Your Most Faithful Companion: Mini Review + Extras Soon

Do you remember how when we were children and you first arrived at Nan Qiao Lane, Ji Ming Shu quite liked you? She would bring little snacks everyday and seek you out to play.

—Jiang Che, Your Most Faithful Companion, Ch. 44

Unfortunately, no new chapters of Peony’s Tavern and Memories this week. I’m a little burnt out from historical novels and need to take a break. Will be in action this week or next.

It’s also been a some time since I’ve posted other kinds of content on this blog, so today’s detour will be about one of my guilty-pleasure favorites, Your Most Faithful Companion (不二之臣 // Bu Er Zhi Chen) by Bu Zhi Shi Ke Cai (不止是顆菜). The Chinese title is more akin to Unparalleled Loyal Subject, but I really like the title that Sleepy Translations used. It was initially posted on JJXWC and published to print in 2020. I discovered it only earlier this year and have admittedly read it multiple times.

I’m a total sucker for forced cohabitation stories like Your Most Faithful Companion, which is about two filthy rich individuals who have polar opposite personalities and are brought together, all thanks to a business marriage. Of course, the signs always point to love.

So basically, it has the same basic premise as every other mid-2000’s Korean and Taiwanese drama out there. But what can I say? I like what I like. And despite the shallowness of it all, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. This was never going to be a groundbreaking read that joins the ranks of Tong Hua’s novels, but for what it is? Yeah, it’s great.

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Heartbreak in the City: A Review of Eastern Palace

The Eastern Palace is more dangerous than the Imperial Palace. Compared to being emperor, being crown prince is more difficult…

—Li Cheng Yin, Eastern Palace by Fei Wo Si Cun

Happy New Year!

Before I get going with my next translation project, I wanted to share some thoughts about a novel that’s been on my mind: Eastern Palace (東宮 // Dong Gong), published in 2010 and written by Fei Wo Si Cun (匪我思存). A drama adaption, Goodbye My Princess (2019), starred Chen Xing Xu and Peng Xiao Ran in their breakout roles.

Eastern Palace is a complicated romance between two young lovers who are destined to meet and fall in love time and time again, yet fated to get torn apart no matter what. The story’s structure and overarching premise is very much like Tang Qi’s Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, but without immortality as a fail-safe. If Peach Blossoms is hurt/comfort, then Eastern Palace is pure hurt. I’m not usually one for tragedies, but this one has kept me reeling in its wake.

A word of warning that this post is rather lengthy, sitting somewhere between review and recap. Spoilers are present throughout, but stop at the warning if you want to avoid the major ones. After that, I start diving into scenes and plot points that were pivotal to me as a reader.

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