So feast your eyes (if you have not been trawling the net for the latest stills like I have) of our HXY OTP: Jun Fu and Mu Yen. My general sentiment towards the costumes can only be described as “meh~”. They’re not terribly exciting and I feel like there are some really questionable choices there (blue fringes!). Some pieces look decidedly uncomfortable and don’t fall nicely (frankly, the leather assemble KC is wearing in the picture above looks clunky as if made of cardboard.
In addition to giving her thoughts on Shen An and Song Ning’s doomed romance, she also commented on our OTP. Translation and my two cents are under the cut, let me know what you think. 🙂 Be careful – it’s totally spoillerrific.
Special thanks to Peanuts for compiling the weibo posts.
Regarding the Little Princess (ie Ye Zhen / Jun Fu) and Mu Yen, ten thousand people wonder why would Mu Yen fall in love with her?
Mu Yen is the kind of person that is more reserved in matters of love. Qin Ziyan approached him with an ulterior motive from the beginning; as such, he naturally used her as much as he possibly can. Whereas the Little Princess’ love for him is clean and innocent – she respects and trusts him; her love for him is the kind that characterized by a willingness to give. He knows this and understands how precious this kind of feelings are. And that is why he loves the Little Princess.
So what is this willingness to give? There is a scene I wrote where the Little Princess wanted to give Mu Yen a present. But she didn’t know what he liked. So she took out of her belongings that she had with her to let him choose, for fear that what she gives him is not the best. I feel that this kind of love is very beautiful.
If there is no Little Princess, Mu Yen is unlikely to fall in love with anyone. He knows how precious it is to be able to love someone, and that is why he said that it is good thing to have a weak point.
Because the book is written from Jun Fu’s point of view, it’s so easy to be drawn into her feelings and dilemma – she’s dead and he’s not. And I really liked how the themes explored earlier in the book are revisited in their finale, eg whether its better to have loved for a shorter period of time than expected, than never have loved at all (Thirteenth Moon) and whether it is better to forget than to remember both the love and the pain (Jiu Jiu), etc.
For quite a while after I read Tangqi’s post, I was at odds because it sounded to me that Mu Yen only loved Jun Fu because Jun Fu loved him first and best (which is actually why I put off posting this for so long). I didn’t really like that because it made me wonder if he loved her or if he loved how she made him feel. Because there’s a distinction in some cases where in the latter case, he’s more in love with his own vanity.
But then I reflected that Mu Yen actually sacrifices a lot for Jun Fu as well. In an early scene, she asked if he would marry a dead girl and he politely declined because he needs to continue his family line. But in the end, he married her anyway and did not take any secondary consorts or concubines. The epilogue actually opens with him standing at their tomb. She has already passed on for some time and have been interred. He will join her there once he passes on too. It then flashes back that the only way to extend her life was to give 15 years of his and the mystic cautioned him that he is a man with ambitious plans, so he needed to consider his decision carefully. But Mu Yen recalled the time where he found her after she was abducted, and he saw her with a dagger poised at her chest, ready to die than to be captured, he realised then that he cannot live without her.
So here you have it: Mu Yen has the ambition of his father and the romantic soul of his mother. Another doomed combination if I have ever seen one. Because I have never heard of a romantic dictator – even Napoleon gave up Josephine in the end.
Jun Fu fell in love with Mu Yen because he saved her twice at their first meeting. But I think if you ask her why she continued loving Mu Yen, it is also because he is willing to reciprocate her love with his own unconditional love. And in the face of that, does it really matter who loved who first or who loved who more?