I know I posted this feature twice before but I’ve since modified and expanded it so the information is very current. I don’t like to make lots of posts:P I also have changed one of the cover picture so can you spot which one lol? Okay, now I’ve changed another cover picture because bongsd asked me to change Xiao Xiao’s clothes, LOL.
I am going to jump on the bandwagon and give you a preview of what up and coming c-dramas you can expect appearing on your screen soon. However my focus will primarily be on Chinese novels that have or will be adapted into dramas. They are sitting on quite some finished stock. In the meantime, some books are in the process of being filmed while some book copyrights have been sold. If you are interested in the stories, there are links to the book bar or external sources. If there is a trailer or any video, the link is in bracket. This post will be constantly updated with the latest information.
I am sure most of you are looking forward to watch this and know the problem that is hindering it from being shown on China TV. If you don’t know, it is because of its inaccuracy in portraying an important part of China history. This is why the title and names of the characters have been changed. Keeping our fingers cross that we’ll get to watch this drama soon. Since the names have been changed, I think the drama will follow the novel closely including the ending but don’t quote me on it. It’ll air on 1st Oct on Hunan TV every Wed & Thur from 10pm to midnight.
I am sure all the Godfrey’s fans are waiting impatiently for this drama to be broadcast. I personally think this drama will be better than the novel because we’ll have Godfrey looking his best in the drama. Moreover the production team is willing to fork out some money to go all the way to Switzerland for location filming. It looks really breathtakingly beautiful with the snow capped mountains. The drama better follows the novel ending or else I am going to throw rotten eggs at the screenwriter:P A little bird told me this drama is not being purchased by any channel in China because it was produced by a relatively unknown company with not so famous stars and the selling price is high because it was filmed partly overseas. May broadcast in November 2014.
Godfrey will act in a movie adapted from the novel called 我本纯良 (Wǒ Běn Chún Liáng) written by 破脑袋. He is one lucky guy as he gets to go to New Zealand for part of the filming. Bongsd said it is because he can speak English fluently so he always gets to film overseas:P
This book is quite popular and well-liked in China but xiaoyuer who has read the book doesn’t like it. I have read the synopsis and I don’t think I want to read the book. It may be a true reflection of love & life in China but I don’t like realistic novel. I read novel to escape from reality. The drama also doesn’t look appealing so I am going to give this a miss. Anyway, to each its own. I think the drama will not follow the book closely. The drama has started broadcasting on 26th June 2014 and you can find the link above. Song Seung Hun and Liu Yi Fei are filming the movie version in August.
I didn’t read the novel or watch the movies so I cannot make any comment. Suffice to say, Guo Jing Ming’s books are not my cup of tea so I’ve no interest in them. Probably because they are way too realistic & reflect the China lifestyle which I am not familiar or interested in. I think I read some reviews which find the movies are a let down because there is not enough time to develop the stories. Hopefully the drama will do a better job and do justice to this popular series. The drama has started its online broadcast on 10 July 2014.
I don’t know much about these two books except Tiffany Tang Yan are in both of them with different TVB male leads. The Woman Above the Bread Tree has a Hong Kong author. Heehee, my personal interest is in Bosco who is also Lidge’s favorite. No, no, we are not fighting over him. Instead we are sharing him, lol. I won’t make any comment on Ron except to say I am not a fan. Since both of the novels are about women, the male leads will have to take a back seat. Way to go, girl power, lol. I will watch one of them and no prize for guessing which one, heehee….The Lady in the Cubicle will broadcast on 1 Sept 2014.
This is another novel by HK author Zhang Xiao Xian which has been adapted into a movie starring Liu Yi Fei & Rain. It is called Difficult Love (露水红颜) and will release on Singles Day which is 11 November 2014.
Arrghh, I can assure you this drama will be so different from the novel like day and night. I like the novel and cried buckets over it so I am quite disappointed with its adaptation, judging from the trailers released. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Kevin Cheng. In fact, I find him rather handsome. However, he is not the Mu Yan or Su Yu in the novel! In a nutshell, the costumes look awful, some of the artists are miscast and the drama is very unfaithful to the book with the change, omission and merging of some characters. Thus, I am writing a few summaries to tell the real story for those who will watch the drama so that they can see the difference. Anyway, I’ll still give this drama a try when it is released.
