Second male leads in kdramas are either the purest form of boyfriend material or entitled assholes and there’s nothing in between.
“How you’re feeling right now, it must be so miserable. I think I can relate.” ~ Hae Soo
This is 4th Prince Wang So from the amazing kdrama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. I’ve been rewatching that drama and so I drew him. He’s played by my favorite actor, Lee Joongi. His character goes through more hardship and suffering than I’ve ever seen of any character in dramas I watch, and yet he still endures.
His story is quite sad, but even though his heart has been wounded and he sometimes wavers, he never gives up. I can relate to him. The quote above is something the main female lead character, Hae Soo says, after his mother brutally rejects him as her son. This scene always stood out to me the most out of any other scene in the drama. So, I drew it! Hope you enjoy! ❤️🥰
TOP 5 TV DRAMA EACH YEAR WITH THE HIGHEST BAIDU INDEX RANKING
(from 2011 to 2021/known internationally)
No.1: Scarlet Heart (Bu Bu Jing Xin)
No.2: The Temptation To Go Home (Hui Jia De You Huo)
No.3: The Lock Heart Jade (Gong Suo Xin Yu)
No.4: The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (Qing Shi Huang Fei)
No.5: Palace (Gong)
No.1: iPartment season 3 (Ai Qing Gong Yu)
No.2: The Magic Blade (Tian Ya Ming Yue Dao)
No.3: Locked Beaded Curtain (Gong Suo Zhu Lian)
No.4: Empresses Of The Palace (Hou Gong Zhen Huan Zhuan)
No.5: Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar Of Sky (Xuan Yuan Jian Zhi Tian Zhi Hen)
No.1: Little Daddy (Xiao Ba Ba)
No.2: We Get Married (Zan Men Jie Hun Ba)
No.3: Prince Of Lan Ling (Lan Ling Wang)
No.4: Swordsman (Jin Xiao Ao Jiang Hu)
No.5: Legend Of Lu Zhen (Lu Zhen Chuan Qi)
No.1: iPartment season 4 (Ai Qing Gong Yu)
No.2: My Love From The Star (Byeoreseo On Geudae)*
No.3: Swords Of Legends (Gu Jian Qi Tan)
No.4: Boss & Me (Shan Shan Lai Le)
No.5: The Empress Of China (Wu Meiniang Chuan Qi)
No.1: The Legend Of Mi Yue (Mi Yue Zhuan)
No.2: My Sunshine (He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo)
No.3: The Journey Of Flower (Hua Qian Gu)
No.4: The Lost Tomb (Dao Mu Bi Ji)
No.5: Nirvana In Fire (Lang Ya Bang)
No.1: Ode To Joy (Huan Le Song)
No.2: Love O2O (Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng)
No.3: The Princess Weiyoung (Jin Xiu Wei Yang)
No.4: Go Princess Go (Tai Zi Fei Sheng Zhi Ji)
No.5: Descendants Of The Sun (Taeyang-ui Huye)*
No.1: In The Name Of The People (Ren Min De Ming Yi)
No.2: The First Half Of My Life (Wo De Qian Ban Sheng)
No.3: Eternal Love (San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua)
No.4: Princess Agents (Chu Qian Zhuan)
No.5: Ode To Joy season 2 (Huan Le Song)
No.1: Story Of Yanxi Palace (Yan Xi Gong Lue)
No.2: The Story Of Minglan (Zhi Fou? Zhi Fou? Ying Shi Luo Fei Hong Shou)
No.3: Ashes Of Love (Xiang Mi Chen Chen Jin Ru Shuang)
No.4: Legend Of Fuyao (Fuyao)
No.5: Ruyi’s Royal Love In The Palace (Ruyi Zhuan)
No.1: Joy Of Life (Qing Yu Nian)
No.2: Go Go Squid! (Qin Ai De, Re Ai De)
No.3: Hope All Is Well With Us (Wo Men Dou Yao Hao Hao De)
No.4: The King’s Avatar (Quan Zhi Gao Shou)
No.5: The Untamed (Chen Qing Ling)
No.1: The Bad Kids (Yin Mi De Jiao Luo)
No.2: Nothing But Thirty (San Shi Er Yi)
No.3: Go Ahead (Yi Jia Ren Zhi Ming)
No.4: Find Yourself (Xia Yi Zhan Shi Xing Fu)
No.5: I Will Find You A Better Home (An Jia)
No.1: Crime Crackdown (Sao Hei Feng Bao)
No.2: My Heroic Husband (Zhui Xu)
No.3: You Are My Glory (Ni Shi Wo De Rong Yao)
No.4: Word Of Honor (Shan He Ling)
No.5: Rattan (Si Teng)
(*) Korean dramas. I have no idea why there are two of them on this Chinese dramas list but okay, they are still accepted here.
