Adapted from popular web novel Di Huang Shu, currently airing drama Legend of An Le tells the heartwrenching story of Ren Anle and Crown Prince Han Ye. Sadly, major changes made to the drama version has sent viewership tumbling for the series, with even the addition of liulang cast actors Dilraba Dilmurat (迪麗熱巴) and Simon Gong Jun (龔俊), and buzzworthy “nose tip” and “Palms” kissing scenes failing to reverse its tide of mediocre ratings and reviews so far.
Ren Anle – from strong female lead to lovestruck
It is understood that Legend of An Le is an S+ rated historical drama which had 500 million RMB pumped into its making. Disappointingly, the series failed to live up to its hype, with every aspect from production, special effects, filters, cinematography to imaging of characters given the thumbs-down.
Originally a female-focused story boasting a strong female protagonist, its essence has allegedly been altered by the watered-down plot. In the novel, Ren Anle was an opinionated and career-minded female with her own ideals and even fought Han Ye for the throne, with the two later joining hands as life partners. Yet, the drama painted a very different Ren Anle, as lovestruck and starry-eyed, who resorted to ways and means to win Han Ye’s love instead – the disparity making it hard for viewers to accept.
With the barrage of criticism for the drama, its lead scriptwriter even jumped out and clarified that he had “written only up to episode 11 of the drama” and did not participate in changes to later parts of the 39-episode production. However, this appeared to backfire as netizens and viewers pointed out how the storyline was so bad that even its scriptwriters wanted nothing to do with it. They added that the lack of a consistent scriptwriter led to the loss of all the original highlights of the female-focused drama, lamenting “scriptwriters nowaways can’t even do a decent job of copying!”