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  1. Summary

    A fusion of the novel backstory with the drama canon. Because ten thousand years of angst was to tasty to resist, and gods are fun to play with.

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  2. 07 Oct 2019

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  3. 06 Oct 2019

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  4. 06 Oct 2019

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  5. 06 Oct 2019

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    Amazing series! If the plotholes in the drama bothered you as much as they did me, then definitely give this a shot, as it explains and corrects things without invalidating anything that happened in the show, which is a pretty cool feat on the part of the author. Also, the relationship development in this really floored me, because it gave Shen Wei the love, recognition and support that drama Zhao Yunlan really couldn't manage (though through no real fault of his own), but without getting sappy or OOC.

  6. 05 Oct 2019

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  7. 04 Oct 2019

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    Despite considering myself exclusively a fan of the Guardian drama, my logical brain couldn't help but pick at the plotholes and inconsistent worldbuilding that resulted from China's ban on fantasy and supernatural-themed media interfering with a smooth adaptation of the original novel. An ideal solution would have been a fusion of the strongest aspects of the two canons: the characterisation and relationship dynamics from the show and the mythos from the book... Which is exactly what Changes sets out to do. For those who're wary of the novel elements: I can give a fair guarantee that this avoids the more problematic aspects of the source material while using its better points to improve the coherency of the drama plot and negotiate a plausible post-canon fix-it scenario.

    And quite apart from being plausible, the author goes above and beyond by addressing several issues I had with not just the plot and worldbuilding but also some aspects of character and relationship development, meaning I can safely dub Changes the most wholesome fix-it I've read so far for Guardian.

    (1) The Wandering Fire: Shen Wei's ten thousand years of watching Kunlun's lives and, eventually, finding his own.

    (2) The Advance of the Mountain Wind: Yunlan calls bullshit, at the very end, and everything changes, including himself. The SID can probably cope, but the Ministry may never be the same, to say nothing of Dixing.

    (3) Approach Over the Lake: Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei go apartment hunting.

    (4) The Marriage of Lightning and the Lake: Zhu Hong works on how to be Chief Elder, and falls hard for Ya Qing in the process.

    (5) Swallow the Mountain: Zhao Yunlan provides a temptation that Shen Wei has no intention of resisting. Even if they are in his office.

    (6) The Influence of Mountains: The SID introduce Dixing to the police as ordinary citizens. The Supervisory Bureau may be having heart attacks in the background.

    (7) Grace and Radiance: Shen Wei gets impatient and decides a desk is just as good as a bed, for some things. Zhao Yunlan has to agree.

    (8) Contemplate the Wind Above: Four people are wakeful at night. Shen Wei thinks about Ye Zun. Zhang Shi thinks about her new life. Ya Qing thinks about Zhu Hong. Zhao Yunlan thinks about his own past.

    (9) The Innocence of Thunder: Professor Ouyang's work isn't through causing trouble, and everyone finds out why injuring Zhao Yunlan is an extremely bad idea. The Minster finds out a lot of things no one bothered to tell him earlier, and possibly wishes he hadn't taken the job.

    (10) The Heavens' Gracious Restraint: Shen Wei has a judgement to make. Zhao Yunlan just wants to understand his family.

    (11) Sinking in the Deep Waters: Minister Guo and Zhao Xinci try to deal with some of the things revealed about Zhao Xinci's past, and decide what it will mean for the future.

    (12) The Radiant Thunder: Shen Wei and Zhao Yunlan have a sort-of honeymoon trip, which involves conversations they should probably have had sooner.

    (13) The Conflict of Water with the Heavens: Zhao Xinci invites Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei to dinner and an argument. Predictably, Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei are too busy trying to protect each other to bother about themselves.

    (14) The Release of Thunder: Zhao Yunlan may have finally figured out a way to get Shen Wei to relax completely.

    (15) Thunder's Movement: Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei go out clubbing, which results in Shen Wei getting a bit prowly.

  8. 02 Oct 2019

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  9. 02 Oct 2019

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  11. 28 Sep 2019

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    Lovely! 10/10 recommended. You'll never regret it.

  12. 28 Sep 2019

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  13. 26 Sep 2019

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    novel!Shen Wei who is, or becomes, drama!Shen Wei

  14. 23 Sep 2019

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  15. 15 Sep 2019

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  17. 13 Sep 2019

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  18. 12 Sep 2019

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  19. 11 Sep 2019

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  20. 08 Sep 2019

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