Oh, I am so glad that I finally finished this drama! Honestly, I lost motivation for this during the second half and it was such a struggle to make it through to the ending but I stuck through and witnessed the progress that was present in the drama. There were some great writing to the drama but at the same time, there were writings which faltered and felt underdone or rushed. Lan Ling Wang (AKA King of Lan Ling) is a historically based drama which some huge tweaks to it to add in Yang Xue Wu (Ariel Lin) as the romance line and create some sort of bromance between Lan Ling Wang (Feng Shao Feng) and Yu Wen Yong (Daniel Chan). I really commend the drama for what it was able to present us with because it is no easy task to create something original with your foundation already laid out for you. However, they worked with it and managed to create a very successful drama that received the ratings as well as lots of love and attention worldwide. Continue reading
I’m taking it real slow with the drama due to some lack of motivation. Somehow, as it reaches the second half of its run, I am starting to stray away from the drama. I was really enticed during the first half of its run but not so much any more. Maybe it is because of all the political games and whatnot taking place but that aside, it just lacks the pull that the first half had. The energy that the drama had during the first half seemed to have shifted away here. Plus, there was a lack of Yu Wen Yong (Daniel Chan) these eps which was a disappointment. I just await to see him back soon and kick some butts!
Despite the lack of energy these eps, Lan Ling Wang (AKA King of Lan Ling) has managed to prove that it is standing strong on a sturdy platform. The pacing of LLW is something really enjoyable to watch. They take the time to build up the tension required yet everything progresses in a very well thought way that does not appear to drag. Dragginess is hard to handle in ancient dramas so I am glad that LLW does not have this to drag it down. The way the events unfolds is something that I really like because it creates long-lasting impacts on the events that it touches. That is something that the drama is really doing well at and something that makes watching very interesting, though the sparks that it started off has undoubtedly been diluted throughout the sparse theme of the drama. Continue reading
I cannot believe that the year is coming to an end already! It feels like it was only just the start of 2013! Oh, how time flies! It just makes you look back and appreciate all the goodness that has come out of this year. It comes to the time for an end of year review and I really do appreciate the goodness that dramaland has given this year.
2013 has been one drama year for me (every year is a drama year for me!), though it was definitely much slower than 2012. I was actually quite slack with my drama watching for the first half of the year and only began to intensely drama during the second half of the year. With a heavier school load, I had no choice but to lighten up on my drama watching and this also meant choosing wisely with what I wanted to watch, which didn’t work out quite so well with some drama choices. But I did manage to do a lot of live-watching this year, which is something that I am very proud of. I also managed to watch a 73 ep drama, which is another thing which I am very proud of. I looked back at my 2012 End of Year Drama Review where I said that one of my resolutions for this year was to watch more dramas outside of hk-dramas but I don’t think I accomplished that. Anyhoo, I’ll just blame this on school which, really, is just an excuse to make me feel better of not achieving my goal.
There were quite a number of misses rather than hits this year which is quite disappointing but there were also a number of great hits. I didn’t get to see all the dramas that I wanted to see this year but I can always catch-up on it once I find some time in life. However, in generally, I think this year was quite a miss in terms of dramas. The reason why I was quite slack in terms of drama watching for the first half of the year was that there was any dramas that called out for me to watch it and furthermore, I have read reviews which have not been so positive about those dramas. It was during this half of the year that the dramaland picked up its game, especially in the k-drama verse.
I am going to have an even heavier school load next year which means less drama time for me but it won’t stop me from dramaing! Obviously school will be my priority but nothing is going to keep me away from dramas and blogging!
For this review, I am rating all of these dramas together for this year so the ratings will vary to the ratings on my ratings page. The ratings will be out of 5 stars. Continue reading
I’m back on the Lan Ling Wang (AKA King of Lan Ling) viewing ship after having left it on halt for a while. I guess I am the only person on this ship since the drama has long finished its run. But that’s okay, as long as I am enjoying the drama then that’s all that matters. I actually struggled to get back on board but now that I am on board, I just want to watch, watch, watch!
This drama is far from perfect but it somehow entices me to stay interested. It does that because the plot doesn’t drag; it is constantly moving with a new challenge in place for the characters to face. The more that I watch of the drama, the more that it tickles me fancy. The set-up of drama is quite refreshing (at least it is for me); it has a very different period/palace drama setting to what I am used to but I like it. I really enjoy the incorporation of romance into such a dense drama, if you would call it that. The romance to the drama is very well written and this is part of the reason that entices me to watch the drama. I am fully aware that this drama is based on a real-life historical story, and although I have no idea what this real-life historical story is about, I do know that the drama has manipulated this real-life story in some ways to include the romance aspect. I really appreciate this writing from the drama because it allows the characters to really show through. It dips me to want to watch more which is a rarity between me and period dramas. Continue reading
China’s speed of airing dramas is just too fast for me but I am slowly making my way to the finish line! Lan Ling Wang has already finished its run but I am still on on the starting end of the spectrum! I do admit that I have been taking it slow with this drama, although I did not intended for it to be this way. It just worked out to be so. Now that the drama has finished its run, it’s hard not to come in contact with spoilers flying left and right, however, I am restraining myself from reading them because I don’t want to have the fun taken away before I can witness it for myself. Though, the general vibe received from people who are way ahead of me is that LLW is amazing which is a good thing to hear. I, too, am receiving a beautiful vibe from this drama. The more that I watch of LLW, the more that I find myself really enjoying it. It just makes me really keen to catch onto the next ep! Only what stops me from doing so is time! Continue reading
I must be in luck this drama season or I just have the touch to pick up amazing dramas. This drama exactly falls into that category. Hehehehe, because this drama is just splendid! It is amazing and I just love it. There is just not enough amazing words that I can use to describe this drama! This is my first “official” ancient Chinese drama and I think it is off to a wonderful start. Actually, I have been anticipating this drama ever since I heard of its existence; in fact, I have been stalking its every news that surfaced. I might not have understood every dialogue between the characters, but that’s okay because the interactions and chemistry between the actors really helps portray what could not have been understood through the dialogue.
This period drama is actually quite light on the historical context which is a nice touch, because dealing with the language difficulties is already hard enough. Also, because of this fact it allows you to concentrate on the characters much more and really see the traits that they bring to the drama.
Why does life not have enough time!? I need more time in life! 24 hours is not enough! I am only up to ep two and it does not help me to speed watch any faster with this drama airing from two up to three eps daily. LLW has been confirmed for 46 eps (at 45ish minutes per ep). Continue reading