She was possessed by the villainess in the novel. When her fiancé, the crown prince, married their childhood sweetheart, Helena, she poisoned her to death. From the moment she realized she was possessed, “I” have only one goal: to escape the world in this novel. She tried to escape this world, even if it meant dying, but the world wouldn’t let her. But when she refused to follow the path of ‘Eris’ in the original story, the men who had ignored and persecuted her began to beg for her attention and affection.
SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! DON'T READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU CARE ABOUT SPOILERS! IT'S A VERY LONG REVIEW, WITH LOTS OF SPOILERS! This novel is definitely a tragedy. Yes, the MC returns to Korea and Anakin follows her, so in that respect, it is a happy ending for them. But for almost everyone else, this story is a tragedy. The original Eris, whose body our MC possesses, is the most tragic of all. This was a world written by the author, created by a God, who did not care for Eris. Eris was only the villainess, nothing more. It is tragic that she disappeared and can never come back. Even more tragic is that there were people who sincerely cared about her. Her servant, Emma. Her seamstress, Twal Rose. Even Helena, the heroine, cared about Eris. Ah yes, Helena. I liked that this novel, the readers and the MC are not meant to like Helena first because we see her as too naive, optimistic, dull, etc. But in reality, those were never realy faults at all. The novel sums this up well (ch.82): "I thought Helena Antebellum was frustrating and stupid. I felt that it was because of her weakness that she did nothing wrong while being bullied by her Eris over and over again. Because she was ignorant and weak, she was afraid of retaliation and could not think of counterattacking." "If it was me, if I was Helena, I would be pleasantly avenged. I would have shamed her and completely trampled on her in front of everyone so that she could never treat me carelessly again." "Oh, I thought if I apologized, I would lose. I believed that revenge was ‘stronger’ because forgiveness would result in losses." "Now I know. Helena was not holding back because she was weak. Rather, she was able to understand and embrace the pain and fear of weak people because she was stronger than anyone else. A weak wicked person could not survive without being parasitic on her kindness." So the novel ends with the MC returning to her world, with no possibility of being revived in Eris' body, since Eris' body was burnt in a fire. Helena was legally married to Alecto, so she becomes Empress. The little boy who Anakin takes care of and treats like a sibling, Kynthia, becomes the new god of the world, because after the story "ends", the world needed a new god. Medea and the other witches will of course continue being witches. I said this novel is a tragedy, and I will reiterate that again. Certain characters like the Marquis Mizelian, Eris' father, even if he wasn't a good man, even he loved Eris' mother. It was just unfortunate that Eris' mother loved nothing and no one in life, had no interest in life, nothing excited her whatsoever, not even family or her daughter. So she died. The Empress and Emperor, Alecto's parents, they end up killing themselves by drinking poisoned tea. The Empress lost her child, Alecto's older brother, but that doesn't excuse her actions. For example, to frame the Marquis, she opened a gate to let demons through and hurt innocent people. And the Emperor, that bastard, told Alecto to rape Eris so that she would have his child, and thus tying her to the royal family and forcing her to marry Alecto. And Alecto went along with it. I don't know if the webtoon will adapt this part of the story, since it was quite dark, but it was one of the most compelling parts of the novel. Alecto almost succeeds in raping Eris, but she murders him, and Medea and a couple of other witches have to turn back time in order to prevent that from happening. Afterwards, the MC has to experience the trauma of being the only one who remembers being assaulted by Alecto, while he and everyone else forgot because it never happened for them when time turned back. Overall, I liked this story very much, side stories included. I just wish it was longer. There are some lose threads that need to be addressed that the author just did not explain, not even in the side stories after the ending. Does the MC get any counseling/therapy for her trauma of being sexually assaulted as Eris? Who is the man Anakin possessed? What happened to him? It was a similar sitauation to Eris and the MC, i.e. a soul occupying a body. What does Helena do as Empress? What does the new God, Kynthia, do? I liked the novel overall, I just wasn't 100% satisfied with the ending. The "revenge" is a bit iffy for me. I liked that Alecto has no one who loves him. His family died, the real Eris/original Eris who loved him is long gone, Helena doesn't love him. But I wished he had an even harsher punishment. For example, being removed as Emperor. The people love Helena, since she is the heroine of the world, so I don't think it was necessary to keep Alecto as Emperor. He doesn't deserve it, especially for his heinous crime of nearly raping Eris. Hubris, the high priest, loses his divine power and youth, because he overexerted himself trying to save Eris' body from burning. I didn't like Hubris for lusting after his half sister, since his father is Marquis Mizelian who had an affair with his mother, but it seems he "loved" the stranger in Eris' body. In Alecto's case, I think he was just trying to hold onto Eris, even if the real Eris had already disappeared. He didn't care that someone else was