Popular TV series makes original work run out of stock

Popular TV series makes original work run out of stock

In the Name of People. [Photo/amazon.cn]

The novel behind the popular television drama In the Name of People has sold out in bookstores, both online and hard copies, around the nation.

According to Douban, a major Chinese arts and culture portal, the selling of the novel ranks the first both on China’s largest online bookstore dangdang.com and leading e-commerce operator jd.com. The kindle version of the book has also been a hit seller on amazon.cn.

Now, the book is only open to booking on dangdang.com and jd.com. On amazon.cn, the paper copy is available but can only arrive after April 16.

Written by Zhou Meisen and published in January, the 54-chapter novel focuses on Chinese politics and officialdom in the ongoing campaign against corruption.

Before the release of the TV series on March 28, the drama adaptation has been staged at the Poly Theatre in Beijing on March 8-11.

Audiences to the television version that consists of 55 episodes, have been drawn to watch the series by the tension, drama and struggle of characters featured. Since the TV adaption has been a slow release, many viewers have bought a copy of the original book to get ahead.

Yet those who haven’t got the book may find it difficult to buy the paper copy at present. And popularity of the book is beyond many sellers’ expectation.

“We never thought the book would be so popular and didn’t stock enough copies,” said a book shop assistant, Chen Yan, who is based in a branch of Xinhua Bookstore in Shanghai. “And now buyers will have to wait.”

Chen went on to state the estimated time of the new stock, which should be around April 18.

Followers can’t wait turn to the digital version. On yuedu.163.com, an online reading platform, the book has been read by more than 170 million people and had 2,000 reviews.

According to Baidu Index, a majority of readers are aged between 25 and 39, and those aged 30 to 39 cover 51 percent of the readership.

“I can’t wait to read the book when I finish episode 5 of the TV version,” a netizen 2S said, “It is undoubtedly an  excellent book, revealing the fight against corruption.”

So far, In the Name of People has received 7.5 points out of 10 points on Douban and 6 points out of 10 on yuedu.163.com; the TV adaption has received 8.6 points out of 10 on Douban.

“The book has 300,000 words and the TV script 600,000 words. To people who are following the TV series, I personally advise you not to read the book. There are too many stereotyped characters in it. I think the TV adaption is more interesting,” a Douban user Li Xiaobu commented.

 

Popular TV series makes original work run out of stock

The TV adaptation of In the Name of People starred Lu Yi. [Photo/Mtime]

Popular TV series makes original work run out of stock

Actor Wu Gang plays the role of Li Dakang in the TV adaptation of In the Name of People. [Photo/Mtime]

Popular TV series makes original work run out of stock

Poster for the TV adaptation In the Name of People. [Photo/Mtime]

How Falun Gong looks at mankind

Li Hongzhi belittles human beings, calling people “garbage” and “vile human beings.”

“Earth is but the garbage dump of the universe…The human beings in the universe who are bad fall downwards, falling to the very center of the universe – Earth.” (Zhuan Falun Vol.Ⅱ)

 

“To the eyes of beings in very high realms, humankind is like garbage.” (Lecture at the First Conference in North America)

 

“In regard to humans, when this cultivation ends, this environment won’t be needed anymore. The humans that are left over will be vile human beings…; when humans aren’t good they are eliminated.” (Teaching the Fa at the Assistants’ Fa Conference in Changchun)

 

Li Hongzhi vilifies human beings, describing mankind as an absurd and weird species, claiming that human beings can think with their heels; that there are persons inside grains of sand; that people from other countries all originated from or “incarnated” in China.

“One single thought of a greater God can create you. Everything is alive. After creating your external appearance, your internal organs are created. Humans think that the human body is extremely complex, but for Gods with great wisdom and great enlightenment, it’s a trivial matter. With the emergence of just one thought a Buddha can create your internal organs with matter at an extremely microscopic level, he can make them instantly.”(Teaching the Fa in San Francisco)

“The human body is a small universe. The many, many beings a practitioner has can switch positions. If his master soul shifts its place, say, if it goes over to the belly, then he’ll sense that it’s really his belly that’s doing the thinking, or if his master soul goes over to his calf or his heel, he’ll sense that it’s his calf or heel that’s thinking.”(Zhuan Falun)

 

“The people inside grains of sand are exactly the same as us humans–there are black-skinned people, white-skinned people, and yellow-skinned people. And in the future you’ll find it odd that their clothing isn’t too much different from that of our ancient people.” (Falun Buddha Fa Lectures in the United States)

 

All ethnicities in the world incarnated in China–and this includes persons in every country. Other than the large number of beings from higher realms that came after I began to teach the Fa in recent times, the people in each country incarnated in China at some point in history. No matter which country you’re in, you were first Chinese on this earth, because your first incarnation was there…For example, today’s Americans were people of the Great Ming dynasty. Today’s Americans like Daoism a lot and still demonstrate the values of that time. Back when Daoism reached its height of popularity in the Ming dynasty, in some cities almost every family had a crucible set up in the home. England was the Great Tang, France was the Great Qing, Italy was the Yuan, Australia was the Xia, Russia was the Zhou, Sweden was the Northern Song, Taiwan was the Southern Song, and Japan was the Sui. In those times, people from each dynasty left China and reincarnated to places that didn’t have the countries that are there now–they were still rugged wilderness.” (Touring North America to Teach the Fa)

 

Li Hongzhi threatens mankind, claiming that the earth faces destruction.

