The Heartthrob Protagonist Just Wants To Monopolize Me

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When Ji Mingxia woke up, he had transmigrated as the male supporting lead in a horror novel and had become the protagonist shou’s love mentor.

His open view of love guides the protagonist shou to embrace his sexuality; every time he appears, it’s to promote the protagonist gong’s love.

To survive, Ji Mingxia had to follow the plot.

When the protagonist shou tells him about his troubles, he gently comforts the protagonist shou;

When the protagonist shou suffers heavy physical and mental trauma, he actively treats the protagonist shou;

When the protagonist shou comes across danger, he recklessly accompanies the protagonist shou;

When the protagonist shou confesses to him, he…

The protagonist gong? Where did the protagonist gong go?!

What about the supporting characters? Hurry, spare tires!

“You mean those shifty-eyed men who peek at you? They’ll never show up again. ”

Ji Mingxia: “=0=”

Please wake up, protagonist! They’re looking at you, not me!

Yu Ning X Ji Mingxia

Solitary and reclusive, sweet attacker after being tempted × calm on the surface but terrified in the heart

Associated Names
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万人迷主角只想独占我
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11/27/22 Otaku translation c141 part2
11/27/22 Otaku translation c141 part1
11/27/22 Otaku translation c140 part3
11/27/22 Otaku translation c140 part2
11/25/22 Otaku translation c140 part1
11/25/22 Otaku translation c139 part5
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11/25/22 Otaku translation c139 part3
11/23/22 Otaku translation c139 part2
11/23/22 Otaku translation c139 part1
11/22/22 Otaku translation c138 part2
11/22/22 Otaku translation c138 part1
11/21/22 Otaku translation c137 part2
11/21/22 Otaku translation c137 part1
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iridescine
New iridescine rated it
December 8, 2022
Status: Completed
I get bored really easily, but I can overlook plot holes as long as the plot is exciting enough. I can say that I managed to complete this story so that should tell you something about the pacing.

There was a good mix of the horror and the romance parts, and I thought the way that MC and ML protect each other and realize their feelings sincerely were really sweet! MC came to terms with his changing sexuality quite maturely imo. I don't know why some people think there's no romance... more>> because ML is such a vinegar jar to everyone who even looks at the MC's direction, giving us so much dogfood honestly, not complaining. I was looking for a lighter tone with some interesting elements to switch things up so their OPness didn't bother me and this fit my needs just right.

I also enjoyed that the author tried to provide a reasonable backstory and context for the ending, even referencing things that happen way way early in the chapters as the way for the ML and MC to be reunited, so keep your senses sharp if you like catching those small details.

Overall, a fun read worthy of a re-read. Thankyou to the wonderful translator!! <<less
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heretokeeptrack
New heretokeeptrack
December 7, 2022
Status: Completed
I liked this quite a bit!

Enjoyed the horror element although I think some deaths were unnecessary...

I enjoyed MC's character, not as I Am Straight Man as most transmigration MCs.

Some side characters annoyed me but mainly because I liked MC and the side characters did not treat him right >: (
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BambooTriangle
BambooTriangle rated it
August 8, 2022
Status: Completed
If you like yandere, attached gong and scaredy cat but pretends to be calm shou, you might like it! There's a lot of ghosts, paranormal and other magical artefacts, plot isn't too complicated and could even be said to be simple, but there's a twist.

MC: regular person scared for his life. Didn't originally plan to have any intersection with gong (so no golden thigh seeking plot) but in the end was a loyal supporter and did his best to save ML multiple times.

ML: originally a shou from a novel, but... more>> suspiciously enough, never actually got together with "gong protagonist". Hm wonder why! MC then appears in his life and from now on, it becomes much more colorful. Cynical and distrustful at first but very sweet once tempted~

Ending:

Spoiler

It's HE, a bit abrupt and with little clues leading to it. You could even call it rushed, because it's basically:

MC devour all magical artefact. MC explode (ough). MC transmigrate back. (No seriously, what about original owner?? The grandma in this world? His friends in this world?). ML chase him for 1000 years across planes. HAPPY ENDING

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nitan
nitan rated it
August 23, 2022
Status: Completed
Annoying and frustrating. Although the plot is interesting and most of the scenes are done well, the MC is too much. Too annoying and the reveals/some plot points are really looking down on the reader's IQ. It's frustrating when people try to dumb things down to you until it's kindergarten level and spoon-feed you one cereal at a time. And by the end of the novel, I was just mad I felt like I wasted my time.

It's alright for the MC to be 'normal' and oblivious, but when it's just... more>> s*upid he's really a let down. Not to mention the way we are supposed to see ourselves in him. Honestly I shouldn't have wasted my time here, I wouldn't recommend it unless you can stand the MC's s*upidity. <<less
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JaqiONwbqi
JaqiONwbqi rated it
September 12, 2022
Status: --
All the romance in the summary is click bait. Doesnt happen, doesn't even come close to happening.

'Love Interest falls in love first' except by the time MC is also in love all ML has done is book a taxi together and be touch starved.

