Inferior by Nature


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After I found out that I had a terminal illness, I ran into my former high school classmate, Ran Qingzhuang.

The trajectory of his life changed completely because of something I reported him for in high school, and his existence became just like tr*sh.

Without a doubt, I had ruined him…

Even though I was a lowly, despicable person, I still wanted to make up for some of my wrongdoings before I died; that way, I could go to heaven peacefully.

My patience for him, my attempts to please him, my obedience to him—all of it was for the sake of atonement. However… I think he misunderstood something??

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7 Reviews

Oct 23, 2022
Status: Completed
Translator here! BXXD (秉性下等/Bing Xing Xia Deng, Chinese title) is a modern day novel that features a musician MC (Ji Ning) with a terminal illness in the form of a brain tumor. MC has already resigned himself to death, but one of his biggest regrets involves something he did to the ML (Ran Qingzhuang) during high school. Thanks to a coincidental reunion, MC meets ML again during the last few months of his life, and he begins to try to atone for all the ways he "wronged" ML. By doing... more>> so, he gets himself increasingly involved in a dangerous organized crime group that ML has joined.

BXXD is truly a classic HNQ novel: dog blood, angst, drama. That also comes with numerous content warnings, which I will include below, as well as several 18+ scenes. This is the kind of novel best suited for those who enjoy MCs that are the self-sacrificial type, with low self-esteem, and have acts of service as a love language; or MLs who are silent protectors, quite stubborn/tough (嘴硬), but ultimately so, so committed.

If you tend to get easily frustrated by characters who would rather (literally) die than admit certain things about themselves - you may want to skip this novel. On the other hand, if you have a soft spot for those kinds of characters (like me), Ji Ning will become your new son that must be protected at all costs. In addition, ML does have a romantic history with another side character, but there is no cheating/unfaithfulness.

This is my favorite HNQ novel, and its updates were something I looked forward to every day, so I'm very happy to be translating it! If you choose to read it, I hope you'll also enjoy Ji Ning and Ran Qingzhuang's love story.

Content warnings: minor description of animal gore, terminal illness, unhealthy family relationships (abuse as discipline), dub/non-con (drugging), needles, descriptions of torture <<less
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Oct 24, 2022
Status: Completed
Read this novel by mtl in one sitting after being introduced by the translator and absolutely enjoyed it! This is going to be a ramble.

Ngl, I get tired of the overpowered perfect MC archetype because I usually like MCs that have flaws, that face challenges, that struggle, that go through character progression. This MC thus is great because he fulfilled all my criteria. Especially also because he's another case of a shou that loves their gong extremely (as much as their gong loves them or even more!) instead of being... more>> the cliche ice-cold indifferent or reluctant.

MC is a case of unreliable narrator, partly because of his amnesia and partly because of his somewhat abnormal way of thinking. Fatalistic and self-sacrificing. I love it. In his memories, he kept thinking of his relationship with ML as friendship at best, when it was pretty clear his words and actions showed he was in love way before he remembered he was in love. Despite being self-sacrificing, he's not a saint but for one person, and he's not a passive character either. Despite being a cellist, he was very active in moving the plot of this mafia/organized crime setting interestingly. It's a great suspenseful story, where the mix of romantic and non-romantic plot was serviced well.

ML himself is also an imperfect character, with a rough background, and dislikes the MC for their past. But I don't blame him because he was very human and not omnipotent. Despite his rough words, he's always shown his love through his actions and protection. Also, I get tired of novels where gongs are always in the wrong or who have to grovel or worship a shou. So it's refreshing to find novels where they're treated like an actual person (aka with more respect), or where they're not wronged for being a victim of manipulation/deception/etc. (Side note: I don't understand why lots of novels beatdown or "faceslap" people for having been manipulated because they're victims too and gets really old sometimes)

Also I want to say f that guy LS <<less
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Nov 20, 2022
Status: Completed
Ji Ning (MC) upon discovering that he has brain tumour chose palliative care instead of operation since it was a complicated and a high risk one. He met Ran Qingzhuang (ML) his high school friend by chance when he went to play cello at an event. He wanted to make up to Ran Qingzhuang for reporting him and Lin Sheng to the school when he saw them making out in a classroom.

As the MC have brain tumour, please take his POV with a grain of salt. ML wasn't scummy, he's... more>> a caring guy. The two of them just have too much misunderstanding and the time they met up again was just so rocky. The whole plot made me jittery while exploring through the dark secrets of the Jin family. The first person's POV also made me feel so much everytime I see his illness act up. The MC is also one of the "all-out" MCs when in the mood. The usual MCs were all like "no stop I can't take it anymore" but this MC was like MORE!!! And those seductive words he spew was just so hot. The

tattoo really

made everything even hotter.

The last few chapters made me cried. Don't worry it's a HE but it's just very emotional. Really another nice novel from Hui Nanque! <<less
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Nov 22, 2022
Status: --
If you are fan of angst, look no more this is the novel for you. Author is really an expert in this genre. MC and ML are both super likeable character, we have kind of like the amnesia trope/unreliable narrator going on here and there are misunderstanding, but u don't feel like cliché, its written in a very natural kind of way. The set up is also not repetitive, gangster background. All in all angsty plot with likeable characters, fills you with love, the characters have for each other. And... more>> to the author Hui Nan Que, this is my second novel after fall of rationalism, I really love your style, the characters are really unique and loveable. I love you <3 <<less
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Nov 14, 2022
Status: c83
I liked it very much. The relationship was very natural. The characters are fleshed out. The beginning, development and conclusion of the story complement each other. No nonsense. It's not too much of an exaggeration, love is magnificent from the first scene to the last scene.
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Sep 08, 2023
Status: Completed
It’s not that much of a fluffy story but a good read for a weekend stay.

I don’t think this novel is 10/10 rave ratings, but this is also a novel I couldn’t resist MTL in one sitting after reading the beautifully done translations by Tiny Salt. MTL is readable too.

So there are definitely some plus points that’s floating inside here
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Nov 20, 2022
Status: Completed
4.5-5 stars (bring some tissues)

I read this last on my Hui Nan Que-binge a while back, very happy it's getting a translation, it deserves to be wider know.

This one has the best plot of HNQ's novels. While not being my favorite, I think it's still one of the author's best books (along with Old Injury, Eternal Burning, Selfish Gene, Yesterday Was Like Death). The use of unreliable 1st person narrator and non-linear storytelling works very well here. The narrator is extremely unreliable and everything he tells about the past... more>> and the ML should be taken with a hefty dose of salt.

The MC is dying of a brain tumor and his last wish is to make it up to his old high school classmate, the ML, because he betrayed him back when they were in school by exposing his love affair with another male student, getting them both expelled and forced to separate. Which is a terrible thing to do. The MC claims he did it because he and the ML's love interest were competing for a scholarship, and the MC wanted to get rid of the competition.

But the more you read, the more the MC's claim doesn't add up. The MC show himself to be very selfless, morally upright and kind to people around him, and he has a strong moral compass. So very soon it becomes clear that something about his past doesn't add up. As the novel unfolds, the MC grows closer to the ML, who hates him (or does he?) and the past gradually gets uncovered.

The MC and ML are also involved with gangsters, and there's a lot of tension and angst related to that overall plot, because it becomes a matter of life and death to the main characters.

The MC is very pitiful, which is what makes the story very angsty (I cried a lot during some parts). Also there's a very sad story involving animals, so if you have issues with that, be cautious when reading because it's not for the faint at heart.

Overall the story is quite complex and well-written, really recommend. <<less
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