Introduction of Author:
Fei Wo Si Cun 匪我思存is a writer in modern China. Her real name is Ai Jingjing. She was born in Wuhan, in Hubei Province. She has quite a number of books which have been published and some of them have been adapted into TV series. She once used name Si Cun and Fei Xiaocun. Her representatives are 《Too late to say I love you》(Chinense: 来不及说我爱你 pinyin: lai bu ji shuo wo ai ni)、《Romantic holidays like dreams》(Chinese: 佳期如梦 pinyin: jia qi ru meng) and 《Siege in fog》(Chinese:迷雾围城 pinyin: mi wu wei cheng).
Fei Wo Si Cun is an Internet writer but she is quite different from others due to her beautiful writing. Her works are very popular and keep sales records among all Internet writers. She is mysterious and seldom accepts interviews. She said that “No care about fame and wealth, I like being absorbed in literature just like a reader.” Her pen name comes from 《The Book of Songs》. Wo means me and Si means to think. The whole name represents Fei’s good wishes that she can keep happiness forever. (Source: Wikipedia)
I have started reading Fei Wo Si Cun’s novels after Sealed with a Kiss. I enjoyed her writing style and storyline though some ending of her novels are pretty bad; I tried to avoid sad endings as much as possible in case they are too depressing for me to handle. It is interesting as a few of her novels were adapted into drama series, the only ones I have watched so far were Too Late to say I Love You and Sealed with a Kiss.
Of the Fei Wo Si Cun’s novels I posted, only 3 comes with sad ending. But those familiar with Fei Wo Si Cun will know she is a well known ‘step mum’ who live up to her name as most of her novels usually ended quite tragically. As a happy ending lover, I tried to read her books with happy or open ending.
Just to share. (Click on title for link to read)
Protagonists: Zhou Yan Zhao & Zhou Xiao Meng
Theme: 铭记 Remember
To the eyes of general public, Zhou Xiao Meng is the doting younger step sister of mafia leader, Zhou Yan Zhao. But never will they be aware of their secret and sexual relationship behind the walls of their mansion. Zhou Xiao Meng’s mother tried to kill Zhou Yan Zhao’s father a few years back, her mother is dead while her step father became paralyzed. Zhou Yan Zhao is filled with vengeance and can only vent his anger on Zhou Xiao Meng, the beautiful younger step sister whom he grew up with. The love he once showered her with was now replaced with his frustration. Will they ever let go of the past and start their life all over again?
Comment: Switch of Love reminds me of Sealed with a Kiss, but I like the latter better as this storyline is darker. Fei Wo Si Cun did mentioned that she wrote this novel out of fun hence it is quite a short story. I feel that it is still a good story to read. If you are one who feel that the enjoyment readers get in the process of reading is more important then the ending, you may want to give this a chance.
Love can do Miracles ~ 景年知几时
Protagonists: Lu Yu Cheng & Ye Jin Zhi
Theme: 珍惜 Cherish
Ye Jin Zhi is on the verge of divorce with her affluent and charismatic husband of three years, Lu Yu Cheng. To Ye Jin Zhi, Lu Yu Cheng is love at first sight but yet he only married her because of his promise to her elder sister on her death bed that he will take good care of Ye Jin Zhi on her behalf. Much as Ye Jin Zhi loved Lu Yu Cheng, she just cannot accept the fact that her husband did not love her and their marriage is only out of obligation. And yet, Lu Yu Cheng refuses to grant her a divorce no matter how much fuss she makes. Just when Ye Jin Zhi thought she can finally wriggle her way out of this meaningless marriage, she found out she is pregnant with Lu Yu Cheng’s baby..will Ye Jin Zhi ever understand how Lu Yu Cheng feel about her?
Comment: Love can do Miracles is one the few Fei Wo Si Cun’s novels with happy ending, although the storyline is not really something to shout about, it is definitely a simple and light hearted story suitable for all.