Otherwise its great, but ML literally does not even feel like hes in love - you could make this a straight novel and it would still go the same way since all of MLs feelings are from MC being the first person to be nice to him... more>> - love where? He has a few thoughts of being a gong so he can fit MCs criteria of someone who takes care of the 'shou' and by extension take care of MC as repayment for MCs affection towards him - and thats it. Thats the closest we get to 'MLs feelings are based around romantic love'.

Heck we dont even get to the OG gong coming around for there to be any 'love advice'.

The romance bits in the summary are complete click bait. Theres no OG ML/OG Gong, ML only cares about MC bec MC was the first to [insert friendly action] and the only love advice is when MC explains what Gongs and Shous are <<less
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KeraShr
KeraShr rated it
August 22, 2022
Status: Completed
5 Stars

Totally Recommend for BL fans!! HE was so sweet, I nearly cried!!

JM (MC) is quite a sweet person, who is realistic. He accepts that he has transmigrated & that too in a book. Meaning, plots must be followed & as a supporting character, he mustn't involve too much other than what his assigned role is. He tries really hard for that too!! 🤣🤣 In the beginning, there were a lot of times, when JM was like, 'Please keep me out of this drama!!' 🤣🤣

I love the fact that he... more>> loved YN (ML) with his whole heart. Even though, he is quite clumsy in love, he is like a momma hen protecting her chick (YN), which really warmed my heart 🥺✨️

Spoiler

Even when he was going to leave YN's world, he made YN forget him & gave YN the last powerful item in his world. He didn't want YN to remember him & be sad and at the same time, he wanted to protect him by leaving a powerful item by YN's side. He himself retained all his memories. It isn't implied, but I felt that JM could also have erased his memory to forget YN & start anew in his original world, but he didn't. He wanted to remember YN & love him in his memories as long as he lives. For JM, YN is someone whom he wants to be happy and live safely, even at the cost that YN will never remember JM.

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YN (ML) is a typical black sheep gong character, we might usually find in many BLs. He is quite intelligent & has high IQ. Even though it's not specifically mentioned but I felt YN showcased high EQ as well. He is gloomy by nature because he has been alone & secluded by others for a long time. But what is liked about him, no matter what, he is quite tenacious 🔥🔥

Be it the fact that he would never let JM get hurt in any of the horror adventures they had, or when he coldly waited for the main villain to fall in his trap for a long time, or when he pursued JM to be his boyfriend (now that was a masterpiece!! 🤣🤣), Or

Spoiler

when in the last horror adventure, where they got separated, YN specially selected a space (basketball court), attracted & started killing all the monsters who came there so that wherever JM is, he should be comparatively safer, since there will be lesser monsters

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Or, when JM left, he cultivated for so many years and carefully planned for travel to JM's dimension. YN is the perfect partner for JM because how much JM loves YN, maybe YN loves him more.

Mix of Horror & BL, with a pinch of well timed punchlines made this a worthwhile read!

Recommended to read it more than once!! ✨️ <<less
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Wintercreeper
Wintercreeper rated it
October 31, 2022
Status: c110
Very little logic involved.

It's another transmigration-MC believing, without any kind of reason, that he has to follow the plot despite what's happening right after his transmigration not even being part of the plot.
He literally arrives outside of the plot but decides that he has to follow the original plot he shouldn't be present for at that moment.
Not to mention that he has an ability the original body doesn't have in the book.
That should be enough to conclude that "the plot" is invalid.

Even when he finally realises that... more>> the characters from the novel are in fact people with a backstory, traits, etc. that weren't mentioned in the book, he still insists on "the plot".
He directly watches people deviate from the novel but is already shipping the original shou and gong, dead set on bringing them together. After THE WHOLE PLOT has already completely changed and nothing happened to him that indicates that it's a bad thing.
How he doesn't see that he was put into the original shou's spot and the original guy turned into the gong, even after so many clear incidences, makes zero sense. It's like he has negative IQ.

Apart from that, he comes to very strange conclusions that only exist to cause drama.
He has to be friends with the protag? Then it's a good idea to ruin his relationship with the guy, because it seems to be easier to make up with him years later, when he's no longer alone and has no reason to talk to MC, instead of just being nice to the boy NOW when he's all alone and starving for friends.

"But the plot!"
It's the writer's nonsensical reasoning behind everything that's completely irrational.

No research went into any aspects of this novel, the writer loves to use injuries, gruesome wounds and gore, and clearly shows that they didn't bother to do basic research.
Dead people with actively infected wounds, infected injuries treated in ways that would triple the bacteria load in just a day but miraculously heals it... it would have taken two minutes to look this up.

Characterisation is stereotypical, side characters have little personality, and grown men past 30 act the same as 19 years old college kids but with what the writer seems to think of as "deep thoughts" to show maturity.

The whole novel is extremely juvenile, it reads like a hobby-project from a teen, especially how the writer portrays adults is in line with how someone who isn't one would do it.

A massive problem, plot holes and contradictions pop up right at the start of the novel, later on the writer recaps incidences differently from how they took place. They didn't bother to keep track of their own story or just re-read what they wrote prior.

