Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

For a second there, I half expected a swarm of fierce corpses to suddenly break into the classroom and engage Haru in an epic battle.

#ExtraordinaryYou #TheUntamed
#ThisIsAllWeiWuxian’sFault

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The Untamed: The aftermath of Wei Wuxian’s 3 months disappearance

Back when I was reading the novel, I couldn’t discern the hidden pain behind Wuxian’s arrogance and persistence to walk on his unorthodox path after the first time he came back from Burial Ground. But knowing how much his life has drastically changed since he made that sacrifice, his dogged determination and bitter declaration hurts.

I know he made that decision willingly and that no one could change his mind afterwards. But the Wen Sect guys dragging him away to the Burial Ground was something he never predicted, and his life practically spiraled out of control ever since. It led him to his first serious confrontation with Wangji. He tried dodging all of Wangji’s questions and pretended not to see the anger and conflicting emotions on Wangji’s face. He knew far too well that he couldn’t give Wangji the explanation he wanted. And it hurts me as much as it hurt both of them when they resorted to call each other by their common name.

When they have their second confrontation later on, and Wangji sharply asked Wuxian about his sword, there were a gamut of emotions flickered on his face. There was hurt and frustration and bitterness. But most of all, there was that moment when he almost wanted to cave in and just tell Wangji everything. So that he wouldn’t be too lonely and misunderstood in this world. So that there will still be this one important person standing by his side. But then he smiled that sad little smile, knowing that he’d rather face Wangji’s disapproval than divulge that little secret.

But Wuxian is still human after all. There must be moments when he asked himself if it’s all worth it. There must be time when he doubted his past decision and hated the world for judging him that harshly. But true to who he is, he refused to back down and angrily declared that he will be a great cultivator using his own carved path. Everyone else saw that as insolence and arrogance. But I only saw a young, scared, lonely guy trying to stop himself from regretting his own choice. I saw it as Wuxian promising himself that no matter what happened, he won’t hate his brother.

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    Thanks for this and your comments @gadis These really add a lot to my appreciation for WWX’s character and the actor who played the role.

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    And he DID THAT! He divulged in demonic cultivation and STILL CAME ON TOP! He was awesome! Kudos to XZ for bringing him to life! <3

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    Me too! I agree with @growingbeautifully!!
    Thank you for writing these essays – it will help as I re-watch it. These kinds of thoughts, musings and re-examining of the characters aren’t in the book. It is helpful and insightful.
    Well done @gadis!

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    Beautifully written ❤️ Thank you for posting this.

    This is why my rewatch was just as good. Because when I first watched it I didn’t fully understand the golden core and his sacrifice (even though I pretty much guessed he had given his golden core to JC I didn’t fully understand the impact it had). I didn’t understand why he was so against using his sword. I thought it was just arrogance originally but then I realized it was because he couldn’t. It made all the following scenes so much more heartbreaking when you fully realize what he had given up.😭

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    Reading the novel, I think the reveal of his loss came more of a surprise, but the drama really enhanced the emotion and struggle that resulted. 😭

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    I love reading your deep character analyses! Iโ€™m doing a rewatch but I doubt I will notice these without you pointing it out. Please keep them coming~~~~

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    That’s also what made the Burial Mounds arc so heartbreaking. Those instances where he was really regretting his choice and missing his family hurt so much.

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      I’m trying to watch that arc now and it’s really hard to watch. You can literally feel all of his conflicting emotions about missing his family, trying to recreate a new family, everything falling apart. It’s so heartbreaking, and he’s still so young to endure all that.
      I watched 31 with piaoming today and still cried.

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      what is not heartbreaking in this drama

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      It’s heartbreaking exactly because he is so human. He didn’t regret giving up his golden core, but he regretted all other things (like his family and friends) he has to give up as the consequence. It’s a small mercy that the Wen siblings understood him so well.

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    “…after the first time he came back from the Burial Ground…” Can you imagine the horror and suffering he went through the three months he was there, all alone? No wonder he came back a changed person. Gone was the carefree innocence of youth.

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      At first I was a bit disappointed that both the novel and the drama never really showed us what he had to go through during those months. But looking back, I appreciate their creative decision to withhold the detailed information from us. It gave a sense of unspeakable horror. And my imagination is more than capable of conjuring up some horrifying sequences.

