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Li Xun is a cold, calculating computer programming ace who entered college as the top scorer of the national college entrance exams, earning him the admiration of all his classmates. However, he is not interested in participating in your regular college activities with his fellow classmates and has his own plans for his future. This mindset brings him into conflict with many of his batch mates as he often refuses to cooperate with them. Zhu Yun, meanwhile, is a friendly and innocent young lady who has just begun her college life after doing everything her parents and society expected of her to the best of her ability. When she meets Li Xun, she feels conflicted. She worries that he is a disruptive influence and a possible troublemaker, but still feels somehow drawn to him. Although they seem to butt heads at first, they start to begin cherishing their time together. But when a life-altering incident threatens to separate them – just as romance was starting to brew – their affection is about to undergo the ultimate test! (Source: Viki; edited by MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the novel "The Lighter and the Princess’ Gown" (打火机与公主裙) by Twentine. Edit Translation

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 36
  • Aired: Nov 3, 2022 - Nov 30, 2022
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Youku
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 8.6 (scored by 12,530 users)
  • Ranked: #309
  • Popularity: #426
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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142 people found this review helpful
Dec 1, 2022
36 of 36 episodes seen
Completed 5
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
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Overall: 10/10
This year I have seen too many modern Cdramas but only this drama has Reached a 10/10 for me or may 100/10 ( L&P just Won my Heart Over)
Chinese dramas are mostly youth-themed about a journey from high school to Adult Life. But this one totally outshines them all for me and will remain a masterpiece of them all. The last Modern Day Cdrama I Rated 10 was Go Ahead, exactly after 2 years I got to watch this gems, both these dramas had such meaningful stories and Beautifully portrayed characters that stay with us for a long long time...(also we got a little reunion of "father Ling and father Li" from Go Ahead).
LESSON LEARNED: That life goes on and sometimes we have to learn to forgive and forget to continue living our lives in peace, if we hold on to the past our future will be dark and wasted "FORGIVE OTHERS NOT BECAUSE THEY DESERVE FORGIVENESS BUT BECAUSE YOU DESERVE PEACE"
An Emotionally Satisfying Ride.
I'm not very good at nitpicking, so when I like something I just express it through my reviews, this one was definitely THE ONE for me. RECOMMENDED 100%
Story: 10/10 Outstanding elaboration of the story
Mostly modern-day Cdramas become draggy and messy as the Storyline unfolds but this one was unlike any other Drama and kept me craving for more and more, the real enjoyment was to wait each week to watch it and get satisfied with new episodes. It just keeps getting better and better and you keep asking for more and more. It has so many touching/motivating dialogue, The Story Successfully Attracts and holds the interest of its viewer till the end(cause I was hooked).
We live in a society where many times we are being outshined by those who are better than us. It takes guts to admit defeat and take benefit from who is someone better than us, just like Zhu Yun did. but Success Fades When Ego Kicks in just like Gao Jian Hong Ruined his happiness just because he wanted to defeat Li Xun once... Many are calling Li Xun rude and narcissistic but why can't he be it? not everybody is a happy-go-lucky type of person, he was a prodigy student and why can't he show it off? He was a Genius of IT (nothing narcissist just 100% FACT) even their Professor was unable to get rid of the Virus he created. ;p
Main Characters:
Li Xun:
His character is an Introvert and Anti-social person who doesn't like to make friends and finds it a waste of time to interact with people instead uses that time for something more productive like coding, After all the hardships he faced and his mother's death left him with only loneliness, still he worked hard went University and wanted to dedicate his life to create a chance to find a cure so that others don't go through the things he went through. ( LIXUN TT )
he was a soft-hearted person but wasn't good at expressing himself. He made Gao Jian Hong Embarrassed during the website project which was a bad idea but he had Gao Jian Hong's goodwill in mind as it was explained afterwards that it was his way of teaching Gao Jian Hong so that he learns from his mistakes just like Li Xun learned from his mistake when he got a burn on his hand by playing with fire, I also believe the best way a person can learn is by facing failure and learning from their mistake but it had a negative impact on Jian Hong.
But Gradually he becomes a friendlier and happy person when he starts dating Zhu Yun and it is shown that he is a gentle person as he made up with his sister and maintained a healthy relationship for 3 years(these moments were like a cherry topping on a cake) cause it showed their relations stability. He was in his early 20s when he lost his only family, the guilt of not being able to protect his sister and his fury made him do something irreversible and it was hard for him to maintain a relationship when a lot was going in his mind amidst of all this He broke her heart(he wasn't farsighted at this and didn't imagine how much she loves him and what a great blow it was to her TT. We all make mistakes at some point in life or in our youthful days but that doesn't define our personality but helps us to become a better person which he indeed became...

