The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System

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“Can’t I properly read stallion novels anymore!”

Shen Yuan transmigrated into someone who’d tormented the young male lead almost to death, the scum villain Shen Qingqiu.

It must be known, the original Shen Qingqiu ended up being carved alive by his disciple, Luo Binghe, into a human stick, a human stick!

Ten thousand “fuck your moms” rampaged through Shen Qingqiu’s heart:

“It’s not that I don’t want to cling to the male lead’s thighs, but who made him so fucking black. The type who seeks thousand-fold retribution!”

Why have all the female lead’s scenes been forcibly given to him.

Why, as a scum villain, does he need to constantly sacrifice himself, blocking knife and gun for the protagonist!

Shen Qingqiu: “…I think I can still save him, one more time.”

A gong who starts as a loyal dog of a small white flower, and ends up as a blackened, mental case of a maiden X a refined scum villain of a tsukkomi-holic shou

This is actually a dogblood story about a master-disciple pair never doing honest work, fighting monsters, and engaging in romance.

It’s also a story where the villain personally witnesses how the male lead transforms from a little sheep of a white lotus into a dark tyrant O(∩_∩)O~

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Hệ Thống Tự Cứu Của Nhân Vật Phản Diện
[重生之]人渣反派自救系統
ตัวร้ายอย่างข้า จะหนีเอาตัวรอดยังไงดี
人渣反派自救系统
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maramel
New maramel rated it
June 6, 2019
Status: c81
Responding to the review below: "Secondly wasn´t MC´s goal to go home to his world? Seems like he just kinda forgot about it in the end and rode into sunset with his boy...." Son, did you forget? Did you even read the novel? (Hell, you don't even remember the reason why he kicked Binghe down?? The system was screaming for him to do it or else he'd lose system points = a death sentence for SQQ)

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Spoiler

MC has stated again and again: he can't go back to his original world because his original body is dead. That's why he was panicking in one of the chapters where he was about to get sent back to his original world after failing a task. Instead, he exchanged his points and opted for a punishment aka getting transported into the original Luo Binghe's universe and having his limbs cut off.

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I've always been a fan of novels where romance isn't the main focus. Scum Villain's Self-Saving System is about an avid anti reader getting transmigrated into a villain role of a famous stallion novel. Somewhere along the way, he unknowingly managed to capture the heart of the supposedly blackened protagonist who was destined to have over 600 wives. The running gag is that Shen Qingqiu is one dense mofo thinking that Luo Binghe is still the book's stallion novel MC but in reality, he's a crybaby maiden who really loves his shizun.

The author did a good job of balancing the comedy and the drama. At times I'd laugh real hard over Shen Qingqiu's deadpan humor and the side quips coming from the system, other times I'm nearly in tears because of the heartbreaking exchange between Luo Binghe and his shizun. This is my first MXTX novel-- I'm debating if I should read the best of the three for last (mo dao zu shi) but rest assured, I'm gonna check all of their other works out after I'm finished reading the remaining extras of this story. <<less
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dona
New dona rated it
June 5, 2019
Status: Completed
It was good and bad. What bothers me is that there was still no explanation from MC for kicking ML down into the pit of hell. There was no apologising for the way he treated him.

I´m completely confused about what ML finds so attractive about MC. He´s very stiff (granted he´s acting), inflexible, always serious and strict. It gets boring after 70 chapters.

Secondly wasn´t MC´s goal to go home to his world? Seems like he just kinda forgot about it in the end and rode into sunset with his boy....

Another... more>> thing that just made the novel feel bland was all the unnecessary fillers with all the completely unnecessary characters that didn´t hold much purpose to the story except taking space for dialogue. This author clearly has talent to wrap everything together beautifully but for a BL novel, MC and ML didn´t have as many scenes as you´d wish.

And lastly, goddamn I was soo looking forward to those extras hoping for some lovey dovey between them but nope. More fillers. Just what we needed... <<less
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NyxEclipse
NyxEclipse rated it
June 14, 2017
Status: Completed
So I'll be careful to no spoil anything here at least.

Honestly? The MC and his student are a hilarious pair together. Sure things get a tad bit angsty in the future, but what's a story without some good old drama?

The system never fails to disappoint. I swear it's so troll about its point system and quests that I feel like slapping it sometimes. It's a good reminder that our MC is actually not from this world.

So read this for the humor, sassy characters and hopeless puppy love. Yes,... more>> there's plenty of that is this novel.