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      What I liked about WWX was that even though he went through hell and back, and was abandoned by so many people, that in his core he still maintained his goodness and smile.
      His inner spiritual core may have been missing – but his heart of love was always there. That was what saved him ultimately from completely falling off the edge into pure evil.
      These two actors really did an amazing job even with how young they are.

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The Untamed: Third-wheeling Wen Ning

I always thought that it was kinda bittersweet that Wuxian had to say goodbye to Sizhui and Wen Ning by the end of the drama. They only managed to be reunited very recently, and yet Wuxian had to part ways again with his loyal friend Wen Ning and long-lost son Sizhui. Though I suspect that Wen Ning was secretly thrilled to finally stop being the awkward third-wheel in WangXian journey.

I mean, not only he had to hid himself from sober Wangji,

he also had to run away from adorably drunk Han Guang-jun

and tried to make himself invisible while WangXian exchanging super intense looks.

Good luck to your journey together, Ghost General and little A-Yuan. Hopefully you get to do many exhilarating night-hunt together and not anger Lan Qiren too much in the future.

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Donโ€™t mind me, beanies, I just need to save this video on my wall. So, one of Xiao Zhanโ€™s fan is kind enough to translate this skit from Happy Camp where he came as a guest last year. Itโ€™s pretty funny and he seemed to be enjoying himself.

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    I remember this episode. I donโ€™t remember Xiao Zhan from it 😅😅😅😅 Maybe because I was too concentrated on the 2 other male guests that were on the same episode promoting their drama that I was watching at the time

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The Untamed: WangXian Forever

Lan Wangji: \”I don\’t touch other people.\”

Also Lan Wangji:
Casually and gently touching Wei WuXian whenever the occasion permitted him to




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The Untamed: Burial Ground II

I know there must be a side effect of Lan Zhan\’s determination to always catch Wei Ying. See, here he is taking advantage of your softer side, His Lightness. (Though yeah, you are so not going to fool Wen Qing with that, Wei WuXian)

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The Untamed: Lan ShiZhui Highlight

The progression of WuXian and SiZhui\’s relationship was one of my favorite arc in this drama. From his very first appearance, I couldn\’t help but to dub SiZhui as the younger version of Lan WangJi. Kind, righteous, calm, and collected. He seemed perfect to be Lan QiRen\’s favorite disciple in his generation. I mean, just look at the way he handled Mo XuanYu\’s crazy antics in the 1st eps.

But as the drama progressed, we saw more of SiZhui that made me love him even more. Like his sass that made even WuXian speechless.

The way he protected his Senior Wei despite all the evil things he heard about Yiling Patriarch. (Boy has a sound judgment. I\’m so proud!)

Their reunion in the last eps gave me so much feels. I had a good laugh at the way he cutely tattled to WangJi about WuXian\’s \”teaching\” in his younger days.

And of course, this sweet sweet hug by the end. I\’m so glad they found each other again by the end of this journey. *sniffles*

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The Untamed: The Butterfly Talisman

Judging from their conversation and the way they looked at each other, I guess this talisman is a pretty important memento. Probably something WuXian either purposefully or accidentally left and WangJi kept it around for years. The thing is, I can\’t remember which past scene they were referring to. Anyone got any idea??

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So, in order to stop myself from rewatching The Untamed for the 3rd time, I somehow ended up listening to the audio drama instead. Whew. I\’m so doomed.

#AndTheAddictionContinues

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The Untamed: WuXian\’s Poor Memory

Just a compilation of His Lightness lamenting WuXian\’s notoriously bad memory. I love how he seemed to be caught between exasperation and fondness.

Exhibit 1.

Exhibit 2.

Exhibit 3.

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The Untamed

It\’s clear that no one could slander our Yiling Patriarch\’s better half without any consequences. @kimbapnoona, the campaign team should probably pay extra attention to this because apparently, Candidate Wei isn\’t above using his right-hand man\’s terrifying reputation and appearance to threaten them.

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The Untamed: Piggyback Ride Edition

After dozens of k-dramas, piggyback ride has became an overdone trope I could do without. So, how come I squealed so loud while watching this scene??

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    And the way they filmed the shot didn’t you think it was going to be the bridal carry?
    With all the piggy back rides in the world I don’t ever remember one with two guys (who are in love)

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      For a second, I thought they would follow the exact scene from the novel, which means bridal carry. But then again, it must be hard to film that and it would involve wire works and all that. Besides, I couldn’t imagine WuXian’s embarrassment over that since the novel-WuXian was so much more shameless than in the drama.

