Legend of Concubine’s Daughter Minglan

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The pessimistic and negative daughter of a concubine living in the ancient times thought – since life is so difficult, why should one invest serious effort in struggling to live?

The life of an ancient noble woman is often determined and controlled by her family. Moreover, one’s actions often implicate one’s entire family – thus, it is fairly common to see an unexpected calamity result in suffering borne by one’s whole family. Managing to live a good and successful life while retaining one’s dignity is simply too difficult to achieve.

Ah, living in the ancient times is simply too dangerous – we should all just sleep till we die.

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Don’t You Know? The Green Should Be Plump and the Red Lean
Do You Know? It Ought To Be a Wilting Flower Amongst the Lush Leaves
The Story of Minglan
Zhī fǒu? Zhī fǒu? Yīng shì lǜ féi hóng shòu
庶女· 明兰传
海棠依舊
知否?知否?应是绿肥红瘦
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agehach
New agehach rated it
June 21, 2019
Status: c220
Honestly speaking, this is one of historical novel I'm rooting for.
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The MC is a reasonable and realistic modern woman. In short, I think she's loveable.

Though the story is slow paced, I enjoy it very much. The characters growth is excellent and there's many loveable characters like MC's grandma, MC's siblings, and so on.

The romance gets very touching at the later part of the story, especially the times MC & ML have a serious talk about their feelings. I'm crying soooo hard when MC told ML her disappoinment (they got to talk after the grandma's poisoning accident) for ML's calm reactions at her first time of giving birth....

Actually, I'm not really against MC & ML's relationship, but I agree that MC deserve a much better partner to be her husband. I mean, the ML has concubines and he also has an outside mistress (though it seems he doesn't love them). He even has 2 children before marrying MC, for goodness sake! And he's shameless enough to trick MC to marry him (it's so hateful in a certain way, if you know what I mean). I just think it's a bit unfair for MC in many ways....

But overall, this is a good story and I highly recommend it.

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Mermaid on the Moon
New Mermaid on the Moon rated it
June 20, 2019
Status: --
It’s my favorite one. What makes this MC my favorite among all the other CN female MCs is her personality. She's just a normal girl who transmigrated into a child's body from ancient times, but she's very adorable and very realistic. It has potential for a great novel and is very detailed, I also really enjoy the characters interactions,need more updates.
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Mibuokami
Mibuokami rated it
November 27, 2016
Status: Completed
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In the same vein as Chu Wang Fei, the Legend of Concubine's Daughter Ming Lan is one of the best story amongst the genre of “slice of life” historical romance.

This story is almost entirely plot and character driven with very little action; the protagonist is very empathetic and likable while the supporting casts are well rounded but unlike Chu Wang Fei, most have character flaws that makes them distinctly more relatable and human (No Mr. Perfect Chu Fei Yang here).
The only supernatural element in this story is the actual time travelling protagonist and some minor reference to other time travelers that have either made a difference to the world the protagonist lives in or fail miserably and became infamous.

The story starts with the MC taking over the body of a 5 year old shu daughter of a minor government official after she passed on due to a high fever; her birth mother has also just passed on during childbirth with implicable that her death relates to the power struggle of the harem. The story progress from their, detailing the growth and integration of the protagonist into her new life; interacting with the other woman of the household, her struggle and eventual success in gaining a foothold within the family and the good and bad time therein.

The second half of the story details life after marriage and the complication that arises after Ming Lan moved to her husband’s household. The conflict in the second half of the novel is a bit more blatant and the struggle more bloody, however it is still dialogue and plot driven rather than action filled and the action scene are secondary to the development of the plot.

Be warn, anyone who hates slice of life story will find Ming Lan incredibly boring, the majority of conflicts are acted and resolved through dialogue only.

One very interesting aspect of this story is that the main character understands her situation and does not try to revolutionize her surrounding with new innovations and ideas. Given her precarious situation and low position in life, any attempt to change society would be silly at best and could bring disastrous consequence to both herself and her family. Deeply aware of this limitation; the protagonist works within the culture of the time and does not try to fight society with ground breaking modern idea.

Overall a fantastic story with great characters, good romance and a decent plot with a satisfying ending that left me happy to close the book.

Anyone who enjoy reading this story and can understand Mandarin should also try the following:
妻居一品
庶女攻略

Both are in the same genre with a similar premise and have my recommendation. They should both be available through audio books too.

