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China Bans The Genre Of Time-Travel

Sometimes, journalists use their headlines to exaggerate. And we would be lying if we said that we didn’t sometimes give in to the temptation to create a headline that’s only 90% true from a certain angle, and when we do we try to use the Misleading Headline of the Day category.

But this time, that headline appears to actually be true. The General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television has announced that it will no longer allow people to make a genre of time-travel based shows and movies that have recently become popular in China. The Bureau is apparently tired of the numerous historical inaccuracies that can occur when your time travel show features famous historical figures, and considers them disrespectful.

According to ChinaHush, the trending genre kicked off with Shen Hua (The Myth), which features a modern young man traveling back in time two millennia, assimilating to ancient Chinese culture, eventually befriending Xiang Yu and Liu Bang, the first emperor of the Han Dynasty, and becoming an army general. This, and the shows that have sprung up in imitation of it, are grating on China’s General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television:

The time-travel drama is becoming a hot theme for TV and films. But its content and the exaggerated performance style are questionable. Many stories are totally made-up and are made to strain for an effect of novelty. The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore.

In other news, I know exactly where I want the next season of Doctor Who to take place…

Oh, and if the above picture isn’t actually from Shen Hua, please let me know. I don’t read a lick of Chinese.

(via Blastr.)

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  • hbm

    What about futuristic time-travel I wonder, the kind that shows China as an open democracy, oh wait, that one is even less realistic. XD Anyway, China you’re being excessively weird again, and this is why the rest of the world can’t stop giggling at you….

  • Siu Q. W.

    America should take note! I’d like to see a 5-year ban on vampires. Srsly…in both movies and television.

  • Anonymous

    I want to condemn them taking away creative rights, but it’s hard when I fully agree with their reasoning….

    It’s like I’ve been saying all along: Shoulda done better research.

  • Anonymous

    They would have banned the whole historical fiction genre if they saw 10,000 BC.

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  • Nicole Hazen

    Hey, don’t blame the vampires for Stephenie Meyer’s shitty ass idea.

  • Nicole Hazen

    This is communist awesome!

  • Rhahael

    Even if you do not agree it would not be reason to be disrespectful. You know; wanting a time-travel series featuring china only because you don’t like their ban is just bias. It doesn’t bring any more to any existing debate.

  • Greta

    Honestly, I have to sympathise.

  • blom

    “Many stories are totally made-up . . .”

    You don’t say? Stories are made up? You mean . . . they’re not . . . real?

    Looks like they’re going to be busy for many years banning all those other stories out there that are made-up . . .

  • Hannah Wick

    ……and I get most of my Doctor Who off of a completely Chinese website…. 

    Oh China,  sorry, but you make me laugh sometimes. 

  • Frodo Baggins

    Wait, how is this not a Star Wars joke? I was expecting to go to the website and see “NATIONAL LIBRARY ROAD IS A TRAP!” Or something.

    *Googles “Akbar”*

    Ah, apparently Akbar was a 16th century Mughal Emperor. And now he’s mostly known for his wheezing, fish-faced namesake’s cautionary exclamations. Ain’t that a slap in the face?

  • Frodo Baggins

    But if they can’t use the third Harry Potter book as a resource, how will they produce hilarious bootleg literature?

    Just take out the part about time travel and replace it with an excerpt from “Watership Down?” Ah, okay then. Problem solved.

  • Michael Remington

    If we think China is weird, and we’re laughing at them, then why do we buy all our stuff from them, and sell America down the river?