Tang Jia San Shao

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Zhang Wei (born October 1, 1981), also known as his pen name Tang Jia San Shao (唐家三少),[1] is a Chinese online novelist. He writes the series of High fantasy Douluo Dalu, also known as Soul Land, one of his most popular works, which was adapted into the Tencent Pictures Douluo Dalu (2020) and network animation Douluo Dalu (2018–present), and other forms as comics, online games and mobile games. Most of his other series of fantasy novels are shared universes with Douluo Dalu.

Tang Jia San Shao is one of the representative figures of Chinese online novelists. He has created 24 novels that are in great demand with thousands of released physical-books and a total of more than 70 million words (Chinese characters) since 2004, and he is still continuing.

He is China’s top-earning online novelist[2] (2012-2017) and in 2015, he was included in Forbes list of Chinese celebrities.[3]

Tang Jia San Shao
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BornZhang Wei
October 1, 1981
Beijing
OccupationOnline Novelist
NationalityChinese
CitizenshipChina
Education
  • Hebei University School of Political Science
  • Law
GenreFantasy Romance
Notable awards2012: Guinness World Records, 86 months of consecutive daily releases
Years active2004-present
SpouseLi Mo

Biography

In 1998, Zhang worked for China Network Television|CCTV after graduated in college and started to get exposure to online novels such as The First Intimate Contact. In 2003, Zhang became a contract writer with Qidian,[4] which is a literature website of :zh:閱文集團 and China's leading website for original literature. In February 2004, Zhang started his writing career and released his first online novel, Child of Light, meanwhile he was working as a website engineer in a small IT company.[5]When Zhang first started writing, he could only release 2,000 to 3,000 words (Chinese characters) per day. Then Zhang typically released about 7,000 to 8,000 words a day. And Zhang could release 15,000 to 16,000 words on his most productive days.

In 2005, Zhang released Mad God, The Kind Death God and I am the Sole Immortal, with a total of 4 million words, this is also one of the most abundant year of his creation record.[6]

On December 30, 2013, Zhang established the Tang Studio, which is the first online writer studio in China, with the purpose of realizing the full copyright operating model.[7]

In April 2016, Zhang established the Xuanshi Tangmen Culture Media Co., Ltd., with the purpose apart from the in-depth business operation of Zhang's personal works, other high-quality authors' works are also in-depth business operation.

Personal life

Pseudonym

In March 2013, in the show Day Day Up, Zhang explains his pen name comes from the fact he liked to add three small spoons of sugar to his soya bean milk, which is Sugar Added Three Spoons (糖加三勺) and Tang Jia San Shao (唐家三少) being a homonym of Chinese pronunciation.[8][9]

In 2015, in Zhang's autobiographical novel For You, I'm Willing to Love the World, he interprets his pen name comes from one of his four online chatting room usernames on earlier life. In 2018, in the show The Reader, Zhang also gave the same explanation.

Marriage

Zhang Wei married his wife Li Mo in May 2007.

In July 2018, in the monthly released physical-book, chapter of postscript in Douluo Dalu 3: Legend of the Dragon King 28, Zhang described the anti-cancer process and life of him and his wife since Li was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.[10] The same version was released online officially in Qidian on August 24, 2018.[11]

On September 11, 2018, in a Sina Weibo, Zhang announced Li died after battling breast cancer for three years.[12]

On September 15, 2018, in Zhang's WeChat public account and Weibo post, he announced that he would not be updating daily in order to accompany with Li.[13] In a Weibo post, Alibaba announced have to fired an editor and a writer from publishing arm of Alibaba Group for insulting Li in a private messaging group.[14][15]

Activities

In May 2018, Zhang was invited to participate in the 2018 iQiyi World Conference Network Literature Summit Forum.[16][17]

On November 26, 2020, Zhang joins the annual Tengyun Summit to explore the relationship between technology and culture.[18][19]

