The Star Around The Sun


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Xia Xingcheng, with average acting skills and appearance, had been a small star in the entertainment industry for six years. But one day, a famous director invited him to act in a gay movie titled “Gradual Distance” with numerous award-winning movie emperor Yang Youming. In the movie, they had a sweet love; out of it, there was polite coldness. In the movie, they had a sad ending; out of it, they had an ambiguous feeling. The contrast between what was in the movie and what was outside of it often made Xia Xingcheng unable to find himself. Because of Yang Youming’s guidance, he had stepped into the ranks of actors, but also because of Yang Youming, he couldn’t distinguish between what was reality and what wasn’t.

Xia Xingcheng didn’t expect that the movie would finally push him into the abyss of pain and happiness.

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New A.mikki rated it
July 21, 2020
Status: c33
I usually don't review, but I figured I should warn those who get secondhand embarrassment. It's really good so far! I like trying to interpret the ML thoughts from what the MC see, and the MC is really cute (though a bit distressing). However let me tell you the the secondhand embarrassment is real! Some of these scenes are downright brutal for me; that is why I haven't caught up yet. Anyway happy reading!
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xinxie rated it
March 7, 2020
Status: Completed
I've been hopping from several translated CN novels but nothing could capture my interest for long until I chance upon this one.

This novel is very well written -- realistic and well paced as the same time, funny. It totally captivated me with enough details of the characters, their feelings and the backgrounds. The scenes in the movies they're making were described pretty well that I can imagine them like I'm in the set or as if I was the MC acting the part. In addition, I learned a lot from... more>> them and subsequently, enjoyed those movies immensely as each has a charm of its own, viewing from adult (genre or) perspective. I like every moments relating between the main characters but my favorite would be on the MC's feelings, in his emotional journey towards the ML from their first movie collab. I really think it's beautiful, and so was that movie. Every time I remember those scenes, I feel fuzzy inside and even can't help the anticipations, the longings, the gradual development of love, etc felt by the MC.

I really love both the MC and ML. They're really good together. Not over the top romance, just the right amount of it. I highly recommend this, but read it when you feel like reading it, especially if you are looking for a mature BL story (this genre highly relates to the movies they acted in in case you, the reader needs a heads up).
Thank you to the translator, littlemonster for your hard work.
I read up to the latest translation, c11 and then MTLed through the end. I can't extract myself in front of my laptop from reading this. If not for my internal organs screaming in pain, I would have finished reading this in one go. I just took few hours of sleep to rest my body a little and then continue to finish it. I love the author's descriptive writing style. Although there's a little flaw, it's passable for me compare to those other CN BL novels I read. <<less
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haruka3011 rated it
July 15, 2020
Status: Completed
I have read many entertainment novels but among them this novel is the best for me. Why? There are a lot of reasons and I don't know if I will finish saying this so I have made a list of facts for this precious novels.

1. In this novel, there are no revenge or face slapping (a little) , not about investor or actor competing for resources, et.

2. It mainly contain how the movie was shoot, how the actors

immerse themselves into the play and how they feel when they shoot... more>> the play. And you will see the different styles of directors. What's theirs beliefs is how they shoot the movies.

3. What's more interesting is that everything is from the perspective of MC. So you will also need to figure out the story from MC view. Even when shooting the movie, what's the director wants, what should be done to perfect the play, the MC have to figure out himself (of course sometimes ML help too).

4. There is no description such as MC is a very bright boy always smiling or ML is such a cool person or warn person. As I said, because the novel is from MC's view, what kind of person the ML is ? You need to figure out from MC view. And matters what one's personality is, I think it will be different to who you are interacting. And yes you can see that in this novel.

5. For the romance, I like both the interaction of MC and ML very much. For the MC, the ML is his idol so when they are in a relationship, he will show his love without reservation, he will get jealous and will try be his most important person because he love the ML. I like where the MC says "technically I still like girls but because he is Yang Youming that I like him".

6. For the ML, because he is the older one in the relationship, he will try to shoulder the burdens and try to considerate MC. But he is also a human being, so there will be times when he will afraid of disappointment, betrayal and hurts.

To sum it up, you should give a try to this novel and you will realize this is a hidden gem. In this novel, I like their relationship very much. They know themselves what they want, they know what their partner needs. So they will try their best to show their love. <<less
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rhianirory rated it
June 24, 2020
Status: Completed
this story has both pluses and minuses.

I really like the detailed descriptions of the movies and the MC's growth as an actor. At the start, both MC and ML have normal IQ and EQ and are more realistically portrayed than the usual for BL. They are just like the rest of us, having dated and experienced both relationships and breakups before they found each other, making them easier to relate to.

I also really liked the MCs' journey from confusion to realizing his own feelings, and that once he did, and... more>> circumstances permitted it, he acted on those feelings instead of dithering for 100 chapters. His action is so decisive that those around him think he's still too deep in the character of the first movie for quite some time, which leads to some mild conflict.

sadly, when they get together, the MC goes from level-headed to acting like

a 12yo brat. The personality shift was surprising and too abrupt for me; the change is all at once and suddenly it became the stereotypical 'older ML coddling and pampering his child lover' dynamic.

the reduction to a spoiled child while together with the ML is very off-putting, especially considering that his overall IQ and EQ are mostly normal otherwise, though he seems to have impulse control issues once in a while, (like at the company).


After the personality change, I was never able to regain my enthusiasm for the story and ended up skipping chapters here and there. The second half sticks close to the usual formula BL, (fluff and some drama when he gets blacked, but the ML takes care of it for him). There are some good moments as well as ones that made me roll my eyes and skip chapters.

rating this was hard because the first part is good and the second part is ok, with fluctuations between good and poor, depending on the situation. I finally settled on a 3, which is, I will remind people, not a bad rating.

as always, thank you to the translators. <<less
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LWH22 rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: 70
I read the 1st chapter here and it peaked my interest, so then I read it through mtl & now I'm at chapter 70 and it is pretty good actually. I thank the translator for getting me hooked. It is mainly about the interactions between the two main characters, which I like. It's very descriptive and at times atmospheric and I can imagine the scenes happening like a movie. I can see Xingcheng's character development from admiration for his idol to falling in love after seeing how nice Youming is... more>> to him on set (even if Youming may only be acting as his movie character who is supposed to be in love with Xingcheng's character in the movie). However, I struggled to understand Youming. I still have some questions about why he did some things like

when Youming asked Xingcheng if he liked girls, or was he acting as his character in the movie when he asked that, but then why was he acting as his character from the movie at that time after seeing Xingcheng coming out of his room with a girl in the morning. It just didn't make sense to me.

Maybe I'll find out after I finish this novel.


It is good, I recommend it. <<less
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