Prince Cecil's setting is sorta like another certain prince in a well-known otome game villainess based light novel in that they're both overachieving princes (only I believe Prince Cecil may be a bit more calculating and practical minded?) Who find the world gray and boring until they meet their respective "interesting, colorful" villainess girls. I like that while he acts all clever and composed, he seems to be more "alive" with her. In the recent chapters, too, he's treating her less of a "toy" and more of a "fiancee" I think he may have noticed his transition.
Bertia herself is not so much as a villainess as simply a childish girl who easily shows her emotions and is just so cute it's no wonder her friends want to dote on her, and ber fiance just can't get enough of her antics.
The heroine is almost a plastered cast. In these villainess stories of otome games, there are only 2 main paths so far: They become friends or the heroine hates the "villainess" with all her being. In fact, if triumphant, expect her to always be a step behind a main target/the intended fiance/a whole group of boys, looking all taunting yet "pitiful victim that needs to be protected".
I'm a little worried about what heroine is implying and villainess is hinting... will something bad happen to Cecil if he doesn't end up with the heroine? Makes one want to use a sledgehammer to destroy that "preordained fate" that the heroine is the ultimate person to love. I want to believe (and I actually do; it's just that they're all making me uneasy) that Bertia and Prince Cecil end up together. The heroine can just cry tears nonstop and bite onto her handkerchief in annoyance.
Why did she keep having those dreams? Why did she get killed? Why did she transmigrate into the body of Ribbon? Why can't her ribbon be removed at all? Can she truly trust Wicked? What past did Wicked and Ribbon have other than what meets the eye as contractors?
when you're dad panics and sends you back to your room, when he doesn't show a slight bit of joy, when he is cautious and gives you weird warnings; isn't it obvious that something's wrong?! I can only hope her father will be ok...
Ah, main character, when will someone finally fall in love with you?! Everyone seems to have their love lives settled just fine as if it was all preordained... but we're in this far and still...!
I dislike her parents. They don't care about her, or her thoughts at all.
when their daughter nearly died, all they cared about was that they managed to meet a merman, and because of her near death experience, she got engaged to him. Not that she was about to die due to their neglect, or that the very merman they adore was supposed to eat their daughter.
And while I do understand her pain and her troubles,
I didn't like that she acted selfishly. I get why, but she was so mean to him (I know, I know, he was mean, too, but she did the same thing, disregarding his feelings and she also kind of took him for granted, esp. When he saved her, until the matter of him sacrificing himself to save her was brought to light, but even then she still didn't think much of him.) I guess I just felt bad for him.
Like what one reader had pointed out, I don't know when or how exactly did the merman fall for her. He didn't like her even when they first got engaged, and then bam: complete turn around when he got to her house.
This is different...
She wasn't engaged to the one she was meant to be engaged with, he ended up being engaged to: another person, neither her or the heroine, and they also did not end up together... I feel bad for the prince in a way. The heroine did not pop out of nowhere (she might, someday, but she wasn't at all revealed in this story... who knows? Maybe she'll end up with the prince?) Although no surprise with Jeremy liking her. I was actually rather half-expecting that they wouldn't end up with each other and that the story would end as per her original goal, or that the parents would be against their marriage, but no, they ended up together.
Jeremy's oddly obsessive fixation on her locking her up? Keeping her away from everyone's sights? Kidnapping her? Hooooh... he has the potential of being a horrible villain of the story... it's a good thing that it's only mild (?) because hey, he didn't lock her up and so far it's only all talk...
The schemes and plans of the wives and the quarrel of their children is the reason why one should really only have one wife. (I mean, sure, full blood siblings also quarrel for positions and inheritances, favors and the like but that just gets more complicated if there are children from different women as well!) The men just wish to indulge themselves and look at pretty ladies and have lots of descendants. The men have problems at court, so the women have to suffer through inner palace struggles as well?
It's interesting to see a popular man chase a girl. That even if he has a harem, his true love will be a single person.
