Monday, February 20, 2012

Korean Novellas: "Boys Over Flowers" & more

"Boys Over Flowers" is an excellent South Korean 'romantic drama' television series (25 one hour episodes that has a meaningful and happy ending). If you watch the first episode and like it, you'll be hooked. Before you finish the series, even the most stoic of persons will have experienced deep soulful emotions. It's what I'd call a well written "Korean Novella".

Plot: Shinwa School is a school for rich people, attended by Junpyo (the heir of the global corporation Shin Hwa Group),  Jihu, Yijeong, and Woobin / who form a 'gang' called F4. Junpyo, the leader of F4, is the main ruffian.

Female student, Jandi, who is not from rich family, ends up attending Shinwa School when she saves a boy from jumping off the rooftop and is given a scholarship to quiet down all the publicity the incident has caused. The entire school worships the F4 except for Jandi. However, she holds a certain soft spot for Jihu, who appears to be different from the other three. Jandi finally speaks up against F4 to defend her friend, Minji. From then on, she becomes Junpyo's main rival. Almost every time Jandi is bullied, she is helped by Jihu in some way. Jandi and Junpyo's rivalry intensifies, but at the same time it is a source of amusement for him as Jandi has now caught his attention.

The story develops and Junpyo slowly starts falling for Jandi. On the other hand, Jandi's attention is on Jihu, her savior, but ultimately, as the story progresses, her heart is with Junpyo.....
It's viewable from many sources because of its high ratings. To watch online:
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If you like the above, then also consider:
Coffee Prince---

Attic Cat ---

What Planet Are You From?, also known as What Star Are You From?:

My Lovely Samsoon ---

Also, a really good one --
The Greatest Love:

I Am A Flower Too --

Couple or Trouble:


The Secret Lover:

Two Outs in the Ninth Inning:

Queen of Reversals:

Dandelion Family (50 episodes):