Deep in the Act


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To save Gao Zhun from the shackles of his invisible illness, Fang Chi overcomes obstacle after obstacle, inching closer and closer to his heart. But…

Everything you have done so far amounts to nothing more than a technique? What about…

Your feelings?


Can the course of human feelings ever be truly understood?

In an attempt to diversify his career, Zhang Zhun agrees to co-star with award-winning actor, Chen Hsin.

Their first task, by the director’s orders:
15 days of cohabitation in a couple’s room.15 days of watching raunchy movies in the same bed, in preparation for the filming of their first scene together.

Yet, things begin to go wrong as they get into bed for the camera.
No one on the set is safe from the passion of their performance.
No one is exempt from the heat of their desire.

Even the director cannot help but fume: Have I ever asked them to take things this far?

But… isn’t it our job to go deeper into the act?


You are my secret sunshine.

Chen Hsin risks everything in his possession as Zhang Zhun walks down the path of no return.

How should they define the bond between them?

Perhaps it should not be known as love, for love is too heavy and terrifying a word for them.

And yet…

There will never be another film like this! Your performance and the feelings you conveyed will never be surpassed! This is a masterpiece that belongs only to the two of you!

When their eyes meet – before the camera, according to the script – Zhang Zhun feels the tips of his fingers go numb.

Who is he?
Has he become Gao Zhun? Or is he still Zhang Zhun?

Who is this before him?
Is it Fang Chi? Or is it Chen Hsin?


When the filming comes to an end, the characters will recover, the actors’ passion will fade, and they will forget each other eventually as they return to their individual paths.

In the end, how should they make sense of it all?

Have they truly been hopelessly and deliriously in love?
Or have they simply lost themselves too deeply in the act?

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blrblrb rated it
October 15, 2018
Status: c9.1
The description is a bit confusing to understand (at least for me) but basically MC and ML are the two main actors of a gay film.

MC: Zhang Zhun, playing film character Gao Zhun

ML: Chen Hsin, playing film character Fang Chi

... more>> The chapters alternate between real life and the film plot, and currently, it’s reaching a point where the two plots are converging, and MC and ML are completely blurring the lines between their real life professional relationship and the romantic relationship of their characters.

Unlike Screen Partner, DITA has a more serious tone (especially in the film plot), as their relationship feels like a messy whirlwind, but you can’t help but to continue reading to find out how it’s all going to play out.


Especially because they both have girlfriends...


It’s updated 6 days a week!! And the erot*c scenes are so descriptive *q* <<less
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Treehorn rated it
October 23, 2018
Status: c12.2
I don't know what's up with the 1 star reviews but don't let them discourage you from reading this. The story is deeply emotional and sweet with a healthy dose of sexy nsfw scenes.

The main characters are actors of an upcoming movie about a therapist and his patient falling in love. ML is a star and the MC is still developing his career. Because the movie characters are gay, the production company made them stay in the same hotel room and insisted that they familiarize themselves with each other so... more>> the intimate scenes won't look awkward.

The chapters alternate between real life and the movie and both stories are really interesting. The actors struggle to separate themselves from their characters and attempt to resist their increasing attraction to each other.

The translation is pretty much perfect. 💜 <<less
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meibunny rated it
December 31, 2018
Status: c30.2
This book is better written than the average web novel (it feels like it went through multiple drafts and editing!), and it is well-translated. I'm finding the translator notes unobtrusive and often quite informative.

The plot structure is fantastic. I love the interweaving of the two storylines (the story of the movie that's being shot and the story of the actors who are shooting it). Movies are shot out of order, and so we get some glimpses into the future of the movie's main relationship that make it much more interesting... more>> than it would be if we were simply reading the movie plotline straight through.

The story is very explicit, and the explicit scenes are frequent.

I tend to tread cautiously with the r*pe tag, particularly in stories that are also explicit. If you do as well, I'll keep the spoilers light but give you enough info to decide:


The movie that the actors are shooting involves a r*pe, and a deeply dysfunctional therapist-patient relationship that happens after. If the story was simply the movie plot, presented as a story, I would not recommend it.

However, by framing that story as a movie, we are given a bit of distance from the storyline... for example, we see the r*pe not as it happens to the character but as the scene that the actors are filming. We get the actor's feelings, not the (movie) character's feelings, as well as stage directions and so on.

