I think one of the most stirring scenes for me was after when Gu Ting Ye agreed to marry Minglan after Rulan was caught with the Wen kid, and to patch up the abysmal mistake, Minglan's father offered Minglan. Obviously, Sheng Grandmother disapproved of this, and they screamed a lot about it.
I was so incredibly touched that moment when Sheng Grandmother said to Minglan, "Don't you worry my child, I'm not dead yet! There is absolutely no way I will ever let them do this to you. In their dreams!" I was just so struck by this little old lady who is willing to go against Minglan's father, the head of the household, and all of the might that comes with the suitor's background as a general and new favorite lanky of the emperor. How could she possibly do it? She could have done it, I'm sure. But the odds were so against her and it just showed how much she loved Minglan and how far she was willing to go for Minglan's happiness.
But I have to admit that it's rather boring now that Minglan has married. I preferred her days with Sheng Lao Tai Tai. I ship that relationship forever. Love doesn't need to be about romance.
This story has really not prepared me well for the man that she married. She marries the former wild child Gu Ting Ye, who has basically berserked his way through Jiang Hu and the army in recent years and made a not too shabby name for himself.
It has been a REAL struggle for me to get into this relationship. I just can't help but feel like Minglan deserves so much better. I really actually preferred the doctor boy. I felt like that would have made for a romance that made more sense in light of the first 90 chapters of this story that went on and on and on about the emptiness of vanity and how upper-level ancient Chinese marriages are basically dead-ends for every girl - no matter if you are the concubine or the wife, it just sucks to be married to a powerful man. The breathtaking descriptions of the male lead's romantic feelings for Minglan don't seem to suffice. I feel like I was catfished into reading a historical-feminist story by a romance story cover, but then when I was getting into the strong, feminist themes, I got dumped with a romance story that I don't really want to read anymore.
This male lead is SUCH a weird character for a romantic male lead. He's related to Minglan in really weird ways - like how Minglan's friend used to almost be engaged to him and Minglan helped her break off that engagement before it became an engagement, or that he has some type of seniority over Minglan where she calls him "Uncle" (in some contexts, that's like the Chinese version of the daddy kink).
I think that above all the weird aspects of his character, I'm probably most bothered by the fact that Gu Ting Ye has been married before and has a kid already. It's a little too realistic, you know? The romance aspect just doesn't seem to work for me. I'm exactly like Sheng Lao Tai Tai when she was like, "They all think that the prodigal son who made a comeback as a general is some kind of treasure... I don't think he's all that at all... 却我就瞧不起... (she holds him in contempt) " I'm like, EXACTLY, Grandma! He has a kid already. Come on. When Minglan married him, the kid is like 8 or 9.
I'm not against single dads (on that note, the birth mom of his kid isn't even dead yet, she's just locked up at the hamlet because of her propensity towards violent schemes, so that's another point for uncomfortable baggage). But do you know what I mean... it's just not easy. Pragmatically speaking, an existing concubine's kid is a big no-no for Minglan's future kids as well. What if this girl gets raised to be a violent schemer like the usual trope for concubine children and takes revenge on her father who treated her and her mom like crap? And the fact of the matter is that he treated her and her mom like crap.
It's just not a fair marriage (which is the whole point of marriages in ancient China I know). Minglan deserves better. Like, maybe if Minglan were also a widower or has already spent her tender youth with the doctor boy and that didn't work out - then I would be so much more accepting of her marrying Gu Ting Ye. A widower with a widower. Of course, that's like assuming women have any chance of equal standing with men, which they don't.
Anyways, I'm going to move on to something easier for me read... I still think that this a really good story but I'm here trying to read some romance to escape from real life and this story kind of gets a little too realistic...
292 chapters into this story... and Kisshouin Reika still has no true love life.... MY POOR BABY! I think that she deserves all the spring happiness she yearns for and yet all around her are these people with actual romantic developments while she's just doing her best to not be envious of all the fun everyone's having while in love. Remember her elementary [?] school fortune: "Future blessing." But just exactly HOW far off in the future is that love blessing...?! Will we ever get to read up to that point?! I truly feel for her... *cry*
I mean you soon understand the reasons why literally no boy at her school has ever dared to approach her with romantic intentions. Her girl friends cherish her maybe a bit too much... You can only just sympathize with Reika when she just sighs in hopelessness at her situation and yearns for the day she leaves Suiran's high school section and maybe finally go to gokon...
To be sure, there has been a very [like REALLY] large increase in interactions with male characters, especially Kaburagi and Enjou, but nothing has been really suggestive. If it's suggestive, it's really only our vain wishes. For sure, I always think that I want to read an Enjou perspective chapter, but even if I ever do, I think that it will still only be a chapter [albeit a really funny chapter] about how adorable Reika is, and there will be nothing particularly compelling about how anyone feels. *grumble*...
