Fiction From Thailand
Fiction is one of the three highest selling forms of publishing in Asia. The Thai language has a number of different literary forms, and most stories can be classified either as fiction or non-fiction. Some fiction Thai is personal in nature, while others are purely fictional. Some of the most popular categories of fiction Thai are:
Short Stories: These are stories that do not go beyond a normal chapter or verse. They are well written and often tell a simple story with a number of characters who are all engaging in their own little tale. A recent trend is for the short stories to be set in Thailand. Often they are set in rural areas, such as in a village, hill station, or small town. Some famous short stories include: Thechyme, released in 2021; Ko Lipe, released in 2021; and Thanon, released in 2021.
Memoirs: These are very long tales of life. They are usually about an incredible event or series of events. They are written as true accounts, often with historical figures having biographies included. One type of memoir that is particularly common is the Thailand-focused fantasy. Some examples of this are: The Kingdom of Thieves, byters; Queen of Thais, by Jefrayl Saleh; and Last Paradise, by Anneli Rufus.
Drama: This is fiction that is set in the tradition of Thai theatre. It often tells a dramatic story and is very theatrical. Dramas are separated into two main categories: live action and non-live action. For example, The Grandmaster, by Ong Kakhaw, is a live action story, while The Missing Girl, by Niki Carp, is non-live action.
Comedy: This is fiction with a very light tone. Often, it is lampooning a current political situation or popular figures. Some examples of comedy fiction include: Bangkok Money, by Kapitrasert, a comedy series loosely based on current affairs, Come to My City, by Minhichai, and Bangkok Calling, by Trinnoon Chiang.
Mystery: Mystery stories are very long, ranging anywhere from a few pages to a few hundred pages, depending on the story. They are set in a detective-oriented environment, often with a spy or a private investigator as the central figure. The most popular type of mystery fiction is a mystery story. Some examples of this are: The DaVinci Code, by spinning director Richard Hilton; Code Unknown, by David Brinkley; and The Dead Sea Book, by Israeli writer Dov Simens. Suspense: This is a type of story that involves a lot of twists and turns, usually catching a main character off-guard. Examples of suspense fiction are: Heart Mender, by Arthur Miller; and Invisible Man, by Arthur Koi.
Fiction from Thailand has come a long way since the country’s emergence as an increasingly popular tourist destination. Many of Thailand’s writers have been earning big money from their short stories, many of which are being turned into movies and television series. Of course, not everything that has been written and produced as fiction has made its way to the big screen, nor have all of them been produced. However, there have been some hit movies, including: First Love, Come Alive, and of course, the movie version of Heart Mender.
While fiction from Thailand is thriving in both publishing, there are still some countries where the written word is not readily available. Most of the time, the only form of literature that these countries produce is the form of short stories. In addition, most books that are produced in Thailand still do not come out in foreign languages, meaning that most people are unaware of the rich diversity of the literary world outside of Thai publications.