How To Say I Love You

How To Say I Love You

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There are some people you hate at first but end up liking more and more the more you interact with them.

There are some people you love at first, but the more you come to understand that person, the more helpless you feel.

The Great Film Emperor, Ji Mian thinks that Young Master Xiao Jiashu is an arrogant, poison-mouthed, spoilt, rich snob who exploits his strong background to ruin peoples lives on a whim. But when he somehow obtains the ability to read minds, Ji Mian comes to realise that Xiao Jiashu is probably the most adorable person in the world.

This is a story about the rise of the acting-fanatic, Xiao Jiashu, as he silences his haters and wows the world with his magnificence.

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This is the first review I made in a very long time. This is rare occasion since I dislike wasting my time commenting. I cannot express how I love this couple so damn much. Xiao Jia Shu, the MC, I honestly find him adorable to death and want to gobble him up.

His personality tend to cause misunderstandings with others, but fortunately with the MLs power, Ji Mian finally found the cinnamon roll that is MC underneath villainous behavior. Their romance is realistically paced so even if I impatiently wanted them to hook up with lust right away, I still would have preferred it this way. The ML fell HARD for the MC without him realizing until much later, and when he did after some trifles, Ji Mian confessed to the MC when he realized how important Jia Shu were to him.

After that point, the romance blossomed beautifully. ML holds MC dearly and they were truly happiest when they are with each other. I greedily and joyously swallowed all dog food fed to me. I expected some blackening with the ML, but I love that with the MLs ability to read Jia Shus mind, theres literally zero chance of that happening since they love each other to death and couldnt bear to be apart for a day.

What more refreshing is the familial love between MC and his mother. It is so rare to see in novels these days amongst dog blood novels and obsessed love. I cried so many times when every time Jia Shu encountered hardships at first, he had his mom there for him. I truly love this novel 1000000/10

I read the MTL to the end. The ending is a happy one, so I have no complaints at all

Dont listen to anggr291. Thats literally the entire reason I even feel moved to write a review--their judgement is terrible and should not be at the top of the reviews.

For one, the MLs mind-reading ability is limited to people within a certain proximity, and he doesnt really have control over it. Its not just when its advantageous to him, but people usually think about things related to him while he is nearby. Its also not just limited to


For another, he likes MC because MC is really enthusiastic, and he appreciates MCs sincerity. Also, he appreciates that when MC conceals things, its not for a negative purpose. Of course, it doesnt hurt that MC really appreciates ML and believes in him. Its not just ego.

Otherwise, by anggr291s definition, Id say that anyone who owns a dog or likes dogs is a gross, egoistical narcissist, which is just not true.

Third. MLs boyfriends doesnt deserve hate, but ML has ever right to be disappointed. Their relationship is not one that would work out well-long term because the two involved are simply not on the same wavelength. Its not just that his ex feels insecure. Its also that the ex genuinely doesnt enjoy the physical side of their not-platonic relationship, and treats having relations almost as a currency--a way to appease the ML. Of course, the boyfriend thinks this while theyre about to have sex, and that naturally serves basically as a cold shower for ML. Its like if you have a partner who fakes enjoying spending time with you--once you realize theyre faking it, you also lose some enjoyment. In contrast, we have MC, who genuinely enjoys spending time with ML and appreciates his opinions and time and efforts.

Im paraphrasing the boyfriends insecurities, but Ive also included the original MTL.

The boyfriend wants ML to provide him with the best everything, but doesnt want ML to interfere or control (Im interpreting this as advise, like this isnt a good role or dont go to this party, that directors not a good person). The boyfriend lets his insecurities hold him back. He wants to stand next to ML, at the same level, because he feels insecure and wants to defend his fragile dignity. Meanwhile, ML never meant to insult his boyfriend (Lin Leyang) and always treated him as an equal on the same footing. Its LL whos perceiving everything as a slight to his dignity.

You have admitted a lot of mistakes recently. Cant you answer my question? Then I tell you what you want. You want me to provide you with the best everything, yet Dont want me to control you and interfere with you. You are enjoying my efforts, but you cant move forward. You want to stand at the same height as me not to consolidate our feelings, but to maintain your ridiculous dignity. Lin Leyang, I never meant to insult you, I always put you on an equal footing, you are underestimating yourself. Dignity is indeed important, but it is too much about self-esteem, is it not a manifestation of inferiority?

The relationship dynamics in this story are really well-written. Like Ive written above, the ML loves and respects his bf, but their relationship just doesnt work because theyre not compatible. The MC is genuinely a good-hearted person who gets misunderstood a lot, usually for things out of his control.

