Is Hua! Xu!! Yin!!! (I know it is stuck with an incredulously dull drama title, hence just…no. It doesn’t exist to me.) My most anticipated Cdrama or is this THE most anticipated Cdrama?!?!?! I had the hardest time keeping up with the delicious frenzy (and my delightful Loverboy is so his normal self in not giving me a moment to just INHALE from being all the hyperventilating of him being ridiculously entertaining and lovely when I’m least free).
After being secretive for weeks, stills are out last wk!
The LAST ONE!!!! HOW UMBELIEVABLY GORGEOUS IS MY LOVERBOY?!?!?!?
OMFG!! Ready to bottle up the sparks and chemistry to SELL!??!?! Even though Loverboy is photoshopped to death this is so very much a vision of the characters as I can imagine!!!
Erm….I hope the cinematography can do some magic coz these look so cheap and fake in RL.
The hairstylist must have a fetish for side bangs on guys, lucky they are gorgeous enough to carry it, but better without. See this fan manip:
So much better, and gorgeous in the age-appropriate way I think they are tweaking the character into, right? They are trying too hard to young up KC to the opposite effect.
Imo it’s borderline craptastically gaudy and outrageous on both Kevin and JiangXin, but our eyes got lucky coz they are gorgeous enough to not hopelessly fell into the fug territory and oddly I love the overdone manga-rish flair, and in a still or 2 of Loverboy, he’s surprisingly never been more gorgeous per moi, and you know, he’s quite often shocking me as being too gorgeous for my good. If it’s only my opinion, you can pfft at me, not that I care haha, but no, his character stills were retweeted 10000+ times and fans and nonfans are unanimously gushing, so much so the PD, who is anal in not letting anything out, tweeted the rare pic of Loverboy in battle garb but no Kevin and not JX. The tone befits that grandiose alternative-universe of a fantasy ‘historical’ and I shamelessly loved Saint Seiya on the shallow sparkly tacky gorgeous armory alone as a kid and this time we have the lady donning MOST of the blingbling war hardware!!! Diggggggg!
I finally set my mind to bring along a few real books the wkend and left most gadgets home, read through 浮生尽 and 13 Month ie just book 1 of 2. HXY is made up of 4 stories with the heroine Ye Qin and hero Mu Yan (Kevin) being the common thread (I guess). To put it in short, after an prologue of events, YQ has acquired a power of granting a person’s ‘death’ wish, she can compose a most befitting Hua Xu tune catered specifically for that person while he/she is asleep, granting his/her utmost dream. The person can decide whether to stay in the dream and gives up RL, at which YQ has to take the life in exchange for her ‘service’, and it’s to her personal ‘gains’ per survival and a task she’s not absolutely excited to engage in, but have to. And I like it, enough to not put it down at all for hours until I’m done, but not to bits. It has some interesting and well written twists and turns. I love the title 浮生尽 of the chapters on Song Ning (Jiang Xin) and Shen An (Yuan Hong) the most (not necessary the story), stemming from: 其生若浮 To Live is like making the effort to float in water, 其死若休 To Die is as if resting after the exertion. 浮休 is a term for life and death. It is a captivating read, I can’t put it down, finished it in one go and I’ll take back some of my harsh words on Miss Writer Tang 7. She has a witty, creative mind for intriguing plot. However, my gripes still hold: I do not want to go reverse ageism on the brilliance of a writer, but I’m darn sure Miss Tang7 is quite young and her command of Chinese is just ….not eloquent enough for my taste. And I am not sure she’s a brilliant writer, she has lovely ideas for stories she needs more work to construct, the flow can use some better planning: I find 浮生尽 started out fantastic, but it deflated into a pace that was truncated and rushed. 13 Month started very flat for me, but then it grows into a tighter, fuller story than 浮生尽. All can be easily fixed with better editing. Most of the ‘humor’ and thoughts of our Girl1 has my eyes-rolling, it’s particularly jaunting when it’s sprinkled in otherwise angsty swoonworthy dramatic twists as some form of comic relief, and it peeves me whenever the character is being sooo ‘modern’ in their thoughts in order to be illustrated as special or in this case practical. It is a pity when she has the wit and takes the care to build up to a certain climax and it deflates like a souffle before I can swim in its deliciousness. There are also passages here and there where deeper thoughts and wisdom are necessary when topics more…philosophical is on the table, but it’s trivialized by small chitchats, as if Writer Tang is not capable to delve or think it’s trivial. This is ‘fantasy historical’ and it has time-traveling of sorts but it is still within the realm of the lifetime of the characters, so when heroine is talking about 21Century stuff in all 21C speech, and coming across like a late 90er, it is bizarre. 80% of the time I thoroughly enjoyed the unfolding of the story, turning the next page quite ferociously, the rest of the time, I’m batty and wanna shake her to just get all the tiny rough patches right and not spoil her own sport. The book could be quite a lot better with very minor tweaks imho, that is all.
