A Smile from the Villain

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As a person who transmigrated into a novel written by himself, Qin Kaiyi experiences a huge pressure and burden.

Even more so, he transmigrated as the villain and is forced to follow the plot. Qin Kaiyi expresses that he doesn’t want to write novels anymore.

Qin Kaiyi: “WTF. transmigrating into the villain and being forced to follow the plot. Just let it be. Shen Feixiao, can you get the f*ck down from my body???”

Shen Feixiao: “Shixiong, I won’t.”

Alright, actually this is just a s*upid story about transmigrating into his own novel as the villain and getting pushed down by his own protagonist.

Associated Names
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ASV
反派邪魅一笑
Related Series
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Recommendations
The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System (7)
The Villain is Outrageously Beautiful (3)
This Way of Transmigration Is Definitely Wrong! (2)
The Transmigrated Senior Martial Brother (2)
The Villain Has Something to Say (2)
Cheeky Sword God (2)
Recommendation Lists
  1. BG/BB transmigration novels with male yandere
  2. BL that I've read
  3. (BL) Book Transmigration
  4. nomenieguesunabuenahistoria
  5. Transmigration : Reincarnation : System {Boys Love...

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Review
78 Reviews


SleepyMintii
New SleepyMintii
Oct 05, 2021
Status: --
My low rating and review has nothing to do with the tags. I don't think anybody should be rating this solely based on the tags. You have every right to feel uncomfortable and not want to read something with r*pe in it, especially with BL where r*pe is almost always mishandled and glossed over in writing. (Exactly like what happened in this book.)

My rating simply mirrors my opinion on this book. I feel like I wasted my time. It's not very funny, nor was it very sad. Just so-so.... more>> Which is a shame because I really did find the first half of the book quite interesting. The characters were intriguing, and the system that worked against the MC was a cool idea that made me super eager to see how things could possibly work out for the MC. But somewhere along the line... It became a little too plain and dumb. If you enjoyed it, that's good and I'm glad. For the translators sake, I'll add an extra star to the rating.

But.. Maybe if the ML redeemed himself? Or okay, let the ML stay an a*shole but.. maybe if the author worked on a more satisfying conclusion to everything? Or even a satisfying build-up? The way the ML found out the "truth" was boring.. He didn't feel conflicted, didn't really think too much of it. Simply said "idc" and went on with his plans. And the way things developed.. Was boring. I would expect more with such a promising premise. Also.. Did ML even love the MC? Isn't this just an obsession... ? In these circumstances.. Maybe then, this just needed to be more ruthless... ? (Lmao Ignore my inner maso)

I don't think it's the worst of the worst or anything close to that, but it's definitely still lacking.

Edit: I meant to give this a 3-star for that extra star but.. I don't know how to change it now... orz <<less
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remiss
remiss
Dec 20, 2018
Status: c97
Warning, contains r*pe.. ML has a possessive yandere personality. This novel is a tragedy and there's not much comedy actually. The ending is a "HE" (at least according to author..)

I was interested in the beginning, so I mtl the raws but got disappointed.

pros: consistent character development, non-cliche plot changes when MC alters plot.

cons: bc of consistent characters, plot could only travel in one direction.
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a direction where MC doesnt/can't love ML bc ML is abusive

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Not my cup of tea, plot spoilers below:

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Even tho it's supposedly a HE, imo theres practically no chemistry/romance between ML and MC..

Basically a story where MC is forced to follow the plot and do bad stuff to pit the ML. MC can only go back to real world after getting the protagonist (ML) to kill him. The plot gets changed, but the MC manages to follow the system quests. ML "falls" for MC but blackens due to the system quests. Then it gets to the 'little black room' trope with lots of mental/physical abuse. ML captures and seals MC powers. MC gets r*ped a few times and develops depression and stockholm syndrome. Near the end, MC and ML die in novel world. ;)


There's a complicated part I don't quite understand where MC goes back in real world and meets ML again, but then it somehow switches back to the novel world. (Not sure if parallel worlds begin to happen or something but MC is somehow in both worlds w ML?)

