Discussion Imperial Harems...

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  1. UnknownTakuaN

    UnknownTakuaN Active Member

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    I finally realized why those white lotuses and black bellied people in the Imperial Harems were so cruel and malicious. They were really pitiful. Deep down, they all knew that sooner or later, the Emperor's favor for them would wane. Soon he'd go to someone else and pamper her to the heavens, abandoning the other. He is their lifeline, is he not? We can't blame them for wanting to live. Times were rough for women back then. Dang Emperors. If I ever transmigrate to ancient China, I'll overthrow the Emperor and become the sole and reigning Empress!
     
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    Bellilelly Well-Known Member

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    I mean it’s always been a dog eat dog world... just more brutal when power and fame comes into play... sighsss

    tbh if I ever transmigrated into whatever family that has power or even anyone in the palace whether it’s a eunuch or palace maid.... I don’t think I’ll be able to survive.... like what if I became a scapegoat for my master or was assigned a master that only cause trouble... sighsss
     
  3. Bad Storm

    Bad Storm »I know I'll be alright, but I'm not tonight«

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    Let's just runaway! Me too, I don't think I'll even make the effort to compete with people in the imperial harem.
     
  4. asriu

    asriu fu~ fu~ fu~

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    there was a cruel empress on china history tho, wuxiang? wujian? meh~
    anyway, some emperor think with it dick so just take any women, other also political marriage hence position on harem is nasty, there also eunuch faction and those flies~
    you wanna throw emperor? you think it easy? just because of they technologically behind it doesn't mean they are idiot~
     
  5. ToastedRossi

    ToastedRossi Well-Known Member

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    Honestly the best Imperial Harem novels are the ones that are the most realistic and most heart breaking. The ones about romantic fantasy just don't work for me because they just feel off. Unfortunately the good ones are just depressing reading so I skip the subgenre altogether; it's a bit too bad because it's one of the most realistic takes on combatitive harems out there. There a Imperial Harem peripheral books out there like "Bu Bu Jing Xin" and those can be really good.
     
  6. Bellilelly

    Bellilelly Well-Known Member

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    Actually I was watching “yanxi palace” c drama recently and I have to say it’s more or inner harem intrigue rather than falling in love, even more or harem intrigue than Bu bu jing xing imo
     
  7. aintg

    aintg Fairy Queen of the Demonic Sect

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    I've read a historical novel called "Empress Orchid" back in middle school. Even for my innocent mind back then, I could understand how scary it was to live in the Palace. But even so, the parents still made a great effort with the purpose of gaining the Emperor's favor.
     
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    ToastedRossi Well-Known Member

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    I've heard good things about it (which is amazing given that Yu Zheng is a hack). The problem for me is that I can't handle harem intrigue to begin with. There are two main issues for me: the first is that a show about a bunch of women fighting over a man doesn't appeal to me, at least not as the main plot. The other issue is that this kind of show leads itself to a very limited range of stories.

    In comparison, "Bu Bu Jing Xin" takes place in an Imperial harem, but it's not a harem intrigue at all. Instead the story is about Imperial succession, and the emperor's wives play a very small role in it. Interestingly, this is the very first Chinese Romance novel I ever read and it's the main reason why I even give the Romance genre the time of day. It's too bad that most of the non-Tong Hua Romance novels are vastly inferior.
     
  9. MidstNost

    MidstNost 【 Jin Mori's Banana 】

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    True, that's why I hate imperial harem novels. Not to mention the pitiful women, almost all ML only think with their lower bodies. I'd like it more if there were more novels about women overthrowing the male emperor and becoming the sole empress.
     
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