ML, that is so, so not okay. Gods. The angst is so real. I'll kick something if MC isn't happy by the end of this. The men in this story are idiots. I really need to vent.
Protagonist wrote the script (acted as the main lead and composed the music too, whoo boy) for a series and everyone expected it to do worse than another series with a bigger budget, famous actors/actresses, more advertising, etc. At first, the rating showed that the other series was doing much better but then his series soon overtook the other and shocked the world. For the next drama series and movie, rinse and repeat this process. The reason for the rival series/drama/movie failing is similar too: boring plot (foreshadowing lol). Yeah, it got this predictable and bland.
On the topic of acting, the author barely mentions his acting at all. I mean, composing and acting are completely separate from each other but author basically just said: "he got no NGs" and went with it. Like, uh? Sure, he got that one actor's soul in him (that he could practically do martial arts and parkour no problem) but there must be more he could learn from others and explain about (camera angles, techniques or even portrayal of emotions in his acting) but I can hardly remember any mention of it. It's like acting is just a side note to the protagonist's perfection. Author: "I don't describe it but guess what, he's perfect in this too!"
In the end, the plagiarism got to me because of how fast the protagonist whips out new (plagiarized) songs. It's like he can compose 10 songs in a week no problem, with lyrics and being classics and charting and all. And not to mention the nationalism in the author's writing. Good god. (Reminds me he can speak an entirely different dialect fluently and nobody really questions his flimsy excuse either.) At chapter 600, it's basically the author telling the readers to lick the protagonist's feet aka story went to the obviously self-fulfilling direction.
Also, this is just me being nitpicky but he romances a woman several years older than himself (which is not a problem, I personally think it's sweet and one of the good points of this novel, especially the fact that she's successful and can stand on her own two feet... though debatable on her acting career and comeback album because it's the protagonist that pushed her through fame with his works... but her insecurities about her relationship and age actually makes her more real than the protagonist) and there's really no bumps in their relationship at all. I mean, it's just straightforward pining then being together, etc. that it's kind of... superficial? A romance that has no negatives and only positives. Not saying the relationship should be continuous drama or anything but it feels like it's just there for the kicks and convenience.
I got more to say but the point is that the author made the protagonist so in-your-face perfect, it's scary (nobody really suspects of his sudden, huge changes too haha).
Where did your "low-key, low-key" life go to, international celebrity sir?
There are mentions of s*xual assault and underage s*xual intercourse.
Also the development of the slums, for example, is really quite unrealistic. The lack of Ariel and her fiery personality after the school arc also makes me sad. Plus, Vincent was mentioned twice (or once if counting only directly by the MC) after that too.
Qiqi arc. Good stuff.
Stuff about MC's character development (major spoilers ahead) :
I love it when authors place importance on the characters they write and their growth. MEN is amazing because Qianye was, in the beginning, a strong boy with compassion and the desire to prove himself. He hated all the dark races with no exception, because that's was how he was taught, even when he became a blood thrall he hated them. But his understanding of the world was too simple and the author did a wonderful job weaving this complicated world which the MC discovered little by little. Qianye became more flexible and he eventually reached the point of understanding that dark races are living beings too (somewhere in volume 6) and not in those exact words because the author showed his understanding rather than stating it. And this was all after he fell in love with a vampire, made friends with some of the dark race (aka William), spared some enemies and came to see that humans are equal or sometimes worse than the dark races themselves. Not only this, I love how he was hesitant about the Zhao clan but slowly, after learning more about them and the reasons why, his hatred melted away and he was able to genuinely let go. He didn't naively 100% come to love everyone or anything but he thought about it and opened his heart to those that he thought deserved his trust (for example: Jundu and Yuying), just like how he opened up to Zining and Botian. Honestly, if the author wrote a chapter or even just a paragraph about Qianye looking back at his past self, he'll probably be surprised at how different he is.
Not saying that MEN is without a single flaw, but personally, it did an exceptional job at this.
For example, what happened to Huang Guo and widow Li in the end? The author could have written more details about the MC aside from getting 'eaten' by the ML. Maybe her interactions with other women, her managing the household, making connections/friends, etc. but it seems like the ML is far more well-rounded as a character than the MC. After her revenge scheme was over, it was just the plot focusing on her pregnancy and that's it.
Really wish I could read the side story so I know what happened to Pei Khan in the end. Did he marry? Did he live happily in the end? Wish he was inspired by his ninth brother's love towards his ninth's sister and decided on having one wife or something.
And especially the kids. Ugh. The epilogue made me cry.
When she scolded the male lead out of worry and everyone was watching with fear, the male lead was happy instead. Then she actually acts like a tsundere. My heart healed.