- AKA: Guo Jingming (郭敬明)
- Born: June 6, 1983 (Sichuan province, China)
- Talent: Writing, businessman
- Income: He was China's richest writer in 2011, earning 24.5 million yuan ($3.9 million) in royalties
One of China’s most famous novelists, Guo Jingming (郭敬明) did not finish his film studies at Shanghai University and gave up on education in 2008.
He started winning writing competitions in 2001 and published his first sci-fi novel, City of Fantasy (幻城), in a weekly, in late 2002.
The novel (that was extended) was released in book form the next year, achieving huge success.
He published his second novel Never Flowers in Never Dreams (梦里花落知多少) in late 2003 but was accused of plagiarism. He has refused to apologize.
Jingming has continued to write and publish at least one book every year.
In a New York Times article, entitled “China’s Pop Fiction,” in 2008, he was lauded as “the most successful writer in China”, although the praise received mixed responses in his home country.
He was described as “a pop idol whose cross-dressing, image-obsessed persona has made him a sensation in a country where the Communist dictatorship advocates prudery and heterosexuality.”
Jingming and rival Han Han (韩寒) often have spit spats.
In a public interview in 2009, Han said the biggest difference between him and Jingming is, he is clearly a man, hinting he supports public comments that Jingming is a sissy.
Jingming admits he loves wearing designer brands, emphasizes skin care and has 10 face-washing steps. He often puts his own photos on his blog to show off new looks.
Outside writing books, he founded a publishing company, Castor, in 2006 and serves as its chairman and editor-in-chief.