Please direct any enquiries or comments to lidge who is a HQG as well as WH’s expert :This is my personal blog so I am entitled to write my bias opinion. I do not like the novel so I did not finish the novel or watch the drama. You have the freedom to disagree with me in a constructive and polite manner. But any rude comment which amounts to personal attack will be deleted.
This book is ranked number 9 on the old top 100 Chinese Romance Novels poll which you can find on hamster’s blog. However I have never really like xian xia book because they are the hardest to understand. I am probably doing this feature to bash Bai Zi Hua so you have been warned. Serendipity said my teacher phobia is well-known in shusheng bar, haha. For your information, I have only heard 20% of the story but I have read the summary. Currently, I am waiting for the better quality audio book to be released.
I’ve written a summary including the ending, so you will be spoiled. I have also included some of the most memorable quotations spoken by the lead characters as well as an English translated MV. Actually I feel this is one of the better written xian xia book, definitely better than Chong Zi, thanks to the awesome supporting males and a little worm, lol. I drafted this feature a long time ago but it has taken me ages to finish it so please excuse its poor quality as I have forgotten a lot of stuff:(
According to what I have read the leads for the drama adaptation have been decided. Zhao Li Ying will be Hua Qian Gu and Wallace Huo will be Bai Zi Hua. The drama will be quite different from the novel because the setting will change from xian xia to wuxia. For your information Hui3r is a devoted Wallace Huo’s fan:P Also, make sure you read queenanon’s comments below because she has written very detailed review and analysis of the novel. She is a superfan of this novel so her writings are heaps better than mine.
Latest Update: According to my source who is crazy about this drama as well as Wallace, Hua Qian Gu will be filmed as a fantasy drama just like the novel but they will also film some wuxia parts. Thus, if the fantasy drama doesn’t pass SARFT’s censorship, then they’ll re-edit it to be a wuxia drama in order to be aired on tv. However, the fantasy version which is exactly like the novel will be released to overseas audience. A looney WH’s fan is translating the book into English so if you want to read it, click here.
Hua Qian Gu is the world’s last God, so since young she has often been injured by demons and supernatural spirits. After her father’s death, she followed his bidding and went to Mt Shu to learn some skills. Then after the death of Mt Shu’s leader, she took over as the leader. Because she is not strong and powerful enough, she went to Mt Chang Liu to learn more skills. She become the disciple of Bai Zi Hua, the leader of Chang Liu sect.
When Qian Gu and Bai Zi Hua went traveling, while trying to save Qian Gu, Bai Zi Hua is poisoned and nearly died. She used her own blood to extend his life. Then, she made use of the spirits to save him, thereby releasing the demon god. Such an action is condemned by the entire cultivation world. The demon god gave all the strength and power to Qian Gu. At the same time, her shi shu (one of the other leader in Chang Liu) found out about her love for Bai Zi Hua so she got sent away to confinement. With Dong Fang’s help, she managed to return to Chang Liu. She returned because she mistakenly thought Bai Zi Hua is going to accept another disciple when he had already said he will only accept Qian Gu as his only disciple in this life.
Sha Qian Mo who is the leader of the Yao and Mo (demon) realm, attacked Chang Liu in order to save Qian Gu. As a result of this battle, Sha Qian Mo become the living dead, Dong Fang died and Qian Gu is imprisoned by Bai Zi Hua, under Chang Liu’s seabed for sixteen years. Due to Qian Gu’s blood, Tang Bao, the adorable little worm is able to cultivate and become a person. She went to rescue Hua Qian Gu but sadly is killed. Because of that, Qian Gu broke all ties with Bai Zi Hua and become the demon god, ruling the demon sect.
Bai Zi Hua who cannot stand to be estranged fron Qian Gu, went to seek her out. He stumbled upon her kissing Mo Bing Xian and felt very distressed and heartache about it, thereby the unfeeling poison in his body flare-up. Qian Gu deceived him into killing her. Because of that, Bai Zi Hua become crazy for 30 years. Then in the epilogue, they ended up happily together.
There are many characters in the novel but I am going to elaborate on a few of the more important one only. You can refer to skyblu’s more detailed list in the book bar. I am going to translate some of the rather classic lines they’ve spoken! Before that is a translated fan-made MV to give you a feel of the story as well as the major characters. I have heard many songs written specifically for this novel and this song is one of my favourite.
0.41 – Wallace Huo – Bai Zi Hua: “From today onward, she is Chang Liu’s high deity, my disciple. I, Bai Zi Hua will only accept one disciple in this life.”
