When it comes to novel-to-drama adaptations, I usually prefer to watch the live-version first to avoid participating in the whole “omg how dare they cast this actor/actress!” drama that usually surrounds such adaptations. Also, the novel is usually better, so I can enjoy the drama in peace and then have added satisfaction reading the novel after instead of whining about how the drama supposedly “butchered” the novel.
Hua Qian Gu the drama is still airing but I couldn’t resist getting hold of the two-volume novels and finishing them within 2 days! 😍 It’s an amaaaazing read, and is perfectly complementary with the drama.
First thing, what I loved about both is that there are a number of differences in terms of plot / relationships between characters but instead of one butchering the other, I find both stories fascinating and not a bit contradictory. It’s like being able to enjoy twice the amount from the source material and the drama managed to be faithful to the novel and yet have added elements of surprise. ❤️
I can’t talk more about the novel without being all spoilery, so you have been warned!