If We were Strangers ~ 如果这一秒，我没遇见你
Protagonists: Mu Rong Qing Yi & Ren Su Su
Theme: 原谅 Forgive
Ren Su Su is a stunning and talented ballerina who is contented with her simple life although she is not from a rich background. She chanced upon a noble affluent man, Mu Rong Qing Yi during an outing with her best friend and that is when Mu Rong Qing Yi decided he had to have her for his wife. Although they did get married after some difficulty, Ren Su Su is inferior with herself and do not have confidence to fulfil her duty as a wife to such a great man, with her quiet nature she tend to keep her feelings to herself most of the time. Much as Mu Rong Qing Yi loves her, the couple soon had misunderstanding due to lack of honest communication..will they ever clear up their misunderstanding?
Comment: This story is about Too Late to Say I Love You male protagonist, Mu Rong Feng’s son, Mu Rong Qing Yi. Unlike his father, he could have a happy marriage with the woman he love but have to suffer the misunderstanding due to their difference in personality and miscommunication, hence can be quite frustrating to read.
Together Forever ~ 佳期如梦之今生今世
Protagonists: Ji Nan Fang & Ye Shou Shou
Theme: 懂得 Understand
Ye Shou Shou is a simple and endearing girl who dream of leading a happy life together with her beloved first love. But her dreams were shattered when her boyfriend break off with her without valid reason. Ji Nan Fang is doting brother friend of Ye Shou Shou, who is a well known player. Just when Ye Shou Shou is at her most depress moment, Ji Nan Fang enters her life and offer her marriage after a drunken one night stand together. In a fit of anger, Ye Shou Shou agrees to marry him much to Ji Nan Fang’s delight. Just as Ji Nan Fang try ways and means to get Ye Shou Shou to accept him as her husband, Ye Shou Shou’s ex-boyfriend make a come back for her..who will Ye Shou Shou choose at the end of the day?
Comment: I am quite touched with Ji Nan Fang’s love for Ye Shou Shou while reading the novel. However, feel that the approach he uses can be better and also if only Ye Shou Shou is not as stubborn. For those reading paperback, this novel actually comes with a sequel and it has an open ending. Therefore do remember to check out the epilogue online.
Tears in Heaven ~ 佳期如梦之海上繁花
Protagonist: Lei Yu Zhen & Du Xiao Su
Theme: 等待 Waiting
Du Xiao Su is a wilful entertainment reporter who impersonates as a nurse and sneaked into a hospital ward to snap a high rising star’s photo after a car accident. She bumps into Shao Zhen Rong, a suave doctor on duty and that begins their bitter sweet love relationship. Du Xiao Su met Shao Zhen Rong’s family to discuss their marriage and realized to her horror, Shao Zhen Rong’s second brother Lei Yu Zhen is none other than the guy who had a one night stand with her years ago! Much to Du Xiao Su dismay, Lei Yu Zhen forbade her relationship with Shao Zhen Rong.
During an earthquake rescue mission, Shao Zhen Rong had a mishap and lost his life. As time goes by, Lei Yu Zhen finds it more difficult to resist his feelings for Du Xiao Su and realized he had fallen in love with her right from the beginning. Will Du Xiao Su ever forget Shao Zhen Rong and learn to accept Lei Yu Zhen?
Comment: I especially love the part when they visited the children at the seaside village. Do remember to check the epilogue online for readers reading paperback, it comes with a happy ending! Would like to thank fellow novel reader, Charlie for her good recommendation!
Love and be Loved ~ 桃花依旧笑春风
Theme: 温暖 Affectionate
This novel consisted of a combination of several short romance stories both contemporary and period. Every chapter begins a brand new story, title, characters and their love stories. Majority of the short stories comes with a happy ending which is relax and enjoyable to read!
Comment: I love reading this novel as there are always new surprises in every new chapter and story. It is both refreshing and remarkable!
Sealed with a Kiss ~ 千山暮雪
Protagonist: Mo Shao Qian & Tong Xue
Theme: 注定 Destine
Tong Xue became Mo Shao Qian’s mistress unwillingly after being threatened by him. In actual fact, this is part of Mo Shao Qian’s plot for revenge in getting back to Tong Xue’s Father for betraying his own Father years ago. However, what he did not foresee is his own feelings for Tong Xue developed after spending time with her over the years. Will Mo Shao Qian ever forgive and forget the past generation’s vengeance and live happily with Tong Xue?
Comment: This is the first Fei Wo Si Cun novel I read. The epilogue of this novel comes with a blissful ending and also a short story of the couple’s marriage life (My Sweet & Blissful Life with Beast).