Well, in novel world, MC is somehow revived but still sealed and imprisoned by ML and then MC makes a deal w ML. In exchange for saving his friend, MC wont try and escape. Author's note sorta explains how despite MC not liking ML, they get along eventually w time. (And MC finds "happiness" sorta bc he just gets used to being stuck with ML)

Meanwhile in real world, ML shows up in MC's life.. MC still has memories of the novel world.. ML manipulates MC, distancing MC away from his parents so that MC has no one else. ML pampers MC by doing chores and making food, and then leaves suddenly so MC can realize how much MC needs ML.. They end up together and HE! Overall, the message is: in spite of how miserable life can get, you can adjust w time and still find happiness! ^_^

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StarlaBlaise
StarlaBlaise
Feb 06, 2019
Status: Completed
I mtl'ed this novel and got addicted to this author. He/she definitely can write believable yanderes (love them!). And not just "ML beats rivals" as most writers do, but straight up nutjobs, who go after MCs to the other worlds, change time and revive them, r*pe and break their legs. AND those cases aren't shown as "love" (many chinese BL writers often showcase r*pe as component of love). No, the writer knows that this is sick and the characters know that too.

So, about "A smile from the villain" novel... MC... more>> is a writer of the novel and ML is the main character. ML is a pretty standard hero of a stallion novel at first: he's a poor child, whose life was cruel to begin with and nobody was kind to him. He doesn't know what love is and that's pretty important. MC wrote him so himself and then he transmigrated via the System and changed the plot a little. Those little changes affected it so much, that the only character, who became kind to the ML was his alter ego/Masked Man. That's why I understand ML's obsession with MC, although it's still sick and bad and hurtful. But when everybody is either cruel to you or indifferent to you, ML's obsessive behavior is pretty logical. He's a broken man and he has broken MC along the way. It's not a HE kind of novel, for which I am thankful, cause ML is a sick, obsessive yandere, but the ending is logical. You can't just ran from this man and if running isn't an option, try to get something good from this. <<less
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hiryukaede
hiryukaede
Dec 19, 2018
Status: Completed
The story excually was good,...

but,... Beware this story have r*pe content,... The crazy and possesive ML, dominaring, yandere, and black Belly ML...

In the beginning, the story was good, the plot, how the MC solved all the problem,... Thea MC also not weak...

... more>> If you think the MC will be soft hearted with ML,.. then, you really wrong! The MC not easy to fallen in love,... Well, its fair enough, the pain from MC give for ML,.. aiyo~ I'm crying when ML follow MC to die,...

I can't blame the ML, he... Just.... Falling in love, and despirate, couse unrequited love for so long, really, really for a long time, until MC give up and realize his feeling... sigh...

But, I'm glad this story have happy ending,..

Psssst : they also have son in the ending,... only adopted tho,...

Recomendid this story for someone who like dark yandere plot,... dont worry its 1vs1 story...

Also this story its depend on how you see it, it can be good or bad story,... <<less
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Emma_cs
Emma_cs
May 24, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is disgusting !

I have read my fair number of disturbing novels, but this has truly breached every sort of acceptable 'standards' for a book that I might have.

It starts off as interesting, it's very similar to "Scum Villain" so I would go as far as to say the author was strongly inspired and wrote the events almost exactly as in the novel mentioned above.I decided after 24 translated chapters that I would MTL it - the worst decision of my life.

Do not let me start talking about... more>> the time skips, which happen almost every chapter - this way we don't even read about actual development of powers or character, it's just pointed out that ' an y amount of years passed and suddenly he is one of the most powerful cultivators'.

Starting from the 50th chapter, it all went down the drain. We get to know some crazy ML, he makes this whole crazy plan and captures our MC. Then proceeds to r*pe him multiple times and emotionally manipulate him to no ends. It's not even in a romantic way, it's in an abusive obsessive one.

That part disgusted me the most, believe me when I say I was disturbed when reading the actual novel and then reading the reviews which are a bunch of people romanticizing toxic abusive relationships.I'm very disappointed and hope that no one reads this tr*sh. <<less
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RickyTracy
RickyTracy
Oct 15, 2020
Status: c79
Because of those bad review, I almost miss this novel. Are you kiddin' me ? You guys don't have eyes for reading Tags? Gosh.... This story is not the romance drama all of you expected. But the story flows in a way of being resonable. Why must you all compare with other novels? LOL. This Novel's Author write everything that differ from you-know-what- famous-novel-books' plot. Never act like a victim you haven't been read yandere type ML and nobody warn you, the yandere you expected may be soft-hearted when it... more>> comes to his lover. But the real yandere is not and this novel ML are not like that! They are real ones! Got yourself out beutiful dreams. Unless you need not to read this novel. Because this novel MC's mindset is way too much reasonable! <<less
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hy-d-ra
hy-d-ra
Jun 27, 2020
Status: Completed
Rate: 2.5. The ending is HORRENDOUS.

