With years of being fond of anything Asian, I haven’t heard of Ding Mo before, until mid-2016.
My first encounter with Ding Mo began when my fondness over a drama (which was based on one of her best-selling novels) grew. I thought the drama was cool, so I had a quick research online about the drama and there I also learned that she already wrote a lot of HE novels (Happy Ending =HE. thanks to 书声Bar!) which include When a Snail Loves 如果蜗牛有爱情.
I thought Ding Mo was a guy at first, as most of her well-known novels were either criminal, psychological, or detective in genre. I failed to even bother checking out her name if it’s for a guy or girl as I was too focused on her novels, not to mention I’m not Chinese in entirety (1/4 Chinese 1/4 Spanish, 2/4 Filipino).
To tell you honestly, it wasn’t that hard to like her novels (maybe because these kinds of genres pique my interest the most). It wasn’t long until I finally read two of her novels and discovered that she’s actually a woman. 🙂
Most of the drama versions that I’ve seen were under these genres and interestingly, the romantic plots in the dramas were either as endearing or as daring as the novel versions–except for one, so far.
So with all the fondness I have for her works, including the drama versions, here I am sharing 3 Ding Mo novels-turned-dramas which all couch potatoes can binge watching on. 🙂
# 1 Love Me if You Dare (AKA When He Comes, Close Your Eyes; Close Your Eyes, Stay Close to Me)
First episode date: October 2015
Final episode date: 4 January 2016
Love Me if You Dare is about an *anti-social* but brilliant criminal psychologist Simon Bo, played by Wallace Huo, who can analyze violent and mysterious behavior. Aside from being a criminal psychologist, Simon Bo is also a professor at The University of Maryland and works as an analyst as well as an advisor on the police department’s most violent or difficult cases.
Sandra Ma played as Jenny Jian, a young assistant who helps Simon in analyzing and delving into the thoughts and intentions of a criminal mind. Jenny helps Simon open up emotionally as they work together to solve crimes.
So, I watched this drama because it was a suggestion on a drama website I used to visit before. Although I have to admit, it is also BECAUSE of Sandra Ma’s beauty that made me watch the entire first episode, staring intently at her, then BAM. I saw Wallace Huo. 🙂 So then, I finally managed to finish the whole run, not just because of Sandra’s beautiful face, but also because of Wallace Huo. 😀
“Love Me, If You Dare” is a 2015 Chinese drama series directed by Zhang Kai Zhou. It is based on the novel Close Your Eyes, Stay Close to Me by Ding Mo.
# 2 When a Snail Falls In Love (AKA When A Snail Loves)
First episode date: 24 October 2016
Final episode date: 12 December 2016
Wang Kai starred in this drama as Ji Bai, a well known police detective who excels in his field as an in-charge of the Violent Crimes Unit while Wang Zi Wen played as an intern criminal profiler Xu Xu. And as Ji Bai’s case partner, Xuxu discovered that both of them have their own takes in solving crimes, but eventually, with their odd looking partnership, they managed to get the whole job done with an unbeatable track record for solving crimes. When Ji Bai found himself falling in love with Xuxu through their close working relationship, Xuxu is quite slow in learning (and returning, for that matter!) about his feelings.
What I like about this drama is, of course, Wang Kai (haha!). I’ve seen him play in Love Me if You Dare, but I like him better in this drama. When A Snail Falls In Love allowed Wang Kai to showcase his acting prowess and there were scenes that will knock your feet off. Talk about the stares and subtle opportunities!
“When a Snail Falls in Love” is a 2016 Chinese drama series directed by Zhang Kai Zhou. It is based on the novel Ru Guo Wo Niu You Ai Qing by Ding Mo.
# 3 Memory Lost
Number of Seasons: 3 (Season 1: October 24, 2016, Season 2: November 14, 2016, Season 3: December 12, 2016)
Final episode date: 12 December 2016
This drama adaptation of Ding Mo’s novel, Memory Lost is about Han Chen, played by Bai Yu, who suffers from amnesia and struggles to find his lost fiancée – a woman who does not exist according to people around him.
In a small town, he meets a female detective Bai Jingxi, played by Yang Rong, a girl full of personality. Bai Jingxi is struggling to discover her mysterious past, a past of a blank background for the last five years. As both were entangled in complicated murder cases and faces near-death situations, they slowly uncover the secrets to their lost memories.
This drama was released as a web series on iQiyi on the same date as When A Snail Falls In Love’s.
With all honesty, I’ve already read the novel before watching this drama. I was quite disappointed in a certain degree as the drama did not follow the novel quite clearly enough. The characters from the novel were tough and some scenarios in the novel contain witty comebacks from both leads. I guess this drama made a few adjustments, to give favor to those who want a milder take on the novel *fan service*.
# 4 Our Glamorous Time
Lin Qian (will be played by Zhao Li Ying), once thought the man she wanted would be handsome and formidable, able to “create clouds with one turn of the hand and rain with another turn” in the business world, causing her to look up to him in admiration. There would be nothing he could not accomplish.
But when she finally met the one that fit this (will be played by Jin Han), she realized how much she liked his impassiveness, his quietness, his persistence, and his loyalty. She liked him to the point that she was willing to be with him, to stand side by side with him in this callous business world that is full of bloodshed. To be reckless in these years of our life, irrespective of the future.
My take: This upcoming drama is so controversial that I feel sorry for Jerry Yan. But anyhoo, I shall see this drama once it’s out so for now I might read the novel first. 🙂
Whew. This is quite a long run down. I hope that many would try seeing at least one of these drama adaptations, as I see all these so worthy to watch. 😉