For example, I think his fathers family think his mom was involved in the death of the previous wife, but it later turns out to have been a misunderstanding because it was someone else. Also, the dad feels really guilty b/c MC once ended up kidnapped. The mom doesnt get together with the dad, but the grievances are laid to rest and theyve more or less at peace. Not reconciled, but willing to let things remain in the past.

The MC also is really nice. Not pushover-nice, but nice. If I had to give a reference, think the MC in Very Happy (a very good feel-good story I would recommend everyone to check out). He helps MLs boyfriend (Lin Leyang) when LL ends up catching the eye of a really sleazy guy at a party LL attends in an effort to gain something through his own actions, only for LL to insult him. ML drives over because someone else called him, and says that spiel I pasted above. ^

Towards the end, the mom actually disagrees vehemently with their relationship, which I think was an interesting addition. One, it showed that the mom wasnt perfect, which I think is important. For another, it was really cool how the two resolved it--MC and ML work together to get MC and mom casted for a movie, which ML also is in (but thats a bit of a surprise). ML spent a lot of effort on the script, and the ending for the movie is quite Romeo-and-Juliet-esque, but with fire and less poison. MLs character dies (due to misunderstandings) and MC chooses to die with him. Mom is very caught up in the acting, realizes how it parallels life, and might end up with psychological trauma because ML wrote the script and drama too well. Whoops? Either way, its pretty entertaining.

The novel is just to my liking. I think I have become addicted to the work of Fenglu Shuidai. First, Quickly wear the face of the devil and now this jem.

The story is about a rookie actor and his, shall we say, s*upidly cute escapades. The other main lead is a seasoned actor who is mature, handsome and all round awesome, with the exeption of his dubious at the start of the novel taste in boyfriends.

Xiao Jiashu first enters the entertainment circle because his mother urges him to do so


but he finds that acting is really his thing. Ji Mian thinks he is at the top of the world: great job, plenty of fans, awesome boyfriend, until one wacky carcrash renders him able to read the minds of people around him. Talk about eyeopener! The annoying rich second generation he thinks is useless turns out to be cavity-enducing sweet and the gentle and sensible boyfriend he adores - riddled with insecurities idiot. Hilarity ensues in all shape and forms and my personal favourite - face-slapping.

I totally hate you Fluffball! I got work to do, you know, and I havent progressed much because of you! Like absolutely, undeniably, super-duper strongly hate you!

Its basically like -- MC: insensible, born with talent vs Villians: works really hard, realistic

Yall remember the QWTFOTD piano arc in which that brother got locked up for the MC while the MC ignored his affections while being with his soulmate just bc he felt the whole soul connection thing? Yeah that just repeated.

To the 5-star givers: Are yall masochists or something, or are your morals just rly...more>

f*cked up?

But he still remains insensible: at first he took videos of other ppls NG scenes for fun. Then when he finally got more familiar with acting I thought he had changed, but then he went on and bashed another actor on social media while hes on set with him. Wtf. At least he wasnt s*upid enough to do that with his official account, but that fact on the other hand makes him look like a backstabber.

All this is justified by the author by making the MC a dense character, who does whatever he wants and says whatever is on his mind, without any understanding of his surroundings and situation. In other words the MC doesnt have bad intentions; thats just the way he is.

Cute? Nah, annoying. However, this justification couldve worked if the bad guys werent forced to be the bad guys because of MCs insensability (Ill elaborate about that later).

Another thing about the MC is how lucky he is. He just has the talent, and when he encounters a difficult scene to shoot he just so happened to end up in a situation where he automatically acted the way the director wanted him to act (later on he did get into his character on his own, but that wouldnt have happened without that luck).

MLs bf worked rly hard for years by studying movies etc, but lacks MCs talent, so he makes some NGs which causes him to become insecure (mind you its his first movie). He is then in turn compared to the MC, and together with the fact that the ML pays a lot of attention to the MC, he becomes jealous. Isnt that perfectly normal???? Because of the jealousy he ends up thinking bad thoughts about the MC (who, I remind you, is insensible and even took vids of his NGs for fun). He also talks against the MC sometimes, bc he thinks that what the MC says is wrong (so not without reason), while also wanting to attract ML (his own bf I remind you) s attention by saying what he thinks is right. Perfectly realistic and relatable.

Another bad guy side of the MLs bf is his lack of desire for intimacy and lack of communiaction. Also realistic.

The MLs manager also talks bad about the MC, but that is just because MCs insensibility which causes the MC to leave bad impressions. I do agree that the manager was wrong in the beginning as he judged the MC based on his appearance, but his judgements afterwards are perfectly understandable as the MC slack off on set (he changes later tho). Just imagine how difficult it is to land a role in a big movie, and then someone gets a role through connections (so he doesnt need to audition) and then plays video games on set, ignoring everyone. Who wouldnt hate him?