Why I give this novel 2 stars despite inadequate ML (like honestly, he's such an a**hole), is solely based on approach. I might actually think too much and create a theory, which wasn't a part of author's main idea. But somehow I found interesting the idea of being realistic considering the situation MC ended up in, which is: MC ended up with a system, which isn't a golden finger one, but which forces you to tasks. This screams word "miserable". You do it - reward,... more>> you don't do it - punishment. MC's life turns to be miserable from all sides. His actions he's supposed to do go against his morality. I personally don't like stories where characters are forced to do things, because it annihilates all the genuine feelings. His empathy made the wheels of events turn in an opposite direction, because he wronged and helped the ML it f*cked up both their lives. MC was wronged many times, mostly by ML. Most devastating was actually a mental instability of MC at the end. If you look at it from the point of view where MC realistically goes through shit, because he is basically at disadvantage by default, it doesn't seem like a bad main part (although events become empty at some point, side-characters come and go without conclusion), but what actually ruins it is the ending and going back to the real world. It was rushed and wasted. It simply buffled me and it has the longest author's notes explaining themselves.

Spoiler

Major spoiler. But what actually I find horrendous is the fact that instead of getting rid off MC psychological shadow, he somehow feels fine, until he meets ML in RL, For some reason ML proposes to live together to figure out "feelings". But when MC says - still no (reasonable, I mean their time was like a textbook noncon), ML blackmails MC, sends some kid and a hooker to ruin MC's reputation in parent's eyes... It should make MC want to come back... I can't. And MC eventually just gave up. I can't x 2.

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gnessa14
gnessa14
Apr 14, 2019
Status: Completed
This is basically "The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System" x "The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love". The attitude of the MC here is similiar to Du Ze from The Reader but the ML is crazy and manipulative. While I liked both characters and I enjoyed the journey a lot, the ending was very unsatisfying.

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I like CPs with strong love but for these two, love didn't exist. Even the ML admitted that he didn't love MC at the end. He didn't care if MC hated him or loved him. It feels to me like he wasn't even sexually attracted to the MC. He was simply obsessed with the idea of being around the MC and the MC just got used to the ML. I think they call it Stockholm Syndrome?

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I'm giving it 5 stars still because other than the above, I'm very happy with the story overall. <<less
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Letifer
Letifer
Aug 23, 2020
Status: c75
Thank you so much! Been looking forwards to this one and man, I'm so glad that it's almost completely translated. Thank you for all your efforts dear translator and please don't mind all the hate. ♡ The tags are there for a reason and it's their own fault if they didn't read them.~
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Asahi_411
Asahi_411
Apr 20, 2020
Status: Completed
Warning: READ THE TAGS BEFORE YOU READ THIS NOVEL.

I rated this full stars not because I really love it, it's just because this story giave me quite a lot of thinking about the relationship between MC and ML and well... as you can obviously see from the tags and other reviews, their relationship is an unhealthy one. I hadn't expect it was quite a tragedy when I read the completed novel in my native language (if you don't like tragedy like me, don't worry, it's quite short and this... more>> is a HE).

Same opinions with other review, if you are expecting big love chemistry/romantic interaction between the MC and ML, then I will have to say this beforehand: Their relationship is not a common love story.

Let's start with the MC, I can tell that MC does not love ML (but he cares about ML and well... he manage to find hapiness and enjoy his life while being with the ML). His feelings to the ML are mixed with care, protection, guilt, scare, dependence, etc. In this story, there are rooms for MC's affection for ML to grow since whether he truly love ML or not at the moment, he feels uncormfortable without the ML being around.

About the M, how can I say this, it's quite hard to many readers to tell whether he love the MC or not. He want to possess the MC, he manupilate the MC and the people around him so that he can keep the MC by his side. He is truly a hardcore yandere. To ML, MC is like the beacon in the dark and he can not bear a life without the MC. You can call it love, you may not call it love but MC is undoubtedly the most important person to ML.

In conclusion, they are dependent on each other and can't do without the other person. They get what they want in the end, they're happy with their life together so yes it's a HE.

