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[Current Mainland Chinese Drama 2018] The Story of Ming Lan 庶女明兰传 / 知否?知否?应是绿肥红瘦

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@leeza77 Good point, however I have a hard time to believe she stitched a nickname as a form of endearment of him. And that maybe a reason why he wanted to know the meaning of it, having high hopes. Lol

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16 minutes ago, cherubstomato said:

After watching episode 17 it is clear that she did it on purpose. If he ever lost it no one will care for a Yuan Bao like when his handkerchief went missing and in that way it won’t implicate him nor the person who made it, Minglan. I also believe that whether he was smart enough to know it was from her didn’t matter because from my perspective she wants to have a clear conscience/break for repaying his kindness and gift. That’s all she hoped for and not after attention or leading him on.

I think she actually likes him at this point but she's holding back because of her status and what her mom & grandma have told her to do. She already repaid his kindness with the basket of sweets and every time he confronts her she never simply says, "I do not like you" - -either to his face or to her maids and grandma who know that Yuan Rou has feelings for her.

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20 minutes ago, cherubstomato said:

@leeza77 Good point, however I have a hard time to believe she stitched a nickname as a form of endearment of him. And that maybe a reason why he wanted to know the meaning of it, having high hopes. Lol

That's why he smiled like an an idiot:D

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15 minutes ago, scorpio1m said:

I think she actually likes him at this point but she's holding back because of her status and what her mom & grandma have told her to do. She already repaid his kindness with the basket of sweets and every time he confronts her she never simply says, "I do not like you" - -either to his face or to her maids and grandma who know that Yuan Rou has feelings for her.

Grandma is not the only who noticed, GTY called ML out on it during their little argument, hehehe.

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4 minutes ago, hello210 said:

Grandma is not the only who noticed, GTY called ML out on it during their little argument, hehehe.

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Yes, he accused ml leading on Qh and playing him like a kite

 

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1 minute ago, hello210 said:

Grandma is not the only who noticed, GTY called ML out on it during their little argument, hehehe.

Haha, I haven't gotten to that episode yet bc Viki translations are a little slower but I watched it some raw and saw that exchange! :) I noticed that YR is not letting her off as easy anymore, during episode 16 when she tried denying the gift at the polo game he held her accountable. I really like the YR & ML scenes, I guess I have Second Lead Syndrome and will suffer much through this drama. :( 

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2 hours ago, leeza77 said:
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19th episode. And it became a topic of hot search over weibo. Lol

 

Thanks! I cant wait. He is so blind, he needs a wake up call.

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9 hours ago, leeza77 said:

Zly takes on her character as minglan. Insightful and full of wisdom. 

 
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#电视剧 know whether it should be green fatred thin #盛明兰, seemingly indifferent to warm, but in fact tough and bold, in the conspiracy struggle to honed a transparent and keen exquisite heart. She understands both the situation and the retreat, and she dares to open up everything to protect the people and things she cherishes. The story of Minglan is not just a "prostitute to attack the success of the prostitute", "reverse attack" is not only an upgraded monster in the past, but also a mirror reflecting the life. Ming Lan said in the play, "I like the faint days most, and it is best not to happen anything." This is the most pristine initial heart after she has gone through thousands of sails, and reflects the background of each of us. In the more than six months of getting along with Minglan, I have been interpreting her and talking to her. She has pulled me from idealism to realism. I understand that the strength of a person does not necessarily come from confrontation. From balance and tolerance.I can understand the true meaning of life and reconcile with it, and then warm up love and hard work. This is the most wonderful power that life has given us. This kind of power, I hope to feel with you. 

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Thanks for that @leeza77

 

That totally hit the nail in the head. There's always this thing about ML but I simply couldn't seem to find the right words for it - balance and tolerance. 

 

We recall reading in early days (before the series even started airing) that ML is a pessimist, and I recall going "no no no. Don't tell me ZLY is playing a damsel in distress, bowing to her fate kinda character" but then as I read on that she's intelligent, I had a feeling she's rather jaded. 

 

But as I watch the series, it doesn't seem to me like she's jaded. And finally youve got the words! Tolerance and balance. 