Another thing is how the author wants to appear smart and educated by mentioning lots of famous people, and then dedicate a paragraph to the quotes of those famous people. This makes it seem that the authors knowledge on the film industry is limited, and that they want act otherwise by googling famous quotes concerning acting.

The good points to this story is the misunderstanding drama and the ML. The ML is a treasure so far. Too bad the good guys - bad guys stuff ruined it.

Dont expect too much from the villains tho since this is not a revenge type like FoD. MC easily forgives and dont take grudges. Its the ML who does things for MC and always protecting him. There are face slapping moments but not really the focus of the story. Its a slow romance but both MC and ML were attached to each other in the earlier chapters. And MC was actually straight. LOL

Lets talk about MLs ex-boyfriend. Dont expect too much from this guy. If youre thinking of a green tea b*tch, hes not really like that. He has some issues, hes a negative guy. I think his character was the most realistic? I thought he would be the main antagonist but nah... Hes an annoying char but not the kind where youd want to strangle him. He was so weak, man...

I actually expected too much from the villains maybe because of FoD where you just want to kill all of them (aside from the pianist guy - he was autistic okay?). But all of them were so mild--oh except for the last one. The last antagonist is the FoD type hahahaha!

Another -_- thing is that he gets to read only SOME random specific peoples minds when its only advantageous to him.. Idk its the cringey type of narcissim


He only likes MC bc this guy is rich, cute, and simple, which is understandable ok but gross he can read mcs mind thats full of reverence and ADORATION towards himself

Everyone hating on MLs ex bf... first of all unlike QOFWD I have to sit here and read a bunch of bs and so gross whenever ML becomes disappointed with his ex bf because ex bf feels insecure like??????? Maybe the problem is..... you??

I liked the MLs boyfriend and felt that as the story progressed they just added faults to him so ML could leave him for our MC. I thought I was really odd for focusing on this point in the whole novel. But I read a review which just seemed to have been taken from my mind.

Not perfect as in have amazing intellect, physical abilities etc. Its just that their personality is amazing without a flaw and everyone just likes them no matter what they do

Like in this novel where everyone hated MC at first due to him being lazy, unprofessional, being rich, having opportunities but not cherishing them, not talking to them at all (which was all reasonable as well as realistic). But after one incident, they were just wowed by him and then everyone likes him and anyone who doesnt is a villain.

Which brings me to my second point that while main characters are perfect, villains are either evil with no good reasoning or in this case, its like theyre forced to have personality flaws.

I liked the MLs boyfriend. He had a rough past and had to rely on his own sweat and blood (which is the backstory of many MCs in romance novels too). Not only that he was introduced in such a sweet manner. And the initial few scenes with him were so cute, he could be a main character but as the story progressed, his inferiority, thin-skin, jealousy were introduced and magnified. They were introduced little by little in very smooth manner. What I had a problem with was how they were magnified to make him look like a villain.

(Except pretending to be gay. He did it because he liked ML and was grateful to him but at the end it was lying and deceiving someone and overall a despicable thing to do.)

Everyone has those basic faults and they do lead to people making bad decisions but not to the extent of them turning to a full on villain who everyone hates no matter what they do. Plus him having those faults was actually normal and in line with his past because he didnt have a protected and pampered life (like the MC). He couldnt be an innocent little rabbit like the ML wanted because an innocent little rabbit wouldnt be able to survive in that dog eats dog world. So when such a realistic and well rounded character was treated so unfairly just because he was a villain, it really put me off. E.g

The lead actress in Apostle (forgot her name) asks if the bruise on her face looks okay (i think). The villain replies with it looks better than last time. The MC replies it looks bad. Someone thinks the MC isnt good at interpersonal relations because beauty and face is very important to girls and they should always be flattered in this regard. However it turns out she actually wanted the bruise to look bad so she compliments MC for being honest and indirectly mocks the MLs boyfriend for being flattering and two faced. The whole problem with this is even ignoring the fact that a stranger wouldve said it out of courtesy (that it looked better), the actress herself has risen to her postion through her blood and sweat with same circumstances as MLs boyfriend. In an earlier scene, It was even shown that she went to MC to flatter him because he was a big shot and she HAD to treat him with respect because the waters of entertainment circle are very muddy. So this just made me cringe that since she had so much in common with the villain, she shouldve sympathised with him more because she had to do the same in her newcomer days but no the MCs halo is too strong so he is doted on for something that if the villain did everyone would berate and criticise him.