0.50 – Liu Shi Shi – Hua Qian Gu: “In this world, I am most scared of two things, ghosts and shifu.”
0.56 – Yuan Hong – Dong Fang Yu Qing: “This tongue is really obedient, sometimes it will need to be moistened with water, and sometimes I will need to open the roof to let it have some sun.”
1.06 – Nicholas Tse – Sha Qian Mo: “Little child, why was I born so good-looking?”
“Yes ah, how come can look so good?”
1.56 – “Bai Zi Hua, if you dare to hurt her for your sect, I will slaughter your entire sect. If you harm her for the world, I will massacre the people of the world!”
2.09 – “Bone, do not look. Bone, do not die. Listen to my advice, do not die. Even if nobody in this world love you, you also have to love yourself…..”
2.25 – Li Qian – Tang Bao: “Bone mummy, I finally get to meet you.”
2.30 – “Bai Zi Hua, everything I’ve done in this life, I have never regretted them. But if I can do it all over again, I don’t want to fall in love with you.”
2.46 – “How can you be so cruel? Make me kill you personally, then leave me all alone.
What do you want? You only need to say it. No matter right or wrong, I will also give you.
I’ll give you love. I’ll give you myself.
What does the destruction of the six realms has anything to do with us? What does whether these people are alive or dead has anything to do with us?
I will take you away, we can go anywhere, you can do as you please.
Just do not leave me ……”
3.42 – “Bai Zi Hua, on the road to hell, in the middle of the River of Forgetfulness, beside the three lives stone, at the head of Bridge of Helplessness, I may have seen you before?”
“Little bone, follow shifu home!”
Hua Qian Gu
“You are the world’s gentlest person, and also the most heartless. Because of you, I have nothing. My body is covered all over with scars, all thanks to you. Between you and me, we have already broken all ties long ago.”
“I tried so hard for so many years, but I have never understood you. Now, I don’t need to understand nor want to understand. Whether to die or to live, you are now in my hands, I can do whatever I want.”
“Bai Zi Hua, the one hundred and three sword wounds on my body, seventeen cavities and a body of scars, all of them were given by you. Sixteen years of imprisonment, plus these two lives, I have already paid off all I owe you. The memories have been spoiled, the bell pendant has been damaged, so from now onwards, our master and disciple relationship is severed. “I have no Shifu, no friends, no lovers, no children. I once thought I had the entire world, but it turned out to be fake. The one who loves me, died for me, the one I love wants me dead. The ones I believed in betrayed me. The ones I depended on abandoned me. I don’t need anything, I don’t want anything, I just want to live simply. But heaven is forcing me, you are forcing me! Do you think that now, I can still turn back?”
“I don’t believe in good, don’t believe in evil, don’t believe in happiness, but I believe in you!”
“Bai Zi Hua, I curse you in the name of God: This life and eternal life, you won’t grow old or die and won’t get injured or get killed.”
I don’t understand how anyone can ship Hua Xian Gu with Bai Zi Hua after all the sufferings he inflicted on her, whatever the intention or justification may be. I admire Qian Gu’s courage and dedication but I also find her a bit naïve and obsessed with loving the shifu.
Bai Zi Hua
“Noble character? Isn’t that just a phrase? A person who had to offer up his happiness, and sacrifice everything he has, does he still have feelings? My heart worries about Chang Liu, worries about the Xian realm, worries about all living things, but I have never done anything for her. I didn’t disappoint Chang Liu, didn’t disappoint the Six Realms, didn’t disappoint the world, but, in the end, I disappointed her and I disappointed myself.”
“Regarding love, both of us have made mistakes before and resulting in both of us suffered greatly. Now, it is not easy to finally have the opportunity to be able to do it all over again, I will never give her up like last time.”
Yes, in the end Bai Zi Hua is quite pitiful but he can’t erase what he has done so I can never like him no matter what he did later. Also, he is such a prim and proper cold fish, so boring, not the type I like. The author wrote at different stages in our life we will be attracted to different kind of men. Bai Zi Hua is someone Qian Gu can trust and look up to and who will love, cherish and protect her forever. Obviously, I am not at that stage in my life as I dislike Bai Zi Hua:P
Sha Qian Mo
Sha Qian Mo is the leader of the Yao and Mo (demon) realm. Initially Hua Qian Gu mistakenly thought he is a female because he looks so beautiful, just like a woman. He is like an elder brother or sister to Qian Gu. Even though he is the leader of the demon clan and his love can be considered overbearing, he has never failed to protect or rescue Qian Gu whenever she is in danger. I especially like his declaration which I shall repeat “Bai Zi Hua, if you dare hurt her for your sect, I will slaughter your entire sect. If you harm her for the world, I will massacre the people of the world!”