First it was, "I hate this annoying person. I don't think I'll get along well with him/her."
Then it was, "Oh, this person's not so bad."
But then he adds,
"she was probably dumped for this and that reason"
However in the next chapters, he thinks,
He must regret dumping her. After all, she has a lot of good points.
Despite thinking earlier on that there were reasons for dumping her, he easily contradicts himself by thinking that there were a lot of reasons why he SHOULDN'T have dumped her.
I know, it's supposed to imply change, but since this story is short, I can but feel that the changes were rapid. Perhaps he just didn't realize?
And in the latest bit,
It becomes apparent that he likes her, especially noticed when she was putting herself down and when they saw her ex.
Her friends are high ranking... sure, it gives satisfaction, but since it was this way, it almost looks like she deliberately caused trouble for Tooru... which I approve of! It's just that, that part really stood out. How do I say it... "meant to fulfill the reader's desire for the boy to suffer"? Anyways...
The lack of link between both of them has been highlighted by them not being in an actual relationship yet the victim acknowledging the existence of the relationship. It was pretty effective - after all, the only thing that made him feel anything was those times at the beginning. The genuine him is the doubts put throughout (especially towards the end), and while he is probably no longer hypnotized, the brainwashing was successful - pushing aside his doubts, with no reason, he simply desired this man. This is also symbolized by him not knowing his real name until the end, and so he finally falls into the darkness willingly, knowing that only in it can he seek comfort.
I never thought I could see this many rivals everywhere. I knew the battlefield of love was bloody, but hooh, there's rivals everywhere you turn. Well, those "rivals" are mostly people who "regret". Of course, each rival just had to have yet other "extras" clinging unto them.
An Ran's ex-boyfriend still "loves" her after 6 years, after horrendously betraying her and cheating on her with another woman. On the other side, Yi Cheng's ex girlfriend who cheated on him with his best friend deeply regrets what she considers "one mistake ONLY"and wants to claim him from An Ran, as if the mistake was just an oversight and never existed. I despise people who use their suicide attempts and illnessesto illicit another person's concern/pity/love. Putting aside those serious issues and the cunningness, they're hurting the people they love. Of course, she's not the only one-her sister's there, too. Of course, An Ran's best friend also has trouble - she's less fortunate, however, in that her fiance-now-turned-ex is someone who can't make a proper decision and did not cherish her properly despite her loving him for 10 years. She was used as a substitute, he ruined the wedding, and caused her to have a miscarriage.
It's easy to see why I agree with the commoners. I want the main character to end up with the prince.
While I like that she absolutely has zero interest in romance; I can't help but pair them together anyway.
It's totally not the otome game she knew anymore. Does that mean that's Anna's fate in the game? See, a person plays an otome game and strives for a happy ending with that prince. They get it and Anna and the prince are together now. And then the person somehow finds out that after that, Anna and the prince don't have a happy conclusion... that's definitely bad for an otome game. Well, Shiris did act differently and there are rumors that the prince came to like her, so I guess Anna just had a bad end of sorts. But if the prince didn't love Shiris and he couldn't have a child with Anna... he won't have 32 concubines... will he? That just ruins the whole otome game and would be weird for a heroine with a halo (or a lot of good luck) . I guess the change of the storyline cursed these two to live in misery for what they did? And that's why I said this is a fairytale set in an otome game.
1. the villainess seriously challenges the heroine instead of helping her for her own sake or avoiding/sidestepping destruction.
2. the heroine is neither bad nor good, she's not the annoying girl who interferes/acts pitiful/somewhat harasses the villainess nor is she the direct buddy bff girl.
3. The villainess is still herself, and though she changed, and got her previous memories, she's still the old Belfreya - although she now has a different personality.
1. I know she's so filled with fighting spirit and that's her whole life from the start of this story (9 year old her) to the future, but she's so filled with it that everything else feels secondary. Her parents? Her actual likes and dislikes unrelated to this? Her hobbies?
2. The prince feels like... he's just there. I get that she's the focus, but his life is only glossed over.