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Via Lactea Announces License for ROSE AND RENAISSANCE Novel Series

Publisher Via Lactea has shared a new licensed title in English via their Twitter accountRose and Renaissance by Zhi Chu.

Original title 我只喜欢你的人设[娱乐圈], Rose and Renaissance is a web novel that ran for 116 chapters, including extras, on JJWXC starting in 2018. It has since been published as a three-volume Simplified Chinese Uncensored print by Via Lactea, and an ongoing Simplified Chinese censored print by Guangdong Travel & Tourism Press. So far, only one volume of the Simplified Chinese censored print has been published, with a second slated to be released in June 2023.

Rose and Renaissance has received a manhua adaptation on Bilibili, and an audio drama, with seasons one and two available on MaoerFM.

Along with a short video featuring wedding bells, Via Lactea provides the following synopsis for the series:

Cool and alpha to his core, playboy Xia Xiqing has everyone fooled with that angelic face of his, but he just had to give the game away in front of his idol and reveal his true colors⁠-and so Xia Xiqing’s first encounter with his idol backfired on him and ruined his chances.

Xia Xiqing: I like you a lot.

Zhou Ziheng: stay-away-from-me.jpg

However, Xia Xiqing beautiful face appearing for just three seconds in the audience of a press conference leads to his debut as Zhou Ziheng’s foremost fan, and he, together with his idol, gets on the trending list, gets on a reality show, and gets on… That’s right, it’s exactly as you think.

But it’s not quite what Xia Xiqing thinks it to be.

At first, he think he’s hooked up with the unrivaled alpha of the entertainment industry, but it’s only after he strips away the latter’s public persona that he finds out that Zhou Ziheng is a naive and innocent tsundere. He thought he has gotten an “I bedded my idol” script, but in the end, it turns out to be a script of “my idol bedded me.

How… stimulating. *lights up cigarette*

Xia Xiqing: I thought you didn’t like me at all. What’s with all this hugging and clinging?

Zhou Ziheng: Well, I take it back.

At the time of the announcement, no details were made available for when preorders are expected to start, only that the books will only be available in print editions.

UPDATE: Via Lactea has since updated with a tweet announcing preorders for Rose and Renaissance along with reveals of the book covers and merchandise.

UPDATE: Rose and Renaissance Vols. 1-4 are available to order now!