Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 5: His Fans Have Returned!
Yan Qiuchi stood behind the floor-to-ceiling windows and cast his gaze below.
Gao Qiao said while scanning Weibo, “What the hell is Shen Jintai doing?!”
“He really… gave up?” Xiao Yang asked.
Yan Qiuchi didn’t speak, but stood in front of the window watching Shen Jintai get into the car and drive off.
He recalled the scene that happened earlier when Shen Jintai looked back at him and said, “Then it’s just as you wish.” His tone was firm, and his eyes were clear.
“What did you want to tell me just now?” He turned around and asked Gao Qiao.
Gao Qiao quickly put down the phone. “Oh, yes, I forgot to tell you. I just went out to buy coffee and ran into Shen Jintai and Li Meilan. As a result, I heard him say…”
Xiao Yang impatiently said, “Can you just spit it out.”
Gao Qiao: “He seems to be planning to make a move on Bai Qingquan. He wanted to pursue Bai Qingquan and said… that Bai Qingquan is much better than the boss…”
“Holy shit,” Xiao Yang said. “What kind of ridiculous trick is this.”
“Didn’t he hate Bai Qingquan the most? How many times has he stepped on him by slandering him in the past? Is this some kind of diversion to deliberately arouse the boss?” Gao Qiao said. “As if Bai Qingquan would even look at him. If nothing else, the moonlight powder will tear him apart. It’s like a toad wanting to eat swan meat*!”
*Idiom that refers to wishful thinking or unrealistic aspirations.
Bai Qingquan was the most profitable artist of Sunshine Media while Shen Jintai was still struggling.
Bai Qingquan planned to appear in the hot search today.
He took the little fairy route, so he didn’t dispute it when he was referred to as the white moonlight. These days, eight out of ten hot searches were usually bought with money. At the lowest level, one could buy it at one’s own expense by creating a fake hot search. While netizens couldn’t tell, people in the circle would immediately recognize that the search was bought.
Alternatively, one could find a marketing account* to push a topic, and then rely on fans to create a commotion, causing it to become a hot search.
*Public accounts on social networking platforms that create or collect content about every hot topic and event all over the Internet. Many of their contents are untrue and unreliable.
People like Bai Yueguang tend to have neither hot spots1 or black spots2. His hot searches were usually bought and only when it was related to his current work making netizen quite amiable to them.
1High interest material.
2Like hot spots but is negative material (scandals).
Today, the makeup photo1 of his performance in <The East Palace is Coming> was announced, and Wei Ge bought a hot search for him. Probably because he hadn’t shown up for a long time, relying on his fan injected with chicken blood2, his hot search shot straight to second place.
1Makeup photo/set photo = Photo take by an actor to play a certain role after being dressed up, generally used for promos.
2(鸡血就) Internet slang to mean that someone is crazy or obsessed about something or an idol. It could mean making someone very excited (injecting chicken blood).
Ranked third was Yang Lizhi, the flowering orchid, who, like Bai Qingquan, had also posted their makeup photos. This search was most likely bought as well.
Bai Qingquan looked at the Weibo hot search today and was very satisfied. He suppressed a top-notch little flower like Yang Lizhi.
As for the current number one hot search, it was an 18th-tier actress who relied on sharing hot searches with her model boyfriend. It was bought personally by them. Such immature action that led to over-marketing will eventually undermine them in the long-run.
Looking at the position, Bai Qingquan was still in the position of being the top male in the entertainment industry. It gave him a sense of relief.
Bai Qingquan seemed to have seen a familiar name.
In sixth place in the hot search was…. Shen Jintai!
He thought he had gone blind for a second.
Their contracts were all signed with confidentiality agreements. Shen Jintai’s participation in the drama <The East Palace is Coming> was still under wraps. He needed to wait for the official announcement of the crew. Bai Qingquan believed that Shen Jintai wouldn’t dare buy hot searches at this time. He hurriedly refreshed it and saw that the hot search for “Shen Jintai Tattoo” had already surpassed Yang Lizhi and had risen to third place!
“Fuck!” He sat up with fury and swiped it again, only to watch Shen Jintai’s hot search overwhelm him and jump to second place.
“………Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah!”
He immediately jumped up and wailed to Wei Ge, “Where are your 300 marketing accounts you bought. Hurry and push me up! Why is Shen Jintai on the hot search? I rather die than be beneath him!”
Shen Jintai was sitting in the car reading his script when his phone rang. He glanced at the caller ID showing Lin Xu. Lin Xu was Shen Jintai’s girlfriend* who lived in the same community.
This was the first time he had dealt with his best friend. He took the call with some anxiety and heard Lin Xu howling on the other end of the phone, “Holy shit, sister*, you’re on the hot search!”
