It’s official, I have a new addiction and am determined to get you all addicted along with me! So join me as I chat about the top five reasons to start Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms.
A week ago I was going about my business doing my usual drama addict routine without a care in the world. Then I clicked on the first episode of Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (hereto referenced as Eternal Love since Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms is a mouthful) and there went the next ten hours of my life. I watched all ten episodes, went to bed obsessing about Eternal Love, woke up obsessing about the plot of Eternal Love, and then here I am obsessively writing about Eternal Love. To say that Eternal Love is addictive is an understatement.
So before I just start rambling like a crazy person regarding how great this show is, let’s create some structure. Without further ado, here are the top 4 reasons you should be checking this show out.
#4 Successfully combining CGI with the drama concept
Many of you who have read my previous 1st impression Chinese drama reviews know that it has been a long time since I was impressed with a fantasy drama’s cinematography. Both General and I as well as Ice Fantasy ended up falling flat (at least in this regard) and I was coming to accept that with the increased money for drama production, CGI vomiting was going to become the new norm.
So imagine my delight when I started Eternal Love and everything gelled almost seamlessly. Don’t be mistaken, we still have the magical CGI elements, but they are not overwhelming the narrative. They actually make sense and are used in moderation letting the viewer focus on the actors and their talent to share the story and not how many magical creatures the computer department can create via CGI. It is a breath of fresh air for this CGI-weary fangirl.
#3 All the pretty eye candy **and their ability to actually act**
There are so many pretty men and woman in this drama. Which is actually the norm for most big budget Chinese dramas but this time, whether it is the director or the casting choices, we have a lot of pretty that has actual acting talent. I was surprised when, after my obsessive ten hours of dramathoning, I realized that I was getting a lot of emotional input from the various characters. I am thoroughly invested in the development of the Ghost Prince and his unwanted wife, the lead girl’s 4th brother, and all the other immortals that become enmeshed within our OTP’s story. Which brings me to the 2nd reason.
#2 I care about the various side relationships
I love, love, love how fleshed out everyone’s interactions are. We have all the fated connections that we usually have, but the writer takes the time to create a bit of back story or emotion to each relationship. This goes a long way in making me more invested in the narrative. It is nice that the bad girl isn’t just your standard homewrecking hoochie. Your second lead man has more depth than just being a pretty face in love with a girl. There are layers to their stories. Something that continues to even the smaller roles and to say I am invested in everyone’s outcome is an understatement.
Add all the well-crafted character development and start connecting all the characters in new relationships (romantic, platonic, and familial) and you have a lot of great story that doesn’t just revolve around our leads. Something I appreciate after watching several Cdramas where everything but the OTP was pushed to the side.
#1 The intricate OTP storyline
I won’t go into depth by saying everything that is going on in this extremely complex relationship, but I will say that I am interested to see what happens in the future. I always love a good “death can not separate us” trope.
That said, I will admit to having just a tiny bit of second lead syndrome after the first 10 episodes. There is something just so sexy about an angsty bad boy who has a history of making bad life choices. But, I will give our leading man an opportunity to win me over. I think my love of 2nd lead at this point is mostly because our leads have not had much interaction (of a romantic nature) as of yet.
There you have it. Four very valid reasons to start Eternal Love. I highly suggest that everyone give this drama a four or five episode chance. You never know, this might be your newest addiction and the perfect intro to Chinese dramas. Also, check out my other Chinese drama reviews HERE and let me know in the comments if you have any questions or thoughts about Eternal Love.
Til next time,