DEWI “Dee” LESTARI: Membawa “Perahu Kertas”Ke tangan “Malaikat” menuju dunia Sang “SUPERNOVA”

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Hehhehehehe…

“Perahu kertasku kan melaju…..”

Well, pasti kalian semua sudah kenal dan sudah tahu,,, Penulis dan Penyanyi Dewi Lestari atau yang memiliki nama pena “Dee”

Dewi Lestari

 

Dewi Lestari
20 Januari 1976
Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Penulis, Penyanyi
Dewi Lestari Simangunsong yang akrab dipanggil Dee adalah anak keempat dari lima bersaudara dari pasangan Yohan Simangunsong dan Turlan br Siagian (Alm). Dee merupakan alumnus SMA Negeri 2 Bandung dan lulusan Universitas Parahyangan, jurusan Hubungan Internasional.
Dee sejak kecil memang telah akrab dengan musik. Ayahnya adalah seorang anggota TNI yang belajar piano secara otodidak. Dee pernah menjadi backing vocal untuk Iwa K, Java Jive dan Chrisye. Sekitar bulan Mei 1994, ia bersama Rida Farida dan Indah Sita Nursanti bergabung membentuk trio Rita Sita Dewi (RSD) atas prakarsa Ajie Soetama dan Adi Adrian.
 Trio RSD meluncurkan album perdana Antara Kita pada tahun 1995 yang kemudian dilanjutkan dengan Bertiga (1997). RSD kemudian berkibar di bawah bendera Sony Music Indonesia dengan merilis album Satu (1999) dengan lagu andalan antara lain, “Kepadamu” dan “Tak Perlu Memiliki”.
Tanggal 16 Februari 2001, Dee merilis novel pertamanya yang sensasional, Supernova satu:Ksatria, Puteri dan Bintang Jatuh. Novel yang laku 12.000 eksemplar dalam tempo 35 hari dan terjual sampai kurang lebih 75.000 eksemplar ini banyak menggunakan istilah sains dan cerita cinta. Sebelum Supernova keluar, tak banyak yang tahu kalau Dee sering menulis. Tulisan Dee pernah dimuat di beberapa media. Salah satu cerpennya berjudul “Sikat Gigi” pernah dimuat di buletin seni terbitan Bandung, Jendela Newsletter, sebuah media berbasis budaya yang independen dan berskala kecil untuk kalangan sendiri. Tahun 1993, ia mengirim tulisan berjudul “Ekspresi” ke majalah Gadis yang saat itu sedang mengadakan lomba menulis di mana ia berhasil mendapat juara pertama. Tiga tahun berikutnya, ia menulis cerita bersambung berjudul “Rico the Coro” yang dimuat di majalah Mode. Bahkan ketika masih menjadi siswa SMA Negeri 2 Bandung, ia pernah menulis sendiri 15 karangan untuk buletin sekolah.
Sukses dengan novel pertamanya, Dee meluncurkan novel keduanya, Supernova dua berjudul Akar pada 16 Oktober 2002. Novel ini sempat mengundang kontroversi karena dianggap melecehkan umat Hindu. Umat Hindu menolak dicantumkannya lambang OMKARA/AUM yang merupakan aksara suci BRAHMAN Tuhan yang Maha Esa dalam Hindu sebagai cover dalam bukunya. Akhirnya disepakati bahwa lambang Omkara tidak akan ditampilkan lagi pada cetakan ke-2 dan seterusnya.
Setelah meraih kesuksesan dengan kedua novelnya, menjelang akhir tahun 2002, Dee yang masih tergabung dalam RSD mengemas lagu-lagu terbaiknya ke dalam album The Best of Rida Sita Dewi dengan tambahan dua lagu baru, yakni “Ketika Kau Jauh” ciptaan Stephen Santoso/Inno Daon dan “Terlambat Bertemu”, karya pentolan Kahitna, Yovie Widianto.
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Pada bulan Januari 2005, Dee merilis novel ketiganya, Supernova tiga: Petir. Kisah di novel ini masih terkait dengan dua novel sebelumnya. Hanya saja, ia memasukkan 4 tokoh baru. Salah satunya adalah Elektra, tokoh sentral yang ada di novel tersebut.
Dee meluncurkan album berbahasa Inggris berjudulOut of Shell pada tahun 2006. Dan tahun 2008 meluncurkan album RectoVerso, dengan mengundang Arina ‘Mocca’, yang merupakan adik kandungnya, berduet di lagu “Aku Ada” dan berduet di lagu “Peluk” dengan Aqi ‘Alexa’. Hits besarnya adalah “Malaikat Juga Tahu”. Di album ini Dee juga merilis ulang lagu milik Marcell Siahaan berjudul “Firasat”. Album RectoVerso sendiri merupakan rangkaian pelengkap dari karya fiksi dengan judul yang sama.
 
