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Wen Jianing, who won the best actor award at the age of thirty-four, was reborn in a twenty-year-old young man, Ke Xinhang, overnight.

Ke Xinhang has defective genitals, but he is full of yearning for the entertainment industry. Taking the opportunity of an audition, Wen Jianing wanted to return to the entertainment industry, but he also met his former career opponent Lu Jinlang.

To Wen Jianing’s surprise, Lu Jinlang, who was not familiar in the past, seemed to have the intention of supporting him…

Notes: As a popular theme of the entertainment industry rebirth, this novel does not use revenge as the theme, but focuses on the protagonist’s rebirth.

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New hybridiris
September 22, 2021
Status: Completed
I mtled most of the novel and definitely I was a little hesitant with the reviews posted here initially. I rarely rate novels 5 stars but this one has definitely earned it.

About MC

MC is a very grounded and jaded character who awakes to find that he's dead and in another body. Unlike other novels of this type of plot, his reactions are the most realistic I've read. There is a lot of psychological trauma that is underneath a significant portion of the novel where MC is slowly coming to terms... more>> with his own death and not being able to connect with people he used to know. Also he struggles with his current identity and past identity which leads to some psychological hurdles for him to overcome. As well MC has to deal a body that is now his and with a physical disability that brings him fear and anxiety. I feel so much compassion for how this was described the pain feels so real. The author is amazing at character development and really bringing the MC to life. He and everyone else for that matter are written in a very understated manner. Nothing is exaggerated, there is no epic face slap and nothing is perfect in real life. The author has really captured the complex undercurrents of MC's growing affections for ML while almost never really stating it explicitly until they speak to each other about it. What's so impressive is that the author can use very simple sentences to describe MC's actions but as a reader we can read the emotion between the lines. I am astounded by how an author can convey so much with the flow of text rather than any individual lines. It wasn't any amazing literature worth quoting but the sum of the whole really resulted in an authentic experience about the MC's struggles with the entertainment industry and his feelings about his past, and ambition to chase his dreams. And the crowning achievement is really the growing bond that is love, trust, honesty, and respect that MC and ML share despite all they've gone through together. I just found this incredibly moving.

About ML

ML really goes through a wonderful story arc as well. While ML doesn't say a lot of romantic things, heck neither the MC or ML are that romantic in words to each other, as reader I can feel ML's care for MC very early on. Even though everything seems illusive, gradually his gentle support of MC even with ulterior motives to begin with begins to really feel genuine and from the heart and it's that subtle shift that makes me almost tear up when I do see the ML show how much he cares for the MC. ML may not have been in serious relationships in the past but I don't really seem him as scum for this. A lot of people who are in relationships for love can do a lot worse. He's not perfect but who is? If you are expecting a "clean" ML with no prior relationships, this isn't the novel for you. This is a real human being with flaws and imperfect relationships.

A few things other reviewers have mentioned about ML I'll address here


The fruit wine that made the MC react, I read the original Chinese text and it's wine but not drugged and ML was surprised by it's effect on MC.



Agree that ML is very blunt sometimes about MC's physical disability but I think they are coming from a place of both adults who don't sugar coat the reality rather than ML trying to hurt MC. However reading this still made me feel uncomfortable, but if MC is ok with it, who am I to complain? After all the ML showed in action that he never disliked him one bit for that and also helped him get special underwear to cover it better. It's not just words that determine whether one is good to another. ML has more than shown with actions and constantly protecting MC's body in various situations that he really cares for him and that's what really counts.


About the entertainment industry

Unlike other novels' depiction of the entertainment industry, this novel is never bogged down with weibo posts and msgs thank goodness. I'm so tired of reading that. But also I would say once again the author has a really grounded approach to realistically depicting the not so great parts of the industry and unlike other stories, it's not really a love conquers all. Drinking and socializing is baked into that culture and while it sucks that MC and ML have to partake in this, it's not like they can change a whole industry overnight. That's just not realistic. So while it's unpleasantly described, it's also very real and tangible.

About family

MC and ML both have different relationships with their family and it definitely causes them some trouble. They deal with h*mophobia though I think IRL things would have gone even less smoothly than it was described.

My major gripe is with this plot point:


MC and ML being forced to have a surrogate child by ML's eldest brother is really wrong. Both of them aren't really parent material since they are focused on their careers. I just think this part soured the ending though I understand that this is a leftover traditionalist view of you can have gay marriage and a kids, but even the author describes that MC and ML didn't really want it initially though they love their kid. I truly wish the author could have not written this part.


About the romance

Both MC and ML really trust each other and have a very grounded view even when they get together for real. I really respect their honesty and how they can be vulnerable to each other. Their love was not so much depicted in words but in how they care for each other and respect each other. They communicate well and trust each other. It's really a mature depiction of romance that I really find lacking in a lot of web novels.


