Chinese Fiction Novels
August 31, 2017 3:17am CST
I started reading this after I came back in the Philippines after my overseas assignment in Japan for 1 year and 5 months. My colleague introduced some Chinese fiction novels to me as an alternative reading material to the more popular Japanese manga or Korean Manhwa (comics). At first I started reading the popular "Coiling Dragon" which was already completely translated to English. I got hooked right away to the story and this started my addiction to the Wuxia and Xanxia genre of Chinese Fiction Novels. The story is a lot different from the sci-fi and fantasy story that we usually read. The concept is new and refreshing. It also widen my horizon regarding the Chinese culture. The Coiling Dragon has a manhua adaptation now due to its popularity. The title is "Panlong". To clearly inform you, I will use the definition of wuxiaworld (http://www.wuxiaworld.com/faq/) regarding the wuxia and xanxia. Wuxia is made from two characters; ‘Wu’ and ‘Xia’, which literally mean ‘martial hero’. Wuxia stories are basically martial arts stories, with an essentially ‘real’ world filled with people who do incredible things through martial arts and generating ‘qi’, which allows them to leap long distances across rooftops and skip across water, a la Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon. Asian fans here surely have heard of famous novels/adaptations like the Legend of the Condor Heroes, Return of the Condor Heroes, Swordsman/Smiling Proud Wanderer, Seven Swordsmen (by Tsui Hark), etc. ‘Horizon, Bright Moon, Sabre’, is another example of Wuxia. These are all ‘Wuxia’; novels that are grounded in real-life Chinese martial arts and internal energy cultivation (qigong) techniques that are kicked up to an exaggeratedly awesome level. As for Xianxia, the characters forming it are ‘Xian’ and ‘Xia’, which literally means ‘immortal hero’. Xianxia is a newer genre and is essentially a ‘fantasy-fied’ version of Wuxia, with magic, demons, immortals, people who can fly, etc. The biggest contributor to the Xianxia genre is actually not martial arts; rather, it is ‘Taoism’, which is a major part of Chinese history. Taoism is both a philosophical way of life as well as an actual religion. Religious Taoism is often blurred together with Chinese folk mythologies, and is chock-full of stories about demons, ghosts, and people learning how to become immortals through meditation/understanding the ways of heaven, and flying in the air and casting powerful magic spells. The legendary Monkey King, Sun Wukong (whom Son Goku of DBZ is based off of) acquired his power through Taoist practices, and the concept of the Yin-Yang is also from Taoism. Xianxia blends lots of these folk stories and magical Taoist legends into their stories in a way which ‘true’ Wuxia stories almost never do. Does anyone here also reads Chinese fiction novels? Which do you think is better, Japanese Manga/Korean Mahnwa or the growing popular Chinese Fiction Novels? Share your thoughts and be heard. Let us have a fun and good discussion.
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31 Aug 17
It was indeed quite long to read since every character is introduced in detail and there are also some side story about the supporting characters. Despite that, I enjoy reading the novels due to the slow transition of the Main Character from a low profile or weakling to a force to reckon with or an overlord of his domain/world. What dramas or movies of wuxia fiction did you watch?
• Guangdong, China
31 Aug 17
@JasperTore Yes, the background story of every charater makes it much more rich to the novels. Er, I don't know what it translates into English, but its name "SheDiaoYingXiongZhuan" (Kung Fu Warlords ? maybe) It's about the YangGuo(male main charater) and Xiao Longnv(female main character). It has several versions of it. It is a TV drama, but maybe there is a movie version. No matter movies or dramas, there are many versions of it.
Here is the link for you to start reading: They have a lot of Chinese and Korean Novels there. But I highly suggest that you start reading "Coiling Dragon", the one I mentioned in my post above. Once you finished it I will tell you which novel is good for you to read next. I hope you enjoy the journey of Linley in Coiling Dragon. You can message me if you have any question. I will gladly help. Have a good day my friend.
1 Sep 17
Hi, thanks for appreciating my post. Yeah, I just want to share this novels since they are worth reading. I tell you there are good stories here even if they are quite long to read. But you will learn a lot from the characters and sometimes life lesson which you can apply in our day to day living.