Death Is The Only Ending For The Villain

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I’ve reincarnated as the reverse harem game’s villainess, the one and only adopted daughter of the ducal Eckart family.

But the difficulty just has to be the worst!

Everything I do will only lead me to death.

I must be paired with one of the main male characters from the heroine’s harem before the ‘real daughter’ of the duke family appears!

Two older brothers who always pick a fight with me on every little thing.

The insane crown prince whose route will always lead to my death.

‘I only see the heroine and no one else’s wizard, and also her loyal s*ave knight, too!

‘First, let’s take some of them which I see no hope in, out of the list!’

“I didn’t know my place up until now. From now on, I’ll live as quiet as a mouse so you wouldn’t care the slightest bit!

But why do their interests in me keep on rising every time I draw the line?!

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Death Is the Only Ending for the Villainess
DOEV
Villains Are Destined To Die
เป็นตัวร้ายก็ต้องตายเท่านั้น
恶役只有死亡结局
악역의 엔딩은 죽음뿐
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panisa365
New panisa365
May 25, 2024
Status: Completed
It's a frustrating read.

This is the review I hope future readers can see before they decide to start this novel.

Here is the information I wish I knew before I went on this terrible journey.

... more>> First, the translation.

I read the entire series on Towel City but it's pretty obvious that it's a repost from a bunch of other translation sites. Out of 240+ chapters, only the first 40 chapters were of decent quality. Ch 40-150 were basically unreadable - it's just machine-translated. Ch 150-end were a little better but the translators kept putting their comments in-between the texts which can be both annoying and confusing at times.

Second, the characters.

TL;DR none of the characters were interesting or likable enough to root for.

The main character is a modern Korean student who got isekai-ed into the otome game she was playing. And weirdly enough, her real life is strikingly similar to the villainess, Penelope, whom she reincarnated into. They were both severely abused in their family, starved and mistreated their whole life.

Actually, the only likable character is Penelope. The REAL Penelope. Because despite being abused, hurt, gaslit, and suffocated until she died again and again, she never let go of her pride. She was the only sane person in the world filled with crazy bastards. She was very aware of her surrounding and what each person wants from her but she never bowed down to them. Her only flaw was responding with anger towards everyone and everything which led to her death, but witnessing what she has been through, I can't really fault her for being angry all the time.

Meanwhile, the MC cherished her life more than real Penelope and decided to grovel on the ground kissing these abusers' feet in order to stay alive. If I have to describe her - she's a pushover mid.

As the main character, she is not smart, funny, or interesting enough that I want to follow her narrative. She is not ruthless or decisive enough to be an anti-hero villainess. She is not kind-hearted or considerate enough to be a heroine. She's just mediocre.

Third; the plot.

It's just frustrating to read and the only thing that kept me going was because I want to see the ending of these terrible characters. I can't say all of them got what they deserved though. So you'd be left feeling unsatisfied.

I'm going to write out the entire plot, so read at your own devise.

The premise:

The MC who is a modern-era college student is an illegitimate child of a rich family who got extremely mistreated and abused, but she persevered until she's able to leave the house but ended up living in poverty. She was then isekai-ed into the villainess in the otome game she played who always ended up dying no matter what path she took.

The first life aka. the game:

Note: The 5 capture targets or male leads are: Callisto - The Crown Prince, Vinter - The Wizard, Eclise - The Swordman, and two Eckart brothers - Derrick and Leonard.

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The Duke of Eckart has 3 children - 2 sons and a daughter. The two sons, Derrick and Leonard, lost their sister, Yvonne, during a festival and she was taken over by a demon called Leila. While looking for his missing daughter, the Duke found Penelope, a beggar girl living in poverty and found her a bit similar to Yvonne so he adopted her. However, his two teenage sons thought Penelope was going to take their sister's place so they hated her and abused her. The Duke is a failure of a father and neglected her. The servants were aware of the masters' thoughts so they also abused Penelope, physically and mentally tormenting her for years. She was served rotten food so she always starved. Her bath water was always cold and she was waken up everyday by being stabbed with a needle in her arm to the point she has a permanent blue bruise from all the stabbings.

The abuse also spread outside as people noticed that no one really cared about Penelope, so when she attended events with other nobles, she was also abused and manipulated. (The girl never got a break!) She was, many times, manipulated into disadvantageous situations but no one in the Dukedom ever defended her or even listened to her. They just painted her as a crazy dog they need to clean after.

Unbeknownst to them, Penelope actually had ancient wizard's blood in her which allowed her to see the truth, even though no one believed her. So she became the only sane person surrounded by people who keep insisting she's the crazy one.

As she grew up, her two adoptive brothers, Derrick and Leonard, lust after her but since they had been abusing her, making her live lower than a s*ave, they can't stand their own lustfulness. So the abuse became even more severe with s*xual undertone. For one, any of the men in the house could enter her room without her permission, even the butler. The brothers also gave her gifts but acted shocked when she didn't immediately like them back. Like they're thinking "We stop abusing you for 2 seconds. We also give you this pretty thing. Why you don't love us?!"

Flash forward to Yvonne coming back with the help of the wizard - Vinter. But remember it was not actually Yvonne, it's Leila demon who hypnotized and brainwashed everyone. The only person she couldn't brainwash was Penelope due to her ancient blood but since no one cares about Penelope anyway, she was made into the villain and died by the male lead's hands. Later, Vinter was able to wake up from the brainwash and decided to turn back time in order to stop the demon from taking over the world.

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Now, onto the second life.

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It was unclear whether Penelope was aware she was reborn. But roughly 3 months before Yvonne/demon came back, Penelope died due to severe mistreatment of the Eckart, that's when the MC took over her body. This time, instead of angry outbursts when she's mistreated, the MC grovel herself to the ground and tried to lick these male lead's feet to increase her favorability with them. Apparently, if she's able to gain 100 favorability points with a male lead, she could escape the game and return home.

For some weird reasons, the groveling on the floor seemed to work and at least the people in the Eckart stopped abusing her. Her life was at least bearable now. The duke became a bit more attentive. Derrick and Leonard still lust after her though, and become even more obvious to the point my skin crawled anytime she was alone with either of them.

The MC remembered the other male lead - Eclise, a s*ave who was given to her as an escort instead of a proper knight - seemed to be the only guy who ever treated Penelope with some empathy in the first life, so she made him her main capture target and tried to reach end-game with him before Yvonne come back. Meanwhile she also met other capture targets and raised some favorability with them as well. She became friendly with the wizard and had a mutual crush with the Crown Prince who seemed to be the only person who treated her as an actual human being.

There was this subplot where Penelope was manipulated by a Countess into acting like a crazy person. In order to suppress the news and without listening to her explanation, the Duke gave the Countess his diamond mine and of course, Penny was blamed for the whole situation. In the second life, the crown prince investigated the whole ordeal and learned the truth that the whole thing was a plot the Countess planned to get that diamond mine. And he was like "I didn't even try. It's a pretty clear setup." It was never a clever plot to trap Penelope, the Duke and his sons just purposefully ignored Penny, finding it easier and more to their liking to believe that she's a mad dog below them.

The Crown Prince was the only male character with critical thinking ability as he was in a similar situation. His mother died and the second queen and her som tried to assassinate him all the time, so he has to always be alerted. Their chemistry is actually pretty good. The MC and the prince often have actual conversations, not just banters, and they helped each other a lot.