I read this novel quite a while ago so I cannot remember much. I can only remember this is just an average book. The only interesting part is the battle for the little boy Tong Tong’s custody. It is a case of rich vs poor and the strong vs the weak. Sadly the rich and strong won:( Thus, I really dislike the male lead even though he is rich and handsome. Judging from the trailer, the beginning of the drama will be similar to the novel but the drama will expand the role of the lawyer who is the male lead’s half brother. I don’t mind this change as you need to create more tension and climax for the drama or else it will become a snooze fest. I will definitely watch this drama to compare it with the novel even though Jerry usually puts me to sleep:P
The drama has started broadcasting on 23 June 2014 and you can find the link above. I am currently watching it and I feel it is better than the novel. Tong Liya has nice clothes and Jerry only has one expression. I won’t say this is a hit but it is strangely entertaining and addictive in a bad way:P If you like angst and want to torture yourself, do watch it with me, LOL.
Tong Liya is also starring in another novel adapted into a drama with Yuan Hong called Ordinary World written by Lu Yao. It is about people living in rural China in the 80s.
I have read the incomplete English translated novel and quite like this book. I also wet my pillow covers over the fate of my Ling gege and Meng Jue. In fact, I like it more than Ballad of the Desert. I was looking forward to its drama adaptation until I found out about that crazy Yu Zheng’s cast list. I don’t like anyone in the drama except Chen Xiao. I am not sure if it is a blessing in disguise. Instead of being Ling gege, he gonna be Liu Bing Yi who will not die in the drama and get to be an emperor. Thus, I can fast forward all the parts on the three protagonists and concentrate solely on Liu Bing Yi to save myself some precious time. As to whether this drama will follow the novel closely, I doubt it. As all of you should know by now, Yu Zheng is infamous for butchering the original novels:( Slotted to broadcast on 12th November 2014.
Hawick has finished filming this drama which he is producing and playing the male lead. The storyline is fairly similar to Sealed With a Kiss. According to cloudandsea who has sort of read the novel, it is not a book she will recommend. I read that the reviews for the novel is at best average only. I guess the reason why Hawick is adapting it is to try to repeat the success of Sealed With a Kiss. I suspect this drama will have a worse ending which will hunt you for life, lol. I will keep an open mind and decide whether I want to watch it when I see the trailer or an episode.
Yuan Hong and Ruby have finished filming this drama. The released pictures and trailer look quite good, a lot of eye candy to drool on. I didn’t read the novel which is super long. According to Ruby, there will be no time-travelling element in the drama since it is banned. The drama will stick as close to history as possible but I am not sure if it will be faithful to the book. I have not watched anything produced by Ruby before but I did read some complains on Qin Shi Huang Fei. However, I think I will give this drama a try just to support Yuan Hong.
Huang Xiao Ming and Joe Chen have just finished filming this republican era drama after the lunar new year in February 2014. The drama is scheduled for a late November airing. Most people are looking forward to its release except me. This is because I am not their fan and I am allergic to anything of this era. However, if the words of mouth is good, I’ll still watch it.
Fu Rong Jin (芙蓉锦) by Ling Xi
If you like republican era drama, there is another one with Peter Ho and Yuan Shan Shan as leads. After watching the trailer for a minute, I am already not interested as I am allergic to the leads as well as the era.
Oh my goodness, another drama of that era is currently being filmed. It is called Jian Zhen Qi Yuan (茧镇奇缘) based on the novel Ta Luo Nu Shen Tan Zhī Jian Zhen Qi An (塔罗女神探之茧镇奇案) written by An Dì_Yao Rao (暗地_妖娆). The cast includes Song Qian, Jiang Jin Fu and Yang Yang. No, no, no, I am not watching this drama.
Tian Tang Xiang Zuo, Shen Zhen Xiang You (Ten Years of Love) by Mu Rong Xue Cun
The novel is called 天堂向左，深圳向右 (Paradise Turns Left) but is being renamed as 相爱十年 (Ten Years of Love) for the drama. It has finished filming and is starring Deng Chao and Dong Jie. I read good reviews on this novel but this feels rather serious and melancholy. I’ve not found out the ending yet so I’ll adopt a wait and see attitude. This drama has finished its broadcast in China with pretty good rating but I didn’t have time to watch it yet.
One of cloudandsea’s favorite novel has been adapted into a drama and is being shown on China tv now in August. She said it is very nice but she could be bias:P I don’t really like coming of age drama so I’ll give this a miss. There is a movie version with male lead, Eddie Peng and female lead, Ni Ni.
