I finally caved in and watched Heroin (上瘾) (aka. Addiction). THE Addicted BL web drama that incurred the wrath of Chinese Censorship and was banned from airing its remaining episodes after the Chinese New Year. This web series is already PG-13 (what I think) to begin with. But to appease the all-mighty-CC, they cut out even more. When that still didn’t work, they were left with only one choice: They uploaded the episodes to YouTube. (Yay, USA. Sadly, it’s the edited version and not the coveted full version. If you ever find the cut out portions, PLEASE do leave me a message.)
Having watched it, I can swear on my pinky finger that the drama is truly and deeply addictive (its easy to binge watch when each episode is only 20 minutes long). I had a major withdrawal when the show ended on a cliffhanger. I lost my mind searching for episode 16. I belated discovered that it was originally planned to be a multi-season web drama. Now that CC banned it, I will never know if Gu Hai would make good on his threat if Bai Luoyin ever betrays him! Aaaaahhhhhhh!
So I do the only thing I could, I am reading the book. And I can tell you the book is definite “M” for mature audience due to explicit content. The show before the ban, in comparison, is positively “E” for everyone.
The show’s English title is a combination of the two main characters’ first names: Hai and Luoyin = Heroin. The tagline: There are people who are like a drug. Once you have a taste of them, you are addicted and you just can’t quit them. So far in my reading, the show is pretty faithful to the source material. Tho’ there are parts I wish they had included in the show (that are not censor-magnet), such as the wrestling match between Gu Hai and Bai Luoyin. During the match, Gu the Beast tries to help Bai the Lost Soul worked out his suppressed anger issues through pain and sweat while reining in his own savage nature. If that is not love, what is?
But back to the drama. The boys are at odds from the first moment they met. And their conflicts escalate like two 7 year-olds. I tear out your Chinese homework. You lock me out of the classroom. I kick you in the chair. You pretend I don’t exist.
What fundamentally changes their relationship is when Hai beat the living daylight out of an self-entitled rich kid who bad mouth Luoyin’s mother. Hai threatens to break the kid’s leg unless he apologizes.
Until episode 11 when a fine line between tenacity and obsession is crossed and they can never go back to the way they were. And because CC banned the series.