[Revisiting Dramas] You’ve Fallen For Me gets me in its cringey clutches yet again
Ah yes. We meet again, You’ve Fallen For Me. I have never been more excited and, ehm… utterly terrified to return to a drama. But hey, after seeing this month’s theme, I figured it was the perfect time to revisit one of my guilty pleasures. The 2011 musical rom-com holds a very special — very well-hidden — place in my heart because it was the very first youth drama I fell in love with. Boys Before Flowers was technically the first one I saw and while I was amazed and intrigued by it (I grew up watching melos and family dramas), I quickly lost interest because Jan-di, quite frankly, annoyed the hell out of me.
You’ve Fallen For Me was a totally different story. I’d seen the band CN Blue performing on a music show and totally fell for Jung Yong-hwa. I mean, the guy was a total dreamboat (and he still is). And when I’d heard he was going to be in an upcoming youth drama, I was so pumped. So let’s all just get into the mindset of a young and naive SailorJumun: I’d barely opened the gates to youth dramas, I hadn’t even heard of You’re Beautiful at this point, and I already had an unhealthy crush on the male lead. Needless to say, I freaking LOVED this show. And afterwards, I tucked it away in my mind for safekeeping.
Obviously, the more dramas I started to watch, the more You’ve Fallen For Me seemed to fade in comparison. As time went on, I pretty much forgot most of the story, though I could still vaguely remember that it wasn’t as great as I’d initially thought. I was scared that rewatching it would ruin whatever nostalgic love I carried for it, but you know what? After taking the time to marathon the show again, I think it’s… okay. The music is still great, the cast is still fun, Yong-hwa Oppa is still insanely hot… *smacks sense back into self*
But most importantly, that youthful freshness that I fell in love with is still there. It’s the classic story of a girl falling in love first and all the delicious hijinks that come with the guy catching up — what’s not to like? To my pleasant surprise, a lot of the stuff I remember was still as sweet and cute as the first time. And it felt great to revisit this school’s campus again. But as I’d feared, there were some major points throughout the series that were just as bad as the first time, and in some cases, even worse. Here are just a few of those points that, unfortunately, didn’t hold up over time:
The kiss. Cringing. Cringing so much. I distinctly remember swooning when I first watched this scene, but I could barely get through it the second time. It just looked incredibly awkward with her eyes open and his eyes open. But I also dislike that that particular kiss happened at all. It’s somewhat sweet that Shin (Jung Yong-hwa) wanted to make his relationship with Kyu-won (Park Shin-hye) public, but doing that with the first kiss? I would’ve preferred saving the kiss for a more private moment.
That brings me back to the awkwardness of it all. It wasn’t just the kiss — none of the romantic moments had that emotional punch I needed. The cute, light moments were great, but when shit got serious, they suddenly decided to get awkward. I want a romantic moment to feel genuine and raw; I don’t want to think, “Ah, the writer wants me to feel moved right now.” A lot of the blame is on the bland writing here, but a lot of the blame is also on chemistry. Jung Yong-hwa and Park Shin-hye weren’t able to convince me that they were in any way in love. Like I said, they were very cute in all the small couple moments (especially when they went to the interactive art museum for their first date ♥), but the vibe they gave off never seemed like anything beyond friendship.
The injured hand plot. Okay, this whole separation/noble idiocy had me in tears when I first watched it, but omg. This was seriously the dumbest reason to break them up. And right at the last minute, no less! We’ve seen heroes become noble idiots because they didn’t want their loved ones to die or because they believed they were the wrong person for their loved ones. But Shin (ahem, let me sit down for this) broke up with Kyu-won because he didn’t want to hurt her feelings.
Really? Really, Shin? Instead of explaining and reassuring her that your injury wasn’t her fault, you thought it would be best to lie? You thought it would be best to hide it and let the damage in your wrist worsen? I just… I can’t believe that this was the show’s way of “testing” their relationship. It reminds me of Oh My Venus and the similar tactics it used to separate the OTP. I just don’t like the idea of a guy pushing away his girlfriend when he has some kind of injury, especially when they’ve been through so much as a couple. If you can’t power through that together, then what happens to all that progress throughout the series? I feel like I’m overreacting here, but that extra plot line just made me so angry. It was clumsily thrown in to give them more angst, and not the good kind of angst either.
There were definitely some serious scenes that were lovely, like the heartbreaking rain scene, but now that I think about it, the show would be a lot better if it just embraced its inner fluff and did away with all the pointless angst. The teacher/student loveline could’ve been shorter, the cruel dating rumors could’ve been avoided, and the goddamned hand injury should’ve been scrapped altogether! Some rom-coms should just stick to their roots, and You’ve Fallen For Me failed to do that in the end.
But strangely enough, I still kind of love the show even the second time around. I guess no matter how many years pass or how many dramas I watch, I’ll always be a sucker for these cheesy rom-coms. Even if this show had come out today, I’d still be drawn to it. There’s not much to the story and the main couple lacks chemistry, but most of the time, it’s such an easy, breezy watch. But that’s that. Now that I’ve revisited this, I’ll be locking it up again. Hopefully, I’ll gradually forget about the details and remember it in that nostalgic glow again.
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