So without any further delay,

Spoiler

The romance of the MC and ML can be said to be built on misunderstandings. Although, that is not entirely the case. The ML appears to have fallen for the MC quite early on, but the MC only really decided to accept the ML quite late, somewhere around chapter 80 or so? At that point the MC proved his decision to stay with the ML through some... really painful s*xy time...I winced inwardly at that part.

It was quite touching to see the ML's dedication towards the MC. (Dude hugged a corpse to sleep for 5 years wtf.) The earlier parts (before the system forced the MC to push the ML into the abyss) was this mutual happy daily life arc. Both parties were content with life as teacher and student. At this point, ML was a really devoted student and his fondness might not have crossed into love yet. Either that or he just hadn't realised his feelings yet.

Then came the 'I'm back from the abyss!' arc. It kind of threw the MC of guard since the ML came back faster than expected. But oh well, he went with it and tried to awkwardly avoid the ML as much as possible thinking that his student hated him for kicking him into the abyss. (As per the original story) The two kind of fell out because of this, so when MC was being framed for some crime ML failed to defend him, resulting in the MC being thrown into jail. After escaping with some help, the MC travels to a city and has a dream along the way. In the dream, he abruptly realises the cause for the strange the point gaining method thus far. This part was honestly gold. The rationalisation that the MC used to figure it out plus the ever so helpful kiss from the ML had me rolling on the ground in laughter for a good while.

Then MC fakes his death, leaving our little puppy devastated. Of course he returns after 5 years, but many thins have changed by then. This final arc helps to fill up some plot holes, introduce us to a deadpan father who says ridiculous things and give our side characters a little spotlight. The ending is a happy one despite all the hardships our MC and ML had to face. The troll system continues to troll, but at least it was kinda helpful towards the end. We are also treated to some extras including an interview where 'interesting' questions are asked about the MC and ML's relationship, as well as a an occasion where the original ML (the one from the harem stallion novel) and the puppy love ML are swapped. No, original ML didn't kill MC on the spot, but it was so damn funny how the MC realised that the ML was a different one. (Really? Your technique in bed is too good to be him?)

Come to think of it, a lot of the misunderstandings stemmed from the MC's initial over reliance on the original story's plot. Because of that, he kept misreading the ML, causing much suffering on both their parts. The MC also realises this near the end, thinking that if only he understood how the ML actually felt all this time, they could have avoided so much pain and suffering.

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I wish the translators all the best in translating this wonderful novel so that more can enjoy it! <<less
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Attica
Attica rated it
June 17, 2018
Status: Completed
Reading the Scum Villain's Self-Saving System is a ticket onto a true rollercoaster of emotions: heartwarming fluff, depressing angst, and of course lots and lots of laugh-out-loud humor. Like any good parody, it simultaneously makes fun of common tropes while also triumphantly embracing those very same tropes.

1) Story

The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System is predominantly a parody of the infamous power/revenge/harem fantasy genre of books, nicknamed "Stallion novels". You know, the whole "OP Protagonist is tormented and abused as a child, then gains a sudden boost in magical power which he... more>> uses to exact merciless revenge on his old tormentors--while also amassing a giant harem of beautiful ladies."

In fact, the protagonist of Scum Villain is a reader who detests one such particularly poorly written Stallion novel (starring the male protagonist Luo Binghe (LBH)). This reader's hatred of the novel is so great that when he dies, he gets transmigrated into that very same story. Unfortunately, he happens to be given the role of Shen Qingqiu (SQQ) --the "scum villain who tormented the child protagonist and cast him into hell, and was later brutally tortured and murdered by the grown-up protagonist."

As you can expect, our main character, the newly reincarnated SQQ, is very eager not to get brutally tortured and murdered like the original SQQ was in canon. He also has all his knowledge of the original book's plot to help him survive (and poke fun at the cliches). Unfortunately, he cannot act freely. His transmigration comes with a "System" which forces him to act in character and maintain at least some of the canon storyline--including the crucial turning point where SQQ traitorously casts LBH into the equivalent of hell.

The result is a perfect recipe for both hilarity and angst (though mostly hilarity). The story is vaguely split into a fluffy beginning (where SQQ serves as a Tsundere teacher to the adorable teenager LBH) vs. a second half that's both humorous and sad (where SQQ navigates a complicated/uncertain relationship with the powered-up LBH who returned from hell).

