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Dramas I'm looking forward to this summer!

Xuan Yuan Sword 3 / Rift of the Sky - Cdrama airing July 6 to August 3, 2012. Fantasy drama based upon an RPG, similar to Chinese Paladin. I'd be there for the pretty. And Hu Ge & Liu Shi Shi.

To the Beautiful You - Kdrama airing August 2012. I know none of the actors and actresses in this show (as they're all pop idols), but that matters little in the grand scheme of things. The grand scheme being the Japanese manga HanaKimi was one of my favorites ever AND stories involving cross-dressing girls can do no wrong for me. Since this drama is a Korean adaptation of HanaKimi, I'll be tuning in come hell or highwater. :D

Half a Fairy Tale - Cdrama airing August 2012 (purportedly, though the airing date has been pushed back from April to June to now August, so we'll see what happens). Staring Janine Chang! But more importantly, this drama promises fancy castles, twins, star-crossed lovers (a given when you have feuding families in the plot), and love rectangles. So looking forward to it!

Queen of SOP - Twdrama airing August 2012 (guessimated on viki). It stars my very favorite Qiao En and the plot sounds cute. Plus, Zhang Han is not bad on the eyes. ;)

Beauties of the Emperor - Cdrama airing supposedly coming out July 2012, but still no further news other than it'll be showing in Singapore the end of September 2012. Am losing steam for this drama in the prolonged wait period...but Chen Qiao En is in it and I <3 her in Fated To Love You, so still keeping an eye out for this drama. 

Beauties Without Tears (English title is "In Love With Power") - Cdrama airing summer 2012 (apparently production was wrapped up in February but no other news about exact airing date). Stars Hawick Lau so it can do no wrong (I mean, if he can get such a train wreck story like Sealed with a Kiss to be interesting and create an empathetic lead, he can pretty much do anything). The trailer is overly dramatic, as others have pointed out, but I'm all for it. Yum. And the stills for it are so, so ridiculously pretty. Seriously the most gorgeous drama I've seen yet in stills. And that's saying a lot, considering Bu Bu Jing Xin stills were epically gorgeous.

Legend of Chu and Han - Airing December 28, 2012. Wherein I get my wish fulfilled, and Peter Ho stars in another drama. More historical background on the Chu-Han contention here.

Da Mo Yao (English title is "A Story of the Wolf Girl") - Cdrama airing in 2013. Starring my favorite Chinese stars--Hu Ge and Liu Shi Shi! Here are some pretty screencaps to admire while we wait for it to air.

Swordsman - Cdrama airing in 2013. I'm not a huge fan of Wallace Huo (unfortunate since he's in so many period cdrama!) but am a big fan of Chen Qiao En, so will definitely be keeping an eye on this drama for her. ETA: Except looks like she'll be playing a minor role in this drama (read: EUNUCH, bleh), so we'll see if it's worth sticking around for.


Upcoming Cdramas
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C-dramas I am SO looking forward to watching:

Beauties of the Emperor - Airing June 2012. I'm not sure what the premise of this drama is, but it Chen Qiao En is in it and I lovelovelove her in Fated To Love You, and she can out-act any actress I know, so I'll watch this just for her. Ming Dao, who plays the hero in this drama, does nothing for me looks-wise, but is a decent actor, so it wouldn't be horrible to watch him in the main role. I would have LOVED to see Peter Ho as the lead, though.

Xuan Yuan Sword 3 / Rift of the Sky - Airing July 2012. Fantasy drama based upon an RPG, similar to Chinese Paladin. I'd be there for the pretty. And Hu Ge & Liu Shi Shi.

Beauties Without TearsIn Love With Power - Airing July 2012. Stars Hawick Lau so it can do no wrong (I mean, if he can get such a train wreck story like Sealed with a Kiss to be interesting and create an empathetic lead, he can pretty much do anything). The trailer is overly dramatic, as others have pointed out, but I'm all for it. Yum. And the stills for it are so, so ridiculously pretty. Seriously the most gorgeous drama I've seen yet in stills. And that's saying a lot, considering Bu Bu Jing Xin stills were epically gorgeous.

Da Mo Yao / A Story of the Wolf Girl  - Airing December 2012 or 2013. Having started reading the translated novel, I can only salivate over the idea of this becoming a drama. And starring my favorite Chinese stars--Hu Ge and Liu Shi Shi! According to Viki, it's already in production  (yay!). Feels like an eternity away, but at least it'll be this year.

Chu Han Chuanqi / Legend of Chu and Han - Airing early (January?) 2013. Where I get my wish fulfilled, and Peter Ho stars in it. :D Hallelujah! Why is it not 2013 yet???

Swordsman /The Smiling, Proud Wanderer / State of Divinity - Currently in production, so looks like another drama with 2013 released date. I'm not a huge fan of Wallace Huo (unfortunate since he's in so many period cdrama!) but am a big fan of Chen Qiao En, so will definitely be keeping an eye on this drama for her. 

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Sword Heroes Fate - Already out, but English subs are only available up to episode 6. Dunno if I want to start watching this if the subs take forever.

War of Desire / Phoenix Totem - Already out with 38 eps total, but English subs only available up to episode 14 on viki. I watched the raws for Hans Zhang and Shuang Zheng though. They're so adorable together! Their bits together are the only parts worth watching--the rest of the drama dragged--too much noble idiocy, regular idiocy, and just plain plotlessness.


