Fa­mous Chinese nov­els com­ing as comic se­ries on­line

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By XUFAN xufan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

One ofChina’s most in­flu­en­tial au­thors, Louis Cha, who is better known by his pen name Jin Yong, will see all his 15 mar­tial arts nov­els adapted into on­line comic se­ries.

Among them, four clas­sics — as the first batch of the adap­ta­tion project — will have their comic strips run on the web by the end of the year, ac­cord­ing to the pro­duc­ers, Ten­cent An­i­ma­tion & Comics and Phoenix Entertainment.

The two com­pa­nies are sub­sidiaries of tech gi­ant Ten­cent Hold­ings Ltd and Hong Kong-based broad­caster Phoenix TV.

The four nov­els are Tian­long Babu ( Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils), Lu Ding Ji ( Duke ofMount Deer), Xiao Ao Jianghu (The Smil­ing, Proud Wan­derer) and Xia Ke Xing (Ode to Gal­lantry).

Cha’s books have him mil­lions of fans.

Zou Zhengyu, gen­eral man­ager of Ten­cent Comics & An­i­ma­tion, says Cha’s nov­els, writ­ten from 1955 to 1972, are known to the post-1990 gen­er­a­tion in adap­ta­tions of movies, TV dra­mas and games.

“But the orig­i­nal books have prob­a­bly been read by a small num­ber. We hope the comic se­ries will at­tract more young­sters to read the nov­els,” Zou said at a re­cent pro­mo­tional event in Bei­jing.

Weav­ing his­tor­i­cal tur­bu­lence into ad­ven­tures, the au­thor’s tales are stud­ded with plot twists, bit­ter­sweet ro­mances, emo­tional con­nec­tions as well as abun­dant de­pic­tions of earned Chinese po­etry.

Dur­ing the past six decades, his nov­els have re­port­edly sold up to 300 mil­lion copies — with boot­leg copies too — and have been trans­lated into for­eign lan­guages such as cul­ture, in­clud­ing Korean, English, and French.

Cha, 93, could not make it to the Bei­jing event but a photo — fea­tur­ing him hold­ing a draft of his writ­ing on Princess Jian­ning, a role in Duke of Mount Deer— was shown. Ja­panese

In a piece of cal­lig­ra­phy writ­ten for the up­com­ing comic strips, the au­thor writes that he was ea­ger to see a good adap­ta­tion.

Zou from Ten­cent also re­veals that his team has so far talked to more than 1,000

Con­tact the writer at yangyangs@ chi­nadaily.com.cn writ­ers and il­lus­tra­tors, but hasn’t de­cided the fi­nal list. He says the adap­ta­tion may ex­pand to an an­i­ma­tion se­ries or movies if the comic se­ries is suc­cess­ful.

The first comic strips are ex­pected to ap­pear on Ten­cent’s ac.qq.com and its mo­bile app in Septem­ber, and the comic se­ries may run for five years.

Zou says Ten­cent’s on­line comics and an­i­ma­tion plat­forms are vis­ited on av­er­age by 90 mil­lion peo­ple per month, with es­ti­mates that such view­ers in China now stand at some 300 mil­lion.

Most Chinese fans are fas­ci­nated with comics from Ja­pan and the United States, but Zou says he be­lieves a blend of Chinese tra­di­tion and lo­cal tal­ent will change the big pic­ture.

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