When we started this blog, one of reasons we wanted it for was to translate some of Yu Wo’s blog posts for our English readers. This post is from December 13th, 2010. You can find the original here: http://www.wretch.cc/blog/kim1984429/13526672.
Original blog post in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)
What is hidden beneath a smile is still a smile – translated by Eilinel
After I said that the inspiration for my books usually comes from things that happen in my daily life, I recently received a question asking me if the muse for the Sun Knight’s difference in perceived and actual personality came from my own experiences.
I think I should explain it here, or else when everyone sees me smiling, they might wonder whether or not I’m swearing in my heart. XD
The difference in personality for Sun Knight, or I should say, the Twelve Holy Knights indeed came from my own experience. And yes, the inspiration also came from autograph sessions.
If anyone has attended my autograph sessions before, they should know that I basically keep my smile going for the entire duration of the session.
The longest session went on for 6 hours, with only a 10 minute break in the middle for me to drink some water and go to the restroom. So yes, I did smile for 6 hours.
If you are free, you can try smiling for 6 hours as well and see how you feel…
Haha, the readers always say that my smile seem to be stiff. They aren’t mistaken, my face is indeed stiff.
After smiling for 6 hours, naturally my face muscles will protest. XDDD
But, even if my face isn’t stiff from all the smiling and trying to keep my image up (chatting with the fans for N hours as I sign the books) and waving my hands until they break, it will definitely be sore the next day… Even if I (if I were Sun) have many complaints against the identity of Sun Knight, that is because I know I definitely wouldn’t give up this path of mine (as an author), so I will just use the complaints in my heart to divert my attention (from the pain).
No matter what, Grisia would rather die than give up being a Sun Knight, and that’s same for me.
If you want me to show a different expression instead of smiling to face the fans who come to queue up for an autograph, then I’ll tell you that I’d rather smile and let my face become stiff like a zombie.
And, please don’t plead with me to stop smiling if I’m feeling tired, because I don’t want to let people down… Maybe they came from far away places, maybe they had to persuade their parents for a very long time, maybe they have been waiting for the autograph sessions since a long time ago… And then they finally see me, greeting them without a smile.
I could never do that.