Anyway, back to Eclise, her main target. The plan backfired because Eclise knew she was using him and didn't treat him wholeheartedly. He became obsessed with her, knowing she manipulated him but still liked the attention he got and wanted to have her anyway. So he was lured by Yvonne/demon and betrayed the MC, being the one who brought Yvonne back to the family. As a result, the MC severed ties with Eclise and it's game over for her. She could no longer go back home as she failed to reach end game with Eclise.

Since Yvonne is back, the MC was put in awkward position as the "fake" and Yvonne was being really creepy white lotus who cried all the time, acting like she was bullied by MC. Tired of having to grovel all the time, the MC decided to forcefully leave the game by committing su*cide. However, during an event, she noticed Yvonne/demon was trying to create a self-play drinking poison and blaming the MC, so she snatched that glass and drank the poison herself.

This became a pivotal moment as (1) the crown prince confessed he loved her, meaning she could have reached end-game with him all these times had she made him her target; (2) the wizard realized Yvonne was a demon in disguise and decided to help her; (3) Eclise became insane due to brainwashing; (4) the duke and his sons realized how much she had suffered under their abuse and neglect. Now they all just want her to not die. And she didn't die as the wizard had an antidote with him.

After she recovered, she asked the duke to let her leave the house but before she got approved, the MC and Yvonne confronted, ending up with MC leaving the house to find ways to kill the demon. She and the crown prince traveled together and MC confessed that she was not the real Penelope and that she came from a different world. They had a final showdown and eventually defeated the demon, killing Yvonne's body in the process.

During the aftermath, the MC stayed in palace with the prince and they got engaged. She severed ties with the duke and let him know she couldn't forgive him and the entire dukedom for abusing her for years. They had a somewhat pleasant relationship though as Duke Eckart is still her maiden family. Later she became a professor in archaeology, married the prince/emperor, and had a daughter.

In the side story, it was revealed that her original body was in a coma for years. Her father and stepbrothers had taken care of her body. They also felt sorry for how they treated her. The MC came back to pull the plug and put her comatose body to the final rest. She didn't forgive them but also didn't hold any resentment either. The end.

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Now, the criticism... I'll go point by point and character by character.

This novel is very victim-blaming. A bunch of times you would see how they try to make it the real Penelope's false that she was abused and killed. Even the MC who took over said that Penelope deserved it because Yvonne was a gentle sweetheart and Penelope is not, she's filled with anger and contempt. Like what the actual f*ck? Why is it a responsibility of the victim how they should act to not be a target of abuse and bullying?

I can't stand any of the male leads. If this is the real world, all of them are walking red flags. The author tried to endear some of the MLs to the audience. Leonard, in particular, seemed to have a redemption arc as he tried to treat MC better, but he's still doing it with lust and not love, not even out of good will. It's always me me me.

Let's start off with the Duke of Eckart - the root of all problems. I'm angry he didn't at least realized the real Penelope is already dead. Yeah, he was nice to the MC but only because he had a fetish for daughters. While he gave her things, he never really cared enough to ask if she's okay or what she really wanted. The guy took an orphan home and didn't even spare enough attention to raise her. He let her be abused under his nose and even complacent to the abuse himself.

Derrick and Leonard are disgusting stepbrothers you wouldn't want to live in the same house with. They abused her and tormented her and made sure she lived a life worse than death. They couldn't come back to grace after they forced Penelope to die.

Derrick always blamed Penny for anything and everything. Even when it was found out that she's the victim, it's still Penny's fault for making a scene. Even when she committed su*cide, it was still her fault for tarnishing the Eckart's reputation. But he never raised a hand against her though, and in the end, he had the audacity to ask why Penelope didn't love him since he didn't abuse her physically.

Leonard, on the other hand, is a tyrant. When Penelope first arrived, he put Yvonne's necklace in her room in order to make her become a thief. This event made the Duke neglected her and the servants hated her. He also led the abuse, physically and verbally. I don't care others may find his banter with the MC cute. He was he primary reason Penelope was abused and neglected till she died. And he never really regretted it even though he apologized. It was always to make himself feel better. Gosh the guy was so offended when he apologized and the MC didn't accept it. His true colors were shown.

In my opinion, all of Eckart should die and rot in hell for eternity.

If anyone from Eckart should be forgiven, it would be Emily. She was Penelope's dedicated maid and she was also one of the main abusers, but she later became an ally to the MC. At the very least, she didn't betray the MC again and still helped her even at the cost of her own safety. I don't like Emily, but at least she recognized how terrible she was and tried to make up for it.

Eclise - I think the MC deserved getting back-stabbed by Eclise. She treated the entire thing as a game too much that she never really bothered to get to know and understand Eclise. The guy was a prince, for christ's sake. Yeah, his country lost the war and he became a s*ave but he was still a prince. He had his own thoughts and he's an intelligent person. The MC just treated him like a pet, giving him things and visiting him once in a while to brush up some favorability. Following the final war wih Yvonne/demon, he lost his memories. When he met the MC again, she told him to go to his countrymen in the north. So I guess it's a somewhat happy-ending for him.

Vinter - The Wizard is a decent person, just with lots of secrets. He actually saved the entire world by rewinding back time. He's actually my favorite among the 5 male leads. He tried to help the children, help the MC, everyone. The MC gave him so much sh*t for testing her when, in all fairness to him, he was suspicious she might be Leila demon since she could use magic all of a sudden. It's a legit suspicion to have. At the end, he's still fine though.

The crown prince - as many have pointed out that, despite being the common trope of villainess ending up with a crown prince, he's very different from any other crown prince. He's foul-mouthed, hot-tempered, and cynical. He's actually would be happy destroying the world as he pretty much hated everyone. He's not the smart and calculative type, but more of the brute strength type. His love is yandere-ish, but not as controlling. As a male lead of a novel, he's an interesting enough character with some flaws and some charms. In real life though, his character is just a big red flag as he has no qualms killing people he didn't like. You never knew when he would turn around and kill you once he fell out of love with you. <<less
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Tazberry
New Tazberry
May 22, 2024
Status: c1
I started reading the manhwa and wanted to read the novel as well, but unfortunately on chapter one the translation is so bad that I can't read any further. I'm guessing Towel City's translation is a straight MTL with no proofreading. It seems that there is official version out so I'll read that instead.
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kyochan
kyochan
Jul 24, 2020
Status: c108
In one night, I religiously read through 108 chapters of this novel and read the rest from spoiler summaries. If only my studying habits were like this... Anyways,

Omg. And here I thought Aristia (Abandoned Empress) had it bad.

All the sh*t Penelope goes through from beginning to end of this novel can only be described as unfiltered hellish torture. At least for other MCs, they suffer tremendously at the beginning and get their sweet happenings after volume 1 but misgivings are just constantly dumped on poor Penelope from beginning to... more>> end.
Spoiler

At least our current Penelope is kickass to deal with the bs thrown at her, but it breaks my heart thinking about what the younger and previous Penelopes had to go through on their own... all the unfair and constant harassment they received and more when they tried to protect themselves :' (

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So with that said, I don't know if 200+ chapters of heartwrenching pain is your cup of tea, but I couldn't last past 100 chapters and had to speed-read the rest from spoilers and summaries. I really commend the author for having the heart (of stone) to be able to write this story for 200+ chapters and keep the storyline relatively coherent. Since a lot of the action happen in the latter half (which I read from summaries), I can't really judge how dragged out the story is. But despite that, I think the plot was very well thought-out and if not for the painful drama, the story does keep you glued to your seat from beginning to end.

