I just started watching the drama, and it made me curious about the novel so I started listening to the audiobook (which is actually really good!). It’s really quite different, and definitely has a New Adult genre type feel to it.
I’m not sure if I’ll carry on translating as I did this just for fun as a break from studying, but I thought I’d post it for anyone who is curious about how it differs from the drama!
Before asking about my other projects, please read this post.
April. The National Specialised French Examination had just finished, and we were all waiting for our grade.
The sunlight was good, and it was a bright and beautiful spring day.
Looking out from the bright large window of the library, one can see the dark blue sea, the waves that flutter in the spring wind, and the seagull that opens its wings, enticing one to slack off.
I was sitting in the library, and I’ve studied so much that I’m a little sick of it. I flipped at pages of the dictionary out of habit. I saw a word, “fatalité,” a feminine noun; destiny, fate, karma. Read More »
I don’t even know how to react other than “what the fuck.”
I read the book, and I liked it to an extent because I like absolutely ridiculous melodrama but the drama had major pacing issues and went between boring, bad CGI, and 50 shades too melodramatic along with awkward lines from the novel shoved in. Most of the more dramatic scenes I had wanted to see translated onto the small screen ended up really lacklustre too.
Honestly, I felt like I watched a 50 episode long dramatised lesson of Why Unequal Power Dynamics In An Unhealthy Relationship Will Fuck You Over rather than a love story– the whole romance aspect was just so uncomfortable to watch after it passed the Cute Teenage Crush stage. The only good thing is that they aged HQG up to 16 so BZH felt a little less like a cradle robber I guess. And there were a lot less consent issues because I had a hell of a lot of consent issues with the book.
Costumes were a little basic, everyone had too much makeup plastered to their face, and very few people had nice eyebrows. Wallace Huo’s face has an inherent smugness I want to punch away, so I’m not even going to go there, but my precious cutie pie Zhao Liying’s demoness makeup and costume looked terrible 😦
Overall, a very disappointing drama that I’ll probably return to whenever I need some lols in my life.
To end this on a positive note because I’m feeling positive today, I thought this scene was gorgeous:
As always, I’m open to people agreeing or disagreeing with me and I’ll probably be able to articulate my thoughts better if anyone wants to discuss this drama!
Fun fact: Did you know I hate myself? Well, I do. Because I started listening to the Chong Zi audiobook. Yeah, I hate myself too.