Read this book if you are ready for an understated romance novel about two people who start on the wrong foot but eventually come together with their enduring love that supports them both to achieve their dreams. It's got a lot of psychological issues though not very heavily but it's there so take care. It was definitely worth the read. I am really glad I followed my instinct to read this. But mind you it is not a light read.

If you are MTLing you may find one extra chapter that carries on Li Rong and Wen Lin's story. I suggest you find it but it seems half written so this kinda frustrates me cause I was so interested in their relationship. <<less
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New Storymonster rated it
September 17, 2021
Status: Completed
I almost didn’t read this because of the reviews. After reading, I was confused. There are few truly outstanding novels on this site, a bunch of normal level ones, and a bunch of unreadable garbage. This read at the standard normal level. If you’ve read a few dozen entertainment yaoi, it doesn’t stand out as a true gem but it doesn’t feel noticeably worse than anything else in the middle of the pack.

Based on “contradiction” reviews I thought this would read like a muddled mess. But for the most part... more>> it didn’t strike me outside the realm of belief.

Especially the alcohol thing. He died from excessive drinking, and in western society, sure, you could avoid drinking after that. But it’s so much a part of the work social culture in his society, he knows he can’t avoid it. So he mitigates it as best he can. Pretending to pass out drunk. Leaving early when he’s at a limit he doesn’t want to pass, making sure there are trustworthy people around. For me, it seems reasonable given his culture and social status. (As a newcomer he can’t say no.) given this is a common plot device in entertainment novels, it didn’t destroy my suspension of disbelief.

Most of the character ooc things are measured against his personality before he died. He was top of his field, healthy body, normal life. Then he died. He was thrust into another body, one with deformities he couldn’t accept. Has no friends or family or support system, and is at the bottom of his field with no “in” back. He has several suicidal moments in the book that basically happen when it hits him that he is utterly alone in this life and his body’s condition might be known. (I think there are like three occasions when he thinks rather than dying alone in the future and having it known, he’d rather wander off into the woods or something and die alone now.) That’s some serious depression.

His weird relationship with the ML is born of this, I think. He’s someone familiar and relatively trustworthy but not a prior friend. So when the ML keeps treating him well, and finds out his condition, he just runs with it. Of course, nothing really happens until he chooses for it to happen, which still makes sense he caved. Humans need intimacy. And he’s so alone. And while everyone says it’s an unspoken rules relationship, he buys his own house, wins his own car in a bet, and doesn’t even receive the promised “one day” role until after they break up (and start again seriously). There’s a power imbalance theoretically, but the ML doesn’t lord it over him and the MC doesn’t act submissive because of it. He doesn’t cave in his boundaries unless it’s something he’s wants, and he stands up to the ML and says disrespectful shut all the time. Whenever he calls the ML boss or mentions his gold master, it always feels facetious or tongue in cheek.

The only true standout off moment was the ML giving him aphrodisiac wine, but even the ML was shocked at the response. I read it as on the level of other naturally stimulating foods rather than a drug. And when the ML realizes he’s actually opposed, nothing further happens. Other than that one moment, the ML is rather respectful of his boundaries and hardly pushy on the yaoi scale. The MC even admits he’s being boiled in warm water.

(There is one actual drugging attempt from a female star to the ML but nothing happens. In case anyone is triggered by that. But the ML doesn’t even drink it.)

yeah, the ml’s big bro is kinda a dick. So is the mc’s. But there aren’t really any long term brain dead antagonists at least. Mostly it’s just MC overcoming his trauma, accepting this life and body, and the two allowing themselves to trust that the other isn’t going to destroy their heart.

Not awe inspiring literature, but nothing like I thought given the reviews. Glad I read it. <<less
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ylial rated it
May 7, 2021
Status: Completed
Good novel! Rating: 4.5 (less 0.5 due to lapses). Also, so far it is 103chapters (103 about Wen Lin and Lin Rong and it's not finished yet)

I like the love development!!! It started f*cked up and I even wanted to drop it several times. Fortunately, I persisted and found that it is a gem. The ML is not the perfect cold and abstinent. Rather he has several flaws and is realistically portrayed: ... more>>

when the MC said the truth (transmigration) to ML, the ML didn't believe him and asked him to see a psychiatrist. Eventually, the facts are proven but the ML couldn't accept the MC since he liked the fresh innocent and pure new actors.


Due synopsis and title, I thought that MC will use his own strength to reach peak yet it's a story of how he hugs the thigh of ML and focuses more on their relationship. There's also a lot of H scenes between MC and ML. They seem like an old couple and there's harmony.