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    When you have chemistry, even a trope will be magical!

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    I just read this part in the book yesterday and I LOVED it. But the way they did it this way is still swoony…

    sigh. Last night I tried to watch Joseon Matchmakers, and finally gave up and pulled out the book again. Now the kdramas aren’t quite what they used to be!

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      Exactly. It felt like I’m not in a headspace to enjoy any k-drama at the moment. (though I’m still hoping Extraordinary You is going to save me from this rabbit hole)

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      I really thought that the drama would skip this gesture from the novel! So happy that we got this, and it is every bit as wonderful!! 😍😍😍

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      Me too. But then I tried Tale of Nokdu and was gobsmacked – I actually liked it. A kdrama that I liked for the first time since ? maybe Radiant? So 90% of the time watching Untamed with a commercial break for Nokdu.

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        I watched Tale of Nokdu today. While I liked it mainly because of Jang Dong Yoon’s antics, I found myself missing stuff like the intricate details of costumes, the sets and color moods in The Untamed. And when the episode closed with the kpop song, I was reminded of your comment(I think it’s you). I know they wanted something upbeat or cheery but the song was absolutely jarring.

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          Haven’t you learned to not compare anything with Untamed?? It all falls short when comparing it to the best. drama. ever.
          Besides, c-dramas tend to focus more on pretty, harmony, and color.
          K-dramas tend to be more gritty.
          But I don’t remember the jarring kpop song at the end, I’ll have to rewatch it.

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            Right now unfortunately, I’ll be comparing EVERYTHING to the Untamed. Except of course OCN dramas – they are on a level of their own.

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          I like that Nokdu is mixing genres – romcom plus thriller. and I’m wondering if there’s an element of supernatural and the has extra abilities, like when he jumped up to the roof of a building in the first couple minutes, more like a wuxia type jump. but then he had learned martial arts, so I’m not sure.
          piaoming is getting boring because he’s only doing half an episode. Now I’m going to have to go back and watch 20-22 all over – not that I mind in the least, esp when LZ plays the zither for him (someday I’ll remember the C name for the zither).

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          Watched: didn’t find the music at the end jarring at all. It kind of goes with how the whole drama is different. All the music really helps set the emotional tone of whatever scenes they’re doing, i.e. horror, comedy, danger, thriller, angsty, etc.

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    The bts of this scene though 😂

    But yeah this scene is so romantic! 😍

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    Marcus Sim was talking about his favorite 6 Chinese tropes and the piggyback ride was one of them. He said it’s to bring the male lead and the female lead closer and be comfortable with each other. I wanted to comment, yeah, well, if you ever get around to watching Untamed, that trope is there, but it’s with the two male leads. So what do you think about that??

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The Untamed: Head Ribbon Edition

If someone asked me about Wei WuXian and Lan WangJi\’s relationship, I\’ll simply show them these 2 GIFs and let them draw their own conclusion. 🤭🤭

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The Untamed: Duet Song Edition

Most of the time, WuXian\’s bad memories simply amused me. Nothing deflated a wannabe villain\’s ego more than someone as powerful and infamous as him asking \”Who are you?\” in all seriousness because he genuinely couldn\’t remember those people. But for once, I want to commiserate with WangJi about WuXian\’s tendency to forget things. How can you forgot about this song\’s title??

Just in case he still couldn\’t remember the title, I\’ll post the answer here. His Lightness couldn\’t spell it anymore clearly than this. My shipper heart is so happy that I can recognize it despite my nonexistent Chinese skills.

#WangXianForever

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The Untamed: Musing about hero
(Potential spoiler ahead for people who haven\’t read the novel. Please proceed with caution)

Given how faithfully the second half of the drama followed the novel, I was surprised to hear the truth about \”the second flute\” messing with WuXian\’s flute 16 years ago. Because with that one explanation, the writer easily turned WuXian from a hated murderer into another unfortunate victim. Because that means he has nothing to do with the whole tragedy except for being a source of envy and a convenient scapegoat.

I wonder if that explanation was given in the drama because it will be harder for viewers to accept a hero like novel-WuXian. The thing is, in the novel, he was directly responsible for those thousands death. He was the one who created the Tiger Seal and eventually failed to control it. While Jin GuangYao did manipulate both ZiXun and ZiXuan to get into confrontation with WuXian, he never directly tampered with WuXian\’s control over his puppets. It was solely WuXian who succumbed to madness and did the massacre at Nevernight. And so, it\’s to be expected that many characters still felt conflicted about what he did even after the ending of the series.

