The Flame’s Daughter (烈火如歌) is essentially a wuxia drama, except there is one character who is so incongruous with the rest, he made the drama fun to watch, if not a little addictive.
This drama is filled with so many wuxia tropes that they stack up like a perfect Lego castle. Obviously, I’m not watching it for the plot.
I’m watching it for the pretty faces. I’m watching it for the characters development. This drama bumps up the watchable factor by casting actors who can manage subtle expressions of emotional upheaval.
Lie Ruge has the making of a good leader: Honest, attentive, thoughtful, assertive. What she lacks is cold calculation and cunning maneuvers. But no worry. She got plenty of people who would help her out in that department. Cuz she is the title character and everyone is in love with her. *wink wink*
Hence, we got ourselves first wuxia trope: Everybody is passionate about the hero/heroine. They either love her to death or hate her enough to want her dead.
Eternal Love may have strove to be an epic tragic love story, yet humor still dots its landscape. It is dry and it is funny. I can’t say for other people but I found Su Su and Ye Hua’s discussion on “the proper way to care for a snake” to be hilarious. Mainly because of Su Su’s trademark seriousness. It quickly dawns on Ye Hua, while explaining to Su Su that snake ain’t like human, he is speaking to a common-sense-challenged individual who needs major hand holding to cross the street. The funniest one-liner is when Ye Hua says, “I have loads of patience for less smart people,” looking directly at Su Su. Wahaha!
And of course, I can’t forget about Feng Jiu. This girl lies through her teeth in almost every interaction with Dong Hua. Except he can spot her lies like spotting a 3 year-old kid who swears that she didn’t eat the cookie from the jar while there are still cookie crumbs on her face. Naturally, Dong Hua, being incredibly old and jaded, can’t be bothered with correcting her so he just looks at her with his unfathomable side-glance. When this happens Si Ming gives her the pity look that says, “Poor child, I feel embarrassed for you.”