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08 June 2009 @ 09:38 pm
61. clare: i kind of can't wait for this post  
Modern China's Best-selling Young Literary Prodigies
alternatively titled
SHOWDOWN: pretty fairy or racer activist?

...stay with me. it'll be worth it

So the other day I was looking up my favourite Chinese entertainment news blog, Cfensi, when I see this piece about Guo Jingming writing the lyrics to some song for Li Yuchun. I haven't thought about him in ages, and I was like, ahahahaha Guo Jingming pffffft. I promptly im'd Tilly and Clare with something along the lines of "this guy should just disappear, ugh".

Because who is Guo Jingming?

"The most successful writer in China today isn’t Gao Xingjian, the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize, or even Jiang Rong, the author of the best-selling novel “Wolf Totem,” just released in the United States. It’s 24-year-old (26 now) Guo Jingming, a pop idol whose cross-dressing, image-obsessed persona has made him a sensation in a country where the Communist dictatorship advocates prudery and heterosexuality. Thousands of teenagers — his readers are rarely over 20 — flock to Guo’s signing sessions." NY Times

Born in Sichuan, on June 6, 1983, and currently living in Shanghai, he's the youngest person to make it to Forbes China's Celebrity 100 List, and by the end of 2004 he'd made it to spot 93, with I think ~1.6 million in assets?

He's also been accused of plagiarism 3.5 times, with the papers calling him "Super Plagiarism Boy" (a reference to Super Voice Girls, China's American Idol). On one of those accounts he was forced to pay a fine of ¥200000. His books have been separately accused of copying CLAMP's RG Veda, and the manga Nana (that novel had actually been his "redemption" novel, a book about a boy accused of plagiarism. HOW IRONIC).

What are his books about? Let’s have another quote:

"The most critically acclaimed Chinese novels of recent years — “Wolf Totem” (a parable about the death of Mongolian culture and a veiled critique of the Cultural Revolution), Yu Hua’s “To Live,” Mo Yan’s “Republic of Wine” — generally use their characters as vessels for broad social and political commentary. But Guo’s novels focus on the tortured psyches of his adolescent characters, who either nurse their melancholy by sitting alone for long hours under trees and on rooftops, or try to blunt it with drinking, fighting and karaoke. […] All of Guo’s novels include a shy, mysterious hero who gets good grades and whose life otherwise parallels aspects of the author’s own.

So basically I have this like. Horrified fascination with this kid. In my opinion, plagiarism is one of the worst things you can do as a writer (or as a person, really), but I’m reserving my opinion of these plagiarism accounts until I get my hands on his books and read them myself—though with the whole fine thing I doubt he has a good case. His most recent book was accused of being too similar to The Devil Wears Prada, but then again, probably all his books are going to be scrutinized for similarities now. I basically don’t have a good regard for his “talent”, or really take him as a writer too seriously, but I also… can’t look away. It’s like a train wreck, if a train wreck was mind-numbingly adorable.

invitation only. says (7:37 PM):
bawling i hate him so much :<
clare!!! says (7:37 PM):
me tooo >:(
I love how we're like
"dammit we hate him"
clare!!! says (7:38 PM):
"he's so fucking cute ;_;"
invitation only. says (7:38 PM):
i love how i started off with like
"he should just disappear ugh"
invitation only. says (7:38 PM):
then i remembered how cute he was

HE IS A FUCKING FAIRY PRINCESS. Have some random anecdotes/facts that I was too lazy to take out of bullets:

NY Times: An hour before the interview, I had phoned to ask if I could take his picture. He politely refused, saying an hour wasn’t long enough to prepare. "My fans worry about whether I look good, what clothes I wear," he said. "There’s no way around it."

♥ He's been voted Most Hated Male Celebrity in China for three years running. He has an anti-fanclub called Cult of Chrysanthemum.

♥ He's been the highest paid author in China for two years, reportedly earning $3.5 million.

♥ One of his books, Tiny Times, is going to be made into a drama!

♥ A quote from a blogger at Cfensi: "as for soulless, I get that feeling when I read his blog sometimes...but they're nevertheless one of the few blogs that I follow because his posts are always fascinating."

♥ He's the founder of Ke Ai, a company that produces literary magazines, etc. His current magazines are I5land and Top Novel.

