I recently watched a really cute movie called “Love Online” or “Love Online: Extra” because it is actually an extra movie to the series of the same name. I can’t believe I never heard of the series or the movie before and only happened upon them by chance! 😳 I definitely would have regretted not seeing it because it’s just too cute to describe! 😍
Please note: I watched the movie first and actually haven’t had a look at the series yet so this is a totally unbiased review of the movie. 😉
Alright, “The Blind Concubine” is a novel most people probably won’t like but I have to admit that it is one of my favorite Chinese bl novels just because it is so entirely different and extremely emotional. I definitely didn’t regret reading this!
The Chinese bl novel “The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love” is one that I only discovered because the other novel that was translated on the side hadn’t that many chapters out yet. I loved it very much at the beginning and I still liked it at the ending even though I wasn’t that thrilled about it anymore.
It’s still a novel I’d recommend reading, though. There is an advantage to this novel, too: It is already completely translated so you can start reading right now. 😉
What is “The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love” about?
This novel is about Du Ze who read a web novel and wrote a not so nice comment in order to help the author get more famous but instead made him change the whole novel and get hated by his readers. Du Ze suffers because of how much the protagonist has to endure now and finally gets the chance to right the things that went wrong because of his comment when he is transported into the world of the novel and meets the novel’s protagonist Xiu.
Sometimes, when I’m feeling artsy I go and watch a short film and each time I’m impressed by how much those directors are able to tell in less than 10 minutes. Just today I rediscovered one of those little gems called “From Now To The Past”.
What is “From Now To The Past” about?
There probably isn’t much to say about a movie that is only about 8 minutes long. To keep it short: It is about a guy, his wedding, and his best friend. And then again it’s way more complicated than that.
When I watched the beginning of this short film for the first time I thought “What the hell is this shit?!”. When I rewatched it today … I still thought the same. 😂
I don’t regret sitting through the first scene and watching until the end, though, because the rest of the movie was great! There was lots of emotion and even an unexpected turn which I wouldn’t have expected in something this short.
I definitely didn’t regret watching this and might even rate it as one of my highlights. So, I recommend giving it a try! You can find the short film subbed on YouTube.
It’s once more time to introduce a short novel to you: “Counterfeit Bride”. This is once again a completely translated novel with only 10 chapters so you can read it in a couple of hours. 😉
What is “Counterfeit Bride” about?
The title of the novel is actually pretty straightforward: The novel tells the story of Shi Jie Yi a servant who is asked by his master to, well, replace her for her marriage because, well, she doesn’t want to go to some backwater place. After some persuasion, he actually agrees. His husband-to-be isn’t that thrilled about the marriage either and wants to test his new “bride” to see if she is even fit to marry him. But if the one he is testing isn’t the fragile miss he imagined but instead a servant and a man no less, then most likely this test will play out differently than expected. So will those two actually get to marry?
Alright, I was agonizing if I should post this in the Chinese bl section or rather in the non-bl Chinese section. Long story short: “Guardian” is a series that is based on the novel of the same name. The novel is totally bl while the series … met with Chinese censorship. There have been many changes from the source material and one of the biggest is certainly that there is no explicit bl and we’re just stuck with some insinuations and, well, two gorgeous main characters that are so well portrayed by their actors that I … still felt like I was watching a bl series. 😅
So, the Chinese bl section it is. 😉
What is the series “Guardian” about?
There have been quite a lot of changes from the novel so I’ll really only tell you what the series is about.
The basic storyline is still the same, though: There’s the Special Investigation Department, in short SID, that is working on some supernatural cases in Dragon City. Their boss is Zhao Yunlan, the so-called guardian. While he is working on a case at the local university he meets Professor Shen Wei and … well, it feels like sparks are flying but as far as Zhao Yunlan says he just feels that this guy is really familiar.
Somehow, Shen Wei is being connected to nearly all the incoming cases of the SID so those two meet up a lot more and more or less start working together.
All the cases that are occurring recently seem to have another thing in common: They have to do with the four Hallows that are tied to the so-called “Dixing”-people, some sort of mutated alien-race that totally looks human on the outside but has some special abilities. The SID now has to prevent the Dixing-people to get their hands on the Hallows.
Alright, so for the last few days I’ve been mostly uploading my novels and translated a bit behind the scenes but of course there will be some new posts, too. In fact, today seems like a good day for that, so how about I introduce you to the movie “Rebirth”? 😉
It reminded me a bit of “The Male Queen” and since I loved that one you can be sure that I liked “Rebirth”, too!
So, what is “Rebirth” about?
The movie starts off with Prince Yu and the guard Long Yang returning from war. Then, a fight breaks loose and they both die. Here comes the title into play: Long Yang reincarnates to a time before the assassination and even the war and is intent on preventing the prince’s death. Along the way, those two fall in love (very cutely at that, if I may say so 😊) but have to cope with some jealous princess a.k.a. adopted sister of Prince Yu.
While waiting for the next update of “Quickly Wear The Face Of The Devil” I was having a look around to find some other chinese bl stories. One of those I ended up reading was “True Star” and although it didn’t manage to get me as addicted as FOD (but honestly which story can? 😅) I still liked it very much so I thought I should write a short review about it. 😉
Who doesn’t know that feeling of having read a good book and not being able to find anything up to par after that? Or even worse: You’re reading a translation you really, really like and then you’ll have to wait a long time for the next update but just can’t forget about that story?
Well, it got me. 😭 It’s all thanks to Fengliu Shudai’s really amazing “Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil” that is just too good to find anything else to read.
I already reviewed the novel after reading the 14 arcs that are translated right now and what should I say? I read the whole thing once again and then read my favorite chapters two times over. 🙈
Thank god there’s Novelupdates with the recommandations of similar novels. How could I use the time until chapter 15 better than with reading something else? 😉
It was quite hard but I found some novels that are really similar to FOD (like, it’s the same concept of world hopping) and then somehow found some other novels and I’ve gotten another list of novels where I’m waiting for the next update 😅
And since I’m sure that lots of people love FOD just as much as me, I thought why not make a list with novels that could console me while waiting? 😉
Today, I’d like to write about one of my highlights: The novel “Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil“. I already stumbled upon it last year but had completely wrong expectations regarding the content and thus, only started reading this week.
Zhou Yun Sheng was the world’s best hacker until his consciousness was kidnapped and thrown into different worlds by a being called “Lord god”. His task: He has to play the part of the antagonist disregarding his own opinion.
Zhou Yun Sheng has to comply until he finds a chance to strike back: He codes a program that’ll help him wrest the energy he gets from visiting the next world from the Lord god and using it himself. If he saves up enough energy, he’ll be able to return to his own world.
For the first time, Zhou Yun Sheng takes revenge for the roles he gets and soon enough he pursues his own, personal goal, too.