[Translation] “Genius Basic Law” – Author: Zhang Er

“天才基本法” by: 长洱

“Genius Basic Law” (Basic Law to Become a Genius) by: Zhang Er

If you can read Chinese, read in this link to support the author.


Other people assumed that Lin Zhao Xi was a genius.

Only herself knew that she was using the experience from years of participating in mathematics contests and went back in time “cheating”.

Until one day, her male god quietly looked at her.
(“god” or “goddess” in Chinese may imply the person who is exceptionally good at something/ someone outstanding/ someone good-looking, etc. that one admires and has a crush on, most of the time they are exaggerating pronouns for hot boys or hot girls)

Space – time overlapped, three times changing the past.
— what you go through can change you.

  1. Three times going back in time, a story of one looking for herself. Read with pleasure, this is a walk-on trip.
  2. A story that is half school life, half competition system.

Tags: Travel through space – time, Inspirational life (well this is the genre that the characters have to experience struggles to earn achievements in life)

Keywords: Protagonist: Lin Zhao Xi | Supporting roles: Mr. Lin, Pei Zhi

Notes: Because “Old Lin” sounds weird so I changed it to “Mr. Lin”. Nonetheless in the context it was more intimate than formal.


Review by jjwxc (the site which posted the original novel):

Lin Zhao Xi was a 22-year-old college student; on the day her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer, she accidentally found out that the male god she had a crush on had to study abroad, she was even more desperate to know that he would be studying at the school which her father gave up years ago to take care of new-born her. Even after years went by, Lin Zhao Xi knew that her father greatly desired her to continue studying mathematics, but she gave up due to specific reasons. As a result of having written Einstein’s mass–energy equation (e = mc2) on the wallshe returned to her preteen years, but the plot changed in this timeline, her father went missing, she became an orphan; the Lin Zhao Xi that went to the parallel universe started her journey to find her family, moreover started her further study journey that she never took in her previous life.

Review by Recca201 on novelupdates (sorry for copying this):

This is not a typical romance story, nor is it a heart-pumping adventure all throughout… It’s simply very different from everything else I have read. This novel is very unique, and also my dream come true for all those daydreams I’ve done back when I was in high school.

The MC is generally a calm and smart person, but she is no way perfect. She gets nervous and worries a lot, but she tries to overcome and improve her faults. She also knows how to accept the inevitable and gain strength from it. Her character growth is beautifully portrayed.

All the other characters are fleshed out perfectly, every single one shows depth and growth, while ‘villains’ can actually not all be black, but can have their own personality and background, and can grow from the hardships they experienced.

The ML who is initially portrayed to be perfect in all aspects is actually not perfect at all, but have his own difficulties, trauma, and growth. One thing for sure, he is a genius, just like the MC’s adorable father.

For me the most enigmatic character of this novel is the MC’s father. He is my favorite character, even more than the MC and ML. He is very mysterious, and his mysteries, get solved one by one, until all that is left makes you tear up.

The plot is very well planned, and the author themselves clarified in a note that he had long created the outline of the story, and will follow through the end despite the audience’s opinions. And I think the author did well on that. The novel will always remain in my mind.

This is a happy ending. Although it is a very slow romance thus lacking dog food, but the extra chapters somewhat fed me a bit of my cravings, albeit a bit.

Table of contents

Translator’s note

  1. Chapter 1: The truth
  2. Chapter 2: A glimpse [Part 1] [Part 2]
  3. Chapter 3: No conversations [Part 1] [Part 2]
  4. Chapter 4: Far away
  5. Chapter 5: Problem
  6. Chapter 6: Equation
  7. Chapter 7: First of all
  8. Chapter 8
  9. Chapter 9
  10. Chapter 10


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