The leads are Zhao Li Ying and Zhang Han. Filming has commenced in December 2013 and will complete by the end of February. Here is the first impression of the filming process and update of the filming progress during lunar new year. Although Zhang Han is not the Feng Teng I imagine, I’ll still support my beloved Shan Shan. I can’t believe this drama gonna be released on the 8th of July, half a year after filming was started and merely a few months after filming was completed. Why? According to my source because it fits the Great China Dream, a government propaganda.
This drama exceeds my expectation and is very refreshing, light-hearted and cute. It has my stamp of approval and is a must watch drama. Money back guarantee by me, heehee…..No, no, no, I am not bias even though there is a bit of self-interest involved as lidge & I translated the novel into English. The OTP is so sweet and adorable so I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched them, lol. What are you waiting for if you’ve not watched it yet:P?
Silent Separation (You Are My Sunshine) by Gu Man
Gu Man and Mo Bao Fei Bao co-wrote the script. Filming has commenced in Shanghai in June. I will definitely look forward to following and watching this drama with my beloved Wallace Chung as Yi Chen:P Apparently, the producer did take into consideration the fan-made MV as well as their opinions. It’ll broadcast in 2015. You can read about my first impression of the filming and final impression of the filming. The script for the movie has been approved but it won’t star Wallace Chung so I don’t care, lol. There is also plan to turn Gu Man’s another online game novel Just One Smile is Very Alluring into a movie and Kris is rumored to be the lead as Xiao Nai. Why is Kris everywhere lol?
Zhao Li Ying and Wallace Huo are beginning to film this in May. No wonder she abandoned Chen Xiao’s Glass Slipper for this drama as this novel is very popular in China. The downside is the scriptwriter has changed the story from xian xia to wuxia (martial arts). Since I don’t like teacher and student love story, I don’t really care how the adaptation will ruin the novel:P According to lidge, they”ll still film the xian xia elements and if not approve for broadcast in China, it’ll be released for the overseas market. The drama is kind of geared for the overseas market because they even released an English dubbed trailer. Will broadcast in 2015.
Hu Ge and Liu Tao will play the leads. Filming has commenced in February 2014. I found out that it is a good novel but the focus is more on bromance than romance as the novel was initially written as a slash. I also found out that the ending will be sad. I may give this drama a chance because of Hu Ge, the author is the scriptwriter and it is produced by a reputable company, Shandong TV. Will broadcast in early 2015.
Míng Ruo Xiao Xi (明若曉溪) by Ming Xiao Xi
It seems Ming Xiao Xi loves to have her novel adaptions destroy by the Taiwanese. Summer of Bubbles was already bad enough. Now, we need to endure another of her novel being adapted into a drama. Filming has commenced in Taiwan with unknown cast, at least I don’t know them. The day I watch this drama will be the day the sun doesn’t rise:P
She has got another two books in the preparatory phase of filming and I think also by the Taiwanese. One is an ancient novel called The Flame’s Daughter. The other is a modern one called Rose of the First Night (第一夜的蔷薇) with probably Peter Ho as the lead. She is withholding from publishing the ending of this book, pending the release of the drama. Those poor, long suffering readers are forced to wait it out. Luckily, I am not a fan so I am not watching any of them.
Chen Xiao and Zhou Dong Yu will lead the drama which is adapted from a draggy novel written by a Taiwanese author. Filming will commence in March. The novel has two endings so the drama better has a happy ending and not broadcast the sad ending and make me watch the alternate ending online like Best Times. I will boycott the last few episodes if it only has one sad ending. I will watch anything with Chen Xiao even when he is wearing skirt except Yumama’s production, lol. Coming to your tv in 2015.
Another Lan Ling novel adaptation starring Andy Chen Yi and Zhang Han Yun has finished filming. After Ariel Lin and Feng Shao Feng’s Prince Lan Ling, I am not going to watch another one.
Fate of the Heavens (The World of Love) by Xue Ling Zhi
Another novel adapted from the author of Shattered Glass had finished filming in December 2013. Once again, Li Sheng is the female lead but with Gao Yun Xiang and Huang Ming as the male leads instead of Mickey He.
