The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love


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Translator’s Introduction:

This is an action-filled BL love story. The main POV character is an ordinary person who got transported into the world of the novel he was reading. There he encounters the protagonist of the book and their romance starts when he says “Meow.”

Author’s Summary:

As a black powder fan, the reader criticized his favorite author to express his love, saying: “The protagonist is 2B (dumb), the author is SB (stupid ****).”

Author: “… Got it.”

Then the reader could only helplessly look on as the the protagonist was abused and betrayed, finally embarking on the road to becoming completely black (evil), everything was a mess.

After that the reader transmigrated into a strange world. How come no matter how he looked at it, the person in front of him is the protagonist (blackened version)? Just what is going on =A= !?

[In the other world] The reader (holding on to the author’s memorial tablet and crying): Hero! I was wrong!!! The Holy Saint is indeed the best person in this world! The world needs the Holy Saint! Please let the protagonist’s Holy Saint shine her light on the people around me (especially me)! Blackening is an illness, please treat it.

Protagonist: Come here.

[Twenty-first century] Author: Atchoo! Which sister is thinking of me?

Note: Du Zhe (读者 meaning Reader) and Du Ze (杜泽 the character’s name) sound almost the same

The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love average rating 4.5/5 - 162 user ratings
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New LingShei rated it
September 20, 2017
Status: c25.2
I love the twisted plot from the protagonist's view.
He would go asking himself why the plot isn't how he read from the novel after he reincarnated and met Xiu in one of his many forms, which was an undead if I remember correctly, around after he was betrayed too many times by the human race. Btw, protagonist (Du Ze)
is deaf. So he has to use a hearing apparatus that I don't really see a lot of novel protagonists' wear, unlike Du Ze.

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New Alise rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c25.2
The story worth attention, don’t drag, don’t lag and surprises us.

The translator and editors do a great job actually releasing a half of a chapter per day! It is really great. As it is written in the official review: The main POV character is an ordinary person who got transported into the world of the novel he was reading. There he encounters the protagonist...

... more>>

It's a story of the struggle of the reader, who encountered the truth of life of the books MC, after his thoughtless comments about the books plot to the author made a huge damage to the story. He feels guilty, he sympathize with the MC and tries every way possible to revert the harm done to the MC. It is a bit silly, but interesting story.

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readerz rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: Completed
This is a great love story! The main character (the Reader) is deaf which is unusual for Chinese novels. MC is a very funny person. In the modern world he is a student still living with his mother. He loves to read web novels but he has a bad habit of always trolling his favorite author for attention. This ends in tears (bad troll! Bad!) as the author actually listened to his troll feedback and made the novel (the reader's favorite one) turn from the story of a cheerful, moe... more>> super OP harem hero into a super dark and edgy tale of a villain who was hated and betrayed by everyone he knows.

The real story starts when the MC is transported into the world of the novel.

Crazy hi-jinks! Shenanigans!

Very slight spoilers here since these happen within the first 3 chapters:


The MC meets the hero/villain Xiu for the first time and says "meow~. " MC french kisses a skeleton!


The tone of the story is humorous most of the time but there are times when it gets serious. I seriously cried and laughed many times while reading it.

The MC is one of the best I have read. He's smart, he knows what he wants, and goes for it. He's very brave and loyal!

The male lead is very possessive and appreciative of the MC. He has eight different forms that he can shapeshift into. Each form has a different type of power and his personality also changes when he shifts but he always remains protective and loving towards the MC.

Spoiler about the smut parts:


The male lead's favorite thing is to have s*xy time with the MC in all eight forms. LOL, he really likes to give MC a good workout in bed.


The smut is only around 5/95 chapters so it's not a lot but what is there is very memorable due to the male lead's many different forms. The best thing about it is that the romance greatly overshadows the smut. I mean, this is not a story where there's tons of smut in the first place and what smut it does contain is very touching because it is always in the context of their rapidly evolving relationship.

The ending is perfect. Absolutely perfect. I have zero complaints about it. It's one of the most satisfying endings of any BL novel I have ever read.

