The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir

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“I can’t accept this! I can’t! Even as a ghost, I’m going to spend eternity cursing that your relationship will shatter like glass! Break apart like a pair of mandarin ducks that fly away from each other!” With such a persisting obsession, it would be difficult for the vengeful departed spirit to move on.

Ji Man had only read a light novel to pass the time, but she was unexpectedly pulled into a very strange dream. She had become the novel’s most vicious villainess.

The novel rewinds to the beginning. The villainess that had been ordered to commit suicide reappears onto the stage and begins to follow the plot as she walk towards the novel’s ending once again. In a courtyard deep inside a marquis’s residence. A female lead that’s like the Holy Mother. Countless cannon fodder. The imperial family’s favor…

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春闺梦里人
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Mei Gongqing (1)

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Date Group Release
06/21/18 Fuyu Neko c19
06/20/18 Fuyu Neko c18
06/19/18 Fuyu Neko c17
06/18/18 Fuyu Neko c16
06/17/18 Fuyu Neko c15
06/16/18 Fuyu Neko c14
06/15/18 Fuyu Neko c13
06/15/18 Fuyu Neko c12
06/14/18 Fuyu Neko c11
06/14/18 Fuyu Neko c10
06/13/18 Fuyu Neko c9
06/13/18 Fuyu Neko c8
06/13/18 Fuyu Neko c7
06/13/18 Fuyu Neko c6
06/13/18 Fuyu Neko c5
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Kurobito
New Kurobito rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: c15
First of all, I am giving this novel a 5 star due to the author himself/ herself for doing a great job in connecting the story very well as most of the chapters have link to its previous chapters. (I am reading the raws) The ML may be a douche bag that you can't help but to want to give him a thousand punches in the beginning but later in the story you'll start to accept him. This part makes it almost similar to the 'Empress with no Virtue'.

Next, I... more>> would like to give a big thumbs up for FuyuNeko for finding such a great novel to translate as this novel differ from the other romance novel. It is sort of a one-of-a-kind novel that makes you have a mix feelings towards it. I really look forward for every of its translated chapters. <<less
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Apples and Oranges
New Apples and Oranges rated it
June 16, 2018
Status: --
This a beautiful character novel that showcases characters in their era in a very believable way.

The male lead behaves typically and might not appeal to those who believe in the ideal one man one woman romance. His is the POV of the story that appealed to me the most. He is 15 when he gets married and takes multiple concubines for alliances, its really only when he is 21 that he falls in love and the journey of disillusionment with his 'first love' is heartbreaking.

We get to see most of... more>> this depressing, cruel and sometimed hilarious world through the FL's eyes and she's a transmigrated jaded and cynical 20-something.

An interesting character read. Not recommended for those who want a fluffy romance. <<less
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Fuyuneko
Fuyuneko rated it
June 13, 2018
Status: c513
Caution: This review is just the parts that I liked the most about The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir. There's a lot more to this novel than what I mention below.

At first, I like the novel because the premise was very similar to Doomed to be a Cannon Fodder ("DCF"). MC transmigrates into a novel's villainess. But, the execution of this story and MC and ML's personalities are very different. If the MC and ML from DCF is like a rabbit and a sheepdog wolf hybrid, respectively, then the MC... more>> and ML from Boudoir Dreams is like an independent cat and a sly fox.

Have you ever read a story with an amazing beginning, but then it goes downhill with recycled antagonists and the characters suddenly acting out-of-character in order to follow cliche plots? This novel suffers from the opposite problem. The novel's characters are initially introduced as shallow two-dimensional characters because the MC only views them as storybook characters. She believes that she knows the original novel characters really well because she's read the novel and knows the original actions they will choose. But, this is a mistaken belief! She doesn't actually understand the reasoning behind their actions. She's not completely wrong, but her view is very limited. At the beginning, she only sees them as two dimensional novel characters and as the story unfolds, she will realized they are three dimensional, multifaceted people.