Portfolio

Title Year Type Note
Child of Light[20] 2004 Fantasy Also known as Son of Light
Mad God 2004-2005 Fantasy
The Kind Death God 2005 Fantasy
I am the Sole Immortal 2005-2006 Fantasy Also known as Only I Shall Be Immortal
Space Speedstar Hen 2006 Fantasy Also known as Space Speed Xing Hen
Magic Chef of Ice and Fire 2006-2007 Fantasy
The Twelve Zodiac Guardian Gods 2007-2008 Fantasy
Zither Emperor 2008 Fantasy
Douluo Dalu 2008-2009 Fantasy Also known as Soul Land
Wine God 2009-2010 Fantasy
Heavenly Jewel Change 2010-2011 Fantasy
Divine Throne 2011-2012 Fantasy
The Unrivaled Tang Sect 2012-2014 Fantasy Also known as Douluo Dalu 2: Peerless Tang Sect, Soul Land II: Peerless Tang Clan or Soul Land II: The Unrivaled Tang Sect
Skyfire Avenue 2014-2016 Fantasy
Legend of the Divine Realm 2015 Fantasy Also known as Douluo Dalu 2.5: Legend of the Divine Realm or Divinity Legends of Douluo Continent
The Legend of the Dragon King 2016-2018 Fantasy Also known as Douluo Dalu 3: Legend of the Dragon King or Soul Land III: Legend of the Dragon King
For You, I'm Willing to Love the World 2016 Romance Autobiographical novel

One of City Love Trilogy Also known as For You, I'd Love the World or My Story for You

Adapted into the iQIYI TV series My Story For You (2018)

The Big Enchanters 2017 Fantasy
Embracing You Beyond Lies[21] 2017 Romance One of City Love Trilogy
Mysterious Seas and Lands of Wonder: The Matchless Pearl 2018-2019 Fantasy Developing into multiple content formats including original drama, cartoon, film, game, anime and more by iQIYI[22].
Tang Sect's Heroes' Biography 2018 Fantasy Also known as Douluo Dalu 3.5 - Tang Sect's Heroes' Biography
Protecting You and Time 2018 Romance
Ultimate Fighting 2018- Fantasy Also Known as Soul Land IV: Ultimate Fighting
River Flows A Thousand Miles, Qin Chuan and Zhi Xia 2019 Romance One of City Love Trilogy
Mysterious Seas and Lands of Wonder: The Sea Dragon Pearl 2019 Fantasy

References

  1. Qin, Amy (2016-10-31). "Making Online Literature Pay Big in China (Published 2016)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  2. "Tang Jia San Shao tops latest income ranking list of online writers". chinaplus.cri.cn. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  3. Flannery, Russell. "2015 Forbes China Celebrity List (Full List)". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  4. "知乎日报 - 知乎". daily.zhihu.com. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  5. Qin, Amy (2016-10-31). "Making Online Literature Pay Big in China (Published 2016)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  6. "创业者 | 唐家三少 网络大神的 J•K•罗琳梦 ~ 南方人物周刊". www.nfpeople.com. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  7. "首个网络作家工作室唐家三少"唐studio"成立". news.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  8. "天天向上:四大网络作家来了,唐家三少自曝笔名来历". k.sina.cn. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  9. "创业者 | 唐家三少 网络大神的 J•K•罗琳梦 ~ 南方人物周刊". www.nfpeople.com. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  10. 暗黑的主宰奇. "《主宰奇》《斗罗大陆3龙王传说》——后记,90%的人不懂的唐家三少的艰辛,重磅必读!". www.bilibili.com. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  11. "《斗罗大陆III龙王传说》_唐家三少著_玄幻_起点中文网". book.qidian.com. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  12. "唐家三少:我的木子走了". new.qq.com. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  13. "Tang Jia San Shao's WeChat public account's post".
  14. Tone, Sixth. "Alibaba Fires Literary Editor for Insulting Famed Writer's Dead Wife". Sixth Tone. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  15. 康佳, 李骁晋 (2018-09-15). "阿里文学致歉唐家三少:永久开除涉事员工". news.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  16. "2018爱奇艺世界·大会-爱奇艺网络文学高峰论坛". www.iqiyi.com. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  17. "2018爱奇艺网络文学高峰论坛成功举办 文学第一力架构新场域". www.iqiyi.com. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  18. "Tengyun Summit focuses on fusion between technology and culture amid COVID-Us Sky News". news117.com. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  19. "腾云峰会:科技重构表达,共创文化新符号_文化课_澎湃新闻-The Paper". m.thepaper.cn. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  20. "Child of Light - Novel Updates". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  21. Hunan literature and Art Publishing House. "Embracing You Beyond Lies". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  22. Inc, iQIYI. "iQIYI to Develop Multiple Content Formats Based on Tang Jia San Shao's Hit Novel "Mysterious Seas and Lands of Wonder: The Matchless Pearl"". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.

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