But I'm looking for MC's development, mainly on his acting career. In this novel most people in circle look down on MC (esp ML's brother) due to sleeping with ML for benefits (the MC is capable so he doesn't need to hold MLs thigh). In addition there are a lot of contradictory scenes. It seems that they are only careful when they remember it:
  • alcohol drinking (he refused in the beginning yet even initiate in the succeeding)
  • rooming with ML in first film yet being cautious in the latter scenes
  • MC is okay going with ML outside with ML's unclean circle and even flirting (ML even kissed/hugged MC in front of those) yet MC a find it a lil off to drink outside with the director and Co-actor with the girls entertaining them
  • There's also MC buying back his old house and ML said it might be bad about public opinion yet his unspoken rule with MC is very well known in the circle
  • it's also kinda contradictory when they disregard being together in public but in latter part they are careful in their actions as well as the script.
The story between MC and ML started early. There's an unspoken rule but the ML won't cross the line unless the MC permits it. The ML is cold but is dating guys. He is also homosexual but he has a clean life (not 2 timing, he will cleanly break when he loses interest before he moves on to another) and he has morals. As mentioned in the novel, the ML likes new actors who are simple and pure. I also got a little turned off with ML when..

he put an aphrodisiac in MC's wine and touched the MC's front against his will until he reached the climax. The ML is mostly interested in the body of MC (and a Lil on his acting).


I'm also wondering why are they not too cautious of paparazzi whenever the MC sleep in ML's room during the shooting.

Isn't it better to open another room beside the ML or near ML's room. The ML didn't even consider the MC since the MC in the transmigrated body is a newbie in showbiz and this will greatly affect his acting career. He won't be remembered by his acting but by climbing the ML's bed.

Anyway, the author pen has the power of their future

Eventually, they crossed the line without feelings (love). And I'm wondering again why do the MC who sees the ML as his rival let him tops himself. Probably, the MC thought that he shouldn't use the ML without giving anything back. Also due to his constitution he can't do it with a woman. Anyway this is an entertainment industry and both are adults. This reflects a more realistic personality of ML. However, I find the words and deeds of ML very insulting sometimes which can also be seen by MC's friend Wen Lin.

Anyway, it is written well. <<less
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Chiaroscuro rated it
May 22, 2021
Status: --
So just want to point out some iffy things so if you're triggered feel free to skip this novel

1. Power imbalance

2. MC's body:

... more>>

MC didn't have balls and is quite dysmorphic (?) About it, he's actually okay if he's sleeping around with ML with complete body. Ironically ML's reactions after he mol*sted him are what finally pushed MC through his own disgust for his body.


3. Noncon groping:


ML didn't drug MC but MC have a body condition that's easily excitable when being drunk.

From what I understand, author meant to write that ML groped MC because he thought MC was excited (he's just drunk). But still he took advantage of drunken MC and it's clear it's very noncon since MC still have body dysmorphia (?)

ML keep saying he gave MC Choice but he pointed out ML's hypocrisy.

That or it's just a bad plot point. Author is kinda impatient sometimes so it's just a plot point meant to show MC that ML is not disgusted by his body. And they can move on (both MC and ml) from that. Basically author want MC to get over his own body and make them intimate.


4. Contradictory couple behavior:


ML doesn't really care within the circle because it is the point of having thicc thigh. Like saying to other people subtly or in their face that "this person is mine/under my protection"

Paparazzi don't rashly uncover it because the "thigh" are people of power they can't afford to annoy. If they didn't have enough power paparazzi might just uncover it but they usually just give them the pics and ask for money. People inside the circle isn't s*upid. They ain't gonna tattle. Otherwise, Jeffrey Epstein wouldn't happen.

But it's different from public. Circle can know, public must not know. It doesn't matter what your reputation within the circle is. (Like, someone can have a reputation of being a sl*t inside the circle but public only know them as pure, good people)


5. For those who persisted, they'll be rewarded by a beautiful relationship. The start is iffy, the journey wasn't easy, but the ending is beautiful. <<less
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foxghost rated it
June 21, 2021
Status: Completed
Jin Gan Quan once left an author's note somewhere through this book saying (I'm paraphrasing from memory here) : I just love the kind of feeling between characters where the slow burn mutual pining gets to the point where they're set on fire when their eyes so much as meet and they both explode if they merely touch.

And you get exactly that for at least 1/2 of the book. The end of the book was actually supposed to end up in an extra, so when it's incorporated it kind of... more>> drags, but that's what you get when a writer writes past "happily ever after".

