Filipino Friday: Rocket Round Table

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing great! I’m looking forward to seeing some of you in the upcoming meet up on the 22nd. Details can be found in this post. If you have a Facebook account, feel free to join the Filipino Book Bloggers group there to get updates.

It’s been quiet here lately because the discussions are being hosted in other people’s blogs. Here’s a recap of past Filipino Friday discussions hosted by other bloggers (thank you so much for doing this):
Tina discusses goals and resolutions over at One More Page
Jason discusses book trailers over at Taking a Break
Aaron discusses cover blurbs over at Guy Gone Geek
Jason discusses books as Christmas presents over at Taking a Break
Kenneth discusses plagiarism over at Philippine Genre Stories

Head on over to their blogs to check out the discussions. This week, Paolo of Rocket Kapre wants to ask the Filipino book bloggers a question for Rocket Round Table. Basically, it’s a discussion that he hosts at Rocket Kapre. Here’s the question for this week: What do you want to see from Filipino authors in 2011? It can be about what stories you want to read, or how accessible the authors make themselves, how authors relate to the bloggers, etc. I know we’ve discussed this topic several times during our meet ups but it’s good to get it all in writing. Fire away!

ROUNDUP of reviews of books by Filipino authors:
Jason reviews Rosallea by Gilda Olvidado over at Taking a Break


9 Responses to “Filipino Friday: Rocket Round Table”

  1. 1 Jason January 14, 2011 at 9:09 am

    i want more dystopian stories like naermyth. more novels, basically. 🙂

  2. 3 imaaronvincent January 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Novels that doesn’t take itself too seriously. That’s kind of vague, right? I mean I want read local novels that just wants to tell a story. No self-importance air. No “issue” books. No moral uprightness and culture-sensitive thing-a-majig. Just. Tell. A. Story!

    Write characters that we can relate to. Have them make the wrong decisions and don’t justify it. Don’t protect them. Don’t control them too much. Distance the writer’s self to the character — not everyone wants to read memoirs. Let them breathe and think on their own.

    And for kinds of book, what’s wrong with “genre fiction” such as fantasy, science-fiction, YA, or dystopian fiction? Don’t scare us “not-so-intelligent” Filipinos into reading books. Write books that is accessible for EVERYONE.


  3. 5 Chachic January 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

    More novels please! I don’t know why but I’ve noticed that most of the books written by Filipino authors available today are anthologies instead of full-length novels. For some reason, I don’t do well with short stories. I never get to finish the anthologies that I buy.

    Also, I’d want to see more of the type of books that I read which fall under the fantasy and young adult genres. I wonder why there aren’t a lot of Filipino YA books when YA is such a huge genre right now. Same goes for fantasy. I’m actually jealous of Australian YA because they have so many good books out in the market and some of them even have US publishers already because international readers are curious about Aussie books. I want the same thing over here. 🙂

    As to how authors relate to bloggers, it would be good if Filipino authors had more of an online presence (like a blog, a Facebook page or a Twitter account) so we can interact with them but it’s not really necessary.

  4. 6 Celestine January 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I want to read more novels too, YA fantasy novels in particular. 🙂 Although I would love to read more crime/mystery novels too! And more light romance stories, stories that actually end happily. ^^;

  5. 7 ArtSeblis January 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I don’t mind reading a novelization of Trese. If it develops into a series all the better!

    Other ideas:
    Fun City Guides
    Career-related How-Tos – from job search to writing application letters (especially useful for new grads

  6. 8 Tina January 16, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Like with everyone: more novels! I’d love to see more contemporary and fantasy YA novels, the type of books that people would pick up not because of school! I also would like to see thicker chick lit novels. Summit books are quick reads, but I want something a bit longer, like the Anvil ones.

    I don’t know if the authors have much say in this, but I would love it if local books have better covers. There are many, many good graphic designers in the country and it shouldn’t be hard to have a good cover design, right? (Correct me if I am wrong, though :D)

    • 9 Honey January 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      This’ll be redundant, but here goes…

      I would like to see more Filipino writers coming up with novels of the genre and YA variety. Would really love to read a satisfying Filipino novel that isn’t too hung up on social realism. Or, even if it is, it can work on several levels. I think it’s about time for local writers to tap into the enormous YA and genre novel-reading public that, currently, read more foreign novels.

      Also, it would be nice for more Filipino writers to connect more with Filipino readers through live meet-ups or social networks. I’d like to see writers explore ways of using local readers, legitimately, to get word of their books out to international readers. Finally, I think writers should insist on a more 21st-century-savvy marketing campaign from their publishers.

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