Big Life


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Death, Depression, Poverty, Love issues – all things that a 27-year-old no-name writer faces.

Yet, with one fateful day, one fateful supernatural event, he gains the powers of a dead genius writer. Everything changes after that, and success after success comes to him.

Yet, he has a rival in love and writing, one who is also a famous writer and son of an international publishing corporation. This rival will do anything he can with his influence to beat him into submission.

This is a story of a writer, who must succeed against all odds.

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빅 라이프
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Slashs rated it
November 10, 2017
Status: --
I am a little disapointed with this novel as it has a lot of potential but fails to live up to it.

The MC is a failed writter that has lost his passion and just churns out below average work, his friends are doing better than him, he has no money, his publisher is likely to drop him, his college love, which he rejected for his work is working with a rival of his, well things aren't great in his life. However he has a lucky encounter one day when he... more>> "inherits" the talent of a dead successful writer along with magical tools to help him out.

I want to point out that this is not a re-incarnation novel, so the MC does not go back in time, he is not possessed by a writter who takes over his body or something like that.

Everyone loves a story of a poor underdog who manages to get past hardships to become successful. However the author spoils that.

    • The first disapointment is that the MC goes from a nothing, talentless writer to a successful one after writing one book. It's way too fast. Sure as the story progress he is more and more successful, but after one book he has publishers kneeling in front of him. This is too fast.
    • The second disapointment is that nothing he does is his talent. What he inherited from the dead writter... is actually that... Talent. The skills he got allows him to correct all his past mistakes that made his books boring. Exactly as if a teacher was looking at your work and told you "this is too detailed, this need that kind of thing etc". He doesn't have to train to use it, he gets it and he is suddently super successful.
    • The third disapointment is that it's hard to accept what is going on, we are expected to have some suspension of belief in those LNs. But from the instant the MC gets those skills he writes entire books in hours. That's right, in a day he can put out 3 or 4 books... There is no research, there is no preparation, he sits and writes like a gold farmer in an MMO does and he mindlessly puts out 10 books. It's not believable and not interesting. What are the book really about? What is the inspiration? This is about a writer so why is there no process to the writing of those books? In a martial art books, the MC trains, in a talent book the MC polish his/her skills to sing, dance, act. Where is this part?
    • The fourth disapointment is that the MC is unlikeable and there are double standards. I do not think the author is aware of it though. One exemple : the main rival is an arrogant unlikeable character (which is bacially what the MC has become after he got his lucky break), he of course becomes jealous of the MC and to win against him he ask his talented brother to improve his own work for a contest both he and the MC are in. We are suposed to find it despicable as he is not submiting his own work but is "cheating". The thing is... The MC uses someone elses talent and tools (stuff like being able to see all the faults in a book, writting super fast, reading super fasts, being able to read all thoughts and feeling from a target for inspiration and so on). How is this different? Even worse ! The rival is actually talented even without help, he got popular with his own work ! While the MC is nothing without that lucky break ! How am suposed to connect with the MC and feel the rival is too much for doing this ? The MC is doing much worse and he acts as if he is better despite it!

There are good points to the story though.

    • It seems there is some romance, or at least potential romance with interesting female characters. And it does not seem as though it would turn into a harem.
    • Characters are above average. They have a personality and are memorable.
    • Even antagonist are interesting as the author dedicate some time to develop them so that we can see things fromt their side (without being a POV chapter).
    • The novel is also rather lighthearted, it is an easy read.
I would say read it if you do not have much expectations or if you are new to the LN word (chinese, jp, or korean). As there are better alternative out them which, if already read, would make this a harder read for you. <<less
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PinkBunny rated it
August 18, 2016
Status: c15
This is yet another amazing translated Korean novel with excellent plot and character development. We see the MC going from the bottom of society to slowly climbing his way up the ladder with a skill all of us dream about we had. I can't wait to see what happens next

plot: 9.5/10

Incredible start to an amazing story like I've said before, can't wait to see what happens next

translator skill: 9.5/10

Few grammar mistakes here and there but nothing serious. Overall reads very nicely and flows great
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yukirina rated it
June 16, 2019
Status: c86
A very interesting concept crashed and burned way too early into the series. Mostly spoiler-free review, few quotes from the story has been added, but should not be an issue.

For a story about writing, it has repeatedly broke the fundamental rule of writing, "Show, don't tell." We are continuously given numbers about how many words per minute he writes, how many chapters he can complete, how many volumes he can churn out. All the readers and editors read his work and become astonished at how good it is. "No, you... more>> should have wrote like this before!" and "Since you changed a few things and altered the flow several times, the story completely changed. I read it well.” Then my favorite liner, “Rika, you’re the witness. Check out how fast I type.” Like what? He's not on a national typing competition. Who cares how fast he writes?

