I started A Love So Beautiful and then stopped after the first fifteen minutes because I tend to dislike dramas where the female lead is not very intelligent. Something kept niggling in my mind, though, so I decided to watch it again. I am so glad I gave it another try! Here are my first impressions and unfiltered thoughts:
She is more than my first impression
I am not a fan of shows that paint the female lead as less intelligent than the male lead, so I almost wrote this one off. However, the charm and hidden talents of our leading lady, Chen Xiao Xi, really won me over. She is determined, loyal, and artistic. She is willing to go after what she wants, even if it is outside of her comfort zone. I was completely smitten with her by the end of the first episode. She has friends that rally around her, and that speaks volumes about her character.
They are a physically mis-matched couple, but that makes them adorable!
I have rarely seen a pairing with this kind of height difference. It just looks like it would not work. Jiang Chen towers over her when they are walking together or standing next to one another, but instead of looking awkward, it adds to their couple appeal!
There are hidden layers here…
Jiang Chen is handsome, extremely tall, and brilliant. From the outside it appears he has everything going for him, but just one episode in and it is obvious he has his own troubles and secrets. I am guessing it is related to his parents, but I will keep watching to find out.
Yay for fangirls!
I love that Chen Xiao Xi is part of a fandom. It always makes me smile when dramas show how friendships can form when people are part of the same fandom. She also gets to share her talents, and I am all for the idea that being a fangirl (or fanboy) can be a vehicle for finding and nurturing the artistic voice.
I want more!
I am not sure why I decided to go back to this one, but I am glad I did. It is not a drama that grabs you with its sweeping scenery and heart-wrenching acting (watch Tribes and Empires for that), but there is a sweetness to this one that just has me smiling. Maybe it is because I have so many heavy dramas on my list right now, but this budding high school romance is making me feel all warm and fuzzy.
So, if you need something a little lighter, or if you want to just enjoy the innocence of youth, I recommend A Love So Beautiful. Of course, please remember I have only watched the first episode. Don’t worry, though–if it goes off the rails, then I will be back to update you!
Are you watching? Comment below and share your thoughts!
Until Next Time…
Kdrama Jen (umm… Cdrama Jen?)
Dramas with a Side of Kim Chi
7 thoughts on “First Impressions and Unfiltered Thoughts Regarding the Cdrama A Love So Beautiful”
I just finished this drama last night and freaked out a little internally seeing this on my feed.
Oh no! Why? I just started it!
Even fast forwarding couldn’t save this drama for me. I guess I’m too old for their starry-eyes-one-sided-but-actually-mutually-in-love thing. Then again, I watched it at the same time as “Where the Lost Ones Go” and “My Huckleberry Friends,” two dramas that tug at my heartstring to no end.
I’ve been vaguely curious about this one for a while, so I dived in today after reading your glowing first impressions. 2 eps in, I think I might end up liking this one – fingers crossed!
I love this drama so much! It actually reminded me a bit of Reply 1988, I got that same level of warm fuzzies watching it. I love the characters (especially Xiao Xi) and I found myself laughing a lot watching, but also moved to tears at other times. It’s very unassuming and doesn’t have the same epic scale as some other more serious dramas, but I found that it had a sweet earnestness that made it better than a lot of other rom-com dramas I’ve seen, Chinese or otherwise. It also doesn’t hurt how beautiful everybody is, or that I’m a sucker for slow-burn high school romances 🙂
Hi, I wrote something about this series on my blog, hope you can give it a read. Thank you! 🙂 https://yesterkid.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/a-love-so-beautiful-beautiful-enough-to-make-you-wanna-live-your-high-school-life-once-more/
Thank you for reading and for sharing your own connections. I enjoyed reading about how this drama reminded you of your own high school experiences.