Popular young writer Di An has the pedigree to represent her generation as she emphasizes the individual rather than the group, according to Yang Guang.
Guo Jingming and Han Han have long been considered as representatives of the post-1980 writers, who emerged from the New Concept Writing Competition, an annual event initiated by Shanghai-based Mengya magazine in 1998. But Guo says the best representative of his generation of writers is neither Han nor himself, but 29-year-old Di An.
"Both of us have been engaged in many other businesses and are not pure writers anymore," he explains.
Guo is a successful businessman as he owns a culture company in Shanghai and serves as deputy chief editor of Changjiang Literature and Arts Publishing House; while Han has devoted much of his energy to being a professional rally driver and blogging.
Over the years, post-1980 writers have prospered with their teen romances, despite criticism of lacking substance and literary value.
"What's outstanding about Di An is that she not only achieved market success but also won literary accolades," Guo says.
Born in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, Di An was born Li Di'an. She adopted the pen name Di An when she started publishing in 2003. This might also be seen as a gesture of independence from her renowned writer parents Li Rui and Jiang Yun.
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