Overall, I really enjoy reading about MC and her actions with the other people. I like that MC and ML's values gradually change because of their experiences. The side characters also change either from their interactions with other people in the story or time as they grow older and view things differently than when they were younger. They feel like real people who have their own hopes and motivations instead of supporting characters in MC and ML's love story.

Random things that I like about this story and thought it made it stand out from other novels.

- The knowledge that the MC remembers from the modern world isn't a ridiculous detailed amount that easily solves all of her problems. She doesn't have any magical powers or over-powered cheats.
-- Edited to add on 6/14: I didn't consider her future knowledge as an over-powered cheat because she only used it to increase a few people's favorable impression of her. These people already liked her to begin with or have ulterior reasons.
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And there will be a consequence to using this knowledge

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- A more realistic slow burn romance between a modern women and a man from ancient times. They act and think like adults who are aware of their feelings. I really enjoyed reading their different views about love and how those views change during the story.
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To be clear, ML is attracted to MC relatively early on once they spend more time together, but I don't think he's truly in love with her until later in the story. And MC will not wholeheartedly love ML until he places her as his highest priority

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- MC's transmigrated body isn't a child or teenager. The body she transmigrates into is 20 years old and by the end of the story, she's in her late 20's or earlier 30's. She behaves like an adult, including her interactions with the male lead. To be clear, there are plenty of cnovels that have female main characters, who are very competent. But, when they're face with the male lead, they act like infatuated preteens that don't call out the male lead's overbearing or jerky behavior. So, I love how this MC is different.

- ML has to be clever with his schemes. He's not a cold, powerful prince or general that can just order everyone into doing what he wants.

- I love that the author shows that there are negative consequences to tampering with the original novel's plot. Occasionally unpleasant things will happen to the people that MC cares about because MC changes the events in the original novel. This isn't like other stories where X will happen and MC will figure out a cunning strategy, suddenly develop a magical skill, or ML saves her at the last minute. It doesn't reset to rainbows and puppies by the end of each story arc. But, I don't want to give the wrong impression of this novel. The sad parts of the novel only makes up about 5% or less of the novel.
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There's one major devastating event and two minor events that's all linked to one motive. I really like how MC's emotions goes through the five stages of grief before moving on and figuring out the next step she will take. But, the last story arc of the novel is super fluffy, especially the cotton candy sweet ending.

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- MC has female friends/allies instead of only love interests.

- Not all villains are one-dimensional and some of the "villains" are swayed to MC's side. By villains, I mean characters that traditionally become cannon fodder in other cnovels.

- A cat will briefly appear in the story in the most ridiculous way possible.

Spoiler

- She will eventually leave the residence and travel on her own.

- After the second male lead marries someone, his wife is jealous about the attention he pays MC. Instead of acting like a typical c-novel villainess, she and MC have a calm discussion of how they'll stop his behavior.

- MC crossdresses later in the story for a short period of time and people start gossiping that ML is bis*xual. It's very funny and I like that ML doesn't care about the gossip. It really shows how much he has changed since the beginning of the novel.

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P.s. This doesn't doesn't bother me that much when I'm only a reading a novel, but as I'm translating this novel, I really appreciate that

1) Excluding the beginning chapters, the author uses the other POV's to create an interesting world that's full of diversity and complexity instead of using them to excessively praise or criticize the MC. The other characters focus on their own lives and offer the readers a different perspective or new information that the MC won't find out.

2) The author isn't constantly saying that MC's transmigrated body is an incomparably beautiful white jade-like beauty at every possible moment and how her every action is utter perfection because of her beauty. MC's first thought was that the transmigrated body resembles a fresh corpse. There's a few casual mention that she's beautiful in the early chapters when she dresses up, then not much is said about her appearance throughout the novel. <<less
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Dragon_Reader
Dragon_Reader
June 14, 2018
Status: Completed
Edit - I read the entire book in raw. This book, as per my personal opinion, is NOT romance. Though there is a MC and a ML who do fall in love and are together by the end of the book, this is a political intrigue novel. If you go in wanting to read a historical romance novel, then this book might be a tad disappointing coz ML is VERY TRUE to the time-line set.

