been reading tyk lately and the brothel part... happened huh...
been reading tyk lately and the brothel part... happened huh...
There is so much in the subtext of this scene. I’m sobbing-
“She got injured? Where was Wen Kexing?”
I imagine the two variables waring for attention in zzs’s mind here are: “Wen Kexing would never allow any harm to befall Gu Xiang. So where is he??” and, “Gu Xiang would only ever endanger herself if Wen Kexing or Cao Weining or Zhang Chengling needed protecting. So, where is Wen Kexing??”
“forcefully controlled himself”
The leader of Tian Chuang has to consciously control his reaction to the scene beore him, in light of his thoughts above.
“[he] stood there rigidly for a minute” and “then stooped over gently.” despite already knowing “there was no logic behind such an action.”
He still needs to check, needs to know, because how could ah-Xiang be--?
He loses time, for “a long while later”‘. “[A] breath [was] stuffed up tight in his chest”, and he “savagely [tore] the mask [...] off his face.”.
This more than anything subtly demonstrates the force with which the grief hits him. He stares at ah-Xiang’s corpse a long time. And how long did it take for Wen Kexing to glimpse his true face? But A-xu cannot stand to wear the Scorpion’s face a minute longer when Ah Xiang lies dead before him.
The single thought remains--”where did Wen Kexing go?”
Because this could never have happened if he were around, unless he was injured or--
And he worries what Wen Kexing will do now, with his only family slaughtered right in front of him.
“Where did Wen Kexing go?”
I HAVE BEEN WAITING 75 CHAPTERS FOR THIS. My man is gunna Go Off. This is the bloody retribution Wen Kexing deserves.
I don't think I'll ever recover from this moment 🥺
Word of Honor, WenZhou
“I want to gaze upon the stars,” he says, silver head on A-Xu’s shoulder, discarded book in his lap.
A-Xu only hums, listening, but not entirely paying attention. Wen Kexing sighs. Ah, how cruel his beloved is.
“I want to breathe in the fresh air of spring, and feed my husband a meal worthy of emperors,” he tries again.
A-Xu snorts at that. “A pity then, that your husband cannot partake in such delicacy any longer.”
Which, fair enough, Wen Kexing supposes. Still, he pouts. “A-Xu ah, you’re being mean.”
He can practically hear both the eyeroll and the smile.
shl/tyk sketches from twitter. guess who my favourite character is lol
You know what? Wen Kexing's reckless and selfish behavior might be the new personality that came from his "Junior Disciple" status bc that didn't exist in the novel. As for Zhou Zishu, his big brother figure side or "Senior Brother" status is pretty much canon from the novel. He usually showed this side of him to Jiu Xiao. So even if the drama give an emphasis to ZZS' softness too much, it don't seem out of place from the novel reader's perspective bc it's still canon. That's also probably the reason why I feel like Word of Honor's Wen Kexing seems like a "Little Brother" to me? I understand tho that they have to make WKX the junior disciple for the sake of Jiu Xiao parallel and censorship.
There are scenes tho that made WOH's WKX looks like a husband material or male wife but his character as a whole is more like a "little brother that you need to watch over". In the novel, WKX gives me the feeling like he's a "male wife/husband that deserve love and protection". Yes, I think both TYK and WOH's Wen Kexing can be a male wife or husband.
B&W doodles because i’ve been enjoying the show recently
Rewatching this scene today, and it broke my heart. Wen Kexing crying over her was worse than A’Xiang crying over Cao Wei Ning.
Being reminded that A-Xu canonically draws good quality erotica is good, but it has zero effect on lessening the pain of this chapter.