I doubt I would want to watch the film, because the scene is presented as fairly erotic. But because the film's story is interwoven with the story of how the film is made, the presentation of r*pe changes. To me, the novel allows for a criticism of the portrayal of r*pe that the movie would not. That said, it is still fairly implicit.

The novel is very much about how the actors start to loose control of their boundaries. At least twice, one of the actors crosses the line with the other while the other is drunk and passed out. There is no physical harm (and no penetration), but the passed out actor thinks it was a dream. This scene is not presented as okay or romantic, but it is given in explicit detail.

In this storyline, the actors are becoming confused by their feelings and the amount of sexual interaction they've had as a result of the film is blurring boundaries for both of them. In a second non-con scene, the same actor that crossed the line before starts to kiss the actor who was passed out before, when he seems to be passed out again. This time, though, the second actor is secretly awake. The first actor is stopped by a third *because of* the consent issue.

Overall, I would say that the author of the novel is actually exploring a lot of consent issues in a surprisingly (because of the erot*c content) good way. Both the actors and the movie characters are, to various degrees, "letting go", letting things happen instead of making choices about their behaviour. This puts them in increasingly unethical situations.... but again, these aren't presented as romantic or good. If feelings happen, it's despite the shitty things they do, not because of them.


Personally, I'm okay with reading about flawed characters and bad choices when they are presented *as* flawed characters and bad choices. In this case, I think the author mostly hits the mark, and for me it's an interesting story about people grappling with their sexuality, not just in the "who am I attracted to" sense but in terms of boundaries, self-control, and making choices. <<less
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RoseColouredSin rated it
October 22, 2018
Status: c12.1
I really like the story so far! I love how the author slowly reveals the story of what happened to GZ in bits and pieces and I also love the chemistry between the MC and ML. The psychologist side of the novel is super interesting and seeing the effects of their acting in their actual lives is also pretty cool. Would definitely recommend!
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SoMin rated it
October 13, 2018
Status: --
Captivating, Interesting, Titillating 'Deep In the Act' is a must read is you are in search of a deeper less fluffy story line with spicy surprises sprinkled throughout.
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ProcrastinationTranslations rated it
May 20, 2019
Status: c45.2
After all the yearning and the pain and the feelings between the two lead actors, it's now at the *climax* of their relationship.

And... what a way to climax! I've been waiting for this chapter for so long.

All else aside, DITA is a fantastic story exploring the psychology of the characters, and how things spiral to become the way they are.

Both the writing and the translation are fantastic, and people should really read this (not just for the smut) !
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softmatcha rated it
May 12, 2019
Status: c44.1
I’ve read some stories on NU that were so heavy-handed with exposition it made readers criticize the author for telling and not showing. This is, very fortunately, not one of those stories at all.

In fact I can’t fully express how enthralling and sophisticated Deep In The Act is.

The novel alternates chapters between:

  1. Reality (the behind-the-scenes making of the titular film and the interactions between the lead actors and staff members), and
  2. Fiction (the story of the film and its lead characters, who are represented by the lead actors)
This might seem confusing... more>> at first, like reading 2 completely unrelated stories in the same sitting. But the more I kept reading, the more it felt like these 2 side-by-side narratives began to be superimposed. Especially when Chen Hsin and Zhang Zhun are poised to act in the very outfits and scenes illustrated by Fang Chi and Gao Zhun just pages prior. The author designs the story this way to purposefully blur the lines between what’s real and what’s fake, what’s pre-meditated and what’s instinctual. This applies not just to what’s happening between the lead actors, but what’s happening between the lead characters they’re portraying too, which makes the story feel rich and layered...

This probably sounds silly but in my head I kept comparing this Chinese BL novel with Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals in its manipulation of both fiction and reality and the way it does such a good job balancing beautiful imagery with a wide range of emotion - between strikingly violent, pure and unadulterated, hotly passionate, and heartwrenching, it’s all there. YES, the bed scenes in Deep In The Act are extremely well-written and satisfying. But in no way does that make the rest of the story inferior in its cinematic quality - seriously, the story unfurls like a movie, guiding your imagination almost effortlessly without having to hammer in your head what it wants to tell. <<less
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Ainslee rated it
February 7, 2019
Status: --
Reading a back to back plots that are foreshadowing each other is really overwhelming.

