I began this one months ago, but life got in the way, so I didn’t have the time/energy to complete it until now. The original version of this song by Dido is one of my favorites because it really resonated with me when I first heard it, and it’s one of the songs that I sort of mindlessly sing sometimes when I feel like singing. It was during one of these times that, in the middle of singing the chorus, it occurred to me that it could be suitable for a wangxian video, so here it is. :)
so I was thinking about how lan wangji’s rabbits were super familiar… and then it hit me:
caressing their beloved rabbit? Check. Forehead band? Check. White hair ornaments and clothing? Check. absolutely gorgeous actor? Check.
on the right is Chang’e from the 2005 adaptation of Bao Lian Deng (Lotus Lantern). from my admittedly rudimentary knowledge of Chinese mythology, Chang’e is the deity of the moon, known for her marriage with archer Yi and affinity for rabbits:
Interesting to note that Chang’e ‘s husband shot down nine suns, meanwhile, wei wuxian was a pivotal figure in the sunshot campaign. also this:
archer Yi much? At the very least, it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that the untamed took aesthetic inspiration from Chang’e and archer Yi.
so to recap, we have a rabbit-loving moon maiden/gongzi in love with an extraordinarily competent archer. their own good intentions combined with the ill will of others led them to weild power too great to control. as a result they are separated, relegated to unceasing devotion from a distance, one dying while the other lives. (Except for wangxian, of course, there’s resurrection and redemption at the end)
TLDR; Lan Wangji is the moon and Wei Wuxian is the sun; WangXian is literally a romance of cosmic proportions.
Tonight in GIF making. (more like today, but it’s what i call my tag, ok?)
We all talk a lot about this shot:
I love this shot! LWJ is great! WWX is great! LWJ is the perfect damsel in distress down to his mouth slightly opening to that doe-eyed look he gives.
But can we please talk about JC’s reaction IMMEDIATELY after?
He’s like, what just happened? WWX?! OMG. You!!! He’s so concerned and worried. Look at how he’s moving to keep looking even though the servant shows up. His eyes narrow a bit at the end too! I just love the dear sour grape so much!