Translator chichi 🤝 me:
wenzhou’s life advice
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Currently reading: ghhhh nothing really because after I finished tyk, I’ve been dwelling on it too much to start anything else. I planned to move to other things or watch the drama after I finish my first fic, because I wanted to keep my impression from the book before it gets mixed up with the drama’s, but then I just got repeatedly flooded with more and more ideas for writing and I can’t let gooo. So yeah, I’m kinda into rereading tyk, so may do just that if I have any time to read. And after that I have so many new titles on the list to read, like other priest novels and so many more danmei novels I learnt about since I fully joined this fandom not long ago 💚 So excited about them
Last song: Astronaut by Sir Sly 💚 It's so far my song of 2021 and I even have a song radio with similar songs ajksfnjg
Last movie: I- honestly don’t remember when I last watched a movie and what it was?? I’m this meme
Last series: The Haunting of Hill House (rewatched with a friend) 💚 It’s such a great series, I could rewatch it again. It’s a horror but more focused on the psychology of the characters, their (broken) relationships and family issues running very deep. As the show goes you slowly learn more and more about this family and the story of each member, how they got to where they are now, what they struggle with, and who they were in the past. They are also one of the most complex, diverse, and well played characters I’ve seen. Everything is done in such a beautiful way, from storytelling to setting and even camera work, some scenes are still so vividly stuck in my head. And the music is gorgeous, especially this piece which became one of my fav piano pieces of all time. I freaking just made a post of my live experience because it pretty much says everything (without spoilers). This show took me through so many emotions, very anxious towards the end, but smoothed and untwisted them steadily, ending with a sense of completion and calmness. I felt literal catharsis and was left full of good emotions after experiencing a worthwhile story. I wholeheartedly recommend. But yeah, it’s still a horror with some scary scenes (but mostly in the beginnings, it gets chill towards the end because you learn what’s the deal and know the ‘monsters’). It didn’t scare me but my friend was more jumpy xd
Sweet, savory, or spicy: spicy my beloved. I can’t handle too much sweetness and savory is very much nope (vege go brrr)
Craving: I bet violet and green with a pinch of night sky on top and a smell of white-golden light would taste amazing
Tea or coffee: hard choice because I can’t live without coffee but I would lead an unhappy life without tea
Currently working on: oh boi so many things, so I’m toning it down to only danmei fandom stuff. So there is this fic that I’m slowly working on, I have the whole list of events and a general outline, plus a wip of the next chapter, and it’s gradually gaining more and more details to the point of already being a whole-ass au in my head. There is another fic (this time smut with some wenzhou-typical banters and shenanigans xd) which I had an idea for while still reading tyk, and I decided to commit to it and actually write it, so for now it’s a wip with some outline and a messy intro. Also I have ideas for 3 more drawings connected to this silly art of mine, because I need to meme and it’s gonna become a stupid compilation of a group of clowns lmfao
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I have already written about one scene in SHL that changed its meaning due to the context surrounding it (“A-Xiang, do you think I’m crazy?”); today, I want to analyse a few more scenes that stick somewhat close to their novel counterparts and yet do not leave the same impressions, for various reasons.
To start with, there are several scenes that, despite portraying things that did happen in the novel, feel out of place in the show – because of the changes implemented to events before them. The most jarring example of this, I think, is Long Que’s death – when he asks Zhou Zishu to help him along and Zhou Zishu gives the sword to Wen Kexing instead.
(the rest under cut. this got a bit long!)
Now, in the novel, it is indeed Wen Kexing who sends Long Que off. But he does it entirely of his own volition, offering his assistance even before Zhou Zishu can reply to Long Que’s request; he is collected and respectful as he suggests his method, and quick to execute it once Long Que agrees. The important thing is: it’s fully Wen Kexing’s own choice to take on that responsibility.
In SHL, however, Wen Kexing is in a completely different state of mind during this scene. He is visibly shaken and overwhelmed, barely responding to Zhou Zishu throughout the sequence. When Long Que asks Zhou Zishu to cut the chains and end his life, Wen Kexing does not even try to participate in conversation – so to have Zhou Zishu suddenly tell him to do it… first of all, it feels odd for Zhou Zishu to relinquish responsibility given to him like that; but even odder for him to place it on Wen Kexing’s shoulders when the latter is clearly already distressed. And I can’t see any other explanation for that oddity other than trying to make the scene align with the way things went in the novel, but with the entirety of previous sequence changed, what is the point of suddenly trying to backpedal into source material there?
A less severe example is episode 31’s scene in the Ghost Valley, with Wen Kexing and the maid who, while combing his hair, accidentally pulls it. In the novel, the maid’s frightened reaction serves to reiterate Wen Kexing’s reputation in the Ghost Valley, as well as to highlight the contrast with how he was treated ‘outside’ by Zishu and others. But in the show, Wen Kexing is repeatedly shown to be softer on Xi Sang Gui’s girls than the rest of the ghosts, and there are even scenes where they personally entreaty him for protection – so the maid’s reaction doesn’t feel like it fits with the way things were presented before, even though the scene itself was pulled directly from the source material.
