Feng Yu Jiu Tian (鳳于九天)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Oh my good lord! I think I may have just found the perfect Yaoi (Boy's Love) romance novel in the entire world - Feng Yu Jiu Tian (鳳于九天). (I am NOT exaggerating at all in saying this). I can't even begin to express how absolutely thrilled and euphoric I am to have stumbled across this marvelous Chinese literature! This is the first Chinese novel to have made me wish that I was perhaps more gifted in my Mother Tongue and had taken my learning in the Chinese language more seriously.

Putting the issue of language barrier aside, I will spend a little more time to explain the reason for my joy in finding this precious Chinese novel by Feng Nong.

Before I begin however, here's a little summary about Feng Yu Jiu Tian.

Feng Ming was only 19 when he lost his life saving a child from death without hesitation. The grateful father of the rescued child grants Feng Ming a second chance at life. Unknown to Feng Ming, his soul is whisked away to a far away ancient land (resembling the dynasties of China). Upon waking up, he finds himself inhabiting the frail body of Thunder Kingdom's crowned prince who is also graced with the title of the most beautiful man across all the lands. However, his beauty has a price as he attracts the unwanted attention of the minister of affairs, Rong Tian who finds every reason to torment the prince mentally and physically. As Feng Ming starts to get a hold of the conspiracies surrounding him, what will happen when the prince's true identity is revealed? And what happened to the 'real' prince?

You can find the English translated version of the novel here: http://sookybabi.livejournal.com/.

Feng Ming, the most beautiful uke to have ever graced my eyes, is an absolutely delightful character! He is quite unlike the usual 'play submissive' or 'act spoilt' uke, but instead has a distinctive personality of his own. He is quick-witted, a tad naive, childish at some point in time, and also a remarkable genius with the brains of a typical university student from the 21th century. The fusion of his extraordinary beauty and intelligence captures the heart of the wise and handsome King Rong Tian. He also has a deep and undying love for Rong Tian.

Rong Tian is our seme who is not quite the gentleman but not quite the cold-blooded whip-in-hand villain either. He is ruthless and unrelenting in the world of politics, but carries a soft and tender heart towards Feng Ming. He is so devoted and deeply in love with Feng Ming that not even a maiden of goddess-like proportions can stir his heart. Also, his love and dedication to Feng Ming runs so deep that when his lover was kidnapped by Ruo Yan (a king from another kingdom who also harbors a love interest towards Feng Ming), he would willingly engage in an open war to rescue Feng Ming.

The interaction between the two lovers is so endearing! I can't help but gush and squeal about the way they whisper words of promises and sweet-nothings to one another. These are some of the few famous lines spoken by the two steadfast lovers.

天下壮丽江山 吴与你共享
世间轰烈快事 吾与你分尝
惟有灾难 吾一人独挡

I will share this beautiful world together with you.
I will share this world's most happiest things with you.
Only disaster I will bear it alone.

- Rong Tian to Feng Ming

纵使成为十一国之主 你是我的容恬
纵使兵败国亡 你是我的容恬
就像我 永远是你的凤鸣

Even though you become the king of the 11 kingdoms, you are my Rong Tian.
Even though you lose in the battle, you are my Rong Tian.
Just like me, I am always your Feng Ming.

- Feng Ming to Rong Tian

There is a manga based on the Chinese novel itself, which you can easily find on any manga site, but the manga artist Wang Yi takes quite a fair bit of time to update so the manga has only covered Volume 1 of the novel. I would therefore recommend any Yaoi fans to read the novel first. You won't be disappointed. ;)

This is a beautiful cosplay video of Feng Yu Jiu Tian which I found on youtube. The dude with the red hair is Rong Tian, and the brown Feng Ming. The beautiful lady is a character which I'm not yet familiar with, though I suspect she is Rong Tian's old flame.

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