A Female Student Arrives at the Imperial College (国子监来了个女弟子) is adapted from the novel written by Hua Qian Ci and follows our female lead – daughter of a high-ranking official as she accepts a bet to make the most popular young master (our male lead – Xu Kai Cheng) in town to accept her invitation to the lantern festival. If she loses, she’s to become a performer during the festival. What she thinks is an easy task turns out to be much more challenging. She is turned away each time she tries to visit the Yan’s manor. With her father’s insistence, the Emperor grants her permission to become the first female disciple of the Imperial College, where our male lead is currently attending. She, along with her childhood best friend (played by Ren Hao), set out to turn the prestigious academy upside down.
Lu Si looks so cute I might give this a try. XD Light & fluffy~
Jun Jiu Ling (君九龄) is an upcoming ancient drama based on the novel by Xi Xing. The story follows our female lead, daughter of the former Crown Prince, a princess who studies medicine to help cure her father, but unfortunately he dies anyway. She’s married off and later discovers that her uncle, the Current Emperor, was the mastermind behind her father’s death. When she tries to kill him, she’s killed off. Her soul is then transmigrated into the body of an orphaned girl, Jun Zhen Zhen, who also has problems on her end which is solved by the witty new soul. Turns out, Zhen Zhen’s arranged marriage to the Ning’s family was not honored, so she wanted to hang herself in front of their manor but ended up dying for real (O.O! At least this novel explains where the original soul went). However, that’s the novel version. In the drama version, to go around the body-soul problem, our princess is saved by a physician and takes on another identity instead.
The modern sequel Forever and Ever (一生一世) to the promised tragedy in the prequel (One and Only) is now streaming on qiyi (youtube link)!
Synopsis per Qiyi: Shi Yi, a gentle and low profile voice actor, meets Zhou Sheng Chen, a refined chemistry professor at the airport. Despite the brief encounter, both have a deep impression on each other. Zhou Sheng Chen rejected his family’s arrangements and proposed to Shi Yi, whom he has good feelings for. The couple managed to salvage the business and preserve the traditional arts. However, just when they are about to reap the fruits of their labor, Shi Yi gets seriously injured while saving Zhou Sheng Chen from being harmed. Zhou Sheng Chen puts aside his career and dedicates all his time to taking care of Shi Yi. After recovery, they promise never to leave each other’s side.
Chong Zi (重紫) is based on the novel written by Shu Ke. The story is almost identical to Hua Qian Gu, with the romance being between a highly-respected immortal male lead who takes in our innocent female lead born with the dark force, fated to join the dark side, as his disciple. She does not want to harm anyone but everyone takes turn to torture/harm her just because of her dark force. Her shifu wants to protect her and the world, but he struggles to do both. The difference that I found between this and HQG is that in here, there are multiple life times/reincarnations, so she does die a few times, even at the hands of the man she completely adores.
Bai Ling Tan (百灵潭) is adapted from the novel written by Wu Yu. Our male lead is an immortal tasked with guarding the demons but due to one mistake, he’s punished and becomes the demon leader at Hundred Spirits Lake. One day, a hapless princess falls into the lake and carries a book which contains stories of the past. The two of them begin an exciting story into the past to uncover mysteries and solve past debts.
One and Only (周生如故) is the ancient part of the novel One Life, One Reincarnation – Beautiful Bones (一生一世美人骨) written by Mo Bao Fei Bao starring Ren Jia Lun and Bai Lu. Beautiful bones here refer to the person’s inner beauty as opposed to beauty that is outside – on the skin. The drama will have two parts, one sets in the ancient times, and another in the modern world as both of our leads reincarnated a thousand years later. In their previous lives, their love story ended tragically, and when given a second chance in a new world, what will happen to them? Our male lead doesn’t have memories of the past life, but our female lead does retain the feelings and memories. Oy! She recognizes him the moment they meet again and will chase after him despite the changes and challenges ahead.
Find the translated novel at hui3r’s website. The novel is well-known for its poetic writing, so let’s hope the plot won’t suffer. I have been waiting for a good angst!