♥ Last year he became the youngest member to join the Chinese Writer's Association.

♥ Idk he did a bunch of other stuff like host a national competition and judge writing contests too lazy to find.

There’s this really long interview with him, all in Chinese, but here’s the link if you’re interested! I was really. Shocked. When I saw him last night. I don’t have the chat anymore, but HOLY CRAP HE IS TINY. He is 155 cm. HE IS 10 CM SHORTER THAN I AM. God I’m was watching the interview and watching his coy little face and his little winks and I really wanted to smack him. His little voice T_T

clare!!! says (7:30 PM):
why is he so cute
clare!!! says (7:31 PM):

But of course, as the video progressed, my urge to punch him in the face decreased…. While my urge to put him in a corner increased. HE IS REALLY SMALL and really adorable, and oh my god his little flirting with the interviewer where he’s like "no you’re skinnier~" and "I think I’m not cool~ I have the face of a good, quiet, obedient boy~", and his little boasts about how he always got 100’s except this time where he was marked 88 accidentally (it was really a 100), and his dad hit him with a stick. He didn't talk to his dad for a few days after and had to be coaxed back into a good temper. And how he was really well off comparatively in Sichuan, but not in Shanghai where he eventually went to university, and how with a bit of effort he could’ve gotten into Beida or Qinghua because he was smart like that (he ended up not finishing uni though).

clare!!! says (7:35 PM):
oh man
I wish I'd saved mine and tilly's conversation
it was kind of like
"...why? D:"
"HE'S SO CUTE >:("
clare!!! says (7:35 PM):
and then when I got to his laugh
I was like
and then I watched it like 5 times.

AND HIS LITTLE LAUGH OH MY GOD. I really. Really. Wanted to kick him in the face every time he laughed. He does this little thing where he puts his fingers over his nose and leans forward and giggles and—here just have a screenshot, by Clare:


I was watching it to like, hear his requirements for a girlfriend because apparently they are intense, but I didn’t get there in time. I haven’t finished watching alsdkfhlseif.

...Have some more pictures while you're at it! (HE IS SO FREAKING PRETTY, I am convinced he photoshops everything except for.. how can he photoshop himself in real life and videos so ;_;)

Scroll down if you want an English excerpt from his latest novel! Quite honestly I think this is a bad translation. Or I’m hoping so. One of my friends read a novel of his, and said his allure is in his writing, which is "captivating", or so she put it. Then again, Tiny Times is apparently really different from all his other books, which I guess could extend to style…

His blog. He has cute posts. T_T A few translated examples here.

A couple songs he wrote the lyrics for.

clare!!! says (7:48 PM):
"On his blog, he has posted poetry and pictures of himself — sometimes bare-chested, sometimes snuggled up in bed, always looking soulful."

I hope I didn’t forget anything particularly interesting. I’ve been reading random articles since last night. :9

OKAY SO THE VERSUS THING IS BECAUSE there’s this other writer called Han Han (same age as GJM), who’s this national racecar champion, and they’re kind of like "arch enemies". Han Han is pretty attractive, and likes to blog about how the Chinese government sucks. In short, he’s pretty cool and pretty snarky, though I’m also reserving my opinion on how deep and stuff he is until I read his books, because something about him also makes me :/ a little, though it could just be that he’s part of that whole young generation of writers. My friend read him too, and was like "if you think his book is amazingly insightful, then it is. If you think it’s shit, then it is". I’m not sure what this means, but I guess I'll read his book!

My information on him is sorely lacking because he’s not as famous in the English searches, also I only thought of searching him in like the last couple hours and am too lazy for further research. Yes this post is pretty Guo Jingming biased, but I think the kid needs that extra boost after you see HOW AMAZINGLY SNARKY Han Han is. He's pretty great idk. Here’s an interview, around the topic of the anti-France/boycott-Carrefour thing a bit ago:

Q 1: If a foreigner came up to you and slapped you across the face would you be nonchalant, not slap back and show yourself as the bigger person?
A: A foreigner has never came up to me and slapped me in the face.