This is not a review on whether you should read this or not (I totally recommend reading it tho). I just wanted to express my feelings about something that annoyed me.

The main point is that I want flawed characters. Main characters making bad decisions which actually have bad outcomes due to which they are actually reprimanded. Villains with either a good backstory or a round personality with strengths as well as flaws.

As for the novel, to the extent I read it, it was a cute romance novel which had some scenes that were really intriguing and made you sit on the edge of the seats but ultimately it became like the others; cute and entertaining but only as long as you dont focus on the plot and characters using logic and reasoning.

Rather than be lovers, they should be rivals. Xiao Shu works and acting seems to be too dependent on whether the ML is acting with him or not. From first film, to the end, all of them reeks ML might & influence, which somewhat diminish Xiao Shu so called talents.

And the fact that Xiao Shu survive 10 years alone in the US while already having his Master degree in business at 20 which means he should has some mad skill in business or decision making in general somehow slowly forgotten. And the fact that for 20 years he always live under everyone dictation and finally find his passion in the from of acting, but at the end its just somewhat just a tool to connect him to the ML got me screaming. I got so frustrated with the overly sweet PDA too, and the fact that ML has the power to read all of the people mind including Xiao Shu, combined with ML all controlling tendency, put their should be equal relationship to be a hierarchical relationship, with the ML holding all the rein while Xiao Shu is just a cute pet.

Im kinda bored with this stigma that shou shouldnt be stronger or more talented than the gong and at the end all the shou just cute, pretty, must be pampered mary sue.

I love Xiao Shu, I truly do. But I think ML ruined his character. I really think Xiao Shu should just get over him when that ML ex-bf made him believe that ML and him still dating (which is weird, cause with his should be intelligence and his so called 10 years of experience living alone, also his trauma after his bestfriend death, Xiao Shu shouldnt be this naive and trusting to everyone, which happened in more than just one occasion, or at least, his mad perception skill should give him some clues in those situations). And Xiao Shu would be free of the shackle of love (i think its infatuation, its not love) then meet more sincere people in the industry, and live happily with his brother and mom, as the Movie King, surpassing the ML.

I get that this should be a romantic story, but this story could change to a very different, a very empowering, and much preferable direction in my opinion.

the author tried too hard to be philosophical. Its hard to explain but youll know what I mean when you come across it. Its like she tries to be deep... but it doesnt really work out and only comes off as unpleasant stereotyping. Like when MC had to dress as a tramp (as in the text) and he decided to wander the streets and join the homeless. And then it says how he starved for food and water for three days and lived on the streets and was beat up by kids. Then it was all oh! this signifies his dedication to acting! look how hard he works, as though a homeless tramp was some sort of glorifying caricature and an homage to acting. It was cringe, and blatantly ignorant to read.

There are many times where I was like, author... is it necessary to write so much pointless inner monologuing? I get that thats the point of it all, but nobody just stands in place in front of someone who theyre talking to, and think three paragraphs worth of fleshed-out thoughts before speaking.

the ending was a whole f*cking dumpster show. It was completely unnecessary. All the author had to do was tie it up nicely and sweetly (kiss-kiss smile-smile if you will), but she decided to bust out that dog-blood, cringe dialogue+drama last minute.

It came out of nowhere with no rhyme or reason; suddenly there was a whole hidden conspiracy and multiple entangled relationships involving the MCs family. A bunch of completely unnecessary emotional drama.

The ML slowly realizes his boyfriend is a bit two-faced

(not in the white lotus way, but in a way that the person he presents to the ML is not his true self) ; insecure and paranoid; and has a raging inferiority complex,

while he is also bombarded by MCs positive, loving, fanboy thoughts.

Note: the MLs boyfriend is honestly just painfully and pathetically... realistic. Dudes got enough personality problems to cover the moon. Theres no other way to describe it. He never owns up to his problems and any time problems do crop up he blames them on others (Im sure we ALL know a person like that). The ML didnt know this initially, but being able to read the boyfriends inner thoughts, he realizes what type of person his boyfriend really is.

ML ditches his boyfriend and gets together with the MC. Oodles of fluff and kissing and sweet dialogue.

The ending bit. Not worth reading... to preserve your sanity do not read beyond c110 (or something). Anyways

when a dude whose name starts with Liu appears

(I think its Liu Wei? idk MTL isnt clear)...

NO. Seriously. Drop it and dont look back. Youll thank me. Or read on and see what I mean.

Story follows Xiao Jiashu, an unfavored descendant of a pharmaceutical empire. The prodigious airhead returns to China to a cold reception from his family outside of his mother, a former award winning actress. She refuses to see him wallow his life away and introduces him to the entertainment industry, and he thrives while acting.

