Introducing Four Chic Bahasa Malaysia Novels





Reading is a hobby that everyone should have. Reading gives you the knowledge, opens your world, enhance your imagination and creativity, and helps you with your language. Reading also makes you a disciplined person and is good for your memory development. That's why we, society needs to develop a reading culture. Authors, writers, book retailers, bloggers, and communities play an important role in developing a reading culture. However, not many people nowadays are into reading. Some find reading is a boring hobby. Some also said they don't have time to read. Some also said books are too expensive now and they can't afford to buy them. There should not be any excuse not to read books. Books are important to us. Even Malaysia's Prime Minister, Tun Dr. M once quote "Jangan kedekut untuk beli buku" / "Don't be stingy to buy books". If you can buy clothes, handbags, jewelry, gadgets, and other stuff, why can't you buy books? Spend money on books and take the time to read.  It is worth it and good for you.

Malaysia has a lot of good authors and writers. Besides reading English novels, I also love reading Bahasa Malaysia novels. To me, Bahasa Malaysia novels are just as good as English novels. In this post, I would like to introduce to you four chic Bahasa Malaysia novels that I have read and enjoyed. I believe these four novels should be translated into the English language and promoted in the international market. These four novels are chic, has an interesting storyline, and are as good as other international novels that I have read. Let's start...

1) The Wedding Breaker

Author: Evelyn Rose

Publisher: Karya Seni

My Rating: 7/10

Synopsis:
The Wedding Breaker tells the romance between a young Malay conglomerate named Tengku Adam Kamil, and an ordinary girl named Ariana Rose. Adam and Ariana met each other in an unexpected event. Adam was about to get married to Ariana's best friend, Juwita. Adam and Juwita were about to have an arranged marriage. Juwita did not want to marry Adam. Adam was not a good person and he was a player. He also did not love Juwita. Juwita asked Arian's help to break the wedding. So Ariana disguised herself as a pregnant woman and told the whole guest that she was pregnant with Adam's child. So Adam and Juwita did not get married. Adam wasn't happy with the incident. Ariana had embarrassed him in public. Although Adam is a player and had slept with many women, he did not remember sleeping with Ariana (he never slept or met her before the wedding). Adam held a grudge against Ariana. He seeks revenge on Ariana. Later in the novel, Adam falls deeply in love with Ariana as he gets to know her. He feels that Ariana is destiny for him. 

What's Good About The Novel:
  1. The storyline is fast and unique.  
  2. The moral of the story is good. The author simply tells us that people can always change. A bad person can always change into a good person and becomes better than anyone else. Adam who was an ultimate bad boy suddenly changes into a good person when he falls for Ariana.

Saya Tetap Nak Awak! (I Still Want You!)

Author: Aida Adia

Publisher: Buku Prima/Karangkraf

My Rating: 9/10

Synopsis:

Saya Tetap Nak Awak! (I Still Want You!) is a chic and romantic comedy novel written by Aida Adia. It tells the story of a police officer named Azlan. Azlan is in his late 30's and still single. He is dedicated to his career and will not allow anything to come in his way. Not even love and women. However, Azlan is still a human being with feelings. One day he met a girl named Effa. Effa is different from all women Azlan known. Effa is sassy, smart, and intelligent. She is in her early 30's and still single. Ever since Azlan met Effa, his mind always think about her. Azlan knew that he has fallen in love with Effa.

What's Good About This Novel:
  1.  The storyline is simple, chic, cute, hilarious and fast.
  2.  The author used simple Malay language in her writings that are easy to understand.
  3. The novel is informative. Reading Saya Tetap Nak Awak! gives me the knowledge and information on crime, psychology, and society. The author describes it well.
  4. Effa's character. Effa is very sassy, smart, intelligent, adventurous, and quick-witted. She is not like any other Malay novels heroine.


Sayangku Casper (My Love Lady Casper)

Author: Mazni Anita

Publisher: Buku Prima/Karangkraf

My Rating: 9/10

Synopsis:

Sayangku Casper (My Love Lady Casper) is a chic and romantic comedy novel. It is also a modern-day Cinderella and Prince Charming love story. It tells the story of an ordinary girl named Tia Adila. Tia Adila was bullied at home by her stepmother and stepsister. Tia Adila cannot stand being bullied at home, so she decided to run away. Far away. To Paris. Before she made her decision to go to Paris, she meets a cute guy named Tengku Rafique (who is the Prince Charming of the story). Tengku Rafique is a Eurasian (Malay + French) businessman who stays in Paris. He flies to Malaysia to search for Madame Marianne's (a successful Parisian fashion designer) missing granddaughter. It is believed that the missing granddaughter is Tia Adila. 

