After “The Untamed’s” Success, More BL Novels to Be Adapted to Screen
Following up on the staggering success of Chinese drama Eternal Love <三生三世十里桃花> in 2017, its sequel Eternal Love of Dream <三生三世枕上书> is currently airing. With the series’ popularity, fans are displeased as previous controversy, which claims how Eternal Love the novel had plagiarized Boys Love (BL) fiction novel Peach Blossom Debt <桃花債>, is once again resurfacing. News circulated that a drama adaptation of Peach Blossom Debt is also in the works.
The cast for Peach Blossom Debt are not confirmed, but there are speculations that Zhang Ruoyun (張若昀), Lay Zhang (張藝興) and Alan Yu (于朦朧) are rumored to star. To such circulating reports, netizens responded incredulously, “Don’t think it’s possible they’ll accept,” “Who would watch someone with a wife act?” and “There are no official announcements.”
Fans are displeased by how Peach Blossom Debt is referred to as the “BL version of Eternal Love,” as they challenged that the plagiarism had occurred of the former work. Netizens voiced their doubts, “Which is the spin-off of which?”
Earlier, it was announced that Peach Blossom Debt will be adapted to a drama with 24 episodes in length. As China’s film and television policies ban depiction of homosexuality on screen, the production team behind Peach Blossom Debt allegedly rewrote male lead character Song Yao into a female character.
Unaware of such changes, the novel’s author was shocked in seeing the revisions. She commented, “Regarding this drama…I just saw the news, and I am so confused. This…what is this even…is this real or fake?” After selling her copyright, she admitted that she didn’t ask how the material would be adapted onscreen and now feels shocked that the male character in her novel is changed to a female role.
Peach Blossom Debt depicts the romantic story between the prime minister’s son, Song Yao and the immortal Destiny Fairy across a journey of multiple lifetimes from the mortal world to the immortal world.
The drama adaptation of Peach Blossom Debt is not the only work to go through extensive gender changes in order to meet China’s strict broadcasting policies. Last year’s wildly successful The Untamed <陳情令> went through significant script changes to remove the romance between the male leads and to emphasize on their brotherhood instead.
Immortality <皓衣行> is another upcoming drama adapted from a BL novel, The Husky and His White Cat Shizun/Teacher 二号和他的白猫师尊. The cast is confirmed to be Leo Luo (羅雲熙) and Arthur Chen (陳飛宇).
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.