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Douban’s Rating Drops, Novel Fans Disappointed with The Heart of Genius

Since its premiere on July 22, 2022, drama China The Heart of Genius has become a hot topic of discussion among netizens China. The drama, which was released with 34 episodes, stars senior actor Lei Jiayin, former popular child actress, Zhang Zifeng, and rising actor, Zhang Xincheng.

Douban’s Rating Drops, Novel Fans Disappointed with The Heart of Genius

Screenshot of The Heart of Genius (movie.douban.com/subject/34982236/)

On the platform Doubanopening score The Heart of Genius is 7.7. However, at the time this article was written, the drama’s rating had dropped to 7.3. Apparently, one of the reasons for the declining rating The Heart of Genius in Douban stems from the disappointment of fans of the original novel entitled Genius Fundamentalsas reported by ifeng.

Douban’s Rating Drops, Novel Fans Disappointed with The Heart of Genius

Screenshot of the novel Genius Fundamentals (book.douban.com/subject/34466299//)
Screenshot of the novel Genius Fundamentals (book.douban.com/subject/34466299//)

Genius Fundamentals managed to score a rating of 8.6 di Douban. This value is quite far when compared to what is obtained The Heart of Genius. Some netizens suspect that one of the things that disappointed novel fans was that too many plots were changed.

For a drama, the rating of 7.3 is actually quite high. Even some hit Chinese dramas have not been able to penetrate the rating of 7 on Douban. Even so, when compared to the 8.6 rating that the original novel got on the same platform, The Heart of Genius clearly has not lived up to the expectations of his novel fans.

In addition to the plot changes, there are also some characters who are considered to spoil the whole drama. The actors also received criticism from fans of the novel. Zhang Xincheng who plays the character Pei Zhi and Zhang Zifeng who plays Lin Zhaoxi are said to have no chemistry.

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In fact, Lei Jiayin who previously successfully played the character of a nuclear physicist named Yu Min in the drama Medal of the Republic considered not to look like a mathematician in The Heart of Genius. Hence, the acting performance of the three main characters The Heart of Geniusnamely Zhang Xincheng, Zhang Zifeng, and Lei Jiayin are said to have declined.

Douban’s Rating Drops, Novel Fans Disappointed with The Heart of Genius

Zhang Zifeng, The Heart of Genius (weibo.com/u/7608789945)
Zhang Zifeng, The Heart of Genius (weibo.com/u/7608789945)

But so far, the one who received the most criticism was Zhang Zifeng. In 2021, his career is considered very smooth. In that year, 7 films that he starred in were released, starting from Detective Chinatown 3, Sister (Wo De Jie Jie), Home Sweet Home, Love Story in London, Chinese Doctors, Upcoming Summer, until Farewell My Lad.

Zhang Zifeng even won the best actress award at the 16th Changchun Film Festival held in 2021 for her role in the film Sister. At the age of only 20 years old, Zhang Zifeng has achieved many achievements that his seniors may not necessarily be able to achieve. So, the public’s evaluation of his acting ability is very high.

Throughout her career as an actress, Zhang Zifeng had several iconic scenes that left an impression on the hearts of viewers. One of them is the crying scene in the movie Chinese Doctors. This scene is considered to have saved the entire film. Another example is the failed confession scene in the movie Last Letter.

Judging from his track record in the film industry, netizens were disappointed when they saw his acting in the The Heart of Genius. If normally Zhang Zifeng was able to act out an emotional scene that could bewitch the audience, this time the ability could not be witnessed.

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In fact, Zhang Zifeng once expressed his anxiety about this in an interview. He mentions that talent is a supernatural ability within him. He himself was also afraid that one day he would lose this ability. What should he do if it really happened? Without talent, can he do better than before?

Netizens called Zhang Zifeng a child star who lost his aura after growing up. He is now greeted with eyes that judge his abilities. Some threw sharp criticism directly at him. While others questioned Zhang Zifeng’s current abilities.