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meiberry
meiberry rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: c120
The title of this story "知否?知否?应是绿肥红瘦" literally translates as: "Do you know? Do you know? It should be fatty green and thin red." This title describes how the essence of a plant is a small spot of color surrounded by dense greenery. The flower is the star of the show while the leaves are numerous and in the background. Just like plants, a man in ancient China is the star of the show and the center of power while surrounded by numerous women.

A young woman from contemporary China transmigrates into... more>> the bed-ridden body of young toddler Minglan, whose beautiful concubine mother has just died at the schemes of another concubine, Lin, in the house. Minglan's interior thoughts are weary and hilarious as she muses over the house gossip that she has no choice but to hear spoken among the maids that take care of her. She is incredibly depressed to learn about her body's identity and the family situation into which she's been plopped by the hands of fate. She has no will to live in this s*xist world in this deeply disadvantaged body, and she literally tries to sleep to death until Concubine Lin, who was responsible for the death of her new body's mother, shows up and bawls in front of the father and other members of the household in the room next door.

Minglan's eyes literally open in shock from the concubine's impressively manipulative acting. In a humorous twist, Minglan is inspired to live on in this world after witnessing how far the concubine was willing to go in her manipulations. Basically, she thinks to herself, "If this Concubine Lin has the balls to turn black into white, why can't I be brave enough to face my new reality?"

And so Minglan lives. She takes each day by each day. There is no fast-paced scheming to take revenge on her mother - Minglan nearly never interacts with Concubine Lin for the rest of her life. The story is a slow-paced, slice of life drama - although it's not without its tensions and conflicts. There is always plenty at stake for every character.

This 220 story has two main arcs, the first half of the story is pre-marriage and the second half is post-marriage. Up to chapter 120, I have been immensely impressed by this novel. It definitely reminds me of Yue Xia Die Ying's To Be a Virtuous Wife and Eight Treasures Trousseau. I have yet to read Mei Gongqing, but I also assume they have resounding sensibilities. The biggest theme across all of these C-novel romances is the same - what is a girl to do if one were to transmigrate to ancient China? The closest love story you could tell would probably be this.

This story gracefully included all the implications of a polygamous society where women had no rights and no power. It's incredibly hopeless for a girl to fall in love in ancient China. The author carefully calibrated all potential male leads' levels of desirability to make sense from the other characters' (such as Minglan's Grandmother or Minglan's Father) points of view as people strictly from that time period. Why does the Grandmother prefer one boy over another boy for Minglan? Why is a boy from a "poorer" family better than a boy whose father is a marquis?

Male character A is good looking, and his family background is good - in fact, TOO good, which means it's likelier that he'll cheat because powerful men never have only one woman in their lives. In fact, he's already slept with his maids and marrying him would mean becoming a wife to a husband who already has concubines. Another male character B is kind and gentle and unlikely to cheat. But he's not that great looking, and the family background is so-so.

We've read other Chinese romance novels like this, where we pit an attractive character against a "safe" character, however, this is the first time that I feel deeply for Minglan and strongly resound with desire to be with the "safe" man whose risk of cheating is so much lower than the attractive man's.

"Cheating" or "chu gui" is a term that Minglan brings with her from the modern world, because there is no such thing as "cheating" in ancient China. Sleeping with many different women is a normalized, legalized thing for men to do.

How does a girl live in a world where she has no rights and powers and all of her livelihood depends on her husband, especially when the chances are very slim that her husband will love and cherish only herself for the rest of their lives? This is one of the many questions that this story sincerely ponders, sometimes in tragic tones and sometimes in light-hearted humor.

The favorite of the story is definitely Minglan's grandmother. Sheng Grandmother is not blood-related to Minglan, because Minglan's father was a son of a concubine. (Someone needs to make a family tree of all the relationships...) I was spellbound by this character and all of her interactions with Minglan. I was actually in love with every one of Minglan's familial relationships - I loved her interactions with her sisters, her brothers, and her Mother (who is not her birth mother but is the official wife of her father, so Minglan must call her Mother with a capital M).

What does it mean to care for someone? What does it mean to be an elder who truly cherishes a child? Does it look like letting her child marry into wealth and power? Does it look like letting her child fall in love? In the case of Minglan, it's neither. Loving and caring for a child like Minglan comes in the form of being honest with her about the reality of living as a woman in this world.

