Peanuts: Two months ago, Lidge sent me a Baidu poll result on China’s choice of top 35 Favourite Male Characters in Chinese romance novels. I don’t really agree with most of their rankings. As usual, He Yi Chen from Gu Man’s novel Why We Become Silent comes first. I find He Yi Chen alright but not my number one favourite but Lidge loves him. Thus, to each its own. For your information, Ye Hua is ranked fourth. I suspect Dong Hua is not ranked because the poll is outdated. If you want to know my favourite male characters, click here.
Lidge: 35 Favourite Male Characters in Chinese Romance Novels or what I like to call “35 reasons why we read Chinese romance novels”…haha. My comments are in black. Peanuts comments are in italic. Are you ready? OK, here we gooo……
No.1: He Yi Chen, aka Lawyer He from Gu Man’s He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo
L: So he’s not just #1 in my heart but in lots of other girls’ hearts too, hehe..
P: He has got no sense of humour & a hot temper. Top 10 ok but number 1 no way !
No.2: Yan Xi from novel: A Heart Warming Decade
L: At first, Viet readers had no idea who this is. Fortunately, someone explained that this is a new novel because everyone thought we were losing our minds since we’ve never heard of this guy and he’s #2! According to spoilers, the male lead is similar to Egg Egg’s Say Goodbye in the Morning where the male lead has some psychological problem and thinks he’s gay due to abuse. He can only love and quietly helps the female lead from afar. Since I loved Egg Egg’s Say Goodbye, I hope someone will translate so I can read.
No.3: Xiao Nai from Gu Man’s Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng
L: Do I need to explain? I feel he’s similar to the guy who established Baidu, Robin Li. Wonder if Gu Man based the character on him?
P: Yes, sound very much like one of the internet entrepreneur but I am not sure if it is baidu. I like him as ‘Big God’ in the game world more.
No.4: Ye Hua from novel: Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms
L: Perennial fan favorite. Always in top 10 of polls for favorite male leads, lol.
No.5: Rong Zhi from novel: Feng Qiu Huang
L: This is currently being translated. I’ve read a bit and he’s the classic Mr. Darcy type, aka my type, lol. This novel is #5 out of top 100 so of course I have to read it! But later, later……… right now, no time.
P: Xiaoyuer did recommend this book but it is so long. I read the spoiler & a few of her posts on it but didn’t find him that captivating.
No.6: Tan Shu Mo from novel: So What, You Are My Student?
L: Book is popular, but I didn’t like it that much. As far as hot teachers, it’s hard to beat Yang Lan Han in Ye Luo Wu Xin’s Love Given To You By Mistake. Why didn’t I have a hot teacher when I was in school?
P: Xinn Xinn also recommended Love Given to you by Mistake so I am tempted to jump on the bandwagon but loving your teacher is too alien for me:( I don’t find him anything special, just a nice & considerate cradle-snatcher:P
No.7: Sun Jia Yu from novel: First Love Forever Love
L: Haven’t read this but people who have says the male lead sacrifices a lot for the female lead. Sad or open ending so of course I’m not keen on reading it, but people who have read it say it’s good.
No.8: Mu Yan from Tang 7’s Hua Xu Yin
L: Another perennial fan favorite, that is, until Uncle Kevin portrays him and makes all the fangirls cry, lol.
No.9: Bai Zi Hua from novel: Xian Xia Qi Yuan Zhi Hua Qian Gu
L: Said I would read this but ummm, haven’t because I forgot, lol.
P: He is Qian Gu’s shifu, probably a replica of Chong Hua in Chong Zi so no no no. I hate shifu, lol. He is bland and boring at the beginning but sort of redeemed himself towards the end of the novel.
No.10: He Su Ye from novel: Loving You is the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done
L: Can someone tell me who this guy is and why he is awesome? Lol.
P: If I find out this book has a happy ending, I’ll check him out for you!!!! Oh, He is a warm and gentle Chinese medicine doctor, very nice and caring for the female lead so deserving of his spot here.
11. Muong Pei Lin from stepmum Fei Wo Si Cun’s Too Late To Say I Love You
L: OK, no one needs to tell me who this guy is and why he is awesome^^
12. Lu Li Cheng from Tong Hua’s Secrets Hidden By Time
L: Let’s pray that he has a better ending on TV than in the book!
P: Squeeeek, drooling, lol. He should be in top 10:P Yes, yes, waiting for this drama impatiently, haha. Arrghhh, finished watching the drama, so cute and sweet but make sure you watch the ending where he gets the girl !!!!
13. Liang Fei Fang from Big Grey Wolf With Wing’s novel: Bloom
L: Read this but don’t recall anything except lots of R+ rated moments. Don’t know why he’s popular. Maybe need to reread?
P: No, no, don’t reread. This book is awful, guarantee you’ll get diarrhea with the mustard overdose:P Read Go with the Flow of Love, a better book.
14. Chen Yu Bai from Big Grey Wolf With Wing’s novel: Go with the Flow of Love
L: Haven’t read but since he’s #14, maybe need to read because I’m missing out?
P: Yes, yes, yes. Lidge you must read this book !!!! Xinn, Seoul & I love Chen Yu Bai. He should be in top 10. Can’t wait to see him on the screen.
15. Xue Cai from novel: To Ruin A Kingdom
L: As you can tell from the lack of description, I have no idea who this is, lol.
P: This shows Lidge is not SSB’s super fan & SSB is a good blog because this book has been posted there. Heehee, I didn’t read this book:P
16. Chen Zi Jia from novel: A Gentleman’s Promise
L: Thought I was reading so much but apparently not enough because no idea who this is.
P: Yah, Lidge doesn’t read enough classic but all the junk, lol. Yes, he is a patient and great guy who deserves this spot.
