Adapted from the novel written by Ba Yue Chang An, Unrequited Love (暗恋橘生淮南) stars Hu Bing Qing and Hu Yi Tian. The story follows our heroine’s one-sided romance for her childhood friend for fifteen long years. They are childhood playmates and attend the same school for many years. Beginning in high school, their friendship takes a dim turn as she focuses more on her studies. When they meet again in college, she still carries a burning torch for him. Girllllllll! An excursion to Red Canyon Valley rekindles their friendship and sparks begin to fly ~
From what I know, there’s another drama adaptation of the same novel which aired in 2019 with Zhao Shun Ran and Zhu Yan Man Zi. You can stream it on netflix.
In the last few years, I’ve gone through several drama droughts, where I wasn’t interested in any of the dramas coming out. As the popularity of IP adaptations continued to surge and seeing the more light-hearted comedies released, I decided it was time to venture into the source medium.
However, where to start was always puzzling and how should I prioritise this growing list of Chinese novels I accumulated? I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but after a while I became overwhelmed and now those books on my TBR list just sit there, whilst I find other novels to read. I normally visit Douban when I want to find a new novel to read, but Douban has three ways of arranging their novels; their comprehensive arrangement (whatever that may mean), arrange by date or arrange by rating. As the ratings lover that I am, here is a list of highest rated romance novels on Douban.
From the writer behind the successful and highly-rated youth drama With You, another one of Ba Yue Chang An’s novel is adapted onto the small screen. Youth drama, My Huckleberry Friends (你好，旧时光) stars Li Lan Di (Wu Xin 2) and Zhang Xin Cheng (Shuttle Love Millennium 2) as the leading pair.
With You is webdrama adapted from the youth novel The Best of Us (最好的我们) written by Ba Yue Chang An. Interestingly, it started the real life love story between the leads too. Liu Hao Ran (Detective Chinatown) and Seven Tan Song Yun (Taekwondo Girl) were caught on a night date last month. They met through filming this drama and when news broke out of their dating, Nana-HaoRan fans also got their hearts broken. I wasn’t aware of any shipping so my heart was safe. Lol. Anyhoo, I tried reading the novel and only got up to chapter 4 and found out very little about the main characters – too many details. In a nutshell, our leads go to the same high school and are desk mates. Feelings are developed, memories created, and hearts are broken etc. All the ingredients of a youth drama. XD