As of 854:
There is a part in ch 30 or something where the author entirely glosses over the matter of MC finally getting some maid servants from her evil stepmom.
She weeds out the spy using a trick and punishes her severely and sells her away. She presents the evidence to her father too so her stepmom can't say anything about it. Then she proceeds to use some psychological mojo on her other servants to make them paranoid that they'll be ratted out if they're a spy, and they end up coming out to her themselves...
Mine is a little more summarized, but that is practically what you get in the actual text.
Ok, so I read up to ch28 right?
The evil King's plan is basically revealed to be: make up some priestess BS; summon stupid people they can control and pretend one of them is the priestess; instigate said priestess to advocate the war; spread propoganda about not believing in priestess = sin so they can kick out the people who advocate peace; conscript all fighting citizens to their army, but meanwhile treat them like crap (because that's always a good idea, right?) ; wage war on dragon kingdom and win!
Seems like there might be more to the plan from where I read, but honestly I got bored of it...
The dragon king conducted espionage, but practically did nothing else. No negotiations (tho that wouldn't have worked), no contacting the non-pro-war nobles and maybe manipulating things so they'd sit on the throne (which would've been a better thing for all the countries honestly, if the humans were going to be human supremacist pricks), apply pressure on the human government with sanctions or whatnot, or even outright kill the stupid source before you things escalated to actually going to war, but they basically just sit and watch for TWO years as the country goes to sh*t... *facepalm*
What are you people doing, running a country...
Theres a part where I cringed (it's untranslated as of yet) where Ruri goes to the kingdom that summoned her and looked at a normal village. It's near the time when the war is going to star up, and people were starving in poverty with soulless eyes.
Now, what does Ruri do after seeing this?
She wordlessly walks into the village in human form. Without speaking to the villagers who don't pay attention to her because they're too busy being poor, she casts magic that grows fruit trees and uses wind magic to distribute it to everyone else. Then leaves.
When asked later by her spirit pet? Thing why she did it, since it'd have no effect on the people at all, Ruri replies that she knows, it's the country's job to fix the problem, but she just couldn't leave them like that.
It's just... cringe.
I mean, her actions might be noble, but the way it was delivered seemed so MC centric and self-centered... Maybe if at least the author pulled the poor beggar child bumping into her either trying to mug her for money or beg for food cliche, and THEN she had gone and done that, it wouldn't be as bad. But Ruri literally walks into the village, unprovoked and making minimal contact with the villagers at all, and does her life saving mojo. What happens after those fruit trees stop possessing food has nothing to do with her, apparently.
IT JUST FEELS SO PRETENTIOUS!!
You can give a man fish and feed him for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed them for life. What Ruri did was the former. She didn't inspire them to live (like a good protagonist would) or give them purpose, or even try to help them out of their predicament. All she did was give them food that's would last for who knows how long and help them stave off the hunger. It's not like they'll get seeds from those magic trees (who knows how long it'll take for them to grow too), it's not like they suddenly have enough energy to go farming or hunting, it's not like their brothers and husbands will come back from being forcefully conscripted into the army, it's not like the soulless look in their eyes will go away from just an apple or two...
In the end, other than trying to look good, what did she really accomplish here??
I agree that the initial impression with the grandma wasn't the best, but this is also part of the mystery. There is a reason why the relationship between her mother and grandmother is so bad, and Chen Shuanghe is probably not the ML (maybe not even 2nd ML, more like 3rd?). His father appears more than he does. :/
Basically so far he's just blipped back on the radar once the MC gets a role in the modern world. He often plays in the movies she gets casted in (or tries), and he hates/envies her. That's the majority of their relationship at least for the beginning.
So unlike other QT stories I've read, this is not a "transmigration into other worlds, follow quests/orders from a system, get op cheats" formula story (not that I hate those).
The MC instead goes into a creepy movie theater and has to live in movie worlds. Death is not permanent for her (in most cases?) as her real body is at the movie theater.
Spoiler for a bit ahead as well, the movies she QTs into, they're not actually movies! They're actually...... Ok, I won't tell. >_<
She ends up traveling back to a past world she was in and meets one of the important characters again, in a drastically different world setting though...
- Too OP MC. Her cheats have cheats, basically. She is presented with challenges but she solves them fairly easily, and tends to let go of guys that will be problematic later on (for plot purposes).
- Uninteresting support characters. Though some do have their own back stories and such, Lin Qiao doesn't rely on them much, so when they appear it's less excitement and more "oh, they're there."
- Lackluster villains. No one is matching up to the MC's powers at this point, she doesn't really have rivals, and the reason for her growth now is to protect her base/family and get revenge. But she can (easily) suppress villains who are a higher level than her with her cheats, so she solves "hard problems" fairly easily.
- Stagnant character growth. Other than "must revenge!" the characters don't change much from when you first meet them. There are basically no world changing relevations that flip their worlds upside down, and if there are events like that, it's mainly part of a back story and not happening at the present. It's not a story where people question the morality of their acts or are forced to make hard decisions.
Do you want the MC to die??? He's a freaking infant who is greatly hindered by that a***ole god Rodcorte from growing more powerful and basically cursed him with a sh*tty life of bad luck and misfortune, so much so he'd rather kill himself than live.
Sure, he can slaughter the village. He wanted to too.
But what about after?? What about Priest Gordon and Heinz who are WAY stronger than him right now?? Who are a HUGE threat to his life???
Make a mysterious event happen => have some people investigate but have no clue about what happened = Life is safe for now, revenge carried out
Make mysterious event happen that kills people => have people-- STRONG people, people out of his power league right now-- hunt him down ruthlessly BECAUSE he killed a WHOLE town of people => revenge carried out, but large chance that he'll die and just end up face to face with Rodcorte again.
He had to hide from Gordon for two months living on earthworms and sh*t, what makes you even remotely think that he can just arrogantly kill as he pleases and get away with it scot free???
Not to mention, the more attention he garners, the higher up the people noticing him will be ranked. He did get noticed by gods further on, but that was when he had already built a base for himself and had made allies. He'd have to face against evil vampires following evil gods who can sic 6000 elite soldiers on them + vampire subordinates with super strength and speed and thousands of years of life and fighting experience while he's not even 1 year old yet, you know?? If you think you could survive that as a baby who just started out in the world less than a year ago, then I'd like to see you try. =_=
No point in carrying out revenge if they'll end up taking you down with them. That's not revenge, that's just stupid.