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All C-dramas, all the time! (With a dash of Tw-drama, for msg flavor.)
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I haven't posted in a looong while, but have the sudden desire to post again due to a renewed love for C-dramas.

A little background--I've been watching K-dramas for the past few years, with the occasional Taiwanese drama added to the mix, but C-dramas had pretty much dropped of the computer screen for me. Until recently...there's a been a wave of them. That I watched and was even obsessed over. Some of them I'm not too proud to say I was obsessed over, but...it'd be lying if I said I didn't get back into C-dramas because of them. :)

Soo, latest C-dramas watched these past few months that started my C-drama watching kick:
Jade Palace Lock Heart / Gong - a rip-off of an Internet novel by Tong Hua (nom de plume Zhang Xiaosan) that got made into a drama. Still an excellently made drama, and the fact that it stars Yang Mi and Feng Shaofeng really brought it to stardom.
Bu Bu Jing Xin / Startling by Each Step / Scarlet Heart - the official drama adaption of Tong Hua's novel Bu Bu Jing Xin. The most gorgeously made drama I have ever seen. A mood piece in itself and an incredible story to boot.
Fall in Love - Chinese remake of the famous K-drama Autumn in My Heart. To be honest, I could not watch the kdrama of Autumn in My Heart. I tried a couple of times before, but it just looked too utterly depressing. Fall in Love, however, managed to be addictively watchable and I didn't even realize it was a remake until a third of the way through the show, I kept feeling like I've seen/heard of this plot somewhere before because it was so darned familiar! Google searching gave me the answer and it was a total a-hah! moment. I loved this drama so much, I even tried to watch the original kdrama version in the hopes that it'll be better than I expected (since logically, if a remake is so awesome, the original must be awesome-r). It was a fail, though--I forced myself to watch the entire kdrama version and disliked it as much as I thought I would from the previous attempts. Oh well. Now I can say I've seen instances where the remake of something was better than the original. :P
Sealed with a Kiss - Originally an Internet novel (and I can see why--back in my day, it would have been called 'fanfic'--because let's face it, it's meant for our ids, not our IQs.) Nowadays, this is what I call trashy novel reincarnate onto the screen, and I love it so. Deliciously fun, horrifically trashy, and call the cops if you ever meet the 'hero' in RL. But other than that, you'll watch because you can't look away.
Too Late to Say I Love You - By the same author as Sealed with a Kiss, so of course that merits watching. Let the fun continue! 
Summer's Desire - Peter Ho! Peter Ho! Pretty much this is my discovery of the awesome-ness of Peter Ho. He wasn't attractive before, but after this drama, the man became smokin'. Playing such a fascinating and swoon-worthy character helps, I suppose.

Re-watching because I can:
Fated To Love You (What to say about that a drama that made me cry buckets, stay up way too late to watch, and gutted me like an emotionally hungry fish? Seriously, every other episode I was bawling. Thanks, Chen Qiao En, for such superb acting that I never looked at post-it notes the same way again.)
Butterfly Lovers (sadly Butterfly Lovers has been out since 2007, but English subtitles for this drama have ceased with ep13. I guess for a 41-episode drama, even subbers can lose patience. But still! Peter Ho! I loved him ever since Summer's Desire and it's so hard finding him in any other subbed dramas! Peter Ho, please for the future pick a drama that English-speaking Chinese fans would watch, so someone can sub your dramas! Please!!)
The Rose - Because twisted stories are like train wrecks to me, and I can't look away. Plus, it's a great opportunity to look at Joe Cheng's early days (before the stardom of ISWAK) and see him act his little heart out.

Watching Chinese dramas have been made me hooked onto Chinese literature! Aided and abetted by book recaps found online. Thank goodness for the Internet!
Summer's Desire - A novel trilogy by Ming Xao Xi, translated almost in its entirely by the wonderful tamarako.
Bu Bu Jing Xin - Novel by Tong Hua, with fabulous scene recaps here by the ockoala.
Da Mo Yao (Ballad of the Dessert) - Novel by Tong Hua, translated in entirety (chapters 1-38, plus epilogue!) by the awesome ockoala here.
Yun Zhong Ge - Novel by Tong Hua that is the sequel to Da Mo Yao, novel translating in progress by the awesome ockoala here.

I'm also looking forward to reading these stories as they become translated/scanlated:
Show Princess - the manga by Ming Xiao Xi that Summer's Desire is based off of
Hui You Tian Shi Ti Wo Ai Ni - Novel by Ming Xiao Xi 
Angel Will Love You Instead of Me - Manga by Ming Xiao Xi that is based upon the novel Hui You Tian Shi Ti Wo Ai Ni (scanlations in progress here)
Ming Ruo Xiao Xi - a manga whereby the titular heroine has virtually the same name as the author / manga-ka. That doesn't sound promising (I mean, Mary-Sue much??), but we'll see. If it's a good manga, who cares about blatant Mary-Sue-ism, right? Right??

Free Use (and Cost) Images
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Jotting down some stuff I heard for where I can get free images for use that wouldn't infringe upon any copyright laws. Look into:

Getty Images
eLibrary
Creative Commons (e.g. Flickr)
Internet Archive (which encompasses Moving Image Archive)
Library of Congress (whose Digital Collection might be of use)

ETA:

Photo archive at Gimp-Savvy.com
Wikimedia Commons
Wikipedia's
public domain image resources
ArchNet - ArchNet is an international online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, conservationists, and scholars, with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilisations.
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