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You’ve spent days, weeks, even months reading all 126 chapters of GDC, now what? What do you read? What happens now?


Well, it’s not the end. It’s just the beginning.

A lot of readers on our site found the novel after watching the drama, so a lot of you do not know of the wide, wide world of Chinese Danmei novels. For those of you who do not know, Danmei is the specific name of the genre for BL (boy’s love, M/M, gay) novels. There are hundreds of thousands of Danmei novels in the world and there are hundreds that are translated or being translated into English.

If you want the full comprehensive list of translated novels, please visit Novel Updates HERE (yaoi) or HERE (shounen-ai.) There is a distinctive difference between yaoi and shounen-ai, both of which take their names after Japanese terms. Yaoi is, in layman’s terms, the more explicit version of shounen-ai that includes detailed sex scenes.

In this wide world, you must remember that not every book is the same, not all characters have the same personalities. If you continue trying to find a new novel to read with the expectations that that novel will be the new GDC, you will never be able to find a new novel to read or be able to immerse yourself in a new world. I recommend that you wrap GDC up into a little ball, store it into itself and keep it in its own category.

GDC is its own being. Since it was written in 2018, there have been hundreds of novels trying to recreate its fame, mimic its atmosphere and it’s worked in some cases. But if you do not move on from GDC, if you do not see it as a new start, you will never leave GDC and nothing new will begin. You’ll stagnate and never know of the hundreds of other novels out there that you are passing up because you’ve blindsided yourself into staying in the GDC world. It’s small-minded when you find a novel you like and want every novel after to be exactly the same.

So, please, on behalf of all of the other translators out there and all the authors, please try to read other novels. Read them, not with the mindset of trying to replace GDC, but with the mindset that you are looking for a new world to love, new characters that will make you laugh, and a new author you want to devour every single one of their novels.

Please don’t stagnant, please adventure out. Go find a new novel that hits you like GDC, one that makes you fall in love with reading to the point you don’t’ put the book down and dream about the characters when you sleep.

Priest and MXTX are not the only authors in the Damei circle. Read so many that you get confused by what is what:  wuxia / xuanhuan / xianxia.

Try some modern novels where the characters live like you and me in a world filled with technology.

Western fantasy novels where dragons fly in the sky, vampires have issues and werewolves are allergic to their own fur.

M-preg, where males have the ability to be like females in our world and it’s common for two males to have children together.

Cultivation novels are not the only good novels out there. Explore. Explore until you can’t read anymore and every word is a new world. Recommend novels to each other and let other novels shine and get the love they deserve.

Read other novels on our site, look for the ones that strike your fancy, HERE.


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March 26, 2021 2:03 pm

I, for one, am probably going to read the book that Immortality is based on next. Yes, maybe it’s only because that live action will be released this year, and it might have to do with me loving GDC/The Untamed so much, but I’ll try my hardest to not compare and treat it as a new experience.

March 26, 2021 3:56 pm

I have a question, maybe someone knows the answer: is there a way I can buy the Chinese printed copies of Mo Dao Zu Shi with shipping to the UK? I’ve tried looking online but a lot of it didn’t look genuine (f.e. I saw a listing where the item was listed both as Mo Dao Zu Shi AND as Tian Guan Ci Fu, which obvsly doesn’t make sense)

Nora Moya
Nora Moya
April 5, 2021 9:05 am

This was the first time reading this kind of Novel.
I really watched the series, on Netflix, 3 times and
still didn’t “get” certain aspects…Twice I read just
after finishing the first time. The series left me with
a bitter/sad taste in my heart…How come they didn’t
ended up together ?!!

Nora Moya
Nora Moya
April 5, 2021 9:06 am

Cont.: Even after watching for the third time, still couldn’t understand some parts. Only
after reading the Novel I could understand everything
and have the “after-taste” of the series, erased…So, I
have to THANK YOU, SOOO MUCH for the translation !💋

April 7, 2021 11:26 pm

Thank you JUST THANK YOU 😭💞

April 10, 2021 5:17 am

I just want to express my gratitude for your works. GDC was the first novel I have read in your site however, I have always been a fan of written stories so I’m sure I will be reading more. All the best!

April 10, 2021 1:03 pm

It’s really over.. there’s no more next chapter. This is my first danmei and I am been blessed that it happens to be this gem. I’ve been introduced to a whole new world that I’m not ready to move on from yet. Excuse me while I go search the net to ease my yearning for more GDC stuff. Thank you for an amazing translation. You guys are awesome!

Green apple
Green apple
April 15, 2021 4:51 am

GDC is the second novel I’ve read after SVSSS….. I love both of this novels sooOo much….. Thank you for translating this…. It will be hard to move on from GDC so immediately, but I would love to explore the big world of danmei…. I’ll look forward to love some new novel as much as I loved SVSSS and GDC

April 16, 2021 4:37 pm

Wow I am amazed by this book

April 19, 2021 1:55 pm

I’m so scared that I can’t move on, because this novel and The Untamed have takend over a huge chunk of my heart and soul and I am not ready and afraid to let these characters and this world go and start anew, this was just such an amazing ride and my emotions are still all over the place….

April 21, 2021 11:01 am

Thak you, from heart for this translation…how can I help with supporting you?

April 26, 2021 12:36 pm

Thank you for making this journey possible for me🥰 I watched the series on YouTube and felt the need to know the original story so badly. I spent 3 day reading without a pause as the story sucked me in, without your effort I would have never been able read something so wonderful. 💕

Aiman Nadeem
Aiman Nadeem
April 26, 2021 5:24 pm

Thank you so much for the hard work and I am really grateful for the end note, and the encouragement to move on from GDC, cause I have been obsessed with the characters and the story line. Your note made me feel less anxious 🖤

May 2, 2021 11:49 pm

I started my adventure with yaoi books a long time ago with japanese light novels. Some were low quality, some were true gems. But chinese novel seemed not so cool for me, due to low quality of translation and my unluckiness (finding stories with shous being pathetic and gongs being cruel jerks). A couple of years passed…

May 8, 2021 9:16 am

This made me think about how it really is GDC that got me to discover your site and read more Chinese Danmei novels. GDC was an extreme emotional rollercoaster when I read it (LOL) and finishing it felt like an accomplishment to me. I still reread it sometimes, but I have definitely proceeded to check out other novels and had fun reading them.

May 8, 2021 9:27 am

I just want to say thank you to everyone in ExR for giving me and others the opportunity to check out and read more Chinese novels as they have greatly entertained me, especially throughout the quarantine. Hoping for more people to find out about y’all! Wishing you greater success in the future. Stay in good health and keep safe

May 9, 2021 2:42 am

GDC was so good it almost ruined me. I was so depressed after finishing it and this advice is really good. It may be the best, but it’s not the only one^^and there are more and more everyday thanks to lovely translators and general interest in the genre.
Thank you for all your hard work, translators♡♡♡_(:3」∠)__

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