The list in picture form: (You can see the Baidu index of the dramas here - click in to see better)
So, what do you think of this ranking? How many of these dramas do you know of/have you watched? Which is your favourite?
(The tags can not cover every drama. So I have tried my best to pick out some I think would be more well-known among international fans.)
You Can STAY - Epilogue
Pairing: Y/N x Felix (Side Pairing: Y/N x Stray Kids)
Genre: Fantasy AU; OT8; Scarlet Heart AU
Warnings: Lots of Angst
A/N: The real ending to You Can STAY. It’s very short, but ties up one last end.
Read the entire series here!
Five Years Later
The King walked alone, trampling down a familiar, worn path covered with a fresh blanket of snow.
Even dressed and covered with a long, black cloak, a striking of flame-red hair stood out from all the white, and he walked slowly to accommodate the shorter legs of his companion.
A child, born five years ago, with the same red hair, but the distinct and kind eyes of his mother peering up at the King with a bright smile. “Where are we going?” he asked.
“We’re visiting your mother,” the King explained, and the child seemed delighted by such a notion, tugging his father’s hand as the pair ventured further into the woods.
On such a clear, pristine morning, it was rare to have the paths for oneself, but the father and son managed the walk without passing any villagers or other royals. It was better that way, after all, when they could be alone with the company of their thoughts, and the occasional pitter of conversation that passed between them as smoothly as the water running through the creek.
“Does mommy know that we’re coming?”
“Of course,” the King replied, and a sad expression painted the sharp lines of his face, accentuating the scars that he was no longer afraid to hide - on display for anyone to see.
“That’s good!” the small child agreed, and he managed to walk a little faster when the path evened out and the snow was easier to navigate.
“It’s an important day,” the King continued. “You know that, don’t you?”
The young child was inquisitive - he must’ve inherited that from his mother - and the King felt pride blossom in the center of his chest when his son gave a solemn nod. “We can just sit with her,” he said. “Until it’s time to go.”
The King agreed with a hum, and he reached down for the child’s hand, helping him the rest of the way, up a steep incline, and stopping before an impressive oak with bare branches and the distinct bends along a powerful trunk. “Here,” the King said, helping his son sit down next to him, drawing out one hand to wipe against the dirt spread against the name “Y/N” carved into stone. “We can rest.”
The child agreed, leaning into his father’s weight, savoring the quiet of the forest, and paying respects, as they did every year, to the only woman that the King had ever loved.
do you know what is the name of the white scarf thing worn by women in qing dynasty dramas? thanks!! i love your blog!!
We have a post about this scarf/collar posted a while ago, but I just realised I never actually said what it’s called 😂.
Actually, to talk about Qing dynasty collar, we should go back to this post on Ming dynasty clothes where I linked this video on Ming dynasty upright collar, which is the ancestor of the mandarin collar that nowadays tends to be associated with the Qing dynasty, when in fact it originated from the Ming dynasty.
Originally traditional Manchurian clothes had round collars and not standing collars.
For this reason they would add detachable collars, of which there were two types:
Left: longhua lingjin 龙华领巾 // Right: yingling 硬领
These collars were said to originate from the Shunzhi era, when Confucianism was starting to affect the rule of Qing emperors. Women exposing their necks were then considered unseemly and immodest, which gave way to the need for a collar to cover the neck.
Yingling is what Europeans would eventually call mandarin collar, used by both men and women. It is a pressed collar and worn with clothes of varying formality.
You can in see in Xiangjian’s photo (centre) that the collar lifts off her neck and is a separate piece from the gown.
In winter, yingling would be made of fur for warmth.
龙华领巾 longhua lingjin
Also called just longhua, these are the hanging white scarf worn by women. Longhua first serves the purpose of keeping the neck warm and also covering women’s neck for modesty.
