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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DITA
入戏
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meibunny
New 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 rape 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:

Spoiler

The movie that the actors are shooting involves a rape, 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 rape 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 rape changes. To me, the novel allows for a criticism of the portrayal of rape 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 s*xual 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 erotic 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 sh*tty things they do, not because of them.

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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 s*xuality, 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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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.

Spoiler

Especially because they both have girlfriends...

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It’s updated 6 days a week!! And the erotic scenes are so descriptive *q* <<less
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Treehorn
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 s*xy 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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RoseColouredSin
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
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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Otwentyfirst
Otwentyfirst
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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