For my first Chatterbooks post, I think it’s only fitting to discuss something Filipino-related. Recently, I’ve been much of a book store wanderer. Even though I only intend to go to the mall to shop for grocery, I always somehow manage to end up wandering in a bookstore. Typical.
A couple of years ago, I was part of Candymag.com’s TeenTalk forum in which teens gather and talk and share stuff with each other online and if you’re lucky, make new friends. By the way, being part of Teentalk was my life for, like, three years. I loved that forum!
Anyway, back on topic, on TeenTalk, there’s a thread called Creative Corner in which members of the forum are free to share their original written stories and, you may have guessed it already, it was from Creative Corner thread where I first saw She’s Dating The Gangster. It was a total hit on the thread, one of most read and popular. Although, I didn’t really read it before because it wasn’t my kind of story, but it was part of the hype back then.
From what I've read, Bianca Bernardino (aka SGwannabe), the author, also posted her story on Wattpad which gathered 500,000+ reads and 9,000+ votes. Then, Summit Books contacted her and told her they want to publish her story. And now, Bianca Bernardino is a published author and became one of the best-sellers nationwide. Oh, and her book is going to be seen on the silver screen soon as well.
I think Bianca's journey in writing is really inspiring and motivating and it's a wonderful reminder, especially for all young aspiring Filipino writers out there, that if you persevere and work hard enough, your dreams can turn into reality.
Aside, from She’s Dating The Gangster, PopFiction Books published other several Wattpad stories written by Filipino authors such as The Bet, Operation: Break The Cassanova’s Heart, 548 Heartbeats and a whole lot more!
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