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bakit ang hirap magsulat ng fantasy and science fiction sa pilipinas?

seriously.

is it the literary culture? the people? the smog? what?
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  • Madali magsulat, mahirap mag-publish!
    Last time I checked we have a boatload of superhero/fantaserye series on local TV.
  • mahirap ba mag-publish? i was sort of hoping the existing local magazines would accept fantasy/science fiction stories, serialized or short.

    my concern at the moment is actually writing something -- i have no idea why it's being difficult. it turned out to be easier for me to flesh out two short stories with a "realistic" setting, than to start on a single "what-if" type of piece...

    hmm... i was thinking more along the lines of tanya huff and tolkien. literary, non-superhero fantasy.
  • I am writing a sci-fi comedy about a guy who scrounges the universe to find a girlfriend... hope that gets published...
  • question on publishing-> dito sa pinas saan ka pupunta kung gusto mong magpa-publish ng stories? papano ba yung process, pupuntahan mo lang b yung mga offices ng different publishing house or magazines and then papabasa mo sa kanila yung story mo? or kailangan may agent ka ba or editor... sorry medyo off-topic
  • i used to submit my stories by old-fashioned snail mail. may return envelope na kalakip. i've been told that if you don't receive a response by 2 months, you should call up the literary editor and follow up on your story, kasi baka di nila natanggap. also, monitor the publication kasi baka may nagnakaw na pala na magazine insider; di ka pa mababayaran.

    literary agents? meron ba nun sa pinas? :D not practical unless you're as famous/prolific as nick joaquin had been... i sure would like to have one though.
  • Hmmm, come to think of it...true. Maybe it is the culture, too. Masyado na mapamahiin at mapaniwala sa kababalaghan ang mga Filipino sa pang-araw-araw ng buhay, baka kaya ayaw na nila magbasa ng sci-fi/fantasy? :D

    Or, maybe it is the fact that books do not really rank high in the priorities of the "common tao". If and when they read, they do focus on the "limang pisong pag-ibig" tagalog pbs or the megahyped underground alternative reading thing kuno or the foreign counterpart (guilty ako dito sa foreign thing). Siguro, kailangan lang hanapan ng magandang gimik ang sci-fi/fantasy genre dito, and also what language will be used? Filipino or English? If English, hindi na masyadong authentic. If Filipino, hindi kaya lumabas na corny ang mga descriptions and definitions? Just think...."Mula sa langit ay bumulusok ang mga naglalakihan at umaapoy na bato. Nagsigawan ang mga tao, "tumabi kayo! Eeeee!" Hehehehe. :D My opinion lang ha.
  • the Filipinos who read are too engrossed on that Purpose Driven Life thing...

    or if they want to sound "intellectual" they'd pick a Paolo Coelho novel (not that it's crap, but there are other writers out there, people!)
  • Dito pala ang pugad ng malikhaing -isip na mga manunulat, bit curious sa mga sinusulat ninyo patikim naman ng mga synopsis dyan. Meron bang nagsusulat ng tagalog nobela dito ?
  • eydryth :D ano nga kaya ang magandang gimmick... actually parang okey nang simula yung mga telepantasya e. kaso, saan pa siya pupunta mula roon? tingnan mo na lang yung ginawa ng pelikulang "magic kingdom" ni peque gallaga -- astig sana, pero wala nang sumunod :(

    Lucca Yamazaki sa totoo lang, ngayon lang ako ulit bumalik sa forum na ito sa PEX hehe. i've been keeping out of literary communities on purpose. you're right, the recs get repetitive :(

    hey that sci-fi piece you have in mind -- is that a novel or a short story? kung nobela yan, astig! magkaka-kumpetisyon na sina Douglas Adams at Terry Pratchett :D

    pareng leon azcarraga, nagsusulat ako sa tagalog. maiikling kuwento lang, wala pa kasi akong plot para sa nobela e. pahingi? :naughty:
  • my_identitymy_identity PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    eydryth wrote:
    Hmmm, come to think of it...true. Maybe it is the culture, too. Masyado na mapamahiin at mapaniwala sa kababalaghan ang mga Filipino sa pang-araw-araw ng buhay, baka kaya ayaw na nila magbasa ng sci-fi/fantasy? :D

