As of 854:
Ok, so I read up to ch28 right?
The evil King's plan is basically revealed to be: make up some priestess BS; summon s*upid 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 s*upid 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 shit... *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??
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.
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. >_<
Certainly, her worship-like devotion borders on creepy if you really think about it, but I think it's the same for super fans of idols or fictional characters. She's always idolized and loved him as a 2d character, but now that he's suddenly real, the level of her devotion can be understandably jarring.
- 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.
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...
I felt the heroine was TOO good at what she did, there was very little struggle on her part. Everything was in the palm of her hands from the beginning.
But when I realized this wasn't gonna be a novel of redemption of strong character development I just read it for the drama xD I really wished I had some popcorn to munch on for some scenes. Surprisingly not too cliche in terms of antagonists but lots of fist fighting over her between the L.I.s lol
Tbh tho if I didn't know the heroine was so calculating I'd feel really bad for the life she lived through.
Also the ending is kinda weird? I mean, it's a true reverse harem end but... Is it true? 🤔
Gao Yuan (other name: Lu Zhi Yuan) : College sweetheart, later Boss. Younger brother of Lu Zhi Yao, legitimate heir of Lu family?
Su Shi: College suitor, gets very little screen time after actually. Other than the stabbing in the previous life but he's the most decent of them all lol but nice guys finish last I guess
Lu Zhi Yao: Illegitimate son of Lu family, later Boss of MC. Erm, let's just say he messed up pretty bad on his route I guess lol.
Qin Xiao: Adolescent boy, 18 when first met. Son of Qin Feng and acts kinda hormonal lol
Qin Feng: Father of Qin Xiao. Probably had the best chance with MC had she not been scheming inside all the time?
Feng Chi: Ehh he's my least favorite and that's something, having to choose from this cast lol. Pretty douche-y. Some sort of club owner/smuggler/ties with mafia guy.
Pei Yan: Probably has the least appearances and impression? Involved with a rival mafia group against Feng Chi. Stoic douche.
(Extra) Huang Yanran: Initially an antagonist, fiance of Lu Zhi Yuan and schemed against MC but things happen and... Well, yuri-subplot.