Joy and Pain

As being increasingly popular among young audiences recently, the tv show Ode to Joy rouses a new wave of online discussion. Glancing over the contents tagged "Ode to Joy" on Lofter, it is not difficult to find articles and comments criticizing the philistinism of the drama, the vivid yet enviable character setting of Qu Xiaoxiao, or the twisted value spreading through the drama. However, as part of its audiences feels uncomfortable with the love line of Qu and Zhao and the "outlooks" of the drama, others are yet busy with crying for a Tan Zongming.

Ode to Joy is not an idol drama, I suppose. What interests me is its reveal of the class nature of the society we are living in. The drama talks about class, class origin, the fate and limitations more or less predetermined by one's family and the possibility of changing them. It presents without any whitewash for the contemporary China, as well as its social and productive relations, as what it actually is, an absolutely economically capitalist state, which is why I sometimes wonder how it gets through the restrict censorship of SARFT.

More interesting is its actors and actresses. Half a year ago, we still immersed in the world the Disguiser built, empathizing with the characters' possible ups and downs after 1949 and therefrom starting reflecting on the decade-long turmoil, its aftermath and implications, as well as domestic new economic and political landscapes. Half a year after, I still wonder how Ming Lou would think if he witnesses the rechanneling of China, since every time when seeing Jin Dong appearing in the drama, I would think of him. The France of the early 20 century? Apparently, not that simple.

It seems that today's audiences have less and less tolerance. When reading Ming Lou and/or Ming Cheng died in class struggle in some fan fictions, they feel uncomfortable, and when watching a show depicting desires, struggles, embarrassments, and awkwardness of today's Chinese society with distinct class differentiation, they feel uncomfortable, too. But aren't they the vicissitude of the country, the heaviness of history, and the life and death of its people? 

Respect all of these, for it is a way to extend your respect to those beloved characters.


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