There's no emotions. There's no struggle. There's nothing. He just keeps churning out X words/minute and becomes a girl magnet. There's an unlikable "rival" who's sole job is to be as annoying as possible. In fact, even after several collisions between the rival and the MC, I only know two things. He hates MC, and he loves the girl that likes the MC. There's a popular quote in film-making, although arguable: "A story is only as good as its villain." Well this villain is rather disappointing.

MC is also a huge hypocrite. He's going around with the dead writer's abilities, not even his own, and he pretends to be a messiah in writing. Others seek to him for answers to the flaws of their story, while he can't even create a good story of his own. While that premise on its own would be an interesting comedy in its right, and would be a better story than this trainwreck of sentences this series is, it's not what it's about.

Numbers. There's way too many numbers in this story. How many views the chapter of his book gets, how many novels have been sold, how many people stand in line in his book signing, how much money he gets per volume, none of this matters. I thought I was in isekai hell with the status menus filled with HP and skill points all over again. I wasn't sure if I was reading a novel or a PowerPoint presentation.

Then the girls. Even though everyone and their mother, who I'm sure are all in love with the MC in this story, knows this story is a blatant self-insert, it made no sense whatsoever for some girls to start loving him. He writes well and then... what? They start crawling all over him. Some made sense, albeit done poorly, as he went out of his way to help them, although for one of them he just spent a whole bunch of money that he earned with someone else's talent, and then she starts loving him? Golddigger in the making, that's for sure.

Okay, I get it. It's a webnovel. I should not be expecting a bestseller from authors with incredible experience under their belts, but this is ridiculous. At least novels like God of Cooking showed me an interesting side in a backstage of a cooking show. The stage preps, interviews, and what people go through to make it to the top kept me intrigued. Grand Tour by Adam O'Fallon Price, the Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper, or Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, are all great stories, ones built on emotion, about a novelist in some way.

Translator did a great job and made it a great light read. But it is not a story I would recommend to anybody. Very disappointed. <<less
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Andrez-ssi rated it
September 1, 2016
Status: --
Really good, to be honest. I came here after reading God of Cooking and God of Music and it didn't disappoint.

The MC starts out kind of weak minded, but I really like the fact that after he climbed the stairs to success he didn't turn into a c*cky a**hole, but instead remained a decent person. The story has an interesting, if yet poorly explained, "cheat" gift, and there may be a love triangle in the horizon, but romance is not the focus of the novel.

My only complaint is that I... more>> personally dislike it when a character exists simply to be a foil for the protagonist. There's this one character I think is in the story simply to be hated. He was written to be easy to despise, has no redeemable characteristics, and his goals clash with the main character's, who he can't stand. His presence isn't really necessary for plot progression, so he's only there for the reader to have someone to hate and curse and feel good when he fails in outshining the MC. I enjoy doing it as well, but it still feels a bit lacking.

Nonetheless, it's still a very entertaining novel, so I'd recommend it if you like the genre. <<less
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yamikage rated it
October 15, 2016
Status: c44
Very well written, the emotion of the characters can be felt since they're not described in an absurd 'most Chinese web novel kinda' way.
There's not much chapter and the update is not that fast, but you should definitely try reading it.
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kwrobes rated it
August 25, 2016
Status: c23
I really like reading it right now, but the problem is I don't know where he'll go from here. He's already become a successful writer so I guess all that's left is the drama of relationships. It could be very good, I just don't see how it can push forward since his skills have become so godlike and recognized. I do highly anticipate future chapters already.
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13th Echelon rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: --
It's a good read... It's good!

Translation is 3/5.

It's a story about a writer who suddenly got the memories of a dead writer and his belongings with some kind of power like an item in games that has an effect. So used this to improve his work (writing).

... more>> It's a heartwarming story that the MC is trying to better himself for his family. Even though his father "hates" him he is still a hard worker that wants to improve their life.

It's got a romance. Well, there's many girls he got to know but there's still no crossing in line because he's busy for his work in the current translation. It has a good pacing not too fast and not too slow.

If you want something light to read this one is definitely good. Take a break reading a CN it's going to be stressful if you read too much. <<less
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introparadox rated it
May 6, 2017
Status: c86
It's a heartwarming story of the success of a nice guy, with romance potential, some supernatural flavors. I think that it's a story that would appeal to most of people, it didn't have any apparent problem, only that it's on hiatus since the new year of 2017 so verify before you get hooked.
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Trent rated it
April 21, 2017
Status: c70
Meh? Meh meh? I don't know. It's not a bad story, and plenty of people will enjoy reading it. For that matter, I had a decent time reading it for a while. But it's got no major strengths, yet some major weaknesses, so I can't give it more than three stars.

