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« on: September 10, 2012, 04:12:06 AM »

 Does anyone here like this chinese epic literary style? I've recently finished reading Legend of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong and started with Return of the Condor Heroes.
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Re: Wuxia
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2012, 07:12:06 PM »

 Does anyone here like this chinese epic literary style? I've recently finished reading Legend of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong and started with Return of the Condor Heroes.

Personally I watched most of Jin Yong's novels that were adapted to the TV.  The Legend of the Condor Heroes will be my all time favorite tv series - and as such I eventually got around to reading it - which was great if hard to get through - learning enough Chinese to read is hard to do. 

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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2012, 07:28:03 PM »

 I don't speak a word of chinese, but there are some very good translations to english out there. I mean "good" as in "readable" and "consistent", I obviously can't speak for how it manages to convey the subtleties of the chinese language.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2012, 07:32:14 PM »
Funny thing about Chinese - my name is Chinese. Well, technically, my first and middle name is Jilliano Angelo, but they combined it so that it'd be Jian. Jian is another word for a Chinese double edged sword, or it can be a unisex name (I was horrified at this) and mean "strong, healthy."

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Re: Wuxia
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 07:41:02 PM »

 Whatever your heritage/ race, I'd recommend reading the Condor trilogy, it's very interesting ^_^.
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Re: Wuxia
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 04:22:17 AM »
Wait, isn't Wuxia a genre of fantasy?  ???

One shouldn't forget the classic Wuxia though, Water Margin, Romance Of The Three Kingdoms, Journey To The West.   All excellent stories.     You also have the Judge Dee series.    We don't really have many Wuxia novels out nowadays.  Someone should fix that. 

Also what's so horrifying about a unisex name, Jian?  I mean if it helps,  the Jian is the Gentleman Of Weapons.  (To go with the other four major Chinese weapons,  the Gun or Grandfather Of all Weapons, the Qiang or King Of Weapons and the Dao of General Of All Weapons)

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Re: Wuxia
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2014, 04:03:32 PM »
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Wuxia is absolutely fantasy so I'm not sure what this is doing tucked away all the way down here. Some one should move it (hint hint :D ). I'm a huge fan of the genre both in book and movies and would love to discuss it with other fans.

Books such as Guy Gavriel Kay's 'Under Heaven' Alison Goodman's Dragon Eye series, Daniel Fox's Books of Stone and Water, Eric Van Lustbader's fantasy series are all Wuxia based/influenced. This is excluding Jin Yong, Gu Long, Liang Yusheng and Wang Du Lu.

Arguably the entire Star Wars franchise is heavily based on Wuxia.



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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2014, 09:20:03 AM »

 For the long term, I was thinking on writing a story set in the China of the beginnings of the th century, where a peasant finds ancient scriptures that allow him to basically become a Wuxia hero, reviving the interest in martial arts, rekindling the national pride, etc. :)
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2014, 10:04:52 AM »

 For the long term, I was thinking on writing a story set in the China of the beginnings of the th century, where a peasant finds ancient scriptures that allow him to basically become a Wuxia hero, reviving the interest in martial arts, rekindling the national pride, etc. :)

Sounds like a good idea :) Go for it!!!