Fellow fans and haters,
First and Foremost! I’m not author madsnail but TRANSLATOR! and co-founder of wuxianation. The ones who are familiar with me should know me from The Dark King which was my flagship novel.
In short, we had a deal with QI regarding two novels that are hosted at wuxianation. Unfortunately, a member of our crew backstabbed us after the deal was made. Initially, he told me everything from a different perspective which I replied in a positive manner. I think he did it for money and I respected his choice but I don’t know how he expected lies to blindfold 3 more members.
Anyway, I don’t have anything against to those who work for WW, GT or QI. If you want to make money by translating then go on and do it. Actually, I have recommended and urged quite a few translators to join GT, QI or WW as they are companies. Translators who want to make money should work for companies instead of sticking with fan-translation communities such as wuxianation. There are people who want to live off by translating or pay their tuition fees and etc…and its normal.
My bottom line was crossed after we solved out that issue. An employee of China Reader using the nickname sunny double backstabbed me and GSD. This is the sole reason why I’m going to drop TDK. I hope QI will find a new translator who would be finishing the project in the future.
I was never doing it for money. I have gifted translation of more than 500 chapters of TDK without a cent in return because I’m a part of fan-translation community. I identify myself as a fan-translator and I hope that I will continue to be so until I retire from translating.
Now let’s get into the second part of the announcement.
I’m not just a fan-translator but an avid fan of Korean novels. I love I am the Monarch, Maid Hunter Krei (yea, krei you read it right!) and many more. I respect the way translators of the Korean novels have kept the situation under control while CN translation scene has gone corporate. Yes, you read it right. It’s gone corporate. Nowadays, its all about money and number of page views.
I’m aware of three big companies in the scene right now. They are WW, QI and GT. Although QI and GT are under the wings of the same holding company but they are managed by different people so I still look at them as two different entities.
This link would lead you to an objective analysis of what’s happening with the leading company in the scene, Wuxiaworld.
I’ve been a contributor in this scene for more than half a year, so more or less I know what’s happening. A business can’t survive in the translation scene if they don’t ad-wall, paywall or membership-wall (pay not to see ads or shit like that) the chapters. All these companies will come with sweet or sour words but will ‘wall’ the chapters sooner or later. You know the funny thing about these “walls”? Trump always said that he would make the Mexicans pay for the wall. Trump couldn’t do what he promised but these companies will make you pay for the wall that they would create. Don’t want to believe? Wait and see what happens within few months.
I want to shout out to the NUF and r/noveltranslations community.
These companies are aiming only for their own profits as they can’t survive if they aren’t profitable. For the sake of profits, we have already seen a ‘leader’ of the company blatantly lie to the community and afterwards tell us that it was for the community.
I’ve listened to the tapes of RWX talking to his fellow employees. He says that they were given a chance to translate novels that would be televised in the future. It means that WW is already in a spot where they will be PR-ing a product of someone else by shoving it into the scene by saying that it’s for the good of the community.
Now, NUF and r/noveltranslations are the community. But the community is being blatantly lied, sweet-talked by these same companies.
I know that there are quite a many groups (small fan-translation groups as big as wuxianation) who share the same views like me. But most don’t want to come out because of fear of being attacked by the brainless herd that follows these companies.
I have a proposition. Don’t advertise the translations of these companies in NU or r/noveltranslations. Block them, remove them and ignore them!
P.S: edited, added membership-wall thing