Whenever I will think about this drama ill always remember the youthful days of Lixun Zhuyun and their smiling eyes
Those who Find Li Xun Toxic Are living their lives too Far from Reality nobody is a Mr Perfect in real life and everybody has some flaw...
The fact That His Love For Zhu Yun didn't Change Even After What He went Through And enduring all that pain And still smiling, similarly Zhu Yun Supported him again even though he broke her once but she still believed him and knew Li Xun better than anyone else that he wasn't Bad Person in the end because she was closest to him. He did break her heart and Was Mean to Her but who hasn't hurt a loved one?
Zhu Yun:
She is a Darling Friend, the Most Supportive Gf, and a rebellious child (that only after meeting Lixun but again it was an independent move not Li Xuns fault, he just gave her an ample amount of confidence due to which she started making her own decisions and have her own dreams.
Parents want their kids to be always safe but in that process, they repeal their kid's choices, and Zhu Yun's breakthrough from her controlling mother was much needed and a positive change in her personality though she didn't give up or proved to be wrong till the end(having a teacher as a mother can be a horrifying sometimes)...
In this fast-growing society If u r not able to make your own decisions then Ur life ahead will be hella hard ( cause the world doesn't show mercy to the weak, they just stomp on them and move forward)
But we should all thank her mother it was only because she sent Zhu Yun to the CS field where they met...
PS: Too Many Happy Tears for My babies who fought against all odds AND won back L&P.
Gao Jian Hong:
From The Start Considered Li Xun a Competitor even After getting defeated multiple times, He didn't give up even though he knew what Li Xun was Capable of. Friends can get jealous and talk or fight it out which is healthy but envy is dangerous it keeps building inside you and eats you within which is why it is unhealthy. Everyone around Gao Jian Hong was heads over heels for Li Xun even his Professor, his Classmate and the only girl he ever loved does great damage to one's personality.

Acting/Cast: 10/10
I haven't seen any other work of both leads but I'm 100% Sure, no one Literally no one can replace Chen Feiyu and Zhang Jingyi as Li Xun and Zhu Yun. Li Xun's smiling face Around Zhu Yun when she is irritated and their eyes were always full of love, All their Emotions felt so Genuine and surely is very hard to resist their chemistry. We might hate some characters but in the end, it was all because of the Outstanding Acting that we felt invested in the story. I'm gonna miss this badly TT
Music: 10/10
After Ending It with tears in my eyes I Fell asleep while listening to Its album on repeat, after effects of this drama are undeniably high. With so many beautiful OSTs I enjoy the opening theme the most while all the songs are super amazing too.

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125 people found this review helpful
Nov 27, 2022
36 of 36 episodes seen
Completed 13
Overall 10
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

Great Story, Amazing Acting, Best of Chen Feiyu

Just as I thought Chen Feiyu’s acting somewhat lacking in Ever Night, he gives me a bombshell here in this drama. While I thought only Song Weilong has those eyes with words that cannot be spoken, Chen Feiyu possesses those similar irresistible gazes that make the viewers' heart ache. As I thought this drama is "just" another youth drama with immature characters and silly storyline, this story touches the real challenges of youth in the cutthroat IT world today.

Lighter and Princess or L & P, is adapted from a popular novel. "Lighter" depicts the lighter that the male lead possesses whereas "Princess" is the nickname given to the female lead by the male lead. The story is narrated by Zhu Yun (Zhang Jingyi) of her encounter starting in her freshman year in college, 2012. The story has a span of 7-8 years with four years in college, 3 years in adulthood (not shown in details), and the current year of 2019. L & P has also come to mean "Lucky and Power" in the story.

In college, Zhu Yun is an innocent girl, but she is not naive. She is intelligent but unafraid to ask questions and to admit errors. She is obedient and responsible, at home and at school; she is the perfect daughter all parents want – an obedient child who never lies nor defies the parents. Having said that, Zhu Yun later begins to tell white lies and secretly defy her mother who is judgmental. I wish Zhu Yun had stood up to her mother and given her an ultimatum: “accept us or lose a daughter”. Zhang Jingyi puts up a perfect performance here as an uncertain and yet determined Zhu Yun. The actor’s adorable adolescent look and demeanor make her so convincing and lovable.

In romance, a perfectly good girl has to meet a totally opposite character. Here, Zhu Yun meets Li Xun (Chen Feiyu), an outrageous, arrogant, untamed, super intelligent, confident and unconformable character. Li Xun is a very misunderstood character, not only by people around him, even many viewers also don't understand him and therefore condemn him.

