True Star

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King of the silver screen, Fiennes Tang, passed away after years of fighting heart disease. He woke up to find himself in the body of an outdated idol male starlet. Since the heavens had given him a new opportunity, he decided to enjoy life to the fullest and reach the summit of the entertainment industry once again.

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巨星
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Rebirth of Chen An (5)
Reincarnation of a Superstar (5)
I’m Really a Superstar (3)
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06/09/19 Giraffe Corps c36
06/09/19 Giraffe Corps c35
05/22/19 Giraffe Corps c34
04/27/19 Giraffe Corps c33
04/07/19 Giraffe Corps c32
03/17/19 Giraffe Corps v2c31
02/20/19 Giraffe Corps v2c30
02/20/19 Giraffe Corps v2c29
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12/22/18 Giraffe Corps v2c27
09/01/18 Giraffe Corps v2c26
08/16/18 Giraffe Corps v2c25
08/02/18 Giraffe Corps v2c24
07/01/18 Giraffe Corps v2c23
06/03/18 Giraffe Corps v2c22
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ArgosYesu
ArgosYesu rated it
February 16, 2016
Status: --
Aish, this story. It’s Yaoi to the extreme, but I’m not one to care. If I had to give a Skip Beat explanation of it...

It’s like Ren Tsuruga died old and reincarnated in the young and depraved Fuwa Sho’s body and was currently going through a rise to stardom in the tone of Mogami’s OP rough ride to fame. Except everything is yaoi and there is a dark a creepily evil undertone to the entire thing with people selling their bodies and the introduction of a creepy drug trafficker.

Still... more>> good and awesome.

If you haven't read the manga, Skip Beat... it's fluffy~~ <<less
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Shio
Shio rated it
October 27, 2015
Status: --
As a fan of BL, this is a blessing from god. There's plot, there's logic (real life logic, not yaoi logic). It was very well written with a cool headed, mature character. One of the rare novel where I really like the story because of the main character instead of supporting character, even if he's a little bit gary stue-ish.

The problem? None of the love interest is decent. Sure they fit the tall, sexy, rich, dangerous troupe. I just don't really get their feeling and strong attachment for the MC.... more>> Sure, it's written that his personality was radiant, kind, and other adj that you attach to your usual protagonist. Yet the only one that seems to really click with him was Charles. Kill the Lights is cuter in term of romance. <<less
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makenai89
makenai89 rated it
April 6, 2016
Status: --
Reviewed at 96, rated 5.

I personally dubbed “True Star” as harem, yaoi version. However, it was the good kind of harem due to the MC’s level-headed-ness and the novel’s interesting plot. Aside of it, there were rare premise, solid characters, and plenty hooks packed in this novel, made it stood out among its fellow yaoi and drama genre. Its showbiz setting was also narrated attractively as the background for the characters’ interaction. All in all, this is really a true star.
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nixxara
nixxara rated it
March 8, 2016
Status: --
To be honest, this is one of the best yaoi novels out there.

I really admire the MC because he’s the type of character that won’t let things get to him. He doesn’t freak out when things go wrong and is really calm. *_* Can the MC stay single and love only himself?

Lol, because all the potential lovers in the story are really egotistical, arrogant, and self-centered.

Best MC EVER THO.
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Shierine
Shierine rated it
November 22, 2015
Status: --
One of the most well-written yaoi novel of all time, Juxing's best feature is its main character, Feinnes Tang. Unlike other, Tang is very cool headed (as the review above say) and full of charisma. In fact compared to the semes, I find myself falling head over heel for him. There is not such questions of why he gets all the loves he have.
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kedar080340119014
kedar080340119014 rated it
June 13, 2016
Status: c101
Oh man, this novel really shows the dark underbelly of the showbiz. The story starts off really strong however, I quickly realized that I had misunderstood the theme. I thought that the story, as the synopsis suggests will be a struggle of MC to rise to the top of showbiz world. But it is not. The LN focuses more on the weird and completely ****ed up AND sometimes forced type of relations between MC and other characters. The people applaud the pragmatism of the MC but to me it just... more>> makes me uncomfortable. You see too much pragmatism just makes it feel like the man has no feelings at all and this is where one of the major flaws of the LN is. The MC is described as a too much of a pragmatist and has a 'heart of steel' which just makes feel like a distant character and makes it difficult to connect with him. To me till now it just feels like 's*x for favors' part is what author concentrates on in the showbiz rather that showbiz itself. Its not that it is necessarily bad LN its just not something for me and its not because it is yaoi. I have read few yaoi before so I don't mind the yaoi part so long as the story is good. But the MC's thinking is way to pragmatic and makes him feel to distant and detached from everything happening around him.

