Tag Archives: books

It’s time for wuxia romances!

5 Mar

When I wrote my post on drama romances, those in wuxia dramas completely slipped my mind till Fia mentioned them perhaps because I was first introduced to the genre in the form of novels and later watched the countless movie/tv adaptations so it was never just ‘a drama’ to me. My memories of wuxia stories and the host of characters are an amalgamation of both experiences and my perception is still continually shaped by each new re-make as well as my age. Wuxia has given us many enduring romances but I will focus on 2 lesser known (in the English fandom at least) ones in this post. Feel free to share you own favourites!
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Looking back on 2012

20 Dec

My first thought when getting ready to write this post was ‘meh, what a lackluster drama year’ and it certainly feels so with me stuck in this drama slump with no apparent end in sight. However when I skimmed through my lj entries as well as my written journal, I realised that while dramas didn’t consistently deliver through 2012, there were quite a few entertainment highlights that got me merrily obsessed. There will be a separate post on lakorns which should be coming this weekend.

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Books I’ve been obsessing over

29 Sep

It’s been pretty quiet here for the past month partly ‘cos I’m settling into my new job and partly ‘cos my free time has been taken up by wuxia/fantasy novels. After finishing Cang Yue’s ‘Listening to Snow Pavilion 听雪楼’, I continued on her sprawling fantasy series ‘Mirror 镜’ and it’s sequel ‘Feather 羽’ which chronicles the fates of the various tribes/races that struggle to claim the fictional land of Yun Huang as their own. Many fans of ‘Mirror’ find ‘Feather’ a poor follow up and while I agree that the former had much more compelling narrative, my favourite pairing and character actually comes from ‘Feather’. The ‘Feather’ series is not yet complete so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the characters I care about stay alive and get a happy ending, both of which are a rarity in Cang Yue’s novels. I working my way through her other novels and also randomly picking up other new wuxia authors to check out so this space will probably continue to be neglected till Ann’s ‘Qi Pao’ starts airing in late October.

In China, there’s been a wave of internet novels getting adapted into dramas but so far none of Cang Yue’s has been picked up so I can only satisfy myself with amazing cosplays/MVs by the Chinese fans. Would you want your favourite novel made into a drama? No casting will please every fan and there’s always the risk of the scripwriter making a mess of the story but a part of me still wants to see it transformed into something concrete on screen.


26 Mar


It’s the first time I find a drama adaptation such a good complement of the novel which it is based on, actually building upon the novel’s foundation and making it a fuller story. The novel is narrated from Tong Xue’s POV and while this gives us privy to her thoughts and feelings, our understanding of other characters are also TX-filtered and none more so than Mo Shao Qian. 我是先看电视剧的,当时觉得莫绍谦的角色很饱满,他和慕氏之间的斗争也写得很精彩,没想到这些都是原著里没有的,让我实在好佩服编剧。看剧了解了莫禽兽,回头看小说了解了童雪。
那些小说里描写比较多的人物我还是偏心小说的设定,例如刘悦莹,赵高兴,萧山,李姿娴。慕氏一家,童雪舅舅舅妈,莫绍谦的母亲和手下… 这些人物小说原来就着墨不多,编剧的补充自然就成为我的headcanon.




13 Feb

I did some housekeeping on my private journal which has fallen into neglect and decided to move some fandom related posts over to this space.

First up is the list that I have been keeping on Japanese detective novels that I’ve read. I used to devour them one after another but saturation hit at some point and I’ve only been reading them sporadically the last couple of years. Watching ‘Stepfather Step’ and ‘Strawberry Night’ reminded me of my love for the genre and now I’m itching for another good read. Any recs?

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25 May

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