If all of this isn't bad enough, the writer must think their readers are mentally handicapped toddlers.
We don't need 18 paragraphs of explanation for every miniscule thing, neither do we need a three pages long recap of the whole damn incidence that we just read.
The story isn't complicated, it's high-school level at best. It's honestly insulting.

There's no romance either up to chapter 100 of 140, I have no idea when it would start because I ain't sticking around longer.

TL;DR: Description is bait, no logic, juvenile writing, bad characterisation, constant repeats, probably written by a teen that didn't do basic research or beta-read their own story. <<less
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JustAki
JustAki rated it
August 20, 2022
Status: Completed
Please don't skip this!

Although there may be plot holes that I can point out to, IT'S ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS I'VE READ. The title might feel like it's a generic cliche Bl novel but it's not!

Let me introduce you all to our main characters.

... more>> Our MC, Ji Mingxia, is a normal person. He gets scared of easily but can adapt well in situations. His intuition is his weapon in the first arcs.

In my opinion, he's the best MC I can get. He's... normal. Yet at the same time, unique. He is true to his words, his morals are on point and HE is no joke, one of the amazing MC I've ever seen.

I've grown close to him reading this novel. All his reactions could be on par on what a normal person would react in the situation that happened to him.

I absolutely cried for my baby.

Then we have ML. His name is Yu Ning and although the title may sound yanderish, I kind of find the way he reacted the way he did not surprising...

ML, in my opinion and no doubt, is a sociopath. Or at least a budding sociopath. He was CREATED to be one.

I didn't mean created as created by the author but created by EVERYTHING that happened to him.

Spoiler

Having spent his whole childhood till his teenage years being hated, I don't think that a child with a special institution would grew up well mentally. Seeing ghosts and not able to tell people or at least have someone to reassure you would not end well in a child.

Yu Ning is no more but a child who yearned for love. Whether it came from the form of helping hand, acquaintances, friends but it never came.

He grew to be tired of being hurt and closed himself.

Sounds cliche?

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Spoiler

That'swhere my favprite part came. MC, Ji Mingxia. The same person who was a small person in Yu Ning's life yet became larger as time passed. Mingxia gave what Yu Ning wanted.

Someone who will be by his side.

It's pretty easy to see how ML worked. If you'vereread the first arc where Yu Ning was still close off and not as close to Mingxia, you've notice how stupefied he was in that situation.

That someone wanted to help him. He DESPERATELY, inside him, wanted it to be so true.

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And that's why I love this novel.

Spoiler

I also love the side character. Especially the "villain" Mingxia thought. Ye Chen.

A villain... turned into a passerby and not only that, he was supportive despite that he also had a thing for Mingxia.

Would I say he's the second male lead?

No.

Because Ye Chen's character made sure of that. He was mature. Older than Mingxia and Yu Ning. More experienced and That's why I love how he knew to sort his feelings at the end.

He was a passerby. Someone who saw the budding love of Yu Ning and Mingxia.

He didn't know everything that happened between the two of them but he saw.

Ye Chen is prideful and he knows when to step back.

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XOXO_
XOXO_ rated it
August 31, 2022
Status: Completed
I got impatient and mtled the whole novel and OH. MY. GOD!!! This novel is EVERYTHING to me. It’s absolutely amazing, show-stopping, magnificent, wonderful, beautiful, etc. Etc. I’ve literally been struggling to find an interesting novel that’ll make me read every chapter without getting bored, weirded out or annoyed until I found this novel. GOD I wish I could feel the feeling of reading this for the first time again. I absolutely loved reading it! 10/10 would 100% recommend!!

p.s. This novel made my expectations in a relationship higher lol
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MoJia
MoJia rated it
August 10, 2022
Status: c141
A very good story, I just like can't describe it but I know it's a very much worthy story to read because of the main characters, the plot, and most importantly the twist. I very much recommend this story if you like horror stuff, with some fluffiness, and good plot.

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Ecirteab
Ecirteab rated it
August 10, 2022
Status: Completed
4.5

Pretty interesting supernatural/horror mystery with coward-ordinary MC and devoted-yandere ML with pretty interesting world building for this kind of novel.

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  • I like the world building and that there are actual rules to the horror.
  • Cute relationship with decent development and both sides being good to each other
  • Both mains aren't too frustrating and develop. I like that MC also had time to not always be a coward and actually shine
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  • A bit too short and not enough pure romance moments that don't get interrupted
  • MC will fall into the trope of "book/story plot is key" but doesn't get too frustrating
  • Climax-> ending leadup is so wack, stakes raise to the extreme max and sudden angst. ML also has to really suffer for his happy epilogue
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GoldenTiger0
GoldenTiger0 rated it
November 27, 2022
Status: Completed
This novel may seem to be a sweet-type one from synopsis but it mainly focuses on various supernatural events around MC and ML.

It's quite scary at times but fortunately you get a perfect dose of fluff or comedy at right times to reduce the horrific tension.

