The female lead is described as relatively plain but is smart and well versed in medicine, music and other arts. However her defining feature is her ability to silently endure anything thrown at her in situations with no alternatives, and have the reader feel sorry for her.
While the male lead is not only cold and insufferable but also emotionally slow (still trying to figure out whether he liked her or not when she ‘died’… by then does it matter?) and has shown no redeeming qualities.
There were times where it was more logical to abandon her i.e. a wife compared to a general or military seal, but there were other times where he could’ve rescued her/reduced her suffering with very little effort but didn’t bother - a large part of her suffering is due to his actions (i.e. agreeing to take on the woman who attempts to kill her as a concubine) and belief that since he can justify his actions to himself there’s no need to explain it to anyone else… And if he actually cared a little he’d realize how badly she was mistreated in his home.
The characters aren’t particularly likeable and the plot is mostly getting the readers to rage at the injustices the female lead faces, while begging for the very brief and shallow moments of ‘affection’ that the male lead occasionally shows (i.e. noticing her existence, not actively abusing her, hesitating before abandoning her yet again). One of the saving graces of the story (or rather the only one) is that it was summarized and we don’t need to go through an extended version to face a similar disappointment. Unless this was a parody of bad romance novels and we completely missed the tone.
Would’ve been better if she could get a fresh start with her new life and learn to live freely and value herself. Instead she’s caught up in the past and everything just picks off from when she died, except she’s prettier now.
Throughout the series, he’s been able to defeat so many groups of people several levels higher than him it’s way past unbelievable. I always see it as a level 30 Weavile defeating a level 50 Garchomp – yes there’s x4 weakness, Weavile is naturally fast, has perfect IVs, EVs etc but a level 50 Garchomp, and in this case hundreds of them, when the difference between each level is like “comparing heaven and earth”. Other WX/XX novels usually go with a few stars and when pushed, 1 level. But they also get to level up faster.
When he meets his birth family, he spends several chapters ranting to the other noble families over the injustices his Yun clan has suffered – most of which he wasn’t there for but seemed to know about, and adopting an unbearably righteous tone. While he takes revenge for any little grievance he has – you gave me a dirty look, your clan must die.
His luck with women as well… it’s like any woman near him, no matter how proud, strong, independent they are, just automatically open their legs. During his time at Frozen Cloud Asgard, they were literally lined up naked, for him to play doctor with. While he has a 2 wives, a baby mama, a semi-incestuous commitment and counting all grateful for his love. Clearly his 'junior' is actually his 'senior', while these women can't even respect themselves.
Xiao Yan as Yun Che, Medusa (in loli form) as Jasmine (fulfilling the Yao Lao role), Xun Er as Xia Qing Yue, Yun Yun as Chu Yue Chan, Han Yu as Cang Yue, etc.
The male lead: While he wasn’t the best male lead ever, he was the only one who never hid his true nature from her and his situation would give her a peaceful life. So in a way Pang Wan chose the one most suited to her… after going through all the others….
Love interests: one planned out and fell for her future self, another is tied strongly to her past and cares for her platonically while the third did truly see her for who she was and loves the current her.
Ending: By the time the story finished, it truly felt the MC (and the reader) was just so tired of everything she just wanted out. I had wanted her to mature, but not to retirement age.
The MC Qin Zhi Ai waited 8 years for her high school sweet heart Gu Yu Sheng, whom she went on a single date with and didn't remember her the second time they met, even agreeing to act as a substitute for Liang Dou Kou, a famous actress and the daughter of a family friend who convinced his grandfather to push for their marriage since she and her grandfather had both saved his grandfather's life.
The MC is raped, and physically and emotionally abused throughout the marriage since the ML hates the original wife. However her docile character (usual for DV victims), innocent eyes, and the nostalgic feeling he gets from holding her causes him to soften and fall for her.
Before they can understand each other, LDK then returns, crushing the MC's originally low self esteem. After a lot of unnecessary angst solved by day time drama tropes to make everything better(yes, amnesia), they end up together, allowing the ML to spoil her, as per the synopsis.
By all means, the hatred the MC felt in her first life was entirely justified given the circumstances, and it was easy for her to continue hating them, which is why the second chance was so important.
While half the reason she turned out the way she did was because her father never really bothered to reach out to her or show her affection. Part of the reason why love bypassed her was because she never knew what it was in the first place.
1. The story begins when she’s 6. And she meets the 15 year old male lead a few chapters in… And they go around picking fights with under 10s. Mentally they’re the same age but physically …. He doesn’t fall at first sight but a lot of affections did emerge during puberty (hers coz he’s near the end of his) and they spend the middle of the story just waiting it out until she’s legal.
2. It starts out rather quick since the story begins with the female lead getting her revenge (on like 3 people coz she didn’t live that long). It’s not extremely calculated, but fast and ruthless, getting the job done. However, after that it’s just the male lead watching over her until she’s old enough to marry, going through puberty, other people’s relationships and a bit of politics at the very end.
3. The female lead doesn’t actively hate her father and every other woman in the story. She actually has more than 1 female friend, while her father’s bias towards her is why her step mother hates her. Though her father is still disappointing – the only reason her half-sister ended up so badly was because both parents failed her, but at least her mother actually cares.
1. The MC's actions aren't that illogical - few people want to have their marriage arranged for them or to be part of a harem - but her approach and thought process is flighty and abrupt so you do question what kind of person she is based on how she does things and the thought pattern that led to it i.e. doesn't want to share her man so she decides to sleep with a random sleazy guy...
