The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love


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An internet troll who wanted attention, the reader criticized his favorite web novel, saying: “The protagonist is dumb and the author is stupid.”

Author: “… Got it.”

Unfortunately for him, the author actually listened to his (troll) feedback. The formerly lighthearted tale of a cute harem master suddenly became super dark and edgy. The reader could only helplessly look on as the the protagonist was abused and betrayed, finally embarking on the road to becoming completely evil. Everything was a mess!

After that the reader transmigrated into a strange world. How come the person in front of him looks like the protagonist (evil undead version)? Just what is going on?!

Note: Du Zhe (读者 meaning Reader) and Du Ze (杜泽 the character’s name) sound almost the same

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04/09/18 BC Novels c96 (end)
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03/31/18 Ainushi Translations c94
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03/21/18 BC Novels c93.1
03/19/18 BC Novels c92.4
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metlife27 rated it
December 21, 2017
Status: c70.2
One of two novels that regularly update and one of my favorite novels so far. I just love the story and the characters, especially the baby phoenix chick (I also love Du Ze, Xiu, and old John). It won't be long until this novel ends but I'm so glad that I decided to give this novel a chance. I've read everything since the first chapter was uploaded and I'll continue to do the same with the last chapter
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KKristen rated it
December 8, 2017
Status: c63.2
The art and description make this novel seem like casual and silly BL-- but it's actually really good. It has a full-fledged story, and the plot development and action take precedence over any fluff.


Du Ze is a black-powder fan -- who writes terrible reviews and hateful comments on his favorite author's writing in order to draw attention to it and increase the novel's popularity. One day, his trolling accidentally goes too far, and the offended author changes his normal "stallion" harem story into a depressing and dark tragedy in which... more>> the hero destroys the world. Before he reaches the end of the novel, the despairing Du Ze is transported into the world of the story and to the hero who has already turned "black."


The two main characters, the reader and protagonist, are well-written and believable (despite the ML's protagonist-halo and otherworldly good looks). Their personalities and relationship develop slowly and surely. The dynamic between the stone-faced silly fanboy, Du Ze, and too-beautiful-to-be-true yandere, Xiu, is great fun to read. I particularly like how the author handled Du Ze's slow change in perspective from an outside observer to actually caring about Xiu as a person.

The pacing of the story is also very good, so it's easy to read this story without getting bored. The translation quality is GREAT, with helpful notes, frequent updates, and no difficult Chinese vocabulary to memorize.

The BL is also good. ;)

The minor downsides to this novel are that:
1.) None of the other side characters have major roles or developed personalities. (But really, this novel is only about the two main characters being in their own little world, so it doesn't really bother me.)
2.) It's still a parody of a typical "stallion" novel (you know, the ones where the protagonist has a golden-finger/cheat, rare treasures, god pets, harem, level-defying abilities, etc), so you have to be ok with those sorts of scenarios constantly popping up.
3.) There is an non-consent R-rated scene after Ch.50 that may offend/trigger some people. (Other rotten fujoshi may enjoy it, though... Just thought I'd mention it just to be safe.)

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. If you are a fan of stories with fantasy, parody, and the relationship between a dense/cold main character and possessive male lead, you will probably like this. <<less
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lallun rated it
November 25, 2017
Status: c57.1
The world building is interesting and is my favorite part of the novel. I'm not a fan of the romance though. Love is not domination, but throughout the entire novel the male lead is obsessed over controlling the MC and monopolizing him. This is clearly an unhealthy relationship, and while I understand that the male lead has been through a lot, I still cannot enjoy reading about the male lead's obsessive and possessive behavior.

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“If wanting to control something is liking.”

The man must stay with him all the time.

“If wanting to monopolize something is liking.”

This man is his.

“Well, Du Ze, ” he smiled and said to his utterly silent and only audience. “I like you.”

^ This is from chapter 26. Wanting to control something is not liking, wanting to monopolize something is not liking.

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CrookedCrown rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c25.2
Really love this manga! Not only is the story excellent, but the translator is the best at pushing out updates. I really love watching the protagonist's obsession and dependence on the Reader grow!