So again, read the tags carefully before you read this. <<less
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EndlessLove
EndlessLove
Dec 24, 2018
Status: Completed
One word: Yandere

The ML is the true definition of the word. You really cannot escape him. However, in all fairness, the story was good. It wasn't personally satisfactory, but the contents were emotionally provoking... or am I brainwashed myself? In anycase, the misunderstandings and the lengths of how things turned out into made my heart ache.

Read the tag for tragedy.

Is it a happy ending? Yeah. -_-
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StarPhia
StarPhia
Apr 26, 2021
Status: c81
Okay how do I put this. The novel started off great. It was a bit similar to SVSSS, but it was also quite unique, just with some similar tropes. The story WAS interesting and the characters were cool, although some of them needed a bit of redemption. And all in all everything was great till about chapter 80. This novel could have easily gotten a 5/5 from me if it followed the same formula it did in the beginning. The story had a lot of potential and had quite a... more>> few interesting mysteries and neat characters that were mysterious. There could have been some drama between the characters and the ML could have some redemption and learn to be a good person. The MC was quite interesting and his host had quite a few mysteries with it. I won't deny at all that I didn't enjoy the story for a while, there were many interesting things going on. But all that stopped around 80 and it just turned into some weird r*pe kink kind of thing. I read the MTL to finish the novel and I gotta say, I was very disappointed. This is probably the worst ending I have ever read. Unlike other questionable stories with r*pe and Stockholm syndrome, I don't even think this can be considered Stockholm syndrome since neither the MC nor ML fell in love with each other? I'll say this without spoiling too much, but the ML was kinda like, oh well I've come this far, might as well annoy the MC until he wants to have s*x with me... Like the ML stopped liking the MC a very long time ago and was just in it to have sex. And the MC never really liked the ML either, he was like, oh well this guy is fine, guess I'll be his s*x partner, I don't really care... So basically all the relationship building before just turned into nothing. Great! But I can appreciate that the r*pe isn't romanticized and is probably a reason why the MC will never actually love ML and why he is afraid of him. But in general there is no good resolution to their relationship.

Thats not even the worst of it. Like half the plot just never had a resolution because the author decided to do some wacky stuff (won't spoil) and kinda ruined everything from before. There wasn't much conclusion for the characters in the novel and it was just disappointing. This was the worst part of it for me, fine if you wanna do some crap with the characters, but don't completely go back on the entire plot that was set up!

I will say this, I knew what I was getting into when I started the book, I read the tags. When done properly r*pe can give some interesting drama to a story, so can an evil ML. If their is a tying of the ends and a kind of redemption or just anything that gives the MC a reason to forgive the ML than fine! But the ML just gets worse. The story has a bad ending for the characters, I know that, and I don't care. I just want a story where the plot happens for a reason and isn't full of a bunch of loose ends. If you want to write a story where all the characters are awful people, fine, just make it good. The biggest thing about this story is that the ending could have been done right, but I do not think it was. It was rather disappointing to see how the story was finished. Like I'm always game for the MC suffering and dealing with tough times, just when its done properly.

I understand the people giving a 5/5, r*pe is what we signed up for when we read this novel. That isn't even the thing I was so frustrated about with this novel. This is weird to say, but this novel probably handles r*pe the best out of any book I have ever read with some components of r*pe. It was by no means an issue. I don't even think the whole keeping the MC captive thing was that badly written until the ML kinda started alienating and forcing other things on the MC. I forget what exactly it was since its been a hot sec since I've read this novel, but I really didn't like the whole bath portion with the MC's hair changing. I won't elaborate because of spoilers, but that was really where this novel was ruined for me. But there is something I do want to talk about (big fat spoilers ahead).
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The worst part of this novel was when the MC and ML went back to reality. The MC was very confused from what had happened in the novel and he eventually comes across the ML. Fine, but then the ML gets a little weird in his pursuit of the MC. This is the biggest thing that ticked me off. So the ML adopts a kid in order to pressure the MC into dating him. I really didn't like how a kid got dragged in. In the end of the story, no one is happy. The ML got over his affection for the MC and is only really with him to have sex. The MC was pressured into their relationship where he has no say in anything and basically exists to make food and have sex. He doesn't really like the ML either, its more of an emotional reliance I'd say. And the kid has to deal with some neglect and the BS from the MC and ML. Also nothing in the book world really gets resolved. (but this may have been an issue with the MTL, not really sure, but it still won't change my mind on why I hate this novel)

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I hate the MC for being a pathetic pushover that can't do anything, not even properly speaking up for himself. And I hate the ML for being a total jerk and even continuing to pressure the MC after his feelings stagnated. They are both quite unlikable, I mean the MC is pitiful and all and I feel so bad for him, but he doesn't know how to get his act together. If you're going to leave the ML then DO IT!!! AHHGSn so frustrating.