What's Good About The Novel:
  1.  The storyline is very chic to compare to other Malay novels. 
  2.  It gives me information about the fashion industry. This novel is also about fashion. It is suitable for those who love fashion and chic things (especially those who love Sophie Kinsella's novels).
  3. The Paris surroundings. The story took place in Malaysia and Paris.
  4. This novel also has a little bit of French language in it.
  5. Tia Adila's character. Tia is very sassy and quick-witted.
  6. The book cover is also very chic and suits the storyline. Congratulations to the graphic designer.


Sayang Awak Mr. Bear (I Love You, Mr. Bear)

Author: Rose Eliza

Publisher: Buku Prima/Karangkraf

My Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

Sayang Awak Mr. Bear (I Love You, Mr. Bear) is a love story between a girl named Nur Edleen, and a guy named Edzuary Safuan. At the beginning of the story, Nur Edleen had an accident that almost causes her life. Her body was burned only her face survived. Edleen was saved by a guy she did not remember. The guy was actually Edzuary. During the incident, Edzuary lost his beloved fiancee, Hidayah. Hidayah was hit by a car while she was about to cross the street to help Edzuary saving Edleen. Both Edzuary and Edleen is still in trauma due to the accident. Will both of them get over it? Will Edzuary also fall in love with Edleen if he knows the truth about her?

What's Good About The Novel?
  1. The storyline is sweet and lovely.
  2. The romance between Edleen and Edzuary is so sweet. She calls him Mr. Bear. I think that is a sweet nickname to call your bf/lover/husband.
  3. The moral of the story is good. The author is trying to tell us that outer beauty is only skin deep.
  4. The book cover is colorful and so lovely to look at.

So these are the four chic Bahasa Malaysia novels that I believe should be translated into English and promoted in the international market. Before I end this post, I would like to ask our Malaysia readers some questions. Have you guys read these four novels? If so, what do you think of these novels? Can these novels be promoted in the international market? And are there any chic Bahasa Malaysia novels that you guys think are better than these four? Pls, share your opinions with me. And as for international readers, if these four novels are translated in English, will you guys be interested to read them?

Ok, that's all for now. Thank you for reading this post. Have a good day.

XoXo,

Fadima Mooneira ^_^

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing book recommendations. I love to read, but I guess I’ll have to wait for these to be translated into English before reading any of them. Always looking for another book to read!

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    1. You are mostly welcome. I hope these novels will be translated to English soon. These are good books to be promoted internationally.

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  2. I love to read and find that I can't get enough of good books. They help us explore the world and many cultures. Thank you for the recommendations. Hope they do get translated to English.

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    1. Yep, reading is a replacement to travel. It captures your imagination. It takes you to places using your imagination.

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  3. saya jarang baca fiksyen terutama novel melayu.. last sekali baca buku2 fixi..itupun 5 tahun dulu..mungkin boleh cuba baca balik selepas ni

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    1. Yes. Reading is a hobby everyone should have. I love novel Fixi too. Novel2 Fixi interesting to read.

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  4. Baik. Lepas ni tiada alasan lagi untuk tak baca buku kan. Penulis Bahasa Malaysia pun hebat-hebat dah sekarang. Suka baca penulisan mereka. Nanti nak baca 4 buku kat atas tu lah.

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    1. Yeah!!!!!!!! Yo, go, girl! Yep, Malaysian authors are creative and imaginative. We need to promote them to the international market. Harap2 nyer novel2 melayu yg best2 tu ditranslatekan ke English in the future. Betcha ramai foreign readers no baca.

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  5. This is my first time read your blog reviewing malay novels. Anyway, good info! I should try these novels soon.

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    1. To be honest, sblum nie day byk saya tulis review novel2 melayu dlm blog nie.

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  6. dah lama tak baca novel. tapi lepass baca posting u terus rasa nak cari novel. Haha!