On a more general level, Scum Villain's Self-Saving System creates a vibrant high fantasy setting while parodying it at the same time. The use of magic and demons follows the usual tropes, but having SQQ giving silent audience commentary makes everything feel fresh all over again. SQQ successfully fills in many of the original story's plot holes along the way :P

Overall, "Scum Villain's Self-Saving System", is a cohesive and beautifully written story that uses even the smallest of details. Of course it's not absolutely perfect. I'd say the 2nd half of the plot has quite a bit of angst resulting from miscommunication, and the pacing can sometimes move at a breakneck speed. However, I personally find these to contribute to the story's uniqueness, as opposed to detracting from it. (ex: The miscommunications in question actually made sense in-character. The story definitely does not drag.)

2) Characters

I think it's fair to say I love every single character in the Scum Villain's Self-Saving System. It's funny because the original novel's characters were almost entirely 1-Dimensional, but the world of SQQ's revised story truly feels alive.

First, let's look at our main character Shen Qingqiu. I find his character to be super interesting for a MC. He manages to put on a "calm, smooth, badass" appearance, but we as an audience can see his inner monologues where he is always secretly freaking the hell out, swearing at novel cliches, and smashing the fourth wall. SQQ is a rare protagonist who falls under the "stoic sagely mentor" character archetype but hilariously subverts it at the same time. (Makes you wonder what all the other stoic sagely mentor characters in other works of fiction were always thinking beneath the surface...)

On one hand, SQQ shows himself to be incredibly intelligent, driven, kind, wise, powerful, clear-headed, and easygoing. On the other hand, he has clear flaws that naturally stem from those very qualities! His stoicism successfully hides his inner freak-outs, but also prevents other characters from seeing his true thoughts/feelings. His biggest strength (using the plot of the original Stallion novel to his advantage) also becomes his biggest weakness (thinking the living people around him are still the stereotypical characters they were in the original novel). And yes, it is extremely fulfilling and satisfying when he realizes and overcomes those flaws <3

SQQ is probably the first Isekai protagonist I've ever loved, and I adore his character. (... legit the only thing keeping me from cosplaying him is how he doesn't have an official design yet)

Now onto the other main character--the male lead of the original novel, Luo Binghe. LBH is a really fun character, with two obvious faces: the "innocent hard-working lamb disciple with a maiden's glass heart", and the post-hell "ruthless overpowered genius demon lord out for revenge". But instead of how you'd expect these two faces to contradict each other, they actually co-exist perfectly!! Given the unique way these two sides interact with other characters, every scene with LBH is a joy to read. (Interestingly enough, he technically falls under the trope of Male Yandere. But when reading the novel I never once thought of him as a tropey character, simply because his thoughts and emotions were written so naturally.)

As you can tell, I love both main characters. But the supporting cast also has its share of wonderfully 3-Dimensional people, each with their own badass/touching/heartbreaking/funny moments. My favorite side characters are probably Liu Qingge and Yue Qingyuan. Liu Qingge is absolutely hilarious as the unfortunate straight man to the SQQ/LBH chaos, while Yue Qingyuan is the warm big brother figure with hidden depths.

There's not a single person I can truly hate in this story, even the original "scum villain" SQQ or the spoilery Big Bad. All in all, I honestly have absolutely no complaints about any of the characters. Oh wait, I guess I do have one complaint--I wish the story was longer so we could get more time with all the characters :P

3) Overall Enjoyment

This is of course entirely subjective. But from my personal perspective... reading the Scum Villain's Self-Saving System was the most fun I've had in a long while. It had the perfect blend between drama, fluff, and humor (which I find pretty impressive since the original author seemed like he had a fetish for tragic backstories LOL). It never takes itself too seriously and has a great time poking fun at high fantasy popcorn novels, but it's also not afraid to tell an earnest story that delves into realistic human emotions and situations.

[Miscellaneous Comments: Since the author of Scum Villain also wrote Mo Dao Zu Shi / Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, a comparison is inevitable. I do love both works, especially how each fulfills its own unique niche! I will say that on a subjective level, I find Scum Villain more enjoyable to read. Its humor and fluff is relaxing/easy to digest and pretty much everyone gets a happy ending, while MDZS sometimes ventures into depressing/horror/tragedy territory. Though that's just my personal preference for comedy/optimism showing :P

Also of note, the BL romance in Scum Villain's Self-Saving System is relatively downplayed. While the interaction/relationship between Luo Binghe and Shen Qingqiu forms the absolute core of the novel, it only become a reciprocated romance near the end. Poor Luo Binghe has most of the feelings, while SQQ is completely oblivious for over half the story. I definitely did not mind this though, and found it felt quite natural.] <<less
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Gav
Gav rated it
May 15, 2017
Status: v1c4
Currently having fun reading this, the main character amuses me very much and the ability to comment on this is pretty much the entire reason I joined the forum in the first place.

