So, we all know about Xie Lian's bad cooking, right?
But hear me out because I've been thinking about this for two years now and I gotta share and see if I'm the only one who thinks this makes sense. (book 4 spoiler)
What if he actually cooks like this because it reminds him of his mother's dishes?
As far as I remember, what Xie Lian cooked back when he lived with his parents and FengQing after his first banishment was edible, and he only started cooking badly after eating the last meal the queen had made for him.
It would also make sense for it not to be mentioned in the book, since Xie Lian canonically has a hard time recalling unpleasant evenements, so after over 800 years it might've become a habit of his?
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for those of you who think danmei (chinese boy's love) is pretty neat, here's some baihe (chinese girl's love) for you.
link in heart
(◍•ᴗ•◍)❤ ᶜˡⁱᶜᵏ ᵗʰᵉ ʰᵉᵃʳᵗᵘ / ᵒⁿᶜᵉ ⁱⁿ ᶜˡⁱᶜᵏ ᵒⁿ ⁱᵐᵃᵍᵉ
link in heart
unlike danmei, which is written mostly by heterosexual women, baihe is mainly written by queer women and often focus on female empowerment which isn't really a thing in the case of danmei as our male leads are already privileged. so if you're bi, les, gay, questioning or just curious, give baihe a shot!
this carrd link is really cute and really nicely put together! hope it's helpful!
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Fanon Xie Lian: uwu baby, must be protected, an absolute bottom
Canon Xie Lian: absolutely done with everyone's shit, frustrated, anger issues but can keep them under control, sassy, a bit fake but will help even if he dislikes you because he's too kind, knows he's better than you but will keep it to himself, superiority and inferiority complex mixed in with a god complex for obvious reasons, too depressed and old to even care anymore, smarter and less oblivious than he lets on, daddy energy, could absolutely top
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Mo Du/Silent Reading - 默读 PRIEST BL NOVEL
why you should read:
a psychological thriller mystery crime novel with the main romance being between two men? I RATE IT 10/10. priest’s breakdown of the human psyche is especially engrossing to read and when you add in to that the riveting plotline that manages to pull you into a series of intricatly written intertwined criminal cases spanning three generations, it becomes simply astonishing.
the romance is developed at a flawlessly written pace that manages to capture all you could want from a ship: fun dynamics, emotional growth, angst, fluff, horniness (yea believe you’ll get quite a good amount of that), tenderness, conflicts, communication, intimacy; all the while not erasing the presence of the plot brewing underneath it all.
overall perfect amount of romance, suspense, action, humor, to keep your attention pivoted
If I had to put Ao3 tags on this novel it would be the following: M/M; slow burn; love rivals to lovers; sexual tension; plot driven; accidental flirting (to not so accidental); pov alternating; classical literature references; murder mystery; anti-corruption; psychological trauma;
((putting a trigger-warning here!! this novel can get dark due to the nature of it being a psychological mystery/crime novel. it tackles on heavy subjects so tw for subjects involving gore and violence, drugs, murder, suicide, child abuse; the warnings refer to criminal cases solved throughout the story!!))
more reasons to read this:
Fei Du: our flirtatious and eccentric fuerdai (富二代= chinese term for rich second generation) bisexual protagonist (who may also be viewed as pansexual). both charismatic and intelligent; appears to have lived through a very traumatic childhood.
Luo Wenzhou: very much HUSBAND MATERIAL. the leader of the crime investigation unit. confident gay and is as equally shameless as fei du.
Tao Ran: the only straight man with rights
Lang Qiao and Xiao Haiyang, CUTE AND QUIRKY CHARACTERS
Luo Yiguo: luo wenzhou’s fat cat (don’t look at me like that yes the cat is one of the reasons you should read this)
IT HAS AN AUDIO DRAMA FOR YOU TO LISTEN TO (5 SEASONS AND IT COVERS THE ENTIRE NOVEL!!!)
NOVEL TRANSLATIONS ARE COMPLETE AND IT IS GETTING A DONGHUA, MANHUA, AND A LIVE ACTION DRAMA, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? THIS IS A SIGN
where to read: edanglarstranslations.com/modu (completed in english; 180 chapters + 5 extras total)
after reading: meta on fei du’s psyche; MAY I PLEASE RECOMMEND EVERYONE TO READ THIS AFTER FINISHING???? user jackedbylit @ twitter wrote a 7k analysis on fei du’s psyche and it’s just .... SO SO GOOD. (pls bookmark to read it after finishing the novel)
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