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!
The Times Spent in Pretense (造作时光) is adapted from the novel written by Yue Xia Die Ying. The novel sounds lighthearted and zippy, with an adorable focus on family dynamics. Male lead is our Crown Prince – highly skilled in many areas, but he is lazy with an unpleasant personality. His moves/actions are often misconstrued by the Emperor and the subjects (they over-analyze, LOL). Female lead is from the House of Hua, a family known for their military accomplishments. She fights really well, is capable, unruly, and armed with a sharp tongue. However, she has a very odd dream. She wants to become known as the beautiful…..and sickly beauty, like…. Xi Shi. LOL. So she works hard towards creating an image of a delicate flower to the outsiders. The Emperor wants the two to get married and from that, a lot of hilarious moments arise.
This sounds oh-so-cute!
You can read the translated novel at Sleep Chaser’s Cot.
The Legend of Chusen‘s Lu Xue Qi and Lin Jing Yu reunited in a new drama, adapted from Su Mo’s novel, Agarwood Like
Bread Crumbs (沉香如屑).
Copied and pasted from my last post: The story sounds quite tragic too with the past, present, and future intertwining. The story follows our female lead, Yan Dan (Yang Zi), who is a lotus flower fairy; her “owner”, Yu Mo, is a fish who has cultivated for many years. The two travel around to many places, consuming evil, weak souls to nourish their power/bodies and calling it “doing one good deed a day”. However, one day, they encounter a Taoist Master, Tang Zhou (Cheng Yi), whose goal is to eliminate the evils of this world and protect the humans. The three travel together to find four ancient artifacts which leads to the discovery of their twisted past together – 800 years ago. Our female lead was an exotic four-leaf flower (not sure how to describe her…Lol) in heaven who also had a twin sister. Her body was considered extraordinary herbs with great healing powers. Yan Dan fell in love with the god of war, Ying Yuan, who was terribly injured during the battle with the demons and lost his eyesight. To heal him, she willingly gave up her petals, and even half her heart to cure his eyes. Alas, once he could see again, he didn’t appear to remember her…. To forget him, she gave up her immortality and just like that 800 years went by. Her fish friend escaped heaven to search for her and the two share 20 years of peace together.
800 years later, she meets Tang Zhou, who turns out to be Ying Yuan’s reincarnation. Ha. There’s a lovely twist to this story as you have to figure out the REAL male lead. There’s another guy who’s a god too but he comes and goes.
This looks like fun. The synopsis suggests something heavy but the trailers give off a different vibe. Legend of Two Sisters In the Chaos (浮世双娇传) stars Meng Zi Yi and Li Yi Tong as two sisters with virtues in the Fu household. It is prophesied that one of the two sisters will become the future Empress, leading to enemies on all sides. The sisters happen to like men in different camps and this will challenge their sisterhood.
My list of dramas to watch is getting long. Would love to hear what everyone thought of the ending to this series vs the novel!
Based loosely on the Boy-love novel Mo Dao Zu Shi (魔道祖师) written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, The Untamed in the drama adaptation features Xiao Zhan and Wang Yi Bo in a budding bromance instead. Go here to read more about the characters from the novel. Reading the synopsis of the story, reminds me a little bit of The Legends. Our main protagonist goes his own way to achieve immortality and creates his own demonic sect, which makes him hated by millions in the world for the chaos he created. The other sects/clans come together to kill him. The synopsis of the drama looks quite different from that of the novel. A lot of details are changed so tread carefully!
It starts airing today 6/27!