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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2016] Love O2O 微微一笑很倾城

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Hi I'm new around here. I found this series by accident as the premise reminded me a little of Memories of Alhambra. I was very surprised to find that this show had nothing in common with the typical "drama."  It was the first time I watched a modern Chinese series. This led me to read the translated novel and watch the movie on youtube.  

 

First off, I was sort of distracted by the fact that there was only one kind of beer/wine, cell phone, and that they all drank fruit juice instead of water.  Was this product placement or is there only one kind of everything in China?  Sorry, if this is ignorant.

So the translated novel did not have nearly as much "drama" as the series.  I definitely could have done without watching that insufferable Er Xi or Meng Yiran or Cao Gong stuff.  None of that was as prominent in the novel and it was better for it.  I guess it was necessary to pad the show?  I ended up just fast forwarding any time Er Xi or Yiran came on the screen.  They were both too stupid and annoying. 

Coming from a more Western culture, the Wei Wei in the movie was definitely much more appealing.  I agree with above that the one in the series was too goody goody and as above had no sex appeal where she did have some when described in the novel.  I agree that she was too much a "statue." I feel like part of this was a failing of the actress and part of it was a failing of the writing.  It was just too patriarchal. At least in the movie, Wei Wei participated in making the game so she wasn't just a wife who bought everyone lunch. I know this was how Wei Wei was written in the novel but it just but it just made it less interesting.  Also the Xiao Nai in the movie was a throw away and did nothing appealing.  That said, I don't think the movie Wei Wei and the series Xiao Nai would have worked so I don't really have a solution.

 

One thing I did like was the portrayal of Wei Wei's parents in the series which I don't recall was in the book.


Overall, this was a pleasant surprise and I did enjoy the romance of the protagonists.  

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20 minutes ago, turtlebaby said:

First off, I was sort of distracted by the fact that there was only one kind of beer/wine, cell phone, and that they all drank fruit juice instead of water.  Was this product placement or is there only one kind of everything in China?  Sorry, if this is ignorant.

 

Definitely product placement.  :) 

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I watched the drama n read the novel (enjoyed immensely) but not the movie (reviews were meh). I thought ZBB n YY were phenomenal. Hehe.

 

Now I am wondering if I should give the movie a go after reading the recent, more positive comments about it. 

 

Hmm...YouTube right?

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23 hours ago, rocat said:

I watched the drama n read the novel (enjoyed immensely) but not the movie (reviews were meh). I thought ZBB n YY were phenomenal. Hehe.

 

Now I am wondering if I should give the movie a go after reading the recent, more positive comments about it. 

 

Hmm...YouTube right?

 

Movie is more focused on the main casts thus less development on the supporting casts.  Drama puts a bit more on supporting casts, giving us the feelings of friendships.  If you are not nitpicking on those, it will be ok.  Can’t compare 1 hour plus show vs a 30 episodes drama.

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On 5/11/2019 at 3:35 AM, rocat said:

I watched the drama n read the novel (enjoyed immensely) but not the movie (reviews were meh). I thought ZBB n YY were phenomenal. Hehe.

 

Now I am wondering if I should give the movie a go after reading the recent, more positive comments about it. 

 

Hmm...YouTube right?


On netflix. :)

 

I only watched half of the movie. The actress was pretty but the guy looked plebeian. Will have to bribe myself with ice cream just to finish it. Will review it (sometime this lifetime, lol) and give a 5-point comparison between movie and drama. I have to limit myself to 5 because you know how obsessive I can get. 

 

I think drama is more faithful to the novel than the movie, including the characterization of the heroine. 

 

See you later! 

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33 minutes ago, packmule3 said:

 

I think drama is more faithful to the novel than the movie, including the characterization of the heroine. 

 

See you later! 

 

i didnt read the novel....u did it?

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12 hours ago, packmule3 said:


On netflix. :)

 

I only watched half of the movie. The actress was pretty but the guy looked plebeian. Will have to bribe myself with ice cream just to finish it. Will review it (sometime this lifetime, lol) and give a 5-point comparison between movie and drama. I have to limit myself to 5 because you know how obsessive I can get. 

 

I think drama is more faithful to the novel than the movie, including the characterization of the heroine. 

 

See you later! 

