It’s been a while since I watched a drama without skipping some or probably most of its chapters. I think the last Korean series I watched without missing even one episode was Boys Over Flowers. Perhaps it’s out of habit. If the story gets too boring and dragging, I can’t help but skip or fast forward the episodes.
Heartstrings (You’ve Fallen For Me) was a surprise. I didn’t have any expectations before watching this. All I know is that the leads were in He’s Beautiful and I was curious how Park Shin Hye would look as a normal heroine. I thought this was just one of those series I’ll end up skipping half of but to my amazement I didn’t even miss a single episode. I even spent 17 hours watching this series straight. I started at three in the morning and finished the series at seven in the evening. Hah. One sitting!
넌 내게 반했어/ Heartstrings
MBC, 15 Episodes
Broadcast Period 6/29/11 – 8/18/11
Drama, Romance, Music
Watched in November, 2011
The plot was pretty normal. It’s not over the top and a little plausible. There’s nothing exceptional with the story but the directing, soundtrack and the cast’s performances made this drama revitalizing and a lot of fun.
What I appreciate most in this drama are the character development, back story and the story flow. It wasn’t dragging since the biggest conflict in the story was immediately presented and resolved in the first 6 episodes. It also had strong back stories for the characters not only for the hero and heroine but for the secondary characters as well. It’s nice getting to know the people in the story bit by bit.
The most prevalent character development in the drama is with Lee Shin. I had fun watching him fall in love with Lee Kyo Won. Nakakakilig! It’s so nice to be young. I wish I can find a guy like him for real!
I also liked that their love story is not the typical boy-meets-girl-then-falls-in-love-and-the-two-are-against-the-world kind of crap. They didn’t go overboard making the characters head-over-hills in love with each other. And the heroine didn’t fall in love with the guy at first sight. Though the enemy-at-first angle of the story is very common, it was still effective since the first 6 episodes focused more on Lee Shin’s feelings towards the professor.
I’d share with you some of the lines I loved most from the series.
I am going to do what you want me to do. From now on, no matter who you like or how much you’re hurting because of her, I won’t care anymore. I… don’t like you anymore. – Lee Gyu Won, Episode 7
Do you want to know my wish? I wish that you would like me again. – Lee Sin, Episode 10
Don’t you wish love in real life is as sweet as theirs? Oh and I’m totally captivated with the song I Will Forget You.
Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye have a very refreshing chemistry. It’s one of the things you’ll initially notice in the first few episodes of the drama. The setting is a plus too. It was very nice that this was filmed in spring which made the scenes pleasant to watch. And it added up with the drama’s romance.
As much as I adored this, there are still things it lacks. On top of my list is the physical aspect of Lee Shin and Lee Kyo Won’s relationship. For goodness sake they’re both 21 years old in a mature relationship and all they share is a few chaste kisses. Let me reiterate that—few chaste kisses. Chaste na nga kokonti pa. It might have something to do with their culture or the audience perhaps but they could have shared one real kiss! I’m just asking for one!
There are also too many performances not related to the story. I understand that this is a Musical drama but they should have lessened it. It wouldn’t make less of the story anyway.
And last was the conflict they had before the series ended. Can’t they think of anything else? Or I would have appreciated it more if they extended it for at least two episodes to show how the two patch things up. It’s as if the ending was rushed and the reconciliation was abrupt.
I originally wanted to give this drama 3 Kiss Marks but since this is my favourite for the time being and I haven’t found a series that would match or surpass my enjoyment in watching it, I decided to give it 3.5 Kiss Marks. And because I don’t have 3.5 in my ratings, I’ll use the 4 Kiss Marks picture. Another reason is I realized Jung Yong Hwa’s cute!
The cast’s performances are okay. So I’ll give it 3 Drama Awards.