Have you ever wondered how your favourite Chinese novelists look like? I have decided to become a private detective like Sherlock Holmes for a few days to research and dig out their photos for you. I have tried my best but I cannot guarantee all those pictures are real. Some authors have many pictures available online and I have chosen those which look the most natural and clear. Curiosity kills the cat so you’ve been warned:P
Do your favourite authors look like your imaginations? Are you shocked or surprised by their photos? There are more to come so stay tune for Part 2 if you are curious to know how Feng Nong who is the author of A Lonesome Fragrance Waiting to be Appreciated and Fresh Gor Gor who is the author of Hua Qian Gu plus many others look like.
Name: Fei Wo Si Cun
Novels: Too Late To Say I Love You, Eastern Palace, Cold Moon-Like Frost, Starry Sky, Romantic holidays like dreams, etc
Comment: I will start off with the most popular and one of Lidge’s favourite author. I think she published the most novels and has the most drama adaptations aka the Qiong Yao of China. Some of you may have seen her photo before and there is even a glamorous one but I have chosen the most casual one.
Name: 玄隐 (Xuán Yǐn)
Novels: Li Chuan’s Past (Remembering Li Chuan), 彩虹的重力, 结爱·异客逢欢
Comment: Surprise, surprise that she is already a mother and I don’t even know when this photo was taken. I read that she also has many academic qualifications and all her novels will be adapted into dramas.
Name: Vivien Tang Qi Gong Zi
Novels: Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, Twice Blooming Flower (Double Life), Hua Xu Yin, Three Lifes, Three Worlds, The Pillow Book, Three Lifes, Three Worlds The Pillow Book Final Chapter
Comment: Some Chinese blog said the picture is Tang Qi but other blogs said she is Mi Bao, the author mentioned below. Who can verify if this is really Tang Qi? If that is not her then, there is no picture of her online.
Name: 靡宝 (Mí Bǎo)
Novels: Song in the Peach Blossoms, 无明夜, 星恋, 流金岁月, 可曾记得爱, 流年·爱, 爱如指间沙
Comment: This is the official picture of this author in baidu. Does this picture look like Tang Qi’s picture with sunglasses?
Name: Gu Man
Novels: Silent Separation (He Yi Sheng Zhao Mo), Just One Smile is Very Alluring (Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng), Come & Eat, Shan Shan, Blazing Sunlight
Comment: Only one blog said this is the picture of Gu Man so I am doubtful as Gu Man has never attended any book signing event. She said she feels when reading a book, it is best to forget the presence of the author so the reader can become more involved in the story.
Why all my favourite authors are so secretive of their looks? According to Gu Man’s Q&A session, she said she is 170cm, 133 pounds, has straight black hair, eyes not too big or too small with one on each side (lol) and average skin condition with occasional acne outbreak. Does the picture correlate with the information?
Name: Ming Xiao Xi
Novels: The Flame’s Daughter, Summer of Bubbles (Summer’s Desire/ Show Princess), There Will be an Angel to Love You Instead of Me, Ming Ruo Xiao Xi, Afternoon Lavendar, 旋风少女, 第一夜的蔷薇
Comment: She looks quite pretty, like the female lead in her manga style novel. I wonder if this is truly her as I read somewhere that she is a teacher and does not want her collegues and students to recognise her as Ming Xiao Xi.
Name: Qiong Yao
Novels: Princess Returning Pearl, Romance in the Rain, Plum Blossom Twist Trilogy, Flowers in Fog, etc
Comment: No novelist pictorials will be complete without aunty Qiong Yao who is such a prolific author as well as screenwriter. Her work as well as herself have aged so I doubt I am going to re-watch her drama adaptations except maybe Princess Returning Pearl.
Name: Tong Hua
Novels: Bu Bu Jing Xin, Ballad of the Desert, Song in the Clouds, Secrets Hidden in Time (Best Times), Time Will Never Go Back, Once Promised, Eternally Yearning For You (Lost You Forever)
Comment: She needs no introduction as I am sure most of you know who she is. There are a few of her photos online and they look a bit different, probably because of the different angle and time they were taken. The drama based on her book Best Times is currently being shown on China tv.
Name: Xin Yi Wu
Novels: You are Still Here (Original), Evening Twilight, To Our Eventually Lost Youth (So Young), The Moon Doesn’t Understand my Heart, Let me Look at You, I am Waiting for You in Memories, Mirage, Eclipse Heart
Comment: There are also many of her pictures online and I believe some are even photoshopped. It is like she is a celebrity writer especially when her Lost Youth novel was filmed into a successful movie by Vicky Zhao.
Name: 席绢 (Xi Juan)
Novels: 交錯時光的愛戀 (Jiao Cuo Shi Guang De Ai Lian), 戲點鴛鴦 (Xi Dian Yuan Yang), 珠玉在侧 – Ring Ring Bell, Wrong Carriage, Right Groom, etc
Comment: She is considered one of the most famous writer in Taiwan with her ‘ice-cream’ novels. Cuo Dian Yuan Yang is adapted from the first two novels mentioned above. Ring Ring Bell with Peter Ho and Janine is also adapted from her novel as well as an old drama called Wrong Carriage, Right Groom.
