According to the Wen Wei Po, Louis Cha, journalist, historian, educator, and the writer most well-known as Jin Yong, passed away at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital on the afternoon of October 30, 2018. Cha was born in Haining, Zhejiang, on February 6, 1924 .
With each of his fourteen novels inspiring dozens of adaptations, Cha is the most popular wuxia writer of all times, if not the most popular modern Chinese writer. If you have a favorite actor who acted before this decade, there’s a 90% chance they have played a Jin Yong character. Just this year, there are at least four adaptations in the works (The Return of the Condor Heroesdrama and film, Dragon Saber and Heavenly Sword, and Semi-Gods and Demi-Devils) . (more…)
After the mess of the Hugo that lead to big names like George RR Martin calling foul, The Three Body Problem became the first Chinese novel to be successfully nominated for best novel for both of Sci-fi’s biggest awards, the Hugo and the Nebula. The novel by Liu Cixin, translated into English by the equally brilliant Ken Liu, is currently in the process of being made into a film. Other than leads Zhang Jingchun and Feng Shaofeng, Tang Yan and Du Chun are also rumored to join the cast.
Congrats to Liu Cixin! Also, duo Nebula and Hugo winner Ken Liu just published his first full-length novel,The Grace of Kings (it’s in English!), an epic of its own set in a Han-dynasty alternate universe. I highly recommend you to check it out.
Remember back in the days when novels were first being made into TV series? Now, these writers are skipping the novel part and going straight to TV. With the famous Tonghua (Bu Bu Jing Xin, Cloud Song, Desert Melody) setting the way and now producing her third series (Perfect Couple, Cage of Love, and an upcoming one), others are joining suit. A number of upcoming series will be penned by their original authors, including Hai Yan for Nirvana in Fire and Gu Man for Wallace Chung and Tang Yan’s modern series 何以笙箫默.
Others have gone straight to script-writing, producing new works just for the screen. Most noted for her books involving female secret agents time-travelling and pwning the ancient world, Xiaoxiang Dong’er is writing a script for Yu Zheng featuring once again special force members, this time set in the Republican era. If anything, the thought of announced lead Chen Xiaoin uniform is enough for us to be excited about.
Infamous novelist Vivibear is also working with Yu Zheng on a Palace spinoff. Despite her notoriety for plagiarism, I’m kind of hoping that Yu Zheng will pick up her book on Lanling Wang because it explains the beauty ofthe Prince of Orchid Hills by saying she’s actually a girl crossdressing as a boy.
Finally, historical romance writer XiaoChun, who gets nightmares about scriptwriters ruining her books, revealed she’s also working on a script. Although she’s only written two books, she’s known for her deep knowledge of her subjects and cramming a lot of history into her stories, which is why she’s one of my favorites.
While there’s been a good track record for novelists to advice rather than write their own scripts (the other Hai Yan, Yan Geling, Tonghua, etc.), it’s to be seen how these direct transition from internet novel to script will work. Will these new scriptwriters find success among their predecessors like Qiong Yao and Guo Jingming? What do you think?
Tiny Times 2.0 is the second in the Tiny Times series by Guo Jingming and depicts the lives of four best friends as they face drastic changes that come with entering the real world. Will their friendship last?
It seems that in the final months of 2008, the newspapers and magazines have only two front page covers. The first captures Obama’s distinctive features and the seemingly determined, or perhaps distressed, look in his eyes. It is the first time a black man has become president of the United States. The second is the economic crisis. The impact of this crisis has been like a tsunami. Its unpredictable waves sweep everything in its way, spreading from the financial centre of the world, New York City. The whole world is being overturned and what remains are the muddy bubbles of the white ocean.
Author-publisher-director Guo Jingming sits down with Sina‘s Chen Yiyi to discuss his version of the Chinese Dream, what it means to be an idol, the attacks on him and his works, and his visions for his foray into film. Translations of selected parts by me. Random gif’s of unknown origin included.
“I embody a part of their dream.””
Sina: The main audience of 《Tiny Times》 , those born after ’85, these youths, what characterizes them?
Guo Jingming: The biggest focal point is the pursuit of individuality. Our parents seek similarities in lifestyles, the same type of pants, same haircut, same food in the same cafeteria. But today, the lifestyles of the youth are of all types: you might like tattoos, and I like nose rings; you like rock, I like classical music. People are different, everyone’s a unique individual. There isn’t a “generation of people.” I think only under a twisted societal environment would there be the idea of “a generation of people” or “a group of people.”.
There is the slight possibility that there will be no translation tuesday next week, and so to compensate, here are two sections for this week. At last, Prince Zhao finally makes a personal appearance! For now I’m borrowing pictures off the internet (Baiduing things like, “gentleman in purple”), but you should feel free to discuss what type of image you have so far of the characters in the comments. What are your thoughts on the story? The characters? (more…)
Thank you for all of the novel suggestions. Most likely one of them will be used in next week’s translation, because I did not read the summary or the book before I began to translate this one. Your thoughts would be much appreciated; does it deserve another shot?
Also known as “Silken Dream of the Big Dipper.” Written by E’Mei, published in 2010, a time traveling piece.
Summary: Career girl Xie Xuanji, trained in speedy calculation, was transported back to ancient times after dying, landing in the body of a beautiful girl, a singer who was given to the Zhao Palace by a wealthy merchant. In a twist of fate, Xuanji saves the life of Prince Zhao’s mother (this ruins any suspense the first translation may have built up) and thus attracted the attention of Prince Zhao. After discovering her independent personality and unique thought process, he is surprised (and delighted), and falls in love…by legend, she is the reincarnation of a heavenly maiden, and whoever “gains” her, can unite the country…and so she attracts the attention of six countries. But although she just wants a peaceful life, she is constantly thrown into these powerful struggles, facing a choice between the man she loves and a position as queen of the six palaces, how will she decide? And who will really be able to lead China and unite the six kingdoms? (more…)
Jessie had requested this, so I’m going through my old files to put this up again. I’ve only translated parts of it, but it should be enough to understand what’s going on, although there’s a lot of subplots and nuances you’ll be missing. I’ve added the section numbers for easier comparison to the original. Here are the first few parts.
Two endpoints make a segment.
One endpoint makes a ray.
No endpoints make a line.
Qi Ming and Yi Yao are like two different rays beginning on the same point but going separate directions, so they grew further and further apart. Each day is even more different than the previous one. Their lives were written separately in print and cursive, only to lose their color with the brushing of time until it’s hard to tell the two apart. (more…)
The author who is perhaps best known for his tale of “Red Sorghum” that has been cinematically recaptured by director Zhang Yimou, Mo Yan became the first Chinese national to win a Nobel literature prize. The committee described him as one “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” Congrats to him, although I’m generally not a big fan of the non-science Nobel prizes.
“His win makes him the first Chinese writer to win the Nobel in its 111-year history: although Gao Xingjian won in 2000, and was born in China, he is now a French citizen, and although Pearl Buck took the prize in 1938, for “her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces”, she is an American author.”