To choose the one who loves you or the one that you love? This tells the story of a woman's growth and evolution in love as she is faced with her ex and her current boyfriend, who both have very different personalities. By chance, Xia Tian, a cutting-edge furniture designer in her 30s, encounters design company owner Xu Ze Hao who happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Given his relentless efforts for them to get back together, Xia Tian's feelings for her cosmetic surgeon boyfriend Guan Xin start wavering. Meanwhile, Guan Xin is reunited with Lu Xi, his "little sister" from the orphanage from whom he's been separated for many years. They start to have an ambiguous relationship. Whether it's the ex or the current boyfriend, friends or lovers, reunion or rejection, breakup or marriage, it depicts the emotional journey of an urban woman at the age of 30. (Source: ChineseDrama.info) Edit Translation
- Native Title: 恋爱的夏天
- Also Known As: Fall in Love Summer , Lian'ai Ba Xia Tian , Lian Ai Ba Xia Tian , 戀愛吧夏天 , Let's Love Summer , Finding True Love , Love Story of Summer , Summer Of Love , 戀愛的夏天
- Director: Yu Chung Chung, Jiang Ji Zheng
- Screenwriter: Cai Yao Yao, Huang Qing Jiao
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, Life, Drama
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You either Love or Hate this drama - I love it and I hope you do as wellCompleted: 9/19/2022
I have not seen the Korean version so I am just reviewing this on its own. I can see how “Discovery of Romance” can get both positive and negative reviews. The whole premise of the story is about a love triangle: an ex-boyfriend comes back into the female lead’s life and stirs up all types of emotions and troubles. If you do not like love triangles, this is definitely not the drama for you.
I can also see how many might drop this drama within the first few episodes. I was somewhat caught off guard as well, as I wasn’t expecting it to be a comedy. There are many silly and comedic moments in the first 8-10 episodes, and mainly due to Qin Jun Jie’s character, the ex-boyfriend. Our three main leads are not super lovable characters either. They are flawed and the initial comedy doesn’t paint a great picture on them, well, maybe except the perfect boyfriend. However, if you are able to stay a little longer and keep watching, you will see that this is a drama about healing, closures, rediscovering yourself, following your dreams, personal growth and how complicated feelings could be in real life. Feelings are not always black and white, and being wishy washy about feelings and decisions is actually the most realistic part of a relationship, especially a love triangle.
I stuck around because I am a fan of Janice Wu and Qin Jun Jie. I haven’t seen Janice Wu in a drama for quite some time and still remember how much I liked her in “Le Coup de Foudre” and also as the sassy actress BFF in “You are my Glory”. I became a fan of Qin Jun Jie after watching him in “Listening Snow Tower” (love him but not the drama) and also in “Noble Aspirations”. I’ve never seen him in a modern drama so I am looking forward to this. I am so glad I stuck around because they are both awesome. The chemistry between the two is amazing. The argument and bickering are fun, but the emotional scenes are just something else. Even when they’re just calmly talking about business and designs, I can feel their chemistry slowly sizzling in the background. They are the main reason why I watched, did not drop and gave “Discovery of Romance'' a good rating.
I really like how we learn of ML and FL history by seeing how differently they remember events of the past. ML only has the happy memories and thus wants to get back with FL. On the other hand, FL only has negative memories and wants nothing to do with ML. The storytelling is interesting to me. With the flashbacks, we see a younger and more innocent version of the couple. It’s like both Janice Wu and Qin Jun Jie are playing multiple roles.
There are many frustrating decisions made by the three leads. How I want to scream and shake some sense into them. When you watch this, either you hate them or you try to understand where they’re coming from. This continues to be that fine line of liking and disliking a drama. The drama also switches from a rom-com happy and silly tone, to a more melodramatic tone in the last ⅓ of the drama. I personally enjoy the more emotional scenes and the process of the former couple coming to realize that their relationship really has ended, and ML finally found closure. We also follow the perfect boyfriend’s journey of accepting his past and loving himself.
This might not be a perfect drama but I really like it a lot.
Other Random Observations:
1. FL has such a cool relationship with her mother. We need more mother characters like her in C-dramaland.
2. I appreciate natural kisses - no fan service, but happens when it’s appropriate in a normal, loving, mature relationship.
3. A surprise cameo in the last episode. I’ve never seen this actor in a modern look as well.
4. Finally brought back some humor in the last episode.
The emotional cheating it was draggedWouldn’t recommend very fustraing Guan Xin kept on lying to xia tian instead of telling her and kept going to his “little sister” if they were both hurt he would go to his little sister because she has no one but just because Xiatian has a family doesn’t mean she didn’t need him too he knows she screwed up then at the last episode turns out the little sister had a crush on him the whole time 😒I’m happy she ended with Xu Zehao but it was dragged and she kept going back to Guan😩She kept getting hurt for??? What?
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