I also would LOVE to have a copy of Du Ze's doujinshi *cough cough* for educational purposes (/*/w/*/)
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MillenniumMoon rated it
August 29, 2017
Status: Completed
One of the best danmei/bl story I've ever read. And I've read a whole LOT. It's also extremely romantic and I just love the MC & ML.

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The ML starts off as very cold and paranoid which is justified seeing as he's been betrayed a lot but when he falls in love with the MC he's very romantic. (Giving him a ring and vowing that he'll destroy whatever/whomever hurts the MC, even himself.) The MC is great too, he never annoyed me which is a first since usually a BL/heroine will usually have traits that can get me irritated. (Childishness and being dumb etc.) I'm kinda obsessed with this story.

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Orange Oranges rated it
September 10, 2018
Status: --
I created an account just so I can review this story. The story is amazing. The author did a great job and the translation team also did a phenomenal job. I really wish more people know about this.

As for the story, I don't really need to say much since a lot of the other reviews have summed up everything I have to say. The story is well paced. The characters are well developed. I love the way they handed the typical Chinese novel cliches, its GOLD!
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Doytch Magient rated it
April 4, 2018
Status: Completed



... more>> precious.

★Let me tell you my exp. The first time I read this, I was like:

["hmm.. This story is kinda normal?

why is the place only rotate between the two of them?

this seems not that promising, seeing the both of them are the silence type -_-.. How can they deepen the feeling without much communications?

The f**k, Shou/uke is disability? Well, that can be romantic somehow.."]

then I put this novel on hold. Saving it when all my curren fav novels finished.

★The second time I read it again, I had forgotten most parts of the story so I began read from the beginning again.

i found out that things were relating to each other. Every part of plot, of the story, had its own meaning and function for the future part/plot. The story was built neatly, and the world wasnt only rotating around them.

They didnt just invite anyone they met as a comarade. They could pick the right ones bcs of uke's guidance.

The relationship between The main CP was mainly, unexpectedly deepened by the ever betrayed and most wary of human, seme. And how that can happen was really sweet and logical.


The most fav things I love in this novel is definitely the romance between cp. It's HE, of course but you dont know how difficult and how much sufferings must be sacrificed. And those are gonna make you squeeze your tears empty.


The things gonna reach its climax from 10 ch or so before ending. At the time, you really need to find an empty space, with no one around you. Dont let them distrub you. Dont read in class. You need to be focus. Pour all of your feelings into the story. Feel it. Be mad. Be sad. (Okay I strt to stray from the path of reviewer -_-")

The conclution is, this novel is amazing. <<less
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EndlessLove rated it
April 3, 2018
Status: c94
Oh my heart! At first, it was that cliche, OP halo, fast upgrade type of protagonist but it definitely works, because the main plot isn't really about that. The main focus is the reader and the protagonist's relationship. At the beginning, Xiu didn't trust him, for 3 years Du Ze let him practice necromancy on him. It was about trust.

I can't fully explain how much I love this story. The social barrier of the reader and the protagonists' mistrust and insecurity, both are being healed by each other.

Ahh~ I love... more>> this story so much. They believe each other and trust each other and love each other. The story comes around in one full circle and I was at awe. I couldn't stop reading especially on chapters where my heart was in a sea of tears. They truly definitely have to be in true love. Time and distance is irrelevant.


Stories are real, they live in our memories forever. <<less
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afuruba rated it
March 7, 2018
Status: c91.1
Not really that interesting. I read this to pass the time, while I wait for other novels that I'm reading to update. The translation quality is very good, but the story is not that engaging. I guess I just read a lot of novels with this type of setting and I find this one mediocre, not too good, not too bad.
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Midget_bunny rated it
August 16, 2017
Status: c6
Loveable MC definitely. There is manga/manhua? For this and from it I can see that MC somehow has expressionless face.

But, his monologues are too funny for me to handle. Recommend for light reading. Kind of fluffy.