I was expecting tirades of rants from myself on ShenAn from all the whispers I can’t ignore, so when I can immerse into his character well enough, and quite understand his stance, I don’t get all the grumbles. Do I want part of the narrative from his point of view?!?! Of course, I can get down on my knees begging. Please drama, flesh him out more. I feel the story can be even tighter IF we get inside his head more, and better yet the ‘third wheel’ lady too, as is, he is an ancillary object to toy with the fate in Song Ning’s life, it is not well conveyed how he developed feelings for Song Ning, which abruptedly got combustibly intense. They are very juicy parts in the right hands and I can’t be happier it’s now perfectly cast. ShenAn did not rub me the wrong way like he did to some fans of the book. He fell for a lady initially out of gratitude of saving his life and it’s understandable after more sweet times together it flourished into true love in the only set of reality he knew, it’s really not his responsibility to be open to debunking every fiber of the most significant relationship in his life he’s happily in just to entertain a what-if. Of course knowing everything transpired fr ShenAn’s pov, my heart will forever be bruised and broken for the poor strong lady, more so because she knows and we get enough hinges, ShenAn would’ve fallen for her despite the cards are against her if she’s the lady he woke up to, but that is the cruel fate at play Tang7 wanna swirl around. I have issue with although I get what Tang7 set out for her ShenAn (my take is it’s obvious Tang7 is playing with theme of what is consciousness, what is dream vs reality throughout and ShenAn must have acquired a muscle memory of Song Ning, he must have a seed planted in the deepest corner of his mind she could be saying the truth, or else he wouldn’t be as anguished taking it so close to heart she wanted him dead in battlefield. He must’ve fallen for Song, to his disgust, as a dutiful, honorable general. Therefore, he buried it deep and let it fallow…because the truth is too painful to bear…knowing as years eroded by how he has inflicted every pain unimaginable in her life.
And like most of the peeps watching CN varieties, I’m a fan of the I’m A Singer show, for Terry Lin alone. I’m a CD collecting obsessed fan of Terry Lin and his popballad duo Ukulele back in the 9os. And his rendition of one of my fav Jay Chou’s ‘ChinaWind’ style ballads 烟花易冷Fireworks Cool Easily the other day, penned by his long-time collaborator Vincent Fang (who happens to love HXY and wrote a foreword, the serendipity!) give me hives still bulging. Terry is a way better singer than Jay, and it gives me new chills, move me to fresh tears, that won’t be going away whenever I hear the song in the future. The lyrics *the sweet blogger did a translation* (and the pitch-perfect performance) is flooding me all the feelings for all our doomed almost lovers in HXY.
The lyrics originally retells the story based on one of the most famous, seminal piece of literature from Northern Wei dynasty telling the heart-breaking story of a General and his lover, who waited for him in the decrepitating war-torn city of LuoYang, she waited for him tirelessly to be back from war and he desperately made his way back home to marry her on his promise only to find out she died in a monastery years ago, staying faithful to him.