One other thing I noticed is the fact that novel-WuXian embraced the darker part of his chosen path more readily. In the drama, the only puppet he associated with was Wen Ning, who was adorable and very kind. But in the novel he did much more \”darker\” things that\’s not always easy to swallow: WuXian created endless supply of puppets during his stay at Burial Ground, he brought his pet puppet along during his revenge toward Wen Chao (if you think what he did in the drama was unsavory enough, the novel version was so much worse), and there was also a scene where WangJi met him in town while WuXian busy drinking and playing with a host of puppet girls. In the past timeline, it\’s easier to find WuXian surrounded by and mingled with his puppets rather than another living person, that WangJi kept scolding him about it whenever they met.

I wonder if the script writer changed things to give WuXian a more classic-misunderstood-hero qualities. Or maybe to give a more neat closure to his arc. Or probably they are simply worried people couldn\’t accept someone who did such a thing as a hero of this story.

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    Oh, definitely the drama writers had to make him a pure hero, never an anti-hero who did anything unsavory. I can understand that and it worked really well for the drama. Though I do think there were undertonings of subtle hints at him losing control, just as LZ had told him.
    What happened in the novel worked really well for the novel. He didn’t have to be perfect, otherwise we the reader may never have gotten the other side of realism as well – you know, all the physical intimacy, (ahem, quite detailed). It wasn’t that pure.
    I love both the novel and the drama.

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      Yep, I also love both the novel and the drama. And kind of amazed that we got two version of WuXian (since novel and drama Lan WangJi is practically the same) and still able to like both of them. WuXian in the novel was much more boisterous, which worked really well to balance the more unsavory things he did in the past. While the drama version is more mellow (and the actor sell it really well) that I constantly wanted to smother him with hugs.

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        The author wrote a gobsmackingly good novel, the translator into English did an outstanding job. As far as the drama, I’ve never seen such a remarkable version of a novel translated to a drama, so well done. Keeping the memorable scenes, changing the storytelling to fit a visual medium, and still keeping the heart and soul of the story intact.

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          If only other BL novels could be translated this good into a drama, oh, wow. Satisfying the censors yet also satisfying the viewers and especially the viewers who’ve loved the novel. That takes genius on all fronts.

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        I love that we have different interpretations of our hero, and Xiao Zhan definitely made WWX his own!

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    I read about this and the reason this was changed in the drama is due to these Chinese censors:

    – Sets a negative character as a main character, or exaggerates the positive sides of a reactionary, backwards, evil, or illegal [acting] person, society, or organization.

    – Blurs the value judgement between truth and falsehood, good and evil, beauty and ugliness, or confuses the basic boundaries between justice and injustice

    So they had to make WWX pure good because of this. He can’t walk that gray boundary like in the novel due to their censors.

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      In this particular case, I didn’t mind at all. However it happened, it worked to the benefit of all of us.
      Otherwise, c-drama protagonists would have to die. The protagonist has to be pure and want an ordinary life to have a happy ending.

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        I haven’t read the novel but have heard the differences of the novel vs drama and seems the drama did a great job of converting from the novel while getting around the censors but keeping the true essence of the novel.

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      I think this one example where C ent did a good job at circumventing the censors and yet keeping true to the essence. If they were to go head on, viewers will get zilch.

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    I haven’t read the novel but am thankful for seeing the differences of his character listed out. I know that as human beings we all make mistakes but I am not sure I will be able to readily forgive WWX like Big sister did if he was really the one that purposely did these evil deeds. I might have to really read the novel from start to finish to understand how I would feel about him….

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      Please read it if you have time.
      Though rather than purposefully doing evil deeds, it’s more like WuXian overestimated his capability to handle such things (especially since in the novel, he was truly the founder of those dark and unusual techniques).

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        I want to read it but it just sounds so…. dark. I dot. Know if I can handle it

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      Killing ZiXuan and massacring those thousands of disciples during the Nightless City masscre was not really done on purpose. He just lost control of WenNing and those corpses, because the ability to control his spiritual flute and the undead depends on the stability of his mind. And even though he did evil things, most of the times he was just retaliating. People did evil things to him first. Like he said, did people expect him not to rataliate when they attacked him?