There some kissing scene with skeleton. Heh

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dona rated it
February 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Honestly, it was OK. The beginning was really good, but later it got boring, mostly because of the MC. He was boring, bland, expressionless, quiet, shy, timid yeah you got it (the persona of an otaku). I wasn´t intrigued by anything he did. But obviously from the comments that type of personality is well liked here in NU. There was fighting, and friendship but felt like the author was just following a script. Nothing original. What I always hate are weak MC with no power. And thats what he is.... more>> Why I hate it? Because they need to depend on others to survive, that, or by luck. ML is a typical ML. Ending was wrapped in a very convenient way just for the sake of a happy ending. Still confused over how popular this novel is. <<less
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Snowwhitefox rated it
September 3, 2018
Status: Completed
I thought this novel was really cute. Good smut scenes, satisfying ending, absolutely faithful ML, adorable, awkward, deadpan MC... loved it. Worth the time to read!


The dragon form smut scene made me uncomfortable but that was due to.... the vivid imagery of pain. >_<

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Xx_Nekuma_xX rated it
July 22, 2018
Status: Completed
One of the best that I've read. It's pretty satisfying although maybe I'm not really that satisfied with the ending. It's actually the best ending, don't get me wrong but well. The drama ends! Love the story so much I remembered having to read it on the day I'm not supposed to. The yaoi part is, as always, so good I'm drooling from thinking about it!!! XD
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mirandalovesme rated it
June 16, 2018
Status: c96
Read the title of this story. What do you think of? A love story, right? Despite the heart-pounding action and funny hijinks, The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love is essentially a love story. Take out the love story and you would be left with a heartless, soulless creation.

It's not true that the sign of a good BL story is that if you take out the BL, it's still good. If you want to take out the BL, then read a non-BL story. How about this:... more>> the sign of a good horror story is that if you take out the horror, it's still good. &Lt;--- Nuh uh! Take out the horror from a horror story and all you are left with is "they went camping, nothing happened" since the horror parts are absolutely essential to the story.

Moving on, this is one of the really satisfying BL stories around since it has the following rarely-seen elements, all in one story:

  • humor
  • no "dog blood" cliches like misunderstandings or scheming female villains, etc.
  • a yandere seme who nonetheless never abuses the uke
  • lovers who dote on each other
  • uke who is not coerced and falls in love of his own accord
  • likeable ML and MC
  • interesting minor characters
  • true love
  • completely translated
There are many, many BL and non-BL romance stories here where I can't stand either the ML or MC. The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love has a silly, cute reader and a truly moe protagonist.

The best part? I really think it's true love. This is a story where I can actually imagine the two of them growing old together and staying together forever.

TL;DR - This is the epic love story of two lovable characters. <<less
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reraith rated it
May 24, 2018
Status: Completed
My first love. If you are into BL transmigration, this is a must read epic.
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OHtheNovelty rated it
March 24, 2018
Status: Completed
This ML is like a yandere but not so unreasonable. Yeah, he's possessive but he doesn't want the MC's body only. His path to conquering MC is to first slowly conquer his heart then indulge in some "bonding". Even when ML did harm the MC, he later vowed to destroy anything that would harm MC, including himself.

Overall, an a amazing story. The ending will surprise you guys greatly ;)

I'd add more, but everyone already said what needs to be said. This is definitely a must-read, you will regret not... more>> reading this, I swear! <<less
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yumesonata rated it
January 25, 2018
Status: c23.1
I very rarely write reviews, but this novel definitely warrants one. The humor is spot on, the characters have understandable motivations, and the emotions are poignant at the right times. Not to mention the translator is doing an amazing job.

For people who are a little confused about how the timelines work with the real world:

... more>>

The reader is a fan of the author and will write bad reviews to get attention (essentially). He's pretty adorable when he does this. On the author's latest novel, he writes a review that causes the author to change the plot a lot as compared to his previous novels. The reader has to go somewhere for a while and comes back to find that the author has taken his story in a really dark direction. So the reader knows a lot of the plot and is QQ about it. Then he ends up in the protagonist's/novel's world, near the start of the novel and works hard to help the protagonist


Seriously though, the reader is hilarious and probably one of my favorite main characters yet! <<less
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Rouge_of_Breath rated it
November 26, 2017
Status: c58.1
Simply one of the best that BL stories that I've read so far.

