What Web Novels teach us about China
If you read a lot of web novels you realize there are certain patterns that are there in 90-100% of the web novels from China.
Funny thing is, I would NEVER have had that idea about China if not for these patterns appearing in so many (hundreds) of web novels.
The law is not important
What you can see in nearly ever Chinese web novel is the utter unimportance of the law.
The ONLY thing of importance is, if the guys you know have higher political influence than the guys the other party knows.
Even the best of the web novels follow this. The protagonist might have some powers or is very good in martial arts or whatever. Sometimes - very, VERY seldom - they even win using their brain.
But it is ALWAYS the political network that keeps them out of prison. Always.
My question would be: Is this the normality in China?
(Chinese?) people are stupid
The Chinese web community and the rest of the world do share some resources, but most of the Chinese web "community" is behind good enough working firewalls INSIDE China. So the web novels should describe the Chinese internet community, not the world's internet community.
Someone says something on the street or on the internet, people have an opinion and 99% just follow what he says.
I mean, yeah, sheep behave that way, right? But humans? Perhaps the schools in China brainwash all Chinese people to be sheep?
I have to say, I don't get it. I have no idea what is happening there.
It is always the same kind of stupid story:
People responsible for a certain area (sect, city, district, country, planet, alliance of planets) gather "the best of the best", the young geniuses of the era and then have them fight to the death. Because of reason X. "X" is always something so stupid, I don't care to remember.
They kill most of the geniuses of the current generation. This is so stupid, I have no words. And I have no idea where THAT idea might come from. Is there something really, REALLY bad happening in China? Or are the authors just stealing from each other and all are stupid?
Chinese people don't get numbers. They really don't.
In 50% of all web novels I read the numbers switch between mentioning by factor 10 to factor 100000. When it were 200 Million dollars the last time, it is 200 dollars now. 20000 becomes 2000 or 2000000 and no number is safe from these guys.
Perhaps, perhaps it is the fault of the translators. I only read the English version of these novels, so it might be the translators. But I don't really think so. I have the guess that most of China's people have problems with numbers. This should not be possible. As far as I know there are really smart guys in China who can do things we only dream of. So, no idea how this can happen, but I stand with my opinion that a lot of Chinese people don't get numbers. Proof me wrong. Create web novels without these errors.
Chinese people don't value gifts
Whenever someone gifts someone else something, the first and in most cases the only question is: "How much is it worth?"
A protagonist goes to another country into the deep sea and gets something very unique and very beautiful as gift. What is EVERYONE'S ONLY question? "How much is it worth?" "Oh, we don't know the price, it must be worthless, he just picked it up, what a cheap gift it is.".
Don't even think about a bad painting or drawing from a child. If it is not a masterpiece worth a lot, then it is not a good gift for a Chinese person. They don't care about intention or personal time or anything like that. They only value something if it is worth a lot of money.
Chinese people look at the car, clothes, shoes, wristwatch and hair cut to evaluate others. If there is no brand on these items, the guy/girl must be of no importance, we can behave like assholes.
There is no reasoning, no checking of comfort or other attributes things might have. There is just the check for monetary value. That's it. If the things you wear were expensive to buy, then you are good to go. Chinese people don't think. They just look at monetary values.
It seems that all stars in China are prostituting themselves at some point because they have no other way. Protagonists who create corporations where artists can do their job without having to have sex with their superiors seem to be heroes.
It makes me mad to think such a society exists in our current days, but it seems in China you have to be a prostitute if you want to become a star.
"Oh, she wanted to get into that movie without having sex with person x, how stupid is she?"
Chinese people don't really have honor. At least most of them.
How many times have you read about some Chinese guys who see the red flag, listen to a patriotic song and a patriotic speech and are all 100% fanatical for the country and "get red eyes" and whatever.
And then ... like 30 minutes later, the same guys will kill their mates to get a better rank in some irrelevant situation. Not "if I don't kill you, our country will have heavy losses", but instead more like "I'll kill you so I get 10th place instead of 11th place".
Sure, all for the country, right?