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        What LanZhan told him was right – never in history had anyone been able to not lose control.
        In the novel, he was born on Oct 31 – a Scorpio. As a fellow Scorpio, I can tell you we are prone to want revenge/retaliation, even if it harms us in return.

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          Exactly! Because heโ€™s using resentment (which can harm his body and his heart) to cultivate the demon path, and the demons will gradually try to take over and will result to him losing control which is what exactly happened.

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            In the drama, it seemed like he didn’t really lose control but rather there were some outward manipulation but people who intended to kill. Does this mean that in the novel he actually did lose control to his anger and resentment?

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            @gmelenco
            In the drama, the tragedy happened because of outward manipulation. But we’ve seen many instances where WuXian almost lost control of his emotions (and consequently his flute). Like the scene at the hunting tournament, and the confrontation on Jin Sect banquet. And in those instances, his sister or WangJi had to interfere before it got worse. That’s why Jin GuangYao told him in their last confrontation that there was no guarantee that WuXian could always control his flute.

            In the novel, his loss of control got worsened to the point of half-madness. The massacre happened because he was so mad that he did things without thinking clearly. He wasn’t conscious of his choice, and later after his rebirth, he realized that he couldn’t even remember what actually happened at the Nevernight.

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            @gadis
            In the drama, when WX almost lost control, that was when I lose control first and yelled for him to take revenge (not in a kill them way but more like “give them pain!” way). I really can’t blame him for what happened bc if I were there, I’d be there adding fuel to the flumes i guess.

            You’re doing a really good job promoting the novel! I’ll keep it on my mind ๐Ÿ™‚

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            @gadis: good point. I had forgotten about the instances he really lost it (like the tournament) and only his sister and LZ could bring him back. Those are strong hints of the screenwriters paying homage to the novel.

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    This shot! Badass WWX is back shot! 😍

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    They can’t show that because of Chinese censorship. The law doesn’t allow them to portray dark characters as heroes.
    But even in the novel WWX kept undead company because the living reviled him & wouldn’t keep him company. LWJ could chastise him all he wanted, but he wasn’t ready to accompany him despite invitations in the past.

    But yes, drama WWX is nowhere near the novel WWX with shades of grey. They turned him onto a saintly misunderstood hero. They changed some actions & their consequences, as a result of which it was easier for the viewers & the the other characters in the drama to forgive him.

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      Well, he wasn’t exactly saintly…but he was misunderstood and blamed as they needed/wanted a scapegoat for their actions.
      I’d say LZ was the saintly one. It Was WWX that taught LZ to question what is right/what is wrong and to not go along with mob mentality.

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The Untamed: Little Paper Man Edition

I swear, this cheeky boy and his obsession over Lan WangJi\’s head ribbon is going to be the death of me.

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    I think it’s Wei Ying’s way of calling dibs on Lan Zhan. And yet, the drama is pretending it’s not BL. Yeah, right. 😂

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      Ikr? I’m still amazed that WangJi has been telling WuXian “Why do you want my ribbon? You’re not my parent, child, or wife” early on and the drama still able to slip in so many scenes where WuXian freely touched or took it. I mean, it’s practically a neon sign right there!

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      lol.. i don’t think drama was every pretending it is not BL..

      if anything it wants to keep reminding viewers to not forget that IT IS A BL

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    I love the little paper man. For a show which I hated the CG-Dog and Tortoise (of Carnage), this one is fantastic. Such a cute animation of the Chinese talisman and it’s also cheeky like WWX!

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    The Adventures of Paperman! That’s an extra clip in the audio drama!

    I loved the Paperman. It’s proved to be effective in cheering his Shijie up, it was fun in making mischief during a lesson at the Cloud Recesses and of course giving us these moments you posted above. ♥️

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    i love this scene..