Besides Callisto and Vinter, I really dont give two ants' sh*ts about the rest of them... Derrick had his chance to redeem himself.. and I was about to forgive Reynald until
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the Eckhalts were speculating about whether Penelope poisoned herself on purpose to get attention (this happens late in the novel) and um..... wtf? Seriously???? Thank goodness for Callisto who called them out of their nonsensical bullsh*t because if not, I would've isekai'ed my own ass and jump-kicked some sense into their brains (are your brains just for show???). And don't even give me the baseless argument of fake-Yvonne brainwashing them. HOW COME CALLISTO DIDN'T GET FOOLED BY THAT WITCH HUH!? It all comes down to personality and whether they trust Penelope or their idea of her.

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And about Eclis....... sigh.. if I had to summarise my feelings towards him in one sentence, it'd be.. I get that his character development was probably sacrificed for the plot but...... why (not a sad 'why', but an exasperated 'why')

2am edit: now that I'm pondering on this more, I actually really, really love the MC. Not just how strong and clever she is, but how cool-headed and collected she is dealing with all the bs thrown at her. She's badass from beginning to end and like she told Derrick, she can and does take care of her own problems. My role model. End 2am mini rant

Along the same lines, I think this was the only novel where I was completely content with the MC not trusting or relying on anyone else. When I read other novels, I'd sometimes think the MC should depend on and open up to others a bit more, but NAH not here. I stand 100% behind all of Penelope's actions. Even when my heart wavered a bit towards the secondary characters, Penelope never lets her guard down even once around them and thank goodness for that because besides Callisto, everyone else were just constant disappointments enveloped in their own self-justification and prejudice. I love how every time the minors fumble with their conscience in how they treated her, Penelope never softens the blow and spares no details in replaying all the harassment she got from them. None of these bastards are worthy (until later for the ML). I guess that's why I like Callisto that much more because he truly treats her based on who she is and only from what he knows of her. And it's not like he baselessly falls for her right away, but they actually have meaningful conversations before the ship sails!!! Honestly, besides Callisto, who else truly believed in Penelope (rhetorical question: no one. Oh wait there's Emily too)

Ugh I'm sorry. I didn't mean to write this much but seriously recommend this novel, the story is fantastic. I recommend reading it in sizeable chunks over days and accompany it with a super fluffy novel because I'm still suffering from the after-effects of second-hand pain even after 1 day. This story is just a tragedy from beginning until the end (again, WHY DID NO ONE WARN ME). Poor unsuspecting manhwa readers have no idea what's in store for them hahahahaha... <<less
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MonoJu
MonoJu
Feb 14, 2021
Status: Completed
I'm almost done reading the main portion of the novel and I'm left feeling frustrated by everything. Death is the Only Ending for the Villain was a joy to read at first. I loved the game aspect and how hard Penelope had to work in order to not die. But after a certain point I realized that while we got some semblance of growth among the male leads and the secondary characters, Penelope never really changes. I'm almost done and there's no change in her character. For a novel like... more>> this, that's kind of unacceptable.

I'll update this once I'm done the main story, but I'm bummed that a novel I enjoyed so much has now become a chore to read.

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Even though it's been a few days since I've finished the novel, I still find myself trying to sort out my feelings towards it. My main feeling is disappointment. I went into this story with high hopes after finding out about it from the manhwa, and in the beginning it was fantastic. The middle was fun too... but there came a moment when everything fell apart. As I sit here trying to write this review, I find myself remembering things and getting more frustrated.

[Just a note, the translation found online goes from fine to bad to fine. The bad translation is a bummer, but it didn't really hinder my experience with the novel nor is it the reason why I have negative feelings towards it.]

Here are my main issues with the novel.

The first is Penelope, the second is Penelope and the rest of my issues stem from Penelope. Penelope's story is a tragic one and her struggles in SK and in the game world immediately invoke a feeling of sympathy towards her. Seeing Penelope take charge of her life and try to survive immediately endeared her to me. More than anything, I wanted to see her happy. She deserved it.

Penelope is someone you want to root for, even though she's still struggling with her own traumas. My issue is that the Penelope from the end of the novel and the Penelope in the beginning are the same. Everyone else in the novel change, except Penelope and that's a problem.

I do understand that her traumas are heavy and it's hard for her to open up, but if she is still the same person without any form of growth then what exactly changed for her?

Take Eclise for example, when Penelope first starts the game she realizes that her greatest chance at winning the game is to make one of the male leaders fall in love with her. Eclise is her best option, so she buys him, since he's a s*ave, and tries to make his like stats get to 100%.

[warning long spoiler rant coming up]

Spoiler

We learn later on that Eclise is angry at this situation. He's from a land that was defeated, he watched his family and his countrymen die and now he's a s*ave. There's this woman who tells him she wants him to be hers and gives him things, but her eyes are dead when she talks to him. She demands his attention, his love, his devotion without giving anything in return. Now think about this, due to the game that they are in his stats are starting to rise even though he doesn't like Penelope or this situation. But he starts to love her.

During his time with Penelope, he's left alone the majority of the time. Penelope breaks her promises with him almost all the time. Outside of one or two incidents where she helps him, he's mostly seen as a punching bag for the other knights of her household. He can't fight back, he can't speak out, he can't do anything because of his status as a s*ave. He's also the youngest character in this story, so it's kind of depressing to see him in a constant amount of pain just to prop up Penelope.

Prop up sounds weird, but that's exactly what happens. Due to a mixture of the game brainwashing and Yvonne's brainwashing, Eclise becomes obsessive with Penelope. He wants her for himself and wants to help her, since she's always has dead eyes whenever he sees her.

He ends up dying after Penelope casts him aside. The way she does it is meant to come off as a boss bit*h moment, but it's so cruel when you remember that he's a young kid who is desperately trying to hold onto the only person who is kind to him, even when that kindness has ulterior motives. He has no one else, because they're all dead. Then, he's brainwashed.

The way Penelope and the story treats him made me angry. Penelope is told on multiple occasions that she looks dead when she's talking to people and yet everyone loves her. Why? I get if they pity her, but why love?

.... And that is why I have an issue with the story. There's a scene where Yvonne just tells Penelope that if she told Eclise that she likes him, he would have calmed down. But Penelope says she wouldn't do something so hateful.... meanwhile I'm here thinking "If you knew that this was going to help you get to 100% you would have done it in a heartbeat, because you don't care about anyone in this story."

Yvonne calls her out on this and pretty much calls Penelope a hypocrite, but the story keeps hammering in the point that Yvonne is wrong and Penelope is right and that's the way it is. So tell me, why is it wrong for Yvonne to brainwash people, when the game allowed Penelope to do something similar in order to save the world? I get that Yvonne wants to destroy the world, which is bad, but if we ignore that part (LOL) what is the difference here?

The way she treats Eclise is manipulative and abusive. She reminds me of those parents who knows that the other parent is abusing their kid, but ignores it. Then they swoop in and say "I'm still here for you." While enabling the abuse to continue. Eclise is not only a s*ave, but a kid and that kind of power dynamic is ignored in favour of writing a yandere character.

Let's also remember that Yvonne is busy brainwashing everyone and Penelope holds it against them. I don't care for Derek, but let me explain why the story failed when it came to him and his family.

Derek and Renald were kids when Yvonne went missing. Derek felt responsible, since he was with Yvonne at that time. The Duke found Penelope and brought her home when he should have just take his kids and himself out to therapy. Penelope acts out and says, "I wish Yvonne never came back, " which immediately sours the relationship between Renald and Yvonne. Remember, they are both kids at this point and while what happens to Penelope wasn't right and I'm in no way justifying it, I also understand why Derek and Renald hate Penelope at first.

