The Beware of the Villainess book is an amusing review of romance, a genre I loved.
Beware of the Villainess is a hilarious manga about a woman living in modern-day Korea who is transformed into a daughter of a Duke in her most loved romance novel, titled “The Brats I Love.” The overall style of her character is similar to the main character in HameFura (Otome Game No Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou Ni Tensei Shitematta), also known as “My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!” – Catarina Claes. It is evident it was designed as a counterpoint to Catarina, who we are familiar with. Melissa Podebrat is just like Catalina wearing long, brown locks but cannot use magic.
However, unlike Bakarina, Melissa is not charmingly dense or generally dumb and incredibly intelligent, clever and, as she claims about herself, “has a rotten personality” this basically means she is a strong woman who does not take anyone’s garbage and does so in the most snarky and manner she can take every day. It’s incredibly enjoyable and entertaining to observe her reactions to the characters around her, the facial expressions she puts on, and the phrases that fall out of her mouth whenever she insults others.
What I love about this tale is that the comedy that is in contrast to HameFura is based on the concept of challenging the tropes of romance in romance novels simply by creating Melissa to inform the audience that the story is a cliché. She enjoyed this in her novel, however, now that she is living the story and has a full understanding of these characters as individuals in real life, she isn’t a fan.
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Like in HameFura characters, they behave differently from the characters of the story. It’s not because Melissa somehow transformed into a better person since she was there when their personalities became sour by the outside world. It’s simply that the characters received a new dimension as they ceased to be stereotypes that are only a few dimensions from the romance novels. Because of that, we can see a real-life instance where “what I like in the fictional man when I read a story doesn’t apply to what I like in men in real life” The author lied to us. Melissa is a fiery feminist who’d rather write of all the flaws men around her have instead of being awed by the fact they’re all beautiful and have the ones she can get for herself.
In fact, whenever she speaks about these guys, I get the impression that “I am a feminist icon, and I don’t take this crap of a man for real,” as it’s just absurd how shallow each of them is in real life as opposed to the fictional world. They all have traits that any woman would hate as a man. Their masculinity is so disgusting and embedded into patriarchy Melissa is unable to stop groaning every when she hears a rumor coming out of their mouths. And this is absolutely amazing. OMG.
Another thing that is cool is it is that Melissa is as disgusting as she can possibly be. Melissa is not a girl who is coveted by Korean society, Japanese society, or society in general. Western society in general. She is her self-esteem. She tells men they’re rubbish even though she doesn’t hesitate to appear inappropriate and enjoys actions that, according to the norms of the society, aren’t appropriate for women since women are often seen as women who are viewed as trophy wives. Thanks to that, Melissa is loved by the other characters that she gathers around her.
Even the main heroine, Yuri Elizabeth, prefers Melissa over all the men she can get to love, which is so cute that I want to shout with joy. I’m certain that Melissa’s “rotten personality” is a joke allusion to “fujoshi” as it means “rotten woman” in the sense of a “woman behaves in a way which makes her undesirable by the general patriarchal driven Asian men, and also that she is into BL manga and is most probably not straight herself” The reason for this is that the word fujoshi in Japan fujoshi is a synonym for the word”lesbian,” since this is the meaning Japanese men were saying when they said they were disgusting – that they were gay and certainly not “proper wives” which they ought to be graciously selected by their husbands to be married.
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The idea of the principal heroine and main character being in love with each other is borrowed from HameFura and HameFura. However, without the whole harem story going on in the background. As much as I am sad about my polyamory, I would rather Melissa as well as Yuri be with each other rather than date any of them and maybe even one who’s like, adorable and also with Melissa, which means he’s more attractive than the others. Hence, there’s still a chance for polyamory, I would guess. I truly hope that it does.