Moving away from the webnovel scene. The Harem's in Korean Drama or Chinese Drama, usually confer to the political side of the story. A renowned General is given the hand of a magistrates daughter as thanks for saving his city, and she becomes part of his household (harem). Or the Ruler of a Kingdom in order to satiate the tyranny of the neighboring Kingdom, offer up their daughters as concubines to the 10-year old prince of that neighboring Kingdom. There's also use of the Queen's harem, which isn't entirely a reverse harem, but rather her attendants (maids, eunuchs, etc.) You also have the story of the Emperor who lost his favored concubine and becomes a shut-in and the Empress becomes the ruler of his harem as well as the country. ----- As for OPs query, do I despise harem endings? No, not really. If the story is written for a young audience, most of the time, the Harem is comedic or wish-fullfilment. Stories written for mature audiences, have a decent world building & background which frames the harem as a construct, a plot device that moves the story, and not entirely as a one trick pony. I just read story for what it is, if it entertains me, then I keep reading, if the story isn't going anywhere, I just move on to another story. Spoiler: Obligatory gladiator meme I'm not trying to persuade anyone into liking the harem troupe, I just would like people to know there are various levels of how it can be written.