We previously wrote an article on Japanese clichés. This time we are going to talk a little about Chinese clichés and how they copy Japanese works.
China is a country famous for its novels that explore local and oriental culture. Sometimes, they are very much like the dramas of Western soap operas.
Its format is sometimes called drama - dramas of Japanese origin -. They have an influence of novels mixed with television series.
Chinese dramas have several production locations. Some are produced in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China - so style, language and editing are affected.
There are also anime of Chinese origin. Although little known, they are - in fact - a surprise for all viewers. Some manage to reach the quality level of the original Japanese anime. Others leave something to be desired.
There is also another genre of Chinese television production: the web novels. Characterized by being made available online, they have no design, are entirely written and very famous.
However, in their stories it is possible to see a plot pattern, bringing a certain discomfort sometimes due to the triviality of some characters and scenographic elements. They are present in Chinese novels, web novels and anime.
The main Chinese clichés
One of the first clichés that are most common in web novels is the master who has extremely arrogant and perverted behavior. This type of character is present in almost all novels that portray ancient times in Chinese history.
In some anime this stereotype is associated with the characters' nosebleeds. Sometimes it causes an agony in the spectator - or reader -, because it is known of the sexual connotation.
Another famous cliché is the protagonist who does not demonstrate his real power, letting the enemy use and abuse his goodwill. Making the scenes, or short narratives of struggles, very tedious and hopeless in the reader.
Some anime, not only of Chinese origin, portray a superstition of Asian origin in general. Superstition says that when you sneeze, it is because someone is talking about you. In some Western cultures, it is said that if your ear is hot, it is because someone is speaking ill of you!
At certain moments in the plots, the protagonists are always saved by random characters. This, in fact, is not a specific cliché of web novels, Chinese novels and Chinese anime, but of every good plot. However, good writing goes away when the main character always emerges unscathed from risky situations.
Because he fails to show his skills, he fails to show the human side - where he is prone to mistakes. Soon, the main becomes just a puppet in the middle of the story.
Over-description in certain passages of web novels is truly overwhelming to the reader. This happens when some authors will refer to the muse, who has “the softest white skin with pearly tone”That has already been seen on the face of China.
One of the cases of clichés reported by viewers and readers of works of Chinese origin is related to the struggles. When the fight starts, there is no one around. Suddenly, a swarm of unemployed people begins to watch the fight. Where do they come from?
Another common theme is that every anime has a beach episode. But this practice is not only common in China, but also in all other anime and even in Western drawings.
It is also common, in combat scenes, for the protagonist - or the enemy - to announce his powerful blow. The famous screams that seem to leverage the force of the blow make the scenes more exciting - however, very common and predictable for the more experienced.
Allied to the screaming blows, there is always the character who eats without stopping. It looks like your stomach is just a hole that leads to another dimension.
Now, speaking of the protagonists in particular, you may have noticed that they are orphans - most of the time - or their mother was gone when they were children.
Another historical description of the characters is: the mother is dead and the father is a mysterious person who is somewhere in the world, being an opponent throughout the hero's journey. Or a powerful ally to defeat the big enemy this time.
Still on the main character, he will be well out of the situation. He will fall, he will catch a lot, but he will always get up. He is also very handsome in all plots, while the villain is a monster or ugly-looking.
Finally, a cliché that includes only Chinese fictions, the good man is always part of the communist party.
In fact, it is a recurring pattern in the culture of Chinese stories, but it is part of something bigger, it is a political issue. The influence of Chinese communist politics will always be present in literary works. Exaltation of the communist party is part of the policy itself: the exaltation of the country and its leader.