(Return of the Condor Heroes) and (The Duke of Mount Deer) are all Louis Cha’s (Jin Yong) novel remakes waiting to be released. Do we really need a remake every 10 years? If the quality of each remake is an improvement on the previous remake, I might not mind as much. Unfortunately each remake is getting worse and deviate more from the original story line. Therefore I am not going to watch them, not even for my sweetie pies Wallace Chung and Chen Xiao:P If I ever need to refresh my memory, I will dig out my VHS copy of the drama. Please no more remake, at least not until Louis Cha kick the bucket to prevent him and me from vomiting blood:(
Since Louis Cha has so many remakes, Gu Long who is another famous wuxia novelist will not lose out. (Detectives and Doctors) with Raymond Lam has finished filming. I am not sure if I want to watch him with mustache as Lu Xiao Feng. I can never remember Gu Long novel adaptations as vividly as Louis Cha’s ones probably because they are not as memorable and there are not as many adaptations. Another one on the radar is (Against the Blade of Honour). Actually this also has finished filming and a trailer has also been released but virtually nobody knows about it because it does not have any popular artists in it. Only Lidge who is a super fan of Louis Koo’s version is very keen and interested.
Another wuxia novel that has been adapted is (The Four) by Wen Ruian. The leads are Zhang Han, William Chan, Yang Yang, Mao Zi Jun, Janine Chang, Gui Gui, Michelle Bai and Jia Qing. I have nothing much to say on this except I’ve only seen the TVB version and have no interest to watch the latest adaptation.
There are plans to film eight seasons of the drama. Li Yi Feng has been selected as the male lead and filming has started after the press conference on 12 June 2014.The internet version has 24 episodes. The movie will be filmed in 2015 with an investment of about $500 million yuans.
The Three Heroes & Five Gallants by Shi Yu Kun
Bongsd’s favourite actor Chen Xiao will act in this drama adaptation with Yan Kuan and Zheng Shuang so I’ve to include this in my update and is not allowed to write anything bad:P
The Queen of SOP’s leads, Zhang Han & Joe Chen will be back for an encore in a comedy movie based on an online short story called: 当菠菜遇上空心菜 (Dāng Bō Cài Yù Shàng Kōng Xīn Cài) by Gu Wei. Filming for I’ll Never Lose You will commence in Chongqing on 13 August 2014 and will be released next summer. Joe Chen will also act in another movie adapted from novel called I am the Queen with Song Hye Kyo. Left Ear, a movie adapted from the novel by Ruo Xi has started filming in Xiamen. I don’t know anybody in the cast except Yang Yang and Alec Su is the director.
Another movie adaptation from the novel 夏有乔木，雅望天堂 (Xia You Qiao Mu, Ya Wang Tian Tang ) by Zi Yue has also started filming in Korea and will continue filming in Beijing soon. The lead actors are Han Gang, Joo Won and Kris and I think the girl is a newcomer called Lu Shan. It’ll be called Passion Heaven and tells the tragic love story between 3 guys and 1 girl. No wonder Lee Min Ho backed out of the project, lol. Later, Kris will also act in another movie adapted from a novel called Ice Fantasy written by Guo Jing Ming the same author as Tiny Times.
Karen from Tangren has bought the film right for Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms quite sometime ago. Rumors abound that there will be a movie as well as drama version and the leads will be Hu Ge with either Liu Shi Shi or Liu Yi Fei. For Ge Shi shipper like me, the choice is pretty obvious, lol. In all honesty, the novel is not that well-written but because it is my first xian xia novel, there is an English translation and the super cute little dough, it has a special place in my heart. The film right for the sequel The Pillow Book has been sold to the woman who acted as Prince 10’s spoilt wife in Bu Bu Jin Xin. It is rumored Jiro will act as Dong Hua?
Karen’s arch-rival, Yu Zheng who is affectionately known as Yumama already has his paws on the film rights for Man Man Qing Luo and The Last Prince. Not content with ruining Louis Cha’s famous classics, he wants to destroy other popular and well-loved novels as well. His only salvation is that he will most probably cast Chen Xiao & Zhao Li Ying in them but can you trust him? Yumama also has his sight set on Feng Qiu Huang which fortunately has been sold to someone else.
Of course no drama adaptation article will be complete without mentioning Fei Wo Si Cun’s books. Our step-mum is one prolific writer who have sold most of her novel rights. I think there is a delay in the filming of Lonely Courtyard in Late Spring which will star Hawick, Tong Liya and Yuan Hong because the script did not get SARFT’s approval. I read the script for Eastern Palace is ready to be filmed and it will be a comedy instead of a tearjerker. Although I dislike sad ending, I feel it is an appropriate and memorable ending. By turning it into a comedy it is destroying the core of the story. Broken Silk, Starry Sky, Because of Love and Color of Night which is the prequel to Too Late To Say I Love You will also be turned into dramas soon.
