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ELLE Interviews Yu Wo

ELLE interviewed Yu Wo a few months ago. This is a translation of the interview. As this was translated by an English proofreader, not a translator, there are likely some inaccuracies and what you read should be taken with a grain of salt. Thank you to [PR]Dahlys for elucidating Yu Wo’s background.

The Novelist Strikes Back! Yu Wo: Real Girls Have a Personality—They’re Not Fairies or Just a Pretty Face

Text: June Howell 2016/05/05

Photo: Miki Chang

(Go to http://www.elle.com.tw/lifestyle/news/nv4 to see the photos and the original article.)

Just what is a light novel author’s world like? Beneath the surface, is it a life that’s as dramatic as a light novel? Let ELLE bring you into an author’s secret daily life!

She started publishing her works at qidian.com before graduating from the foreign languages department, and soon became famous. Currently, she is one of the few Taiwanese novelists whose every book has sold over twenty thousand copies. Her works are mostly fantasy, such as Kill No More, The Legend of Sun Knight, No Hero, and her newest work, Dominion’s End.

The female leads Yu Wo has written are full of personality and are extremely capable of putting up a fight. Yu Wo said laughingly, “Male authors write girls as just pretty faces, each of them beautiful and kind-hearted fairies, but in general, girls aren’t like that. So I wrote my own.”

ELLE: How many hours a day do you spend writing?

Yu Wo: It’s not fixed. Sometimes there won’t be a single word. The record for the most consecutive hours was seventeen, and I wrote twenty-one thousand words. That was the first volume of Dominion’s End. I wrote about eighty thousand words in one week. At that time, I wrote until three in the morning and felt that I was a nutcase. In about one week, I’d finished that entire book, and then afterward started writing very slowly, haha.

ELLE: While you’re writing, what cravings do you have?

Yu Wo: I must have coffee. Sometimes, I’ll also sneak some potato chips. (Laughs.)

ELLE: If your works were turned into movies, who would be your ideal director?

Yu Wo: My dream would be to have Batman’s director, Christopher Nolan, a highly prestigious director. I believe he would be very suitable to adapt my works No Hero and Dominion’s End.

ELLE: If ELLE was a woman, what kind of woman would you imagine her to be?

Yu Wo: She’d be relatively lively, but also somewhat sweet. Her age would be about twenty to twenty-five years old.

ELLE: What was your greatest accomplishment in writing light novels?

Yu Wo: When my readers talk about the characters I’ve written in my light novels and they treat the characters as real people. It makes me feel like I’ve given birth to a child. It’s a feeling of great success.

Yu Wo’s blog: How would you like to die?

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Human Doll Contract Manhua Chapter 6: Inferno

Chapter 6 of the Human Doll Contract Manhua is now available thanks to Papermoon Scanlations.

You can read the chapter at Batoto or grab it at this download link.


Lyric Contest Winners Sung By PR! Staff

Remember that lyrics contest we had over on the forums about a month back? We finally finished singing covers for those songs! (Sorry for the wait…)

Entry 20: Black (LSK) by chestnut [Staff Vote Winner]

Staff Rendition 1:

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Entry 11: It can’t be just a dream (LSK) by Zessy [Judgment Winner]

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Staff Rendition 3:

Entry 09: Angel and Reaper (EH/NH) by eclipsek [Staff Vote Runner Up that People liked Enough to do Covers for too.]

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Dominion’s End V2Prologue: Behind the Door (April Fools Version)

Dominion’s End Volume 2: Aberrant City

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)

Prologue: Behind the Door—translated by Elkin (proofread by EvlNabiki and Arcedemius; C/E edited by lucathia)

Aberrants like the five that had transmuted from humans into dog-shaped aberrants were actually quite commonplace. Of course, this was referring to my previous life. This was probably because the animal most people were familiar with was the domestic dog, so that was why so many people turned into dog-type aberrants.

Later, these aberrants would evolve into a tribe known as the Dog People. They were widely feared, not for their strength, but for their tendency to move in packs. Whenever you encountered them, there was never only one, nor was it just a matter of one or two dozen. There would at least be one or two hundred!

But I’d only ever heard about the Dog People. If I had encountered them back then, I would probably have become Jiang Shuyu much earlier. Then again, if Jiang Shuyu hadn’t been hit on the head by a tile, would he still have woken up as Guan Weijun?

In my original world, after Jiang Shuyu had been hit on the head, did he ever wake up…?


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