Doomed to be Cannon Fodder


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She’s somehow ended up transmigrating into the book as the supporting female lead, who was beaten to death! Deeply in love with the male lead, she’s fated to be beaten to a bloody pulp before even holding hands with him?!

First things first, she needs to survive and latch onto the big thigh of a patron. But the supporting male lead is a true gentleman and feels nothing for her stunning, alluring body. That’s alright! She’ll latch onto the old madame or the male lead then!

But why does the supporting male lead look at her with increasingly odd eyes? And what of that Wulin Alliance Head with the personality disorder? You’re just a random bystander, what are you getting involved for??

Finally, the male lead could bear it no longer and dragged her back to the Prince Li Manor…

Doomed to be Cannon Fodder average rating 4.6/5 - 587 user ratings
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Tai Ping Princess
New Tai Ping Princess rated it
November 11, 2017
Status: c66
Its interesting, but far too wordy at times: for example, there are multiple paragraphs over various chapters expounding over and over again how super special the MC is for 'not being like other women'. In addition to that, there are a lot of inner monologues from all of the characters which really drags out the story to the point of being tedious and repetitive.
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New Nearlynyomi rated it
November 3, 2017
Status: c212
There has beeen so many amazing plot lines in this story! All the suporting male leads are lovable and the male lead powerful. But what draws youto the storythe most is the fact that the femalelead is skillful, quick witted, beautiful, and talented someone who I wish to be. Its only a couple chapters from ending and im crying.
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solomaize rated it
May 27, 2017
Status: c73
Do not read this. Wait until it has reached like 100 chapters if you must. Else you will suffer like the rest of us, impatiently refreshing the site, yearning for just another fix of the clueless MC and her tsundere ML.

You will die from fluffyness. You. Will. Gladly. Die. Of. Fluff.

Reading this puts you in the palm of those cliff-loving sadist known as translators but by the time you realize it, you won't even care anymore. Save yourself, it's too late for the rest of us.

Summary as of c73:
The... more>> readers are in dire straights... W-we are trying our best to decipher the teasers left by those sadistic translators... just for some relief from waiting... Comments sections are in disarray... fanfiction... fanfiction everywhere!... When will this torture e--- Oh! AN UPDATE!! <<less
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namige rated it
May 15, 2017
Status: c14
The MC is not a doctor, spy, or assassin, and she's definitely not a genius. She's a landscape gardener who reads a lot of web novels. This is a playful homage to all the transmigration novels and is not to be taken too seriously.

Rather than dying by betrayal, explosion or truck, she ends up living in the world of the novel she's currently reading after injuring her hand on a cactus' spikes. She knows that the rather minor character she's become dies gruesomely and rather than revenge or world domination,... more>> she's just trying to stay alive and out of the male lead's way.

She's managed to find a cactus, maybe she can work out how to return? But the fact that she can hear it talk, as well as some of her other activities, leads to rumours of her insanity.

I really want to see where the author goes with this. Was the cactus hallucinogenic and she's just dreaming? Have the souls of the two women swapped due to a rift in time and space? Is the author going to throw in some more tropes?

Whatever, so far it's fun. <<less
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Hanawie rated it
May 18, 2017
Status: Completed
One of the most original transmigration Chinese novels I've ever read. In fact, it's probably an "original" transmigration c-novel because it reads more like a Japanese transmigration novel. So, it's perfect for people that hate being bogged down by the 250 chapter-long cultivation phase that always seems to occur in ancient c-novels.

The author did a great job with both the plot and characters. The plot moves at a good pace and character development occurs with reason so no sudden OOC-ness. I don't remember any major plotholes but there were two... more>> small things that bothered me a little (but that's just my own personal preference speaking so feel free to disregard me if it doesn't bother you).


The sudden inclusion of a wish-fulfilling, blood-sucking plant and a second transported villain was kind of weird. The plant had a deus ex machina feel to it but I'm overlooking it because the author did a great job blending different cliches together to make a interesting original blend. I only wish the author had explored the whole transportation thing more seriously since it would've been nice to let the heroine return home and clean up her situation back there. It's a bit sad that her body might be in an indefinite coma and her family/friends will never find out that she's fine in the other world. It was strange how her heart seems to stop beating in ancient times but not in modern times. That or time passes differently.