Penelope is then forced to bridge the gap between them in order to raise their favorbility stats, but because she's doing this with dead eyes and seeing them as bad people the entire time, even when they change and start to like her again she basically shuns them.

Then Yvonne comes back and Derek is brainwashed. He cares for Penelope (the book tried to make it seem like he liked her in a s*xual way, but I never saw it), but Yvonne is back and no one seems to take into account that he's struggling with everything.

Derek bringing Yvonne to the party was bad. Eclise bringing Yvonne to the Duke's residences was bad.... but both were brainwashed. BRAINWASHED! Why are they now seen as bad people, when they were brainwashed and don't understand their own actions.

Penelope can't forgive them though, which is fine, but they were brainwashed and she can't seem to remember that. Why? Because at the end of the day, she never cared about any of these people. They were all a means to an ends and that's how she treated everyone. So why does everyone love her if not for the game?

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The brainwashing and Penelope's never changing stance on the other characters ruined the story for me. I was rooting for Yvonne to win in the end, that's how bad it got. The moment you bring brainwashing into the story and then ignore it in order to justify your coldness is the moment you lose me.

Penelope is meant to be our heroine, but her traumas never allow her to grow and make her hateable by the end. If Penelope owned up to her bad behaviour, I would have liked it more, but she's meant to be seen as a strong and right.... when she's not. <<less
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XxxMelanie
XxxMelanie
Jan 12, 2021
Status: c231
I'm really conflicted with this one. Even more so when I read some of the reviews.

I started with really liking the fl. But around chapter 150 I think, it started to go downhill. I get that she went through a lot but I don't get how she has the audacity to expect genuineness from others when she hasn't given an ounce herself. She saw them all as a means to an end. (She never even saw them as real people)

I feel like she's really narrow-minded. In like how she... more>> can validate everything she does or Penelope did in the past but not from others. One thing I hate a lot is hypocrisy and that's something she showed a lot

Examples of her being a hypocrit:

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One that is really obvious is: Eclise. She planned to betray him and his feelings from the beginning. In the beginning I thought it was still oke because she never said something ambiguous and everything she said was still acceptable to say to your knight without hinting feelings. But when she started to say "you're the only one I need" that's when that ambiguousness started. Plus she said "I will stay by your side" but NEVER EVER did she plan on staying by his side even though she promised him. She was planning on betraying him from the start but got pissed off when he betrayed her under the influence of brainwashing? Ladies and gentlemen, this is hypocrisy at its finest. If you don't see this as betrayel than you're just validating everything she does.

Then you have Vin who "manipulated" her to see if she is from Leila (wich I think is valid when you look at his reasons) but she's manipulating everyone too. Even if it is for survival, the fact remains that she manipulated Eclise. Less so with Vin but hypocrisy doesn't mean it has to be to the same person. Hypocrisy is when you condemn a person for doing something, but think it's oke when you do it yourself. What she showed here again

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Actually, the whole Eclise development was a real turnoff.

Eclise's lousy development:

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They started equally: he wanted to get away from her and kill her, and she wanted to use him and then throw him away. But the thing is, Eclise was in a lousier position from the beginning. He was a s*ave with no family or friends, his master only wanted to use him, everyone in the Dukedom hated him. Penelope was alone but he was also alone, plus a stutus that was worse than a commoner.

Of course his love for her will become twisted. Think about it: he understood that she didn't love him and only wanted to use him, but he kept on falling deeper and deeper. Plus he had no one else around to at least keep him a little sane. No brother or sister or father or friend. No one. Only a master who practically became his whole world. He being brainwashed, in this dependent and twisted state of mind, would be easier than a child. But at his lowest, instead of Penelope correcting what she did wrong, she gave him an extra push to the abyss by spouting venom and cutting him off. Eclise would have never turned out this way if it wasn't for Penelope. But NEVER did she take any responsibility. She tried to get him out of the abyss once or twice, but that was way too late. Plus the attempt was really half-hearted. Doesn't she see how she slowly but gradually made herself his world but then removed it viciously? Don't be surprised by how he became so twisted. Actions have consequences.

(Wich doesn't make everything he did oke. It's just really not that shocking when you look at everything that happened)

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I feel like people that are hating on almost all of the MLs are missing the bigger picture. This has nothing to do with "feminism" or "oppression of women", because if that was the case, Yvonne would have the same treatment. But that isn't the case. Are you forgetting a important aspect of this novel?

What you may have forgotten:

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Don't forget why she's being treated this way. It's easy to just say: "because the MLs are *ssholes." They are but why it is so extreme with her, isn't because of that. It's because of a really important fact that most of you are forgetting: she's literally cursed! And the curse is for her to get ostracized by everyone. Helloooo!! This is a big factor in why everyone treats her so badly when she didn't do much. Like yeah they are mean but why it's so extreme is because of this. Even you and I would unknowingly treat her badly because of that curse. Except if you're immune to curses.

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One thing I didn't mind was with who she ended up with. I think it's pretty logical with who she ended up with if you think about it.

Who she ended up with and why it's logical:

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Almost all the MLs were at some point not genuine with her. Except for Callisto.

Eclise= hated her in the beginning and even wanted to kill her.

Vin= Didn't trust her so manipulated her (wich I think was validated but that's not the point here)

The two brothers= well, I think everyone knows what I mean without explaining it.

Callisto= Almost killed her the first time they met but that had nothing to do with her. Like he said; he was in such a bad mood that he would have killed anyone that came close to him at that moment. But from the first time they talked, he was never not genuine with her. He didn't not trust her and he was the only one who put some effort in cleaning the old Penelope's name by investigating what really happened at the hunting game the year before. Nobody else even though aboit doing that.

So yeah, even though it's cliché, I think it's logical. I liked Vin the most because he was a real good-hearted person. But that doesn't mean I think he should end up with her. Personality wise, they don't match. While Penelope and Callisto do match

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But the ending was just... disappointing.

Ending:

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The only one she cared about is Callisto. Although she did care what her father though about her killing Yvonne, she decided to distance herself from him. What I quite honestly, don't get. I thought her relationship with the Duke and Reynold got better but seems like I was mistaken.

Someone did say that they were angry at the Duke and brothers for doubting she did self play with the poison. Like come on! That was originally her plan! How can you judge them for that when she was planning to do that. Plus they were brainwashed. Like helloooo, wake up. Everything they did bad towards Penelope since Yvonne came was influenced by brainwashing. And why Callisto didn't get influenced is because Yvonne never even got the chance to do that to him.

I think the hate on Derrick is really misplaced. Although I liked him the least, he was influenced a lot by brainwashing. Don't forget that. Penelope experienced the brainwashing but never once stopped to think: how did it affect them? So the hate on Derrick was just too exaggerated in my opinion. He did many wrong things but not to the point to get treated like that forever because most of it was influenced by the curse, brainwashing and education on how to be a good Duke.

In a way, Yvonne and the Leila won: the curse and brainwashing worked and Penelope let's it have an influence on her thoughts of the people around her. I'm not saying she should forgive them right away after all of the bad things they did because they were under influence. But at least some understanding and opennes to the possibility of forgiveness in the future would be good. Otherwise, Yvonne and Leila succeeded in destroying relationships. It's not weak to forgive. It actually shows compassion and the ability to see things from different perspectives.

