NOVEL REVIEW: Beautiful Lie By Mazni Aznita (Plus Fan Cast)
Welcome back to Fadima Mooneira. Today, I would like to share a review of Mazni Aznita's Beautiful Lie. Beautiful Lie is a Bahasa Malaysia romance thriller novel. This review is going to be extra special compared to all the novel reviews that I shared before. It's because I'm going to include a fan cast with this review. The fan cast will come towards the end of this post. So make sure you guys read this post till the end. Ok, now let's begin with Mazni Aznita's bio...
ABOUT MAZNI AZNITA
Mazni Aznita is a Malaysian romance thriller novelist. She is quite well-known in the Malaysian bookish industry. Besides being a writer, Mazni Aznita is also a science teacher. Beautiful Lie is Mazni Aznita's latest novel. The novel was published in early 2020. Besides Beautiful Lie, some of Mazni Aznita's novels are Street Vendetta, Kasihku Ariani, Sayangku Casper, Alamak Lagi-Lagi Dia, Venom Suria, Lelaki Itu Untukku, and Spy Hati Dari Chantilly. Most of her novels are listed as bestsellers.
ABOUT BEAUTIFUL LIE
Beautiful Lie follows the story of a beautiful young girl named Adriana Imaniyah. Adriana is not a very lucky girl. Her mother is a former prostitute, while her father is a crook and a gambler. At the beginning of the story, Adriana was forced by her father to work at a nightclub to pay for his debt. Adriana at first refused her father's order. But she had no choice. Her father will bit her up if she refuses.
While working at the nightclub, Adriana met a femme fatale named Yasmin. Yasmin is a very beautiful and powerful woman. With Yasmin's help, Adriana was able to free herself from the nightclub and her crook father.
Yasmin is the antagonist in this story. She's also a wicked person. Yasmin had her own mission, and she was planning to use Adriana to get what she wanted. She wanted to seek revenge on the man who once ruined her life. Yasmin forced Adriana to become a tutor for a rich teenage boy named Adham Mirza. Adriana at first tried to refuse Yasmin's order. But Yasmin threatened Adriana. So again, Adriana had no choice but to follow Yasmin's order.
Adham Mirza is the male protagonist of this story. He is rich, handsome, lazy, naughty, and a spoiled brat. Mirza is the youngest son of a handsome business tycoon named Tuan Fahrin. Tuan Fahrin is the man that Yasmin wanted to seek revenge on.
At first, Adriana had a hard time tutoring Mirza. Mirza was just too nasty to control. But later, Mirza fell in love with Adriana. To Mirza, Adriana is a beautiful girl inside and out. Mirza changed. From a naughty and lazy boy to a hardworking and enthusiastic young man.
But happiness between Mirza and Adriana did not last long. Tragedy came to them. Mirza's father, Tuan Fahrin was murdered on a gloomy afternoon. And Adriana when missing in action on the same day. Adriana also became a suspect in Tuan Fahrin's murder...
Six years later, Mirza is now all grown up. He is still investigating his father's mysterious murder and looking for Adriana. At the same time, Adriana returns to his life. But Adriana is no longer the girl Mirza used to know. She is now a femme fatale just like Yasmin.
So what will happen next? Now that Adriana is back. Mirza is still heartbroken by his father's death. Mirza is also planning to avenge his father's death. But can he seek revenge on Adriana? The girl that he used to loved and is still in love with...
MY REVIEW OF BEAUTIFUL LIE
To me, Beautiful Lie is a superb novel. The storyline is very intriguing. It makes you curious and wants to know who is Tuan Fahrin's real killer, who Yasmin really is, and who Adriana really is. Beautiful Lie also has a good plot twist. The ending of this story is something out of my expectation. I also like the characterization of this novel. All characters in Beautiful Lie are not perfect human beings. All of them have their own problems and dark past.
And another thing that I like about Beautiful Lie is that this novel is very different compared to most Bahasa Malaysia novels that I've read before. The way Mazni Aznita writes this story and portrays her characters makes this novel very enjoyable to read. All characters in Beautiful Lie are portrayed as Urban Malays. I'm sure that this novel will also be love by Urban Malay, and non-Malay readers. In fact, I believe Beautiful Lie can also go international if this novel is translated into English. I'm sure international readers will be happy to read it. I also believe that Beautiful Lie can also be transformed into an Asian Webtoon series. I'm sure Webtoon lovers like me will love Beautiful Lie in the Webtoon version.
I'm glad that Mazni Aznita portrays her female protagonist, Adriana as a Malay-Muslim woman with no hijab. In most Bahasa Malaysia novels that I've read before, the authors portray their female protagonist as a Malay-Muslim woman in hijab. So what Mazni Aznita did for Beautiful Lie is something out of cliche, and it is something that I want from Malaysian authors. Portraying a female protagonist as a Malay-Muslim woman in hijab is so stereotypical to me. However, we shall not discuss this issue today. Insya'Allah, we'll discuss this in my future post (Ps: I'm planning to write about all the cliches that Malaysian authors need to quit doing pronto as a future post). And back to Adriana's character, even tho she's a Malay-Muslim woman with no hijab, Adriana is still a woman with good moral values.