Love, for Sheng Grandmother, comes as a form of acknowledging reality and fighting for Minglan's freedom to be happy.

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I think one of the most stirring scenes for me was after when Gu Ting Ye agreed to marry Minglan after Rulan was caught with the Wen kid, and to patch up the abysmal mistake, Minglan's father offered Minglan. Obviously, Sheng Grandmother disapproved of this, and they screamed a lot about it.

I was so incredibly touched that moment when Sheng Grandmother said to Minglan, "Don't you worry my child, I'm not dead yet! There is absolutely no way I will ever let them do this to you. In their dreams!" I was just so struck by this little old lady who is willing to go against Minglan's father, the head of the household, and all of the might that comes with the suitor's background as a general and new favorite lanky of the emperor. How could she possibly do it? She could have done it, I'm sure. But the odds were so against her and it just showed how much she loved Minglan and how far she was willing to go for Minglan's happiness.

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The author is patient and compassionate in her storytelling. Every character is impressionably colorful, even all of the villains. Pettiness is portrayed three-dimensionally, there is no action that is not driven by human motivations. Above all the drama of the people around her, Minglan rises to the top like cream.

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But I have to admit that it's rather boring now that Minglan has married. I preferred her days with Sheng Lao Tai Tai. I ship that relationship forever. Love doesn't need to be about romance.

This story has really not prepared me well for the man that she married. She marries the former wild child Gu Ting Ye, who has basically berserked his way through Jiang Hu and the army in recent years and made a not too shabby name for himself.

It has been a REAL struggle for me to get into this relationship. I just can't help but feel like Minglan deserves so much better. I really actually preferred the doctor boy. I felt like that would have made for a romance that made more sense in light of the first 90 chapters of this story that went on and on and on about the emptiness of vanity and how upper-level ancient Chinese marriages are basically dead-ends for every girl - no matter if you are the concubine or the wife, it just sucks to be married to a powerful man. The breathtaking descriptions of the male lead's romantic feelings for Minglan don't seem to suffice. I feel like I was catfished into reading a historical-feminist story by a romance story cover, but then when I was getting into the strong, feminist themes, I got dumped with a romance story that I don't really want to read anymore.

This male lead is SUCH a weird character for a romantic male lead. He's related to Minglan in really weird ways - like how Minglan's friend used to almost be engaged to him and Minglan helped her break off that engagement before it became an engagement, or that he has some type of seniority over Minglan where she calls him "Uncle" (in some contexts, that's like the Chinese version of the daddy kink).

I think that above all the weird aspects of his character, I'm probably most bothered by the fact that Gu Ting Ye has been married before and has a kid already. It's a little too realistic, you know? The romance aspect just doesn't seem to work for me. I'm exactly like Sheng Lao Tai Tai when she was like, "They all think that the prodigal son who made a comeback as a general is some kind of treasure... I don't think he's all that at all... 却我就瞧不起... (she holds him in contempt) " I'm like, EXACTLY, Grandma! He has a kid already. Come on. When Minglan married him, the kid is like 8 or 9.

I'm not against single dads (on that note, the birth mom of his kid isn't even dead yet, she's just locked up at the hamlet because of her propensity towards violent schemes, so that's another point for uncomfortable baggage). But do you know what I mean... it's just not easy. Pragmatically speaking, an existing concubine's kid is a big no-no for Minglan's future kids as well. What if this girl gets raised to be a violent schemer like the usual trope for concubine children and takes revenge on her father who treated her and her mom like crap? And the fact of the matter is that he treated her and her mom like crap.

It's just not a fair marriage (which is the whole point of marriages in ancient China I know). Minglan deserves better. Like, maybe if Minglan were also a widower or has already spent her tender youth with the doctor boy and that didn't work out - then I would be so much more accepting of her marrying Gu Ting Ye. A widower with a widower. Of course, that's like assuming women have any chance of equal standing with men, which they don't.

Anyways, I'm going to move on to something easier for me read... I still think that this a really good story but I'm here trying to read some romance to escape from real life and this story kind of gets a little too realistic...

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risqyee
risqyee rated it
December 8, 2016
Status: c120
The Legend of Concubine's Daughter Minglan is a refreshing read. First of all, the protagonist Minglan does not have any unbelievable powers or skills from her modern persona. Her strength is in her different mindset and her understanding of how difficult it was for women in ancient times.