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And I don't get how people in the comments say she forgave everyone. Because she did not! I honestly don't get why people are so hell bent on not forgiving. If you look at what they did (from the moment our MC took the body) they didn't do something that was unforgivable. Especially when you look at the reasons. For some people, she forgiving (wich she doesn't), is the reason they don't like this story. But actually for me, the fact that she doesn't even open up to the possibility of forgiving in the future, makes me dislike her. A LOT. Because she never treated them as humans either. Just look at it objectively before you make people out to be irredeemable.

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Callisto: well the only thing that was f*cked up was almost killing her in the beginning. But that wasn't personal. Could have been someone else and ending up worse.

Eclise: yeah... that's just 90% her own doing. Even in the game routes where he was brainwashed, he wasn't as bad as here. That tells you a lot about how she f*cked this one up herself.

Vin: besides not trusting her and testing her, he really didn't do anything else. Even in the game routes; he was the first one to get brainwashed (even before the start of the game). So that's why he was an *ss in the other timelines. And that's also the reason for the d*ck move of him bringing Yvonne to her comming of age ceremony.

And now you have the family (wich is harder to forgive but still not impossible)

Father: never raised her as he should. Not teaching her what is allowed and never showing affection. Also not asking & listening to her side of the story when something happened. But this is mostly because of his inexperience as a father. Do you think Derrick and Reynold got other treatment? The only thing they probably got is that he listened to them. Also, the fact that he was so sad about her not calling him father anymore and then happy when she started again, shows that he never hated her and actually cared about her. When she started calling him father again, is when he started to try building a relationship. By inviting her to the hunt and so on.

Reynold: framing her for the necklace, saying harsh words and treating her as a pest. And like his father, never ask and listen, just assuming the worst. Well the first one is understandable when you think why. Your real sister just went missing and your father brings a stranger who's supposed to be her substitute and then hearing her say that she hopes the real sister will never come back. Like come on. Nobody would treat that person good in his position. He did go too far many times but never even thought about killing her. Even in the game it was because of a fork and not him deliberately killing her. And when he saw her eating rotten food he immediately got angry with the maid and wanted to fire her. If he hated her so much and wished the worse for her, he wouldn't have acted like that. (In comparison with Derrick, his was pure anger and not only because of her title als duchess) And from the moment she told the reason why she said those words about his sister, he tried to get along with her. He started acting as a real brother from that moment on. Clumsily but he tried. And old habits die hard so of course he reverts to them sometimes. Even when Yvonne came, he was more concerned with Penelope than Yvonne except for that one time in the garden. But that was clearly because of the brainwashing. And almost right after he tried to make it good again and apologize.

Derrick: well he is the least forgivable, even for me. But I think the biggest reason for that is because we haven't seen much from his side. Only a part when she drank the poison.

What he did wrong was treating her badly and like sh*t when she did something that was a disgrace to the family. Again, not asking and listening. He didn't even trust her and didn't care much when she did say something, like that time with the hunting accident. He was harsh and cold. That's about it. The incident of him taking Yvonne to her party, I don't even count that because that was 100% because of the brainwash. The way he acted after that too. You can still see the effect of the brainwash after the incident. Even though it went down because of Yvonne's "detention", he was really confused and couldn't even thing straight. It was like 2 voices in his head. And why he did those other things (before brainwash)... well he never wanted her there. He was the one with the most guilt about what happened to Yvonne so the "substitute" wasn't a good reminder. And he did have some weird love for her. That explains how he so stubbornly rejected calling her his sister. Besides the guilt, brainwash and weird love, another reason would be him being just a d*ck in general. But I still don't think he did something irredeemable. Just the least likable of them all. The treatment he got from Penelope right after he stabbed his own sister was really too much. She should realize what brainwashing can do when she herself has felt the effect of it. Plus she had some resistance to it and it was only 18% effective so she really should think how that could effect someone who has no resistance at all.

One factor that I discussed before that made them way more likely in acting in such a bad way towards Penelope (all of them) is the curse that she has. See it as a multiplication to their bad treatment.

This isn't about some "miscommunication" that some are saying. This is a unhealthy, toxic way of acting with each other as a result of inexperience, bad feelings for the other because of something that happened before, not an empathetic character... (and the curse of course). Later it became a twisted routine of handling with each other (Penelope included). Plain and simple: repetition of bad actions and bad responses

Miscommunication my *ss. There is nothing to misinterpret about a child hearing someone say she hopes his sister won't come back. Even if she had an understandable reason, would you be able to just let it go if you were in his place? Because don't forget, she did mean it when she said it.

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Also. People saying her family started treating her nicely when she became useful: did you even read the same novel???? Derrick saying that she should act appropriately and she doing so doesn't mean that she became useful for them all of a sudden. Reynold started treating her better after Penelope telling him about her tragic past. And the father started when she called him father again. Get your facts straight before you say something <<less
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panthecakes
panthecakes
May 12, 2020
Status: c34
At Ch. 34 and this novel stands out from a lot of the Villainess isekai novels that I've read.

1st: The translation is good and flows well. Its able to capture and deliver the story effectively making the reading exp a joy.

2nd: we the have the original villain who isn't just horrible because she is.
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she starts out as a kid trusting the adults but turn out twisted because of circumstances. Honestly, a few chapters in, I can totally understand why she would throw tantrums. The amount of blame people throw at her is just unreal. Honestly it would be more surprising if she grew up docile and cunning. She shpuld be responsible for her own actions but also no one can deny that they played a roll in her personality

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3. The MC now playing as the villain is very human. The story becomes more interesting because of her way of seeing things. She is an unreliable narrator for good reasons
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She was also abused since childhood so any sort of good will towards her as the villainess, who she shares the same past with, she is suspicious of. The way she doubts everyone is something no one should blame her for. Imagine growing up to be made the villain each time even if it wasnt her fault (and everyone knows it isnt her fault) and suddenly having those abusers be nice to you.

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4. We still have yet to steer towards doki doki situations BUT honestly I'm okay with it. The novel isn't that lighhearted because MC is on high survival mode. She is scared and it shows. It make sense that the last thing on her mind is to get distracted with humor or love. Honestly so many scenarios you will just symphatize with her because she takes the game seriously. Her determination to live and finally be away from everyone who ever hurt her is admirable.
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ArguingApples
ArguingApple
Feb 19, 2020
Status: c28
It's good. The chances of the villainess in wooing the capture targets are so steep yet so realistic. The game setting (with answer choices) added a unique touch to it. Looking forward to reading more
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Animefan649
Animefan649
Feb 22, 2020
Status: --
I love this story!! Our female lead is basically fighting for her life in a very messed up game. She gets out of dangerous situations and she's soo funny about it. She's also very beautiful but it doesn't give her any advantage but hey still great to look good :D.

I keep waiting for updates and the translation is just great. This story has the potential to become part of the more famous novels, like remarried empress.

READ THIS !!
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Flookie
Flookie
Apr 19, 2021
Status: --
I haven’t finished this yet for a few reasons that you should be aware of before you start.

Firstly, I LOVE this story. The injustices that the MC experiences are really heart wrenching and a it’s hard not really care did her.

HOWEVER, I originally stated reading this from a different translator on Wattpad who deleted their translations and page. I was really sad about it and I was excited when I recently came across this page of all of these chapters by another translator.

However I am beyond frustrated. The translation is... more>> good, at least so far. EXCEPT THAT HUGE CHUNKS OF THE STORY ARE BEING OMITTED. I can’t stand it, I’d rather not read it all and hope a real full version comes out than trying to read bits and pieces of a story, not knowing what happens during half of it. I feel like I’ve wasted a few hours reading only to be led on an incredibly disappointing goose chase.

