Ruby Lin (林心如) has made up her mind about Qiong Yao‘s (瓊瑤) plagiarism claims against Mainland screenwriter Yu Zheng (于正). Although the actress has appeared in both parties’ television productions, she publicly gave her support to the famous author, saying that she is siding with justice.
The controversy came to light after Qiong Yao, a popular romance novelist, published an open statement via Weibo on April 15. The letter describes her devastation upon realizing that Yu Zheng’s latest work The Palace 3: The Lost Daughter <宮鎖連城> closely resembles the plot of The Plum Blossom Brand <梅花烙>, the first story of her renowned Plum Blossom Trilogy <梅花三弄>. Both series, set in the Qing dynasty, tell the story of an unwanted princess swapped with a male baby at birth. The forsaken girl goes through many hardships while living among the common poor but one day runs into the adopted prince and falls in love. The two eventually discover their true identities and tragedies ensue.
Qiong Yao, who was in the process of rebooting The Plum Blossom Brand, chastised the act of plagiarism and has asked China’s film and television administration to pull Yu Zheng’s series off the air. Yu and Palace 3‘s network Hunan Weishi have refused to terminate the program, with Yu saying that the similarities are purely coincidental. Qiong Yao reportedly is so upset that she has stopped all work on her reboot and requires a copious amount of sleeping pills every night. She has even threatened to retire from the business altogether, causing loyal fans to post messages of concern online.
Ruby Lin, one of Qiong Yao’s favorite from her group of “Qiong Girls”, pledged her support for her 76-year-old mentor on April 21. “I cannot speak too much since this matter has entered legal proceedings. Let’s just say that I stand on the side of justice!”
Getting her start in the industry as a model, Ruby attracted Qiong Yao’s attention early on and was signed to her production company at age twenty. She was later given a starring role in Qiong’s highly popular series Princess Pearl <還珠格格>, which instantly propelled her to super stardom. Ruby has great respect for her mentor and has kept in touch throughout the years. She has also continued to make time to shoot Qiong’s newer productions despite her busy filming schedule.
Although she has also starred in Yu Zheng’s series, 2010’s Schemes Of A Beauty <美人心計>, Ruby was allegedly on bad terms with the screen writer when he claimed that she had used his series’ popularity to sell her own production, Introduction of the Princess <傾世皇妃> to the networks. The two were seen engaging in a war of words on Weibo back in 2011, though Yu later denied that his inflammatory posts were directed at Ruby.
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.