There are a few of the usual "too stupid to live" villains, but only as one-off minor characters. Instead, I found myself liking many of the characters, understanding their flaws, and sympathizing with them. This is extremely unusual in a genre that tends... more>> to be filled with cardboard cutouts for readers to hate -- not here.

So far, in the first half of the book, the story focuses on Minglan and her family. The story here is surprisingly fluffy. Her relationship with her family is not bad at all, which came as a surprise to me. Reading this brought a smile to my face and made me miss my grandmother a little.

Unfortunately, the quality of the English translation is only decent. While this is a hard novel to translate, and the translator clearly worked hard on it, the language is still a bit too dry, which stifles some of the emotion that was evident in the RAWs. However, if you are not too picky about the language, this is still a good read that I wholeheartedly recommend trying out. <<less
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
January 30, 2018
Status: c22
What you have here is probably the most realistic and life-like transmigration story you'll ever read. No, it may not be action-packed, and some may find the pace a bit slow, but the detailed and intricate characters make it worth it. 5 stars!

Summary:

  • In a messy household in ancient times, the husband has favored his concubine over his official wife, resulting in the death of his youngest concubine. Her neglected young daughter opens her eyes, delirious with fever... and terribly disappointed with her current situation.
  • Yao Yiyi was a workaholic and plain woman who, after years of struggle, graduated from a law university and got a secure job as an employee at the peoples courts. She didn't care for fame, fortune, or men, simply living her life to the best of her ability. She volunteers for a tough court job in the mountains, expecting to complete the difficult work and return with satisfaction, but dies in an unexpected landslide... only to be reborn in the body of poor concubine's daughter Minglan.
The character development is truly where this novel shines. This novel has some very unique features:

  • A realistic look into the mental health of a modern, average protagonist reborn as a "trash" character. Imagine losing everything, then being forced into an unhealthy body not your own, hated with no future prospects? Watching the MC gradually find her purpose and regain the will to live is incredibly refreshing after reading so many other cliche transmigration novels with OP, white lotus, or too-composed protagonists.
  • A flawed father character who is biased but not ignorant. This is a man who considers the advice of others, attempts to treat his wives and children fairly, and tries his best to restore order in his household despite his many mistakes.
  • Wives and concubines who all have their own individual personalities, who actually grow and react in different ways to their mistakes. These are adult women and mothers who know when to push and when to withdraw when it comes to maintaining the delicate balance of power between them.
  • Siblings who aren't totally good or totally evil. These are realistic children whose personalities and actions are shaped by the adults around them. Their characters are flexible and change over time depending on the lessons they take to heart.
  • An elderly matron character who does not fall into normal stereotypes. (The scheming grandmother, badass matriarch, blindly doting old woman, etc.) She's a seasoned but weary woman, who is reserved in showing her affection, who has her own opinions about the events and drama in the house but prefers to stick to her own place in the family.
  • Despite all the subtle family drama, I do want to add that there is one very badass character: Governess Kong, who is brought in to whip the misbehaving children into shape *ahem* educate the children about society. I don't want to write more and spoil anything, since reading her parts are the most fun.
Translation:

  • There aren't many chapters out at this time (and the translation updates VERY slowly, maybe once a month). However, the translation quality is excellent with very few mistakes. The translator does a great job of capturing the mood and intricate character interactions.
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wolikethat
wolikethat rated it
April 27, 2019
Status: c78
Like so many of the comments have said, this novel is such a realistic slice-of-life transmigration story. Very different from the OP and idealistic stories in it's genre, all the characters (including the usual cliche white lotuses) are well rounded and full fleshed out characters and the MC is a believable and accurate depiction of a modern woman thrown into a historical time. Minglan is clever and intelligent in way believable for a modern woman, but instead of trying to use her 21st century knowledge to change the times, she... more>> learns to adapt and fit in to the past so that she can lead a safe, comfortable, and tranquil life despite being a woman in a time where women had few options and many risks.

One of the things I love most about this novel is the relationship between the sisters. Our MC has three half sisters, two born by the legal wife and one born of the overly favored concubine. Typical stuff for a historical novel. And of course there's the expected rivalry, scheming, and fighting between half-sisters. But that's not ALL there is. In so many of these novels half-sisters are so ready to torture and kill each other, and even at their worst I couldn't see any of these sisters doing that to each other. At their best, they still have moments where they can get along and talk to each other, yes with some snippiness to their tone, but still in a civil manner. It's such an exquisitely done depiction of these relationships that navigate the complexity of blood relation and growing up together but also being divided by social status (concubine born vs legitimate born), paternal favoritism, and the harem struggle handed down by their mothers. Molan's white lotus ploys are grating, but you also can't help but understand her using what weapons she can to snatch standing when you see how Rulan so casually throws the superiority of her legitimacy in the faces of both Molan and Minglan.

