I'm new to the forum, and after watching many adaptations of Smiling, Proud Wanderer, I have always wanted to know if Yue Buqun is supposed to be stronger than Linghu Chong. Please understand that I have never read the novel, so for those who have read the novel, please let me know. I know that in most adaptations, Linghu chong ended up being the second strongest swordsman (fighter) in Smiling, Proud -- the strongest is, of course, Dongfang Bubai. Judging by how uber strong Dongfang is in the story, Yue Buqun should at least come close to Dongfang, don't you think? First, Yue was already a top 10 fighter in Smiling Proud before learning the Bixie swordplay manual. Second, he is also top 10 in internal energy with his mastery in Violet Mist skill. If you combine his knowledge of Huashan sword, Violet Mist and his complete mastery of Bixie Sword skill, shouldn't he be second to Dongfang Bubai or at least stronger than Linghu Chong?
My second question is the Bixie sword manual. I always thought that this manual is an abridged version of the Sunflow manual. Correct if I'm wrong, but the story behind the manual was that two huashan brothers copied the original manual from a Shaolin monestary, and later recited what they copy to a Shaolin student. And then the student began to learn the skill based on his own interpretation of the manual. If this is correct, then isn't the Bixie manual an almost exact copy of the Sunflower manual? I also remember that in some adaptations, it was explained that the Bixie sword skill is only one of the many skills from the Sunflower manual. Again, for those who have read the novel, please explain the difference between the Bixie and Sunflower manual. Thanks.