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What Chinese want to read (2)

(Shanghai Daily)

16:12, September 12, 2012

His second novel, which sold 600,000 copies in the first month after release, was judged by a court to have violated writer Zhuang Yu's copyright by plagiarism. Guo was ordered to pay compensation and apologize to Zhuang. He paid the money, but refused to apologize or admit plagiarism. He refuses to discuss the case publicly.

Critics and education experts have criticized his books for "poisoning the brains of youngsters and young adults," but he remains popular among young people who make his books best-sellers. Among the top 20 best-selling fictions from January to June, one-third of the titles are Guo's books, new and old.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is the only translated works on the list of top 10 best-selling fiction. It was one of the most influential works of foreign literature and opened new vistas for Chinese writers in the 1980s and 1990s. Only the latest translation into Chinese has been authorized. Since it was published last summer, it has remained in the top 10.

The non-fiction list is topped by another translated work, "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, a demonstration of the popularity of biography. It was one of the few translated works released on the same date as the English version worldwide and has been extremely successful.

The No. 2 on the nonfiction list is the compiled articles of 30-year-old Han Han, one of China's most-read bloggers and writers. He is best known for his sharp and cynical views of many topics and social issues that affect young people.

In one article, he describes the life of a friend from a suburban area of Shanghai, who earns 1,500 yuan a month and barely survives, given inflation and rocketing real estate prices.

Apart from biographies, books about children's education and books for children are very popular.

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