I adore this. It's hilarious. This is around my third or fourth "otome transmigration into the body of the evil rival" story though it's actually a transmigration into a shoujo manga rather than a game. But I adore it. I think Reika is totally hilarious and adorable. She has a ton of interesting friends, and she herself is super fun and sweet. I hope that her high school days aren't hectic.
Oddly my favorite male characters are Onii-chan and Akisawa-kun, guys that she can't possibly end up with. But that's alright. I came here for the possibility of a romance, but I stayed for Reika. I think that eventually this will turn into a romance, though, between the more obvious characters, but it's just a matter of how that will happen.
The translator Oniichanyamete is GREAT. Excellent translation!
The presentations of Guang Wen Tang and other youths:
Shen Miao thinking "Do you dare? Well. I dare." as she was pulling the bow at Cai Lin at the presentations
When Xie Jing Xing watches Shen Miao set the ancestral hall on fire, risking her life to show her family what the uncles' families are TRULY like under their masks, so that she could carve a future for herself
Chapters 140s-150s, can't remember which chapters:
When Princess Rong Xin invites Shen Miao to her house to interrogate her [this is a HUGE SPOILER of like a series of unexpected progression of events...]
and Princess Rong Xin keeps asking her, Is Xie Jing Xing alive? IS he alive? And Shen Miao just keeps saying No, he isn't. And Shen Miao was thinking to herself, "the Fu family is just like this. They are all like this. They turn into heartless people." And then Xie Jing Xin shows up. I was crying so hard. I was so sad for literally all three characters in the scene; I was so sad for Princess Rong Xin and Shen Miao for picking Xie Jing Xing over her family and her own life, and then XJX for losing this mother figure who loved and cared for him for so long. CRY. But beautiful scene.
OH and also the scene right after that scene,
when Shen Miao decides to climb over each and every wall between her house and XJX's house because XJX is too jealous to let Cong Yang touch her to carry her over to his house.
And finally, MY FAVORITE SCENE. Literally the best scene of the novel, probably, chapters 190s
THE WEDDING. The entire wedding. From head to toe; from the proposal to the emperor to the family visit, to the betrothal gifts, and to the actual day of the wedding, omg I'm like crying right now thinking about it. I never had thoughts about my own wedding, but this wedding actually was legendary. The descriptions of the gifts that XJX sent to the Shen family and the gown that he had people make for Shen Miao gave me endless goosebumps; this was how much he loved her. The whole show was for Shen Miao's family but also for the readers. It was so beautiful. I also loved the part where Fu Xiu Yi watched as Shen Miao left her house and felt like crap.
Basically when they go to Da Liang, I felt like the new plots were totally crammed into the end.
Kudos to luckychaams! This story with its long title that I can't even remember is also now my all-time favorite! Just a day ago, I had declared Chu Wang Fei my all-time favorite, and I picked this up as a recommendation from CWF, and overnight this one has now suddenly taken the lead. I stayed up until 8 am reading all the translations in one sitting...
The transmigration premise is slightly different from the more mainstream ones. This time, a woman dies in her ~late 30s and goes back in time to when she was 14 to fix her life to prevent evil people from completely ruining her life along with the lives of the people she loves. In her first life, she thought she was in love with him, but at her deathbed I guess she severed all these feelings... not sure yet because in the English translations we have yet to see her interact with that character personally and who knows she might still have lingering tender feelings for the as*hole (THOUGH I REALLY HOPE NOT).
So the character goes back in time with all the knowledge about the two-faced people that she didn't know about in her first life until too late. The beginning of the story that lays out the background of her tragic end felt a little bit heavy-handed, but it ended up helping us really make sense out of the endless wrath that she carries in her second chance and you really don't feel overwhelmed by her merciless dealings. She is out for blood, but in a patient, abiding way...
This actually reminds me a lot of the Hunger Games. They both have some settings where the main character is like "on stage" and performing in front of a larger audience. And they both have this sort of noble lone girl resisting against the evil greater rulers and astonishing heaven and earth... And finally, the way she gets to perform and come out on top as the underdog. It honestly feels really good. This sort of "coming out on top" is way better than the OP'd characters in Stunning Edge of Genius Doctor. This one is actually a good story. Of course, our character also has her sense of OP-ness...
given that she unexpectedly inherits all of her skills and knowledge from her previous life (word for word, without practice, without muscle building? really?)
but at least it's not completely ridiculous. At least in my case, I was truly not certain about which things she would win at and at which things she would lose...