I am very intrigued by the spoiler thread for this too. *___*
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solomaize
solomaize rated it
May 22, 2017
Status: c8
Only 8 chapters in, but this story is lit! The releases are a little slow, but it is worth the wait.

The BL tag grab my interest, but the humor sealed it. So far I'm okay with the MC. He got transmigrated into this novel that he hates as one of the villain. He is tasked by an editor-like system to improve the novel while not breaking character. If he does something OOC, he gets penalised by the system.

Fearing for his life and limbs, he is trying his bumbling best to... more>> find loopholes in the system so he can avoid the bad ending (like really bad). Anyway, I can't wait for the story to progress more. Especially to see the relationship progress with the ML.

Translator is doing a great job, I love the footnotes, lengthy as it may be, so jiayou!! <<less
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BitterSweetTea
BitterSweetTea rated it
May 30, 2017
Status: v1c6
One of the best BL novels I've read in terms of comedy and plot progression. The MC is hilarious, the ML is such an adorable bun and the side characters are all vivid in their characterizations. I've kept rereading all of the six translated chapters and yet I couldn't get enough of them!
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Ritu
Ritu rated it
May 22, 2017
Status: Completed
Complete and utter crack... The plot is something you might have seen before, the normal human hating the plot of a novel transmigrates into the the novel as villain. In most of the novels the MC strives to change himself and not be like the villain. Now the plot twist in this novel is that he is not allowed to act ooc. If he acts too much ooc then he can die. This plot twist has lead to many interesting situations. Very funny characters till now.

Edit. I admittedly dropped... more>> the novel in between because of slow updates but I picked it back up again and completed it in one go. It's such a gorgeous novel I am speechless.

Someone reviews saying they were confused that the MC forgot his goal of going back to original world ? And no that was not his goal at all. His original body is dead hence is why he is trying so hard to survive here. <<less
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rakuu-en
rakuu-en rated it
September 24, 2018
Status: Completed
I loved this so much after devouring all the English translated chapters available I braved the rest of it with my banana chinese. AND I FINISHED IT.

This novel. Is hilarious. Plotwise it is fairly intriguing by itself, if a bit simple; it doesn't compare to the hair-raising plot twists in Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, for example (yes, comparison is inevitable, I suppose), but neither is it glaringly cringey or gaping with loopholes, and it does its job of moving the story and the relationship between the two main characters along.

THE... more>> CHARACTERS. SQQ continually breaks barriers in breaking the fourth wall. The way he does so is just REVOLUTIONARY. He scathingly deconstructs the harem novel cliches of the original book. He scathingly deconstructs the new BL cliches that he is CURRENTLY LIVING OUT. Every time he encounters a character that fits your typical harem wuxia novel role, he scathingly deconstructs every single one. Hell, he doesn't spare HIMSELF when it comes to his immense skepticism. Whatever cliche scenario he's about to land himself into next, you can bet your bottom dollar he's ready to say something hilarious yet scarily incisive about it. I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this book, and thinking back on some of the scenes still makes me smile uncontrollably. LBH just... subverts all the normal cliches associated with the protagonists of such novels, by attracting an alarmingly dwindling number of girls (as commented on by SQQ), by being attracted to approximately none of them, and being a complete failure in building a harem (as commented on by SQQ), and by being, in essence, a Crybaby with a glass heart who hangs on to SQQ's every word (as commented on by SQQ. a lot. SQQ is savage in this novel, and we love him all the more for it.)

