Guhhhhh, this is not going to end well. Either the drama sucks, or it’s great but two out of three perfect male leads are longing forever and even the female lead is only 50% happy. I’m talking about Tong Hua‘s xianxia romance novel Lost You Forever, three volumes and basically my C-version of Pride & Prejudice where I think everything is perfect about it and will go to my grave still fondly remembering it. It’s prequel Once Promised got butchered in the C-drama adaptation but I am holding out hope LYF will be treated properly. Time spent on simple things, sincerity in the world building, and equal love given to all three male leads. I was hesitant to embrace the upcoming C-drama starring Yang Zi as my beloved Xiao Yao not because she doesn’t fit the role (she does!) but because she’s done so much xianxia dramas I feel like it’ll just bleed one into the other. Plus three rising male leads I’ve never even seen before so I don’t know what to expect.
But today Tencent released the first official drama poster and I AM BACK IN LOVE. HOMG Yang Zi absolutely IS Xiao Yao and the visage of her under the red Pheonix Flower Tree carrying the basket of red phoenix flower petals (we all know where that is headed) just hits all the feels. This also confirms that the male lead of the drama follows the male lead of the novel in Zhuan Xu, and I’ve told readers of my translations that Zhuan Xu is the male lead even if among the three male leads he gets the least shipping mostly because he gets the most shafting in terms of fate. From the poster above and the first concept poster (below) showing black clad Zhuan Xu and white robed Xiao Yao heading up the mountain it’s clear that the focus is on these two kissing cousins and that’s fine because male lead Zhang Wan Yi who plays Zhuan Xu visually captured my interest the most.
At this point I do want the C-drama adaptation of Lost You Forever (Chang Xiang Si) to go forward because then it would be done and I don’t ever have to wonder what it would have been like. Despite not … Continue reading →
Half of me wants this to never happen because nothing can be as good as the book, and half of me has been waiting for it to happen for so long I just want it to actually happen even if … Continue reading →
Might as well strike while the iron is hot, now that I got my book translating mojos back after a good 4 year hiatus. I posted the final chapter of Lost You Forever, my favorite C-romance novel of all time, … Continue reading →
The God and Goddesses of the fantasy romance novel Lost You Forever live thousands of years to our human tens of years, and their loves and losses are beyond epic and earth shattering. But the relationships and connections Tong Hua … Continue reading →
I’ll always differentiate between B-PC and A-PC when it comes to my opinion of Wallace Huo. B-PC stands for before-Perfect Couple when he was best known to me as his Chinese Paladin 3 nickname of white tofu, inoffensively decent but … Continue reading →
As the journey of Lost You Forever comes to a close, with it all the various narrative threads are tied up one by one. This is the second to last chapter of the novel, and each chapter translating has been … Continue reading →
I can’t believe it’s finally time for the final countdown as this chapter 49 of Lost You Forever marks the third to last chapter of the sprawling novel. There were definitely moments along the way I nearly burned out or … Continue reading →
Normally the maybe death of a main character I love would make me sad but the end of the last chapter of Lost You Forever was a release for me much like it was for the leads. When Xiao Yao … Continue reading →
A good story makes the most out of its fictional conundrums, weaving intricate webs of conflict that leads to a cathartic payoff. The beauty and tragedy in Lost You Forever is that the conflict happens around characters that I love, … Continue reading →
Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but this chapter of Lost You Forever is intense and rough. So get your tissues ready and expect it to hurt and hurt really really bad right where the heart is. LYF has been … Continue reading →
The last chapter of Lost You Forever was so action packed everyone needed to take a breather to assess the current impasse. Jing is likely dead, so Xiao Yao is depressed, and Xiao Yao being depressed makes Zhuan Xu upset, … Continue reading →
I’m always torn between my all-consuming love for one particular male lead in Lost You Forever, and my just one step below love for the other two male leads. Unlike other Tong Hua novels, there is genuinely no one I … Continue reading →