Anyways, its worth a read. Especially if you like love-triangle-esque somewhat drama filled story. <<less
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SHIPPER
SHIPPER rated it
March 30, 2017
Status: --
This is such a wondeful read
ヽ (´▽`) /

I like the main character and the supporting characters as well. I like that we get some action (lemons) in early chapters and how headstrong and talented Fiennes Tang is as Tang Feng. You will have favorites in the guys that surround Tang Feng and will get a scene for each of them though some of them feels like a Bad END in a dating sim game. (I support the THREESOME)

I LOVE it when talent/ abilities from the previous life... more>> comes in so handy and MC brings talent and wisdom from an experienced actor into the body of a young handsome actor. There were mentions of rape, drugs, and prostitution as well but I dont feel it takes away with how enjoyable the story is. I am so thankful for the translators for doing such an awesome job!

Read it! You will love it! <<less
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dysry
dysry rated it
May 23, 2017
Status: v2c8
MC wakes up in the body of a young idol who commits suicide after his unrequited love/boss essentially pimps him out for his own gain. The MC instantly adapts, fulfils the contract and plays along until his acting skills start to speak for itself. Since showbiz has always operated in shades of grey, he manages to attract the attention of said boss and various other men who are leagues away from good, but will spend the story revealing why they aren't completely bad either.

Celebrities have always seemed out of reach... more>> for normal people, and so rife with sordid rumours that it's easy to dismiss our morals and rationale when dealing with them. On this premise, the MC is so used to the shady workings of Hollywood, and is so desensitised and hardened after facing death and other struggles for most of his life, that he easily accepts every brow raising event that occurs. Even after being drugged, raped or kidnapped, he just shrugs it off, and since the victim doesn't really care, neither do the readers.

While the story itself is alright, all the events that come up seem unrealistic - or at least hard to relate to - while the MC is so calm and non-reactive that he doesn't really have a personality. He starts to open up to his emotions more in the second volume, but by then the impression is ingrained. It's an easy read, but forgettable and overshadowed by other series of the same genre.

Other Notes:

  • MC is the most comfortable around Lu Tian Chen of all the love interests because in the MC's mind, what he values him for is what the MC has the most confidence in - his acting. The others are based on (warped) emotions, which the MC doesn't really understand since he closed his off.
  • In terms of characters, it resembles Rebirth of Chen An more than any acting series.
tl;dr: It's readable but too shallow and unreasonable to be considered great <<less
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Tasear
Dream Seeker rated it
May 16, 2016
Status: c75
Even if I wasn't biased, I couldn't find a good reason to give below full marks for this series. In fact, you don't need to be a fan of yaoi to enough how this story is written, because you will get dragged along in it's intensity before you have a chance to make such judgements. It's such a novel that you better make sure have enough time to read the next chapter, because you won't spot until there is no next link.
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readerz
readerz rated it
July 15, 2017
Status: v1c53
It's very sleazy. All the characters are dirty users, including the MC. If that's your type of thing, then read it. I read until chapter 53 (each chapter is short, like half a page) because of the good reviews saying how the MC is great but I"m not seeing it. The MC is laid-back but almost totally powerless since he lets himself be bought for favors.

The translation is very good.
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butterymoths
butterymoths rated it
January 31, 2017
Status: Completed
Well, some reviewers are upset about how passive the MC is about being bound into a contract to be raped but that reallllly isn't the whole story. For one thing, his choice seem to be the smartest given the circumstances.

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Spoiler

He was clearly sent there over by his own agency and the original body owner had such a bad reputation that he had no money and nowhere to go. If he ran, he will probably have to sleep on the streets and then still get punished by his boss. Also, Charles's home is likely huge and in the middle of nowhere which would probably make the MC's 'great escape' really awkward.

While it might be unbelievable that agencies would 'lend' out celebrities but 1) the agency boss is a shady man. At some point, the author stated that the agency was just a cover for him to launder money. 2) Some asian entertainment circles are in truth, linked to the mob. So the MC was in between a hard place and a rock; he just picked the option most favourable to himself.

Sure, a normal reaction would be to get at least a little pissed at your rapist but I do think the author 'argues' for the MC's case fairly well. One, the MC is... mature so he has seen quite a bit. Second, in his previous life, he had heart problems. So the MC had trained himself to keep a level-head at all times, cause you know... he might actually die of a heart attack if he doesn't.