Here, I want to address some criticisms from viewers about Li Xun. Many viewers complains that Li Xun is misogynistic. Li Xun is definitely not a misogynist. He looks down on people not because they are women but because they are being mediocre. Those people he looks down on are usually people who get to high positions through connections, either they have powerful relatives, or they bribe their way through; these people do not have substance. This is a common phenomenon happening around the world. People buy their credentials and tout themselves as the experts, sitting in high positions, receiving high salaries and benefits, claiming credits for everything, while the real people doing the actual tasks receive measly compensations and no recognition. This is what Li Xun despises. He despises people with no substance but still have no self-realization to try to improve themselves further. And to improve, he laughs at those for reading and memorizing from text books. For him, improvement means getting your hands dirty, making mistakes and learning from the mistakes. Contrast his attitude towards Ren Di. He likes Ren Di because he feels she is authentic, pursuing her passion even against her father's will. He helps her in every way he can: financial support, a place for her to live, and extra school credit points from his coding club, etc. All these prove that Li Xun is not misogynistic.

Despite how Li Xun looks and behaves, deep down, Li Xun is a decent and kind person who loves his mother and sister dearly, and cares for all his friends even he himself is in a dire position. He is compassionate but doesn't give a damn how others think of him. Only Zhu Yun knows how he thinks, puts up with him and stands up for him throughout.

Both Zhu Yun and Li Xun are classmates in computer programming. But Li Xun is well ahead of his class as he is a computer whiz kid and a brilliant programmer but he doesn't use this skill for hideous crimes. He humiliates everyone as they seem childish to him with their shallow knowledge of the course. Everyone hates him for his badassness, and yet loves him for his ingenuity. Li Xun doesn’t follow frivolous rules; he finds generally people only care about how things look on the surface and not the substance inside, so he calls them fake. I love how he looks at everyone, a classic condescending look. Li Xun is a person with an attitude, and for me, that's Chen Feiyu’s natural look; Chen Feiyu fits into the Li Xun character seamlessly as if the character is written for him. In real life, if your boyfriend is such a character, I empathize with you, but in a romance, this type of personality captures the viewers’ imagination. I am so in love with this character.

According to readers, in the novel, Li Xun is flamboyant and has many girlfriends but none last long. Here in the drama, the Li Xun character has been whitewashed – instead, girls throw themselves at him, but he doesn't even look at them as if they are non-existent; they usually leave him alone after getting humiliating scolds from him. None of the girls attract Li Xun’s attention, until Zhu Yun comes into his sight. With her, he experiences jealousy and longing, and with him, she always believes in, no matter what. I really love how their relationship develops, slowly and steadfastly. It takes half of the drama for the trust and love to blossom before the couple is officially together.

College life ends at Episode 22, and the kids graduate, each starts their work life, further education, or something else (spoiler). Three years whizz past, present life continues. Our characters struggle with life, career and revenge. This is the beginning of romance 2.0, mature, steamy and sensual. Here we can see the growth of the characters compared to their college years.

The official sound tracks and background music are beautiful, capturing the ups and downs of our characters, and the mood of the story. I'm so glad that my favorite singer, Zhou Shen, sings one of the songs, Fireworks.

My Verdict

For me, not one episode is considered redundant or boring as I relish every scene and every moment. I really enjoy watching how the characters being carefully explored in detail, giving viewers multiple dimensions of the two main characters, both have flaws, both learn from their mistakes, and grow to become better person of their own. The writing of the characters is very realistic. In life, all of us could come across many of these characters: a child with outrageous hair color and an attitude, a sister who is also the perfect daughter, a classmate or a colleague who sabotages your projects and stabs you on the back, even the parents of Zhu Yun are the typical Chinese parents that many Chinese viewers can empathize with. There are many fine and sweet improvised moments of the love birds; this is candy for any romance buffs. The love is pure and deep, and reciprocated. The sacrifices are relatable. The humor is subtle and delightful. Not least, Chen Feiyu is a heartthrob.

In China, the Li Xun character is an outlier, but in the west, he’s a norm. Therefore when he's being called a "bad boy", my heart aches. What bad boy? Just because he doesn't conform to the norm? It upsets me that such a beautiful soul is being treated so unfairly by a society that demands conformity. Many people are fearful of making life changing decisions. Li Xun is decisive and fearless. Once he makes up his mind, he doesn't look back. For me, this is a highly valued quality and is well depicted, among others, in the multiple times he helps the hesitant Zhu Yun in clicking the submit button.

As Zhu Yun puts it, “He never looks back, confident, courageous, energetic, care-free. Forever with a determined direction, never with self-doubt.” These are the qualities all viewers would be inspired by the character.

Towards the last few episodes, the writing becomes soften with somewhat conflicting messages; everyone, including Li Xun, compromises in achieving a win-win outcome. The writing even has Li Xun get back in line with what society expects of him, and what it means by success - wealth. Nonetheless, this slight change of tone has not reduced my excitement of the Li Xun character and my enjoyment of the overall story.

This drama captures my heart, my imagination and my emotions, hence deserves a 10/10.



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  • Drama: Lighter & Princess
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 36
  • Aired: Nov 3, 2022 - Nov 30, 2022
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Youku
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 8.6 (scored by 12,530 users)
  • Ranked: #309
  • Popularity: #426
  • Watchers: 30,299

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