This novel is a happy ending. There really isn't much of a reverse harem since almost all of the secondary characters get their own adorable husband/wife. The author wrote side stories for two of the side couples (they're adorable) and it's pretty definite that everyone is in love/monogamous. Finally, a word to readers that might be scared of boarding the wrong ship: don't worry, the author literally builds the ship around you so, by the time the ship sails, you're already on the official ship.

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joun rated it
May 14, 2017
Status: --
The title explains how comical the situation is! But the story is more calm. The situation is making our "lead non-lead female"'s action very cute! This novel is just wonderful!

Very different of the other transmigration's stories: the female protagonist is sent in the novel that she is reading as the beautiful and domed to be cannon fodder female antagonist!

Her only hope to survive : playing low key (failing at it, completely), seducing the support male character (inadvertently seducing her husband by trying not to) and avoid the female lead (still... more>> waiting for her arrival).

Just READ IT! <<less
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Tarroyn rated it
September 27, 2017
Status: c152
Doomed to be cannon fodder is a romance comedy, and tragically manages to miss the centerpiece of either. It doesn't have the engaging romantic dynamic of a true romance, like Eight Treasures Trousseau, but neither does it have the depth and variety of comedic scenes you might find in a full comedy. It is serious in odd places, and heartlessly comedic in many places where it should be serious. As a result, the only gags it ends up doing well are misunderstandings, which get stale awfully quick. Ultimately, it is... more>> something that feels like it wasn't developed beyond a premise.

For a time travel romance, the most important aspect of a relationship is a balance between its two leads. That is, because a relationship is naturally imbalanced within the time period due to the differing status of males and females, the novel must re-balance that relationship within its romance. This goes even further so for the relationship between a concubine and a master, because a legal wife has, at the least, some pull within the greater populace or her maternal family. Doomed to be Cannon Fodder has none of this, and as a result reads more like a discussion on the suspension bridge effect mixed with a healthy dose of Stockholm syndrome rather than a real romance.


Period romance worldbuilding is not difficult. Wuxia worldbuilding is not difficult. Doomed to be Cannon Fodder misses the mark on both. The world is hopelessly underdeveloped, which isn't actually too bad for its premise: As a concubine, its only natural that she doesn't know much outside of her courtyard. But that isn't the end of the problems with the setting. The novel forces you to suspend far more disbelief than you should meaningfully have to, with such egregious errors as a talking cactus which can show the future. Comedy can play with its setting more than most genres can, but this is just poor worldbuilding.


Comedies are built on the relationships between its characters. Romances are built on the relationship between its leads. Doomed to be Cannon Fodder misses the mark on both again. Characters are flat, cardboard caricature cutouts. For all that the novel mocks the genre it parodies, it falls into all of the same pitfalls. The relationship between the two leads has no charisma or natural basis to it: It's as if the relationship only exists because of s*x than anything else. The most significant scene of this sort of novel, where the male lead falls in love first, is the moment where Bai Xiangxiu reciprocates, and that scene is so weak nobody actually remembers where it is. The supporting cast exists practically only to extol the amazing virtues of our main character (of which she doesn't have many), and sh*t on the original female lead for being so much "less practical" than our main character. The characters are shallow, unfunny, and worst of all, unendearing to anything past a skim through.

Story development:

The world sucks, the characters suck, and somehow, the story manages to run into all of the railroaded plot mistakes it tries to parody. The story is far far too serious for the nature of the novel, and doesn't weave the comedy in well at all. Neither does it actually build the romance either. The story reads like a whole bunch of relationship tests (which it is, to be fair), and even within those hardly hits the benchmarks of actually testing the relationship. A lot of these type of "story reincarnation novels rely on mysterious "plot force" in their efforts to drive everything back towards the original plotline, and here the plot force is in full swing. But unlike something like Akuyaku Tensei Dakedo Doush*te Kou Natta, where plot force is elegant and wrapped within mystery of its own, here the plot force is flat and overdone. The result is far to shallow to be serious, and far too serious to be comedic.


This is a skim novel at best. It carries the harem hijinks of something like Ouran High School Host Club, but weaker in most respects. For light reading, it's passable, but there are plenty of better fish in the sea. If you want romance, read To Be a Virtuous Wife. If you want a twist on that, read Transmigrator Meets Reincarnator. If you want something slightly different form a pure romance, read A Mistaken Marriage Match: A Generation of Military Counselor. If you want a interesting use of imbalanced power dynamics in romance, read Your and My Asylum. If you want comedy, read My Disciple Died Yet Again. If you want an extreme parody, read Invisible Dragon, for f**ks sake. Invisible Dragon actually has respect for its characters and story. After you've read all of that (Yes, including Invisible Dragon), then you can maybe come back to this. <<less
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Soleil rated it
October 3, 2017
Status: c180
I really liked this novel in the beginning. Until around chapter 110, I'd almost say, it's one of the best transmigration novels I've read (and I've read quite a few) - it has humor, the FL is witty and smart, the world building is nice, even the ML is quite interesting.