After that one night when he got raped, the story mellowed out. It would be misleading to call the MC and his former rapist having a 'slave-master' contract. It's more of a gigolo contract as Charles subsequently treats the MC like a boyfriend (buying him stuff, respecting his schedule, driving him to work etc). So all that outrage about 'he got raped yet he stayed to get rape more!!!' is maybe 3% of the novel cause really, he flipped the tables on Charles pretty darn quickly.

Anyways, overall I love this novel. Sure it has its flaws; the pacing gets slow and I don't really enjoy the bits where the author indulge herself excessively in the movie plots the MC act in but I do like how romance isn't the MC's priority. He got burnt by love before (see! the author explained! Albeit much much later.) so he decided to focus his efforts on his career instead which fits into his characterisation. I mean, to the MC, all the men flocking around him are really just brats lol (admittedly dangerous brats). I'm sure thats why he found it hard to take them seriously.

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Lyn0108
Lyn0108 rated it
October 1, 2017
Status: --
Simply overrated... The story gets too draggy.... If you have nothing to read, then read it... Like some reviewers have said the author made the MC and showbiz WTF....

1. The story gives you a notion that if you want to become a successful actor/actress its okay to use your body and then enjoy it as well while you're on it, which is exactly the MC is doing.

2. He's weak. He got swayed by the people who used him for s*x and end up falling in love with them (harem). He... more>> end up bottoming for each and everyone of them.

3. It doesn't live to its title. The scenes of him escapading and interacting with his harem is more recognizable than him becoming a true star.

4. Instead of a showbiz story (true star) since the author gives a title thats gives you an idea that its a journey and struggles to become a star but sadly the story is not like that.

5. Its like a path of how to make good use of your body to become a star while gaining men's favor on the run. It was emphasized all through out the story.

If you want a good yaoi showbiz talent story this is not for you. <<less
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Kurolo-Lite
Kurolo-Lite rated it
September 16, 2016
Status: c122
This will probably always be one of the best yaoi I've ever read. There's good plot with a moving story line and all the characters keep you guessing as to what side they will show you next chapter. Making you wait on your toes for the next chapter to be released as you didn't realise you had read them all Σ ('◉⌓◉')

Seriously you learn to keep an eye out for every character that's been introduced as so far none of them have been introduced only to be forgotten later... more>> as some other stories show. Even if you don't normally like harems you might want to give this a go as Feinnes Tang (the mc) is so lovable and has an OP personality making his interactions funny and fluffy especially with everyone else being so creepy and dangerous. O (≧▽≦) O <<less
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nj
nj rated it
July 17, 2016
Status: --
First of all what is with the story? I can understand this is tagged as yaoi and I am not a person who discriminates against a novel due to its genre. But its like the author is making the readers believe that showbiz industry is a place where you need to sacrifice your body to move ahead. It is a normal procedure to LEND an actor by his agency to other people. What is with that? and the best part is MC accepts it without any complaint WTF..

Honestly it does... more>> feel like I am reading slave- master story. The MC is a gutless idiot shamelessly saying he need to accept this because he is at the bottom of the food chain. In every sentence the author really tries to make the MC cute as well as weak (ooh.. look at that he is moving/ he is watching the sky/ he is swinging his legs...)

I really thought I will get to read a novel like Kill the lights with actors/ medias/ showbiz.. but it seems I am really mistaken <<less
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CloudySkySadMoon
CloudySkySadMoon rated it
April 1, 2016
Status: --
It is one of my fav novels. Tang's so cool. *Starry eyes*
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
nana rated it
January 13, 2016
Status: Completed
The MC is super likable >.<

I wish I can read the next chapter already (ノ◕ヮ◕) ノ*:・゚✧

He's handsome on the outside and wise on the inside. Plus he's a reincarnated sort of person. So a 37 y.o. Man in a 25 y.o. Body. The way MC handle things is so wonderfully done. The harem members are cute and compliment our MC personality, the antagonist can just die :< so hateful of the antagonist.

Update: (2016-09-05)
I proudly announce that I finished speed read (MTL :p) true star! Now I can slowly... more>> savor the beautiful translation from giraffe corps. (Let me count, total chapter=317, with average 5.4 day every chapter, approximately 2.9 years from now). Up until the end, the MC is still likable, he live like spreading glitter everywhere, the story feels so glamorous and exciting. He got kidnapped, then rescued, then kidnapped again, truly living like in the movie! Something you can enjoy without having too much angst.

