Arrogant Young Master Template A Variation 4

by LivingSpoon

Original ONGOING Adventure Comedy Fantasy LitRPG Male Lead Martial Arts Ruling Class Slice of Life Xianxia

What would a Xianxia MC do?

Seriously, what would they do? Asking for a friend.

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Chapter Name Release Date
1. Transmigration ago
2. Disciple Acceptance Ceremony ago
3. Calamity ago
4. Not a Dream, Sorry ago
5. Tragedy of the Heroine ago
6. Archives Must Be Incomplete ago
7. Prepared ago
8. Gather for the Feast ago
9. Wolves' Hunger ago
10. Low Profile ago
11. Heroine Goes to Work ago
12. Like Father, Like Son ago
13. Anti-MC Thug Force ago
14. She Just Kept Talking... ago
15. Blockade ago
16. I Have Finished Farming ago
17. No Fun Allowed ago
18. A Father's Love ago
19. Endless Suffering ago
20. Power of Friendship ago
21. Tragic Past ago
22. Doubt ago
23. Magnet ago
24. Mistakes Were Made ago
25. Convergence ago
26. Old Friends Die Hard ago
27. Crystalized Effort ago
28. Not Slow Enough ago
29. Overreaction? ago
30. Devil ago
31. No Matter the Cost ago
32. Hurricane Arrives ago
33. Why So Reasonable? ago
34. Just Deserts ago
35. Anomalies ago
36. Expectation ago
37. Interference ago
38. Family First ago
39. Death Omen ago
40. Loophole ago
41. Traditional Gift ago
42. Ice Fishing ago
43. Anger Management ago
44. Uncontested Farming ago
45. King of Vegetables ago
46. Top Dog ago
47. Pampered Princess ago
48. An Object in Motion ago
49. Natural Order ago
50. Way of the Cockroach ago
51. They're Always Watching ago
52. Herbology Professor ago
53. Tampering ago
54. Reserve Force ago
55. The Tyrant ago
56. Fiercely Filial ago
57. Over the Specified Limits ago
58. Anti-Divination Alliance ago
59. No Need to Delay ago
60. Pro-Divination Alliance ago
61. Future Concubine ago
62. It isn't Cheating ago
63. Heartwarming Advice ago
64. Ancient Plan ago
65. Cost of Exposure ago

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Excellent. This is one of... two, probably, Western-written xianxia/wuxia/similar genre stories I've read that hasn't been offputting. It doesn't hurt that it's both very good at capturing a lot of the essence of xianxia settings effectively without falling into that weird hole of mimicking the odd structure of translated xianxia-styled prose that a lot of copycat authors almost inevitably do.

More importantly, it's solidly written. I have to take a point off of style for using a gamer system, however well-implemented. (And yes, it is one of the good ones.)

It's difficult to describe precisely why this is so good, but the short answer is that it has heart. The characters feel genuine (which is an accomplishment for anything in a close radius to xianxia) and their interactions are equal parts funny, cute, and heartwarming.

LivingSpoon has managed to write good characters and a funny story without falling into the two most  common traps for parody stories: not respecting what they're mocking (i.e. spiteful rather than loving fun-poking), and forgetting to have a plot.

I honestly don't have much bad to say about this story yet. That might change, but the plot has been relatively tight, even the bit characters get a little love, the interactions of the main cast are dynamic, and I haven't tripped over any bits of bad language usage that stuck in my craw.

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Most interesting xianxia paradoy i have ever read. If i had to describe it, it would the 3 times beter version of of old novel i read..

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Highly Entertaining

Reviewed at: 35. Anomalies

A great fiction. Highly recommended and good for a laugh. It plays on the tropes that this genre is known for while throwing its own spin on it. 

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Great novel so far!

Reviewed at: 35. Anomalies

The writing is good and the story is a fun read, although you would probably need to have read a few xianxia/reincarnation/system/etc. novels to truly appreciate it. I truly enjoyed it while reading it this weekend :) 

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good take on Cultiv w humor.

Reviewed at: 35. Anomalies

Found myself smiling more often then i expected.

The writing is exellent, and the balace between humor / seriousness is good.

Overall a light  and enjoyable and worthy read. Most welcome addition to RR. 

Read 35/35 chapters in one sitting.

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Funny and fresh. One of my all time favorites.

Reviewed at: 37. Interference

This is the best xianxia series that I've come across in over an year. Strongly recommend that you read at least first two chapters.

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 I didnt read this at first because the title is a total turn off; but it's AWESOME. Thanks @bearilicious from the LItrpg discord for the reccomendation

This shit was funny as fuck, i couldnt stop reading it till i got caught up and now the author needs to finish the next 100 chapters by tomorrwo night.

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Not high literature, but a very funny parody of xianxia cultivation stories

Reviewed at: 62. It isn't Cheating

(as of chapter 62)

A xianxia fan from Earth wakes up in the body of a cultivator in a xianxia world. Oh, you think you know what happens next? Like in every other xianxia story he'll surely become the most powerful cultivator ever, defeating progressively stronger enemies to save first the sect, then the country, then the world and later the universe? Uh, well, then I have bad news for you and for our protagonist Han De: While he is indeed gifted with talent, Han De knows every trope in the xianxia genre and quickly notices that he is not the standard MC rising up from humble beginnings. No, everything points to him being the 'Arrogant Young Master', i.e. the a-hole cultivator villain that is soundly defeated by the standard MC somewhere in the second half of the first act. The only unique ability he has to grow stronger is a quest/point system that depends on him teaching others, so Han De tries to become the wise mentor at the standard MC's side. But there are lots of potential MCs out there, and both incompetent minions and outside influences push him steadily towards his doom...

Style/Grammar: The story is told in third-person internal style by an omniscient narrator. Most of it is from Han De's point of view, but there are many scenes following his sect siblings, evil cult leaders or mysterious cultivators. The POV sometimes jumps from one person to the next between paragraphs, which can be a bit confusing. The author doesn't go too deep into descriptions, keeping with the superficial action-heavy focus of most xianxia stories. While this is usually not good in literature, in this case it fits remarkably well. There are some of the grammatical weaknesses (mostly missing "the" and wrong pronouns) typical for xianxia stories from authors that are not native English speakers but I've read much worse.

Story: The author tries to hit every xianxia trope available, but does so as an exaggerated parody, with the meta-aware protagonist calling out the tropes and trying to subvert them. The story is also driven by lots of funny misunderstandings, with everybody interpreting the actions of each other in the most ridiculously wrong way; this is amplified by people not talking about their thoughts and feelings (or in general acting reserved according to the Confucian ethics). The pacing is fine.

Characters: The protagonist does not have a very deep personality, like in many xianxia stories, but Han De is not acting stupidly and the difference between his inner motivations and how his surroundings perceive his actions makes up for the simplicity. The other characters mostly keep to a few traits each throughout the story.

Even if you can't stand xianxia stories with their overpowered MCs defeating all opponents with ridiculous powers, you might like this unusual take on the genre. You'll cry with laughter when you read the hilarious hoops the protagonist has to jump through just to have the next silly problem appear.

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Worth Finishing (As of Chapter 48)

Reviewed at: 48. An Object in Motion

It series takes I would say 10 chapters to get was tough starting out as it seemed random.....but damn does this story suck you in lol. 

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Favorite series on the site

Reviewed at: 43. Anger Management

While this story is a delight on its own, my hatred for Xianxia makes the story beyond addictive for me because it does such a wonderful job of parodying the genre.