Imagine my surprise when I came home from work to a community of rejoicing fans, all excited to see Cheng Yi suffering beautifully again when his drama, Immortal Samsara, with Yang Zi suddenly announces it’s airing tonight! Lolol.
The novel is currently being translated by a sweet and stressed-out high school teenager (Lol, so cute), Rosie @ her blog. Fighting!
I have written spoilers for the novel before in my previous posts, but knowing how novel-to-drama adaptations go, not sure how much of the original story is still left. *shrugs* Happy watching!
Fox Spirit Matchmaker: Yue Hong (狐妖小红娘月红篇) is adapted from the manhua written by Tuo Xiao Xin. It follows the epic romance between the fox tribe and the human race. Yang Mi plays eldest sister, Tu Shan Hong Hong, considered the most powerful fox spirit; her romance begins when she saves Dong Fang Yue Chu (Gong Jun), a talented Daoist from a special (human) bloodline when he was pursued by bad people.
The Demon Hunter’s Romance (无忧渡) is a historical fantasy romance drama adapted from a novel written by Ban Ming Ban Mei. Our male lead is a black panther demon who hails from a family that guards the origin of evil. After an incident happened to his parents, our male lead rarely smiles. He accepts his responsibility, helping demons and other worldly beings let go of their hatred, solve their troubles, so they can cross peacefully to the other side. Our heroine’s a human girl with yin yang eyes, allowing her to see the inner thoughts of demons and spirits. While other people believe that her father died, she knows that the buried body isn’t his. They consider her a strange girl spilling nonsense so she sets out to look for her father, joining our male lead on his journey, slowly opening up his heart again.
Li Ying’s drama is confirmed for airing! It’s a drama adaption of Zhang Yi Mou’s The Story of Qiu Ju, which was also based on Chen Yuan Bin’s novella. The drama version will be called The Story of Xing Fu (幸福到万家).
The Legendary Life of Queen Lau (皇后刘黑胖) is adapted from the novel written by Ge Yang. It’s a comedy historical drama and follows the story of our heroine, a Prime Minister’s illegitimate daughter, who is abandoned by him. But the day the Empress Dowager wants to link the two families through marriage, villainy dad is too eager to find his not-so-pretty daughter back. Due to her dark skin and chubby figure, our heroine isn’t favorably looked upon. The funny thing here is this: the Empress Dowager actually wants the Crown Prince to marry Prime Minister’s distant relative – his niece, who’s pretty and well-educated. So our plucky heroine marries into the palace and becomes the Crown Princess at age 9/10 in the novel. The two kids of course start off on the wrong foot but the years they spend together cement their friendship, which sets up the foundation for many laughs and eventual romance.
Per Qiyi: Love the Way You Are (爱情应该有的样子) tells the sweet love story of Yin Yike, who seems to have a perfect life, and her childhood partner Xu Guangxi. Yi Yike (played by Angelababy), who seems to have a perfect life, lives a 35-year-old life as a matter of course. Whether in the company or at home, she is thoughtful all around. Like a never-tired Wonder Woman, she takes care of everyone around her except herself. Until she met in a corner of a convenience store, the boy, Xu Guangxi (played by Lai Kuanlin) who used to often went to her place to have meals when she was a girl. Xu Guangxi returns from his studies abroad, but this boy who used to just feel a sense of dependence on Yike, his feelings have budded into butterflies fluttering in his stomach. But chasing Yike is nothing short of a difficult feat. It entails a fast-moving life and ultra-realistic pressure. But for love, Guangxi becomes more mature and and adjusts his footsteps, taking firm steps towards Yike. The two throbbing hearts who have experienced countless challenges and choices are getting closer little by little, and they also understand that the best love is not to sacrifice each other, but to attract and respect each other, so that each other can become better people.
After Ashes of Love, Skate Into Love, producer Liu Ning is calling Love When The Stars Fall (星落凝成糖) his third part of the Honey Trilogy, just because the titles of the three separate novels contain sugar and or honey in it. So yes, it’s three separate novels, all with different stories. Love When The Stars Fall (星落凝成糖) is written by Yi Du Jun Hua and follows dual female leads! They are princesses from the royal family Li. Older sister (He Xuan Lin) is deemed as a lucky charm for the family. She’s kind-hearted, beautiful, and is considered hope to the whole country. She’s betrothed to the heavenly first prince (Chen Xing Xu). As a favor in return, they are protected by the heavens. Younger sister (Li Lan Di) was born unlucky, deemed as a shame to the family, making her cold-hearted and cruel. She’s betrothed to the demon prince (Chen Mu Chi). However, a twist of fate sends the sisters to the wrong families on their wedding day. Even though they advertise it as dual female leads, from reviews, the cunning younger sister and her romance with the Godly Prince is the central piece.
Impressive! I knew she was playing the female lead but she’s also listed as producer for The Legend of Shen Li (与凤行) at today’s booting ceremony! Hopefully, this means that she can have some control on reigning in the original novel story!
Based on the novel written by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang (author of Ostentatious Zhao Yao, The Blue Whisper), The Legend of Shen Li follows the story of a strong-willed “Prince” of the demon world, Shen Li. To clarify, the “prince” here refers to our female lead, who is not blood-related to the demon royalty but a title given to her for her successes in battles and military prowess. Unluckily on her 1000th birthday, she receives a degree decree to get married to the Heavenly Emperor’s grandson, Fu Rong. The guy’s Casanova reputation forces her to run away. However, during her escape she’s injured and returns to her true form – a phoenix. The bad luck comes her way as she’s hunted down by a group of hunters. They pluck her golden feathers and sell her on the street vendor as a hairless chicken. LOL. That image is hella funny. She’s bought by a sickly scholar, who is actually a powerful God in Heaven who was bored (or whatever) and decided to enter the human realm with his memory intact. He can see that she’s a phoenix demon but doesn’t let her know about his knowledge or identity, in order to play tricks on her.
Director is Deng Ke (My Heroic Husband) and scriptwriter is given to Jiu Lu Fei Xiang (original novel author). Sounds good!