The protagonists AND all other persons in the stories kill and steal and maim and lie and nobody really cares. Because the strong ones have the right to do what they want. This is China? School bullying seems to be the normality for a lot of guys who are not rich or connected. And nobody cares. Not the other pupils who are not bullied, not the other pupils who could do something, not the teachers. Even the police will just check who has more influence, because ... who cares about the law in China? Nobody, it seems.
Chinese woman don't have feelings
If one guy wants a girl, he will fight the other guy and expects the girl to switch partners.
I mean.. like... REALLY?
What did you smoke? Or are really Chinese girls all stupid bitches who just follow the strongest? Like dogs?
Intelligence is not relevant
Each and every Chinese web novel will have this cliche: The best fighter will lead the team.
This is so stupid, I am not sure how anybody ever could write something like that and not feel stupid. Apart from people who live in caves and think fire is magic.
In "Tempest of the Stellar War" the protagonist fights for 1200 chapters to prove he is stronger than the other guys of the same age. Then he is not taken seriously because he is missing connections. This is the only book I can remember where a whole book full of power struggles and fights are in the end useless, because nobody cares if a nobody can fight well.
Suddenly they think that important positions should not be given to people who can just fight well because that is not relevant for nearly all important positions. Really? Suddenly?
All Chinese men are androids
Ok, not sure if androids or just clones with the same default programming or something like that.
Fact is, every Chinese protagonist will never want to have sex with a minor. NEVER! NEVER EVER! But ... one minute later she is 18 years old (or whatever is legal in that story) and she is fair game and everyone wants to have sex with that girl.
The reason for this is of course the programming of the men. Their penises scan the ID documents of the girl in question and if she is not 18 then they don't have the hots for her. Easy to understand, right? Otherwise it would be impossible to not have the hots for sexy 17 year old girls.
All Chinese are perverts
In these novels, often when a boy watches a girl or just looks somewhere and she happens to be in his line of sight, he is considered a pervert from all good looking and sexy girls (which are the only ones of relevance in all novels, mmm why?).
This means, for Chinese woman a man should never be interested in a woman and never even look at one and never happen to look somewhere where a woman would be in his sight. This makes it clear that all Chinese woman are perverts. Right? Now we have 50% of the population
Now men... that is so easy, I don't know where to start. Whenever there is a female in a novel, the female will be described. And wow, how she is described should be illegal. Size of body, form of face, hair color, length of legs, size of breasts, form of breasts, something more about breasts, always "beautiful eyes", deep expressions in the eyes too of course, which parts of the body are seen, FLESH to be seen is meant here of course, the clothing, the length of the skirt, the color of the shoes, ... you get it? This is the NORMAL behavior of a Chinese guy when he sees a girl/woman! Yes! Oh, it is his 12 year old sexy and hot sister? Same kind of description. She is his mother? Same kind of description! Class mate? Teacher? Aunt? Neighbor's wife/daughter/aunt/maid/slave/whatever? Same description.
It is embarrassing to read these chapters. REALLY embarrassing! Because many men outside of China do NOT look at relatives like that. They just don't. It is not a trick of mind, we are brainwashed like that since birth. Do NOT lust after your sister or mother and behave like a human being towards other woman. You know, China could try that. They do a lot of brainwashing, why not try ethics too?
So, now we have the other part of China's population. All of them are perverts!
Chinese men want to be sluts
Whenever you read about a person who has multiple partners, this person is a bad person. A "boss" who does it with his secretary, even when he is married, a house wife who does it with a friend, even though she is married. Bad persons! Right? Stop! Of course NOT when it is the protagonist.
The protagonist can whore around like a slut, have multiple girl friends and a wife and everyone gives him thumbs up because this is the Chinese way of life. Right? Being a slut seems to be the Chinese way of life.
Of course there are often these girlfriends who even know he has multiple female sex playthings ... aehm... friends I mean, and these girl friends are totally ok with the protagonist having multiple bitches because the protagonist is SO manly, it is only natural for him to be a slut. Makes sense, right? At least in China, it seems.
PROOF ME WRONG
If you don't like what I wrote above, proof me wrong. Don't behave like the normal Chinese internet "community".
Make the authors change their way of writing to something which does not make people think this way.
By the way, I don't care what you think. Really not.