On the night of our fourth wedding anniversary, I witnessed my husband having an affair. “I love you,” he told my twin sister as he laid on top of her. This can’t just end easily with a divorce. No, I’ll make them pay for this.
Sit back and take in this romantic tale of an angelic heroine and her devoted suitors as they vie for the depths of her love… or not. This story’s about to go through some edits! After an accident, a modern-day college student awakens as the story’s villainess, Melissa Foddebrat. She’s far from anyone’s favorite, but she IS the daughter of the duke. Determined to live it up, this new Melissa is doing things her way — antiquated society, be damned! All idiots, prepare to step aside or perish!
Navier Ellie Trovi was an empress perfect in every way — intelligent, courageous, and socially adept. She was kind to her subjects and devoted to her husband. Navier was perfectly content to live the rest of her days as the wise empress of the Eastern Empire. That is, until her husband brought home a mistress and demanded a divorce. “I accept this divorce… And I request an approval of my remarriage.” In a shocking twist, Navier remarries another emperor and retains her title and childhood dream as empress. But just how did everything unfold?
If you’re ever wondering what series sparked the catalyst for my webtoon obsession, I think the closest we can come is Alphatart, HereLee, and Sumpul’s The Remarried Empress on Webtoon.
This is the series that I come back to all the time, and it’s given me a lot to think about when it comes to storytelling, misogyny in the narrative, and internalized misogyny in the reader. And it all starts with how Navier’s callous husband Sovieshu (known in the fandom as “Sovieshit”) brings the wide-eyed naif Rashta (who fandom calls “Trashta”) into the castle and installs her as his mistress without any thought of what that would mean for Navier’s public reputation.
After her death, Daisy Heidi is reincarnated into the world of “Why Did the Duke’s Daughter Roll Across the Pumpkin Patch?”, a so-called “tragedy” novel where the beautiful heroine Pierta indulges in reckless lust and hedonism with ten ardent suitors to a bitter end. Though Daisy is reborn as a poor commoner in this world, she has one distinct advantage over others in her second chance at life — she’s the author of the original novel! When fate brings Daisy into the lives of the novel’s heroine Pierta and her dashing father Duke Henstone, Daisy vows to do everything she can to prevent Pierta’s future of despair.
A huge reason why I’m focusing on Tricked into Becoming the Heroine’s Stepmother this week is because I needed a light and cute transmigration series for my agonies.
Ash Tolkayn was an ordinary office worker before she somehow became a maid in a BL novel with a scandalous love triangle between the King, his mysterious male lover, and the jilted Queen. But everything changes when the King appoints Ash as the crown prince’s new nanny… after murdering the previous one! Now, on top of juggling the duties of childcare, she finds herself smack dab in the middle of the cutthroat royal drama. Can Ash rise to the challenge and survive as a maid?
Surviving As A Maid for being one of the series that gave me trust issues when it came to a new-to-me subgenre of isekai series: girl gets transmigrated into a minor female role in a Boys Love series.
What happens after the story ends with a “happily ever after”? When Hestia enters her favorite novel as a side character, she happily fangirls from the sidelines. Thinking she’ll return home when the story reaches its end, Hestia finds that the only thing awaiting her is the tragic death of her favorite character. Now miraculously restored to the day of the ending, Hestia decides that she’ll no longer spectate from the sidelines – instead, she’ll save her derelict favorite!
I know I need to stop saying every single webtoon I read is my favorite but uh… For My Derelict Favorite is part of why I use my Webtoon account regularly. (The other reason was The Remarried Empress.) Yet another isekai romance with a white-haired hottie, this series gets me because I fell hard for the main characters and I find the female lead, Hestia, the most relatable protagonist I’ve seen in ages. After all, if I had the opportunity to fan-stitch over my side or secondary favorite character in a piece of media – wobbling between Zhuzhi-lang in Scum Villain and Suguru Geto in Jujutsu Kaisen – and save them from a certain shitty fate? Of course I would?
The spunky Lady Dillion didn’t realize she was the villain of a romance novel until she encounters Marquess Cedric. Seeing him jogs a dormant memory of the novel’s plot, in which her beloved younger sister dies in childbirth after marrying Cedric. Determined to prevent this, Dillion marries him herself, but what fate awaits her when she knows he’s meant to fall in love with the real female lead later? In this marriage of convenience, it seems nothing turns out quite how either of them expects…
One of the things that I love the most about the villainess transmigration genre is the way that characters come to own their space in the new world.
Moa’s in a pinch. Her friends are asking about her nonexistent sex life, but she’d rather die than admit that she’s a virgin. In a hurry, she makes up a haphazard lie: yeah, she’s had sex before. With a really hot imaginary guy called Yura! Not only is he ripped, well-hung, but he also…happens to be very, very real. When faced with the real Yura, there’s only one thought in Moa’s mind. She needs to make her lie become a truth!
Pereshati Jahardt is a count’s daughter who got remarried after her mother’s passing. When her father died, he left her all his fortune. Then, Pereshati’s greedy stepmother and stepsister conspire with Pereshati’s lover to kill her. However, under mysterious circumstances, Pereshati is brought back to life and travels back in time before her murder. To buy some time before getting her revenge, Pereshati visits the handsome yet notorious grand duke, Therdeo Lapileon, to marry him. During her visit, she uncovers a horrifying secret of his family. How will Pereshati deal with it? Will she be able to take her revenge?
Ack! I’m trapped in this webnovel, “Brigitte Wants to be Happy!” No prob, I KNOW what’s gonna happen so I’ll just—wait. I’m not Brigitte? I’m her aunt, Princess Yerenika?! Uh-oh. I’m stuck 20 years before the main plot… and everyone in my generation ends up tragically dead! Her parents, dead. Me, dead. Villain’s dad, King Euredian, dead. A-ha! That’s the key. I just need to prevent the villain from being born… time to break out some seduction schemes and flirt like my life depends on it!
Brienne Lutengard knew that her parents were selling off their daughter and their status in exchange for money. Still, she thought she’d be able to live a relatively happy life with her husband, but it’s not long until the new duke of House Lutengard shatters her dreams. Eight years later, the duke is found murdered in his residence, and Brienne is named the main suspect, along with three potential accomplices. All three are skilled swordsmen, none have an alibi for the night of the murder, and they’re all young men recently caught up in a scandal with the duchess! Did the duchess really kill her husband? And if so, what could’ve been her motive?
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