Q 8: You say the Carrefour shareholder may not have sponsored the Dalai Lama and that we don’t have any evidence of him doing so, but what harm is there is in boycotting French products in general? Carrefour is just a dash to the head. Actually, we want to boycott anything that has any relation to France. We’ll boycott LV, Peugeot and Citroen…all to support the Olympics. The power of the united Chinese people will make the world tremble!
A: The modern Olympics were established by the French man, Peirre de Coubertin. Boycott the Olympics then.

Q 9: We firmly boycott Carrefour but you tolerate the foreign power’s insults against our great nation. If everyone was as weak as you, our country would have already been extinguished.
A: You are valiant, brave, unafraid of death and a martyr…because you don’t shop at a supermarket. Moreover, you ‘dare’ to put Carrefour’s frozen items in your cart and not pay for them. You ‘dare’ to stand at the door cursing people who exit; calling them race traitors. Finally, you ‘dare’ to burn the Dutch flag in protest of the French.

Here's another article where he is cool again and given the 2008 Citizen Responsibility Award for blogging about a fire that happened where a firefighter died. Apparently CCTV News tried to cover up.

clare!!! says (8:12 PM):
why is he so smart
the interviewer is like
clare!!! says (8:12 PM):
clare!!! says (8:13 PM):
and han han is just like

Also a comment he made about a literary magazine he is planning to start:

"About the pictures: we’ve received some pictures that are really worthy of appreciation and we’re still thinking about how to match them up with the style of the magazine. However, please no more sloppy camera phone pictures, landscapes, travel shots or artistic nude photos. Also, first please send a smaller version, photo album or a link to your blog. I once spent 3 hours opening a gigantic document only to realize it was a travel photo of the author at West Lake. I enlarged the background thinking maybe there was some sort of message from a UFO. I also enlarged the water thinking there might be traces of a sea monster there. Regrettably, it really was just a picture of the author sitting in front of some West Lake scenery. Therefore, I’m asking that everyone please appreciate said beauty on their own in advance. Also, I’m not saying phones can’t take pictures. A lot of phones take really great pictures, but I think your head in that video has got to be over 300,000 pixels."


So this was clearly a productive evening.


DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT IS? YES THAT'S RIGHT, IT'S GUO JINGMING WITH LI XIAOPENG. Do you guys remember Beijing 2008, male gymnastics team? YEAH THAT'S RIGHT. HE IS FRIENDS WITH LI XIAOPENG (who is on that team and who i fangirled over and who is cute and hot and won stuff and talented AND FRIENDS WITH GJM). Look in the second picture they're getting each others numbers alkehflsiehf GJM will apparently send his books to LXP (I don't know what this says about his book taste) laskdhflsiehflisehf SOBBING MY OTP this made me really happy okay shut up you guys.
and now, let the wild rumpus start!trajectory on June 9th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
i win :D
filterpaper on June 9th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
the tillster says (10:19 PM):
*i like how you made a pimp post
*for a guy you hate
clare!!! says (10:19 PM):
clare!!! says (10:20 PM):
*that's so cute I could barf
*God I’m was watching the interview and watching his coy little face and his little winks and I really wanted to smack him. His little voice T_T
invitation only. says (10:20 PM):
clare!!! says (10:20 PM):
*But of course, as the video progressed, my urge to punch him in the face decreased…. While my urge to put him in a corner increased.
clare!!! says (10:20 PM):
clare!!! says (10:20 PM):
invitation only. says (10:20 PM):
the tillster says (10:21 PM):
*i saw i had something in my inbox
*and i got really excited
clare!!! says (10:21 PM):
the tillster says (10:21 PM):
*but it was someone else :(
(no subject) - trajectory on June 9th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
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and now, let the wild rumpus start!trajectory on June 9th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)

i-i think you should still reply to this :(
Φ ω Φmetric on June 9th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
hey dw we are the same height
filterpaper on June 9th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)


same height
same name

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procreational on June 9th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
hey how dare you comment with that conversation, I was going to comment with that!!