*She calls him older sister [jiejie].
Shen Jintai: “What?”
“You are on the hot search!” Lin Xu was very excited. She and Shen Jintai were childhood friends, so she knew that Shen Jintai shouldn’t have bought this hot search. Shen Jintai was one of the few real hot searches in the entertainment circle that was completely dependent on blood and sweat.
“Where are you now?” Lin Xu asked excitedly.
Shen Jintai: “I’m in the car heading home.”
“I just got off the plane, and I’m halfway there. Let’s go home and talk,” Lin Xu finally said with emotion. “Sister, you finally figured it out!”
Shin Jintai: “…”
After Shen Jintai hung up the phone, he hurriedly looked on Weibo and saw that his name was second in the hot search with the word “boiling” at the back.
It was weird to see his name appear on the hot search.
Li Meilan turned to look at him. “What’s the matter?”
Shen Jintai handed the phone to her.
“Shit!” Li Meilan was shocked, and quickly took out her mobile phone to look, confirming that it was not a photoshopped picture.
“You bought it?” she asked Shen Jintai.
“I don’t have the money to buy hot search now.” Shen Jintai said.
Li Meilan’s hands trembled with excitement. Shen Jintai’s was on the hot search. It felt like she had just accomplished a life-long goal. She wanted to even cry a little.
“You… You’re washing away your tattoo?” She raised her head with red eyes and asked Shen Jintai.
Shen Jintai nodded while looking at the hot searches.
“Shen Jintai. Which Shen Jintai is it? That Shen Jintai?”
“I’m sure there have been a lot of XXJS1 in my district during the summer. I haven’t even heard of any Shen Touhua2.”
1Referencing elementary school chickens The term came about from the imagery of small primary school children running around the playground or lining up in the canteen for food, just like little chicks on a farm. It is also frequently used to describe people who are immature, petty, and go out of their way to pick fights, so this is one insult that can be applied to anyone, regardless of their age.
2Nickname for Shen Jintai. Will be explained by the author shortly.
“Without pictures, I can make a hundred of this kind of material a day!”
“Shen Jintai broke out and the fans are frothing.”
“It should be true. There’s a photo of him and the tattoo artist. As soon as he got on the hot search, all the gold powders* started screaming.”
*Shen Jintai’s fans. The Jin in Jintai means gold, so that’s why they’re referred to as gold powders.
“Shit. Shen Touhua still has fans? I thought they all abandoned him a long time ago.”
“I saw someone move this yesterday, but it didn’t spread. Today, it was pushed by several entertainment accounts, and it became a hot search. Like always, a top stream is a top stream*.”
*(顶流) = Internet slang refers to a title given to a very famous person, thing, or content. It means that famous people are walking Weibo searches. Their topicality is very high, and it can arouse widespread public attention.
“Recently, my district clamored about this explosion and that explosion. It’s time for them to see what real traffic is.”
“XYXF* Shen Touhua!”
*Bloody according to the author.
“Someone doesn’t know who Shen Touhua is? It’s time to give away the memes that I have treasured for many years.”
“My eyes are becoming hot…”
“Damn, I’m blind.”
Shen Jintai clicked it open and saw a few moving pictures of ghosts and animals, all of which belonged to him, twisting in anger.
Shen Touhua was Shen Jintai’s nickname. The reason why a cannon fodder was cannon fodder was because of their low IQ. The cannon fodder Shen Jintai had countless black materials* but if you want to refer to the #1 scandal, it would have to be the “head-pulling flower” incident.
*Information or historical records (which can be either true or not) that will have a negative impact on a celebrity or a project (like scandals).
“Pulling the head flower”, Baidu Encyclopedia explains: “When boys are weak to a certain extent that they can’t even beat girls in a fight, they need to use the method of pulling the head flower*. Only by doing so would they stand a chance to protect themselves.”
Shen Jintai once had a fight with a female star backstage at an awards ceremony. The scene became: a man actually started a fight with a woman and pulled her hair. Such a scene made people and even the gods angry.
Because of this, Shen Jintai nickname was Shen Touhua*.
*Head Flower (头花).
He always had a flirtatious image, and his actions on stage were even more coquettish. Someone had photoshop a big red flower on his head and named it the “head flower dance”. This was how these animated gifs came to be.
Shen Jintai looked sweaty.
Li Meilan said, “Have your fans returned? I remember that you only had more than a million followers some time ago.”
Shen Jintai was taken aback for a moment, and quickly ran to his Weibo to look.
Shen Jintai: “So many! Two million!”
Li Meilan: “Brother*, you used to have 20 million.”
*[Gege] (哥哥) = Not related in this context. It’s used to refer to men who are older than you and of higher rank or to someone you’re close with. || In this context, Li Meilan is using it sarcastically (like Bro).
