How did 58 episodes go by so fast? What is this voodoo and can they make more of it in dramaland?
This show is my drama heaven, as I had confessed to one of my drama buddies. They basically took the best things out of the book, stayed close where it matters, and made it 10x better (DH and FJ fans will have to accept it’s not a PB adaptation, sorry).
So yeah, why don’t we start with those two.
Ill-fated romance is what all these stories are about. The scriptwriter is actually pretty kind to this couple because their story is a lot more convoluted (for better or worse) in the book. With that said, I don’t personally like the changes made to them, because I prefer Dijun to be the one defying fate once he finds he has feelings for her. He’s just the kind to not give a shit if you get I mean. “So what if we’re not fated? I’ve never feared Destiny and I certainly don’t need its charity.” That was what you should’ve said, Dijun! Oh wells, I love your white hair and 6’3″ height.
FJ was also kinda out of character. She never pursued him as Bai Fengjiu of Qing Qiu in the book, only as a nameless maid and a baby fox. Because she’s the princess. Because her country’s dignity outweighs her own self-respect. And dear FJ, pls learn how to fight! You’re more than a pretty face.
And the mortal realm stint! Noooo~ why would Dijun suggest something so stupid? He would never! Go back to the script writing room, writer.
Where’s my other couples? Let’s go ahead and count them down.
Zhe Yan and Zhen Zhen *hearts* Thank you drama, for all cute little insinuations. Because another adoption would’ve made me flip some tables. Their lovers quarrels have me in stitches.
His honey got him some honey to help the medicine go down *wink wink*
Yanzhi and her constable. Ugh these Kunlun men and their duties. And yet, I find their unfulfilled romance a lot more effective than DH and FJ’s. She’s quiet and accepting, and it makes her sad, but she respects his choices, and I heart Yanzhi more than anyone except YH in this drama.
YH x baby boy are my kryptonite. Even when his grief is all-consuming, he eventually finds a way to be a doting, thoughtful, and present parent to Ah Li. All of that is evident in how well-adjusted and happy Ah Li is. And who can say no to the single daddy and his pint-size wingman? So much cuteness abounds.
On the other hand, the only moment when I felt BQ having any sorts of attachment to her son was when he came to visit her at Kunlun while his father was in the mortal realm. Here, she was visibly happy and affectionate. It’s in her face, her body language, her voice. As if her new-found happiness with YH translates over to the kid.
Yet a few episodes later after YH is gone, she’s back to her aloof ways. The kid runs to her after 3 years of separation, and she gives him this really detached look. When she hugs him, it doesn’t seem like she misses him that much. When he has to leave, she doesn’t seem like she minds letting him go.
BQ as written in the book is exactly the way she’s portrayed in the drama. Nevertheless, I was hoping that, like other aspects that the drama had made better, they would rewrite this part to make her more maternal. I get it that everyone has a different way of coping with grief. But the one thing I dislike about BQ is that she is only ever concerned about herself when shit hits the fan. “I’m in pain, I’m betrayed, I’m abandoned, I’m left behind…” Yanzhi’s practically a saint sitting next to her with XN’s daughter.
But except for that, BQ’s badassery is so rare in mainstream Asian entertainment.
I got chills, I tell you! Chills!
And so, in the end they find each other again. Whole and healed. Heart and body. And I couldn’t be happier. Flower prints notwithstanding.
Honestly though, YH could’ve loved SJ and I would’ve rooted for that storyline… because YH can do whatever he wants as far as I’m concerned. He can wear his hair down, he can wear ugly outfits, he can love a bitchy girl, and I’d still want his happiness. Oopsies, he’s already doing all of it, isn’t he?
And to all the singles: maybe your turn will come in a sequel 70,000 years from now haha.