Luxurious cars, high-end brand-name outfits, prestigious family names and four handsome boys. These are probably the words to come up when people think about “Boys Over Flowers.”
The KBS-TV drama exploded in popularity, creating a fever of fashion and hair-do styles of the main actors among the young generation. The popular drama aired its last episode on March 31.
Since the beginning, “Boys Over Flowers” spurned controversy over its unrealistic theme. Off camera, the drama also took unexpected turns. There were separate car accidents involving three of the four main actors. And an actress starring in the drama committed suicide.
Although “Boys Over Flowers” tasted bitterness, sweetness followed; the drama recorded an average 30-percent viewer rating, helping two actors in the show receive awards in the famous “Baeksang Art Awards.”
In addition to that, the main actors’ fashion style became so popular that thousands of young Koreans imitate the style of their outfits and hair-dos shown in the TV program.
Despite the criticism that the drama was not well-organized, some fans say that it had a special charm that made one turn on the TV at 10:00 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday.
“It reminded me of my high school years once again,” wrote an internet user with the ID “Suyahana.” “It is fantastic and makes me feel like reading a good manga.”
Fans also applauded actors and actresses’ hard work, “Although it has an extremely weak and silly plot, I give credit to the main characters’ enthusiasm and superb performance,” netizen “kkotnam” wrote on the review website.
The drama also attracted various generations, serving as a major conversation topic among family members. A reviewer, Hong Sung-soon wrote, “My four-year-old kid waits for the show every Monday and Tuesday. We have a lot of fun watching it together. Keep up the good work.”
But some viewers expressed annoyance with the drama. “I cannot stand the way they talk,” Hwang Hae-na, a college student, said. “Who talks like that in real life?” There were also complaints about the different set-up from the original work, the comic book. “I love the comic book but the drama completely ruined the original work.” said netizen “Allen_P” on the review board. “I cannot understand how the story goes. The drama is weird and different from the original version.”
The drama was about romance among high school students. It had been centered on a group of boys named “Flower Four (F4),” who are from wealthy families and a girl from an ordinary family.
The drama was based on Japanese “manga” series and had been already introduced in Japan and Taiwan through television. (Korean Herald)