The plot isn't all that original, but the characters make up for it with charm and sympathy and I was really, really cheering at them to get together... until they did. And then everything went down the drain.

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Like several reviewers before me have mentioned, as soon as the ML and the FL get together (and by that I mean sleeping together) the ML turns from kinda-nice gentle husband into rapist. And yes, it is rape if you sleep with your non-consenting wife, something the author doesn't seem to know or care about.

It's repeatedly mentioned that the FL is in intense pain, doesn't enjoy a single second of it and the ML continues to force her against her will. People, that's rape. Plain and simple. And no matter what anyone says it's NOT OKAY, dammit.

I continued to read anyways, because I felt I owed this novel a chance to make up for it. I loved it a lot before so I continued reading until now and I did like some of it - I even still like the romance between the two leads... if you take out the s*xual part. I hoped it would get better, that he would see his faults and things would take a sensible turn but I'm starting to think it will never happen.

And as much as I'd like to continue reading, supporting something like domestic violence goes against everything I am and stand for, so nope. Totally dropping this. Maybe I'll get back to it one day... but not until it changes drastically and the ML stops being an abusive d*ck - which probably won't happen any time soon, I'm afraid.


It's not a bad novel. That's why I gave it two stars, the translation is superb, the scenes are funny and sweet at times. If you're able to abandone your moral integrity as a human being, go on and read it. Or just skip every intimate scene and pretend it doesn't exist.

I'm genuinely sad at the fact that it turned out this way, that I have to drop one of my favorite reads, but I can't support this kind of thing anymore. The translators are doing an amazing job, but supporting an author that clearly turns a blind eye to rape and domestic violence... nope. Nope. Aaand, nope. <<less
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Trenien rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: c105
I read this until around chapter 100. It then became really obvious the author intended the MC to end up with the ML, which made me drop it.

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Others have mentioned the relationship between the two includes what amounts to rape. That doesn't surprise me in the least: apparently the author finds it completely acceptable to have a love interest who has a woman beat to death because she tried to sleep with him, and torture another because she finally snapped after having pined for him for a long time (I would have found it acceptable for her to simply be executed. Having her fingers be cut off one by one, not so much).


Overall, the author seem to think a domineering, cruel and abusive man is an interesting and enticing ML. Sorry but no, and considering the overall treatment of the MC (she keeps a very modern point of view), the simple idea she could find the above-mentioned monster attractive simply broke it for me. <<less
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Phrux rated it
May 14, 2017
Status: c14
Refreshing! Most of these reincarnator novels are full of people calling the MC trash and bullying and revenge plots and the such- in this one, the MC just wants to avoid all that stuff. A calm, adorable read!
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Aria rated it
May 14, 2017
Status: c14
Not the type of story for someone whose looking for serious read, but if you don't mind hilarious/weird stuff done by a modern girl who have no idea how things work in ancient china time, then this will make you snicker all the way~
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StayGoldIvesAnn rated it
May 15, 2017
Status: c18 part5
I've been reading a lot of Chinese Romance Novels but this is the first time I'm commenting here. I've read a lot of great ones and not so good ones but this story is the former; it actually got me hooked and I read all chapters that have been posted in one seating!

The story is light, upbeat and quite comedic due to the lead "non-lead female's" thinking and actions. I am very happy she's not an OP female, aside from being stunningly beautiful. Some elements of supernatural as well due... more>> to a talking plant (hope this is not a spoiler). She's very real in terms of her skills from the modern world and just wants to continue to stay alive by having the male supporting lead fall for her in the event that the prince male lead and the fiancee "female lead" gets together.