I continued reading this book only for the political intrigue. Unlike most MLs in other books,... more>> this ML is not an all-powerful, all-knowing, even the king bows before him type. He is on his way to become one. So his schemes, sacrifices, ruthlessness and cunning was amazing. One of the most interesting political intrigue/mystery book I have ever read. So I suggest everyone to give this a try. Once you stop wanting romance or thinking of this as a romance story and start reading it for the dirty political intrigue that it is showing the progress of the ML and MC into becoming an OP character, you will definitely enjoy this! <<less
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Mezhanos
Mezhanos rated it
June 13, 2018
Status: c9
Prepared to be frustrated and amazed at the ingenuity of this story as this doesn't start out how most stories of this genre does. You have the main lead Ji man who just transmigrated into the body of the previously main wife and now a concubine of a marquis. Pretty standard stuff, you have the tragic start with a cold aloof ML who clearly doesnt see the superiority of our MC. BUT thats where the story takes a wild turn and presents you with something a lot of novels conveniently... more>> forget and sweep under the rug. The past actions of the original host and their consequences. THEY MATTER ! Who woulda guessed !?

So from the start our MC has a body thats absolutely hated by nearly everyone and she cant really do anything to change that in the short term. At first the readers are not given a clear story on the things what the original host and at times it can be frustrating to read how the MC is treated by those around her. But bear with it cos it gets better and this story is gonna be one of the greats. <<less
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ensaymadaroll
ensaymadaroll rated it
June 15, 2018
Status: c11
Honestly it's my first time to write a review. Please bear with my grammar LOL.

when u fuyunekON, , u cant fuyunekOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

translator ... more>>
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First of all, I am rating this story 5/5 because of its translator, fuyu neko. I love her/him!!!!!! Literally the best translator ever. This person deserves all the love, support and recognition this world could give. After reading fuyu neko's works, my standard when it comes to chinese novels (ofc translated) became high LOLOLOLOL so... I found this novel through Chongfei Manual (fuyu neko announced there that he/she will translate another novel) and I got excited and because I'm a fan of his/her works so I checked it out as soon as possible. I am sorry I just love and admire the translator so much T___T I'm honestly thankful that I don't have to miss his/her works aka da wonderful translations since Chongfei Manual is ending soon. YAY!!!

ps I also recommend chongfei manual!!!!!!!!!!!

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SPOOOOILERS OR WHATEVA!!!!!!!!!

ok so back 2 the main point, , ,

It's not your ordinary girl from da modern world who transmigrated into a villain bc this girl is really different from your typical chinese female lead LOLOLOL. I just get frustrated with the ML but who knows, he might change but that doesn't change the fact the he WAS a casanova which turns me off (sorry if its just me but I really hate male leads who had past lovers, has concubines or I mean was/is a playboy, , , ya get me). Well, I do get his reasons for treating the MC that way. I also don't like how the new wife/the og female lead acts like I find it fake and annoying but okay, , , now I question myself for liking good female leads like the og FL here LOL. All in all, it's good to see another perspective (villain's pov.... I mean not the villain but u know other than the spoiled, pampered and nice MC like og fl) <<less
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TamaSaga
TamaSaga rated it
June 15, 2018
Status: c13
It's just starting out, but this story has a fun elegance about it that you normally wouldn't find in transmigrated villainess stories. For one, the villainess is already in trouble. Which is similar to Duke's Daughter. But unlike Duke's Daughter, this girl's support network starts with only three. Herself, a ghost, and a servant girl.

And that's the charm of this story. Like a game of chess with a massive handicap, we get to watch as she stealthily sets up the board to make a large splash. One wrong move... more>> and its checkmate. <<less
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Ainslee
Ainslee rated it
June 15, 2018
Status: c14
This novel is sooo bad for my health. I wanna read all chapters but there's no more. Wanna MTL but it'll fry my brain. Wanna wait for the translation to finish but can't help reading when latest chapter updated.

So stressful 😶💦
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