-The writing style is stilted, choppy. I'm not sure whether that stems from the original work or the translation style, but it's not conducive to reading and makes immersion difficult. If you're not in a particular state of mind, it's... more>> likely that you won't be able to get into the story. The lack of description doesn't help matters. Altogether, everything and everyone is blander than they should be.
-The MC's magic items are too overpowered, particularly given the realistic slice-of-life setting. Having them automatically propels him to the top, too quickly and easily. And as they're static items, and not the MC's own developing abilities, I'm less fond of them. The MC's a good guy, and it's not entirely that he doesn't deserve the inheritance, but it's out of place in the world.
-The romance is annoying. It starts out hopeful, as the MC might get the attention of his dream woman if he becomes successful, but it becomes disappointing. At this point, neither romantic interest is likable; they're decent women, but that's it. This makes the MC's goals obsolete a few dozen chapters in, since he quickly achieves success and income and is well on his way to gaining respect; sure, he could gather more of those things, but all that's really left, the romantic conclusion, is not only readily available but unsatisfying. <<less
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Dala3en rated it
January 2, 2019
Status: c70
The story was interesting at the beginning but it became boring so fast! There are no character development for the MC and he is like a superhuman who can do everything.

He can write 1 book in one hour!!! And a whole series of 15 books in few days ?.

He can read a book in less than 5 minutes ?.

... more>> You can't feel any conflict of emotions from the MC.

The MC totally forgot his negative emotions as soon as he became successful. All the frustration, pined up emotions and humiliation was forgotten.

And you some times wonder where does he get the time to write 15 books and review and edit for two writers in a span of one day !!!

My point is the plot is weak and the story is shallow. <<less
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MyRAMEN rated it
October 19, 2020
Status: c5
Ou wont be able to like this unless u really want to read this type of book where MC makes money and become famous. The quality and genre is similar to 12 Hours After but instead the plot is with writing books. It is a fulfilment novel that is written okay. Im tempted to rate this a 2 but idk how later chapters will turn out, for example if theres plot holes. Also this novel's translation was dropped for a reason, so I dont really suggest reading it unless u... more>> were looking for this type of book. However, its been recently picked up but it is still unknown if the translator will keep it going till the end. <<less
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Ranji-chan rated it
March 12, 2017
Status: c86
Pretty good

I like 'A dumb Woman' because the author make me surprise and it was emotional.

Dasol was cute, I would ship them but the author seem to have other plan. Well, still waiting for more chapters and hopefully the MC finish his mysterious novel successfully as his other genre novels: Martial Ranking, Modern Ranking, P* something Magician and Swordsman, The Breath, A Dumb Woman, Child of the 90s, and Gale and Storm.
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detoxangels12 rated it
April 18, 2019
Status: c87
Don't even trust those low reviews because this novel is really emotional. The MC while he is quite OP doesn't make this story boring. Instead it makes the story more interesting. They say no development? There are developments, The MC gained confidence and not just that but he learns his mistakes. Heck even his story bout his sister made me cry, It's so emotional and refreshing. The way the author put the words and describe them, you can really imagine what the novel is telling you. Also it's still on... more>> chapter 86 to 300+ chapters, idk why it dropped but I'm still excited to read this and search for the story. So don't trust those low reviews and give this a try. <<less
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Arrynne rated it
August 14, 2018
Status: c86
The MC grows up along the way, from a Discouraged writer to Encouraging fellow writers.

MC has a good character profile, he's not that arrogant and he truly has dedication to his work.

Unlike that popular Chinese Novel, Big Life shows the MC's growth as a writer and as person despite having cheats, he only uses it sparingly and does not abuse it too much. Learns as he go and knows that the cheats he was given will be possibly gone someday. He also shares what he had learned from his cheats... more>> to encourage others.

And the novel has less face-smacking than the usual of the same genre.

The translation is good, 4.5 at least, there were some typos and misleading sentences that confused me throughout the translation, some small polishing will do.

P. S. Don't read the latest 3 updated chapters you'll get confused. Just read the LiberSpark ones. <<less
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FattyTabby rated it
April 18, 2018
Status: c57
At first, I really like this story. It was quite different from other MC OP-ness novel I've read here so far. It was refreshing and I was eager to read another chapter. However, as the novel progress, although it have a lot of potential, the story kind of fall apart (?). The MC is wayyyy to OP, the side character didn't have any growth and the story line progress in the same manner (except in a few situation.)

I'm a little disappointed because for sure, the early chapters were good... more>> but continue to deteriorate as the chapter reaches to where I decided to stop reading.

I might pick up this novel again, but not in a short run. <<less
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