Liu Lianzi: Most talented Chinese female writer and China's post-1980 generation pioneer author


Sexy China  Updated:Fri, Dec 14, 2012 06:41 AM   By Bernd Chang


Liu Lianzi, born 1984 in Huzhou of Zhejiang province, is the penname of Wu Xuelan, a rising and highly popular Chinese female writer. Liu Lianzi came to fame for her book Inner Palace: Legend of Zhen Huan. Liu Lianzi has been called the post-1980 generation pioneer author considering her young age and great achievements.

Liu Lianzi (???), originally named Wu Xuelan (???), born 1984 in Huzhou of Zhejiang province, is a rising and highly popular Chinese female writer. Liu Lianzi rose to fame for her book Inner Palace: Legend of Zhen Huan which was published firstly on internet in 2006 and later as printed book and more recently has been shown as blockbuster TV drama. As a highly talented Chinese female writer, Liu Lianzi has been called the post-1980 generation pioneer author considering her young age and achievements.

Graduated from Xingzhi college of Hangzhou Normal University in 2007 with a bachlor's degree in Chinese literature, Liu Lianzi is currently a member of Hangzhou Writers' Association and a teacher in Hangzhou Jiangnan Experiment Middle School.

Liu Lianzi made a name for herself at the age of 21 through writing for websites of literature

Liu Lianzi began writing in her spare time in 2005 when she was only 21 years old and still a college student in Hanzhou Normal University. Her articles, novels, essays were so popular that many famous literature websites were competing to publish her works. She was hired as columnist for a couple of websites include Under the banyan tree, Reading novels ,Qidian Literature, Hongxiutianxiang, Tencent Novel, etc. Some of her works were also published on printed magazines. A Love That has Nothing to Do with Marriage was published on the Lover in 2006, Yan Xiaoxin's Supermarket Love was published on Yanqing ( the 3rd edition of 2006), Duck Gruel published on Marriage Family Love (the first edition of 2006), If Today, Do not Want to See again was published on Students Weekly (the 2nd edition of 2007.

In the meantime, Liu Lianzi started to write her saga novel Inner Palace: Legend of Zhenhuan, which has a length of one million Chinese characters. The first one to three sections were published by Huashan Art and Literature Publishing House in 2007 and the forth section was issued by Baijia Publishing House in January 2008. The book, as soon as it appeared on the market, became a best seller and has since remained a best seller until today. The book Legend of Zhenhuan focuses on the schemes in the Harem between Emperor Yong Zheng's wives in Qing Dynasty. Zhen Huan, initially a kind and innocent young lady, enters the palace and eventually finds herself caught in the conflict between the empress and concubines. Zhen Huan discovers that the palace is actually a cruel and harsh place, and learns how to survive on her own and finally becomes the most powerful woman in the Emperor's harem, the Empress dowager. In the process, she transforms from a kind-hearted, clever girl to a power hungry, manipulative woman.

The river novel The Legend of Zhenhuan, or Zhen Huan Zhuan, won the championship in the Second Writer Cup Original Literature Contest sponsored by Tencent and the book has been pursued by tens of thousands of Chinese readers and fans.

Later in the year 2007, Hou Gong: Zhen Huan Zhuan (????????) was authorized to Beijing TV Art Center to be rearranged to TV drama. And in 2011, the 76-episode TV series began to be showed on TV and the blockbuster drama is so popular that it has holden the top audience ratings until today.

Currently Liu Lian Zi is writing her second river novel Hou Gong Ru Yi Zhuan (???·????), which is also a story about Qing Dynasty harem living and power struggle between empress and concubines.

Profile of Liu Lianzi (Wu Xuelan)

Chinese name: Wu Xue Lan , ???

Pen name: Liu Lian Zi ???

Nationality: Han Chinese

Birthday: 1984

Birth place: Huzhou city of Zhejiang province

Chinese zodiac: mouse

Education: bachlor degree in Chinese literature from Zhejiang Normal University

Employer: Hangzhou Jiangnan Experiment Middle School

Profession: Teacher in Chinese, Wirter

Representative works: Inner Palace: The Legend of Zhen Huan???·????, Hou Gong: Ru Yi Zhuan ????????

Membership: Hangzhou Writers' Association


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