But addicting. I really need to learn how to have a poker face, otherwise people would think that I'm crazy, with the way I talk, swear or being anxious all by myself while reading the novel.

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DameSkyler rated it
May 17, 2019
Status: c43 part2
Utterly captivating novel, perfect translation. Isn't it awesome when you have a great title in the hands of a translator that knows how to bring out the beauty of the novel in English?

The chemistry between the two leads is off the charts. I check back every week in hopes for a new chapter, and each release doesn't disappoint. Highly highly recommended!
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November 26, 2018
Status: c22.2
Alt summary:

Two actors become so committed to their roles that the lines between reality and acting blur. Feelings of arousal, possession, jealousy, and protectiveness grow between them. Are these feelings their own or are they just the characters they portray? Are they... in too deep?

Eventually the shoot finishes and the fantasy world they share ends. Without a shared film keeping them together, will their passion fade? Can they return to their lives? Or will they find their way back to each other?

... more>> Review:

It's delicious. Take a few bites, but save the rest so you can binge.

I don't know why anyone would rate this one star. At the least it deserves two. Here's why:

Enjoyable characters with beautiful language and imagery (or maybe that's just the translation?) that kept me enveloped in the story. The focus so far has been solid without needless fillers. As for the translation quality, the writing was smooth, with excellent proofreading, a 90 out of 100.

Now for the story. I wouldn't call it a riveting one, more like one adjective below that: engrossing maybe? The author stays on point and the info flow is constant. You know how when you reread a story you've already read, there are parts you just skip? Not in this; it's all good.

It has so many characteristics that I don't like: the required investment for two separate storylines, abrupt personality changes, and constant time jumps. Ironically, these were the reasons I like the story the most. The time jumps for the subplot was a teasing reveal and I liked taking a break and switching between the main plot and the subplot. I think it was because the subplot was as good as the main plot. I'm MTLing so am probably missing vital parts, but even then, it's still great. I'd recommend for those interested in a meatier version of Screen Partner. <<less
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Aidel00 rated it
August 12, 2019
Status: c48 part1
For those who are dubious about reading about it because of the tag r*pe, dark, ecc fortunately those are refereed to the story they are filming not the actual MC and ML (even thought the story is told to you from the character points of you, it helps that they tell use it's a role and not... well our story protagonist ahaha), if I actually had to evaluate the story they act in I would like to tell Fang Chi (as*hole ML of the story) to go... well you can... more>> guess.

The spoiler is just me letting out some frustration >.<"


damn the story's ML f**** up pretty badly!He made the MC relive his trauma!Broke MC trust, dependence and probably his sanity, broke his own work ethic, what the hell didn't he brake?!?Can I help braking it for him?:)

How can I ship them now?!Rather ship that too violent rottweiler of Justin, now he looks like an abandoned puppy like the MC...

and now the r*per appears too ackjzhadhigldeg...

Damn it!


I would give the inside story (let's call it so) a 4 star, coz I need a star to throw at that damn ML (just because they have sharp tips :)

Oh those who would like to read for the Adult, Smut, Mature great choice, you came the right place!Totally hot~ \ (*q*) / <<less
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Vampireprinc355 rated it
March 11, 2019
Status: c38.1
This story is amazing. Full of smut and you can tell the struggle and anguish of each character as they immerse themselves in their role. The story switches between the movie storyline and the real world which add more depth to the story. The translation is very good and easy to read. High recommend!
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Evergreen rated it
March 10, 2019
Status: c37.2
So damn beautiful! Ive read a lot of yaoi novels in this site but Ive never been as invested as I am to the characters in this novel. Im too deep in the novel. What makes it more interesting is that I have no idea what will happen. God, the angst, the characters, their love, the world they live in AHHHHHHHH I LOVE THIS SO MUCH P.S. I love this more than QWTFOD. I used to be obsessed with this too.
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Jajachin rated it
September 17, 2019
Status: c48
This is one of the most interesting story here in NU that I have read as of this moment. It is true indeed that the summary writtem in NU is somehow kinda confusing because it was not mention how the two stories or the characters are interconnected that is why I was kinda doubtful in reading this but it is a very good decision of mine to read the reviews which made me read this story because of the warnings told by the readers of this story. If I didn't... more>> read the reviews, I think all I can say to my future self is 'YOU JUST LOST ONE-HALF OF YOUR LIFE AS A READER!!! BAKA!!' This novel is just simply awesome. The characters, the storyline. I love the way the story shifts from the movie to the real life events of the actors. Sometimes, I say to myself that I want to read only the story of the actors but it made me doubt again cause the story of the movie is interesting also. This is one of the reason why I like this story because of the way it was written. Everything is wonderful. Just wonderful. To the translator, it was well translated. Very detailed especially on the notes written after the chapter. The smutts are written in a very vivid way. I have learned a lot of terms in this story. For me everything is exact in this story. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! <<less
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Naomiyaki rated it
March 21, 2019
Status: c39.2
Wow, this story is really good. One of the best I’ve read in a while. The characters feel very real and the anguish and tension between the 2 main characters is very intense. Their mental struggles were real and even their most irrational reactions make sense because this not perfect people. Their love is messy and almost overwhelming in the best of ways. I actually had to pause during my binge read multiple times to have an internal screaming session because the tension is that real. The plot was nicely... more>> paced and very dramatic and the choice to have the alternating story line between the movie they were filming and them filming it gives an added amount of depth to the story.

