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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2019] Joy of Life 庆余年


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On 2/2/2020 at 6:44 AM, MaySenpai33 said:

What I am most curious about is if the drama will end with a harem ending. 

It's not. In the book, FX have a concubine that he's known since he was little, the character was completely deleted. The writer will probably go for 1v1, because the set up is FX have modern values, it'd be incredibly hypocrytical for him to proclaim everyone is equal and have concubines. Concubines aren't equal in status to wives, they can be freely sold or given like property. It would also chase off big portion of the audience, even if they don't care about the romance because it goes against modern sensibilities. 

 

I don't really like Lin Wan'er as a love interest, even though I fully get why FX does. Duo Duo is more my type but I actually would love for FX to keep a platonic friendship because it would be refreshing! Adventuring/Cooperating as friends yes please. Si Lili have her own journey and considerations, Zhan Doudou is more like she admires him and think he's interesting, but she's not going to give up anything to be with him or anything. They can all fulfill their roles without getting into romance. Not to mentiom, Wang Juan isn't actually that great at writing too much romance, if other people write them, we might have pacing issues. 

 

On 2/7/2020 at 3:29 PM, Bonardo said:

I must say in term of politics this is the first time i see a well written one. any other tv series like this ? 

I didn't feel it was overly political tbh, we barely started. The Rise of Phoenix (netflix, slow and long with fantastic characters but suffer from pacing issues and lackluster ending, if you can get into it, you'll love it but not everyone can), Qin Empire: Alliance (netflix, might be bit dry? you might want to look at a map of warring kingdom period first), Advisor Alliance (it's split into two dramas for I think length reasons, set in Three Kingdoms period, it will help and be more interesting if you know it, but should be easy to follow and fun to watch without), Three Kingdoms (really long epic that incorporate the novel Romance of Three Kingdoms and history, probably bit dry), Nirvana in Fire (the politics can be a little lofty but I loved the ideals behind the drama).

 

I don't know if you can get into any of it since political dramas are often hard to get into, JoL made it really easy to get into. Not a political drama, more adventurey one, but share similar sense of humour and decent char building for even minor characters would be JoL's scriptwriter's Young Blood. It's fairly light and easy to get into, but still being fansubbed. 

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It's me again, slowly rewatching the whole thing...actually, I was a bit confused by the Chengze's reaction to Fan Xian's poem on the first poerty gathering. Seems like it felt like somehow personal to him.

@MaySenpai33, could you please tell if the second prince

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is from another timeline or its just my paranoid brain? :D

 

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Ok, seems like it's paranoia :D 

Actually, I'm shocked of how scary Second Prince is from the beginning. Never considered him as somehow serious character, he was just like some schoolboy trying to be cool.

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in 7th episode he tells Fan Xian that he wants to kill him to reconcile with the crown prince.

what a moment.

I thought it was just a test, and it is, but seems like Fan Xian lived so long only because of his impudence :D


 

 

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I just finished watching this drama and can't wait for the second season. Love the characterization. And also love the realistic portrayal of characters as it seems everyone is at least friends (or on neutral terms) with FX. Also love FX and Duo Duo's chemistry (even though I still prefer the main pairing). The only character I don't like so far is XZ.

 

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I also believe that cliffhanger ending was pre-meditated: FX and XZ probably already talked it over and planned it the night before.

 

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On 3/6/2020 at 4:01 PM, epinklyn said:

Anyone read this news? It said Joy of Life will have big screen version, correct me plz!

Animated series - Entering the Capital, 6 episodes, and Gaining Fame in Qing Guo (Country of Qing), 6 episodes

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9 hours ago, a_tumiwa said:

season two confirmed, all original cast members will be returning

 

https://www.jaynestars.com/news/sean-xiao-rumored-to-be-getting-kicked-out-of-joy-of-life-2/

Just correction on the article, it was always going to be filmed in at the end of the year, and they've been saying it since it's been airing last December, so it's not related to Covid-19 at all (COVID have affected several other dramas, this one was not one of them). I'm actually presuming Wang Juan is still writing the script, because it hasn't even been half a year, which was how long I predicted scripting would be.

 

Only Zhang Ruoyun had reportedly signed a contract, but several people have indicated interest in returning, BUT it super depends on scheduling as well. e.g. Chen Pingping's actor have shown interest in reprising the role, as long as the script is good, but he's also rumoured to be in another drama in Zhao Liying that will likely start filming soon.

 

It's a little odd to take appearance on variety show to indicate all cast will return but I'm not going to argue. Xiao Zhan not appearing is entirely understandable, he's literally supporting of supporting character, his character might play a major role next season, but that's next season. Him not reprising the role also make sense because he has gotten several main character roles since filming first season of JoL, it'd be difficult to juggle scheduling with him who would be rather busy, and he's not going to get that much short term benefit from it. As for the fandom scandal, it's a little beyond that but I won't get into it, because it's overly long & complicated & unnecessary. I do genuinely dislike part of his extremely rabid fanbase, so I'd be relief if he doesn't return, especially after the entire last month.

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