I'll echo what others have said about it being low on action (at least to the point I've read). Minglan is not Wei Yang or Divine Doctor's Yu Heng. She is a young lady of the rear garden and thus on the periphery of the grander happenings of politics and the capital. For example, a rebellion occurs in which a prince stages a bloody coup to snatch power from the emperor. We hear about the murders and the events that happen in the palace only through other people (such as the father) recounting the events afterwards. The focus is not on these events, but rather how the ripple effects of these events affect our MC and the people directly connected to her.

The MC herself is charming, funny, and clever. Her connections with a lot of characters (especially the grandmother) is so sincere and warm and significant that I don't care in the least that the romance and the ML don't put in an appearance until the later half of the story. In the meantime, the MC does have a few admirers milling around, and you can absolutely see why they'd fall for her. If I were a nobleman in this era, I'd want the MC as my wife too. And there are no black-belly or super cool flawless male leads here. Although the women are really the stars and focus of this slice of life story, the men are also well rounded and fleshed out humans. They are flawed, like all people are; products of their time who make mistakes and stumble over their own biases and preconceptions. The good ones learn, the bad ones repeat cycles; but it all makes for wonderful character development.

Highly highly recommended! <<less
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scriptor
scriptor rated it
December 22, 2016
Status: c12 part1
At least as of the chapters currently released:

*dying from diabetus and cannot be resuscitated*

(the beginning is a bit confusing -- to be fair, it's also confusing for our heroine -- but one of the more realistic interpretations of the whole time-travel schtick. It's definitely worth it if you stick with the story past the first couple chapters and things start to make more sense)

(I adore the sweet and caring relationship between Minglan and her grandma, it warms the soul~)
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Jinang
Jinang rated it
April 1, 2018
Status: Completed
Very realistic but not so much that it makes the reader lose their sense of wonder. You still get the sense that Minglan has some kind of cheat because she transmigrated, but only in that she's not going to die or be in very bad circumstances. But every character is realistic and not op. Characters aren't evil just for the sake of being evil, and neither are they jealous of the main character for the sake of being jealous.

When action happens, it happens, and malicious characters will often get what's... more>> coming to them, while good characters will receive good endings. It's cliche in that way, but it's written in a way that's believable.

One thing that separates this book from the rest of the genre can be summarized also from something the author said: "I've had a lot of readers ask me why I don't make Minglan attack her enemy's children and others who are defenseless. But you need to understand that in her previous life, Minglan has led a normal and happy life. She had a loving childhood with loving parents, and she grew up with good foundations and moral values. I'm sure that if any of you dear readers were in the same situation, you also wouldn't want to hurt someone who was innocent. I'm sure you are all good kids!" (of course there are lines from the book that basically say this point, too but I dont want to spoil anything)

Of course there are also problematic elements that are typical to this genre (being 20 is considered old and just the whole age thing), but on the whole this was a refreshing read. <<less
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Fantasy-Magician
Fantasy-Magician rated it
May 27, 2017
Status: c20 part2
This is a fresh story for transmigration genre that littered this site. First of all... this story takes a realistic approach on HOW a modern person would find difficulties to adapt in ancient era, especially when a concubine daughter like her would be oppressed and not valued by her father. Especially since she doesn't have a mother to support her. There's no shortcut, and Minglan definitely didn't take the ancient people life like duck to water like other transmigration character.

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Minglan didn't react well with how her new life turns out, while she was not an overly successful career woman she is no slouch either in her previous life. So she takes the living in era where woman could only relied on marrying good family hard, and proceed to spend her days idly waiting for death because she thinks this life is not worth living.

Strangely enough, she change her mind and inspired by potential murderer of her mother of all people to survive in this era. She pretend to be slightly slow witted girl but those with sharp eyes see through how intelligent and diligent she is.

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Her family also consist of realistic and well rounded characters, unsatisfied official wife, cunning favored concubine and her siblings also have personalities that fit their background. There's no evil character for no reason whatsoever in this story, and you can see how their environment MOLD them to be the way they are.