Although they touch on a difficult topic like r*pe it is carried out in a profession manner and its only in the movie plot. There are also warning before each chapter. I don’t reccomend it to people who want a casual read because this is a story that will have you reason until 3am to see what happens. This definitely deserves to have a higher rating. <<less
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mazeoflife28 rated it
February 7, 2019
Status: c12.1
It's a about two actors acting out a gay film. Both actors are straight and have girlfriends But during the filming, their acting and the feelings of the characters are starting to cross. And it's a psychological novel so it delves into their subconscious and explains the complexity of their feelings in vivid detail.

I'm only in Chapter 12 so far but.. Damn. I just. It's pretty intense. Even the NSFW scenes also hold a lot desire, passion but also frustration, and anguish in both parallels. The build up is written... more>> beautifully. Seeing the characters get unhinged, tug of war between rationality and giving into their base desires. I thought weaving in the movie's plot and the acting was very well done and thought out. I am fascinated and also, at the same time, afraid to get too emotionally invested almost as the actors are. Haha.

I don't see a tragedy tag! So.. I'm seriously hoping my heart's not gonna give out and I end up bleeding to death if ever it does end up being one. <<less
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Jinx_1 rated it
July 9, 2019
Status: c30
I'm not sure how to rate this because I feel like it's almost 2 separate books and one of them suffers.

The movie script story of GZ and FC is more complex and the tension between them is out of this world. Both individual characters and the relationship between them is fully drawn. At times it is uncomfortable to read, but like a trainwreck you can't stop watching.

By comparison, the "real life" story between the actors MC/ML just feels like pure smut at this point. There's nothing but sexual attraction between... more>> them. Nothing wrong with that but when you put it side by side with another story thats better developed, and between fake characters at that, well they come off like supporting characters or cannon fodder in their own story! I don't even know them as individual characters. Not only is their relationship not developed, but the characters aren't either. No personality to pinpoint for either one beyond stereotype.

I get what the author is trying to do with the 2 stories being parallels of one another and the actors really getting affected by their roles but execution is not quite there. <<less
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Lahell rated it
March 26, 2019
Status: c40.2
The novel is captivating, the story unfolds slowly and you don’t even realise how much you’ve invested in the protagonists since the beginning, especially when regarding to the movie.

I recommend the read, though I can’t give 5 stars because the smut scenes are too many (wow never thought I’d complain about this ever) and there’s even no actual s*x yet! The scenes are actually well written and most are plot relevant but they get somehow repetitive towards the later chapters and steal time from the story progression.


... more>>

there’s r*pe in the movie, and the ML (actor) did some forceful stuff too while the MC was asleep.

The ML (from the movie) also abuses very badly of his power on the MC, manipulates him even cruelly sometimes. He knows that his professional conduct as a therapist is basically non-existential when he’s with MC but he can’t control himself. (The MC doesn’t care about this though, he needs ML as fish need water, he can’t live without him.)

This is one of the main theme of the movie and really adds a level of depth to the story, without it the movie wouldn’t be as beautiful. But I know someone may be very triggered so I added a warning.

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