filterpaper on June 9th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
i can't believe you're memming it.
essyllus: michiko → fucking hellessyllus on June 9th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
...bawling. he is shorter than me wtf MY ONLY REQUIREMENT IN GUYS IS THAT THEY MUST BE TALLER THAN ME i don't think this is unreasonable what the hellllll

i made icons of him a long time ago too. ._. and then i deleted them alkdf;asd

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procreational on June 9th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
clare!!! says (10:24 PM):
omg tori
clare!!! says (10:24 PM):
we need guo jingming icons
invitation only. says (10:26 PM):
invitation only. says (10:26 PM):
invitation only. says (10:26 PM):
i thought that was tilly for a sec
clare!!! says (10:26 PM):
invitation only. says (10:26 PM):
because it was such a ridiculous statement
procreational on June 9th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Also Zou Kai was definitely the cutest male gymnast ♥
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essyllusessyllus on June 9th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)

tell me when you finish the books how good they are. T T my chinese is not good enough to discern literary styles... and crap orz orz orz
filterpaper on June 9th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)

aksdlfsiefh my chinese sucks a lot too. D: it'll be a bit before i can read them properly, sobbing, though i'm hoping to take a language course in uni slaskdhf
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it's weird to have a vibrating cat on your headmeiface on June 9th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
There are so many exclamation points in this post. @_@
filterpaper on June 9th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
hahahahaha, i was very excited!
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#1 cute fluffy porcupineundamage on June 9th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
sobs he's so adorable and so little! and "cult of the chrysanthemum" makes me giggle so much. clearly his antifans are as hardcore as he is. :(((
filterpaper on June 9th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
ISN'T IT alskdhfsleifh it makes it hard to be full of rage at his ~talent~. though mostly idc. I WOULD BE PART OF THAT CLUB JUST FOR THE NAME no lie
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thank you for letting me wear your underwear.vanillacat on June 9th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
oh god, it really is like a talented chinese eeteuk.


it's like, chinese stephanie meyer. in the body of an underage gay prostitute.

... for some reason, DW.
filterpaper on June 9th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
NOOOO not eeteuk T____T sob. i think he looks a bit like donghae. which is also a little sob, but just because those two aren't really my thing anymore, in terms of eeteuk

BUT I KNOW RIGHT LFHLSEIFHLSEIFHLESIH LMFAO I WAS MAKING THAT TWILIGHT COMPARISION EARLIER TOO. just like. i feel like a sane twilight fan, knowingly spiralling into a pit of darkness
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{{ a y a m e | mabudachi trio }}hoyah on June 9th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
xD homg you dork
filterpaper on June 10th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
aksdlafkshleihf the hour or two spent on this T___T
risabetrisabet on June 9th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I can be won over (...) anytime with snark <3

Chinese celebrities are so hard to keep up with without knowing the language and then I always give up when the English speaking Internet fails to deliver :/ And guess twice wether there ever is anything on anyone in Finnish...
filterpaper on June 10th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
hahahahahaha YEAH PRETTY MUCH :D Han Han's so funny sldfkhse

No kidding! :( I just spent like, two hours last night trying to find the album of some girl who's supposed to be really popular in China, but laskdhflseih ugh :[ This is where I need to learn more. The only Finnish site I can kind of navigate is like that dance_damour comm T_T
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☆ CHIKA CHIKA CHEESECAKE ☆: Undercover~gingifere on June 9th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
He has an anti-fanclub called Cult of Chrysanthemum

I just laughed. I love that people can actually be bothered to make an anti-fan club...

He really does look like the love child of Kame...just...more awkward looking which aksdj considering what Kame looked like as a teenager is impressive, lolol.
filterpaper on June 10th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Hahahahahhahaha no kidding. Antifans in general are just ridiculous--there is so much else you could be doing with your time lsdkfhslef

BAWLING like kame all photoshopped smooth or smth. KAME WAS SO CUTE AND GANGLY ;A;
mr. curtain: REBORN! % oh you crazy thing.laffes on June 9th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)

why. :(((
filterpaper on June 10th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
courtney annproudfoot on June 9th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
screams what. he is shorter than i am THAT IS RIDICULOUS OKAY. I ONLY KNOW OF LIKE. THREE GIRLS WHO ARE SHORTER THAN ME this is so ridiculous.
filterpaper on June 10th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
lkSDLFISEHLIFSHELFISEHLIFH AHHHHHHHHHAHHAHAHELSIEFHLSE oh my god and in the workplace he sometimes yells and makes his employees cry--i want to see this tiny little stickfigure do that to like other men. THOUGH APPARENTS HE HAD A BLOOD DISEASE WHEN HE WAS YOUNG so that kind of explains his.. stuntedness!