As for the romance; it develops very slowly, but it's there! It's just well entwined in a larger, exciting plot. In any case, when I read romances I also appeciate if the characters are good and if the plot is good, and in this case, all of these things are here. I think that the romance in this story might defeat the one in my beloved Chu Wang Fei... I thought Chu Fei Yang was a good male lead, but this guy actually gives him a run for his money. This story's protagonists are a smidge younger than in CWF, but they actually interact a little bit more. It feels a little more natural, watching how they might end up falling for each other...
I also think this transmigration (really it's more of a time-travel) story is my favorite because it is just clearly better written. It's a really good translation too. The translated prose is fine and the elegant, the punctuating, key phrases are harrowing and succinct.
Highly. Recommend. It feels like a short read but it took my like 9 hours so it is a nice escape.
The main girl lead isn't as quick as I would expect for the way the author designed her character. Her plans to protect her loved ones are not... airtight, so to speak?
When she fell out of touch with her friend Xiao Ning, ummm, yeah, that was bad writing, imo. I think that Gu Qiqi would have tried harder to do more for her friend even when she didn't know her friend's number was blocked on her phone... but I think that author just forgot about Xiao Ning. And then later when Xiao Ning was acting weird, the main girl lead still didn't realize what a crappy situation her friend is in... ugh, it makes me feel really frustrated. Honestly I really hate reading about her friend Xiao Ning because of this (not because I hate Xiao Ning - though I am also extremely unimpressed by everything she's done so far...) all the scenes and parts about Xiao Ning makes the main character look like a dumb, uncaring friend, and we all know she is not! And she still thinks the Little Uncle is Bai Lang! Yuan wang ah!
Whatever the author plans for Xiao Ning, I do hope that it gets resolved well and makes me feel good because right now it's terrible a stain on the main female lead's attempt to relive her life with flying colors...
I'm at the arc where she doesn't have a body and she's inhabiting the body of the super beautiful "pillar of the world" girl and she's like in the worst imaginable third wheel situation. This reincarnation arc is actually SO hard for me to read. I can't seem to confront how this damned "romance" between that one violent sect leader with the crazy acting skills and the "pillar" beauty is the Exact sort of cliched romance I normally love to read... and yet it looks SO s*upid AND EMBARRASSING when you put a normal character (the female lead) as a foil against the whole situation. *buries face in hands*
I have very little criticisms about the main male lead for all his good qualities and poor qualities, but if there was one moment when I deeply doubted that he was worthy of Zhu Yao was when they first met and he sighed and regretted that she wasn't younger.
Basically another person from her time also appears and they are literally fighting in a war opposite each other and this person is like a lot smarter than her... Idk, I've been skimming the recent chapters because there hasn't been much Li Wang and Bai Xiangxiu time ;_; I picked up this for the romance but the romance has been waning in recent chapters. Plus, since they really got together and mutually loved each other and everything, it feels like the plot has exceeded its raison d'etre... you know what I mean...? or I'm just a lazy reader
The poor "original main female lead" ends up a villain and her "downfall" is that she ends up having a lot of s*x with many different men. BOOOOO!!!
The premise of the story is that a super cute and innocent girl who is in love with life transmigrates/reincarnates into the body of a girl with a horrible personality and who has done really horrible things. There is so much potential in this premise! The way I wish it would have gone was that the moment the main FL realized how horrible the original body's owner was, she should have done her best to fix things... But it was never her priority.
I was most frustrated with the weird residual chemical reactions that her body's brain had upon seeing the Ichinose character. It actually scientifically makes sense, but... I'm not for that... Apparently in the past girl's life, these feelings ruined her and everyone around her, so like... she's better off without these feelings.
ALSO, if the original girl was seriously so horrible, people's reactions to her were not negative enough, in my opinion. More people should be like Yuuya. She should have made friends with new people, people who never knew of her. But it was weird that people who knew her quickly believed in her amnesia (despite their couple of lines of cruel skepticism in the beginning). ??? Is it cause she's good looking? That's not enough for me as a reader...
DID NOBODY ELSE THINK IT WAS UNSPEAKABLY CREEPY HE WAS EXCITED FOR HER FIRST PERIOD? 0_0
I really don't understand the main female lead's animosity towards the both of them. I understand taking revenge and feeling bad from your previous life, but her attitude and her actions really felt heavy-handed. I actually felt so bad for both Song Hui and Li Song.
Spoiler for Rebirth of Malicious... Military Lineage:
Compare Song Hui and Li Song to Pei Lang. Yes, Shen Miao hated him and was angry and took her revenge, but like... she did exactly what was reasonable. And he got what he deserved. But there was a limit, and she also eventually stopped hated him and torturing his heart with her animosity.