翻译官 Les Interprètes (Chapter One+Two)

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.


Chapter One:

Qiao Fei

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 »

Indefinite Hiatus

Edited 31/05/2016

No motivation because I dislike the entitlement around comment culture and heavy university coursework.

Previously translated chapters unlocked. If you’d like to take over either one of my translation in progresses, feel free to. Just let me know so I can link to it!

The General Only Fears the Maiden’s Escape 《將軍只怕姑娘逃》:Chapter Four (Part 1)

Winding her way back to the main door of the Cui Manor (崔府), and seeing those vermillion doors that she had seen growing up, Cui Miao He’s heart actually skipped a beat.

This was the house she had lived in for over ten years!

Home should have been the most steadfast place, but today, was it no longer so?

“Young Mistress (大小姐), you’re finally home!” The moment the gatekeeper, Uncle De (德叔) saw the Young Mistress, he scrambled forward, unable to keep calm.

Uncle De was an old servant in the household, and because he had no home to return to, so Father specially allowed him to be the gatekeeper, and just look after the door.Read More »

The General Only Fears the Maiden’s Escape 《將軍只怕姑娘逃》:Chapter Three (Part 2)

“That’s right, it’s all thanks to My Lord, but you don’t need to be so grateful, I saw that he had a lot of fun with this.”

After those words sounded, a women who was charming from head to toe walked in confidently.

Cui Miao He’s mind was quick, and quickly realised that this maiden was the master of the house, the famous courtesan, Miss Ruo Ban. Read More »

Thoughts on Journey of Flower (花千骨)

I finished the drama.

What the fuck.

I..

I don’t even know how to react other than “what the fuck.”

I’m just

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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:

Yeah BZH you dipshit, you better regret killing my precious child.
Yeah BZH you smug looking dipshit, you better regret killing my precious child.

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.

The General Only Fears the Maiden’s Escape 《將軍只怕姑娘逃》:Chapter Three (Part 1)

Chapter Three (Part 1):

Cui Miao He originally thought that she would not be able to sleep after everything that had happened, but the sound of his steady breathing was like a lullaby, and calmed her down.

In the haze, the stillness around them was suddenly broken by noise and disorder. She startled and immediately got up from the bed, her indistinct train of thought gradually becoming clear.

They’re coming?! Read More »