So far I'm really liking the story because her personal servant is very good and loyal to her. The old Madam looks to be warming up slowly and favoring her compared to the 3 other concubines. It seems even though there are currently 4 concubines and 1 fiancee in story, I'm thinking it won't be a harem since the male lead seems he will fall in love only with our lead "non-lead female". ✌️😊

Thumbs up to a great translation and also each chapters uploaded are quite long compared to other novels from Volare Novels so I'm super satisfied. Thank you and keep up the great work translation team at Volare. ❤️🤗

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katelynnxu rated it
October 3, 2017
Status: c179
It was good at first and pretty original, but there's multiple times later in the story where MC is s*xually assaulted and basically r*ped all the time by the main love interest (LH). Also there's a mysterious talking cactus which doesn't make sense at all and all the men she meets are falling at her feet for some reason and she legitimately faints after walking like five steps. I don't know. Plus, she is really dense. Oh, and why does she pass out from seeing blood? Does she not get... more>> her period? She hasn't been through anything traumatic involving blood, which rules out PTSD. I just don't understand.

If you're in the mood for an extremely emotionally and physically weak female lead who attracts a harem of dominating, s*xually assaulting, angsty, know-it-alls while she faints into their arms, then this book is for you. If not, I recommend you find other stories. <<less
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yuni rated it
July 26, 2017
Status: c106

  • The novel is NOT the usual "i got up in someone else body". It's unique and full of sugarly fluff.
  • The plot writing is pleasantly smooth and definitely make you want to read more.
  • MC is more realistic, ML is more manly, Villains are more hateful, Cactus are more thorny, and you will fall in love more with this novel.
  • The quality of the translation is so good and there's barely a mistake, even if there are it's not unbearable to read.
ps: do also read the comments on every... more>> chapter.. ≫_<.. I love all the commentators. You might even find a lovely new talents in between them. <<less
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SHIPPER rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: c29
If you like My Disciple Died Yet Again and Meow Meow Meow, then you will love this!

This is such a refreshing story! It has that mellow pace that keeps the story flowing seamlessly. I like how the chapters are not too short nor too long. It was perfect in a way you get something out of it every time. Chapter release speed is also A-MA-ZIiiiiING.

It contains unexpected twists to a plot told too many times before and this makes runaway brides observed by a side female character plot so unique.

Main... more>> character is quite pragmatic. She's emotionally blind though to a fault which was cute at first but now she will probably faint just cause she's one of those physically weak characters. She's more on the laying low, calculated clumsiness type with ulterior motives but even the readers cant tell at this point if she is hiding something or she is a SAINT.

Edit: She's a saint that can think. <<less
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missycin rated it
September 9, 2017
Status: c190
Okay this could be a 3.5

I was really looking forward to the story after reading the great reviews. I found both the MC and the ML increasingly less charming by the time the story hit chapter 40. I've gone from reading to skimming especially as it's a mish-mash of misunderstanding after the other.
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If you are a fan of fainting ladies, then this story is meant for you. 21st century 26-year old miss gets transmigrated, but why does she keep on fainting? I understand her real fear that the ML and his mother got her "character" killed, but she's kind of stupid with her ideas.

First, have the ML's best friend fall in love with her so she can run away or be later sold once the female novel lead and the ML gets together. For a supposed avid fan of of CN, that's a really dumb idea. Honestly, I don't think the author knew what to do with the MC's character.

One thing that is unique about the story though is that the ML though a prince and a war god is really bad in bed.

Alternative title: Doomed to Be Cock-blocked


The story has moved a bit and some more interesting characters have been introduced and thankfully, the relationship between the MC and ML has also moved along, though it skirts dub-con in some instances. Still a 2.5 to 3 stars because of the Alliance Head character. <<less
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KKristen rated it
August 4, 2017
Status: c108
This is one of the better female reincarnation novels out there. The character development is realistic, the writing and pacing are great, and the setting/story have a lot of things that make them unique. If you are a fan of stories like Poison Genius Consort or Mei Gongqing, you will like this.


A 26-year old horticulturist is suddenly transported into the world of an online novel. But she's not the lucky female lead... she's the despicable concubine who was quickly beaten to death! Extremely wary of the main characters, she tries... more>> her best not to stand out and to quickly grab onto a strong supporter. But despite her attempts at seduction, the supporting male lead doesn't seem interested... and the main male lead seems to be misunderstanding something and paying more attention.


Despite many of the comments, I don't think this novel is all "fluff." The relationships and feelings between the main character and the male leads develop very slowly. The male leads are hot (of course), but they're also rational and more "human" than she had expected from their descriptions in her novel. The side characters all have their own personalities that aren't the usual "good vs evil" extremes. The events in the story are easily believable, everything is explained well, and reading doesn't require suspension of disbelief. The story is also a lot less slapstick/too easy than a lot of other "reincarnated as the villain" stories.