    WX being drunk in one sip, when he can drink tens of jars without batting an eyelid ๐Ÿ˜›

    and you see the style that paperman has.. that’s WX showing off and being his pre-sad time WX… like the way he lands on LZ.. he doesn’t just fly and lands, he twirls in the air and then lands with a bow ..

    the “gentleman to a lady” kiss..
    and ofcourse the thing with ribbon..

    and had they chose to show what the book had.. we would have had that paperman slipping down the bridge of LZ’s nose, landing on the lips with its paperman lips on LZ lips ๐Ÿ˜›

    sweet sweet kiss

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    btw, did you guys realize..

    the BTS video where LZ is shouting “Di Di ai ni” and XZ makes a face with tongue sticking out..

    that scene is i think the hunting scene where everyone gathered.. and we got our confession

    In that scene, in the book we get a kiss right? and in drama we have a twisted confession of love right? – it is endearing if yibo chose to repeat ” i love you” in the BTS in that scene itself ๐Ÿ˜›

    there are only two videos of him saying this.. this being one.. and the other is when shijiye is interviewing XZ and yibo shouts from background.. and all I am saying is that this video (one being talked about above) is more of a personal teasing thing

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The Untamed: Burial Ground Edition

For a place with the most nightmarish name, the scenes in Burial Ground was actually the one that make me the happiest lately. It\’s true and simple, and in the middle of Clan and Sect intrigues, I feel like I can take a breath there. For a while, I almost believe WuXian can get his happy life here: together with people he cared about, doing things he like. It\’s not the ambitious life the rumour mill made it sounded to be, but I think the warmth and uncomplicatedness of it was enough to make him happy.

I love the people who populated this land. Adorable A-Yuan, kind Wen Ning, Granny, Uncle Four. They felt like a found family who thankfully can soothe WuXian\’s bouts of loneliness and wistfulness. Though the most memorable relationship is the one between WuXian and Wen Qing. They bickered endlessly like the bestest of friend and understood each other deeply. I\’m glad her role is more significant in the drama because she is amazing.



(The whole trying-to-plant-lotus-root story was just so sweet and awesome.)

But yeah, this timeline isn\’t going to end in rainbow and sunshine, is it? Because those people wouldn\’t be able to sit still knowing there\’s someone as powerful and unruly and unafraid as Wei WuXian living his life however he likes out there.
*stocking tissue and oxygen tank in advance*

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    He was a bit idealistic here, before realism sets in. A lesson we’ve all been through.
    I hated Wen Qing the first watch. Not the character, the actress threw me off. I thought she treated him like a child, not as an adult. But the second watch, I appreciated how her love and sacrifice for her brother was really all she cared about, and was juxtaposed with Wei Ying’s love for his siblings.

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      It was idealistic, indeed. But I guess that’s to be expected from someone as optimistic as Wei WuXian.

      I always saw Wen Qing’s disapproval of WuXian’s seemingly unattainable goals as her being more jaded due to the years he spent as Wen clan leader’s trusted person. She just knows that more often than not, the world isn’t going to reward you for the good deeds you do. Which is probably what bugged her about WuXian’s vow to always do the right thing.

      I’m also pleasantly surprised that Jiang Cheng has a thing for her since nothing of sort happened in the novel. But it added a nice conflict for him regarding his view about these Wen Sect refugees, nd I appreciate that.

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    Just in case for those who might not know, the Chinese term in the novel for โ€œBurial Groundโ€ is ไบ‚่‘ฌๅด— which directly translates as โ€œchaos burial mound.โ€ In history it is typically a place to bury the poor or unidentified bodies who canโ€™t afford plots of land and gravestones for their permanent resting place.

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      Thanks, no, I always appreciate learning more Chinese terms (esp those that help to understand dramas!)

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      in the book that is exactly what burial ground is..
      graveyard.. dead bodies from war are thrown here.. and that is why there is lot of resentment and evil energy in here.. so the 1st time when wens threw WX here.. he lived it and experienced it..

      where they live now is also a graveyard.. and he told JC, when he questioned how can you eat anything grown from dead person’s ashes.. to which WX said “You will be surprised. When once is hungry, one can eat anything”

      the way he replied , to me indicated his time here.. the 3 months that he was missing

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    I love this post and what you wrote @gadis! ❤️

    It was a beautiful part of the story….so much warmth….I am glad that he was able to receive so much love from those whom he fought to protect even though it meant to lose almost everything.😭

    I was so happy to see that both Jiang Chen and Lan Zhan came to see him and were able to understand more why he made the choice he did.

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    I loved those parts, especially because you have all these rumours about the ‘evil’ Yiling Patriarch when the reality was he was trying to plant radishes (or A-Yuan) with his new found family. It’s also heartbreaking because you just know it can’t last. But I loved seeing these peaceful moments after what happened previously and what will happen next 😭

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      That’s the thing about C dramas like this. They have this build up and great characterisation which makes you feel for the characters. So when tragedy strikes, there’s no need to manipulate or wring emotions from viewers. We are already invested. Actually, way too invested.