The 30 episode script for Ambiquious Relationship has been submitted to SARFT and will start filming by the end of the year. Yeh, we’ll get to watch Dr. Meng Gu on screen and it seems that the drama will follow the book closely. Another drama that will not follow the novel closely is Vivien Tang’s Twice Blooming Flower. Even Vivien also can’t recognise the 40 episode script for the drama adaptation. Why the production companies love to make changes to her novels beyond recognition? It is because her subject matters are too controversial so they need to tone them down for mass consumption? Miao Jun’s novel, The Translator 40 episode script is ready for filming anytime soon and it is rather different from the novel:(
Hundreds Millions Wife Buy One Get One Free is ready for filming and the drama version will be shorter and have less characters. I read somewhere on baidu that Huang Xiao Ming will play the lead. I don’t believe he will downgrade himself unless it is produced by his own company. Anyway, I won’t take it seriously until it has started filming. It is widely speculated that Yang Mi is interested in adapting and producing A Heart Warming Decade. She has already bought the copyright for Zhu Xian (诛仙) and will probably film it with her two beloved, Hawick and Tang Yan. The copyight for Ding Mo’s When He Comes, Close Your Eyes has been sold to Shandong TV, a reputable production company which also produced Hu Ge’s Nirvana in Fire.
Most of Big Grey Wolf with Wings novel copyrights have also been sold. The copyright for If You Love (如果爱) has been sold to Huayi. Celine announced on her weibo, the right for The Most Beautiful Thing is to Have Met You has just been sold. A drama based on First Love, Forever Love (曾有一个人，爱我如生命) a touching but sad well-known novel written by Shu Yi is also in the pipeline. Even the right to a simple novel like To Remember Our Pure and Beautiful has also been sold:( I can’t believe even novels like Kao, I’ve been Submerged! maybe make into a drama one day!!!
One of my favourite novel, Who Gets the World will start filming at the end of the year. The adaptation doesn’t look promising because the author won’t have anything to do with the script and the scriptwriter sounds like he doesn’t understand the novel properly:( According to Vivibear’s weibo Dazzling Lan Ling‘s book right has been sold. The right for To Ruin a Kingdom has also been sold. Chong Zi which seems like a copycat version of Hua Qian Gu will also be filmed into a drama one day as the copyright has been sold. The copyright for Tong Hua’s Once Promised has been sold. It is highly likely the right for Lost You Forever has also been sold. Fans of Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost, don’t be surprised when you watch it on screen one day as the filming right has been sold.
Another novel which will have a drama adaptation is To Our Eventually Lost Youth which will commence filming soon. The movie was directed by Vicky Zhao and did quite well commercially as well as critically. I saw the movie trailer which looks and feels very different from the book. Thus, I am glad there will be a more faithful drama adaptation. However I am not fond of this book. It has started filming but I don’t know the leading artists so, I’ll probably give this a miss. Let Me Look at You, my favorite Xin Yi Wu’s book will probably also be filmed into a movie as well as a drama. I think I read somewhere all the copyrights for Xin Yi Wu’s books have been sold.
There are a few more novels which copyrights have also been sold but I didn’t mention them because those novels are not posted in the book bar yet. As you can see, more and more novels are being adapted into drama. No novel is beyond the reach of the drama world’s tentacles:( Thus in the near future, most of C-drama are novel adaptations. In a way it is good as some of the novels have coherent story line so we don’t need to suffer illogical story line. The downside is some average books will also get adapted so not all adaptations will have good plot.
I can understand why many authors are eager to sell their book rights as having your books adapted into a drama or film is the highest form of honor. They will get more recognition as well as monetary benefits for their hard work. If it is done well, the fans also can enjoy the novels in pictures. However, if the adaptation is not done well, it will also hurt the author’s reputation as well as breaking the hearts of the fans. Thus I personally feel that the authors should include the rights to approve the cast list as well as the screenplays to ensure its quality and retain the essence of the novels. I can accept some changes to the plot as a book is different from a drama but what is the point of adapting a novel when you are going to change more than 25% of the story and/or cast someone who doesn’t fit the novel description?