After the craze to adapt Jin Yong’s works into TV series, Wu Xia novelist Gu Long’s works are in the spotlight. His complete works are being republished, 8 related TV series are being shown or in the plan, and 6 games based on his novels will be released.
Although Wuxia novels are very popular among Chinese, many fans discover that in Chinese Literature History books, Wuxia writers, even the most popular ones like Gu Long and Jin Yong are not even mentioned. Should Wuxia writers be recorded into China’s literature history?
What should be the standard of including someone in literary history? Popularity? Literary value? Long-lasting classics?
Photo: A poster from 1983’s TV series “The Legend of the Condor Heroes”