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Ease rated it
August 14, 2017
Status: c20.2
I love this novel! The writing style is very hilarious. The MC's monologues are laugh-inducing, blaming the DoujinshI (his life-long companion), the hearing aids (that always going on strike), the plotlines (that deviate from the original) and etc when the events that occur goes wrong (because he took over the harem members' role XP). I also love how the MC's expectation is so high for the protagonist but the protagonist just goes his own way without a care for the world. I have great expectation for this novel yay!

I... more>> want to thank the translator for translating this story! Recently, there are many BL being translated. It's truly a bless for us fujoshI haha.

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Narutolvr rated it
August 26, 2017
Status: Completed
Honestly, this is one of the best web novels I've ever read. Not only is the plot a unique twist on something we've seen time and time again, the author is unbelievably talented at showing the emotional growth/emotional comprehension of the characters. The main character is probably the most human MC I've come across in a light novel; his faults and thoughts would sometimes cause me to stop and think about how I feel/what I think when reading novels.

The romance is super well done. There's no immediate falling in... more>> love, no perfect love. The author just conveys the raw emotions so well you can't help but get sucked in; the possessiveness and insecurity of the ML have me switching from annoyance to pity, while the MC's denseness and attempts to hook the ML up with his harem while hugging his thighs take me from laughter to tears in a flash. Regardless of what happens though, we see that, despite the faults of the MC and ML, the only thing that will never change is how much they love each other.

Ugh I hope this author has more works because I'm such a fan of this one! <<less
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Ars rated it
September 7, 2017
Status: c17.1
Ch17. 1 may be too early to judge the quality of this story, but here are my thoughts.

The Reader and the Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love has a gripping premise of a reader being sucked into the world of a web novel in order to change its story. It promises to be an epic love story between the reader who adores the 'cute/meng' protagonist, and the sullied, broken protagonist. The story revolves around the premise that the protagonist's fate of suffering was caused by the reader,... more>> Du Ze, trolling the author so much that the author decided 'Fine, if you think this story is so bad, I'll make it bad'. And so, the web novel which should have been about an all-powerful harem-getting protagonist instead ended up with the protagonist betrayed and crushed by all of his friends and lovers.

There are several points which led me to not enjoy this story:
1. The timeline. This may simply be my lack of reading comprehension, but... well, it's very confusing. How much of the story is already written? How far did the protagonist get in his quest to unlock the 8 races of blood in his body before awakening his undead Lich blood and being betrayed and blackened? If this was the most recent development in the story (as it seemed to be since Du Zhe had been trying to encourage the author to write more after the author had flipped on the story) then how the heck does Du Zhe know so much about the other elements of the story to the point of pretending to be a prophet? And if the undead Lich blood was one of the first ones to awaken then how was there so much happening before that point to warrant an entire book being published and doujinshI being made? I really don't understand this.

2. The main leads have no chemistry, and they themselves have no charm points. As of ch17. 1 the story has already left its cardinal promise unfulfilled: I, the reader, have not fallen in love with the protagonist. Du Zhe started promisingly with the idea of a rotten-mouthed but sweet-hearted character that uses insults to attract the attention of his beloved (author), but come the actual plot events and he becomes a wooden block. Add to that, the protagonist has no personality. He has the generic Personality Switch Set that comes with a standard BL seme. Switch 1: He is cold and tortures others. Switch 2: He is extremely possessive and thinks his love interest is only his (to torture/kill/love?). These two characters don't talk to each other beyond extremely bland dialogue about information exchange. If you set two rocks next to each other in a garden, that's the kind of interaction these two characters have. Du Zhe has told us many many times that "the protagonist is so meng/cute!" "So meng!" Yet where do we see that in the first chapters? Never. Actually, only in the author's notes at the end. The little noncanon skits were the closest I got to liking the protagonist.

What could save this is if Du Zhe had any sort of attraction to the protagonist, but of course this has to be a "wolf chases the rabbit" scenario where the protagonist falls first, for whatever reason. While we see all of Du Zhe's inner ramblings and personality, all the protagonist sees is basically a robot that lets him torture it and protects him with its own body. Is Du Zhe even human? Why exactly does the protagonist come to love him? Only in the latest translated chapters do we see the revealings of vulnerability in Du Zhe that could potentially lead to romance, but the protagonist immediately leaps to a selfishly obsessive possession. The author has not laid any proper foundation for a believable romantic relationship at this point of time, and so I am greatly unsatisfied.