It’s as if you’re watching a movie you’ve wanted to watch for a long time. You once started watching it at a friends and didn’t get to finish it. Finally you’ve found a copy in your language and you go to watch it and the translator just complete cut out scenes of the movie. So after spending time starting to rewatch the movie you turn it off because you don’t want to watch a broken pieced version of a movie you were really looking forward to.

At least warn readers you’ve taken big chunks out of the story. <<less
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xmei
xmei
May 09, 2020
Status: c34
I was crying so much when I read the first 10 chapters and I thought it was going to be a really good novel BUT ... more>>
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I saw a review saying that she ends up with the crown prince and it turned me off straight away...

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can things get anymore BASIC? it would have been good if she got some revenge on the brothers/father and the staff for the abuse but I dont think that happens and it would have been a better story if the author wrote about the s*ave using Penelope and the dukes power to get fame/fortune and then stage a rebellion to take over the kingdom and get back the land he came from (while then falling in love with penelope and feeling bad for using her and then he could have also helped her with her revenge since hes so strong). Makes me think I should write a story similar to this, with my twists. <<less
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Aintania
Aintania
Jul 20, 2021
Status: ss 30
The most unlikely character in this story is the MC (PENELOPE).
At First. I quite like her. because I thought she was a strong character. but the longer I read it the more I realized that phenelope is not a strong character, but a Villain character just like the tittle indicated.

she is too indifference, selfish, hypocrite, manipulative, cold heart and she always behave like she never did anything wrong. She treats everyone not like a human. even though she herself felt hurt when her family in the previous world ignored her.

I know and understand that she feel her live is in similar condition like phenelope, but you know she is not the REAL PHENELOPE. The one who received abusive in that world is not HER. And although similar, their conditions is not the same. The Real PHENELOPE is behaving like same rich kid who lacks attention, so she always doing somthing extreme to get her family attention and Die without anyone knowing about it and the NOW phenelope enter her body. So why she never forgive them when they always apologized to her from around early story to the end 231 or side strory too?

You will know and understand if you read the story to the end or half the story just how miserable all the ML all by her how she treat them. She always she that she herself is the most miserable character in the story but I think All character except her is the most miserable one.

that’s a lot of think I want to point out and share of my thought about Eclis, renold, derick, vinter, duke, but I'm not very good at English so maybe next time....😭
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Daniello
Daniello
Apr 14, 2020
Status: c29
Dear God— I'm not sure if I was stunned due to how amazing this novel is or how horrible it is. And by horrible I meant the abuse and straight up mu*der attempt in the hands of not only the side characters, but also the goddamn male interests.

But boy, do I love and hate every second reading it.

And a lil warning for curious passerby who haven't read it yet: the story have the Mother Slowburn of All Slowburns. Seriously, nearly 30 chapters in and there is still no sign of... more>> even platonic interest, much less romantic. If you don't have enough patience (or spite) to bare with it, whelp.

The writing and translation is superb on point tho, big kudos to the author and translator! &Lt;333 <<less
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Red and Mad
Red and Mad
May 02, 2021
Status: Completed
The first thing I would like to write is: Eclise deserves that ending (no, he doesn't have a bad ending).

Now, it was my first novel about a reverse harem genre with survival.

I liked how the novel developed; although I will not deny that the adrenaline of survival was lost a bit.

... more>> One of the things that I liked the most was how the author captured the different types of love that each ML felt.

Everyone has their own taste, but this is a novel where I could rarely hate a character, in fact I don't hate any of them (maybe some extras). Some just annoyed me, but I think if any made me feel that way it's because the author achieved his goal.

Also, I have seen several reviews misinterpreting some events in the novel, so if you are a new reader and want to read the spoilers I will mention, go ahead:

About the ML:

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They say it's cliché simply because he's the crown prince. But nobody mentions that despite his title, he usually curses a lot, has no manners (I think there are very few ML's with these qualities) and is a bastard, loved bastard (in the way that he's very sassy). Also, some of us agree that he is the comic relief of the novel. In fact, he usually makes several references to fairy tales. He is not just a passionate lover, he can also be your best B R O. For me, he is a crown prince with a refreshing attitude to watch. Callisto is a very flamboyant character. An example of this is when he pierced his ear with a cufflink like an earring, just to mock Penelope's reaction. But what the readers liked the most about him is that he never doubted Penelope and did not ask for explanations either, because he mentions that he will judge her actions under his own criterion. He just let her be. For me, is the best hubby <3

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Before the next point, I understand that some people classify the actions of the characters in from a perspective of good or bad. I understand that all the characters don't have a justification from the point of view of the bad. But from my perspective, someone looking to survive shouldn't be rated good or bad. Mainly because that will fall into a topic of philosophy and it will never end.

About Penelope's behavior:

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Here is the biggest discrepancy for readers. Some love her and others dislike her. For me, I love her with all her flaws. From the start she made it clear that she would survive no matter what... And I find it very funny that some didn't understand the W E I G H T of those words. From the beginning we are shown that she is a person who did not get love at home. And this is nothing of misunderstanding. If they are insulting you daily and, even though you tell them to stop, they don't, it is mistreatment, period. So, what the girl does is she puts her feelings aside and concentrates on her studies to get out of that hell. There are no positive feelings in a long enough period of time. So, when she is accepted to the university, the first thing she does is move and start working 3 jobs (stress). Let's not forget that this is the first time that she has social interaction... Only for a short period of time because she gets caught up in the game. And what does she do when this situation arises? The above said, put her feelings aside and concentrate only on surviving. In fact, the game system never tells her that she can learn to use magic and most of all, that the villain is Leila. Not forgetting that they never mentioned to her that she had a curse which, in short, was that no one would believe what she said. The new Penelope is clever, she could have used that information to create her own play, but the system forced it to be an otome game (and for the synopsis to work, of course). Penelope is someone who puts her goals first before her feelings. So, yes, in the beginning she built that iron wall between the characters to commit her goals. But in the middle of the novel (even from the beginning if you are analyzing the plot), Penelope mentions that she made that wall so as not to develop emotions for the characters and because she was also terrified. But when Leila tries to brainwash her, we see that one of her fears was to see again that her Korean family had never loved or cared about her. And this is the main reason why she did not want to make a connection with anyone, for fear of experiencing that again. And I clarify, this is not my perspective, this is a fact of the novel. She was sure that once Yvonne appeared in the game, the ML percentage would reset and she would be pushed aside. That is why (if we can put it this way) she abandoned them first by not letting them get close to her. Even though she was clever, she could be quite naive and assume things quite quickly. But, that's the way she grew up and her family made her. In fact, I remember that it is mentioned that all the information that she has about dating is for movies, which is not very useful for that world. Penelope is an interesting character in her own way, as much as some may not like her. Also, the author created it that way to talk about her. In the first few episodes, we see Korean players complaining about OG Penelope's behavior... so, aren't these comments quite similar to the way some people on this forum are complaining about the protagonist? If that's the case, well played Gwon Gyeoeul

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About the villain:

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Her power is the most misunderstood thing I have ever noticed among the readers. Yes, Leila can brainwash the characters, but it's not like she hypnotizes them and and forces them to do what she tells them to do. It's power comes from a mirror that is in turn related to "The mirror of truth". Therefore, it's power is not to implement bad thoughts in people, it is to stimulate the desires or fears that people hide and blind them with it. In Derrick's case, Leila fueled his guilt for losing Yvonne and also his desire/denial of his twisted love for Penelope. In Reynold's case, Leila stimulated his vision of seeing Penelope always as the bad one (he still kept that thought, otherwise he would not have fallen into the nightmare he had of Penelope mistreating Yvonne). And in the case of Eclise, it's a long thing that I will talk about later. But in this timeline, Penelope was able to break a fragment of the mirror, resulting in it no longer working well (It's keeps blinding them with their hidden thoughts, but now they can resist or break the spell a bit). For that reason, Reynold could easily override the brainwashing by talking to Penelope. The same happened with Derrick, who after the event of Penelope's coming of age ceremony, did not want to visit Yvonne. And Eclise is a separate case. So, in this timeline, the brainwashing effect was not that powerful but it still had a slight effect. But even if it was slight, it had already touched a deep part that their kept hidden.