    Or, maybe it is the fact that books do not really rank high in the priorities of the "common tao". If and when they read, they do focus on the "limang pisong pag-ibig" tagalog pbs or the megahyped underground alternative reading thing kuno or the foreign counterpart (guilty ako dito sa foreign thing). Siguro, kailangan lang hanapan ng magandang gimik ang sci-fi/fantasy genre dito, and also what language will be used? Filipino or English? If English, hindi na masyadong authentic. If Filipino, hindi kaya lumabas na corny ang mga descriptions and definitions? Just think...."Mula sa langit ay bumulusok ang mga naglalakihan at umaapoy na bato. Nagsigawan ang mga tao, "tumabi kayo! Eeeee!" Hehehehe. :D My opinion lang ha.

    Yes it sounds corny. I don't know why. :D

    Anyway if a Filipino fantasy story borrowed most of its aspects from the chivalric atmosphere of foreign folklore (english, french etc), it would really be an inappropriate move to use the Filipino language. Ano 'yon nagkaron ba tayo ng mga knights and kings? To see or read about a knight who speaks in Filipino tongue is rather odd. :hiya:
  • eydryth :D ano nga kaya ang magandang gimmick... actually parang okey nang simula yung mga telepantasya e. kaso, saan pa siya pupunta mula roon? tingnan mo na lang yung ginawa ng pelikulang "magic kingdom" ni peque gallaga -- astig sana, pero wala nang sumunod :(

    Lucca Yamazaki sa totoo lang, ngayon lang ako ulit bumalik sa forum na ito sa PEX hehe. i've been keeping out of literary communities on purpose. you're right, the recs get repetitive :(

    hey that sci-fi piece you have in mind -- is that a novel or a short story? kung nobela yan, astig! magkaka-kumpetisyon na sina Douglas Adams at Terry Pratchett :D

    pareng leon azcarraga, nagsusulat ako sa tagalog. maiikling kuwento lang, wala pa kasi akong plot para sa nobela e. pahingi? :naughty:

    Interesting yang mga maikling kwento na yan pareng pro_tempore, saan ko ba mababasa ang likha mo, pasulyap naman. curious lang hehe
  • sorry tol shy ako e. wala pa akong ni webpage o ano. nakaka-insecure, marami yatang magagaling na manunulat sa tagalog na matagal nang online :D
  • jeune_fillejeune_fille PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    eydryth wrote:
    Hmmm, come to think of it...true. Maybe it is the culture, too. Masyado na mapamahiin at mapaniwala sa kababalaghan ang mga Filipino sa pang-araw-araw ng buhay, baka kaya ayaw na nila magbasa ng sci-fi/fantasy? :D

    Or, maybe it is the fact that books do not really rank high in the priorities of the "common tao". If and when they read, they do focus on the "limang pisong pag-ibig" tagalog pbs or the megahyped underground alternative reading thing kuno or the foreign counterpart (guilty ako dito sa foreign thing). Siguro, kailangan lang hanapan ng magandang gimik ang sci-fi/fantasy genre dito, and also what language will be used? Filipino or English? If English, hindi na masyadong authentic. If Filipino, hindi kaya lumabas na corny ang mga descriptions and definitions? Just think...."Mula sa langit ay bumulusok ang mga naglalakihan at umaapoy na bato. Nagsigawan ang mga tao, "tumabi kayo! Eeeee!" Hehehehe. :D My opinion lang ha.

    Palagay ko hindi yan lalabas na corny. Masyado ka lang cguro na namihasa sa pagbabasa ng mga wikang banyaga kagaya ng Ingles. Mas maganda kapag Filipino o Tagalog lalo mo maiintindihan ang mga paglalarawan ng mga manunulat.