Is the romance in this novel ideal? No. SQQ spends a good bit of it being oblivious, which is hilarious, but I didn't really see how his initial horror at discovering LBH's true feelings morphed into genuine affection, when all LBH did was
Spoiler

kiss him several times against his will, lock him in a house against his will, and apparently sleep (or more?!) with his corpse for the 5 years he was presumed dead..... against his will

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That being said, the two have their cute moments and I did find myself rooting for these two deeply flawed characters in the end. I'm also glad the novel maintained its hilarity from start to finish- I would read this just for the laughs alone. If you're in need of some laughter in your life, this really is the book for you. <<less
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srrrahim
srrrahim rated it
December 13, 2017
Status: Completed
I am not a fan of BL stories, but this one looks interesting

AND IT IS. I am totally hooked (I even went as far as reading raw using MTL that gives me brain cancer, but I don`t regret it (●≧ω≦) 9)

The system love to troll the MC, and the plot is really good. The comedy is the one that cheer me up to keep reading it. And the romance and misunderstanding give me shivers

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Spoiler

The ML hug The MC dead body for 5 years. Creepy!. I am not a fan of Yandere, but The ML puppy love towards The MC really cute and I can`t really hate him. I love him even more ƪ (♥ﻬ♥) ʃ

The Original Shen Qingqiu has a really sad past *damn ninjas cutting onions! (ಥ﹏ಥ)
I cry a bucket of tears when I thought his elder brother had died. The original Shen Qingqiu thought that his elder brother is abondoning him, but he didn`t. And because of that, his elder brother is so loyal towards him (I won`t spoiler who he is, but you can totally guess it 😁)

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Just read it. You won`t regret 👍👍 <<less
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TheLadyWhoLikesBoyLove
TheLadyWhoLikesBoyLove rated it
September 29, 2018
Status: Completed
This bl actually has a plot and doesn't immediately go PA PA PA (S*x) it started out mild and then it's actually good because the ML is not blindly in love in middle part because of some misunderstanding.

Bitch this is good so you better read it that's all thank u
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Jass
Jass rated it
February 17, 2018
Status: --
I'd say this is one of the few romance BL novels that is fluffy and comedic enough to have male readers find some charm in this novel. Mainly because this sh*t is not just a romance, but also a gigantic parody of xuanhuan harem novels. Plus it's under 100 chapters which means they won't play out this comedy too much to get stale, and the fillers are practically non-existent as well.

In addition, the protagonist and male lead have something that I believe makes it stand out from the other chinese... more>> BL I've read - the subversion of the "seme/uke" or "gong/shou" trope. The MC is a man, and he makes it clear he's a man. He's not feminized or emotionally weakened with his developing romance with the male lead and keeps a firm grasp on his choices and freedom, condemning and portraying the ML's insane and obsessive actions when he attempts to obtain the MC's affection. This results in a much more balanced relationship dynamic between the ML and the MC. Much better than other BL that I've read.

The romance is light hearted and built up on a hilarious amount of misunderstandings. Yes, there is a s*x scene, but it doesn't come until the very last chapter. You can just probably just skip it with the extras if you don't want any smut.

For a majority of the time the novel barely takes itself too seriously, and while it does become a lil dark, it still retains the comedy as you read on.

ML + MC pairing is very cute and believable as well, you can see how the MC starts to develop feelings for the ML. <<less
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ResidentialPsycho
ResidentialPsycho rated it
September 23, 2017
Status: c21
The MC wakes up as Shen Qingqiu, a nasty teacher that the original Luo Binghe grew up to torture to death. He must act in-character as Shen Qingqiu while trying to preserve his life. To avoid his death flags, he decides to become the MC's ideal teacher and starts spoiling and favoring him.

This naturally results in jealousy from the other students.

As the MC is completely oblivious to Luo Binghe's affections, it's pretty funny to see how he misinterprets all of Luo Binghe's actions. Luo Binghe definitely hints at liking Shen... more>> Qingqiu early on in the series, but Shen Qingqiu only sees it as Luo Binghe trying to build his harem.

I am really looking forward to the actions the MC must take in order to stay in-character and continue the plot lines without being eliminated by the system. The future betrayals that must occur will risk the MC's fate on the line.

This is a fun action/comedy/Xuanhuan that is well-worth trying out. <<less
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baruna
baruna rated it
November 24, 2018
Status: Completed
Really enjoyed this! I finished the entire novel + extras. If you're fluent in Chinese, it's not a difficult read at all (unlike TGCF, for example).

Though it's not MXTX's most polished work, I'd have to rank this as my favorite novel by her, and one of my favorite BL novels of all time. This is because the dynamic between the main characters hit all my pleasure points. Yes, I like this more than MDZS. I'm partway done with TGCF but Scum Villain is a very compact, succinct novel, which is... more>> what I like about it. <<less
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Kleep
kleepart rated it
November 28, 2017
Status: c24
One of the best Danmei on NU in my opinion.

The story is well thought out and well paced. The characters are well fleshed out and interesting, there's a lot of great humour.

