重紫 Chong Zi – A Review

28 Dec

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image credit: 颖果

I saw this mesmerizing picture while browsing the web the other day and it just brought back all the amazing moments of Chong Zi. It’s not that the story was revolutionary or that the characters were transcendental, but there was something there that fixated and captivated my attention all the way until the last words on the final page.

The story of a young girl yearning to be loved and accepted by the people around her, only to be turned away and repelled again and again because of the devilish aura inside her. Right away, there is a moral issue that is brought to the forefront: what makes people evil, and how do we qualify people as evil? And the answer that author Shu Ke (蜀客) provides is just wonderful. That we are all humans. We all do good things and we all make mistakes. Just because we are born one way or another doesn’t mean we are beyond salvation. And that’s what makes us human.

This book is not without its flaws though. There were times when I felt that the critical moments of action were passed over and too much time spent turning over the same thoughts in the characters’ heads. Some of the characterizations were wonderful and I loved, like pure-hearted Demon Lord Wan Jie or the cold and calculating Tian Zhi Xie, while some of the characterizations felt a little flat, like the immaculate Luo Yin Fan, despite all of his struggles between love and duty. Some characters were useless to the plot, like Zhuo Hao or Qin Ke.

But Shu Ke convincingly brings us along on Chong Zi’s journey from a weak young girl to a powerful demoness not by her own will, but forced by the people and society around her. And each step of the way, Shu Ke leaves us details and clues, bits and pieces of information that together meshed a wonderfully complex world. Nobody was outrightly righteous, nobody was outright evil (well, maybe some) but they all were living and making decisions to the best of their ability. At the end of the day, what is right and what is wrong, or more importantly who is good and who is evil becomes blurred and grey.

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2 Responses to “重紫 Chong Zi – A Review”

  1. peanutsfan2013 February 21, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Wow atsu, you’ve hidden talent:) Why you never share this in SSB? Your review is very good, short but concise. During college break, you should translate some chapters to hook potential readers in, haha…Bcos of what you wrote, I gonna give Chong Zi another go. I feel really bad for not finishing it, not even half way thru when all of you love it so much & with Bu gege reading it.

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