TEEN LIFE, LOVE
Inspired by the lack of books for teens, Leâ Hoaøng penned his debut novel
Inspired by the lack of books for teenagers, film director Leâ Hoaøng penned a 280-page debut novel titled: Why Isnt 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 Isnt 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 authors 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
Im a fan of Hoaøngs movies. I think Hoaøngs 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 childrens books, said Ñieäp, adding that her parents bought childrens books for her when she was at high school.
Teen fiction: Sao Thaày Khoâng Maõi Teen Teen (Why isnt My Teacher in His Teens Forever?) by director Leâ Hoaøng was released in HCM City this week. Photo phuongnambook.com.vn