... streaming has changed everything. Netflix can tell a story in a mini-series format that contains every detail (and more), is exciting, creative, allowed consumers to binge-watch and immediately “reread” their favourite bits. In an era when consumer's attention spans are getting shorter, Netflix is God-sent. Streaming is taking away many of our serious readers too! Not to mention our best writers; Netflix probably pays more, and upfront too!
And whose fault is that?
The Book industry in Malaysia and Singapore was established the colonials modelled after Britain.
In the initial post-colonial period, the industry remained in the hands of the Brits but was slowly divested to local interests. Later, books from America were included in the trade.
Nothing much changed in the post-colonial period
Stories are the bricks and mortar with which societies and nations are built. But in Malaysia, most people seem to have forgotten our stories, our roots, having surrendered our culture to Disney ...
Did the Sleeping Beauty story originate from Malaysia? Bidasari and the Djinn is our version of the tale ... retold (from) Syair Bidasari (which) predates the earliest European versions. RIGHTS AVAILABLE.
Shih-Li Kow is a Malaysian writing sensation who came to light with her first book of short stories, Ripples and other stories, in 2009, which was immediately shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award that year, beating Ali Smith and Kazuo Ishiguro to the list.
Currently translated to Italian, French and German. RIGHTS AVAILABLE.