Plot: Our MC transmigrates into a supernatural, that is a kind-of perfect parallel world to his own, novel. This parallel-ness is evident in the fact that all the events before entering the high school are highly matched to his real life. Him losing his parents,... more>> his grandma staying in the same hometown, the same high school and the nearly-similar academic performance. But the difference would be the sexuality of OC, having had a boyfriend, having bad communication with grandma and of course, the striking existence of different roommates, protagonist and the ghosts. The supernatural incidents are interconnected and some of the differences in this world are due to their existence such as the grandma.

At first, MC simply wants to live his life as usual. But he knows that in the future, he might get stuck in a supernatural event and the protagonist would help him, given that he had helped him in enlightenment regarding love issues. So, he plans to do his duty of love mentor well in order to gain help of protagonist later. So, he plans to follow the plot to the point.

Spoiler

But, on the night of the first haunting, MC gains the ability to see ghosts. And when the protagonist gets hurt and MC realises that he feels the pain. So, he realises that his pain sensors are connected to the protagonist, perhaps even his life. And thus, he starts helping protagonist actively.

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Later, MC follows the protagonist in discovering the different mysterious objects as he slowly gets used to this life and realises that it's real. And along the way, he falls in love with the protagonist. Unfortunately, he thinks that the protagonist won't like him as there are so many suitors better than him.

The two solve the situations and slowly get together too.

Now, to the characters:

    • Ji MingXia (MC) - A very humane person. He has his own bottom lines. At first, although he adapts to this life quickly, he subconsciously regards it as a dream due to the presence of ML. Only when he reaches the university that highly matches the reality and sees ML there too, he realises that he's really in this world, not a dream. Sometimes, his IQ becomes doubtful, even as a normal person. Only sometimes. MC's Hidden Identity [Big Spoiler;Risky to Read]:
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      Cause he transmigrated, he's kind of same as the mysterious objects. As a human being, he has more power, but he always considered himself ordinary so we never knew. He's prey to objects at start cause he didn't absorb any object but soon he becomes OP unknowingly.

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    • Yu Ning (ML) - Kind of OP, with an unhappy and cold-shouldered past. At first, he regards MC's help as a scheme but when MC helps again, he starts regarding him as his light. This makes you feel that ML will kind of simply fall in love with whomever treats him good the first time and it really feels so. But, there's no if. In this life MC helped him first, so it makes sense. So, what happened has happened. You can't change. Once he hears MC tell him his ideal partner, he works according to it. He becomes a vinegar vat easily. ML in Novel wasn't able to use mysterious objects. This change is a butterfly effect.
    • The Villain - Definitely not the OgML. Please don't think of various conspiracies of OgML-turned-Villain. I felt awkward, maybe you'll feel too. You'll know the villain's identity by the 6th incident. They're just a bunch of people doing evil in the name of greater good. The institute researchers although aren't the villain but they sure don't have much of moral and humanity conducts that they should have had. They're a bunch of mad scientists it seems, especially when you read the monologue of ML describing his stay there.
Now to the supernatural incidents:

All of the incidents that happened around MC are related to ML somehow and they discuss each and every of it together. There's one that happened to MC only, the hometown one. That one has been told to ML too, not like one of the reviews says. It's not mentioned when does MC told ML about it but ML later refers to this incident in his monologue.

The monologue is in the spoiler.

Spoiler

This is the monologue of ML referring to the incident:

When he learnt that Ji Mingxia had managed to cause the copper coin to disappear, Yu Ning immediately announced his relationship with Ji Mingxia in a high profile way so that all those who were secretly prying would focus on him.

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List of incidents (Small Hints Only, Maybe Not Even That) :

    1. School Haunting: A ghost is haunting Yu Ning and wants to possess him.
    2. Perfect Resort: When strange incident or an accident occurs, people forget about it the next day, sometimes even the ones involved. It's as if it had never happened.
    3. Forest Killing Game: In a trapped area, a monster stages a hide-and-seek killing game, resolving to kill all.
    4. Aging Village: When Ji MingXia goes home, he's surprised to find that his grandma has aged a lot in this life. Not only her, but all the villagers.
    5. Stalking Eyes: A teenage actress feels the stalking eyes. They're all around.
    6. Rotting Curse: Someone wants to prevent a curse and aims at those around him.
    7. Rubik's Maze: All the people in a hotel have vanished. Where have they gone?
The ending seemed a little hasty, especially the part about the mysterious objects riot around the world.

In the end, the story seems to be a destiny. The events were bound to happen.

Spoiler

I wonder if the novel was written by Yu Ning himself or someone helped?

In Yu Ning's monologue, he mentioned that he didn't appear in front of Ji MingXia cause he didn't dare to do so, but I think he didn't appear cause then the past would've changed and this Ji MingXia would've never met him otherwise.

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Some small details that were left at start such as the homework page, data in mobile phone, meal card and the mirror being ordinary worked well to make up the ending.

A character that I was worried about was Grandma Ji of novel world but, she's not alone at the end of novel while I was afraid that she might have become very sad. <<less
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CranberryAndLemons
CranberryAndLemons rated it
October 4, 2022
Status: Completed
It's really good. Coming from someone who's on a streak of dropping novels in the middle cause it's getting draggy, etc.

