I would like to share my thoughts on the reading materials. Recently, there has been a spate of reading materials. The number of novels has increased over these few years, especially romance genre. Nowadays, more and more Malaysian like to read romance novels. We are not aware that reading materials are factors that contribute to our way of thinking. The types of the reading materials can be the factors of level of maturity of a person. A person may fall into wrong novels that may cause a person to have immature thinking. By reading romance novels, a person may become an unrealistic person. Teenagers start dreaming a fairy tales of a prince charming when reading romance novels. Readers can avoid being one of the victims if we are always extra careful when we buy novels. We are responsible to take care and protect ourselves from buying the wrong reading materials. Besides that, the language used in the novels can affect the readers’ behavior.
There are some Malay-romance novels are not suitable to be read if you are underage. That is why I do not recommend teenagers to read this genre. It may surprise you, but Malay-romance novels have these 18sx scene. I was shocked. Wondering how these mature-content-novels can be published and sold to the youngsters. Not that I boycott romance novels because I know that not all romance novels are ‘bad’. I do read romance, especially written by Malay authors such as Emy Roberto, Evelyn Rose, Anjell and so on.
In the Malaysian context, I am suggesting that young readers should start reading novels full of knowledge that would improve them in the way of thinking. There are a lot of local novels that motivate and inspire the readers. A must-read-novel-list such as the Diagnosis series (Diagnosis, Diagnosis 2, Apokalips, and Fobia), Breathe (Dr Beni Rusani), Pelukis Jalanan (teme), Arkitek Jalanan (teme), Surihati Encik Pembunuh (Hilal Asyraf), World (budak tomato), Hidup Yang Aku Pilih (Muharikah), Reflections of A Man (Mr Amari Soul) and the list went on. Readers can do some research about the novels and read the reviews before buying them.
Frankly speaking, Malaysian should take initiative to gradually correct themselves by reading novels that may educate, inspire, mature and motivate themselves. Above and beyond, young Malaysians need to read a lot in order to perform well in their life. Life is about learning. We learn something through reading. Reading inspires and motivates the readers to better themselves. So, dear, choose the reading materials wisely!
lady shine bright.