When a novel has a series or movie version, expect it that it wouldn’t be exactly as the original content. Particularly if it is being adapted from Danmie/BL literature. Due to Chinese censorship restrictions, the love between the lead characters becomes platonic or bromance. It will then depend on the chemistry between the actors and their on-point acting skills to hook the audience to the said series.
This is an astonishing and brilliant exercise in cinematic adroitness that has been, unfortunately misunderstood and misinterpreted, but not necessarily incorrectly. Does that sound like an oxymoron? Perhaps.
If I were to describe “Under The Skin” in one word, it would be- “Compelling”
It does say that it’s based on an unknown king in the past—so fascinating.
This drama surprised me because, with all the current restrictions on Chinese BL shows, I was wondering if we will even get a real storyline or a facsimile of one. In Your Heart is based on “Childhood friends to Something more” trope and honestly I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. We are only two episodes in and the chemistry is quite subtle.
Adapted from a novel by Mo Dao Zu Shi titled Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, The Untamed is a xianxia fantasy that stole the world’s heart.
Adapted from the manga of the same name by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata, “Hikaru no Go” is an endearing yet heartwarming tale of true friendship that spans across eons, transcending time and space.
I will be honest and upfront while accepting my morbid disappointment with this highly anticipated Sismance.
I’m not going to be so dramatic as to say Honey Sir will help you believe in love again, but it damn near comes close.
While Sismance or Girls’ Love dramas (as they are infamously known) aren’t as popular as their BL genre, they have their own niche audience.