Have been watching a relatively new mythical martial-arts TV series from China, with casts from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, called Sian Jian Qi Xia Zhuan (仙劍奇俠傳). This is a period fantasy derived from a popular RPG game from Taiwan.

I must admit, despite the sometimes-illogical story line, the somewhat draggy love-triangle, the rather one-dimensional characters, and the occasionally amateurish computer-generated effects, this series has been quite engaging for me. In other words, it’s one of those series that, once started, it takes tremendous will-power to stop!

This really makes me wonder, what are the ingredients which allow a TV series such as this to become successful? Perhaps, given all the ‘imperfections’, it’s the attractive characters (both guys and gals in this case, especially the young female lead)? The age-old tale of love and struggles? Or the catchy songs – main theme as well as the background songs in-between – which are finally catching up to modern times, I must say, as opposed some of the earlier TV series from China that I liked.

Reminds me a little of the international Idol craze in the last couple of years. The acts may not be of top quality, yet each contestant do build up large followings over time. Perhaps it’s the interactive nature where audience gets to participate? Or simply the novelty of the whole thing?