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Student Shows Martial Arts Novels Not Just for Boys
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A senior student at a high school in China's southern province Guangdong has written a martial arts novel for her teacher to prove kung fu books are not just for boys. The New Express reported on Thursday.


Qi Mo, who studies in Guangzhou city gave her former teacher the special graduation gift which comprises 600,000 Chinese characters and took three years to make.


The student was quoted as saying the reason why she wanted to write a kung fu novel was in response to a former teacher saying it was not an area for girls.


A writer of fiction since she was a child, Qi Mo wrote several science fiction novels while in primary school.


Her talents were recognized by a local primary school in Guangzhou and she was sent to receive writing training courses.


Qi Mo never stops writing and her readership expands from her parents to her schoolmates.


When she was in middle school, one of her teachers said it was almost impossible for girls to write kung fu stories, not only because there were already many masters in the area, such as Louis Cha, or Jin Yong.


Qi Mo decided to take on the so-called mission impossible and create a different kind of martial arts story.


Hers covers love, friendship and the difference between good and evil. She was quoted as saying she wants the work to reflect the personalities of her generation.


Li Guowei, an experienced writer and editor, reviewed Qi Mo's work and said the plot covered an ordinary boy who lacks ambition but feels he needs to protect those close to him.


The work teaches us nobody is born a hero and thus anybody can be one, Li added.


(CRI June 13, 2007)

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