Another way a few scenes changed in adaptation – which might be an effect of the show format, but still – is that they were not giving ample breathing space.
Look, having events tightly packed, happening one after another or even at the same time, is good for creating tension and hooking the audience. But it can also leave the viewer with a kind of care fatigue – because they don’t get enough time to process and absorb emotional moments before some new thing comes up. Ironically, this lessens the impact of those scenes!
Two that particularly stood out to me on this front were Wen Kexing’s rain scene, and New Year’s celebration scene.
In the novel, the rain scene is focused, from beginning to the end, on Wen Kexing’s feelings. Given how important these events are to his character – this is when his motivation fully stabilizes, the point after which he is fully devoted to the relationship – it very much makes sense. The scene is played off Gu Xiang as someone Wen Kexing can be honest with, but it’s still centered on him.
In the show, however, there’s a secondary plotline going on at the time – Xi Sang Gui’s capture – and Gu Xiang finding Wen Kexing is not just her bringing him an umbrella. While Wen Kexing sits on the bridge, getting soaked by the rain, Gu Xiang pleads with him to save Xi Sang Gui – which he, caught up as he is in his own grief, completely ignores. This divides the audience’s emotional attention – you sympathize with Wen Kexing’s pain, but you also sympathize with Gu Xiang’s pleas… which breaks up the singular focus this scene had in the novel, diluting its impact. The novel scene hits so much harder – because there’s nothing else to snatch your attention away, you can only live through that moment with Wen Kexing.
The New Year’s scene is treated similarly by the show – the joyful, domestic sequence cuts off abruptly with Zhang Chengling discovering injured Han Ying on their doorstep. As if the characters aren’t allowed to have a good time without everything going wrong immediately! (This isn’t limited to the New Year’s scene, but became especially obvious during it because of how close the beginning of the sequence sticks to the novel.) Because of that, even scenes that should be enjoyable... instead feel like the sword of Damocles is hanging above characters’ heads, to fall any second with no warning. (Looking at you, episode 31.)
In the novel, however, the New Year’s chapter is self-contained, without any other events cutting in. Not only that, but the next chapter, while bringing up the plotting happening outside, also doesn’t immediately throw the main characters into action. In other words, when the characters get this reprieve, so do the readers.
Other than that, there are also a few instances of meaningful lines from the novel being repurposed casually, stripping away their significance.
“Closed friends of generations deceive each other. Newly met strangers entrust each other with their lives,” is dropped glibly by Wen Kexing in episode 8. In the novel, the same line – “Sworn ties between the great houses were no more than lies and treachery, and yet, strangers who met by chance could survive by leaning on each other” – is a conclusion to an emotional scene, Zhang Chengling learning about Zhao Jing’s treachery and Zhou Zishu comforting him. Moreover, it actually encapsulates the core of the relationship between the main found family!
Another example is the line “Others can say such stupid things, but you can't,” said by Zhou Zishu in episode 14 about destroying his martial arts to save his life. And the show immediately moves on afterwards, but the same line in the novel – “Others don’t understand, but do you not as well?” – is a midpoint of its own scene.
Of course, the thing about those lines is that perhaps they simply could not work in the show's context. After all, in the show, the main family aren't strangers who only came together by chance – their 'previous generation' were all part of the same group. And the scene which underlines WenZhou's easy understanding and Wen Kexing’s willingness to respect Zhou Zishu’s choices... would probably stand out too much, considering, uh, everything about the show’s finale.
if sizhui and chengling met, it would take them a few hours to start complaining about their dads. ah-xiang and jingyi would look at each other and immediately start bitchin’ like they’ve known each other since birth. either that or they’d try to one up each other lmao.
I love him.
Me, reading TYK with an impending sense of dread: Oh no.
Word of Honor, WenZhou
They breathe fresh air for the first time in months, and Zhou Zishu wonders at the surprising novelty of it. It feels like it's the first time he really, truly breathes.
In a way, maybe it is.
"A-Xu," Lao Wen says, and his voice is still a blessing to Zishu's ears. "Where should we go first?"
To Chengling, is on the tip of his tongue, because his disciple (their son) and their new sect is at the forefront of his mind.
There's one thing that takes precedence.
"Let's visit A-Xiang and Xiao Cao first."
Lao Wen's smile turns rueful.