The length of the novel is bittersweet cause the story flowed with a good pace, revelations revealed seamlessly but now I am sad that I finished it already lol.

I thought MC being scared, bit sloppy at first would be annoying (in contrary to otherworldly MCs in other horror novels who are just so clever, calm, cool-- which is the ML in this novel lol) but I loved it unexpectedly cause... more>> gives him the essence of a normal person and he does adapt well as it progresses that in the end despite him being quite good near the end, I still view him having that sense of "normalcy" (?) thus making me root for him more. ML is also good, never forced MC, just always taking care of him etc. Quite hard to find obsessive MLs not crossing the line in these type of novels tbh. But thankfully, he is good-- also despite being that genius, collected, calm setting, he really feels human too? Like I get they have plot shield but there's this feel that something wrong might still happen to them and I am still lowkey scared that they might F up and die. (Esp. In the near end arc)

Give this novel a chance, though the summary is indeed a bit weird lol, none of those happened. And maybe the horror challenges, etc., aren't as detailed and interesting as other horror themed novels-- but the focus seems to be more on the characters' development and their bond as well which made me love this novel. (MC and ML are just sooo rootable and endearing cause they feel human lol) <<less
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Poochi
Poochi rated it
November 27, 2022
Status: Completed
This was a great read with a perfect combination of horror with romance and the pacing was amazing! I personally love QT more because of the fact one plot line stories feel dragged out for so long but in this one it never felt boring. At some points I was worried the transition of events would be weird however it was flawless in my opinion. Golden Tiger's review says everything I think is important.

My main point of this review however is to thank the translator and the author. Nothing ever... more>> confused me and the wording was easy to digest while being able to paint a picture of the scene. Heads up to others, this author really loves driving in the horror aspects and atmosphere when they want to! Ending felt a little lack luster because I expected a little more dog food and some extras but it wasn't disappointing. Thank you for everything! <<less
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sailboater
sailboater rated it
November 17, 2022
Status: c132
You can tell that the author rly likes horror/gore genre both from the descriptions in the novel and from the fact that some of the plots/schemes were a bit over explained. Like, the author clearly really wanted you to get it, which I respected bc some of those descriptions... yucky. I'm new to the genre, so this rly helped a lot LOOOOL

With that being said, I don't think this novel was ever supposed to be super serious. There were a few plot holes im surprised ppl didnt mention specifically because... more>> it drove me NUTS

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there was this entire part where MC found out that the orphanage director ML grew up and was abused in was behind a whole bunch of hauntings, but MC never thought to mention it to ml? and ML was specifically isolated and bullied bc ppl associated him with ghosts and bad luck, and a few of MC and mls missions were specifically tied to this person. I felt like the author did forget that they had previously revealed it bc it was mentioned and was tied up later mls parents (who were associated with the hauntings as well) admitted to being in contact with the orphanage director, but the entire time I was so stressed waiting for MC to bring it up... only for him to completely forget about it, apparently (?)

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Something that also always drives me crazy is the whole "straight uke/seme" tags in gay novels, but it particularly enraged me in this case, mostly bc I feel like MC rly resonated with me though I cant exactly remember why. like, ig I cheated on an "am I gay" test when I was 13, so its not like I havent been there, but I know that the author truly means for MC to be straight which like, this guy? be serious.

Finally, another reviewer already mentioned this, but I dont love how ML explicitly falls in love with MC bc MC was the first person to be nice to him. ML doesn't really make any other friends either, so once I noticed, it was a little hard to stop. I think I would have preferred it if ML did at least make friends so that he could tell the difference. furthermore, I occasionally felt like he was a little too cookie-cutter perfect lover. hes handsome, a genius in school and in mystery solving, has the skill and ability to physically fight off monsters, is quite possibly the most powerful human that can wield supernatural items, meticulously takes care of MC, and hes a top. too much of a fantasy

despite everything ive said though, this genuinely is my current fave novel. whenever I see it updated, I save it for last so that I can savour it, and in terms of enjoyability its a def 10/10, and its probably gonna go down as my fave novel <<less
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RottenDumpling
RottenDumpling rated it
October 24, 2022
Status: --
I created an account here just to gush about how much I love this novel

Ngl im up at chapter 90 so far and I just started reading this 3 days ago

usually id get tired or a bit bored at this point but still continue, its only after reading this novel did I get invested the whole way and not once wavered. Every day after id sleep, id think about when I can continue reading this wonderful novel so I was a bit startled lmaoo

something about the way the story's structured... more>> about the ghost events and the budding relationship between Mingxia and Yu Ning just keeps you HOOKED

about the characters:

This is the first time i've actively fallen in love with BOTH the MC and ML...

MC is not overpowered but that just makes u root for him and become even prouder when he does things correctly!

ML may be strong and has the general 'protagonist halo' but it works for him and never once felt over the top. You see how he thinks so it just feels natural and really feels genuinely badass.

