Due to my recent obsession over Li Yifeng, I started watching The Lost Tomb (盜墓筆記), a mega seasonal web drama series that’s based on a crazy-good novel of the same name written by Xu Lei (other translations of the name, 盜墓筆記, include: Daomu Biji, Grave Robbers’ Chronicles, and Grave Robbery Note). Then, because of this drama series, I started reading the novel recently. And finally, because I read the novel, I’ve come to understand the significance of today, August 17, 2015 — the reunion of the main character, Wu Xie (吳邪), and another character of great significance in the story, Kylin Zhang (張起靈).
A brief summary of the novel taken directly from Wikipedia:
50 years ago, a group of Changsha grave robbers dug out manuscripts of the location of treasures from Warring states, but an encounter with an undead rendered almost the whole group dead. In the present, the young grandchild of the sole survivor, Wu Xie, discovers a secret within his grandfather’s notes. Together with his third uncle, Wu Sanxing, and a few other experienced tomb robbers, to search for the treasure. But what no one expected to find the intriguing mysteries that accompanied their tomb robbing adventure – just who was the owner of that tomb? Will they be able to find the real coffin? And just where will these puzzle lead the group?
Embarking on eight-volume’s worth of adventures, as Wu Xie slowly unravels millennium-old mysteries, he sees the deterioration of his naive world as he discovers the people around him are not what they seem and that he could trust no one in this tomb robbing world of deceit and lies.
For those who love adventure, action, sci-fic, history, and bromance (no homo, but apparently this is one of the biggest topics that most female readers rave about — especially about Wu Xie & Kylin Zhang…me included XD), then you simply cannot miss this story.
Anyways, so why is August 17, 2015 significant? Why is the reunion between Wu Xie and Kylin Zhang so important in the readers’ mind? Well, to put in short, Kylin Zhang has chosen to sacrifice a decade of his life, in Wu Xie’s stead, to protect the secrets behind Qingtong Door (青铜门 – Bronze Door). The two have made a promise to meet again a decade later, which happens to be August 17, 2015. The author of the story even wrote, as an afterthought, to a lucky reader the following quote: “用我一生，换你十年天真无邪” (rough translation: “Using my whole life in exchange for a decade of your innocence.”). This quote is said, supposedly, in Kylin Zhang’s perspective and the word innocence is a play on words with Wu Xie’s name (his name sounds similar to the word, “innocent” and also, his character has an unmistakable streak of naiveness). Since then, fans everywhere (especially female fans) are totally swooned over this Wu Xie/Kylin Zhang ship.
Days before August 17, 2015 — heck, even years before this date — fans are doing countdowns and anticipating what the author might install for them in the celebration of this reunion between Wu Xie and Kylin Zhang. Don’t believe me? Well, listen to these songs yourselves* (originally composed & sang by fans…heck, even one of the original sound tracks for the live drama series is composed by a fan):
Apparently, the author, Mr. Xu Lei, is never one to disappoint fans and in the celebration of August 17, 2015, he has uploaded a short epilogue. Unlike all the extraordinariness that the characters have faced throughout the novels, the reunion is surprisingly simple, which actually brings out the message that ‘ordinary is a kind of happiness’. In the case of this story, it is a very fitting one indeed.
Finally, the drama is going to be broadcast eventually on Viki TV with English subtitles and for those who understand Chinese, you can just head over to Iqiyi to watch the entire series.
*A special thanks to Yukee over at AFF for introducing me to these awesome songs! ^^