The length of and embroidery on the longhua can sometimes differentiate ranks of different women in the palace. Higher-ranking women will likely have longer longhua. Also the higher the rank, the more elaborate the embroidery. With so many women in the palace, longhua can help tell the relative/approximate rank of different women at a glance.
🤣 they reused Yixiu’s longhua in Zhen Huan on Langhua in Ruyi.
Xiyue’s longhua as noble consort vs. Ruyi’s simpler longhua as consort.
Also, more recycled longhua:
Note below Ruiji’s plain longhua as daying vs. Yuyan’s embroidered longhua - she’s at least guiren here? or maybe even pin.
Younger women would have longhua embroidered with flowers and youthful motifs. Meanwhile dowager empresses and dowager consorts would usually have longhua embroidered with characters like shou (longevity) or fu (fortune).
Liu Xue Hua playing two different empress dowagers and wearing practically the same longhua 😂😂😂. To be fair, this is also based on Cixi’s longhua in the photo below.
Longhua is worn around the neck and with one end tucked under the gown panel between the first and second button of the gown, as seen in the paintings and photo of Cixi below. Most dramas tend to have actress wear longhua incorrectly.
Huan Zhu Ge Ge left to right: Zi Wei is wearing it wrong. The longhua should be tucked into the closing panel of her gown. This is actually how all the women in the original HZGG wore their longhua. And yet in the middle pic, Ling Fei is wearing it correctly. Qing Er is wearing it wrong, even though the longhua is tucked into her gown, it is tucked too low, probably below the second button. The funny thing is, this is a photo of Zhao Lijuan (the actress who played Ling Fei) and Wang Yan (actress who played Qing Er) participating in the same episode of the same variety show (Ace vs Ace). Either they dressed themselves and Wang Yan got it wrong or they had two different people dressing them.
Legend of Ruyi: lol again Ruyi is wearing it correctly while Hailan is wearing it wrong (tucked under itself, not inside the gown). This is because in this drama, Ruyi had her own costume person/team, while another team handled all the other characters’ costumes. This is also why the only person wearing longhua correctly in this drama is Ruyi herself (below):
Everyone in the next two photos is wearing it wrong, either not tucked into the gown (everyone in Ruyi and Xiao Yan Zi), or tucked too low and too loose (Ruo Lan in BBJX and Hua Fei in Zhen Huan.)
Story of Yanxi Palace doesn’t actually bother with longhua at all and either just have the characters wear the round collar with nothing covering the neck, the standing collar or cloud collar (yunjian) (left to right below).
Since there are not many surviving paintings of women in the palace in more informal context (i.e. not formal paintings), it’s difficult to tell when standing collars begin appearing in Qing dynasty dress, so I guess there is possibility that this could be accurate? (The square collar on the outer layer also show influence of Ming dynasty dress.)
In any case, as time went on, standing/upright collar like that in the centre photo start becoming more and more common in the court dress of women in the palace, so longhua can sometimes be omitted, as seen with photos of Empress Wanrong below.
However, photos of court women in the late Qing dynasty show that longhua can still be used, as seen some photos of Cixi.
This combination of yingling and yunjian in Love Story of Court Enemies looks off, though, mostly because the yunjian originated as a hanfu item of clothing from prior to the Qing dynasty, so combining it with the yingling just looks weird ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
More on Qing dynasty costumes in dramas -h
For the love of whatever god is up there I need to find who did this Moon Lovers fanart because I downloaded it years ago, forgot the name of the artist and the image reverse search doesn't lead me to anything HEEEEEEELP
Story Recs: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 2: The Aftermath
Title: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 2: The Aftermath
Link Below (Cut and Paste)
Go Ha-Jin's recollections of her past life as Hae Soo haunts her relentlessly but she tries her best to forget. Painful memories of Goryeo and her lost Fourth Prince, in her opinion, have no space in her present. It's time to move forward
But fate took its course and lead her back to her person. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember her
This is so AMAZING. For anyone who had been emotionally damaged by the ending of Moonlovers - this is the season 2 that you've been craving for. I wish it was in fanfiction.net or better yet AO3 but I'm so glad to have found this masterpiece. I CANNOT recommend this enough. Pair this up with listening to the Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST and you're gold!
my hae soo