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About the power of the villain and Penelope:

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At first, I also believed (like some readers) that there was not much difference about Penelope manipulating and Leila as well... until I decided to take a closer look at the novel and... HAHAHAHA AHHHH Pay attention please, It's not the same case. The only one we can say that Penelope manipulated was Eclise, but even this one knew about this manipulation. Penelope always pushed the other ML's away (only once did she get pretty for Winter because she thought she would have a date with him, but it turned out not). Which implies this, the "manipulation" they mention so much is quite bland and even naive. As I mentioned earlier, we can't compare something that stimulates your deep thoughts and blinds you to sweet empty words. This has a simple explanation: SHE NEVER FORCED THEM TO BELIEVE IN THAT. They always had the option of believing what she said or not, even Eclise, because he knew from the beginning that she was pretending. So no, IT'S NOT THE SAME THING.

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About Penelope and Eclise:

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Sorry not sorry, but it's so funny to see how some readers blame one of those two when, C L E A R L Y, in the novel it's implied that: Penelope and Eclise are two sides of the same coin. I dare to say that Eclise's character is the most misunderstood character by readers. I have seen how some readers decide to speak from his perspective, but they do so speaking from the mask of Eclise, not the real Eclise that rarely emerged in the novel. First, I'm going to mention that in the novel it's always mentioned that Eclise is a character that you cannot know what he thinks about. Having Penelope's POV in almost the entire novel makes us empathize with her or not, as some readers show. But in Eclise's POV, they only show us strong resentment and obsession. Even the information of him shown in the interactions with Penelope we cannot take it completely real, because he is a person who always hides his thoughts. Eclise from the beginning hated Penelope (which is understandable because she belongs to the empire that defeated her people) and tried to kill her in order to escape. Every time he asked to see her it wasn't to spend time with her, it was to have a chance to kill her. She notices it, but when she sees Winter's route lost, she decides to keep increasing his percentage. The way Eclise acts, it's like a lapdog. But this is his mask. Eclise is not a naive idiot as some people paint him, he is also quite clever because he has more experience in the area of survival. It's something you read between the lines in the novel: Eclise acts like a lapdog because that's the way he learned to survive in his early days as a s*ave. Maybe if he acted that way, the punishment would not be so severe and in a way, he would be manipulating their masters making them feel pity. He was always pretending, to the degree that I can't say for sure that he was sad about the flower crown; From his twisted attitude, I could tell that he threw a tantrum to get Penelope's attention (I don't doubt that he was hurt, but his twisted attitude is more consistent with his feeling anger and greed than sadness). As I said before, he always knew she was using him, because he knows how manipulation works, since he has more experience manipulating people with his lapdog mask. Just like in the beginning, Penelope had to lower her head and ask for forgiveness, in the same way Eclise did too. The two had a mask to act before the others. So when they interacted with each other, they kept keeping that mask, but at the same time they tried to manipulate each other (Yes, they both manipulated each other, read the novel well). But, they were both very naive too. Penelope never believed that he would betray her, when clearly in the easy mode it's mentioned that Eclise betrayed OG Penelope (regardless of what caused that action, betrayal is betrayal). And Eclise believed that by bringing Yvonne he would be able to stay with Penelope (ignoring things like: where were they going to live now? Etc.). And if we can consider the betrayal that Eclise did as such because: It was bought by the false daughter of the Duke + They allow him to stay in the mansion and have a place as a knight of the Eckarts (of course his stay is debatable, but these are the facts) + One day, he brings the true daughter of the duke without consulting his master = Betrayal. Now I would like to make something clear about the Eclise brainwashing: The way Penelope increased Eclise's favor was through sweet empty words (which he clearly knew were lies because HE KNOWS HOW TO MANIPULATED) and through her physical beauty. The latter was what Eclise longed for so much and the deep desire of him, something that Leila knew how to take advantage of quite well and that's why she returned to the Duke's mansion. Like I said earlier, the mirror didn't work quite right but it was still able to blind people. However, people could also break the spell of their own free will. Eclise could have broken the spell many times, but his greed was what ended up blinding him. And yes, I will not deny that neither spoke of mutual agreement despite knowing that both needed each other. Even, there is a mention of how roles are reversed when one is more talkative than the other. The two were very similar and had a common goal which was freedom (status and freedom from the game). But that similarity of character and distrust made them natural enemies. Also, I have seen that some readers mention that she used him and threw him as a tool, but they don't mention that Eclise also saw her as a tool to survive. In fact, no one mentions how Eclise also used the few people of his old kingdom as tools to escape, (I remind you that they were s*aves too). But when he saw that they were no longer useful, he betrayed them by exposing their plan to escape, causing their death. Then, why blame one side, when the other has the same weight of their actions? Eclise saved Penelope from the dragon in the end? Sure, but it is something that would not have happened if he had only accepted Penelope's deal to cure him of brainwashing, instead of stole her the missing piece of Leila's mirror (which caused the awakening of the dragon). But even with that, Eclise didn't die. He lost his memory, but he followed Penelope closely out of curiosity and because he only had one feeling for her: resentment. This makes it clear that if he had really loved Penelope, he would have another feeling and not that. Even, that was the real reason why he never reached 100% with Penelope, because of the hatred he felt (not only for her, but for many things). When he meets her, she asks for his forgiveness and explains that they were natural enemies. Then she removes the necklace (a necklace that he had put on again, since she had taken it off to free him from his role as her knight for betrayal) and she tells him to go north because she has found something (his old empire). And that's what I mean by Eclise deserves this ending. I read that some readers preferred him dead before that, but at least if Penelope could start a new life, why not him? If he had kept the memories of him, he would have to deal with his cruel past and that is something that is not solved with the power of love, at least not in this novel. Eclise of the Side Stories is freer to express what he feels without wearing a mask. That's why I'm sure when I dare to say that in the main story we never really got to know what Eclise was like, so why defend the Eclise mask if it's not the real one?

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Penny Sparkles
Penny Sparkl
May 31, 2021
Status: Completed
Well... what is wrong with the reviews section? hahaha

First my short review: this novel was enjoyable for me. I liked how the game system operated and "the way to show affection" of each male protagonist. What can I say, I'm addicted to the novels of reborn or transmigrated villains <3

My opinion about the main characters:

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Penelope: I liked her way of being, it's not the common thing seen. In fact, I liked that her attitude did not change during the story, she was very true to herself. She wanted to survive and she did it thanks to that. I'm sure if she hadn't acted that way, she would never have aroused the interest of the male leads and would have died.

Callisto: he's an interesting male lead. He seems the cliche of the tyrant prince, but his personality makes him come out of that topic. His character is one of my favorites. He's aggressive but he's also a cloying lover, not to mention he's quite sarcastic.

