In one of Jin Yong's famous novels is the Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. I've watched the 1997 version and it's very good. It was emotional and the fighting series were awesome (in my opinion). Particularly the main characters (3 of them), they all gave a good performance and really made me believe they are the characters described in the book. I heard another version in China but never watched it, is it as good as the TVB's one?
And another question, why did Jin Yong ban TVB from producing his books into series? Was it because they didn't follow the book and he got pissed? But TVB did follow the storyline for some of his books. I never read the book and if it wasn't for TVB, I might not know these novels existed in the first place. Martial arts novels are so captivating and once you started, you have to finish :0 The versions that followed close to the novel (that I also enjoyed) are: ROCH'95, LOCH'94?, DGSD'97, SoD'96 and others I can't remember but these I remember best. The ones that didn't follow the novel and just screwed up everything was Crimson Sabre and Dragon Sabre 2000, correct?