WAIT!! Let me explain!!! I can explain myself! Lol. No. I am not watching the drama, but I hear it’s all the crazed now in mainland China. I’m not one to jump on the trends bandwagon, especially not after some sappy preteen novel (hence why I am not a twilight fan), but jeez, can you imagine how awesome it is to have not one, not two, but FOUR princes falling for you? I am not going to sit through a 35 episode Qing dynasty melodrama. Don’t worry. But I do appreciate the fresh storyline (not so fresh if they keep re-using it now) and well… the princes! Duh.
You can find a really thorough summary of the novel here. It’s basically about how a modern 21st century 25 year old white collar Chinese professional gets into an accident and wakes up in the body of a 13 year old Manchurian noblewoman. (Not really a noblewoman at 13 I guess.) And because of her bold modern attitudes, she’s intrigued the sons of Emperor KangXi, and they all just start falling for her. She ends up loving the 4th prince, dying in the arms of the 14th prince, and basically becoming a focal point in history… if only it wasn’t so long. I even started reading the story with my poor 4th grade Chinese proficiency, but gave up after chapter 8. The story is different, that’s for sures. When I have more time, I might invest in it. I just wish it wasn’t such a sad ending. The drama, however, gives a more hopeful outlook on the future of the lead couple. And, now that we’re talking about the drama, can I just say that the casting is a little off for my taste?
Liu Shi Shi plays Ruo Xi, the lead. This girl is gorgeous in modern garb, but not as pretty in those weird Qing dynasty hair getup’s. (See that first picture).
Nicky Wu is the 4th prince, and he’s basically the lead male. Unfortunately, Nicky looks better with hair, though I hear he was spectacular nonetheless.
Kevin Cheng, who my freshman year college roommate was enamored with *cough*, plays the 8th prince. I think he’s the only one that actually looks good with a bald head.
But Nicky Wu and Kevin Cheng are like in their 40s. It’s just hard for me to imagine them having this ridiculously fizzling romance with the lead. Their age differences are so obvious in the drama, and I really don’t see ANY chemistry between Liu Shi Shi and Nicky Wu and between Liu Shi Shi and Kevin Cheng from these posters. I’m tempted to watch some clips to confirm my suspicions. I think when the drama was initially casting, they were looking for high profiled actors to take on these two lead roles. These two are high profiled alright, but so much so that it’s hard for me to imagine them fighting each other over a noblewoman. They’re so high profiled and well respected, that I’d feel guilty mooning over them. (Yo, they’re in uncle territory. And the lead actress is like my age. WTH!)
The other guys, on the other hand, like what? In a C-drama?! Haha.
The 13th prince is played by Yuan Hong. He looks better with more hair on his head.
The 14th prince is played by Ling Geng Xin, who’s so young, it’s ridiculous. He can totally pull off the bald Qing look, but with hair, he’s even more swoony.
The 9th prince is suppose to be the bad guy in the drama. He’s portrayed by actor Han Dong. This guy looks amazing in pictures, as you can see below. But I think in live action, the way he looks and moves and talks…I am glad he’s not the lead lol… I am so mean.
The 10th prince is portrayed by Ye Zu Xin, who I’m least impressed with. He’s suppose to be the airhead of the bunch. He’s got a baby face to boot, but not much swooning coming from me.
I’d pick no. 14 anyday. Look at him! How can you not! I think he was also the best choice in the drama. The heroine unfortunately chose no. 4. It was an unlucky number.