Music Monday: 2018 drama theme song edition

Instead of clogging up my end of year review (coming soon!), I’ve decided to create a separate post for my favourite OSTs of the year.

When done well, theme songs and instrumental music are able to draw me into the events happening onscreen, even if the acting is bland and/or the story is sub par (sometimes I find that the worse a drama is, the better its OST). I may not have watched some of the dramas on this list, but that didn’t stop me from putting their songs on replay.

I’m a fan of ancient dramas, hence my playlist is usually dominated by melancholy ballads. Which drama soundtracks made an impression on you this year?

Phoenix Street 朱雀街 by Song Bingyang (Moonshine and Valentine)

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Power-driven protagonists? Yes, please.

Tired of power-climbing dramas where the lead is always forced in positions of power because everyone was just so mean to them?

Not The Legend of Dugu’s  Dugu Banruo (Ady An). She wants power because she knows she is smarter than them all and  deserves it as much as the next person. Sure, she loves her family and tries to do what’s best for them, but she also  spends time scheming and politicking because she wants to rule the world

Opposite her is love interest and foil Yuwen Hu (Xu Zhengxi), aka the more crazier version of her. He knows he’s more capable than everyone else, and he wants power, too. Unlike her, who also cares for her family and eventual husband,  he cares for no one minus a  possessive craving for her.

Together, they make a great, dysfunctional pair as they go from allies and lovers to fighting it out for the throne, sometimes helping each other and sometimes trying to ruin each other.  The two are easily one of the most interesting pair of leads in an ancient series in a long time, I highly recommend the drama for their parts.

Before you complain that technically,  Dugu Qieluo and Yang Jian are the leads,   let me remind you that Yang Jian’s most recent on-screen trip left him off-screen for eight whole episodes, and the one before that was five episodes.   The series airs six episodes per week on Wednesdays.

Promo Round-up: The Legend of Dugu

The Legend of Dugu focuses on the Dugu sisters, who each marry into royalty. Our female protagonist is the innocent Dugu Qieluo (Hu Bingqing), who falls in love with and marries the founder of the short-lived Sui Dynasty Yang Jian (Zhang Danfeng).

Her ambitious older sister Dugu Banruo (Ady An) marries the emperor of Northern Zhou (Zou Tingwei), yet has complicated feelings for Yuwen Hu (Xu Zhengxi), the powerful regent of Zhou. Third sister Dugu Mantuo (Li Yixiao) and her husband end up being the biggest winners, as their son Li Yuan would later establish the Tang Dynasty and unify all of China.

I’m looking forward to the Dugu Banruo/Yuwen Hu pairing –  both of them value power above all else, and that’s going to make for the best type of angsty melodrama.

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