(WARNING: Long review) I have to say that I *am* biased towards this drama because it was my very first drama ever. I think I'm judging more from an old point of view (since I watched this when it came out in 2006) rather than a modern POV. This was another one of the few dramas that made me so excited and I couldn't wait for the next disc! Yes, disc, because I watched it while it was coming out and back then we used to watch on DVD LOL. STORY -- I really liked the plot because it was different from typical romance dramas. I feel like back then there were more creative stories for TW dramas, but now 80% of them all follow the typical love story. This is a more comical version, but I don't remember what the jdrama version was like so I can't say much for a comparison. The pace is pretty good and the story moves on to a new topic every few episodes. I love the character development for everyone and all of the supporting roles are very fun to watch! There's a bit story for the second leads, too, so it's not just focused on the main two. ACTING -- I know a lot of people either love or hate Ella because her personality is so wild/exaggerated, but I personally thought she was perfect for this role. I can't imagine anyone else who would play it any better. Her exaggeration and super extroverted personality was obviously incorporated into the role, which is one of the reasons you'll either love or hate her acting. I found it very fun, honestly, because not many dramas have such a crazy character haha. Now, Wu Zun ahh my bias (fangirls). His acting might have been a little awkward at some parts but it's no biggie. For most of these actors, this drama was one of the first or earlier works so their acting may not be A+; cut them some slack :) MUSIC -- Okay I really loved their songs, like all of them. Quite rare for me to like all of the OSTs in a drama, but I really did like them! I tend to prefer sad OSTs but all of these are upbeat and happy, and I seriously just replay them on loop. Very nostalgic!! This drama led me to fall in love with Fahrenheit and S.H.E., hardcore! Anyways, I think if you were to watch this back then when dramas weren't as popular, this would have been the bomb (which is why I love it so much). But if you watch it now after seeing so many creative and interesting plots, this may not get as high ratings. So advice to someone who plans to give this a try: please be open-minded and remember that this was 10 years ago when dramas were just starting to become a popular thing. This is a great drama to rewatch in the summer because it's so fun and refreshing!
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