I also expected Yu Ning to u know-- be a bit TOO MUCH in terms of the possessiveness but so far, not once did he ever go beyond Minxia's boundaries. AND SOMEHOW HE'S BECOME THE BEST ML IVE READ ABOUT AND IM SO UPSET THERE ISNT MORE MLS LIKE HIM

the perfect balance of 'i can kill you' and 'i will never hurt you', , , thats what im looking for folks PLEASEEE

i do admit that id like to see more scenes of Yu Ning falling even further in love with Mingxia... bcuz while I do think its totally normal and even understandable to fall in love with someone just for being nice to u, itd be nice if the novel shows what parts of Mingxia he loves and vice versa with Mingxia
ahem, as for the plot-- ITS GOOD so good. The pace may sometimes feel slow but in the end I think it pays off. The plot is interconnected so it creates this expanding world, especially about this mysterious man with the mysterious items.

The side characters so far are also decent enough, they dont get nearly as much screentime as the main cast but they get the job done heh

Its just so fun to read and I think people should give this novel a chance hehe <<less
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dday0425
dday0425 rated it
October 14, 2022
Status: Completed
This novel exceeded my expectations in terms of horror. The events are thrilling. All the ghosts and monsters are scary. The sequence of the story is well planned, and all the events are connected really well. The pacing is also very good. I wouldn't mind reading this even if it's not BL.

I'm normally not very fond of gloomy protagonists, so I was prepared to dislike ML. But to my surprise, the author set up Yu Ning's character very well, and this time, I actually disliked the MC more. It's a... more>> love-hate situation I haven't experienced for a long time. He's good (he's adorable and courageous when it comes to protecting ML and his family), but also f*cking annoying. I can't understand his mindset of fulfilling the nonexistent "missions", including binding himself to the original owner's role, when there's no mission for him in the first place.

He made many s*upid choices that made me want to roll my eyes. To be honest, I can't determine whether it's him running to danger or danger coming to him at this point.
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excluding the incident with his grandma, putting myself in his shoes, if it's my family who was in danger, I would've jumped in to fight the ghost as well.

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It's just that he has a connection with the organization that can deal with ghosts. Instead of informing them, he risked his life to fight alone. 🤦🏻‍♀️ In terms of romance and relationships, he's extremely dense. He enlightened fast; he just couldn't detect others' feelings for him at all. I was tired of his misunderstanding and of him pushing ML on other people, and ironically, this part of his actions actually lasted for a long time.

Besides, the ending was too abrupt. All the answers were thrown at your face in one chapter, and that's it.
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The most outrageous thing is that the evildoers didn't really get their karma. They committed so many atrocities, so many people died at their hands, yet it turns out they were just practicing and experimenting for the sake of saving the world? Wtf?

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MukuruA
MukuruA rated it
December 7, 2022
Status: Completed
Initially, I clicked into this novel, read the comments (which were largely not five star), and noped out. After the end of the novel, I figured I would try it out. No regrets. Binged this novel one weekend straight while compromising sleep. I am a few degrees more blind and many degrees more sleep-deprived, but it was that engaging. The author's writing style is actually quite methodical and logical. If she is going to mention something, resolution will only happen if it is related to main duo but there's subtext... more>> there. Much more on that in spoilers, if you want to read an essay. The author explains her world setting while backing it up with core concepts that gets repeated and substantiated. She also summarizes briefly if there has been some time between events, because during the writing of the novel there is bound to have been gaps in between chapters. Although there are horror elements, the main characters react in interesting ways to the world, going through scary events that are not sudden. Everything is well paced and well explained. After ending an arc, it was very natural going into another arc. The MC and ML are super sweet as well, and the author focuses on the duo first and foremost. If it is not logical for our MC to gain info about certain other people, she wouldn't go into it. This was Ji Mingxia and Yu Ning's story, not anyone else's.

The romance is actually quite organic, and Ji Mingxia is not actually as heavily influenced by the book. Initial impressions and actions may have been taken using the book as a guideline, but we can also see that he values the actual interactions with the characters. When YN suspects another character with a very logical approach, JMX is cautious and talks to the suspicious character before making his decision to trust or not. In the end, the book is actually a very helpful and mostly accurate guideline for JMX who has been thrust into a world and position he is unfamiliar with, not to mention that he veers off so far from the story that the original story kind of does not matter.

I feel like there is quite a bit of story untold behind the scenes that we can piece together by the subtexts of the story and by taking little clues from interacts of the MC with the people he meets. It could have been nice to have some extras to substantiate some of my brainrots, but since it was the author's decision/writing style to let the readers piece together some Easter eggs, I am also very happy with just running with my imagination.

Read more if you want my thoughts on hidden side CPs, analysis on the story, etc. Much spoilers ahead.

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First and third mysterious item arcs - pair of red rings. Lin Siyun, the identity of the female ghost of the first arc, and Li Youzi, have mad yuri CP energy in my opinion. Li Youzi's final line before death was that she will be reunited with her loved one. When one gets sick, the other stays behind of take care of her. In true gong fashion, she goes crazy after Lin Siyun's death and sacrifices herself to the ring for revenge. It is said that she had everything, looks, money, beauty. She did not need anything from the ring until LSY's untimely death.