The story plot in and of itself is quite unique from the start. While other BL reader-transmigrates-into-mob-character-close-to-the-villain, this one is different in that it skips the reader (Du Ze) into the period where the original novel's protagonist has suffered the worst betrayal... one that he caused. From then on, knowing that he was the cause of the protagonist's suffering, he stuck by his side and devoted himself to the protagonist. In turn, because of this the protagonist became... more>> posessive of him and eventually fell for him.

Although the protagonist, like any other chinese novels, is overbearing and mostly unreasonable, he listens to what Du Ze has to say. He doesn't just discard his thoughts.

The development of the romance between the two flows quite smoothly, and in regards to the plot, I have no qualms over it.

Another good thing about this is the translation quality. The translator does a good, consistent job of updating chapters. The translation itself is really good, and there is nothing I can nitpick about it. The added pictures from the manhwa (manhua? I'm not quite sure which one is the right one...) of the novel is awesome too.

All in all, I give it a good five star rating ^^ <<less
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ResidentialPsycho rated it
September 21, 2017
Status: c26.1
This is a hilarious action/adventure/fantasy/romance story where an Awkward Lead meets an Extra-Awkward Lead. Du Ze, the reader, is a main character I haven't come across in many novels before.

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He began losing his hearing as he grew up and hated wearing hearing aides, so he pretended to hear and understand his classmates. When he started wearing them, he realized they had been making fun of him all this time. This turns him into an expressionless and aloof character, who usually keeps his mouth shut. His eyesight is also poor, but he manages that well with glasses.

Considering all of that and the fact that he has no combat ability, he really undervalues himself.


The novel's protagonist, Xiu, was a standard Gary Sue bishie until his undead nature was discovered, and his happy adventure story twisted into one more focused on betrayal and revenge. Since then, he became paranoid and distrustful, choosing to become a cold-hearted warrior to be feared rather than to be loved.

They are both quiet characters who hardly talk and rarely share their secrets or feelings, so the awkwardness overload of two stiff stoic characters is pretty funny. As Du Ze's actions completely alter the storyline of the plot, it's fun to watch him get caught off-guard as events change. As Xiu becomes interested in Du Ze, Du Ze only focuses on trying to build Xiu's harem like the original Xiu had and is completely oblivious to Xiu's feelings. The addition of other characters makes their interactions more refreshing.

One of the biggest things keeping me hooked is...

the mystery of how Du Ze was sent to that world in the first place. It looks like the God of Light and the Gnome God of Forging are both looking for him. Was it their doing, or did the writer actually take part? What do they want with him? Why do some of the other characters feel intimidated by the weakling Du Ze? How does the prophecy Du Ze saw play out? Did he really receive that doujinshi by accident, or did someone send it to him on purpose?


The daily updates and comedy have me looking forward to each new chapter after work.

The main weaknesses of this story are its rough pacing and minimal chemistry between characters. The pace is fast enough to even out the awkward passages of time, but they are still noticeable. The side-characters make Du Ze and Xiu more interesting, but I'm more interested in the developing yandere aspects of Xiu rather than the anticipated romance. <<less
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zrocks rated it
March 1, 2019
Status: Completed
This is actually perfect. It has everything - fast release (now complete!), great love story, plenty of action, plenty of H (you know what I mean) action, comedy, fast-paced plot, and likeable characters.

100% recommend this to all BL lovers who enjoy reading fantasy. Truly a 5 star reading experience.

If there's anything I want to complain about, it's that I wish it had more chapters! I feel like with 20 more chapters they could have explored more of the plot and expanded the epilogue. My mind was absolutely blown by... more>> the ending. That was the first time I saw that type of ending in a BL story. It was awesome. <<less
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