《延禧攻略》（Story of Yanxi Palace）可以说是这个暑期最火的一部剧之一，每个礼拜都随着剧情的发展登上热搜。连外国友人都沉迷于剧情不可自拔，就算借助翻译笔一句一句来也要把《延禧攻略》追到底！今天又传出《如懿传》延播的消息，但评论里网友们都更支持《延禧攻略》！今天我们来学学用日常英语介绍这部剧，可以安利给你的外国朋友~
Story of Yanxi Palace, the latest hitting TV drama set in the reign of the 18th century Emperor Qianlong, featuring the rise of a royal maid to be the ruler’s most-loved concubine, has went viral overseas.
A young girl named Wei Yingluo mingled into the Forbidden City to secretly dig out the truth of her sister’s death.
With a pair of dab hands and a smooth tongue, she gradually established her status in the palace and made some powerful allies, including the Queen and her little brother, Fu Heng.
After careful investigation, she confirmed that her sister’s death was related to an aristocrat, Hong Zhou, and was determined to seek justice.
Queen Fucha, an elegant and sophisticated woman,worried that Yingluo would go astray and tried to give her warmth and help.
Under the careful guidance of the Queen, Yingluo grew into a strong and courteous court lady, put down her resentment and started a new journey in the Royal Palace.
Unfortunately, the queen died mysteriously after a short period, causing the misunderstanding of Yingluo to Emperor Qianlong. The two went from being mutually hostile to eventually empathetic and supportive of each other.
With great courage, an astute and flexible mind, as well as a generous spirit, Yingluo conquered a series of difficulties in the palace and eventually became a high-ranking imperial concubine who assisted Qianlong along his long-enduring and prosperous reign.
What made this “imperial-court-based” drama stood out from the others was that it didn’t follow the banal routines played over and over again by all kinds of crews.
Pattern No.1: an innocent, lily-white heroine against all b**ches?
From the female character Liu Sanhao in Beyond the Realm of Conscience to the heroine Zhen Huan in The Legendary of ZhenHuan, it goes without saying that the female protagonist in imperial-court-based drama all start with being innocent, harmless and kind “bunnies” and then had to “grow up” under rivalry pressure imposed by other concubines. Only after about hundreds of “chicken fights”, will they become sophisticated“boss of the harem”.
However, in Story of Yanxi Palace, the heroine is smart and shrewd in the beginning, able to revenge anyone who meant to harm her, which is totally different from the orthodox “simpleminded white lily”character setting.
And she managed a remarkable “Penta-kill” of those aggressive wicked b**ches. This has provided a huge satisfaction for the audience.
Pattern No.2: “Plastic sisterhood”?
It is known to all, if you want to survive in the ruthless “silent battle” in palace, you’d better join some unions.
In traditional Chinese imperial-court-based drama, the weakest union is the “sorority union”. Because sisters within the harem are born to mutually set up traps and slander happens all the time behind each other.
However, the queen in Story of Yanxi Palace is neither sarcastic nor jealousy. She kept being kind and helpful to other concubines, and sheltered them from the attack of the Higher-ranking concubine, Mrs. Gao, who happened to be one of the few women who are seriously “fighting”in this drama. The queen managed to become the core of all positive energy in this show, all the way till her death.