Where have all the Flowers Gone ~ 当时明月在
Theme: 时光 Time
Where have all the Flowers Gone ~ 当时明月在
Theme: 时光 Time
This novel consists of a few short stories, quite similar to “Love and be Loved”.
The difference is the stories in this novel are slightly longer and it has a mixture of both happy and sad endings.
Too Late to Say Loving You ~ 来不及说我爱你
Protagonist: Mu Rong Feng & Yin Jing Wan
Theme: 执着 Persistent
Dashing Mu Rong Feng had a chance encounter with Yin Jing Wan and was surprised to see the beautiful girl again when she plead with him to save her fiancé, Xu Jian Zhang. Mu Rong Feng agreed to help Yin Jing Wan as she saved him before during their first meeting. Mu Rong Feng fell for Yin Jing Wan as time goes by and after Xu Jian Zhang is released, Mu Rong Feng vow to make Yin Jing Wan his even if she is already engage to marry her fiancé. How many times in a life time can one find their true love? Yin Jing Wan broke off her engagement with Xu Jian Zhang and fall out with her parents in order to be with Mu Rong Feng. However, Mu Rong Feng is force to make a decision between his country and his beloved woman; during a time of war and chaos, will their love become tragedy and will it be too late by the time you want to say the words 'I Love You'?
Comment: I personally enjoyed reading Chinese novels set in the early 1900s, somehow I just liked the settings and the ways of life during that period of time. It is due to that reason that I decided to read “Color of Night” and “Too Late to Say Loving You”, the latter is also because of the adapted drama. The adapted drama, ‘Too Late to Say I Love You’ is great and I would recommend anyone who has not watched it to give it a chance, unlike the novel it is a happy ending people!
Watch 'Too Late to Say I Love You' with English Subtitles
Watch 'Too Late to Say I Love You' with Chinese Subtitles
Color of Night ~ 迷雾围城
Protagonist: Yi Lian Kai & Qin Sang
Theme: 邂逅 Encounter
The third son of a powerful and affluent family, Yi Lian Kai insisted on marrying Qin Sang the moment he set his eyes on her and tried ways and means to make her his wife. Much to Qin Sang’s displeased, even though she already had someone she likes (Li Wang Ping), she unwillingly agreed to the marriage without love. Yi Lian Kai is a well known player with dreadful temper and always seems to not take things seriously which lead to a bad impression for Qin Sang.
Hence Qin Sang remains nonchalant towards Yi Lian Kai and detested him no matter how much he love her which lead to some misunderstanding. Two years later, Li Wang Ping reappeared with a new identity as Pan Jian Chi and became the new assistant to Yi Lian Kai much to Qin Sang’s shock. During a time of war and chaos, Qin Sang goes through ups and downs with Yi Lian Kai and came to realize another side of him which she never knows exists. Will Qin Sang ever comprehend who her true love is and will it be too late by the time she realize it?
Both novels are well written and I enjoyed reading its exciting plot although I do not like the ending that much. As a happy ending lover I do hope that going forward, her future novels will have happier ending as cheerful endings never fail to brighten up our life!
A poem by Eileen Chang on the back of the novel 'Color of Night':
张爱玲 - 《半生缘》
Dance Me to the End of Love ~ 花颜
Theme: 岁月 Years
This novel consists of short stories both period and contemporary settings. It also included sequels from past Fei Wo Si Cun's novels such as Sealed with a Kiss, Eastern Palace and Tears in Heaven, etc.
Le Jun Kai ~ 乐俊凯
Protagonists: Le Jun Kai & Ye Zi
Le Jun Kai married his enemy's daughter, Ye Zi for the sake of revenge. He mistreated her and try ways and means to drive her out of his life. Le Jun Kai knew he is in love with Ye Zi and will never acknowledge this fact. He is afraid that Ye Zi will see through him the longer they stay together, hence decided to file for a divorce. Few years later, Le Jun Kai found out Ye Zi gave birth to their son without his knowledge and brought up the child on her own. Ye Zi love Le Jun Kai despite the torment he gave her and knew he detested her; if only Le Jun Kai can learn to forgive and forget...
Comment: This is one of the short stories in Dance Me to the End of Love and it will be make into a drama starring Peter Ho and Janine Chang.