We also find out by the end of Li Youzi's arc that Lin Siyun sacrificed her body and her soul to the red ring for beauty and intelligence. Lin Siyun died clutching on to her schoolbag and textbooks, crawling on the ground after getting bisected at the waist by a truck. Her dream was to enter the same school as Li Youzi. It is not explicitly stated, but I think she was crushing on her best friend and she wanted to be "worthy" of Li Youzi. She was not pretty nor smart, so being best friends then crushing on her school goddess friend might have been the driving factor for Lin Siyun to sacrifice herself to the ring. It is also stated that LSY did not sacrifice other people to the ring. Since the ring wanted a sacrifice, LSY sacrificed herself without implicating other people, which is at least way better than the douche team that handed off the rings to the two of them. LSY's obsession and the mysterious item caused her to become a ferocious ghost, probably looking for a body after death so she can continue her dream of getting into the same college as LYZ and being reunited again. The tragic ending of the two felt like foreshadowing for the date of our main du0, and I think I was right - at the end, some (fake) major character death and a crazy gong that goes to wherever his love is. I mean, the rings get worn by our main duo right after.

At the end of the second ring arc, we are introduced to Pei Yuan, the OG protagonist gong. It is reasonable that there is no love at first sight between the OG gong and OG shou, the situations that they meet each other in are completely different. The book version Pei Yuan was the light in Yu Ning's life, and in our new timeline, MC Ji Mingxia is the light of ML Yu Ning's life. (BTW I did sn**ger to myself and say, ah yes, the magical wand of d*ck enlargement was touched upon our ML the moment he decided to be with the very much bottom JMX. Actually, near the end of the story, JMX thinks that the world is self-regulating. If it needs a patch, the world brings in a patch. LOL if the world also patched ML's peen, but I suppose Pei Yuan could just have an even larger King Kong donkey dong and book version Yu Ning was just smaller in comparison.) PY and book Ji Mingxia actually know each other, which our MC JMX is surprised by, but he notes that book JMX was actually the love mentor for both YN and PY. You can't coach someone you don't know. When MC JMX accidentally calls out PY's name, PY was like, oh you look different, how are you, etc. PY also says some at-the-time cryptic things about how he hopes JMX is not mad at him, and that he just thinks JMX was too young at the time. Spoiler, it turns out that book JMX's boyfriend is relatives with Pei Yuan and was a toxic as heck boyfriend. I won't reveal the name so you can laugh while facepalming when MC JMX is being a dummy and fails to recognize the reveal of the toxic's bf's full name. (Actually, I would also forget the only clue, a last name, in between page 1 to 400 of a textbook. JMX was studying and ghostbusting in between learning the last name of his insignificant "ex" and learning the full name. Oh, and also crushing hard on Yu Ning.) The toxic ex is revealed near the end of the novel that he had coaxed the foolish book JMX into giving his kidney to toxic bf's own rich grandma who has lupus. Yu Ning was so mad when he heard about this, because book JMX was underage when he lay on that surgery table for transplant. Even the first legitimate hospital they went to refused to cut out JMX's kidney, most likely because he was underage and without his guardian (his grandma did not know! Evidence in a moment) and the person he was donating to wasn't even family, it was his toxic bf's family. The kidney did not get taken away because the rich granny ran away (thank god, she probably was like nope not ruining a young 'un for life) but book JMX has an irreparable scar from surgery. Going back to PY, it is alluded through PY's enigmatic convo with MC that book JMX was likely not happy that PY tried to force he and his bf apart. When PY says that JMX was too young back then, it was probably about the coerced/coaxed transplant.

JMX's grandma (during the fourth mysterious item, the coins arc) being so angry at JMX is understandable once you know about this toxic bf. The toxic bf took a bunch of benefits from his grandma's family even though the kidney was not taken, and he dared justify not giving anything to JMX and his family. He reasons that he tried to give JMX's family a portion of the benefits, but grandma was so furious to learn about book JMX's kidney almost being taken, she refused to meet the toxic bf and refused to take anything. This was her grandson's body and lifelong health, without a kidney JMX would have to take care of himself strictly to protect his remaining kidney, not to mention that during this kind of surgery, the doctor will actually take the healthier kidney to give away. (My relative actually has lupus too, so I know a little.) This means dietary restrictions and increased health risks for life for a decision book JMX made as a teen. The toxic bf benefited from book JMX's sincerity and used JMX's young mentality to guide him to do things, patted his butt and left JMX to most likely screw other people abroad. I speculate the toxic bf was doing other people because he was quite blatant and well versed in eyeing our ML Yu Ning later on. Super shameless! Hopefully book JMX grows better eyes after he comes back.

