Hello, we’re back with another post of c-dramas based on novel adaptions. There are quite a lot of them over the course of c-entertainment and unfortunately, we can’t cover all of them. For this post I’m picking dramas with novel translations or well-known dramas from 2017. Dramas aired in 2017 but were mentioned in part 1 includes Lost Love in Time + General and I. I will not mention them here to prevent from repeating the same information. As usual, admins’ reviews are colored 🙂
Title: (三生三世十里桃花) San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua | English title: Eternal Love |Also Known As: Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom, Eternal Love |Genre: Romance, fantasy | Episodes: 58 | Broadcast network: Dragon TV, Zhejiang TV | Broadcast period: 2017-Jan-30 to 2017-Mar-01
Drama Adaptation: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom/ Eternal Love TV Series (Subbed by Dramafever)
Novel Adaptation: Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom by Tang Qi Gong Zi
ChocolateCosmos: I have not-so-positive opinions regarding the novel, so I’ll refrain from mentioning them. As for the drama adaptation, it does follow the storyline quite well (the author was there to monitor during the filming) and some of the dialogues are slightly different, but better than the novel itself. Mark did pretty well in this drama and surprised people with his heartfelt performance.
AlwaysZhenXin: I think the drama did a much better job of following the storyline than the movie version. Not to mention, the chemistry between Mark Chao and Yang Mi was a bit more convincing than Liu Yi Fei and Yang Yang. Although the drama was a bit draggy at times and there were a few parts that I wish didn’t exist OR had more scenes about, I still really liked it. My favorite parts were definitely the interactions between the two main characters, Bai Qian and Ye Hua. If I were to change one thing in the drama version, I would have omitted the Feng Jiu and Dong Hua love story a bit. It’s not that I am not a fan of them, but they both deserve their own drama! Their story was not given justice in this drama, and I hope that with the upcoming production, their story will be able to solely focus on them.
iiangelx3: Didn’t read the novel but I love both the drama and the movie. It actually took me a few episodes to like the drama since I didn’t like the first arc. But I’m glad I stick till the end because it was worth it. Yang Mi and Mark both did an awesome job and the sets and costumes were really pretty too. I know the movie didn’t do the story justice but Yang Yang has a special place in my heart so I will forever be biased.
chexmix: This drama was my all time favorite in 2017. Love the cast and love the storyline! I went back to read the novel afterward and the way the story flowed was kind of confusing. I’m glad the drama reorganized it to start viewers off with Xiyin’s story.
Title: (将军在上) Jiang Jun Zai Shang | English title: Oh My General | Also known as: General On Top | Genre: Romance, comedy, period | Episodes: 60 | Broadcast network: Youku |Broadcast period: 2017-Oct-25 to 2017-Dec-13
Novel: General on Top I am Below by Ju Hua San Li
AlwaysZhenXin: The beginning was by far the best parts of this drama. Seeing Ye Zhao kickass and Yu Jin having to submit to her were so funny. This drama definitely had a lot of potential, but I have to admit that the majority of the drama was just so boring. But Sandra Ma portrayal of the tomboy Ye Zhao was spot on. Even Peter Sheng’s performance of Zhao Yu Jin was pretty good. He’s definitely improved. These two are definitely a power couple!
iiangelx3: I don’t even remember how I found out about this drama but I didn’t like it. The story itself wasn’t a problem, I was even curious on how they would fall in love I felt the whole comedy aspect of it was too much for me. In the end I watched the first half and fast forward the second half of the story.
ChocolateCosmos: The novel was quite funny… but draggy. This drama did a pretty job, but it wasn’t appealing to me somehow.
Title: (致我们单纯的小美好) Zhi Wo Men Dan Chun De Xiao Mei Hao | English title: A Love So Beautiful | Also Known as: To: Our Pure Little Beauty | Genre: Romance, youth, school | Episodes: 23 | Broadcast network: QQLive | Broadcast period: 2017-Nov-9 to 2017-Dec-7
Drama Adaptation: A Love So Beautiful TV Series (Subbed by Viki)
Novel Adaptation: A Love So Beautiful by Zhao Gan Gan
ChocolateCosmos: Cute drama. I didn’t get to finish it though lol. Maybe it’s because dramas where the girl chases the guy aren’t exactly appealing to me at this point. But overall, this drama introduced me to Shen Yue who is a total cutie pie and Hu Yi Tian.
Title: (双世宠妃) Shuang Shi Chong Fei | English title: The Eternal Love | Also Known as: 爆笑宠妃: 爷我等你休妻; Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait for Your Divorce | Genre: Fantasy, comedy, romance, historical | Episodes: 24 |Broadcast network: QQLive | Broadcast period: 2017-Jul-10 to 2017-Aug-15
Drama Adaptation: The Eternal Love TV Series (Subbed by Viki)
Novel Adaptation: Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait for Your Divorce by Sui Yu Er An
iiangelx3: I watched this because it kept popping up on my news feed and after finding out Xing Zhao Lin was the lead I kept watching. I watched the drama without any expectations which made me thoroughly enjoyed the drama. The romance was really cute and cringey at times and a easy watch, especially after princess agents.
Title: (楚乔传) Chu Qiao Zhuan | English title: Princess Agents | Also known as: 11处特工皇妃 / 11th Bureau Princess Agents, 特工皇妃楚乔传 / Legend of Chu Qiao |Genre: Period, romance | Episodes: 68 | Broadcast network: Hunan TV | Broadcast period: 2017-Jun-05 to 2017-Aug-01
Drama Adaptation: Princess Agents TV Series (Subbed by Viki)
Novel Adaptation: Queen of No.11 Agent 11 by Xiao Xiang Dong Er
ChocolateCosmos: Gosh that ending. Gosh some of the editing.
AlwaysZhenXin: I don’t even know where to start for this… X_X Although the drama was a bit disappointing, in terms of the flow of the storyline, most of the characters were really interesting to observe. There definitely was more character development in the supporting characters compared to the main leads. For example, Yan Xun and Princess Yuan Chun both were probably the two that changed the most. One disappointing thing was how the drama deviated from the original storyline in regards to what happens after Yan Xun becomes “evil”. I mean, I can live with Yuwen Yue and Chu Qiao not ending up together, but I just wished that she really became the leader in the book that fought to end slavery, instead of just following Yan Xun around until the end. Regardless, I thought Zhao Li Ying’s portrayal of the pitiful and brave Chu Qiao was pretty good. The woman definitely knows how to act, and she’s amazing in all the roles she’s in.
iiangelx3: I liked the first dozen episodes and the scenes between Yuwen Yue and Chu Qiao. But it got wayyy too draggy and if ZLY wasn’t in this I would of dropped it.
Chexmix: This is one of those you-had-so-much-potentials-but.. kind of dramas. I mean the storyline was there, the cast was there, the set up was there but somewhere along the way, the drama lost track its main point and started falling into more sappy love (not that Yuwen Yue and XingEr’s interaction was not fun to watch =D ). If only they had kept her ambition to free slaves and overthrow the hierarchy as the main point, the drama probably would not have dragged and then ended too abruptly! The novel tho was really well written. The details and the raw emotion in the form of words! A bit dark and emotionally draining but definitely a recommended book.