I was bloghopping as usual and was able to read some really, very beautiful posts. The writers were diverse, actually. Some are mothers, students, gay people, angry people, emo, lovers, etcetera. I just can't recall the names of these creative minds here. But these are all Pinoy.
First thing I'm wondering about is why, with all these great and unique written content in blogs, why do we have very few good Filipino books in the market? Sayang na sayang lang. (Wag kang kumanta.) Just look at the Pinoy literature section in your nearest National bookstore. Diba isang rack lang yung para sa mga serious books (I actually consider Bob Ong books 'serious' because they 'seriously' sell like pancakes). Tapos, the expensive ones pa are written only as textbooks. Have you ever seen a Pinoy book na makapal? I have never seen one. Only thin volumes are being sold. I am puzzled..are they saying that our attention span can only tolerate thin volumes of Pinoy creativity? Kahit English pa yan o Tagalog, if you have read what I have read in Pinoy blogs, I would definitely buy a book they would write.
E ano ba yung non-serious books sa kabilang rack? Yun yung mga pocketbooks. Yung mga romance stories. Naman mehn. Mas marami pang pocketbooks sa bookstore kaysa sa textbooks eh. Ito ang mga titles na nakita ko:
-Pag-ibig ng kontrabida
- forgot the title pero La Tigra yung protagonist
Hanep. Yun na.period.. ay gusto ko pang magdagdag --merong bastos moments,so don't buy them. (bakit ko kaya alam?). Anyway, at least sila merong courage na magsulat ng magsulat.
Sa bagay alam nila na merong bibili. (hello ati)
Okay, so I guess the reason why would be "fear". Being a writer and selling what you wrote is like a boat ride into the ocean. Konti lang din siguro ang publishers dito sa Pilipinas na gustong mag-invest sa mga literature. Kawawang mga writers. Nagbabakasakali sila sa mga blogs. Sa bagay online journal din 'to. I'm happy cause I get to read them for free here in the net. But I hope our system does something to remedy this. Nasasayang lang ang mga utak at talents ng mga Pinoy bloggers na'to. Ang ganda talaga ng mga poetry at prose nila. Di bale i will list their names sometime. Sana meron pang hope para sa literature ng mga Pilipino.
Anyways. I just salute you all, dear bloggers.