Derrick: I like the way his trauma was treated but his attitude really leaves a lot to be desired.

Reynold: I like him so much. At first he had a really horrible attitude, but he only became a real brother to Penelope. Though he remained a noisy tsundere hahaha

Winter: honestly the MVP of this novel (even if he's not the player lol). I really like him. Also, I understand his actions and his attitude, although I would have wished for more interactions of him with Penelope.

Eclipse: honestly the sympathy I did not feel for him in the main story, I felt for him in the side storie. I don't hate him, but I don't like him either. For more than half of the story, his character is not relevant (is very overshadowed by other characters and circumstances). Then, when he becomes an antagonist (which makes sense. People who get mad about his evolution to yandere just never really understood the character. So sad...) his relevance was only to make some things more difficult for Penelope and BUM he "dies" but not really. His lack of weight in the plot made his character pass unnoticed for me. If his personality that he showed in the side stories had been the same as that of the main story, I would have loved him. Sadly that was not the case, F

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About my first line: for me, webnovels are to enjoy. I mean, they were made for entertainment not to be over-analyze them in depth as some previous reviews do; of course you are going to find inconsistencies, since they are not to be studied lol Also, it's just fiction, you don't have to take it so personal wt*?

For people who really like the genre of DRAMA and the psychological, also who also love the stories of reborn or transmigrated villains like me, I totally recommend this novel! <<less
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habs
habs
Jul 11, 2020
Status: c48
Honestly a great story, loved the tension build-ups and the overall characterization. Unfortunately though, I will be dropping this one due to the quality of translation by the second translator. With all due respect, it is appreciated that they put their time and hard work into translating this great web novel, but it's riddled with many simple grammatical errors and the sentence structures don't follow clearly. Seems almost MTL. Either way, good read so far. Would recommend only up to the first translations.
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shaunleo
shaunleo
Jul 08, 2020
Status: c1
Story's pretty interesting, but I'm dropping this cos the 2nd translator's pretty bad. First translator was great but the quality dropped too much on the 2nd and its just annoying to read now.
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xuexin
xuexin
Feb 27, 2020
Status: c36
I just have to say... wow. This so-called villainess is just pitiful. She's put in very dangerous situations where she's close to death, because these capture targets are all crazy. They're all crazy one way or another. I read spoilers until the end, so she'll actually end up with someone. I'm not too sure how I feel about the story. In a way it's cliché, but also somewhat strange. I think it's only in the first few chapters where it seems as if she's on the verge of death every... more>> single time. Don't ship too early, especially since the love interests are all crazy so far lol <<less
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Caszca
Caszca
May 01, 2020
Status: c33
So far it's really tense and I want to keep reading!

Normally I'd roll my eyes at a female lead entirely unable to notice a guys interest in her, but in this case it makes perfect sense. She's been abused for years and has no reason to think that they would change their opinion just like that because of a few instances where they weren't completely horrible.

Even if she noticed the change in attitude... she can't trust it, because if they can change their opinion this fast, they might revert back... more>> to thinking badly of her in a heartbeat. The maid is dependent on her, so she can feel slightly more secure with her. Her behaviour is entirely in line with all the traumatic sh*t she's been through. This is no lighthearted romance, this is almost literally a struggle for survival. And your survival depending on some dude's good will is scary as hell. No wonder she can't trust the people around her, even if they are suddenly super nice. Especially bc they are suddenly way too nice, without her having done anything even.

Stay cautious and don't die Penelope! I'm rooting for you! <<less
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Skitty
Skitty
Jan 17, 2022
Status: --
Like everyone else has been saying in the very beginning I was absolutely enamored with the premise. MC had a relatable background with the character she was transmigrated to and so she knew how to deal with her situation. I had very high hopes for this one because I have read many popular isekai and transmigration stories where everyone just hypes up Mary sue main characters for no reason. Penelope, or the girl who took over for Penelope, at first, seemed like she wasn't going to go the route of... more>> becoming a Mary Sue or being loved for no reason at all just for plot convenience. However after I read the whole thing I found it very disappointing. The sad thing is that she never learns how to forgive nor how to move on from her painful past. Im not saying she should just forget everything that ever happened to her, however her character didn't grow in any way at all. Sure she got her man who changed because of her but she lost everything else and continued to stay the same. Stories that are usually likable and more memorable to me are the ones that have good characters and how they interact with their environment and how it all ends up in a sort of no loose ends kind of way. Penelope definitely had a lot of loose ends hanging and it just didn't feel satisfying at all. I did enjoy the beginning but just somewhere along the way the characters and the plot just got a little lost on me and it felt more like a chore to read than when I first started it (some partially due to bad translations as well). <<less
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meggicchi
meggicchi
May 29, 2021
Status: c158
Probably gonna drop it soon.

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Really frustrated with the way Eclipse's route was handled. I think he was truly a pitiful person and his circumstances were terrible, I found myself being increasingly annoyed by Penelope's lack of empathy for his situation. I mean poor boy was a s*ave, and of course he wasn't going to develop a healthy relationship with his 'master', so the culmination of the relationship with Eclipse becoming a Yandere was utterly disappointing and I would rather we've had Eclipse being in puppy love and Penelope aiding him later on... unfortunately he was only treated as a s*ave until the end. It's hard to emphasize and enjoy Penelope's story after Eclipse's ending.

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Also this series has so much inconsistencies. First of all, Penelope is pressed by time, as in she must get 100% with any ML as fast as possible so that she doesn't die. After she notices her % going up at a faster rate with Eclipse you would think she'd try to spend more time with him? Well nope. Penelope is a rich girl with nothing to do all day and a noble but doesn't have any duties, which had me wondering, if she has so much time on her hands, why doesn't she visit Eclipse to raise his %?? So many instances in the novel there were moments of 'Days flew by' and I was like, , then what did Penelope do??? Did she try to make money? Or visit any ML to raise their %?? It didn't make sense. She could have reached 100% way earlier with Eclipse if she had put in a little more work.. Oh well. <<less
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Heygokuss4
Heygokuss4
Jul 01, 2020
Status: c95
Idk this is my own take of the novel. Don't be put off by the negative comments, I love it so far, overall gr8 story. I was looking for a story like this If u don't like these common otome villainess novels then move to another one... Cuz it's another one of those, the ones that I can't get enough of lol.

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Though he was scary in the beginning, only because he had just killed an assassin that attempted on his life and she suspiciously followed him, he legit is flirty and funny. His letters to her were hilarious. Also him being unloved by his own family was something I think they saw they had in common.

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True ML:

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I'm happy that she chose the Crown prince

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Some people mentioned that her character was off, how could she be proud and conceited and still get abused by servants... But I mean peoples brains are different from each other and we all behave in different ways, I mean there are standard behavior but we are all coocoo in one way or another. I think her behavior could have happen though. Additional to the lack of proper noble education that she should have received, the mistreatment could have been something ingrained in her since childhood and she no longer saw it as something wrong.

That or could also be the servants just didn't care about someone without backing, even if she complained nothing was done.

About the other capture targets idk what to say they were all going through PMS... They went up and down so fast.

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I was pretty disappointed when at the beginning the wizard dude's fav was up then it went down so quickly... Not to mention Eclis. Don't get me wrong, I loved them when they first came out but their attitude toward her changing too much is no good for my heart...

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But hey this is my opinion only~ <<less
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candc2006
candc2006
Jun 30, 2020
Status: c90
Don't listen to the hate. This is a pretty unique concept compared to a lot of other reincarnations. I love all the characters and everything is pretty well developed.
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