 

I know it's totally unrelated but it felt a lil like she learned from CQ (from PA) that alone, she really couldn't change the world. In an ideal world, there would be no oppression, no discrimination against status and class, and there would be equality among gender. However, in the real world, in that era, all these and more exist. 

There's inequality, there's injustice, there's unfairness. 

 

We could see that she had a moment of enlightenment when Momo punished her as well despite only the 2 sisters were arguing. 

That "she committed wrong without committing any wrong, just because she's part of Sheng".

 

We can see that there's the sphere they live, and limitation of what they can and can't do. 

ML isn't trying to change the world. She's not even trying to fight all inequality and injustice, which is why she would never fight tooth and nail to be with QH. she simply accepted that it's too high a mountain, and it's not one she wants to climb. It's a balance between letting go what is not meant to be hers, with fighting for what she truly wants. 

 

It's the tolerance to accept them, tolerate to maintain peace. 

In the end, peace can come in 2 forms: we fight in wars, with a lot of sacrifices, and in the end, if we emerge the winner, we may get the peace we want (and that was CQ from PA's belief), 

Or we tolerate and find the delicate balance, despite the discrimination and unfairness, and in exchange, get some peace.

Either way, there's a price to pay. But that's life...

 

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6 minutes ago, m0us3y said:

Thanks for that @leeza77

 

That totally hit the nail in the head. There's always this thing about ML but I simply couldn't seem to find the right words for it - balance and tolerance. 

 

We recall reading in early days (before the series even started airing) that ML is a pessimist, and I recall going "no no no. Don't tell me ZLY is playing a damsel in distress, bowing to her fate kinda character" but then as I read on that she's intelligent, I had a feeling she's rather jaded. 

 

But as I watch the series, it doesn't seem to me like she's jaded. And finally youve got the words! Tolerance and balance. 

 

I know it's totally unrelated but it felt a lil like she learned from CQ (from PA) that alone, she really couldn't change the world. In an ideal world, there would be no oppression, no discrimination against status and class, and there would be equality among gender. However, in the real world, in that era, all these and more exist. 

There's inequality, there's injustice, there's unfairness. 

 

We could see that she had a moment of enlightenment when Momo punished her as well despite only the 2 sisters were arguing. 

That "she committed wrong without committing any wrong, just because she's part of Sheng".

 

We can see that there's the sphere they live, and limitation of what they can and can't do. 

ML isn't trying to change the world. She's not even trying to fight all inequality and injustice, which is why she would never fight tooth and nail to be with QH. she simply accepted that it's too high a mountain, and it's not one she wants to climb. It's a balance between letting go what is not meant to be hers, with fighting for what she truly wants. 

 

It's the tolerance to accept them, tolerate to maintain peace. 

In the end, peace can come in 2 forms: we fight in wars, with a lot of sacrifices, and in the end, if we emerge the winner, we may get the peace we want (and that was CQ from PA's belief), 

Or we tolerate and find the delicate balance, despite the discrimination and unfairness, and in exchange, get some peace.

Either way, there's a price to pay. But that's life...

 

Well said. 

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10 minutes ago, leeza77 said:
I like this picture of fsf. Look very handsome and charismatic. What drama/movie is this? 
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I think that’s one of his first films White Vengeance?

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2 hours ago, scorpio1m said:

I think she actually likes him at this point but she's holding back because of her status and what her mom & grandma have told her to do. She already repaid his kindness with the basket of sweets and every time he confronts her she never simply says, "I do not like you" - -either to his face or to her maids and grandma who know that Yuan Rou has feelings for her.

 

Hmmm I wonder because how can her feelings develop when she is a realist and has stopped the idea of them ever becoming one from the get go. Keep in mind that in their time a girl can only give herself to one man let alone choose the man. I think instead of like/crush she instead thinks highly of him/admiration and possible feel regret that his affection is wasted on her. Not saying she is unworthy of a man as him but given their circumstances she cannot reciprocate those feelings and rather avoid conflict and don’t want to be the cause of meaningless fights. And she wants him to know that she will not engage her emotions just on anybody that takes fancy on her either. She will wait for the chosen marriage proposal granted to her. After all her character and nature is still suppressed so I don’t see any aspirations from her aside from surviving the courtyard and being filial to her grandmother. Hopefully later when she marries GTY we can see more about her true nature and her aspirations in life if that is included in the novel.

