I had the great pleasure of being a part of @mxtxfanworkbook last year and got to draw some of my faves. This was a bonus print! I wanted to post detail shots of this but I have a dead hard drive on my hands and the original is locked away on it.
yan wei ♡
[id: digital art of yan wei from couple of mirrors. she is shown from the waist up, in various desaturated pinks, and is looking back over her shoulder. there are periwinkle highlights. /end id]
yan wei in her studio: teehee arts and crafts with my kitty :D
the “arts and crafts” project:
COUPLE OF MIRRORS 双镜 (2021)
[id: two square gifs of xu youyi and yan wei from couple of mirrors. they are both shown from the shoulders up and are looking at each other. the first gif is of xu youyi as she turns slightly with a smile, the background is light blue. the second gif is of yan wei who lifts her head slightly and the background is yellow. /end id]
yan wei’s and xu youyi’s dynamic is so good… cold ruthless killer who can’t fit in among ordinary people meets sweet kind ordinary person who is their first friend and the first person who sees them as a human not a killer… and teaches them friendship and love… and they’re sapphics
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punk goth couple wx with their cats for my twt mutuals
“Look like th’ innocent flower, But be the serpent under ’t”
-Tianquan of the Liyue Qixing, Lady Ningguang
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that one tiktok trend thats like how these characters would react to you asking their pronouns
Hi! Loving your meta on suibian :)) Just wondering what were your frustrations with cql, especially considered you've watched this in multiple mediums? (I've only watched cql)
Hi anon! thank you so much!
Oh boy, you’ve unlocked a boatload of hidden dialogue, are you ready?? :D (buckle up it’s oof. Extremely Long)
@hunxi-guilai please consider this my official pitch for why I think the novel is worth reading, if only so you can enjoy the audio drama more fully. ;)
a few things before I get into it:
I don’t want to make this a 100% negative post because I really do love CQL so much! So I’m going to make it two parts: the changes that frustrated me the most and the changes I loved the most re: CQL vs novel. (again, don’t really know anything about donghua or manhua sorry!!) Sound good? :D
this will contain spoilers for the entirety of CQL and the novel. just like. All of it.
talking about the value of changes in CQL is difficult because I personally don’t know what changes were made for creative reasons and what changes were made for censorship reasons. I don’t think it’s entirely fair to evaluate the narrative worth of certain changes when I don’t know what their limitations were. It’s not just a matter of “gay content was censored”; China also has certain censorship restrictions on the portrayal of the undead, among other things. I, unfortunately, am not familiar enough with the ins and outs of Chinese censorship to be able to tell anyone with certainty what was and wasn’t changed for what reason. So I guess just, take whatever my opinions are with a grain of salt! I will largely avoid addressing issues related to how explicitly romantic wangxian is, for obvious reasons.
OKAY. In order to impose some kind of control on how much time I spend on this, I’m going to limit myself to four explicated points in each category, best/worst. Please remember that I change my opinions constantly, so these are just like. the top contenders at this specific point in my life. Starting with the worst so we can end on a positive note!
Henceforth, the novel is MDZS, CQL is CQL.
CQL’s worst crimes, according to cyan:
1. Polarizing Wei Wuxian and Jin Guangyao on the moral spectrum
I’ve heard rumors that this was a censorship issue, but I have never been able to confirm or deny it, so. Again, grain of salt.
The way that CQL reframed Wei Wuxian and Jin Guangyao’s character arcs drives me up the wall because I think it does a huge disservice to both of them and the overarching themes of the story. Jin Guangyao is shown to be responsible for pretty much all the tragedy post-Sunshot, which absolves Wei Wuxian of all possible wrongdoing and flattens Jin Guangyao into a much less interesting villain.
What I find so interesting about MDZS is how much it emphasizes the role of external forces and situations in determining a person’s fate: that being “good” or “righteous” at heart is simply not enough. You can do everything with all the best intentions and still do harm, still fail, still lose everything. Even “right” choices can have terrible consequences. Everyone starts out innocent. “In this world, everyone starts without grievances, but there is always someone who takes the first blow.”