Shen Jintai: “…”
But two million was more than enough. He dared not be too optimistic.
He refreshed it, and it became 2.1 million. His fans had really returned.
“Let’s talk about it.” The little beauty Lin Xu crossed her legs on his sofa. “What has happened to you in the past few days when I went abroad?”
Shen Jintai: “What do you want to hear?”
“Of course, it’s about your tattoo! Yan Qiuchi’s business!” Lin Xu said as she stretched out her hand to pull at his shirt.
Shen Jintai blocked her. “No need to look, it’s true. I really washed it, but I haven’t completely washed it off yet. I have to go a few more times.”
Lin Xu: “Fuck. What happened? Why did you suddenly want to wash off the tattoo?”
Shen Jintai said, “Because I think it’s stupid to tattoo Yan Qiuchi’s name on my body.”
Lin Xu: “I know it’s stupid, but haven’t you always been stupid? Why are you not stupid all of a sudden?”
Shen Jintai: “…”
Lin Xu: “Quickly! Hurry up and dish about everything! What happened between you two?!”
Shen Jintai thought for a while. The scene from that fateful night appeared in his mind.
That was also the last scene of Shen Jintai, the cannon fodder in the original text. He had stalked Yan Qiuchi and gotten entangled with him in the hotel room but was pushed away. His eyes were red, as if he was crazy, and he bit Yan Qiuchi’s neck.
“Do you like that Bai Qingquan’s bastard? What do you like about him? Am I not comparable to him?!” He roared.
Recalling this, he couldn’t help but shudder. The cannon fodder went completely bonkers. It was like crazy was running through his body. After biting Yan Qiuchi’s neck, he was immediately kicked out. He then went and jumped off a building to his death, hoping to make Yan Qiuchi remember him forever. Unfortunately, the male protagonist’s heart was already set. How could readers accept such vicious little cannon fodder trying to attack him. When Shen Jintai leapt off the building, they all celebrated with gongs, drums, and thunderous applause!
It was disgusting that the cannon fodder didn’t even know their own weight*.
*Clarity: In terms of how little impact his death would really have on Yan Qiuchi.
He focused on the two sentences Yan Qiuchi said to him.
“Even in my next life, let alone touching you, I will never love you!”
“Because you can’t even match his toe!”
Lin Xu was stunned when he finished speaking and said, “I really don’t know what to say to you.”
Shin Jintai: “Then don’t say it. I have no face to review it again. I have completely given up.”
Lin Xu: “I hope you are serious this time. How many times now have you said you’ve given up only to end up slapping yourself in the face again the next day.” But this time, he even washed away the tattoo. It looked pretty serious. “Yan Qiuchi has been notoriously cultured since he was a child. If you can force him to say such things to you, then I’m convinced.”
Although she was Shen Jintai’s best friend, Lin Xu privately was on Yan Qiuchi’s side. Honestly, even as a best friend, seeing some of Shen Jintai’s behavior made her cringe. It was too cheap. If it wasn’t for the affection she had growing up with him as a child, she would have kicked him to the curb a long time ago.
Yan Qiuchi was different. Because he was so cultured, his indifference to Shen Jintai was like a simple courtesy.
Lin Xu: “Then what are your plans now? Are you going to return to the entertainment industry?”
Shen Jintai nodded. “I just picked up a drama as the second male lead.”
“Wow.” Lin Xu was also surprised. “Even now you can still get the role of a second male lead.”
“The male lead is Bai Qingquan,” Shen Jintai whispered.
Lin Xu frowned, “Bai Qingquan…You mean Bai… Jian1… Shit!”
The word “Huo1” almost came out.
He couldn’t blame her. Shen Jintai used to call Bai Qingquan that white bitch1 whenever he talked about him. After constantly listening to him call Bai Qingquan this, she had almost forgotten what his real name was.
1Clarity: Lin Xu almost called Bai Qingquan (白清泉) Bai Jianhuo (白贱货). Bai (白) = white. Jianhuo (贱货) = cheap goods. When combined (白贱货) she’s calling him Bai (white) cheap goods. Jianhuo (贱货) can also mean bitch so he could also be referred to as a white bitch.
“This drama you’re in… This sister can’t accept it!” Lin Xu said.
After a while, Lin Xu asked, “You didn’t sleep well? Don’t hide it from me.”
Shen Jintai: “…No!”
Lin Xu: “Why did you bring him up? I don’t think you’re that bad.”
Shen Jintai: “Lies. I’m not beautiful enough.” Compared with Bai Qingquan.
“But you’re so sexy.” Lin Xu commented objectively. Although she didn’t agree with the cheap and outrageous behavior of her good friend, she occasionally felt that his crazy actions had a bit of an allure to them.