3. Story and plot pacing. I get the impression that this story is written on the fly without any planning, as it jumps from one event to the next while padded with Du Zhe's panicked inner reactions. We get little sense of location and setting, despite the extremely detailed backstory of the novel. Rather, the world and its obstacles act more like a glass dome backdrop around the two protagonists as they are inevitably meshed together as a couple due to the fact that this is a BL novel. Perhaps this will change when more characters are introduced and the protagonist is forced to confront his past.

Since this story continues on for many more chapters with good reviews I am hopeful that the writer becomes more experienced and can successfully tie together all of the disparate elements that they have left undeveloped. Unfortunately, I think that they started this story with fatal flaws regarding the two main characters' personality attributes. In my opinion, I think this story would have been more interesting if it had been about the Reader and the Author's love, as at least there we had seen some effort on Du Zhe's part to chase the author, and the author's response to Du Zhe. For this story to be saved and for me to consider that the reader and protagonist are in true love, the protagonist has to start earnestly caring for the reader as more than just "a thing that belongs to him".

In any case, I give it 3 stars because it has potential and is well-translated. Overall, the story has an interesting premise but lacking execution. <<less
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Serena12195 rated it
August 24, 2017
Status: c11.2
I like writing reviews for novels that really stand out to me. The reader (one of the main characters) is someone with a very special personality. He has a great deal of trouble expressing his emotions but he really loves (though not the right kind of love, yet) and idolizes the protagonist. The protagonist on the other hand is currently hating on the world because of the stupidity of the people he once considered friends and comrades. This story is funny, has great room for development, and keeps you hooked... more>> waiting for the next chapter. The translator is awesome too because they are updating basically daily and they are also including images to further give us an idea of what is happening in the story. Definitely recommend this story.

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Sephiroth_Naruto_Shinra rated it
August 21, 2017
Status: c9.2
I really like this story and I am definitely grateful to the translator for having so much dedication in translating this story. I mean, as much I can read a bit of Chinese, the translator's English translations had made it so much more easier to understand what was happening. Plus, BC Novels puts up great picture accompaniments to the chapters which makes this Novel all the more better to read.

To the translator, please keep up the good work and I do hope good fortune comes in your way since... more>> you're even willing to share to the English world this great story.

Thank you and God bless! <<less
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admira rated it
August 14, 2017
Status: Completed
Okay, I spent several nights binging the MTLed raws, so I definitely missed out on a few points. However, it was 100% worth the read for me. The story moves along at a decent clip, and isn't overly predicatble. The romance is pretty solid, too. There are only a few side characters, and they don't stick around for long (they do come back, however).

The fact that the main character (reader) has 0 battle prowess is pretty interesting. Despite this, he manages his way through various situations. Rather than saying... more>> that he relies on the protagonist, it seems that he is usually left alive? He does have an interesting ability, which both helps and harms.

Overall, if felt like the author had a schedule for the series. It wasn't too fast, and wasn't drawn out with tons of filler, either. I felt that the ending left some questions unanswered. However, that might just be things I missed because of the MTL. So, I look forward to the translation.

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YukiChan801 rated it
August 23, 2017
Status: c11.1
I found this story after reading the other translation this translator did before dropping it for another translator! I was so happy that I found this story because it's really good! Even though it's just the beginning I can already see how great the plot is and it's not totally serious or total drama but actually has lots of comedy! I really love the MC and ML as well as how they both act towards each other so far! XD