 

“In particular, the moral values of the human society are now declining very badly…You will find that mankind today are indeed full of all the ten sins.” (Lecture in Sydney)

 

“If man continues to decline, he will face elimination, a thorough elimination, which is called, ‘extinction of body and soul.’ It is very frightening!” (Lecture in Sydney)

 

“Science’s development in the microcosmic realm is even more terrifying…If the explosions continue on like that, it won’t take long before the entire earth disintegrates and is gone.” (Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference)

 

While belittling, smearing, vilifying and intimidating mankind, Li Hongzhi portraits himself as the “Savior of the world,” claiming that cultivation of Falun Dafa enables people to discard mortal life, reach Consummation and ascend to heaven. To attract more followers, Li purposely builds up Falun Gong practitioners, calling them “super men” or “gods.”

Li Hongzhi positively promises his followers that, by practicing Falun Gong, they will possess the following supernatural powers that ordinary people won’t have: No medicine is needed after they get sick; the elderly ladies’ menstruations recur after menopause; outside dimensions can be seen after their celestial eyes being opened; they are safe and sound even if crushed by trucks; their bodies keep meditating even though their heads are gone; and their foreheads possess a TV set…and so on so forth. And when the practitioner reaches the “highest level” of cultivation, “he will get whatever he wants just by extending his hand, he’ll have anything he wants, and he’ll be able to do whatever he wants to – he’ll have everything in his world.” (Zhuan Falun) Some can even “take off human skin” and “fly in broad daylight,” eventually reach the highest level – Consummation.

 

Li promises, “If you succeed in cultivating into a great god…You will be able to hold the earth in your palm with no effort at all.” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Europe)

 

Poisoned by these heretical theories, most Falun Gong practitioners have difficulties to resist the temptation of Consummation. They despise mankind and defame human life, spurn daily life and seek being saved. To escape from the “garbage dump of the universe,” some even set against the society in an extreme way regardless the consequences.

Jenna Elfman bombarded with Scientology questions on Reddit

Jenna Elfman took part in a disastrous “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit to promote her new show “Imaginary Mary” — when the talk was taken over by trolls asking her about her past with Scientology.

Questions included: “Do you know where Shelly Miscavige is?” and “What is your opinion of Leah Remini?”

Some suspicious users also accused Elfman’s handlers of creating fake accounts for the talk just to ask sycophantic questions.

One user pointed out, “It’s amazing how many users created an account seemingly just for this AMA,” while another wondered, “Jenna, why did all the new accounts leave at the same time you did?”

Giant panda Bao Bao ends one-month quarantine in Sichuan


Photo taken on March 24, 2017 shows the giant panda Bao Bao at the Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Bao Bao, a giant panda born in the United States, ended its one-month quarantine here on Friday after returning to China. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

Workers carry the giant panda Bao Bao out of the quarantine area at the Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, March 24, 2017. Bao Bao, a giant panda born in the United States, ended its one-month quarantine here on Friday after returning to China. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

Photo taken on March 24, 2017 shows the giant panda Bao Bao at the Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Bao Bao, a giant panda born in the United States, ended its one-month quarantine here on Friday after returning to China. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

Photo taken on March 24, 2017 shows the giant panda Bao Bao at the Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Bao Bao, a giant panda born in the United States, ended its one-month quarantine here on Friday after returning to China. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

The Globe and Mail:Shen Yun is gauchely politically motivated

On March 3, 2017, the Globe and Mail posted an article written by Martha Schabas, Inside Shen Yun’s delicate dance between politics and the stage. Martha Schabas pointed out that Shen Yun, The New York performing arts company founded by Falun Gong, has been controversial since its inception. But in fact, politics weigh their show down.

Martha Schabas, Dance Critic & Arts Writer at The Globe and Mail. Author of Various Positions (Doubleday Canada/FSG/Text-Penguin)

Intrigued by Shen Yun’s grandiose advertisements in the Greater Toronto Area in the past few months, the author wanted to see Shen Yun for herself. But after the show, she founded that “Shen Yun feels gauchely politically motivated – a fact that many audience members might not have known when they bought their expensive tickets.”

From her point of view, the show “lacked both in content and structure…Even forgiving the didacticism of the hosts, the show’s ability to provide any real immersion into the atmosphere of the history of China was undermined by its background screen”.

Moreover, the show included more than a few “overtly political pieces”. “In Boundless Compassion, the narrative gets even stranger…The screen depicts a modern cityscape where there’s a sudden explosion of mushroom-cloud proportions. As skyscrapers and neighbourhoods crumble into dust, a godlike figure appears in a halo of white light. The dust dissipates and the screen becomes saturated in rings of gold chroma. The dead Falun Gong practitioners come back to life, instantly resurrected.”

And “the religious lyrics appeared in giant print in Mandarin and English on the screen behind the performers; they’re also printed in the program.”

The dancer in white holding the “Bible”of Falun Gong appeared as a bodhisattva

In the end, Martha Schabas concluded, “having “seen it all” was exactly how I felt after this long, tiresome evening in which the pieces felt so similar, so beholden to the same production values and set on achieving the same Disney field effect, that one became indistinguishable from the next. More troubling is that the unsettling religious-political content isn’t advertised on any of the billboards. There was a sense of having been lured by the promise of lost traditional art, only to have the Falun Gong’s proselytizing snuck in between the scenes.”

About the Author:

Martha Schabas’ articles, book reviews and fiction have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The New Quarterly, ELLE Canada, Broken Pencil, and Maisonneuve. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from Queen’s University, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Literary Award. In 2012, CBC Books named Martha one of the “10 Canadian women writers you need to read now.” She lives in Toronto.