The action is exciting, and the drama is just right.

I'm a huge BL fan but I think that anyone could enjoy this. The translations are also excellent, which really improves readability.
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akihiki
akihiki rated it
November 10, 2018
Status: c41
You won't regret reading this. The MC looks cool and aloof on the outside while he's criticizing the novel, having internal freakouts and occasionally being a super-fan on the inside. He's an incredibly enjoyable narrator who manages to make the best of the ridiculous (and sometimes terribly tragic) scenarios he's in... That usually he puts himself into unknowingly. He's quite an oblivious MC but with good reason.

Spoiler
  1. He's terrified for his life as the ultimate scum villain of the novel, so he's super paranoid about anything that will lead to a Bad End
  2. He's memorized read the book thoroughly enough that he expects the characters around him to be the same as in the novel, but they're not because of his presence.
  3. ... He's a tsundere written so well I didn't even know until I read the spoiler thread with excellent character analyses.
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
September 10, 2017
Status: c21
This is another good yaoi novel that actually focuses more on the plot and world-building rather than just fluff/smut. While it has a few flaws, it's still a good read.

Summary:

The main character reads a poorly written "stallion" novel (the type of xianxia story with an OP, vengeful, cheat protagonist with a giant harem) and calls it a "stupid novel" before unexpectedly passing away. Upon awakening, he realizes that he has been transported into the world of the novel -- and into the body of a scum villain who will later... more>> be brutally murdered by the protagonist.

The world's "System" informs him that if he does something out of character, he will lose points. Having zero points will send him back to his original world and (dead) body; a death sentence. The only way to gain points is to assist the protagonist, participate in plot-based "missions, " and help the protagonist become cool and OP -- but won't this also lead to his death?!

The main character endeavors to become a good teacher and latch onto the protagonist to survive. However, the protagonist is becoming strangely attached...

Review:

For now, I would like to give this 4.5 stars.

The world-building and plot is detailed and interesting, and even though it's somewhat predictable, I can't wait to see what happens next between the unfortunate teacher and puppy-like protagonist. The protagonist changed his bad opinion about the main character a bit too fast, but since then their relationship is developing slowly and steadily.

The side characters in this story (other than the main character and protagonist) aren't developed much so far. The other male characters might develop more later, but currently this story is suffering from a common symptom in yaoi/BL stories -- boring and poorly-developed female characters.

Overall, this story is still enjoyable to read, especially if you like the "reborn as the villain" and "overly attached male lead" tropes.

Update:

I'm happy to say that this novel improved quite a bit as time went by. Life continues to be unfair for poor Shen Qingqiu, but somehow the rising amount of unfairness directly correlates to how invested I am in this story. It's frustrating but addicting. Can't wait for new chapters...

Luo Binghe seems to be heading on the yandere route. The other side characters continue to be two-dimensional and I'm constantly forgetting who's who. But overall, the pace and emotional content in the novel has really picked up, and I'd recommend this to any of you Xianxia BL lovers out there. <<less
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vinzha
vinzha rated it
February 12, 2019
Status: 61
So after reading Mo Dao Zu Shi (The Founder of Diabolism), I decided to read all of the author's novels (thankfully only three thus far). Naturally I decided to read the first one.

Straight away, the plot to this story is very concise and simple. The novel doesn't make the readers jump through hoops to understand what is happening, and I think it's simplicity is well done. Even while transmigration between the modern and historical/fantasy worlds isn't my favorite genre, this one was written decently Partially due to the System. Basically,... more>> similarly to a game system, the System acts as an actual program that gives hints and keeps track of Shen Qingqiu's progress. I think it is implemented into the story fairly smoothly (it honestly could have been disastrous, but in this case it worked wonderfully in my opinion), as it suspends belief and acts as a comedic device for the majority of the story. I would consider the System to be the tutorial/first enemy as well as a recurring enemy/wingman. The places where the System is used is generally well-placed too. The system itself extends Shen Qingqiu's internal thoughts and original personality, and I find it's difficult nature and troll-ness to be better than boring and cheesy while also not stepping over the line into genuinely annoying and frustrating. Well done overall, even if it's not my favorite genre device. I WILL SAY that the plot was a little too simple for me, but I don't think the point of the novel was to become the new Sherlock Holmes. Just that maybe the resolution should have had some more time to reach its peak then settle.

