I was going to write reviews, but then I’m probably going to end up with something of a mixture between ranting and bashing LOL.
Okay, so this I have decided will be my first post as contribution to the C-Novel community not counting my Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms theme song translation which is currently on Hamster’s blog.
Tang7’s novels were the very first Chinese novels I started out with specifically 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms. How I came to the c-novel world was kind of interesting. I was looking for random Asian songs on youtube and I came across a Pillow Book video and I thought the characters looked interesting especially with a male character with white hair so I googled it up. After a lot of searching and probing, I found sites like Hui3r and Shushengbar. I thought Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms was a novel I had to read before I get to the Pillow Book so I reluctantly forced myself to read a novel I thought was going to be boring before I could get to Pillow Book.
To my astonishment, after reading both books, I found myself like Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms much more. Kind of ironic isn’t it? I just cannot bring myself to like Donghua Dijun. He is an asshole. I have a fine line between a “black-belly” and an outright douchebag. Granted, Donghua does redeem himself by the second book, but it wasn’t enough in my personal opinion. Fengjiu also annoys me.
So I thought, to celebrate my joining the c-novel as Little Winter or Khue-Tu Tran, I should start with a review on my very first c-novel.
Since this novel was my first, I thought it was really good with an attractive male lead like Yehua and I originally thought no other author could possibly write as appealing books like Tangqi Gongzi. Of course, after reading a lot more c-novels during these past months and getting addicted to it and living my life as a zombie, Tang7’s novels don’t really appeal to me anymore.
Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms suddenly became not so great to me. I realized the plot was quite inconsistent and the characters sort of flat and bleh.
The novel started off with Suzu or Bai Qian Qian (the female lead) reminiscing her past with Yehua and how she came to lose her eyes. I hated Yehua then and never imagined he would be the male lead. I thought he was just some side male character the female lead will get over and she will end up with another guy.
Boy, was I mistaken lol.
I think what made this novel so attractive to me was the fact that the male lead did something utterly unforgivable and it makes the readers despise him only for everything to be revealed in the end and make the readers weep with angst and guilt. Especially the female lead.
But like I said, after reading more c-novels, I found much better consistent ones. Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms had weird filler scenes with characters like the Demon King that are quite boring in my opinion so I skipped those parts.
Bai Qian Qian’s character was terrible in my opinion. She is so indecisive and tends to lead on and is always in denial. Not mention, I feel she has too much free time.
Same with all the other Gods and fairies or whatever. I thought God and fairies should be busying themselves with watching over mortals and other work? Why are they bothering with trivial love affairs night and day?
As for Yehua’s character, well I found him attractive at first, but now? Ehhh, not really. I feel he is just another ideal Chinese male who is good-looking, good at martial arts, cold to everyone except the female lead, perfect in every way, has AT LEAST three females after him, etc.
You know, the typical Chinese perfect male lead that pretty much exists in every single Chinese novel.
I feel that he keeps way too many things hidden and even by the end of the novel, he never explains why he took her eyes. Us readers understand why, but does the female lead? Good relationship = good communication. Yehua and Qian Qian has not reached that point yet.
I might as well say this here since this all relates, but the present me holds Tang7’s work in disdain. Why?
1) All of her works have catty, snooty, bitchy, poor characterized, plot convenience side female characters. Examples include, Sujin(10 mi of peach blossoms), Ji Heng (Pillow Book) and the mute girl in Hua Xu Yin. She always adds these poor females that the audience loves to hate just to make her main female lead look better. Honestly, that shit is getting old.
It has gotten to the point where I feel sorry and love the side snooty female characters more than the female or male lead cause they are just made to damn perfect because they are the main characters.
2) Tang7 focuses on the outer appearance way too much. She puts such great emphasis the beauty on her main leads. I have yet to see a plain looking female lead from her or at least a female lead who doesn’t constantly acknowledge her or his good looks. Don’t get me wrong. I am find with naturally beautiful characters, but Tang7’s way of displaying it just rubs me the wrong way.
For example, in the Pillow Book, there is another side female character who is in love with Donghua, but is actually his adoptive sister I think?
One of the characters in there literally said that the adoptive sister is “ugly” compared to Fengjiu so that is one of the reason why she lost to Fengjiu in earning Donghua’s love.
Yes, he literally said that. I’m sorry Tang7, but that is just so low of you. My respect for you has gone out the window.
3) I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but none of the female leads in 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms or Pillow Book seem to acknowledge that they have a child to take care since they are too occupied with worrying over their love lives.
Exhibit Little Dough and Bai Gun Gun.
Qian Qian and Fengjiu just left them there or neglects them like when Bai Qian Qian was depressed after Yehua’s “death” or Donghua’s near death and Fengjiu wanted to die with him. Hello? You have a child to look after?
MY POINT IS: TANGQI GONGZI SHOULD NOT HAVE KIDS.
4) I feel Tang7 tries too hard to be wordy and elaborate with her writing to the point where I just don’t understand the language anymore.
5) Too much love triangles.
Okay, end rant/review. These are the major reasons why I don’t enjoy her novels anymore and think they are highly overrated.
Btw, I believe Hamster428 is now my landlord. 😀