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        Exactly. The fact that it only took a few seconds to ruin this precious haven WuXian has built for himself and his newfound family was devastating.
        Ugghhh… Those people with mob mentality. Every time I saw Jin GuangYao’s crafty smiles, I want to reach into the screen and do my own revenge ghost general-style.

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    Wen siblings are love! ❤️

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The Untamed ep 21

I thought knowing would make me immune to the abundance of heartbreak in this drama, but apparently it only made me hyper aware of all the little hints that cleverly peppered the show. I mean, Wei WuXian, you crazily loyal and devoted guy! Who told you to break my heart like this???
*remembering that devastating revelation that’ll happen in eps 46*
*crying in the corner*
*half-regretting the fact that I’ve finished the novel*

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Aww… I love supportive team. Doctor John’s casts came today to support Lee Kyu-hyung’s musical performance. They are sooo cute.

#MusicalCyrano
#DoctorJohn

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I really enjoyed reading all the Makjang Monday entries from beanies. I thought I wouldn\’t be able to participate since my life is pretty mundane. But then I remembered this little story and decided to share it here.

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    Makjang Monday: The Romance Edition

    I love writing stories. Not a complete one, more like snippets about interesting things happening around me. But once in a time, an idea would invade my mind and taking hold there. A fascinating story with outrageous plot and characters. A makjang in the making.

    One day around 8 years ago, it suddenly occured to me that there must be a couple whose relationship ended because death claimed one of them. I was obsessed with that notion. I couldn’t stop thinking about the aftermath of that kind of separation. How big of an emotional blow will it be for the person who was left behind? Will they be able to find a new love? Say, if they were already engaged, will they cut ties completely with their former future-in-law?

    That idea kept revolving in my head, and I finally took the time to write it down. In several version. And then I promptly forgot it after it stopped bothering me.

    Fast forward to 4 years later.
    One day my mom mentioned to me in passing that my Unni (a really close cousin of mine who lives in another island) seemed to be in a serious relationship. Apparently they were coworkers who worked in different cities and had been together for a year. For months afterwards, I heard more tidbits about them. Like how the Man was someone from my city. Or how Unni’s father was quite taken with the Man’s calm and quiet personality. Or how Unni had became really close with the Man’s mother and siblings. There was tentative talk about marriage and the few family members who knew about this were excited.

    And then one night, my mom got a sudden call from Unni. She sounded exhausted and numb. She said she had to take the earliest flight to my home the next day because his fiance had just passed away. There were flurries of activities, erratic phone calls, and unfinished conversations that night while we tried to prepare for Unni and her parent’s arrival. And in an astonishing connection worthy of tropey K-drama, it turned out that the Man was the only son of one of my father’s close colleague.

    It was heartbreaking. And we were never sure that Unni will find it in herself to find a new love. She came more often to my home in the years that came, because apparently that tragedy only brought her closer with the Man’s family. Remember that story I wrote some years back? I have to say I felt an unreasonable amount of guilt for writing that down. I know it doesn’t make any sense for me to feel somewhat responsible. But I was a bit leery of making up another outrageous stories ever since that.

    Two months ago, Unni came to my home again. She visited the Man’s family to tell them that she’ll get married in October. I don’t know if the Man’s mother will come to her wedding to give her blessing. And I don’t know whether their relationship will continue even after Unni has her own family. It is still a story in the making. Maybe someday, I can finally write down the full story of my musings from 8 years ago.

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      That’s so sad 😥 I’m glad Unni was able to find love again though.

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      Hugs for your unni. Hope she has recovered already and will so in the future. I make these outrageous stories too and now I’m really sceptical about writing them. Writing someone else’s tragedy is no fun. But i also think the worry is a little far fetched because not every person who writes lives those moments they write about.

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      Thereโ€™s makjang all around us if we just look. Your story and your cousin were just coincidences. Iโ€™ve never had such musings, but I too have a distant cousin (but with whom I grew up) who lost his fiancรฉe to cancer and has never married as a result. Tragic stories abound and thatโ€™s why makjangs exist. Everyone can identify on some level with them. They give that emotional weight that we desire from kdramas. Sadist for some (Iโ€™m beginning to think for me) but entertaining for others.

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      Oh dear! But I am glad your Unni found happiness again. I hope his family wishes her well with all their heart. What a sad story.

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