“That might be because I was born with no morals,” Shen Jintai said.
Not everyone had the ability to eat Yan Qiuchi’s kind of food that can make people “tremble and weep”!
Shen Jintai’s hot search was still trending on Weibo for most of the day. Before going to bed at night, it was still trending, but it fell more than 20 ranks. Shen Jintai lay in the dark for a while. Unable to sleep, he turned on the bedside lamp, then untied his pajamas, grabbed the phone, and took a few pictures.
Finally, using photoshop, he covered the important parts with emojis and then posted his first Weibo post in a long time.
“The old me is dead, and the new me has been reborn.”
The picture showed a slightly red and swollen tattoo. The lines have been blurred, showing only an unmodified face, which looked fresh and clean. The words “Yan Qiuchi” can still be vaguely distinguished.
Yan Qiuchi threw the phone on the table, raised his head, and drank a few sips of water. His phone screen was still on. [Shen Jintai Tattoo] jumped to the top of the hot search in the middle of the night, followed by the word “Explosive”.
The first comment: [Breaking news! The inside story: He’s making a comeback.]
*Sigh* What did I get myself into picking a showbiz novel. It’s so difficult translating Weibo/bystander comments, especially when they use slang that I’m not familiar with, so there’s a lot of footnotes regarding those.
Side Note: I love how Lin Xu calls Shen Jintai jiejie. The gay equivalent would probably be like gurl~~ or sis~~ Haha.
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7 thoughts on “Your Rival in Love Gets Prettier Every Day Ch5”
I like it better with pinyin! Ty~
This is actually the first showbiz novel I’ve read, since I’m more of a fantasy or detective story kinda person, so all your footnotes are EXTREMELY helpful!! Thank you so much for going through the trouble of doing all that work, you’re the people who make it easier to read good novels without breaking brains with MTL (*shivers* never again)
I do think this novel has good potential, and I’m dying to read how someone who hates Shen Jintai is going to end up liking him XD I’m also sad for White Moonlight, in his good route he’s a victim of Yan Quichi’s uncontrollable lust, and in the bad route he doesn’t get the rich sugar daddy he was promised. I wanna see his developments too!
Yeah… that’s why I decided to translate this novel. Can’t do the MTL version.
Any recommendations on fantasy and mystery novels? Danmei preferably. For fantasy one of my favorites is The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love (the papapa was a nice cherry on top).
I haven’t read any mystery danmei yet but would love to find a good one to read.
Thank you so much for the rec!
For mystery, I end up recommending one of the more ridiculously famous ones, since that’s what i read getting into danmei, Guardian by Priest. I guess it’s modern supernatural mystery? I fell in love at first sight (chapter) XD
Another of my first reads was probably a sci fi named Little Mushroom (can you believe a danmei won a literature award for sci fi?! 🥺 2nd place for Chinese sci fi!), which most translators removed because it got licenced.
And the closest thing to a ‘normal’ modern was Jie Yao (Antidote) that completely stole my heart but ruined my brain with MTL because translators hadn’t picked it up yet. (it’s angsty, and I consider it ‘proper’ literature bc of how well everything came across, even in mlt)
For a showbiz one, a friend recommended “I ship my rival X me” (apparently it’s gut punchingly funny), but isekai showbiz like YRILGMBED (this one) caught my attention more.
Anyway thanks for replying, I’m literally reading in my breaks between assignments so seeing a reply notif was nice XD
Yes, Guardian is on my to read list. Just haven’t gotten around to it yet (so many to read… and now that I’m translating so even more less time).
I heard of Little Mushroom. It’s on my lower end to read only because I’m not really into sci-fi. It definitely goes to show that there is good works even if it’s danmei and hopefully this genre will not be ignored. Look at The Founder of Diabolism (Mo Dao Zu Shi). The live-action became a huge world wide hit (despite the fact they removed all the gay stuff, which made me sad). Though given China’s current trajectory, I don’t have a lot of hope for the future of danmei.
I actually read the first few chapters of the manhua version of Antidote. It looked really good. Seems like translation for it is incomplete so I haven’t bother to touch it (I usually only read completed translation since I hate cliffies). It would probably be a project I would pick up if there wasn’t already an active translator.
I read the manhua version of I Ship My Rival x Me. I can’t remember much of it except it was pretty cute.
Gurl and sis… lol
Ngl, one of the reasons I enjoy reading entertainment/ streaming novels is because I love reading the netizens’ comments. Not only are they helpful to learn more Chinese pop culture/ memes/ slang, but also because they work as a great juxtaposition to the things “actually” happening. Eg a celebrity behaves in this way but netizens interpret his actions in that way, which is usually completely off. And more often than not, they’re super funny. I understand they must be a pain to translate though. So thank you!