily avail­able Viet­namese and for­eign adult books, as good-qual­ity teenager books are sorely lack­ing in the mar­ket.

Com­ment­ing on the sit­u­a­tion, a high school teacher said that teenagers were not ma­ture enough to fully un­der­stand the con­tent in adult books, and thus might be neg­a­tively af­fected by it.

More­over, for­eign adult books could even be more harm­ful be­cause teenagers find alien the western way of think­ing.

“I be­come wor­ried when some of my stu­dents get more ex­cited about so­cial re­la­tion­ships, money, crime and sex as de­picted in adult books than about school­work and friends, ” said Phan Thò Nguyeät AÙnh, core teacher at the Hoàng Haø School in Taân Bình Dis­trict.

Many par­ents al­low their teenagers to in­dulge in adult books, and ef­forts need to be made to change this at­ti­tude, she added.

Un­for­tu­nately, Viet­namese teenage books are few and far be­tween, and many are bor­ing. Thus, they lose out to ex­cit­ing pro­duc­tions from the US, France, Ja­pan and other coun­tries.

“I think lo­cal au­thors pre­fer to write for adults and young chil­dren. They are un­der the mis­per­cep­tion that teenagers will en­joy chil­dren’s books,” said Ñieäp, adding that her par­ents bought chil­dren’s books for her when she was at high school. —

Teen fic­tion: Sao Thaày Khoâng Maõi Teen Teen (Why isn’t My Teacher in His Teens For­ever?) by di­rec­tor Leâ Hoaøng was re­leased in HCM City this week. — Photo phuong­nam­book.com.vn

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