    Kung sa bagay kanya knyang pananaw yan :)
  • i have accepted the fact that we can never have successful science fiction stories. why? simple. our environment. if we are the sort of people sorrounded by technological wealth, we would have, but since we're more like being sorrounded by technological decadence, then you cannot expect such.

    fantasy however (not medieval, but fey and nature-related), is another thing. i think this is where we can shine and at least get our material -- elementals, spirits, etc. look at Mulawin and Encantadia.

    heck, all my ill-fated literary projects are mostly fantasy themed.
  • ill answer all your questions regarding publishing, since i work in one.first you have to submit a manuscript or perhaps an outline ( the latter one would be for the established writers). it would be evaluated for months by the publsihers. this is no easy feat since the manuscript you would be submitting ( if approved) would mean the publishers profit and also its reputation; obviously they dont want to sell bad/ worthless books. the process in doing this depends on how fast/ accurate the manuscript is, since it would include editing, the book cover and illustartions. so, when it takes years/ more months to develop the book, then this is where the book becomes expensive. have you ever wondered on how a book so thin could be so expensive? this is the reason behid this. as of the "profit" in the author's part, you will get 10%- 15% of total sales in your lifetime...so just imagine shakespeare, nick joaquin, rowling and brown!

    as of the sci fi/fantasy genre, perhaps, there is a lack of imagination on our part- us filipinos; especially when the manuscripts being developed in the mainstream media ( both television and print) lacks depth... consclusions of the said piece can be instantly figured out before the film is in the mid part.take for example darna and encantadia ( which i think is a lousy copy of LOTR)...but always remember that though we are backward in media development, we are getting there.

    people tend to dwell in light topic books with humor, believe it or not, jessica zafra sells more as compared to renato's constantino's "revisiting the past", which i think is more significant to a Filipino youth...

    so there, i said my piece. hope i helped.
    PM niyo nalang ako kung may tanung kayo sa publishing.
  • and of course...the masses which encompasses the highest population are not into sci- fi nor fantasy. the majority's interest is focused on slapstick, FHM ( which i read also), komiks...boiling to one point: that not all could APPRECIATE both sci fi and fantasy.

    but try! just try to make a good novel, be self gratified. you can be a writer if you don't have readers. :blush2:
  • We're supposed to be kick *** in the "fantasya" genre! If only those guys who make komiks could elevate themselves from the state they're on. (They draw nice, and have neat ideas. But they seem to be limiting themselves for some reason.)

    And, pro_tempore, it's a novel, alright! Already got about 7 chapters done, but I stopped for a while... it's burning me out. The cool part about it is I'm writing the thing in modern conversational Tagalog. Science is much nicely read when you do it in your native language.
  • sorry tol shy ako e. wala pa akong ni webpage o ano. nakaka-insecure, marami yatang magagaling na manunulat sa tagalog na matagal nang online :D

    Hey, Dont mind my curiousity, frustrated kasi akong nobelista , kaya interesado ako sa mga taong nasa sining ng paglikha sa panulat.

    Ako, mahigit limang taon ko ng sinusulat itong diko matapos-tapos na nobela, hehe, siguro dahil diko marubdod na pinag-uukulan atensyon o paudlot-udlot ang sistema ko ng pag sulat. Pero tapos na siya sa aking isipan, napakahirap lang minsang isalarawan at bigyan ng interpretasyon ang plot.
  • postmodern girl thanks for the insight... actually i used to work in publishing too. di nga lang literary, hehe.

    would it increase your chances of getting noticed by publishing companies if you distribute xeroxed copies of your works/share your works online first? if your freely distributed works are already successful, it would assure a readership for your printed manuscript, right?

    sorry, ooooooooooooooo, i thought you were asking about short stories... hanggang diyan pa lang kasi ang experience ko e :P

    Lucca Yamazaki tama si postmodern girl, mabenta ang humor... will encouragement help? good luck sa novel mo, excited na ako mabasa yan :D

    leon azcarraga huwag mong madaliin. sa karanasan ko'y mas hitik sa karunungan at magagandang salita ang isang nobela kapag hinayaan munang magtagal sa isipan, bago ito simulang isulat. kaya't paglabas nito ay vintage ito kaagad, ika nga.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] PEx Rookie ⭐
    it turned out to be easier for me to flesh out two short stories with a "realistic" setting, than to start on a single "what-if" type of piece...

    hmm... i was thinking more along the lines of tanya huff and tolkien. literary, non-superhero fantasy.


    I write stuff like this when i have the chance to write. The secret is not to draw inspiration from what's around you. Develop the world within you because you will not find inspiration in a city which clings to the real world, like Manila. You will find what you seek when it's in your mind. Draw maps of your worlds, make the people alive... develop them. Once these worlds "exist" for you, only then can you write your sci-fi/fantasy stories.
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