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The Princess Wei Yang (original title either 锦绣未央, Jǐn Xiù Wèi Yāng, or 庶女有毒, Shù Nǚ Yǒu Dú; also called "Beautiful Wei Yang", "The Poisonous Daughter", or "The Concubine's Daughter is Poisonous") is a Chinese novel by Qin Jian. The Princess Wei Young is a very loose adaptation. The novel has also been adapted into a manhua.

Wei Yang goes from being a young lady from the prime minister's family to being the empress. But then her husband falls in love with her stepsister, deposes Wei Yang as Empress, and forces her to commit suicide. Wei Yang wakes up years in the past, before she met the emperor, and decides to change her future.

An English translation of chapters 1-31 is available here. The rest of the chapters are being translated here.


Contains examples of:

  • Anti-Hero: Wei Yang will do anything to get her revenge on everyone who wronged her. Anything.
  • Attempted Rape: Gao Jin plans to rape Wei Yang (who's only thirteen at the time). Wei Yang kicks him in the groin when he grabs her and orders her servants to beat him up.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Zhang Le pretends to be kind and compassionate. Wei Yang is one of very few people who can see through her pretence.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Wei Yang uses her wits to foil almost all the plots against her. And if that doesn't work, she won't hesitate to fight back against anyone stupid enough to attack her.
  • Death by Falling Over: Wei Yang kills Zhao-mumu by hitting her on the head with a vase. Zhao-mumu dies instantly.
  • Doorstopper: The full novel has over 290 chapters. The English translation currently has over 140.
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  • Fingore: Zhang Le stabs a needle into Tan Xiang's fingers.
  • Groin Attack: Wei Yang kicks Gao Jin in the groin when he tries to rape her.
  • I Have Many Names: Everyone has multiple names and titles, which is Truth in Television for ancient China.
  • Heroic Bastard: Wei Yang is illegitimate and the protagonist, though she isn't exactly heroic.
  • Mental Time Travel: Thirty-six-year-old Wei Yang time-travels into the body of her thirteen-year-old self.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: In the original timeline Wei Yang outlived her son Yu Li.
  • Pretty Boy: Min De. Even when he's a child Wei Yang describes him as "so beautiful that it was unbelievable".
  • Spell My Name with an S: The translations vary on whether Wei Yang's half-sister is called Zhang Le or Chang Le.
  • Starts with a Suicide: Wei Yang is forced to commit suicide in the first chapter.
  • Vague Age: Min De's age is unknown, but he's between eight and ten years old.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Da Furen is this for Wei Yang.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Da Furen sends two servants to attempt to kill Min De, who's only about eight, and they would have succeeded if Wei Yang hadn't rescued him in time.