17. Hei Feng Xi from novel: Who Gets the World
L: Haven’t read this.
P: How can my Feng Xi be at 17????? I want to protest. He is at least top 3 or top 5. Peanuts loves him to pieces lol.
18. Chen Xiao Zheng from Xin Yi Wu’s To Our Eventually Lost Youth
L: Don’t know why he’s so popular. Of course, I did skip his parts in the book, lol.
P: How come he is more popular then Lin Jing gege? If I’ve to choose between them, I’ll take Lin Jing.
19. Zhang Sun Wu Ji from novel: 扶摇皇后 (Fu Yao Huang Hou)
L: Don’t know who this is.
P: Seems to have pretty good reviews but a super long ancient book so unless there is an audiobook, I won’t touch it.
20. Yun Zheng from novel: 绾青丝 (Wan Qing Si)
L: Haven’t read.
P: This book is no. 8 on the old top 100 list so he should be good. I am still waiting for someone to read to me, haha…
21. Jiang Chen from novel: To Remember Our Pure and Beautiful
L: No idea.
P: Good reviews. I just started listening to this book but I’ve finished the radio drama already. A very cute & sweet book. Dr Jiang is indeed very swoon worthy.
22. Tang Yi from novel: Black & White
L: No idea again.
P: He is impatient and scary but is patient and caring only to the female lead. He is kind of abnormal as the ways he shows his love and affection are so BT and intensive but what can you expect from a triad boss, lol.
23. Ruan Zheng Dong from novel: Cinderella’s Dream
L: Only read the first half of the book. Obviously not keen to finish.
P: The lead in the Girl in Blue, that drama with Roy & FSF? EEEeeeee, don’t really like most of step-mum’s male leads.
24. Cheng Zheng from Xin Yi Wu ’s You’re Still Here/Original
L: My love!!!♥♥♥
P: Arrrgh, I also love him but where is my Han Shu? Obviously Lidge doesn’t love him as much as I do because she ranks his book nearly last !!! Hu Ge has nothing to do with the book except I wish he gets to play Cheng Zheng in the drama. Peanuts is dreaming, heehee…
25. Su Li from novel: 时擦 (Shi Ca)
L: I have read this before but I have also forgotten about it. The beginning is a school crush which is cute but when the main couple meet again as adults, it got boring and is just like a typical modern Cinderella plot.
P: Never heard of this book so does it have good ending? If yes, then I’ll give it a try as good reviews.
26. Rong Yan (2nd brother) from Big Grey Wolf With Wing’s Who Waits, Coincides with Flowers
L: Haven’t read. Or maybe I have and can’t remember? Does it matter? Still can’t remember, lol.
P: I didn’t read Rong Yan’s story because I prefer the youngest brother Yan Song more than him. He is ok so I’ll give this book a try later.
27. Long Fei Li from novel from MoWu Bi Ge’s Love in Another Life: My Gentle Tyrant
L: No idea again.
28. Rong Yuan from Tang 7’s Hua Xu Yin
L: Of course he’s awesome!!!!
P: Is he the king in the 13 Yue story because I always mix up the two Rongs:(? If yes, then I like him also.
29. Jiū Mó Luó Shén from novel: Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You
L: Haven’t read this but have heard high praises to the heavens about him so of course will read one of these days. I have the books just haven’t started.
P: This book is no. 10 on the old top 100 list but I’ve no idea what is it? Is it the love story between a girl and a monk???
30. Wang Li Chuan from novel: Li Chuan’s Past
L: OK, this novel is one of my biggest pet peeves because I was tricked! I’ve heard praises for this so read it. Kept reading, felt bored but kept reading, felt bored but kept reading, felt really bored but still kept reading because I hoped that the reason he left the female lead would not be the Korean answer to all tearjerkers – cancer. Well, guess what? It is…………. [fill in the blank because I don’t want to spoil for you but you know where I’m going with this, right?]
P: Yes dear, I saw the trailer for the drama. The book is average but Godfrey is hot. Ask promee, Godfrey’s super fan about it, lol.
31. Lu Zhi Ang from novel: Rush to the Dead Summer
L: This is like a mysterious novel I’ve never heard of so don’t know why he’s #31. Tried to google and couldn’t even find it in Viet so of course can’t trace it to Chinese. So peanuts, if you want to know, learn Viet😄.
P: Nothing is impossible for peanuts:P Haha, I found the book in Chinese:) A heavy duty book so I gonna give this the flick.
32. Meng Jue from Tong Hua’s Yun Zhong Ge
L: Haven’t read.
P: Arrrgh, another of my fav & why is he ranked so low at 34???? Definitely a top ten guy. Now I know why a lot of people in China wear specs, lol. Lidge, you need to start reading good & popular books:P I refuse to put Yu Zheng’s Meng Jue picture here because he is his MJ, not mine.
33. Fang Hua from novel: Falling Dreams of Fan Hua
L: Haven’t read.
P: Recently the audiobook for this novel has been released. Oh, it is a sad book about a beast (he is not a human but looks like a human?) who loves his disciple secretly. Later, she marries the prince but is injured when someone attempted to take her life. She loses her memory and cannot remember her shifu but he continues to look after her.
34. Xiao Qi Ran from novel: Xiao Ran’s Dream
L: Haven’t read.
P: Hey I posted this novel in SSB but haven’t found the time to read or listen to it. Anything posted by peanuts of course is great, lol.
35. Xi Xi Chen from novel: Warm in Winter Cool in Summer
L: I found this story kind of boring. Had to reread the first part because thought the second part is continuation of first part. Turns out it’s just the epilogues, a longgggg one about their married life. So basically, I read a story I found boring twice!!!
P: Yah, the book is average only but Xi Xi Chen is good. He is so persistent & sweet to the female lead who is not likeable ! I like their time in Paris.