At episode 17 when Yuanrou swear that his feelings are true and he would make her his main wife is touching but.... He is both naive and an idealist. Because he became a fool in love that believes Minglan has him in his heart he became more rampant in trying to persuade her thinking that Minglan just worries if she cannot be the main wife but he completely misunderstood what she’s trying to tell him... Even when Minglan laid out all the possible circumstances they will face. Not because she has him in her heart but trying to wake him up to reality... Though he will realize later on. Remember he was angered by her when he thinks just because he is good to her and give her gifts she should show some interests and reciprocate some feelings. Instead she turned him down many times. At that point I thought if he likes Minglan or only obsessed with the idea of having someone he cannot have. But he realized her situation and that made him more cautious of his actions thus trying to meet her in secret and any way possible... I commend him for trying so hard and not being like the other young masters in his time but it takes two to tango lol... Since I didn’t read the novel I’ll wait how the events will turn but as of right now I believe her feelings for YR will remain lukewarm while he has unrequited love.

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3 minutes ago, hello210 said:

I think that’s that White Vengeance?

Yes it is his movie White Vengeance 

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12 minutes ago, cherubstomato said:

 

Hmmm I wonder because how can her feelings develop when she is a realist and has stopped the idea of them ever becoming one from the get go. Keep in mind that in their time a girl can only give herself to one man let alone choose the man. I think instead of like/crush she instead thinks highly of him/admiration and possible feel regret that his affection is wasted on her. Not saying she is unworthy of a man as him but given their circumstances she cannot reciprocate those feelings and rather avoid conflict and don’t want to be the cause of meaningless fights. And she wants him to know that she will not engage her emotions just on anybody that takes fancy on her either. She will wait for the chosen marriage proposal granted to her. After all her character and nature is still suppressed so I don’t see any aspirations from her aside from surviving the courtyard and being filial to her grandmother. Hopefully later when she marries GTY we can see more about her true nature and her aspirations in life if that is included in the novel.

At episode 17 when Yuanrou swear that his feelings are true and he would make her his main wife is touching but.... He is both naive and an idealist. Because he became a fool in love that believes Minglan has him in his heart he became more rampant in trying to persuade her thinking that Minglan just worries if she cannot be the main wife but he completely misunderstood what she’s trying to tell him... Even when Minglan laid out all the possible circumstances they will face. Not because she has him in her heart but trying to wake him up to reality... Though he will realize later on. Remember he was angered by her when he thinks just because he is good to her and give her gifts she should show some interests and reciprocate some feelings. Instead she turned him down many times. At that point I thought if he likes Minglan or only obsessed with the idea of having someone he cannot have. But he realized her situation and that made him more cautious of his actions thus trying to meet her in secret and any way possible... I commend him for trying so hard and not being like the other young masters in his time but it takes two to tango lol... Since I didn’t read the novel I’ll wait how the events will turn but as of right now I believe her feelings for YR will remain lukewarm while he has unrequited love.

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I think she liked him too.. But concealed it in her heart. When QH pressed her to admit her feeling to him, she refused. It just a liking or infatuation, but not yet love. 

 

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@m0us3y I love what you highlighted about MingLan characteristics as well as the life lessons in this drama. There are many lessons that transcends through time. For instance if one keeps aspiring for more they will never find true/real happiness.... And how being a filial kid starts from having a parent who is caring to the child. And how the kids are used as pawns by their parents or mothers. I feel that is still prevalent in today’s society. LOL 

From the spoilers posted on the novel about YH forever having unrequited love for Minglan it reminds me The story of Yanxi Palace. How Fuheng keeps living in the past with his regretted love and Wei Ying Lou has accepted her circumstances and cherishes and living in the present. Maybe in their next lifetime. :tears:

 

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In epi18..

A discussion by Yanran parents to change the marriage of her sister to Yanhong.. seems father alr interested due to money & profits gaining from GTY, wonder if they follow the novel here.

Anyway i havent watch epi 19-20 yet.

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