If there's any complaint about this story it would be the beginning, where the old madame and father of Ming Lan discuss the issue of their family. It's an important scene but would be confusing since there's no main character for a while after the story starts so I recommend new reader to give this story a chance for at least three to five chapters to judge this story fairly.

I will be honest, this isn't my favorite story but I give it 5 stars for succeeding in what other author fail at. Creating realistic characters with background that explain why they are the way they were and the plot is written very well in slow pace that would grate nerve of some readers. <<less
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Shana94
Shana94 rated it
May 18, 2019
Status: c89
I prefer the light novel to the drama.

This is one of my favourite novel at the moment. I like Minglan caution and wit in handling her everyday life. Wish I could also be like her.
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tofumofu
tofumofu rated it
March 22, 2018
Status: --
Its like the ancient china webnovel version of Little Women.

(but like with more poison and drama)

Its a really good read. Its not as stressfull as other transmigration novels and the tone feels laid back especially at the first half of the novel. Its really appealing.

I especially love the relationship between the granma and ming lan. Its heartwarming? Idk. But its nice to see some love. So used to seeing treacherous and licentious family members with no sense of familial love. This was a breath of fresh air I... more>> suppose🍃🍃

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+ points for the MC.

shes very human. <<less
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Lilzz
Lilzz
January 15, 2017
Status: c8 part1
The beginning chapters are a bit confusing, but I suggest the reader to keep going. It's a refreshing story that has a realistic outlook on time traveling and where the main character isn't OP and changes the world. A great slice of life novel.
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Ellie44
Ellie44 rated it
May 24, 2019
Status: c91
When I first read this it actually bore me. But as I read more, I found out that this story is funny, light, and fluffy. This isnt the kind of novel that has large conflicts. You can already tell in the tag that this is a slice of life, so the plot is easy moving.

Personally I like the characters, they are constructed really well. I might not guarantee that there might not be plotholes but I can say that the characters and the plot is good.

Our protagonist is lovable, witty... more>> and adaptive in her environment. She's also calm and isnt ambitious.

The other characters are also well constructed, giving life to the story.

All in all, I'm impressed with it. Looking forward to more chapters. <<less
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Minoru
Minoru rated it
June 25, 2018
Status: c200
An example of a well written "slice of life" story. The MC is transmigrated as a young girl and experiences first hand the life of a concubine's daughter.

Despite surrounded by a dated way of thinking Minglan still maintains her modern views on justice and family relationships. Family schemes as good as political manoeuvring.

Sadly this is the author's only work. I don't know if the translators will translate her notes, but I think as it was serialised when a part was criticised for being too unrealistic the author would write a... more>> post explaining the validity of what happened (in the story) and reference historical texts. So interesting.

Minglan's relationship with her sisters is probably most comparable to mean girls. You'll eventually see them bond growing up and starting families. I love her family, her grandma and sibling relationship at least. Hate the father, that said his character is consistent throughout the novel.

Throughout the story Minglan's has 3 love interests.
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One who loves her, but just not enough to work for it. One who sees her as a suitable marriage candidate. And the ML who found her interesting enough to work for it. I wouldn't say he loved her until after they got married.

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Her status as a concubine born limits who she she can marry. Usually at best a rich merchant or concubine born noble.

I'm nearing the end and don't want it to.

Highly recommend this. <<less
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BlancFrost
BlancFrost rated it
April 8, 2017
Status: c20 part2
This story really is sweet, sure the beginning may be a bit slow as Minglan is still young (seems it will be a while yet before she grows up). Having her carefully analyse the situation and adapt to living in this time is also fairly realistic. She doesn't jump straight in with two feet but carefully monitors the situation and watches the people around her. The interactions between Minglan and her grandmother as she learns is rather adorable. Recommend for those who want a more realistic outlook on time travel.... more>> Something sweet and adorable to read and enjoy. <<less
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Aytise
Aytise rated it
March 8, 2019
Status: c48
This is a great slice of life in ancient times story, I love the latest translator who gives us chapters every few days almost everyday! The story is very slow paced but very cute and emotional as you colpleteky understand her situation and feel like living in her shoes and understanding her choices. Worth a rrzd!
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xairs
xairs rated it
October 29, 2017
Status: Completed
Edit: reread it again now that the drama's on air. Still 5/5

5/5 This is a cut above the rest of its genre--so far, I've only read a few.