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  7. only the first novel yang pernah i baca dan beli...rasanya ada one time tu penulisnya jadi famous sebab banyak karya dia mendapat perhatian rakyat malaysia..siap dijadikan cerita besiri lagi..

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    1. Yep. The Wedding Breaker pernah diadaptasi tu a Malay drama- Ariana Rose. It was quite a big hit.

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  8. Hehe macam best je ni.. Lama sgt tak sentuh novel haha.. Terasa macam nak start membaca balik pulak dah.. Harap2 ada masa lah nanti nak ngadap. Sekali dah baca xleh stop kena habiskan ��

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  9. Sebagai budak sastera, Naim jarang baca novel sebegini. Sebab cepat boring. haha

    Sekurang2 ini boleh mengisi masa lapang kan. Terbaik ulasan novel ini.

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    1. Thank you. I‘m happy to know that you love literature novels. No wonder your writing is awesome. I love literature novels too. Nice to know you btw.

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  10. As a Malaysian , I am quite shy to say that I don't really read Malay novels or even newspapers. But somehow, thanks for sharing! Hope Malay readers will enjoy them! :)

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  11. Wah tak sangka u baca novel malay..nad sendiri jarang baca novel..buku you senaraikan pun tak nampak dan tak pernah baca pun..hehee..sekrg sibuk dengan anak , kerja, tak sempat nak baca novel semua

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  12. menarik bila baca sinopsis ni, dah macam cerita kat tv dah, ada harapan la tu boleh diangkat dibuat drama atau filem. tapi semuanya hampir serupa kan, suka guna nama2 tengku bagai. hihi

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    1. Yeah, I hope so. Best Kalo drama2 tu nanti ditayang Di Netflix. Hmm....... that’s the only thing our authors should take note. Jgn terlalu gunakan hero nama Tengku. Hehehe.

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  13. Always looking for book recommendations. I'll definitely keep an eye out for these if they ever make it to my local book store.

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    1. Hopefully the publisher will agree to translate these novels into English and promote them overseas.

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  14. Lama dah saya tak baca novel. Baik yg bahasa melayu atau bahasa inggeris. Tapi saya puji dengan pertumbuhan novelists di Malaysia. Cuma masalahnya pembaca tu la nak kena diramaikan.

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    1. Yep, we must develop a reading culture. That’s what Menteri Syed Saddiq wants.

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  15. saya kalau novel berbahasa melayu, saya suka novel fixi, untuk novel2 cinta seperti yang disenaraikan mungkin kurang saya minat. terima kasih berkongsi ya :)

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    1. I read Fixi novels too. Fixi novels are fun to read. I love all genres actually.

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  16. I guess it had been a decade since I last read Malay novels. This 4 novels somehow attracted my attention especially the second one with info of crime and stuff. Thanks for the sharing

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    1. Saya Tegan Nak Awak! Is a good novel. It’s a romantic comedy + crime novel.

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  17. TB pun suka baca novel dulu, tapi sekarang dah tak ada masa nak baca novel-novel dah.. masa banyak dihabiskan dengan anak dan kerja-kerja .. huhu.. dulu kalau baca novel, memang kalau boleh nak habiskan cepat sebab nak tahu sangat ending.. tu yang melekat je tak keluar ke mana.. hahaha

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    1. I understand that. It’s hard to spend time reading when you have other commitments. But however we must make reading a habit. Reading is something important to us.

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  18. kita pun minat nak membaca cuma masa tak mengizinkan. huhu. tapi bestlah ada satu lagi hobi yang bagus ni. lagipun macam awak cakap lah, membaca tu lah dapat pengetahuan lebih.

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    1. Yes true. That’s why we must apply reading to our daily routine. That’s what Menteri KBS Syed Saddiq nak. Hehehe.

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  19. kalo minat membaca novel memang setebal mana pn novel boleh dihabiskan...mcm2 cerita yang dapat kita jadikan pengajaran

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  20. I cuma pernah baca The Wedding Breaker shj. Novel tu dah diadaptasi to drama tajuk Ariana Rose kan? Pasal novel2 melayu ni i x tahu sangat. Kena tanya Lina. Dia lagi pakar.

    -Hezliyana-

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    1. Yep, the drama is called Ariana Rose. Keith Foo blakon.

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