Main characters time: Shen Qingqiu's external and internal reactions are also pretty funny, and he himself is a well-written and interesting main character who has understandable weaknesses but is definitely not weak. Especially in personality, which is extremely important. He's a very good narrator, both to keep the novel light and interesting, but also... he has an actual brain. And his thoughts are actually intelligent and diverse. The original scum villain Qingqiu's backstory is also utilized, which keeps both Qingqiu and the readers on their toes. I would say this story is more lighthearted most of the time due to Qingqiu's near omnipotent understanding on the original's Luo Binghe's life (though that comes at a price) and his lack of strong attachment (that also comes at a price).

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From the beginning, one of the biggest themes in this story is Qingqiu's inability to understand that Binghe is different from the original novel's. Even after creating a more positive relationship with him in hopes of saving his own skin, Qingqiu still thinks of Binghe as the original, with the original's tastes, eventual personality, etc. This is the root of basically all of their misunderstandings.

This can be seen early on through how he observed the original novel's members of Binghe's harem even when Binghe and the plot has deviated from that already. I would say that Qingqiu is at least somewhat able to see Binghe as slightly different from the original novel's when he was still a young untainted sheep, though as Binghe pointed out later in the Huan Hua, nothing he does personally after falling into the Abyss could make Qingqiu change his mind, because at that point, he already saw Binghe as the carbon copy of the original. I personally don't believe this started after the Abyss, but rather right at the moment before he pushes Binghe in. Even though the System forces Qingqiu to do it with the threat of his own life (20, 000 points overkill), the fact is that as Binghe pleaded him to listen, Qingqiu was looking into the future and not at the present Binghe.

Sure, Qingqiu could have probably handled it differently. It's possible he could have told Binghe that he is in danger now with his demonic blood released, and if he wants to be able to get more powerful and control it while also staying out trouble from the human world, he must go down the Abyss. But I doubt those ideas even crossed his mind. Qingqiu was already thinking too far ahead, with a concrete idea of who Binghe should be already in his head. Qingqiu even said it himself, that he never really considered himself as part of the story, but rather an outsider looking in. Even when he grew attached, he never truly differentiated novel verse and his verse.

This isn't necessarily criticism, as I'm just stating that these are all the reasons why Qingqiu acts the way he does, and it's part of the story inherently. And I personally cannot fault Qingqiu for it entirely. After all, to him, all of this was just a novel, all of these characters are part of that novel, and all he wanted to do from the beginning was to survive. To him, it was all inevitable. A flaw perhaps, in his character. But that's a pretty understandable flaw.

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Binghe, I like a lot character wise. He is a neat and refreshing subversion of the generic "macho dom masculine over-powered" male lead. He's clingy, sweet, a crybaby, likes doing the chores, a masochist with a praise kink. Even after the many tragedies that befall him, he retains a good deal of what he was when he was younger. Becoming the black lotus doesn't make him completely lose what makes him sheep Binghe, even when he does start committing crimes and fulfilling his demon lord role.

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Especially after Qingqiu died which... uh, yeah. Pretty much expected.

One part of the story not to my tastes was the non-con scene, which was non/dub-con for both characters essentially. Warning, it's at chapter 80. Context is that Mo Xin (Binghe's sword) starts to muddle his mind and that happens. However, Binghe stopped in the process and started crying when he realized Qingqiu was in pain which caused the latter to go "... why are YOU crying??? Why am I, the victim, now comforting the assaulter???"

It made sense, or at least had some relevance to the plot/story (Binghe's sword is a bit of a beep) but yeah. Still might be triggering to some so warning right here.

I do wonder why non/dub-con is such a popular thing in the bl community is. I see it in yaoi manga, in c-novels, in webtoons. Wonder why it has become the norm almost? History and society influence? Especially in the Eastern hemisphere. Like, its almost celebrated to an extent, or just very common.

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Side characters as well are fairly well done, though they aren't necessarily my favorites. I think there are many interesting relationships in here, though I'm not as attached to them as some other novels I have read before. The minor characters were a bit flat and not really fleshed out, but with the simplistic style, it's not too glaring.

I would say comparatively to Mo Dao Zu Shi, I do like the latter more personally. I liked the plot, main pairing, and characters more than in this novel. But the novels are in different worlds, both in verse and in terms of style. People who like one may not like the other. I will say I do like them both, however, even if not equally. They have different charms and dynamics, and both can be appreciated separately on a subjective level.