 

Haha...I know who Angelababy is but I must go look up the guy again. I think I agree with you thou cos he leaves no impression on me. 

To me, XN is the handsome YY. My brain refuses anyone lesser.

 

i think i’ll put this on hold for a bit longer....

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On 5/11/2019 at 3:35 PM, rocat said:

I watched the drama n read the novel (enjoyed immensely) but not the movie (reviews were meh). I thought ZBB n YY were phenomenal. Hehe.

 

Now I am wondering if I should give the movie a go after reading the recent, more positive comments about it. 

 

Hmm...YouTube right?

 

it's a forgettable movie. The ML doesn't really fit the look of the character. Angelababy is beautiful but her acting was superficial and overdone in places.

 

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I guess the movie may be more realistic in that the ML gets conned because of his inexperience whereas in the drama, he is too smart to let that happen to him.

 

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On 5/16/2019 at 12:20 AM, angelangie said:

 

i didnt read the novel....u did it?

 

I  only read the translations, not the actual novel itself because, as you know, Chinese isn't my first language or my second, third, fourth, fifth... unlike you multi-lingual ladies here. :)

 

I read at least two different translations after I've written my blog posts. I didn't want to be influenced by the writer's novel so I only read the translations after I've blogged about most of the episodes. You see, the original writer's novel may be different from the screenwriter's script which, in turn, will be different from the viewer's interpretation.

 

I had to read more than one translation. Because the style, flow, and the language proficiency of the two translations were different, I could determine whether I'm missing a certain nuance or translation of the original writer's novel. 

 

See? I did my due diligence. :)

 

On 5/16/2019 at 1:00 PM, bluehibiscus said:

 

it's a forgettable movie. The ML doesn't really fit the look of the character. Angelababy is beautiful but her acting was superficial and overdone in places.

 

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I guess the movie may be more realistic in that the ML gets conned because of his inexperience whereas in the drama, he is too smart to let that happen to him.

 

 

The movie's okay. :)  The story's still interesting. But as I said it’s not faithful to the original novel. I

 

f you want one example of the difference between the movie and tv versions vis-à-vis the novel, I just completed one post about it here:

 

https://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/05/24/love-o2o-the-movie-vs-the-tv-drama

 

I’m sorry you’ll have to visit my blog for it because I don’t have time to transfer everything including the pictures here. I''m behind with my blog posts on the Chinese dramas, "Put Your Head on my Shoulder" and "Le Coup de Foudre."  lol. I'm being asked to post on "Abyss" and "Angel's Last Mission: Love", too. So many dramas, so little time. 

 

Tagging @rocat . 
 

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On 5/17/2019 at 1:00 AM, bluehibiscus said:

it's a forgettable movie. The ML doesn't really fit the look of the character. Angelababy is beautiful but her acting was superficial and overdone in places.

 

im not a fan of either Angelababy / ZS lols but if u were to ask me i think i prefer the one in movie....the character had a lil more spunk :) 

 

ZS in the drama had the spunk however hers is the quiet lil type that was suppose to stood there and say it all lols :D 

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On 2/17/2019 at 4:02 AM, caranita said:

I quite enjoyed Love O2O when it was airing, but TBH I like the movie version better. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Angelababy portrays a more convincing Wei Wei than Zheng Shuang. And Jing Boran is just effortlessly cool.

I admit this is how I feel now after getting over my period of being smitten with the drama Love O2O. I feel that even though the story was very short in the movie, the main leads felt more human. The male lead in the movie grew on me. He felt a tad bit more down to earth. Angelababy’s Wei Wei was more spunky and felt real and their skinship scenes didn’t feel or seem awkward to me.

 

As to the drama, of course Yang Yang is love. He’s so handsome in that show. However, I’m forced to admit that his level of unapproachability was very high. In other words, he felt too perfect and sometimes unreal. My complaint about drama Wei Wei is that it’s like she’s cringing when Yang Yang’s Xiao Nai kissed her in his office or sometimes when he gets close. I get that she’s shy to an extent but the vibe of physical rejection (from the actress it seems like) was nevertheless present and kind of ruins the moment(s) for the couple in my eyes. Still, I have watched that drama several times but can’t bring myself to watch it lately because of those instances where the actress kinda ruins the love moments.

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