Really, I don't think the reason why this novel is so awful is the r*pe, its everything that comes after. Be it with plot issues or character issues. There isn't a satisfying ending. I also think this novel has the worst relationships between the MC and ML that I've ever read. There is a novel like this one called "Transmigrating into a Mob Character to Rehabilitate the Villain Plan, " that novel doesn't handle r*pe well at all and romanticizes it. It is also a rather awful novel that started out really well. But at least in that one, the MC and ML actually loved each other in the end. In this one, especially the ML, they DONT EVEN LIKE EACH OTHER. This bothers me a lot. I really didn't like the way the novel ended. And I will reiterate this again. The problem isn't the r*pe, it is the complete changing of how the novel was going without any previous hints (felt like a whole change in genre kind of thing), and how the characters end up with each other. I can understand not getting a happy ending, there are many well written books like that. But what I don't like is a bad ending disguised as a good one, done in a bad way. There are many ways to fix novels like this and it would probably be really good if it was fixed, I just don't think this novel is done properly. It has too many big flaws, that I just really don't like.

THE TAGS DON'T EXUSE THIS NOVEL FOR NOT BEING GOOD! <<less
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Nashi00
Nashi00
Apr 04, 2021
Status: Completed
I liked it a lot in the beginning and up to the part where ... more>>
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both the MC and ML died

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but the ending really lowkey ruined it for me. It was just straight up sad. Like, I'm so upset I need to find a good novel to read next to cleanse my mind and heart. It was honestly cringe and bad, all I want to say is, Qin Kaiyi, you pitiful, sad boy.

I mean, his life got better at the end and he seemed to fully enjoy it so I guess, I can't complain much if he himself is liking it. But I don't have much to say other than thinking it's sad. He has suffered so much by the ML yet all he's able to do is depend on the ml. Where did all your experience as someone who lived alone go before you transmigrated?

As a reader, I'm so tired. I feel tired for the MC. How was he not tired? After everything that has been done to him, he's still not tired enough. He wanted to escape yet he will never be able to. Nothing goes his ways. I'm tired of it all for the MC. Legit.

Should have just ended where the MC and the ML saw each other in the real world, then leaving it up to readers' imagination. <<less
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MeineMeow
MeineMeow
Mar 08, 2021
Status: Completed
I give 5 stars because despite of many controversial opinion about this novel, I still read it through the end. This is not a fluffy romance story. If you looking for fluffy couple, don’t read it.

I came here for the psycho yandere, and I have to say that I satisfied with how the author create a twisted psycho ML who went crazy and obsessed with MC. Until the end. He’s just crazy, that’s all. Is it love who makes him crazy? No. It was obsession. But I like it.

I honestly... more>> rate this only 3 or 4 star for the story. I give 5 because of the translation and author who manage to create a story who gave me so many mixed feeling between hatred and can’t stop reading till the end.

Once again, read the tags. Don’t give bad rating if you don’t like how the ML used every means to trap MC in his hand. The tags here explain it all. I feel so bad for the translator who seems don’t want to continue the translation. You did a good job! <<less
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gummybear123
gummybear123
Jul 11, 2020
Status: c67
I like this novel a lot so far and when I read that the translator was disheartened by all the bad reviews I decided to step up and write this review.

I find myself looking forward to each new chapter to see how many more misunderstandings develop and how deep a hole the protagonist digs himself into. The developments so far in the novel have built up the tension wonderfully btw/ the characters and I'm soooo ready for things to just explode!

I love myself a Yandare so the ML is just... more>> perfect! And the protagonist is the perfect mix of dense and yet smart that is believable and yet keeps you on the edge of your seat with the question: when is it finally going to dawn on him?

If you're into cultivation, reincarnation/transmigration, and yandere I'd recommend this novel so far! <<less
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Pegocorn48
Pegocorn48
Mar 30, 2021
Status: c81
Tl;dr: Read it like a psychological horror. MC my beloved and ML the manipulative son of a b*tch, absolutely hate that man

I came into this seeing the title and thinking "oh cutesy villain falling in love with transmigater??" and boy was I mistaken.

