Listening Snow Tower 听雪楼 starring Qin Junjie and Yuan Bingyan has started airing on Tencent this week. Based on a novel by Cang Yue, it has colorful visuals and action sequences befitting a wuxia series, yet there are people who are unhappy with it.
Fans of the novel have called out the drama for being inconsistent as it had big discrepancies to the original chapters of the book. Furthermore, many had a bone to pick with Yuan Bingyan’s character Shu Jingrong as the weakest link. The book version of her is strong and powerful so it was quite noticeable when they made her out to be less so.
Yin Tao, the director of Listening Snow Tower, has spoken up about the changes they made for the adaptation. He explains that while the novel had somewhat independent chapters that came together to tell the story, writers for the drama series had to come up with a clear plot line that would connect each chapter in order to tell a coherent story. He also says that they had to reorganize the timeline and story in a way that the audience can easily understand.
Yin Tao also addressed the issue of why Shu Jingrong seemed weak. While it was a big gamble, he explains that it was for done for character development. After all, nobody is born strong and everyone has to start somewhere. Yin Tao reveals that Shu Jingrong needs to tread a long and arduous road in order to grow stronger. He added that Yuan Bingyan has worked hard to portray the nuances of her character and that she will end up surprising viewers down the line.
While the book told a tragic love story, Yin Tao says that they took the liberty of adding a bit more sweetness to the relationship of the two lead characters. He also refused to give any details as to how Shu Jingrong and Xiao Yiqing’s love story would go, saying that it would add to the suspense. It has become so common for dramas to be based on novels. However, it seems also common for fans who are fiercely loyal to the book to have mixed feelings when their favorite story is brought to life. What do you think of the drama?