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Superb character building. The author didn't let anyone off. Practically all the casts had their own little histories and backstories. We get to peek into the what, the whys and the hows of their worlds.

Very well written! The story had a steady rhythm that pulls you in. I could almost predict what would happen next then plot twist! (No not really, just a different turn of events. Pleasantly so.)

Like MingLan, viewing that era as a modern woman, you get to be cynical and skeptical about everything involving feelings and loyalty between men and women, and even between family and friends. There were times that I found myself sneering at the supposed "husband and wife loving atmosphere" and then the author drops a line or two about the wife managing the concubines and concubine-born children (HuaLan JieJie!).

I really felt for MingLan. She had to fight her way (subtlety and slowly) for her own survival as a concubine-born, motherless and unfavored daughter before getting married then is pulled into the murkier and deadlier Gu household. Even when she's succeeding against the "outside" forces she also had to fight her own convictions and slowly developing feelings. There's a lot of dialogue in this book but every bit was well done.
5/5 10/10 200/100

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alexfilia
alexfilia rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: c24
This is the story of Concubine’s Daughter Minglan as she tiptoes around her life as she tries to grow up and marry well in order to live.... her position in her father's house is a delicate one since she has no mother and is not of the main wife.... thankfully there is her amazang grandma who spoils her and helps her out <3.... her father may favor his concumbine over his wife but he knows where to drw the line in things.... As for the ML he may not be... more>> the most obvious choise in the beggining but he slowly grows on you as he becomes more of a man <3 <<less
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f.m.
f.m. rated it
June 18, 2017
Status: c21 part1
Without reading it would seem like the 'stereotype unfortunate shoujo MC + reverse harem + romance = similar to most second rate shojo manga and romance novel with female MC...'

But I was proven wrong. It nothing like the above mentioned. The concept and story development are well thought and as smooth as silk.

The MC are unlike most female MC that was transmigrated. In the earlier chapter she started out as a character that always on the sideline and treated as a bystander due to her weak constitution and always sleeping.

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Whenever an important discussion was brought up she is somehow forgotten and have to feint consciousness; pretending to be sleeping. Thus all the secret going in the family is heard even though she is sick.

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The story depicts the the goings on of a harem household in ancient feudalistic era. Its an eye-opener as well as a light read in comparisons to other novel with similar setting.

Not more can be said since it still early in the mc's childhood phase. Overall, the novel gives out this archaic and profound feeling that makes one always thirsting for more.

Although each chapters are divided part-by-part but the length of each part is as long as an ISSTH or DE chapter.

The only downside is the speed of translation. This cant be avoided because due to the poems and idioms often encountered throughout the novel.

I'm giving it 3/5 stars. Since its still early in the novel and I might change my review according to future chapters. But this is indeed a refreshing read, and I am satisfied with this discovery... <<less
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wonyoung
wonyoung rated it
May 15, 2019
Status: c86
I really like it, honestly this is exactly what I want on a LN. I'm not sure if at the start I enjoyed it this much but it surely grew on me. I'm someone that can't read very heavy novels, too much can make me stressed and especially as a student I can't let these novels affect me too bad. If you want a beautiful plot without loopholes, deep characters, a cunning MC, etc. This might not be what you're searching for.

This is really refreshing honestly, at least for me,... more>> as the tag says, this is a Slice of Life novel, I was tired of novels that just added drama for the sake of adding more plots, this is nice. The MC isn't black-bellied as other main characters, there aren't big courtyard fights with family members that just care about making the others' life difficult, this seems kind of more realistic. You don't need to add a lot of unnecessary drama to make an interesting novel, enough interesting things happen. I love it so much I can't decide between patiently waiting for new chapters or watching the drama, which is way ahead of this and full of spoilers. <<less
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NightAir
NightAir rated it
February 22, 2018
Status: c6 part 2
Will update this review as I get further. I'm giving this a five star early on having read only 6 chapters because I'm genuinely invested in it, which is my criteria for 5 stars, in that you lit can't ask for more. I did though just about almost die from reading all the background information (had to force myself through the long winded first few infodump chapters), but the current translation team doing the retranslation made it all smoother and sensical to digest and I honestly am grateful because I... more>> get to enjoy this gem. The set up is interesting and everything's not black and white with people or the circumstances. I'm very excited to read more for when the time comes. <<less
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