Lemme start with this, look at the tags and look at the comments before you read. I would not call this a romance. Take care of yourself, if any themes of non-con/r*pe are bad for you please do not touch this one because the last half is filled... more>> with all of those dicey, uncomfortable feelings.

However, I am a big fan of this one because it's such a good psychological piece towards the end. Like, the MC makes some questionable decisions that lead to the plot of the original turning strange, but he's trapped by his system, his morals, and his whole stance that this world doesn't matter in the end.

I should give some actual critique for story so here you go. The tl is great, even tho the original author sometimes makes mistakes and I sometimes got confused between what was spoken and what was thought. The story precedes through the different tasks that the system asks for and it doesn't have a personality. There's a lot of big time skips and the cast is kinda small but I'm appreciative of that in a way cuz you at least know how everyone is with characterization. And about characterization, our MC is very likeable in my eyes. ML though... yeah, no (to be fair, he's an interesting character with some characterization going on no matter how mc-centric this is. You can see the descent into madness happening though he sometimes confused me. ML is the type of character you love to hate)

ML "falls in love" gradually which I appreciate (the quotes are because you can tell this isn't love, it's obsession), and it's not that he falls in love as it is the xianxia setting amplifies his feelings of attachment along with lust probably. Makes this more interesting if you're looking for a more tragic/psychological story

One thing I do appreciate though is the fact that r*pe is treated as such, there is no bs "got assaulted but let's fall in love" MC is legitimately hurt by the actions of ml. He's a true yandere and the MC gets realistically hurt by the selfishness of the ml.

Big spoilers for ending and extras:

Spoiler

MC thinks he can escape but he really can't, I felt so bad for him, I'm rooting so hard for MC even now but I read through an mtl version of the end and the extras. He does not escape. He tries, and the ML pulls out some shady moves to force MC back to him. The ending is slightly bitter sweet as it has you believe ML is slightly different in personality that MC can live with but the extras shatter that. As ML acknowledges, this is not love. It is a twisted obsession, he does not "love" MC but he can't live without MC... Just oh dear the manipulation and the unhealthy dependence going on here... heck even I need a therapist after this one

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Slightly spoilery thoughts about second half:

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I just... I loved reading this, especially the spiral down for MC towards the second half, it's so much more realistic than what you usually see about MC reactions to ML actions. I am constantly rooting for MC and every bad thing that happens to him at this point just makes me sad

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ShizunShizun
ShizunShizun
Nov 16, 2020
Status: c79
I love this novel!❤️

Honestly, after reading several negative reviews in here ☝️, I put off reading this for so long, but... fortunately, since I was out of options, I started reading it with relatively low expectations (mind you, due to the low ratings given to it) but was pleasantly surprised!😍 The slow-burn was all worth it.

This novel has been misleadingly reviewed and improperly rated by parties who clearly are incapable of reading tags and trigger warnings. If the sole reason for downgrading this work is due to r*pe... I'm just... more>> speechless... weren't tags already placed for that purpose?!

And most importantly, 'A Smile From The Villain' does not romanticise r*pe at all, unlike many I've previously come across. Rather, it shows the bitter and toxic aspects that a relationship can develop into, in reality. Not all partners are gentle/loving/yandere-but-good-to-only-me in real life.

In my opinion, this novel depicts the butterfly-effect clearly, on how a minute change could lead to drastic unpredictable results later on, and show that not all such outcomes end up being pleasant. <<less
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mangaotaku
mangaotaku
Jun 22, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel... is something else.

It contains a lot of toxic, manipulative and terrifying content, and most of it is found in the relationship between the MC and ML. This feels somewhat like if Luo Binghe from Scum Villain never got the love he desperately craved from his Shizun before the betrayal, thus spawning an EVEN MORE twisted version of him, tbh.

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after MC and ML transmigrate back into their original bodies

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I find the way the novel reiterates that there really isn't any reciprocated love between the MC and ML, it was just the ML making sure to make his presence needed in the life of the MC and manipulating things to go the way he did very novel. It doesn't try to make the MC fall in love with the dude or whatever like in all other novels dealing with similarly twisted versions of love. The MC's easy-going personality just... sorta goes with the flow once he does everything in his power to get away from the ML, and fails. The novel doesn't try to paint the ML as anything other than a manipulative dude who's got a great grasp on human psychology and knows just how to make everything go the way he wants it to as much as possible.

