C-Novels: potential life ruiners that will suck you in like a whirlpool and leave you earning for more.
I love listening to audiobooks and I’ve listened to tons of them. However, I’d never listened to any audiobooks in my native language – Mandarin. One day, after watching 步步惊(Startling by Each Step）and finding out it was originally a novel, I was struck with a sudden thought, “what do audiobooks in Mandarin sound like?” With that thought I searched for 有声小说 (audiobooks) and listened to my very first C-Novel.
That opened up a whole new world for me. The bgm, the sound effects, the different readers for male and female parts…I was struck. Never before had I experienced anything like it. It was like a drama minus the actual movie!
I was in love.
Gradually, I began to explore more and more novels and I thought, “wow,” Chinese novels are so different from English ones.
I grew up watching chinese dramas, 三国演义, 西游记, 神探狄仁杰, so I’ve always loved the plots and the style of Chinese literature. However for some reason it just never crossed my mind to read chinese novels. Haha. Unfortunately although I am a fluent speaker of Mandarin, I can barely read anything – though I’ve improved greatly over the years. At times like this I wonder why I never bothered learning how to read. *sighs*
At least I am able to understand Mandarin, and am able to enjoy C-Novels in their original language. I hope to one day be able to translate C-Novels so that more english speakers can enjoy them.
Here are some links to sites for new readers:
This is an amazing, amazing, amazing directory of C-Novels. They also have links to english translation of novels.
My first introduction to the online community of C-Novels. Haha I especially love their list of the most popular C-Novels from Baidu.
A wonderful site to find reviews, and translations.
Currently reading her translation/summary of 服黑王爷的绝世弃妃 (Black Bellied Prince’s Stunning Abandoned Consort)