2. There is legit is no plot - or at least no consistent one. Basically they get together and have sex and probably get up to other stuff while they wait for their wedding. Not sure what else might happen, but it's probably one of the many negligible arcs since a larger plot doesn't seem to be forming.
3. Same problem as Common Sense of a Duke's Daughter in that the tone makes the character seem flat (obnoxious for CSDD, dumb for this) and the use of multiple POVs to describe the same scene is redundant - we're not that dumb, we can infer what the other characters think, it's fine. It's probably more frustrating when you wait for 1 chapter at a time, only for them to rehash what you read last week.
4 Not buying the romance. The male lead falls in love coz hot body + good sex... and makes a lifelong commitment. Well good for him, but not sure if love is the word, or if sealing the deal was a smart thing to do. Well at least it puts him on par with the MC so they're intellectually compatible .... Also his first appearance was creepy and gave a sleazy feeling.
The MC An Yi is the daughter of a general, disguised as a man for most of her life since her father had no sons. Her country was overthrown, and she flees with Xiao Huang, the previous dynasty's incompetent child emperor, living a life of poverty.
They’re arrested when XH steals a drumstick out of hunger, and her other childhood friend and the man she used to love (until he betrayed them to keep his position as a general for the current Emperor) Yan Ping, takes them to a cell. YP has hated AY since he thought she was a gay man, and denied his own feelings for her, but instantly changes when he realizes she’s female.
On the way to the executioner’s block, XH escapes, revealing that he’s actually smarter than he lets on and stayed by her side and had them arrested to force her to reveal inheritance – her grandfather’s army seal – which she doesn’t have anyway.
YP then delivers AY to the current Emperor, Feng Zhao Wen, whom she’s met on the battlefield and possibly had past relations with. FZW takes her into his palace, seems to treat her well and (insert synopsis here). She ends up climbing into his bed and treated as a concubine by his servants.
Similar to SS, the lead couple separate based on a misunderstanding, as well as the male lead’s inferior background and social position compared to the MC. Thinking that she’s disliked, but also due to frictions with her friends, she distances herself, moving to a new city and undertaking training to take over her family’s business. The MC soon encounters the second male lead, who she clashes with at first but is a more compatible match with her.
He’s probably similar to the male lead in the SS, struggling with the contradictions between his pride and inferiority, unable to express himself until he proves his worth. However I feel like the MC’s affections are wasted on a troublesome person.
The second half will probably be filled with more angst, but also more interactions between the characters and insight into ZX’s thoughts and feelings.
In recent chapters, I do get the feeling she might end up with LYS, since the MC her self is such a resiliant character. LYS also has more screen time and makes her happier. While due to her relationship with her father, she wouldn’t go for the reserved, overly ambitious types who go out of their way to create misunderstandings.
1. Song Zi Cheng was left off lightly despite spiking LS’s drink and attempting to rape her. Since the roofie technically didn’t work on her, she let him off… yeah the story loses a point just for how this situation was handled.
2. Their initial interactions and misunderstandings weren’t paricularly funny and felt rather forced i.e. mistaking him for a sex doll, thinking he was gay, etc did not feel particularly believable or realistic.
3. Aside from the two leads, the side characters weren’t really noteworthy – so much so that I wasn’t even motivated to read the XYC and WW love story. Can’t tell if its because their interactions just werent appealing, or if they were completely overshadowed by LS and QF.
She ends up with Lou Che, her husband, which is a predictable and safe choice for the author and character as she can just remain married and they got along well enough from the start and had a lot of opportunities to interact. However almost every other male lead seemed more interesting and more compatible with the MC (aside from Guan Xiu Wen) if they had been given the opportunity to develop, and definitely more reliable regardless.
Lin Rui En – a sweet and slightly awkward pairing that developed slowly due to the inexperience of the general and awareness of the MC, but he was genuine, reliable and would have been very devoted/protective. If the author intended to pair him with Gui Wan, just needed to show initiative and slowly/awkwardly woo her while she developed her own emotions and wore down his awkwardness. Definitely appeared the most compatible but series would’ve been longer/war based.
Zheng Liu – The start of their interactions was very intimidating and disturbing for the MC, making it almost impossible to redeem himself after. However he formed very intense feelings for her and could’ve followed the plot several despotic ruler/innocent maiden stories to form a very passionate but bumpy relationship with the MC. Or gone down the sympathy/understanding route since he clearly wanted to open up to her.
Ye Li – similar wavelength to MC in his cordial nature and playful tone. Could have been mutual admiration and affection, but more likely friend-zoned.
Guan Xiu Wen – Is a hard character to understand/imagine, having been so “pure” but instantly developing an obsessive side. The duality of his character is hard to maintain.
Lou Che – appearing kind and charming, he clearly has a more sinister (or stubborn) and calculating nature beneath. Since this is rarely exposed its hard to gauge his sincerity and intentions. Overall it feels like they’re simply settling due to their proximity and familiarity.
Like makenai89, I also found the fact that he dropped everything and ran Du Cheng confusing and abrupt, but since he was probably going to lose in his confrontation with the emperor, it could have also been an excuse to extract himself from a sticky situation.
However I am more concerned with his treatment of Yao Ying. Claiming that he loved her at the start, Lou Che clearly uses her as a chess piece, trading her in to the emperor to gain his favour and after falling out, offering her to Duan Wang for support. Judging by this history, Gui Wan will have to watch out.