Yan Gu and Ziyang Pei are very interesting characters that I would have liked more backstory on (or maybe that was there but I couldn't parse it from the mtl? idk) but I hate the shitty system sm man gdi.

But yeah, there are much worse novels out there; so go through the tags, see if you're up to read it, and maybe give it a go. <<less
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AmNut Obcess
AmNut Obcess
Apr 23, 2020
Status: Completed
Aha. The story is good, tho I recommend it to not read it if you like fluffy and light romance. This story is kind of heavy even for me haha.

Should have guessed esp with the heavy and dark tags.╮ (╯▽╰) ╭

But overall it's good. Tho it's a pit (kind of). I kind of enjoyed reading it til the end I guess. Tell you looking for the raw for this one made my headache. Thankfully worth 4/5 the shot.

I actually like the side characters a lot. Especially the interactions with MC... more>> (esp 2nd ML almost had a 2nd ML syndrome). Tho at some point their relationship with each other kind confuse me lol. Like at one sec they're killing each other and next they're having this shady deals. I guess I got used to eliminating the roots kind of ML/ MC these days.

PS. This story is kind of a pit for me lol. Why do I feel like adding the tag tragedy haha. Oh well, drama works too. But it's a HE so no worries. <<less
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EveningWind
EveningWind
May 16, 2019
Status: Completed
After reading some review I was thinking not to read it but the curiosity got me and I did read it is now thinking I should not believe in reviews much!! I almost miss this novel.. The only unsatisfying thing is I feel it was so short..i wanted more ~~~ and it did contain r*pe but I did not feel like any Stockholm symptoms occur. They r in love with each other but not the sweet fluffy love you normally see in novel..i feel like it is normal type love... more>> you see everyday life. So don’t bother about bad reviews and atleast try it out <3 <<less
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Berlin
Berlin
Sep 07, 2021
Status: --
This contains NONCON, READ THE TAGS READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

Knowing this is from the author of Kaleidoscope of Death made me read this and yeah, I'm fine with reading all kinds of horrific sh*t (the only time I can't stand noncon is if the author is clearly glorifying it). So yeah, what happens in this book was horrific to the MC and yup, Stockholm, even depression happened, read the tags.

Update: After reading several angst or dark BL including erha, I strangely find myself missing this one. I don't know... more>> how else to say it but there are times when you're in a mood for no holds barred noncon horror headed towards a BE. Sometimes, you don't just want to fill a glass cup to the brim till it overflows or cracks. You want to take it and smash it just to see it break. The underlying creepiness. The sanity leeching despair. The inevitable doomed outcome. Minus the ending, everything is pretty much perfect for a dark 'romance' thriller. ML is an insane yandere but seeing how he was treated by the MC and actually going crazy, his actions make sense. The story is entertaining in that it starts out funny, with the MC's comedic complaints over the system, yet the creepy, cruel reality sets in quickly once the plot starts snowballing. MC clearly is in over his head and not quite bright at handling things, leading to a lot of backlash hate and love from the ML which ultimately, backfires into the full blown yandere genre.

As I came expecting a horror 'romance', I'm pretty pleased to read this and would have preferred if certain intense scenes didn't get cut to dream states. And yeah, it would have been better if the author didn't have a justified 'happy ending' at the end. And regarding the ending, it's confusing until I searched for the Chinese version and it turns out, the
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last chapters where they enter the modern world is the ending to the story, with the part where he re-enters the book again being a what if side story, based on the title alone. Personally, I think it should have ended with the MC and ML both dying and the MC unable to return to the modern world.

Man. I'm one of those weirdos who wish this had a BE. It would make it all the more tragic and fitting, especially given how the MC and ML were headed towards a fallout after a long buildup. Stories like erha can get a HE because the relationship progresses positively. Stories like this however, in my pov, should end in tragedy to make it realistic - unhappy stockholm, death, etc.

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Translator has done a great job on this! I feel bad that so many have rated this badly for the noncon despite the tags BEING RIGHT THERE. If you expect to read a yandere, noncon funny yet traumatic story for the thrills, I recommend this. If you want a horror story with healthy BL couple goals, don't put down the author and go read Kaleidoscope of Death. I swear that one is the real gem amongst gems. <<less
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