PS: reading the true star special mahjong story made me think about tang feng wearing only white shirt all day long *blush* <<less
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rhianirory
rhianirory rated it
January 27, 2018
Status: Completed
poor guy just wants to act and grow his career and he's a little bemused at why these guys keep following him around but whatever, as long as they don't get in the way of his acting it's all good. Get in his way and he's not above ripping them up one side and down the other and putting them in their place. Especially once he gets to know them better.

a bit of drama in the later volumes and we get to learn more about his suitors, which make them... more>> more understandable if not more likable. My personal favorite is the ice cube rather than the dumb bear or psycho. Charles is too much like an overgrown needy puppy for my taste, and the psycho is so not my cup of tea.

i like the actual acting parts and the scenes for his movies but I realize some people may not find it as interesting as I do. This is well written over all and well translated, with a decent storyline and interesting characters. I found it interesting enough to MTL the rest, which is something I rarely ever do (last time was Unique Legend, which really hurt my head).

one of my favorite MC. I find him soothing after reading so many scatter-brained and painfully naive shou MC in other Chinese BL novels. <<less
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MillenniumMoon
MillenniumMoon rated it
September 8, 2017
Status: v1c126
It's good and all but I think it's overrated. I expected a story about the MC's journey to being a 'True Star' as the title suggests so I'm very disappointed.

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Spoiler

Sure it was very interesting at first. I mean come on, a veteran Hollywood actor transmigrated to a third rate idol's body? Cool. I really expected, auditions, training etc. BUT it seems to mostly talk about the drama of being a very beautiful male being chased by high profile scumbags. It gets so draggy and almost like every chapters are fillers since nothing much ever happens. It gets so boring to the point which made me skim the chapters and only really read when there are interesting scenes. (Like he's finally acting and such, and those are so few) There's also the part where there aren't any really likeable characters. I couldn't really connect with the MC because he seems so perfect without any flaws. Then there's his personality, he's like a robot, nothing ever fazes him. (Not even when he's raped or about to be) The author also seems to be more interested in writing about bed scenes and scandals rather than focusing into making the MC a 'True Star'.

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This is my opinion though, a lot of readers seems to love this story. Kudos to the translator as well, the quality of their translations are really good. <<less
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Racchi
Racchi rated it
November 26, 2018
Status: Completed
I have some small issues with this series, but this is also so far the only webnovel I've had the patience to finish reading even the raws of. Overall, definitely enjoyed the read.

Things I liked:

  • Tang Feng's character. In the beginning he seems unrealistically calm in some extreme situations, but at the same time I can really appreciate a character who knows how to handle himself in any situation rationally. It's a matter of finding a balance to having a calm, rational character who isn't unrealistic and to the point that he's cold and unfeeling--the author may be a little off in that, but it's not really a big issue to me for the most part. Another thing about Tang Feng that is unlike most transmigration characters is that he's not petty or gloating to those who've treated him badly in his past life or in his current life. He's genuinely a very mature character who I like and can very much enjoy having as the main character.
  • Every person in his harem (yes he has a harem lmao) has their own personalities. Maybe that's some low standards but honestly I'm happy that they don't act the same exact way with the MC.
  • Story is interesting. A tad bit too dramatic for my taste but still entertaining.
  • Show business! What's not to like.
Things I... more>> disliked:

  • Mentioned before, but MC sometimes is too calm and comes off as cold and unfeeling. The author definitely could have fleshed out his weak side a little more. I love reading about strong MCs--one reason why I love Tang Feng so much, but I also think his character would be so much more fleshed out if the author had gone more into his emotional struggles with his past life / current dilemmas.
  • Spoiler

    WHY DOES HE GET KIDNAPPED SO MUCH I came here to read about a badass MC killing it in the entertainment industry, why is he being held at gunpoint and kidnapped all the time. Pls author if I wanted to read about some gangster novel I would have done that to begin with ahhhh.

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If you read this far into my review, then thank you! Last thing I have to say is that if you like badass, intelligent and charismatic MCs making his way into the show biz (the second time around lmao) with a sprinkle of some wayward action stuff and drama, you'd probably like this novel. <<less
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Tintl
Tintl rated it
December 16, 2017
Status: v2c18
I strongly suggest this novel, for both Yaoi fangirls and fanboys and straight people since the sexual parts aren't the focus do the story and are quite implicit. To sum it up, it's NOT p*** with no plot (which may be a bummer to some) and has great characterization.

#LongLiveTangXCharlesXLuTianChenTreesome
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