I have been watching a few TV shows lately...all Wuxia based written by some awesome authors back in the day. I can thank Jeannie Lin's My Fair Concubine for kicking me back to the stories I have always loved. That book totally needs to be reviewed soon and I promise, I'm totally working on it. *shifty eyes*
First thing I watched was what I call the ultimate classic:
Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, or Liao Zhai.
This version was one of my favorite. They combined so much together and gave really in-depth backgrounds/reasons.
You cannot get more classic than this in terms of everything. I also finally went out a purchased one of the many collections. If only I could get my hands on the complete one. *sigh*
Then I moved on to the other classics.
Legend of the Condor Heroes
They made some changes...some were good, some were meh, but I love the actress so it's all good.
Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils
This was the 2003 version first episode, I couldn't find just the opening...plus the opening was only so-so. The new one is coming out...am very conflicted between excitement and nervousness at too much change.
And of course Legend of the White Haired Demoness (my direct translation), or in this case The Bride with the White Hair
Baifa Monü Zhuan
They changed waaaayyyyyy too much towards the end. OMG, it would've been terrible if the story wasn't so good. O_o
For some reason, Jin Yong was the one my family followed more so than the other writers. It's awesome, but after reading some of the translations, I think I've become more of a Lian Yusheng fan.
I mean, how can you beat the Legend of the White-Haired Demoness... although, I must say the novel was way better.
After viewing all of these (and quite a few others), my conclusion was that society (especially current modern society) has become more and more lenient and forgiving of the male species whereas female redemption still follows the self sacrifice nonsense.
Which is hilarious given that the writers were male and actually was NOT as forgiving and kind to the males. Instead, they wrote awesome strong, smart and skilled females that got dimmed down more and more throughout the years...
It's like my critic of Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Bennet vs. Mrs. Bennet. Every subsequent version always casts Mrs. Bennet as some money grubbing idiot and Mr. Bennet has having to put up with her. Which was true, but everyone seemed to forget that even Elizabeth noticed later in the novel how rude and cruel Mr. Bennet was to his wife.
Rather than lead by example or try and help his wife be more educated, he ignored her and mocked her in front of their children. As we all know, if this type of behaviour was accepted at home, what other examples did the girls have to think different; that it was ok to spoken down to or made fun of. At the same time, Mr. Bennet really didn't do much to educate his daughters. He just kind of hoped for the best and if they turned out good - great, if not he ignored them. Even though Mrs. Bennet was "feather-brained" so to speak, she was actively trying to find husbands for her children, and in those times, that was the only thing she was able to do to ensure her daughters had anything of a future. Even with all the problems of Lydia, it was Mr. Bennet that let them be.
Honestly, I always felt bad for Mrs. Bennet and really wanted to write in her perspective of how her life was under the Bennet house. Married to a man that didn't really value her and spoke down to her in front of her children, with no recourse to a better life or education.
Eh, I could write essays on this. Lol. My very long-winded-side-tracked point was this, the changes we see were often (in my opinion) unequal: the lack of fatherly guidance or rather lame example that was Mr. Bennet was often diminished, or completely non-existent in most versions, whereas Mrs. Bennet stayed more or less, a frivolous featherbrain that only cared about finding wealthy husbands for her daughters.
Back to my cool ancient series, I was seeing that as well among the characters. The males get more and more reasonable (excuses) for doing what they do, whereas females get more...mushy. Not necessarily weaker...wait, yes, they get weaker and weaker. Bleck.
Seriously, I can write essays upon essays on these. Hmmm, maybe I should. I wonder if someone already has...