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 Only Ending For The Villainess
DITOEFTV
DOEV
Villains Are Destined To Die
악역의 엔딩은 죽음뿐
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LalalalandxD
New LalalalandxD rated it
April 15, 2021
Status: --
She tends to overlap her real life to the game girl's life. It's quite different in my opinion. Her family is actually horrible while these people/characters in the game now her real reality are not bad, just misunderstood her. I don't know why she can't see that people can't read mind. You gotta tell them why you're acting the way you do and what you're unhappy about. She just either endures it apologizes or lashes out? Unlike what she thinks, they're actually rational people unlike what portrayed in the game.... more>> Love is not given but earned in my opinion. She can't expects people to just love you or like you, you have to make an effort as well. She never really try to like them. She also sees them just as tools. <<less
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Cadisetramadiraizel
New Cadisetramadiraizel rated it
April 8, 2021
Status: Completed
My absolute favourite novel, the main girl is so intelligent and has self-worth. She doesn't forgive those who wrong her and although some may disagree I love who she ended up with - their dynamic and communication is incredible.
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chocolatechipcookie
chocolatechipcookie rated it
May 7, 2020
Status: --
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I'm infuriated after binge reading this novel. First of all, I thought that this was unique but NOOOO it ended up be so f*cking cliche. It follows the usual trope, original heroine is evil like really EVIL and crown prince is ML. There are other factors but it's really annoying how her "abuse" was handled. I've wasted my sadness because in the end everything turned out to be complete BS

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    (HOW THE f*ck IS THE

    ABUSE SHE EXPERIENCED JUST A MISUNDERSTANDING?

    Literally ON BOTH LIVES. I CALL BULLsh*t 9999) Penelope ended up

    pretty 1D though which is upsetting, her personality ended up being the same as the original heroine. BUT SRSLY YOU CANNOT JUSTIFY ABUSE LIKE THAT. I HATE how the abuse was handled. It just isn't right.

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    As much as I like Penelope dang girl that bullsh*t aint it
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    I can't believe that Eclipse died (fvcking cinnamon roll danggit (
    )) I didn't like how his character was handled at all. He ended up in the wrong path DANG. I can't believe he turned to shit, he would've been a great ML.

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    After all Penelope has lived 99% of her life in oppression, we all know that behind the scenes Penelope would have to be involved in court drama (after all life as royalty is never happy, there are small moments but that hardly is enough. Penelope would be willing ofc bcuz it's love but it's honestly pitiful) What could've been huh? Well it sucks. I just dislike how everything was handled in the end
  3. VINTER DANGGIT WHY ARE YOU SUFERING LIKE THIS (THIS IS WHY I REALLY DON'T LIKE HAREMS BECAUSE THE GOOD ONES ALWAYS GET HURT THE MOST) I'm such a softie dang. But then again Penelope doesn't really suit them at all at least in how this story was handled. OFC either Vinter and Eclipse were the ML then yay but they're not so nay. I mean Penelope has some cute moments with Callisto but it didn't win me over... Really too cliche, Ive read the same exact moments on multiple novels and they were equally

  4. Her relationship with Callisto is literally so eh. Funny Moments ig? but heart didn't even move ughh whyyyyy I wanted to be on the right ship and enjoy it fvck I DIDN'T. It's just so dRAMA. Not my cup of tea. ESPECIALLY ALL HER BROTHERS, Y'ALL THEY'RE IRREDEEMABLE. THEY (the capture target brothers) STARTED BEING NICE WHEN SHE STARTED BEING "USEFUL" that's fvcked up man. If you tell me that it's because Penelope starte being nice and stopped having tantrums then explain how she was originally treated? The butler sucks as well actually the entire Ecrick (? fvck I forgot the spelling already) WHY DOES EVERYONE HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT OG PENELOPE WILL TURN BETTER ON HER OWN WHEN NO ONE'S LITERALLY THERE TO TEACH HER? THAT'S THE DUMBEST sh*t I'VE EVER HEARD. I can't fathom how everyone is dumber than the MC *stressed* It DOESNT MAKE SENSE A..A.A.A. It reAally doesn't, m
  5. When I tell you it's cliche, It really is cliche.
Premises were really good, everything started going downhills. We all have different opinions, Im upset that I wasn't able to enjoy reading this at all.... I ended up finishing this to find out Eclipse's ending and it's just

UNSATISFYING. I'm a sucker for good endings but girl this ain't it

;

I didn't sign up to be disappointed : (

Basically I'm salty. Can't forget the novel's BS though sighs

I checked the manhwa and it's bootiful, too bad it's wasted on another generic novel.... sighs

Whatever Let's move on now. Hope y'all enjoy the novel, to those like me... just move on man, have a cookie
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kyochan
kyochan rated it
July 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.
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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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soft goat
soft goat rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: --
being careful when talking to men cos they might get offended & get violent or angry w u wow some real-world shit. But it is sad, light novels like these r always anti-feminist & pro- oppression lol sorry.

the violent & abusive men r always redeemed without taking accountability & its so easy to give faults to women when their lives r miserable. The emotional scars she carry r no joke & the men in her life were truly abusive to her. I hope they wont approach that dismissively
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ArguingApples
ArguingApples rated it
February 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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panthecakes
panthecakes rated it
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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Animefan649
Animefan649 rated it
February 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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Gigz
Gigz rated it
August 15, 2019
Status: c1
It's a rather harsh start. I can't say anything since there's only 1 chapter, but...

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There are actual game settings into this. Like dialogue options that you are forced to choose. Well, it took some time for our MC to realize this... And she dropped down the favorability charts dramatically. F for respects.

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xmei
xmei rated it
May 9, 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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Daniello
Daniello rated it
April 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 murder 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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MonoJu
MonoJu rated it
February 14, 2021
Status: c231
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 people. 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]

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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 sexual 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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xuexin
xuexin rated it
February 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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XxxMelanie
XxxMelanie rated it
January 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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Kshirley29
Kshirley29
October 22, 2020
Status: c1
Hi, I love this novel.

but I need some help. I cant find anywhere the update and I cant open any of the source in novelupdate.
if anyone can please let me know.

thank you
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shaunleo
shaunleo
July 8, 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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Heygokuss4
Heygokuss4 rated it
July 1, 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.

I love the prince... ... more>>
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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 rated it
June 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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Caszca
Caszca rated it
May 1, 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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Arha
Arha rated it
April 14, 2020
Status: c31
I enjoy how flawed the protagonist is. She consistently fails to notice the good will others show her and to accept that the poor relationships she's had have often been partially her own fault. Everything is because of someone else and she's just an innocent victim. And you can see how this really makes things more difficult for her and causes her to read people wrong. She also isn't really a very good person to begin with, nor is she particularly bad, which makes her come across as very human.... more>> She doesn't want to save the world and heal all the wrongs of the world, she just wants to not die.

I'm bumping this up another star. The character and relationship writing is fantastic so far as I'm concerned. Everyone is at least a little in the wrong, some more so than others, and yet if you make the effort to understand them no one really comes across as being evil/irredeemable.

Though I admit I don't know what people see in Eclise. <<less
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habs
habs rated it
July 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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Gellyannoying
Gellyannoying rated it
November 28, 2020
Status: Completed
I just finished reading the whole story and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....

I'm broken hearted </3

Ofcourse! Im broken hearted because I want moreeeeeeeee.. haha

But in totally.. I was very emotional.. I cried but happy about the ending.

She deserved to be loved by Callisto.. And Callisto is our perfect man <3

You guys can read it at lightnovelworld. com for free. Enjoy!!!
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