Overall, I rate this novel 10/10. I would highly recommend this novel to my fellow bookworms who love the romance thriller genre. Trust me guys, you are going to like this novel.
Ok, so this is my review of Mazni Aznita's Beautiful Lie. Since I enjoyed reading the novel, I decided to do a fan cast for it. So now, I'm going to share with you guys my fan cast for Beautiful Lie. I wish Beautiful Lie will be adapted into an all-Asian drama someday. And I wish that some of my favorite Asian-Hollywood and Hallyu actors will be cast for Beautiful Lie. So here is my fan cast...
MY FAN CAST FOR BEAUTIFUL LIE
THE TOP 4 MAIN CHARACTERS
#1 ALEX LANDI AS ADHAM MIRZA (THE MALE PROTAGONIST)
In the novel, Mizra is portrayed as a rich bad boy. He is also a very handsome and charismatic young man. When I first started reading the novel, I imagine Grey's Anatomy actor, Alex Landi as Mirza. I also believe that Alex Landi is a suitable actor to channel Mirza. Like Mirza, Alex Landi is also handsome and charismatic. Plus, Alex Landi is talented and versatile. He can be a goodie and a baddie at the same time.
#2 BAE SUZY AS ADRIANA IMANIYAH (THE FEMALE PROTAGONIST)
In my post titled Seven Hallyu Beauties For Alex Landi, I listed seven beautiful Hallyu actresses that I believe are suitable to be Alex Landi's leading lady in a K-Drama or movie. And most of you voted for Bae Suzy. So because of your votes, I believe Bae Suzy will make a perfect Adriana Imaniyah. I'm sure Suzy and Alex will woo fans will their beautiful chemistry. And like Adriana, Suzy is also very beautiful and elegant. So she's perfect for the role.
#3 OLIVIA CHENG AS YASMIN (THE ANTAGONIST)
Yasmin is a very stunning and seductive character. At first, I was confused if I should imagine Olivia Cheng and Gemma Chan as Yasmin. But when I watched some of Olivia Cheng's videos on YouTube, I believe that this Chinese-Canadian actress is the most suitable to channel Yasmin. Like Yasmin, Olivia is also stunning and seductive. After all, Olivia already played a femme fatale character named Mei Lin in Netflix's Marco Polo.
#4 SIMU LIU AS AIRIS (THE SECOND HERO)
Airis is the second hero in Beautiful Lie. He's a kind-hearted gangster dude who has feelings for Adriana. Airis is such an adorable and charming character. I felt so sad that he didn't get the girl in the end. I believe Chinese-Canadian hunk, Simu Liu is the most suitable to play Airis
THE TOP 4 SIDE CHARACTERS
#5 JET LI AS TUAN TAUFIK
Tuan Taufik is a gangster leader. He's like the godfather in the story. Tuan Taufik is also Yasmin's foster father and Adriana's foster grandfather. Tuan Taufik is portrayed as a charismatic man. So I believe Jet Li is the most suitable to play Tuan Taufik.
#6 CHEON HO JIN AS TUAN BESAR
Tuan Besar is a very rich business tycoon. He is Mirza's grandfather. I believe South Korea's veteran actor, Cheon Ho Jin will be the best for this role.
#7 SONG SEUNG HEON AS TUAN FAHRIN
Tuan Fahrin is Tuan Besar's son and heir. He is also Mirza's father. He is portrayed as a very handsome and rich businessman. So I believe Song Seung Heon will be suitable to play Tuan Fahrin. Tuan Fahrin is not so old. He is a man in his 40s just like Song Seung Heon.
#8 JANG DONG GUN AS TUAN ALBA
Tuan Alba is Tuan Fahrin's best friend and business partner. The author portrays Tuan Alba as a suave and charming businessman. I think this role should be reserve for South Korea's ultimate heartthrob, Jang Dong Gun.
OTHER SIDE CHARACTERS
#9 OK TAECYEON AS DREW
Drew is Mirza's big brother. He is intelligent and wise. Drew is the opposite of Mirza. Hehehe. Since Alex Landi is known as Ok Taecyeon's doppelganger, so I think it will be cool if this South Korean hunk plays Drew.
#10 KIM YOO JUNG AS ELENA
Elena is Mirza's high school friend and colleague. She has feelings for Mirza. Elena is portrayed as a pretty and trendy girl. So I think Backstreet Rookie's Kim Yoo Jung will be the best for this role.
#11 V BTS AS ANAS
Anas is Adriana's wise and handsome little brother. He is also a doctor in training. I think V BTS will be cute for this role. I'm sure V's fangirls will love this.
#12 JIMMY O. YANG AS TOI
Toi is Mirza's BFF and a bartender at Roulette (a nightclub own by Yasmin). In the story, Toi helps Mirza to spy on Adriana. I think Chinese-American comedian, Jimmy O-Yang will be cute to play Toi.
Ok, that's all for now. I hope you guys enjoy reading my review and fan cast for Beautiful Lie. Thank you for reading. See you guys again soon.
Fadima Mooneira ^_^
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