Anyways, I feel like Pei Yuan X book Ji Mingxia have CP possibility. Although other characters have alluded that PY might be homophobic, the book Pei Yuan bent for YN. JMX had thought back to his and PY's convo when the character suggested PY homophobe, and JMX had wondered if that was why PY said he wanted to break up book JMX and his toxic ex. But since we know through YN's convo with toxic bf about the surgery scar, it is likely that PY wanted to break them up because he knew it wasn't right for JMX to make this life-changing decision willy nilly based on the wiles of the toxic ex. There is still the possibility that PY might have or will gain feels for JMX. There totally could be a whole separate story where, major spoiler, when our MC JMX "dies", PY and book JMX actually reconnect due to that sense of guilt. Tong Jing, the mirror spirit, mysterious item arc 2, mentions to Yu Ning that he could just take the book JMX as a replacement. Of course, our ML would not take a pale imitation when he has experienced the glorious light, so he goes crazy cultivating the mirror to reach MC JMX. However, for PY the book JMX would be the OG and there would be that layer of guilt PY has from asking MC JMX to save the world. PY had thought, in the final arc, that he never suspected JMX to be the dangerous humanoid mysterious item that his bell was warning him against. Pei Yuan wanted to protect the ordinary people in the world, people like JMX. There's room for angst and meeting up again, and book JMX is type of the ordinary person that PY has been working to protect with his life.

Is Pei Yuan suitable for book JMX? Is he a good, wholesome gong? Our MC JMX once speculated that he preferred Yu Ning when reading the book over PY, because YN had flaws while PY was too perfect for JMX to relate to. Although ML questions why PY appeared after arc 3, we see later on that it was someone else pulling the strings. There is not a lot of mention about PY, because this story is not about PY, and it would be difficult for our ordinary MC JMX to learn about a secret government official that he honestly does not care about that much. PY was probably really busy, since we learn in the final arc that mysterious items have actually been rioting ever since MC JMX's appearance. All in all, if we combine the mentions of PY, I think the description of PY being wholesome and good from the book can be said to be true, and book JMX could possibly have his own romance story after the end. Since Yu Ning took all the lingering mysterious item energy remaining in the special forces near the end, I infer that PY's lifespan is probably also lifted from ~50 years cap to a normal lifespan. They could totally have cute long lives together - or maybe if PY thinks his lifespan will still be short, there's angst there too.

I would also stretch this to Ye Chen, the book second ML. Since Ye Chen is an ordinary (and super rich) guy without the horror elements from the mysterious items, he might go to book JMX, not knowing he was different, find that he was switched over, and there is potential for CP there. Ye Chen once thought upon first meeting MC JMX that he was attracted to JMX's face. Book JMX has the same face, so if Ye Chen wanted to have his white moonlight, there might be that rich CEO x substitute turning to real love vibe.

Those are my most prominent brainrots, thank you if you read everything thus far. In fact, dm me on my twitter @agiles_rune if you want to just talk and you have a similar mindset to me after reading this novel, ahaha.

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secondthots
secondthots rated it
December 5, 2022
Status: Completed
Don’t You Like Me meets transmigration

It’s a good novel. I didn’t look at the tags when picking it up, so consider me surprised when I saw that there were horror elements. MC transmigrates into a side character from a novel, tries to get the book protagonist—who’s the “ultimate shou”—his happy ending, but flop. It’s not a new formula; this just so happens to he spoopy! But I really did enjoy reading it. I thought the horror elements were really nasty—which is a good thing for its genre. I do regret... more>> reading most of it at night before bed. The foreshadowing wasn’t that bad, the romance buildup was believable, but the ending could have been paced better. That’s just my nitpick. Side characters weren’t that memorable; the story revolves around MC & ML.

If you want some spooks, romance, & transmigration—be sure to read! <<less
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ShayleeCox
ShayleeCox
December 5, 2022
Status: Completed
Loved it, definitely read it. Also the translation site has a good amount of ads but they are from reliable sites. That’s super random but I almost always click the ads accidentally. So it’s super reassuring that I’m being taken to Walmart instead of some sketchy third party company.
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Fisukisuki
Fisukisuki rated it
December 5, 2022
Status: Completed
Totally Such a Wild Ride of Novel!!! It has such Amazing Plot!!!

And far different from the Summary...

In the beginning of the first arc I though it would be just about Ghost Horror Novel, but since the end of the first arc we already introduced to the Mysterious Items things.

... more>> And then the second arcs. We get the sense of Horror of Mysterious feelings and Monster/Weird Creature thing.

But the way the Author wrote the story doesn't make us feel the scenario was Out of the World or Out of Theme. It was still Interesting even Intriguing!

The whole Mysterious items sure does make it slightly Fantasy Supernatural feel, but the Horror never leave the story!

Anyway it was so much different from what I expected but in Good way!

Now let's talk about the Characters. Especially our MC.

In the beginning MC felt slightly act like a Damsel in Distress. But it's normal because he's an Ordinary human being who suddenly can see Ghost since Transmigrated! He's scared and confused. But he still chose to be nice to ML without the intention of ML knowing about it. Of course... That failed so fast. Classic ~

Anyway, MC's character growth was Splendid! While he's no Genius, he can use his brain. He's no Badass, but also not Coward. And he's no Reckless!

And he's equally Protective toward ML too!

Then the final final arc... ML's dedication and Love... Aiihh... Better no Spoiler...

The point is this Novel is Soooo much Better than Expected and the Ending was a Relief and Satisfactory!!! I'm Truly So Happy I want to cry!!! <<less
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