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Behind annual Chinese Writers Rich List

(People's Daily Online)

14:28, December 13, 2012

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Who is the richest Chinese writer in 2012?

Zheng Yuanjie, China’s “king of fairy tales,” topped the recently released 2012 Chinese Writers Rich List with an annual income of 26 million yuan in royalties. Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan jumped to second place with 21.5 million yuan in royalties thanks to his Nobel win. The high-profile Writers Rich List has aroused widespread discussion in China once again. Certain people have called for stopping ranking writers according to their income, and doubted the authenticity of the list.

Literary creations cannot be measured by money

The list’s compiler said that the purpose of making the Writers Rich List by estimating their royalties is to record the changes in the wealth of Chinese writers, reflect people’s reading trends, promote the idea that being a writer is respectable and profitable, and increase people’s interest in reading.

Zhang Yiyi, a writer born in the 1980s, said that the complier should stop making such a list because it is absurd and stupid to rank writers according to their income, which is no different from ranking entrepreneurs according to their literary creations. The list has led to a limited and incorrect understanding of domestic writers.

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