If youve read any of this authors other works, namely FoD, you know that the author isnt too concerned with a grounded narrative. The characters youre supposed


to like are amazing talents/gorgeous/good natured while the ones you dont just suck. Emotional beats tend to be exaggerated and serve solely to highlight how cute/cool/talented/strong against all odds the protagonists are or the opposite for the antagonists.

and gained the ability to read minds. Why did this happen? Is there a follow up? Is he bothered by it outside of the impact on his daily interactions? The novel doesnt really care to answer any of that. The story focuses instead on the ML coming to terms with the fact that peoples public and private personas can be quite different, especially since he works in the entertainment industry. Furthermore, the story only cares about how he can read the minds of only...4 other characters? The MC and the MLs lover at the start of the novel are the only important ones.

Character work is a bit inconsistent, especially for the MC. A lot of the setup from the beginning of the novel, namely his acerbic outer persona, is basically forgotten about. A large part of it is because were in his headspace a lot, and the ML is constantly reading his pure, childish, and petulant thoughts, but pretty much everyone starts to view him as this precious goober. Its very fluffy. Its also really strange for me to see these personality traits in a character whos apparently an unfavored step-child business prodigy (who graduated from Wharton UPenn undergrad and grad program in 4 years) and acting prodigy, but thats wish fulfillment for you.

We could have had a very different novel if this premise was written by another author. The mind reading is intriguing, and the MLs boyfriend wasnt horrible by any stretch at first (he seems to get worse and worse just to highlight how amazing XJS is in comparison, but never to the point where you would point at him and deem him worthy of death). Im not saying its bad at all, since I read all of it and was entertained. Its just that everything in this novel after about 30 (?) chapters comes off strongly as dramatized fiction.

The relationship is cute. Im not really obsessed with either of them. The relationship development is slow, but when it happens, it

all at once. Once they decide to start dating, they sprint towards the finish line. All problems melt away. Marriage is swimming in their thoughts a day later. They have a desire to tattoo each others names across their heart. Their PDA is on a whole other level

to the point where the professionalism they pride themselves on compared to other actors is basically thrown out the window and theyre making out and serving dog food while in the middle of shooting a movie. the cast is supportive, but it annoyed me that they were holding everyone up and got away with it due to their wealth and status andtalent.other characters could never.

All in all a heavy handed romance fluff with occasional drama. Theres a significant niche for these types of stories, and this is one of the better ones. Its also surprisingly coherent through MTL if you wanted to knock it off your reading list asap.

Gosh, what can I say? It was amazing. The premise was so interesting that I mtl the entire novel and I dont regret it. The romance was so cute and fluffy, their interactions were so freaking beautiful I had smiles on my face throughout. I got really emotional at some points as well because of our MC experience. Im so glad that there is someone to protect his smile. 10/10 would recommend.

Jiamen has a lot of elitist attitudes toward his current BF even though hes in an advantageous position. I felt like all the things his BF did or thought at the time were all very understandable, especially in light of the fact that he didnt read minds. His BF did have an inferior complex, but you cant really blame him as he didnt have any assistance and didnt grow up with protection from his family. So of course he would be more complicated and have more selfish thoughts. If Jiamin had been more vocal and explained things better to his BF, his BF might be a lot more understanding. The reason our other main lead, Jiashu has such an innocent personality is because of his upbringing. He never had to worry about money. He placed himself into challenging circumstances as dedication to his work, but all of that is temporary. He was never in any true danger; he even had hidden bodyguards, for godsakes, how much danger did he really have? I dont think Jiamin was very sympathetic to his BFs situation and wanted to toss him aside for someone more innocent like Jiashu because he was less complicated. Thats his prerogative, because he prefers simple-minded people. But I couldnt detest his BF for his actions... it was all very human the way he reacted. For that very reason, this novel didnt jibe with me. I can commend Jiashus ethics, but he is only the way he is because he had the backing of his rich and powerful family. He doesnt have to struggle and calculate every step of the way, unlike Jiamins BF.

The MC is incredibly endearing and has a refreshing personality and perspective. The ML is gentle and not at all r*pey. When they do finally get together, both are very, very enthusiastic, which contrasts nicely with MLs relationship with a side character at the beginning of the novel.

Theres a good balance between descriptions of filming and relationship development. Female characters exist, have personality, and have purpose other than being hindrances to the OTP. Theres enough drama to


be interesting, but not enough to be frustrating. In short, this is simply a very, very, very good novel.

The only qualm I have is that the MLs mind reading power, which is a pretty important plot device, is never explained other