For some time now, I have viewed this series with disfavour. Its representation of its male and female characters have been the driving force behind this. Women do not deserve to be objectified, presented as clueless and helpless in the face of danger. Men do not deserve to be characterised as being as grotesquely perverse and misogynistic as this series has presented them. Not only is this wrong but it is also extremely careless writing.
However, it isn’t simply the characterisations that have fuelled this. As I’ve said, it’s lazy, careless writing. If you cared about your characters – if you want your audience to care about your characters – you flesh them out, you make them real. There’s a post going around Tumblr that goes along the lines of ‘your book is your thesis. Prove that they are real’. From what I have seen, this series doesn’t do that.
I apologise to those who have been reading these reviews.
During an undercover stint it is discovered that Hóng Xiǎo Dōng turns back into Hóng Xīdōng upon hearing Zhāng Xiǎntíng’s ringtone. The relationship between the two reincarnations also improved by leaps and bounds and the two Imperial Guards have been somewhat modernised. Continue reading →
A night out clubbing brought Hóng Xiǎo Dōng, Zuǒ Yòu Shǒu and Katherine together, further entwining them in the affairs of the mysterious group of men dressed in black. Meanwhile, at the base, Mò Hán and Zhāng Xiǎntíng get the Imperial Guards drunk in a bid to ‘modernize’ them.
The schedule for uploading articles has been very unreliable lately. For that, I apologise. I am setting about remedying that right now. As usual, this update article will be mostly under the cut so as to save space for scrolling through actual articles of interest.
After a shocking meeting between Zhāng Xiǎntíng and an old man who was promptly whisked away by a suspicious quartet dressed in black she finds herself in possession of a mysterious amulet. Continue reading →
Having met Imperial Guards Péng Zé and Xiào Tiān, private detective Hóng Xiǎo Dōng re-awakened his past self, Hóng Xīdōng. As this was mid-battle, Hóng Xīdōng once more showed his martial prowess whilst also revealing that Zhāng Xiǎntíng is the re-incarnation of his wife. Continue reading →
After arriving in the 21st century, Imperial Guards Péng Zé and Xiào Tiān have been ostracized by all they come across, mocked and pursued and shot at by officers of the law all the while being evaded by their target’s re-incarnation, Hóng Xiǎo Dōng. Continue reading →