I started the year with a Japanese anime craze, moved on to be really studious (for only a couple of weeks) for Korean and now I’m dumping both aside for a new obsession: Chinese novels!
Or more specifically, ancient Chinese romance (Internet) novels. 😀
You know.. the ones with really fancy and (fantasy) artwork of pretty male (and of course female) leads looking all romantic.
The kind that I used to scoff at
For many years, I would only read Taiwanese novels (either JBD or the Novel@net series of romance novels) partly because I love reading stories set in Taiwan and also partly because I have a preference for vertical print (also why I love Japanese novels) and traditional Chinese characters.
Which explains why I almost never read in simplified Chinese.
Until I read 大漠謠 (da mo yao) by 桐華 (tong hua). I won’t repeat my love for the book again, you can read about it here lolol. I love epic love stories.In any case, tong hua’s novels really started my whole craze for c-period romance novels and now, it has expanded to include those mythical epic romance novels!
Tang Qi Gong Zi (唐七公子) is the best!! <3 <3 TQGZ really knows how to write characters. At first I was pretty resistant to the whole setting about fairies, demons and what not who live for 14,000 years ;; but now I’m totally converted. I realise that I am always very very attracted to those sharp-tongued, witty, domineering and yet very charismatic male characters. To put it in my friend’s friend’s words, I like those オレ様キャラ （ore-sama character).
hahahaha dying of laughter when I googled the definition 😛
It listed Chiaki sempai (from Nodame Cantabile) and Zhi Shu (from ISWAK) as the prime examples of Ore-sama characters! And I guess you can add Dao Ming Si (from Boys over Flowers) to the list! hahahaha. MY TOP 3 FAVORITES!
That being said, I don’t know how I would react if I meet an ore-sama in real life. But I guess I might be smitten 😛
I digressed. In any case, I just wanted to say that Dong Hua (东华） from Tang Qi Gong Zi’s 三生三世枕上书 （three worlds, three lives pillow book) is the best! He’s now added into my top 5 favourite ore-sama list lolol.
His 话不饶人 character is so awesome!
Fangirling aside, reading all these have made me look at the Chinese language in a new light and I’m beginning to (re)appreciate how beautiful the language is.
There’s this particular verse(?) in Bu Bu Jing Xin (by Tong Hua) that I really love.
I love how much wisdom there is in a few words. I don’t think I can translate this without butchering it, so I’ll just leave it for those who understands (:
Found the longer version of it and it’s just <3 .
由爱故生忧，由爱故生怖，若离于爱者，无忧亦无怖。既不回头，何必不忘。既然无缘，何须誓言。今日种种，似水无痕。明夕何夕，君已陌路。由爱生嗔，由爱生恨，由爱生痴，由爱生念。从别后嗔恨痴念 皆化为寸寸相思。 相思相望不相亲，薄情转是多情累，曲曲柔肠碎。从喜生忧患，从喜生怖畏，离喜无忧患，何处有怖畏? 从爱生忧患，从爱生怖畏，离爱无忧患，何处有怖畏? 是故莫爱着，爱别离为苦，若无爱与憎，彼即无羁缚。无我相，无人相，无众生相，无寿者相，而法相宛然，即为离于爱者。命由己造，相由心生。世间万物皆是化相，心不变万物皆不变，心不动万物皆不动。爱别离，怨憎会，撒手西归，全无是类，不过是满眼空花，一片虚幻。
For those who love C-novels, here’s an awesome English blog dedicated to “Fangirling Chinese novels”.
Nobody around me appreciates these novels ): If you wanna get started, here’s a few of my favourites! (I went to the library the other day and borrowed so many omg)
C-period romance novels (all ♥♥♥♥♥)
- 大漠谣 by 桐华 (Da Mo Yao by Tong Hua) － the drama is awesome!
- 云中歌 by 桐华 (Yun Zhong Ge by Tong Hua) －tip! Read Da Mo Yao first! Followed by this!
- 步步惊心 by 桐华 (Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua) – the drama is mad awesome!!
C-period mythical romance novels (all ♥♥♥♥♥)
- 三生三世枕上书 by 唐七公子 (San Sheng San Shi Zheng Shan Shu by Tang Qi Gong Zi)
- 三生三世十里桃花 by 唐七公子 (San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua by Tang Qi Gong Zi) – this one comes before The Pillow Book but I like Pillow Book more!!
- Bu Bu Jing Xin (♥♥♥♥♥) – love love love!!
- Sound of the Desert (♥♥♥♥♥)
- Tian Wai Fei Xian (♥♥♥♥)
- Legend of The Condor Heroes 2008 (♥♥♥♥)
- Lan Ling Wang (♥♥♥) – watched till ep 20 then I gave up ;; But it was perfect until then. -.-
- Perfect Couple (♥) – too modern and comical and exaggerated for me ;;
If you happen to have any Chinese novel / drama recommendations, please let me know!!! ^^
p.s. I think I need to switch back to K and J mood to prepare for TOPIK and JLPT ;;; (provided I remember to submit the application form lolol)