Legend of Concubine’s Daughter Minglan

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A 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. In addition, one’s actions often implicates 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.

Legend of Concubine’s Daughter Minglan average rating 4.5/5 - 132 user ratings
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Concubine's Daughter · Biography of Minglan
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
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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xairs
New xairs rated it
October 29, 2017
Status: Completed
5/5 This is a cut above the rest of its genre--so far, I've only read a few.

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As I slowly progressed into the story, I couldn't help but appreciate how much character building the author did. She didn't let anyone off. Practically all the cast had little backstories and we were able to peek a little into the what, the whys and the hows of their worlds.

Very well written and the plot had a steady rhythm to it that lulled me into immersing in that era. I could almost already see through the next few consequences that a particular action/decision might result into, then I find myself surprised by the succeeding 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 couldn't help but jeer 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.

I sympathized and felt for MingLan. She had to struggle through so much before getting marriage, what with her scheming and hurtful sister (s), biased father and mother and the fact that she was concubine-born. Thank heavens for ShengLaoTaiTai! Cutest and the best relationship ever. And then she had to face a barrage more problems after marriage. I'm glad the male lead was appreciative of the "ease" with which ML handled everything.

I really grew to love the male lead, just like MingLan. And just like her, I couldn't help doubting the direction of that relationship either and was always on my guard--like I said, thorough immersion. I think the author did a great job writing it that way.

The author wrote satisfying epilogues, too. So though I was quite sad it has ended the epilogues gave me closure. Yey.

5/5 10/10 200/100

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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iampsyx
iampsyx rated it
February 22, 2017
Status: c17 part1
The first few chapters are heavy on world-building and introducing the characters and their relationships, and the story moves along in a slow pace. However, what makes it really shine are the characters --- all have their own motives, fears, desires, aspirations, etc. And are all colored in varying shades of gray. Honestly I like this better than Chu Wang Fei or The Princess Wei Yang because I can feel that the characters aren't just plain stereotypes. There's insight, real relationships, and character actions that actually make an impact on... more>> the story. Side characters aren't just there as decorations --- they have their own personalities that make them likable or not. I rarely give out 5 stars, but if it's to express just how much I love this story, I would give all the stars I have, hands down. <<less
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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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Pachia
Pachia rated it
February 26, 2017
Status: c18 part1
The MC is so cute and innocent. The characters are more human like, then other novels so far. Can't wait to see what the male lead would be like. Though it did say slow romance for the tags. So we might not know that it is the male lead even though we meet him? Looking forward to more chapters!
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Tragically Rad
Tragically Rad rated it
February 25, 2017
Status: --
Beautifully written and translated. This novel follows ming lan's day to day life. It's slow paced but you enjoy every moment. There are alot of light cute fluffy awww moments and little laughs. I love how you can actually relate and like the majority of the characters.

Most of all you can't help but cheer ming lan on:)
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makenai89
makenai89 rated it
February 23, 2017
Status: c17 part2
One-of-a-kind MC, cute interaction between characters, and well-streamed narratives. Legend of Concubine's Daughter Minglan, at least until c17 part2 which I've read, is a must-read if you are a fan of novels with female protagonist and Ancient Chinese family intrigue. Although the premises where a modern woman got transported to the body of a bullied daughter in old China is not new, but it has plenty refreshing aspects. I'm looking forward to all 220 chapters that seemed like around the right length for a well-constructed awesome story.
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Mirrordragon
Mirrordragon
August 14, 2017
Status: c64
Its a very good read. Very refreshing, well thought and written. I am enjoying reading this novel. It feels like a real novel - with solid characters unlike the usual "arrogant/peerless" MC's. Very real and fun read. Especially the Grandparent/Grandchild moments are super cute and heartwarming.

I just have one question - who is the male lead? I really want to know before continuing with my reading. I don't want it to be that Gu two sons who was the fiancee of her friend - whom she helped to break an... more>> engagement. If it's really him, I don't want to read this novel anymore. <<less
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novelgirlkpop
novelgirlkpop
March 8, 2017
Status: c19 part1
i love this a lot. I honestly like nonchalant characters who are not fierce and think they are smart but in fact they are just violent. She is turns into a little kid she is cute and I love how she doesn't magical know everything about this era like other novels, she slowly learns and its more logical. This is basically about a women who time travels into a 5 year old little girl, who'smother is a concubine and died (probably murder) none cares for her her servants don't take... more>> care of her and she is often sick and weak. <<less
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DOHere
DOHere rated it
November 9, 2016
Status: c4 part1
The story, the characters and their relationship are very intricate. You find out little by little all details about each character and each event from various sources. Not only the story, but the way it's narrated seems very realistic.

At first the MC is very sick and depressed, but slowly recovers. I think this actually makes sense. It did cross my mind reading other such time travel novels that the MC recovered too quickly from the shock. I, for example, would be very sad missing and thinking of the people close... more>> to me that will suffer since I died in my previous life, and all that.

The translation is not the best, but better than machine translations and releases are quite frequent as well. <<less
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kalp456
kalp456
November 7, 2016
Status: c4 part1
First impressions: I quite like it. Although the way of introducing the setting and characters is quite overused in the novel, which is introducing by chatting, it is still favourable, compared to other novels, and if we consider the physical and mental state of the MC, it is actually a good one. I have a good impression of it, its writing style reminds me of Ze Tian Ji in the first few chapters, which has a spectacular narrative style, so I am expecting a lot from this novel. I hope... more>> the story and plot will be as good, if not better, as the writing style. <<less
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