Eternal Love 三生三世十里桃花 Part 1

Eternal Love (三生三世十里桃花) aka Three Lives Three Words Ten Miles of Peach Blossom aka San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua does cliché like nobody’s business. Amnesia, missing body parts, deaths, resurrections? That’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The lovey dovey pillow talks? That’s dessert with extra whip cream on top. I love every moment of it.

To say nothing about the show’s just-the-right-level melodrama, it impressed me with how well they use the special effects, costumes and makeups to create their epic universe. Those elements successfully enhanced the show instead of crippling it as they did with many of its fantasy drama peers (I am looking at you, xxx Aspiration and xxx Flower). It’s a pity they can’t maintain movie quality level for all 58 episodes. I can clearly see where they spent the big bucks and where they skimped out. The difference is a bit jarring.

Good thing the show is so good I can overlook their inability to seamlessly merge high tech with low tech effects. This drama’s world makes sense. There is internal logic to explain the outrageous things they do (finally in a Chinese fantasy drama!) And most importantly, I am 100% invested in the main couple and their many reincarnations.

Ye Hua’s behavior toward Bai Qian reminds me of a poem by Margaret Atwood: I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.

I love Ye Hua to pieces but I blame him for most of the crapazoid things that befall on them. He is a great man. A man of few words. A man who really needs to stop sheltering his wife and keeping vital information from her. If only he had talked to her about the things that was going on around them, she wouldn’t have broken his heart the way she did.

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Chronicle of Life 寂寞空庭春欲晚 Part 1

Chronicle of Life (寂寞空庭春欲晚) is a tragic love story between a palace attendant who has forgotten her past, an emperor who is determined to help her remember, and a cousin who prays she never does. Their relationship is complicated from the start. It becomes impossible when her memory returns. Every choice they make turns their lives more wretched than before, leaving them wondering if they would ever have a happy ending.

Zheng Shuang Hawick Lau Zhang Bin Bin

Cousin Nalan Rongruo has no one to blame but himself for his misery. If only he had let Liang’er die with her family, he wouldn’t have loved her with his life. If only he had eloped with her and ignored his duty to protect the emperor, she would’ve lived a blissfully ignorant life. If only he hadn’t accepted the blame her family’s death, they would’ve been married and perhaps even happy. If only he could be a bit more selfish, a bit more heartless, a bit more devious, his life would’ve been so much easier. Oh, I love him so!
Zhang Bin Bin

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