“Your biggest problem,” shouts a sadistic instructor at a confused group of writers, “is that you’re too mass-market!”
The first story in Bighead Horse’s How to Write a Worstseller tells of an unusual workshop whose participants learn how to curb their sales appeal. This book generates from this story and fictionalises a writing contest with prize of 30 million RMB. The stories touch upon a rich range of topics and display a diverse spectrum of styles, while the author is concealed in the elaborated stories and hidden behind the different writer identities. This collection of stories demonstrates the author's command of writing novels in different styles and themes.
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The mischeivous expression and the seemingly absurd stories have a secret connection with the real world. You are not only entering the boundaries of fine text, but also a maze between fiction and non-fiction. –– Jin Yucheng
This book is for bold and patient readers. Fiction and non-fiction intertwined, traps and maze coexist, it reflects the exploration of the multiple possibilities of literature. –– A Yi
This collection would see itself as portrait of literature deconstruction. –– Luo Yijun
As an aboriginal in the worstseller world, I sincerely recommend this guide: it allows whimsy to find loneliness and literature to find pleasure. –– Tong Weige
Bighead Horse is quickly making a name for herself on China’s literary scene. Her three books – Worstseller (2017), Skinner (2017), and Murdering the Television (2015) – have earned her praise from established figures such as Jin Yucheng and Luo Yijun, and English translations of her stories have recently appeared in the Beijing literary magazine Spittoon. Her writing is lively, original, and smart, effortlessly combining literary aims with the readability of a bestseller.