The Job of an Imperial Concubine


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To pass as an imperial concubine, one must be professional.

Actually, the profession of an imperial concubine is pretty good. The emperor will accompany you in eating and drinking, and even pay you for it. What’s not good about that?

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New crimsoniv0j rated it
August 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Yep. 1/5 star.

The base story is quite interesting but the way it was delivered was disappointing.

There was no dept. Meh
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Stop staring at my username rated it
July 9, 2019
Status: Completed
I think that this is very much what To be a virtuous wife would be if the two leads did not meet at the right time.

Quoting Jiang Yongyu in TBAVW:

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"The Empress, she's the right person that he met at the right time. This is probably what is called fate."

If they had met later, like if the Emperor had already ascended the throne, then the Empress would, at maximum, become the Emperor's most favored woman but not his only one. She, herself, would not become Heng fei, but one of the many feipin the Emperor would have forgotten. She may not have even gotten the rank of a guipin.


because they met when the Feng Jin was already emperor for close to 10 years, it was unfortunate but


Up to the very end, Zhuang Luoyan was never Feng Jin's only woman and he never loved her the way He Heng was devoted to Qingju. It is also because of this that Zhuang Luoyan never truly loved Feng Jin.


The difference between He Heng and Feng Jin was that


He Heng knew Qingju hadn't given her full heart to him and he also knew why - she didn't have the assurance that he will only love her and protect her, so for self-protection and to survive, she couldn't give her full heart. It was his persistence that won her over, he showed her through his actions that she could trust him. Feng Jin couldn't give Luoyan that same security - she wasn't his only woman and he didn't love her as deeply. This meant that she was in constant danger of losing the emperor's favour no matter how slim the chance was. I was glad that she never fell in love because if she did, she could never see things as clearly which was really needed in this novel because the emperor was not above using her to maintain the power balance. Also, because she never loved, she wasn't hurt - Some of Feng Jin's actions were, although understandable as an emperor, disappointing as a man/ lover because he simply did not love deeply enough. Also, unlike He Heng, until the end, Feng Jin never knew that Luoyan didn't love him. He really thought that she truly loved him and like one concubine said at the end, he was pitiful, really pitiful because he couldn't even see through Luoyan's fake affections.


Parts I didn't like:


Tbh, Feng Jin's indifference to his children made him a really trash absent father. He already had a bunch of kids when Luoyan transmigrated over. I don't remember the princesses ever being mentioned and he wasn't concerned about his princes either, I imagine them only seeing him during events or when they caused trouble. If Luoyan's son wasn't a genius and the other princes not as capable, Feng Jin would be like those trashy emperors in other novels only doting on his favourite consort's son. (Although I think Feng Jin is too level-headed to make him crown prince if he wasn't the most capable.)



I felt that although I know what kind person Luoyan was - calm, decisive, rational and willing to take risks, I also never really knew who she was. It's like some sort of invisible veil around her? She is a fighter who is very perceptive and understood the emperor's heart. So the way she acted - from pretending to be honest with him (she was taking a gamble), to crying in despair (nothing was wrong at all), being upset that he didn't trust her (she wasn't upset cuz she didn't even love him) etc, was all to gain the emperor's affections or manipulate situations. I think her occasional monologues scolding the emperor and calling the concubines his little wives cute yet at the same time I felt that just like the emperor who will never know her for who she really is, I wouldn't know what she really is like with her guard down and what she's actually feeling when not acting (although I think we all know her better than the emperor lol).


This novel is more realistic than TBAVW and it is interesting to see how a beautiful woman (who isn't the prettiest) without talent in the four arts could rise in ranks and dominate from understanding the workings of the harem and the emperor's heart. Honestly her life is really tiring, constantly acting and being cautious, but she didn't have a choice. Feng Jin's life isn't that great either because he not only has to think about the matters in court/ for the country, he also has to maintain the power balance in the harem (which would affect the court) by choosing who to favour more and who can give birth... I actually think that why Luoyan could start being be so favoured in the first place is firstly because her family background is clean and not too powerful, secondly she is 'honest' and also gives him a place to let his guard down/ relax.

It's well written but I gave it 4 stars because I go in reading these type of novels hoping that the ML and FL fall in love. (But given the plot, I'm so glad the FL didn't, oh well) <<less
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Kurobito rated it
July 6, 2019
Status: Completed
Okay...... I have to revise my opinion for this story. After days of reading this novel raws. I find it's a bit depressing.

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If you ever think the emperor is gonna change his status from a polygamous person to a monogamous person who is only loyal to MC.... No WRONG! That ain't happening. The emperor still sleeps with other females even at the end of the chapter. He only highly favours MC cuz he thinks MC is interesting and feels that if MC ever dies, the harem would be a boring place. He thinks she stupidly loves him but NOPE. MC is just good in acting that she loves and care for the emperor until the end. In the end, the emperor might have love her but it wasn't declared much. Like you can only see through his action that he cares for MC.

Overall, the story has a lot of mysteries of death, attempted murder on MC but failed in the end. The way the story potrays really is accurate base on the ancient china custom. No Cinderella fairytale story. Personally I feel this story is not as good as to be a virtuous wife.

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adashoflemonwithlove rated it
July 6, 2019
Status: c121
I'm so glad someone's translating this! Ive always been very fond of Miss Butterfly's works and not to mention this novel is a harem drama that I'm crazy about these days.

It's fun to see how Zhuang Luoyan (transmigrated MC) rose from a low concubine (the previous owner was a brainless big breasted beauty) to the Imperial Concubine and finally gave birth to the Crown Prince.

Kudos to the translator! I hope youll not drop this. Ive only read this in raw and my Chinese was not that good so my understanding... more>> of the novel was not thorough. Id be glad to read this again. <<less
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August 10, 2019
Status: --
Based on the question in the Synopsis, "What’s not good about that?"

How about "Never being allowed to leave the palace for the rest of your life" or "Never being allowed to see your family again"? The only real use money has is to pay your servants, so they'll continue working for you. You can dress however you want, but hardly anyone will be there to see it. Once the emperor loses interest in you, you'll be abandoned, forgotten, at this point you'll essentially be just a pretty prisoner in a... more>> fancy prison, so expect there to be a lot of conflict between the concubines to remain in the emperor's favor. The job of an imperial concubine is basically to be the emperor's personal live-in courtesan, so it's perfect for a selfish beauty, but really not meant for someone innocent... <<less
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Jeanne_DG rated it
July 8, 2019
Status: Completed
The story is beautiful and satisfying. It ultimately leaves you feeling good.
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