Buku Rectoverso merupakan panduan fiksi dan musik. Tema yang diusung adalah Satu Hati dari Dua Sisi. Rekto Verso -pengistilahan untuk dua citra yang seolah terpisah tapi sesungguhnya satu kesatuan. Saling melengkapi. Buku Rectoverso terdiri dari 11 fiksi dan 11 lagu yang saling berhubungan. Tagline dari buku ini adalah Dengar Fiksinya, Baca Musiknya.
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Pada Agustus 2009, Dee menerbitkan novel Perahu Kertas. Selain Rectoverso, Dee juga telah menghasilkan dua buku yang berisi kumpulan fiksi dan prosa pendek, Madre (2011) dan Filosofi Kopi (2012). Tahun 2012, Dee kembali mengeluarkan novel lanjutan serial Supernova empat berjudul Partikel dengan tokoh utama Zarah.
Dee menikah dengan penyanyi R&B, Marcell Siahaan pada 12 September 2003. Melalui pernikahan tersebut, pasangan ini dikaruniai seorang anak laki-laki yang diberi nama Keenan Avalokita Kirana (lahir 5 Agustus 2004). Pernikahan ini berakhir setelah Dee menggugat cerai Marcell di Pengadilan negeri Bale Bandung pada 27 Juni 2008. Dee kemudian menikahi seorang pakar penyembuhan holistik, Reza Gunawan, pada 11 November 2008 di Sydney dan dikaruniai seorang puteri bernama Atisha Prajna Tiara (23 Oktober 2009).

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R.L STINE : GOOSEBUMPS’ Writer.

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Who Is R.L. Stine?

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Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can’t get enough of: THE AUTHOR!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. “I’ve never turned into a bee – I’ve never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask.”

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. “When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn’t miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!”

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. “When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books.” He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets “lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends.”

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R.L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. “The teacher would grab them and take them away,” Stine says, “but I kept doing it.” He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing “…like a job.” To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: “If you want to be a writer, don’t worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things.” As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. “And Mad Magazine changed my life” His favorite thriller? Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury.

Read a Q&A with R.L. Stine about Goosbumps.

ENID BLYTON: English Version

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Enid Blyton was British writer for children’s books born on 11th August 1897. Enids love for writing had surfaced from the beginning of her childhood. Although her mother never approved of her writing and thought it was a mere waste of time her father encouraged his daughter to take part in all such activities. Enid gained confidence and started sending her work to different magazine. Finally her efforts paid off and her poem named ‘Have you?’ was published for the first time in Nash’s magazine.

Enid was a very bright child who excelled in studies, was a talented pianist and had remarkable writing skills. She attended St. Christopher’s School in Beckenham where she was the head girl. Later she became a trained teacher and taught at Bickly Subiton and Chessington. During this time she never gave up writing. She hoped to become a published author one day. Her dreamed was fulfilled when her first book ‘Child Whispers’ was published in 1922. It was a compilation of children’s poems. Two years later she got married to Hugh Alexander Pollock who was a book editor at the firm that had published two of her works.

In her mid thirties Enid went through some crisis in her life which included the death of her daughter. This troubled her emotionally and she began to show signs of instability. She started post marital affairs and in 1941 divorced her husband to marry Kenneth Fraser, a man she had met while she was still with her first husband. However she remained in her second marriage for the rest of her life.

Enid Blyton is most famous for her book ‘The Famous Five’ which is mystery series with 5 characters Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and a dog named Timmy. Her other well known novel from the ‘Mystery series’ was ‘The Adventurous Four’ where four children get wound up in different mystery expeditions. Another follow up is ‘The Secret Seven’ similar to the previous two novels; with a society of seven children who work on various mysteries. One of the most popular characters from her ‘Noddy books’ is sometimes criticized for being too soft and wrongly crying when situations were difficult.

Her stories were generally of 3 types. One was where children who are fairly independent from their parents or even authority figures move around solving mysteries and going on adventures. The second is the boarding house theme; where the story revolves around school life and its happenings like parties, practical jokes and relationships between the different characters. The third type is the world of fantasy where children are in a magical place with elves, goblins, fairies and other types of imaginative creatures.

A lot of Enid’s work faced criticism for presenting ‘a rosy view of the world’ and being racist or gender discriminate. However this never faltered her immense popularity among children. Her books which reach about 800 in number are still read with enthusiasm and have sold innumerable copies all over the world in over 90 translated languages.

Enid’s health started to deteriorate after the demise of her husband in 1967. She is reported to have Alzheimer’s disease and was moved to a nursing home where she died on 28th of November 1968 at the age of 70. She was a bestselling author with over 600 million copies of her books sold.