Name: Shun Jian Qing Cheng
Novels: Wei Yang.Chen Fu, 听说你爱我, When Cow meets Grass, Listen To My Heart, Luan Shi Jia Ren, Beauty at the Crossfires
Comment: This is another author with three drama adapations about beauties such as Yu Zheng’s Schemes of a Beauty, A Beauty in Troubled Times and Beauty at the Crossfires which will debut on 14th Dec with Shu Chang, Sammul Chan and Qiao Zhen Yu.
Name: 蓝白色 (Lan Bai Se – Blue White Color)
Novels: Happily Accept No Love (Unforgettable Love), 遗爱记, 步步错, 客官不可以, 半欢半爱, etc
Comment: With this picture, we can only see half of her face. Will she release the other half when the drama adaption of her book starring Jerry Yan and Tong Li Ya is broadcasted next year:P?
Name: 张小娴 (Amy Zhang Xiao Xian)
Novels: The Woman Above the Bread Tree, 荷包里的单人床, etc
Comment: This woman is one of the most famous romance author in Hong Kong and one of her books, The Woman Above the Bread Tree has been filmed into a drama starring TVB Bosco Wong and China Tiffany Tang Yan.
Name: 李歆 (Li Xin)
Novels: An Unrivaled World, Beautiful Country & Woman (Long Ballad), 凤栖梧, 询君意
Comment: Her book is frequently mentioned in the press lately as it is currently being filmed into a drama by Ruby Lin with Yuan Hong. No wonder she is smiling so happily, lol.
Name: 流潋紫 (Liu Lan Zi)
Novels: Hou Gong Zhen Huan Zhuan
Comment: This is another author who can smile all the way to the bank as her first and only book has been filmed into a blockbuster drama. I think she is writing the sequel now.
Name: 鲍鲸鲸 (Bao Jing Jing)
Novels: Love is not Blind
Comment: This novelist achieved even more with her first and only novel in that she won the best screenplay adaptation award in the 2012 Golden Horse Film Award in Taiwan. Due to it being a box-office hit, a television adaptation has also been filmed.
Name: 慕容湮儿 (Mu Rong Yan Er)
Novels: Qing Shi Huang Fei, 眸倾天下, 三生三世桃花依旧, Picturesque Empire
Comment: This is the author who managed to achieve fame by selling the drama right of Qing Shi Huang Fei to Ruby Lin inspite of its illogical plot.
Name: 安知晓 (Ān Zhī Xiǎo)
Novels:The Abandoned Consort: Desperate Love and Drunk on Liu Su During the Year of Jin, Hundreds Millions Wife Buy One Get One Free, 天才魔妃, 金牌王妃, 芙蓉王妃, 王牌宠妃
Comment: She specialises in writing addictive ‘gouxue’ books which mean long-winded, melodramatic and contrived. Yet, the copyright for Hundreds Millions Wife has been sold to be made into a drama. Of course, it will be edited and some characters will be excluded from the more than 1,000 chapters.
Name: 桩桩 (Zhuāng Zhuāng)
Novels: 微雨红尘, Man Man Qing Luo, 永夜, Give You Up, Next Lifetime!, etc
Comment: I think Yu Zheng bought the copyright for Man Man Qing Luo and it will be adapted into a drama with Chen Xiao & Zhao Li Ying in due course so just wait and see.
Name: 缪娟 (Claire Miao Juān)
Novels: The Translator, 堕落天使, 我的波塞冬, 丹尼海格, 智斗, The Last Prince (Destiny)
Comment: She was a translator and is married to a French man which explains why she can write her book The Translator so vividly. I think Yu Zheng mentioned that The Last Prince will be made into a drama starring Chen Xiao and Zhao Li Ying.
Name: 九夜茴 (Jiu Ye Hui)
Novels: Flowers Pinellia, That Year, Time Flew, 初恋爱
Comment: Beside Tong Hua, this author’s Flowers Pinellia novel has also been filmed and is currently being broadcasted on Hunan TV. That Year, Time Flew which is cloudandsea’s favourite book will also be adapted into a drama. She is the screenwriter for both.
Name: Jin Yong (Louis Cha)
Novels: The Legend of the Condor Heroes, The Return of the Condor Heroes, Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, The Smiling, Proud Wanderer, etc
Comment: How will I dare not to include Louise Cha’s (aka Lidge) adopted grandpa in this feature:P? I am sure he needs no introduction as nearly everyone who watch Chinese television know who he is!!! FYI, Aunty Qiong Yao is his distant relative so indeed it runs in the family:)
Name: Gu Long
Novels: Xiao Li Fei Dao series, Chu Liu Xiang Series, Lu Xiao Feng Series, The Legendary Twins, etc
Comment: Beside Jin Yong, I grew up watching Gu Long’s novels adapted dramas but they are not as popular or with as many remakes as Jin Yong’s ones. Gu Long’s life is complicated and tragic which explain why his novels are darker and bleaker.
Name: Guo Jing Ming
Novels: City of Fantasy, Never Flowers In Never Dream, Tiny Times, Cry Me a Sad River, Rush to the Dead Summer
Comment: I will end this feature with the so-called best-looking and most flamboyant writer. You can find many pictures of him online in various poses and hair colours just like a celebrity. There is even a naked one showing his biceps, lol. This is the most decent and down to earth photo I can find. I think he has a short stature. He is one of the richest writer in China because of his publishing business as well as adapting Tiny Times into movies.