Main Character:

The female protagonist is particularly likeable and unique. She's humble, self-deprecating, and unambitious. All she wants to do is survive until she can return to her own world. She also isn't the usual "young miss" or "new wife"; she's the lowest ranked concubine, already married to a man who is engaged to the female lead. She isn't really a pure, innocent, or kind-hearted angel, but she is a naturally good person who acts that way (without scheming) just because it may help her to survive.

Also, I really appreciate that her sensibilities as a modern-day, introverted, forever-single, plant-loving, working-woman are never forgotten. Her modern values, progressive approach to situations, and unique way of thinking are constantly referenced throughout the story. Being transported to another world has only changed her body, not who she is as a person. (Granted, she did become super beautiful.)

Despite this, she isn't OP at all -- she has only the bare minimum of future knowledge (limited to what she remembers from a novel she didn't finish), she isn't unusually well-spoken, she doesn't have an instant mastery over ancient manners and customs, and she has no special powers, skills, or knowledge. She isn't one of those characters who goes to the ancient world and somehow remembers how to make chocolate or invent the printing press. Her knowledge is limited to her former career (plants, a little carpentry, basic reading, writing, and math) and she never does anything that will make you say "WAIT. How does she know how to do that?!"


We still have a long way to go before the end of the story, but so far, this is definitely one of my new favorites. If you like any of the things I mentioned in my review, I absolutely recommend that you try it. <<less
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Dream Seeker rated it
July 1, 2017
Status: --
I usually don't enjoy comedy... but this is funniest thing I ever read

Things like " “You go out. Go boil tea.” Come bring in tea after a while, and see if your mistress has been beaten to death."

The main character... is crazy.
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Railman rated it
June 25, 2017
Status: c73
Look at that, 5 stars across the board.

So what does make this novel standout among the reincarnated female MC genre? The refreshing unorthodox MC, which is silent, timid but pure in all aspects, not domineering but still not a push over. Its like watching the slit eyed character like brok, gin or lau play the leading role.

We all know timid and silent types were usually looked down upon by other novels but thats what make this novel shine even brighter cause the cast actually appreciate her. Only thing I don[t... more>> quite like is how often she gets injured and how a chapter revolves around that, its ridiculous but kinda negligible <<less
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Nivi rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: c130
I really enjoyed reading this novel. The MC was refreshingly unique--while she appeared to be a naive and innocent concubine, she was actually a scheming and cunning young woman. This made the novel quite hilarious; it always put a smile on my face when the supporting characters and Long Heng (the male lead) misunderstood the mischievous Bai Xiangxiu.

BUT this very same fact raises an interesting question--does Long Heng really love her? In the novel, it's pretty obvious he is absolutely infatuated with the adorable, faultless, and innocent Bai Xiangxiu. But... more>> does he love the devious, calculating fox she truly is? Isn't his attraction all a lie?

Maybe the question is too deep for a light, fluffy novel like DCF. And honestly, I don't really care that much. I still LOVE this novel. I just hope he learns to love her for who she truly is.


Actually, Long Heng did have a glimpse of her true character in one of the first chapters. Bai Xiangxiu was walking with her maid while wearing a long skirt. She kept tripping clumsily and cursed, "Whoever that invented this long skirt was clearly trying to ruin the lives of females. His corpse deserves to be whipped a hundred times. A hundred times!"

Both Long Heng and Song Jiaoyue (supporting male lead) heard this loud proclamation, concluding that she was quite a violent concubine. In current chapters, however, both hold the opinion that she's a cute and innocent girl. So what happened to that incident? Did they just completely overlook it? Lmao.

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Ivivivi rated it
July 14, 2017
Status: c90
Actually I want to make 5/5 star but idk why it's make 4/5 and can't change it 😓

BTW this is my first time writing a review. I think this one could pass anyone must read list. The story is light, funny, lovable and I love the "lead non-lead female" (quote it from joun) usually I don't quite like weak MC but this one feel refreshing hahaha 😂

Thanks volare for translating this ❤ you guys awesome

I think Everyone reviews in here already sum up what my heart feel ❤
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JinVodka rated it
July 6, 2017
Status: c83
I totally love this novel and anticipated the next chapter everyday...

A transmigration story with no OP power. FMC is a modern woman and is likable, sensible, talented botanist and is so adorable. The ML is funny and different cause his not those usual black bellied ice block. Recommended this story for the comedy and the fan-comments it entails.

Just read it I recommend you will enjoy and have laugh in the side story comments made by readers..
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