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Vietnam puts a halt on romance novels

Romance novels banned in Vietnam.
Romance novels banned in Vietnam. Image by Ellen Forsyth / CC BY-SA 2.0

Romance novels will no longer be released in Vietnam, under a government order amid concerns over ‘cliched, useless, obscene and offensive’ content giving readers an unrealistic idea about relationships. The ban is said to be temporary, while authorities have requested that publishers review their books to select those with ‘healthy’ content. Publishers who demonstrate they can select good books will reportedly be able to publish romance novels again in the future. Read more: thanhniennews.com