The cantoon about the debate between bestselling Chinese author Han Han and antifraud crusader Fang Zhouzi. [Photo: news.ifeng.com/Xie Yao]
Famous antifraud crusader Fang Zhouzi says he is prepared to debate bestselling Chinese author Han Han face to face.
Han Han has vowed to file a lawsuit against Fang Zhouzi who has challenged the authenticity of the writer's books, The Yangtze Daily reports.
Han Han is seeking compensation of 100,000 yuan (US$15,700) for slander. He has charged that his reputation was blemished recently by a blogger named "Mai Tian" on Sina.com, who raised questions about the originality of the works by the author who belong to the so-called 80s generation (born after 1980) and accused him of hiring others to write for him. Han has denied the accusation that some of his famous works were ghostwritten.
After an online battle ensued for several days, Mai Tian apologized to Han, but Fang Zhouzi joined the quarrel, saying that Han dragged him into the dispute. Fang said Han was not a child prodigy, and his writings were ghostwritten. He asserted that Han has fooled people for more than a decade and "poisoned" juveniles who took him for a genius.
Fang said he was not concerned about any compensation regarding the matter and that he would prefer to argue about the authenticity of Han's writings with the author himself in public rather than in court.
After Fang implied that the ghostwriter could have been Han's father, Han said he was prepared to provide an original 1,000-page manuscript that he wrote from 1997 to 2000 to the court to refute Fang's accusation.
Fang pointed out that the manuscript was not clear, and it did not make sense that the articles were written so fluently from the beginning to the end without any changes. He also argued that the case involved a huge business interest and urged those who read his articles about it to analyze it.