Dong Fang Yu Qing
“Bone, I have come to take you home.”
“Obviously, it is me who personally pushed her to Bai Zi Hua, but, I obviously know beforehand that she will fall in love with Bai Zi Hua. I clearly know that below love is the bottomless abyss …… why I still disregard everything to love …… If, at the beginning he can be a little more selfish, to keep her at his side, will it be able to change her fate? However, he is not qualified for Hua Qian Gu and also cannot afford her. He will just look at her, keep her company, would be sufficient.”
Dong Fang Yu Qing is my choice if I am Hua Qian Gu. It can be said that it is he who pushed Qian Gu to Bai Zi Hua so he is partly to blame for all the subsequent events. Yet, I still have a soft spot for him, for his humour and the sacrifices he made for Qian Gu. He is such a romantic, gentle and affectionate guy, just to Qian Gu only, so sweet.
Xuan Yuan Lang
“What do you mean leave her alone? What a joke! I can hold the world in my hands, what is so frightening about opposing fate?
“I do not want to become human king, want to get away from everything, be carefree, even if to become an immortal together with you …… but so many years, he has done nothing for her…… The fate of the people, all the responsibilities are heavy burden on him, making him can’t even breathe. He cannot abandone his duty …… the only thing he can do for her, is to wait for her, continue to wait until she come back …… Unrequited love for a person, but never look back at another person who loves him deeply. It is fated that, no one can be happy ……”
The book doesn’t elaborate much on him compared to Dong Fang Yu Qing. I like him because he met Qian Gu as well as the reader me, early in the novel and he is a prince then becoming an emperor. I am always attracted to poweful royalty, lol. Well, I feel all the guys in the novels are awesome and treat Qian Gu pretty well except Bai Zi Hua.
Hua Qian Gu forced Bai Zi Hua to kill her and her soul is broken and dispersed. With the death of Qian Gu, those who died because of her are resurrected because she is a God. Fortunately her soul is saved by Zhu Ran. Later, Sha Qian Mo sent the soul into reincarnation, but because it is too scattered, so the newborn Qian Gu only have a three-year-old child’s intelligence and was born in a rural family. Bai Zi Hua wanted to die to follow Qian Gu but he can’t because of her curse that he will become immortal. Thus he became crazy for 30 years, retired from being the leader and wandered everywhere in search of Qian Gu. When he found Qian Gu who no longer has any past life memories, he once again accepted her as his disciple (he said it is the most suitable arrangement for now, In the future, if Qian Gu want any other identity, he will satisfy her request).
This is the original ending of the book which can be considered an open ending. However, the author is reluctant to part with the characters she has written for 2 years. Also, she feels it is rather sad to end the book with one going crazy and the other is retarded. Thus she wrote a few happy epilogues to satisfy the fans. I personally feel although this ending is kind of sad, it is more poignant and appropriate. Without any past life memories Qian Gu will be able to live a happy life with her shifu.
In the epilogue of the original book, Dōng Fāng gave some drug to Qian Gu which helped her to recover her memory. She decided to forgive Bai Zi Hua and returned to his side. They got married and live happily ever after. Táng Bǎo and Shí Yī also ended up together. In addition, Xuān Yuan and Qīng Shuǐ also got together. Every time, after Dōng Fāng sacrificed his life, he continued to get reincarnated.
In the original book published for the Taiwan market as well as in the revised edition, there is an extra epilogue called ‘gamble’. Qian Gu recovered her memories and married Bai Zi Hua. Then something went wrong with her eyes. Dong Fang can heal Qian Gu’s eyes, but required sixteen years to make the medicine. Thus, he made a bet with Bai Zi Hua.
He will wipe away Qian Gu’s memory and sent her to the mortal world for 15 years. With no memory, who will she fall in love with? The outcome is she liked Liu Huo (Shuò Fēng). Then, she recovered her memory and went back to Chang Liu. At the very end, Bai Zi Hua healed Qian Gu’s eyes and they have a sweet and touching ending.
In the revised edition of the latest novel, there is an additional silly epilogue called ‘five husbands home-coming’. Qian Gu married Na Mo Yue, Xuan Yuan Lang, Dong Fang, Sha Qian Mo and Bai Zi Hua simultaneously so all five become her husbands. The order to exercise marital rights is the same as the sequence they got married as mentioned.