The romance novel Once Promised is a fantastic read for those who hate love triangles and love OTP consistency, but terribly traumatic for those who need happy endings. The C-drama adaption A Life Time Love (Ancient Love Song) uses the story but changes all the names to avoid upsetting Chinese censors as the original tale was about historical fantasy deities in Chinese folklore based on The Classic of Mountain and Seas, including battle god Qi Yo and the Yellow Emperor.
I don’t know if the adaptation will change the narrative but judging from the new drama stills I dig all the main leads looks and vibe, it’s actually quite on point to how I pictured the characters when I read the novel. Victoria Song is a great choice for the strong and confident female lead while Huang Xiaoming nails it as the brash and loyal male lead. For those who need more youngsters Luo Yun Xi and Wu Qian, who played the younger versions OTP in My Sunshine, they show up here and hopefully get to enjoy a romance of their own. Continue reading