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sakurahime
sakurahime rated it
August 12, 2018
Status: Completed
Can't wait for the translation and try to MTL it. Not regretting it, turns out to be one of the best danmei. Now waiting for the donghua next year, author Xiu Xiu really know how to make the best plot with the best characters (even the support characters amazing)
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rICKY
rICKY rated it
May 10, 2018
Status: --
dude I need to gush about this novel. there's so many interesting things about it.

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I think it's cleverly structured (love the restrictions in the beginning to keep the MC in "character" ha. that was pretty smart), and I enjoy how the system isn't overwhelmingly present but is more used a plot device to move things forward occasionally. It doesn't feel like this universe is some sort of weird game to the MC where he's just detached. In fact, my favorite moment is when the MC realizes he's been treating ML like a chess piece. Sure, he always has had real feelings for ML, but in that moment, he realizes that he didn't have to strictly adhere to the "system, " and realizes the true impact of his actions on ML. I think he sees ML for who he is for the first time, instead of some caricature of a harem king from the original novel.

Another interesting plot point is that in the end, the "villain" is ML's deep insecurities over being his perceived abandonment by the person he loves. Which is truly subversive because the final boss isn't some overpowered dude that the characters have to take down, but rather a truly intangible thing that is only overcome with love (or okay...a badly written smut scene...). It's in line with the way the whole novel seems to be dismantling genres and labels.

But my favorite aspect is that ML isn't cool at all and is just a overpowered crybaby. And that is depicted as "happiness" instead of being a demonic overlord that has 3000+ wives. Like yea, ML is super useless and a crybaby but f**k it! He's happy, infinitely more happy than having all the power in the world and basically any pretty girl he wants.

Only disappointment is that it's never really revealed to ML about MC's true identity (like how he's transmigrated blah blah). Like yo...i have a hard time believing that ML and MC can be in a relationship w/o this coming up accidentally at some point. But else wise - a super super interesting BL novel. So many tropes are dismantled (and ok f**k, I kno, BL tropes are EVERYWHERE in the novel but at least the het tropes are dismantled??) and it makes for a refreshing, touching read.

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twilly
twilly rated it
February 5, 2019
Status: --
I absolutely adore this little gem of a novel! Shen Yuan is a human from our world who, upon dying, transmigrates into the cultivation novel "Proud Immortal Demon Way". However, the character he transmigrates into is none other than the stallion protagonist's abusive cannon-fodder teacher, Shen Qingqiu. He resolves to avoid the original goods' fate of having his limbs cut off and made into a human stick, and diligently works to repair his relationship with the other characters in the novel and hug the protagonist's thighs. As SQQ, he's absolutely... more>> hilarious, maintaining a cool and lofty appearance while going crazy inside. Somehow, with his cleverness and kindheartedness, this lazy, fussy, but loveable man truly changes the story, to the point where everybody cares for him and his little apprentice Luo Binghe falls for him!

This story made me laugh like no other. The humor is totally my style. The shameless system is hilarious and SQQ's brutal tsukkomis are the best! But what I really love is the sense of warmth running through the whole novel--everybody is really well-fleshed out and human, and you end up caring about them, from the cannon-fodder bullies to the hapless author, Airplane shooting to the sky (what a name!). Speaking of the main characters, they really caught my heart and I love their dynamic so much. Luo Binghe's love is deep as the sea, high as the mountains, wide as the oceans, and SQQ is endlessly indulgent of his sticky disciple. Binghe's idea of heaven is basically to live with his Shizun in their bamboo house, cooking his food, combing his hair, and waiting on him each and every second until the end of time.

This is the only novel that I can really say I found absolutely unputdown-able (not a real word but you get the idea). Touching, warm, funny, it just pushes all my buttons. I devoured all available translated chapters and am hungrily awaiting each chapter as it is translated. It invites comparisons with the author's most popular work, MDZS, which does have a richer plot and incredibly interesting and tragic villains, but this novel is still dearer to my heart. In fact, I think I can say that this is really my favorite novel. I'm glad to have read it. &Lt;3 I hope other people can also share the pure joy of enjoying this amazing novel! <<less
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redknight2004
redknight2004 rated it
December 28, 2018
Status: c47
I love this series so far, especially the MC, the ML's 'Shizun'. The MC is hilarious, extremely so, especially when he just cries over some of the character's stupidity while improvising with a straight face. My favorite type of character, let me tell you. The ML is kinda obsessive that it scares me a little, but the fact that he cares for his Shizun in that he's just an emotionally stunted child, well, that comforts me a little. I just love MXTX's novels!
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