I know it'll keep getting better as it goes on and... more>> I can't wait to read more chapters of this! Also the translator is awesome and actually spoils us with a half chapter everyday which in my opinion is very awesome!! I would definitely recommend this!!!! \ (≫w<) / <<less
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veihakase rated it
August 16, 2017
Status: --
Sooo I just happened to read this because one of the translators I followed translated this (BC Novels). Putting it aside that this one has a manhua (which is not translated but is worth to see), the novel itself is actually pretty good for me. This is one of the novels that has a relatable MC since he didn't actually gain an oh-so-OP characterization except for some things (*wink), you'll know once you've read it. I also enjoyed the 4th wall breaks between the author and the MC (it's like... more>> a transmigration-ception kind of thing wherein the reader as himself is transported to the novel world and the author somehow reacts on every situation our MC is in as well as the ML). The ML also has interesting background and I'm definitely looking forward to this and how he'll be with our MC. It's interesting and enjoyable. I think it's worth your time ;) <<less
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foxymirage rated it
August 15, 2017
Status: Completed
If you're looking for a BL novel that has a unique premise with a twist, good plot development, great humor and mutually exclusive loving couple... look no further. This is definitely a must read for all BL lovers out there. It has been so long since I ended a novel with a satisfied heart. It's amazingly good for a novel that only has 95 chapters! Best of all, it doesn't have pointless misunderstanding and dramas! There's too many moments that I love and nothing can justify the scene... more>> with my meager words... Go ahead and take the journey yourself to experience all these amazing feelings. You're gonna regret if you pass this gem up! <<less
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Anxin rated it
September 8, 2017
Status: c20.1
The MC has a cold face but in reality is a cute silly person, so far the story goes at a nice pace and the setting is interesting with many fantasy/adventure situations. The ML is a bit possesive but interesting.

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MillenniumMoon rated it
August 29, 2017
Status: Completed
One of the best danmei/bl story I've ever read. And I've read a whole LOT. It's also extremely romantic and I just love the MC & ML.

... more>>

The ML starts off as very cold and paranoid which is justified seeing as he's been betrayed a lot but when he falls in love with the MC he's very romantic. (Giving him a ring and vowing that he'll destroy whatever/whomever hurts the MC, even himself.) The MC is great too, he never annoyed me which is a first since usually a BL/heroine will usually have traits that can get me irritated. (Childishness and being dumb etc.) I'm kinda obsessed with this story.

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Midget_bunny rated it
August 16, 2017
Status: c6
Loveable MC definitely. There is manga/manhua? For this and from it I can see that MC somehow has expressionless face.

But, his monologues are too funny for me to handle. Recommend for light reading. Kind of fluffy.


There some kissing scene with skeleton. Heh

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CrookedCrown rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c25.2
Really love this manga! Not only is the story excellent, but the translator is the best at pushing out updates. I really love watching the protagonist's obsession and dependence on the Reader grow!

I also would LOVE to have a copy of Du Ze's doujinshI *cough cough* for educational purposes (/*/w/*/)
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Neelambori rated it
August 12, 2017
Status: --
I have read up to the translated chapter.

I can say the premise is very interesting. It's about how a reader is transported to the world of his favorite book and meets the protagonist. The protagonist of that novel is a mixed blood hence the title of the book is 'Mixed Blood'. There are 8 races and yes he has the ability to transform into them. Due to the MC's comment to the author the protagonist ends up with a warped personality. So our MC due to guilt wants to... more>> change the protagonist back to normal.

From what I have read, the MC is very hilarious and kind of an otaku. He is deaf and due to that he is ostracized and feels disconnected from the world and seems to have mastered the pokerface. But his internal monologue is comedy gold.

The protagonist of the novel seems to fall to the yandere side a bit? He is very possessive, from what I can tell. The MC isn't minding it so I guess that's fine. He is also very cold and ruthless (due to the blackening?).

And I am actually here for the romance and fantasy. From what I have gathered it's very romantic the relationship progresses at a normal pace.

overall it's a great read and has many likable things, a good romance, engaging plot and humor.

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JuuHachi rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c25.2
While the ML's backstory is tragic (due to the MC) their interaction with each other is cute and amusing.

MC (with a permanently stiff facial muscles) who trolled the author and got a black ML transmigrated to the world of ML due to a doujin and foolishly (accidentally) stealing the lines of the other characters. At the end of each chapter the author shows an excerpt from the "novel" which shows how the appearance of the MC within the novel changed the story thus we are treated to sight of... more>> seeing the progression of the MC's value to the ML.

At the same time we see how foolishly and endearingly oblivious MC is towards the burgeoning feelings of ML. In this novel we have two characters whose EQs are low and yet terribly self-conscious.

This novel is basically the novel version of a well-written fluffy, hurt and comfort self-insert fanfic.

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Ritu rated it
August 21, 2017
Status: --
It's a very funny novels. The characters are interesting. Character development of the introduced characters have been very nicely done.

I'll not give any spoilers. It's a good (kind of explicit in both the smexy way and the disgusting way) light hearted BL. 100% recommended ;)
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