I've read this book more than once. Every once in a while I'll dig it out and read it again, and I find that it raises my standards and I end up abandoning whatever new danmei I may have on my changpei / jjwxc lists. JGQ's Characterisations — down to the minor characters, such as Xinhang's brother and the new assistant/manager — are impeccable, even if the plot is overall a bit tropey and thin. That's okay though, because we're really just here to see obstacles / helpful events throw our MC and ML together until they eventually stick anyway.

There is so much about Wen Jianing that makes him 3-dimensional; his loyalty to the people he cares about, his genuine attitude in an industry full of lies, his attachment to what's right — wrapped up in a package of insecurity, both in his original self's competitive streak against Lu Jinlang (probably because he wasn't an acting grad) as well as the defect his new body has. A lot of times in danmei the Gong character often end up being a backdrop for us to admire the shou against, but Lu Jinlang is more than he appears (tall-handsome-rich-successful-good-in-bed-spoils-shou-rotten-YAWN) as well, which is a nice change.

Anyway, one of my favs, and not many things actually make it onto that list. Highly recommended. <<less
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mangafan000 rated it
May 7, 2021
Status: Completed
great novel

the MC (shou) is very cute and a bit silly at first.
it's hard to understand that he's dead and has a new body.
this new body makes him very unhappy and ashamed.

the ML (gong) is a powerful person who often uses unspoken rules.
he sleeps with actors and supports them to have resources.
the beauty of the MC interests him right away.
it is thanks to ML that our MC accepts his body
it is also thanks to ML that MC's career is going well.
because everyone knows... more>> the unspoken rules of the industry.
and everyone knows their relationship.

in the novel, MC is warned that ML has always had little starlets.

so he must not fall in love... if not he will be sad and desperate...

MC and the reader will only meet another ex-lover...
he was really shameless !
luckily it happened quite quickly.

moreover ML never gets back with a former lover.
this is why he does not break with the MC.
there were 2 problems, but they never broke up and are therefore still together.

I liked everything, except

that they were "forced" by ML's big brother to have a child


thanks to the author
thanks to the translator

. <<less
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Wynnfield rated it
September 16, 2021
Status: c24
  1. As other reviewers say, the novel is very contradictory. I've read till chapter 24 and I think I'm dropping it after reading other reviews say it'll get even more contradictory later on.

    The writing is fluid, and the mtl translations are great. I like how the author seems mature in her writing. Her whole writing style was the reason I didn't give a lower score, but plot/character planning wise, it seemed inconsistent to me.

    Take my review as a grain a salt, because I did not fully complete the story, but I wanted to point out a few things that made me iffy.


    1) MC died from alcohol poisoning/overdose, but he continues to overdrink in his new life. Coincidentally, his new body is also weak to alcohol, but it doesn't stop him from drinking. You'd think he would be more careful after dying once with so much regrets, but it seems like theres a lot of situation where his drunkard state is the reason why the plot develops.

    2) Him drinking could be seen as to becoming more amiable to other parties, but when it comes to socialising, he lets rumors drift around, and things only settles when ML steps in to resolve it. The summary focuses on the MC's rebirth, but the ML seem like he's playing the biggest importance factor.

    3) MC won the best actor award before he died, but it didn't feel as though he had the competitive strike he was described to have.

    MC is realistic in the sense he knows his talents doesn't lie in singing, but he still went to an audition he wasn't trained for, knew that with his standards couldn't make it, still had the thoughts of fufilling Ke Xinhang's goals, and then get surprised when he actually passed because ML was interested in him. Reading about him constantly thinking of failing and then lying down to win made me really confused because MC seemed really mature at the start, and was described as competitive (agnst the ML at least). I really liked how he seemed realistic, have his own opinions about the entertainment industry, and what he would like to do as himself, but it got confusing when Ke Xinhang's goals got mixed up in it.

    4) MC was more worried about being found out 'disabled' than actually participating in backdoor activities. It feels a bit arbitrary whenever this backdoor/golden thigh thing comes up and all MC can think of is ML finding out about his body's condition. Isn't the former bad for his reputation too? For someone who considered ML his rival in the past life, I find it hard to see how he so easily accepted being labelled as someone who got opportunities from the backdoor.


    Theres a lot more contradicting plotpoints stated by the other reviewers which made me not want to continue. (Mainly the noncon/drugging, even more drinking, more Backdoor things) I'm only at chapter 24, but I'm already feeling lost.

    I just feel that it's a shame because other reviewers said that the ending is worth the trip. Sadly there were

    too much contradicting plot devices thrown my way to actually enjoy the novel.
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htaotao rated it
June 17, 2021
Status: Completed
Overall I liked it! I think it is better than the current rating reflects. It does talk quite a bit about the entertainment industry. Although the couple initially starts off with an uneven power dynamic, that definitely changes throughout the novel and they have a supportive and healthy relationship for the most part. I MTL'd the rest of the novel which was pretty doable.
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