possessing her body, he just wanted to keep that remnant of Eris. But Hubris deliberately wanted to keep the MC in this world, so that she could not return to her original, and she would be forced to grow old, die, and reincarnate in this world. He even said that he would find her in the next lifetimes. That's obsession. And Jason is the most pitiable of all. He aided in nearly keeping the MC in this world, but I think he, like Alecto was obsessed with the original Eris. Whereas Alecto lost someone who sincerely loved him, and thus he couldn't accept it, Jason saw himself in Eris, both as people who were forced since they were young to do what others told them (him, to kill a dragon, her, to be the crown prince's fiance). This is why I find Jason the most pitiable. Alecto tried to rape Eris, and he will not be forgiven for that. Hubris also wanted to revive Eris after she died, and keep the MC trapped there forever (her soul can not leave the world a second time). But Jason? He didn't really do anything. He had the least connection to the original Eris. He was not her fiance, and he was not even her half-brother. Jason's "punishment" is also unrelated to Eris. He was cursed by the dragons for killing one of their kind (even though it was the dragon who issued that prophecy, and manipulated everything so Jason could kill him). A dragon's long lifespan, in a human, aging body. Alecto's family died because the MC conspired with the Empress to kill themselves, and the MC taught Helena how to be a better and smarter person. Hubris lost his divine power because he tried to save Eris' body. Jason in comparison, his punishment is not related. Although, I hear that the author had another side story planned, where Medea would take the preserved body of Eris' mother (who looks exactly like her), and torment Jason with that. Considering the real life Greek myths of Jason and Medea, I find an antagonistic relationship fitting, if not a bid odd, since this witch Medea has no real connection to this novel's Jason other than that Eris/the MC helped her/was a friend of hers, of a sort. TLDR, I really like this novel, but I wish certain plot points were addressed in greater detail, and the fate of certain characters to be worse or better depending on who they are.
I like storyline of this novel. I read a lot of villainess plot line and a lot of novel transmigration story. This one is cleary different and feel right to heart. First the character of Female Lead (FL) Lady Miserian aka villaines in the novel world. When she transmigrated, she try to understand why in the world she is there like most characters. But she also try to find way back. The way she cried that she missed her family is reminded us. No matter what or how our family treated us. We still miss them. Not all familly is lovey dovey. But love can be shown in other way. Just the loop hole here, why in the first place she think by dying she can go back to her old world? Haish. What if she died. Or she given up entirely living in the villainess life. Second i like bout this character is she try to understand the villainess character. She is becoming her as her srrictness and rudeness comes entirely of trying hard to appease everyone. She didn't think the villainess as bad to the core, she think her as pitiful. Circumstances forced her to be evil. I also like not all Male character as this one is reverse harem try to love (but towards the end i sense that the prince, the knight and her step brother did). The change of heary of male characters is being justified not because she was mild kinder but as the purpose of the villainess existed. She kinda switch role from the supposed to be female lead (helena) in the novel world. She become the retribution the male characters needed. Most of male characters tend to love female lead as they saw her as shining light to her path as someone to provide comfort to their insecurities. (As supposed to be especially the Prince which explained in the novel). But all the male lead characters fall for the villainess as she spoke truth of their suffering as they clouded by their mind she will understand and give comfort (because they feel the villainess feel the same). The FL(villainess) didnt reply to their dumb wishes as she doesn't want to be a safe heaven for their own suffering as she felt she suffered enough. She just want to proceed to her plan and return to her world. Moreover, the FL didnt try to change the culture of the novel. She hides her identity well. Most of korean web novel tend likely to introduce their korean culture to the transmigrated world (that is outrageous as do you think in the normal setup of your novel based on people will understand and not looking at you weird. Or such ingredients will deemed available?) Unless the novel world originally before she transmigrated provide such loophole then it will be fine. So kudos to writer who write that the FL try as much she can to cope with her surroundingt instead changing things around to her liking. The 10 is in the villainess character as she depicted on how most of us will react to when being in novel world. Just the suicide heads one without investigation is kinda a no good loophole to me. Here the story tend to show the effect of rumours and prejudice. When people labelled lady meserian whatever she done will deemed uncouth. Helena the good girl as suppose to be in the novel , only she can see through the suffering of the villainess as she didn't have such prejudice. But she alone wont able help to save the villainess. As a conclusion, this kind of villainess romance trajedies is refreshing and will tpuch your kokoro. Prepare some tissues. You will cry a lot.
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