Flower Boy Next Door, a Review

I recently finished watching Flower Boy Next Door and I was completely smitten! I have an idea I am going to enjoy it because it’s a Romantic Comedy and I am a sucker for rom-coms (no kidding I love rom-coms) but I never imagine I would enjoy it this much.

What the babble’s about?

My_Flower_Boy_Neighbor-poster

A copy editor (Go Dok-mi portrayed by Park Shin-hye) who dislikes going out of her apartment (she who is somewhat agoraphobic, heh); she takes peeps on her neighbor not so far across the street (with her yellow binoculars) whom she saw and fell in love at first sight with on that fall day that she last went out her apartment. Her carton of milk that’s delivered daily has post it with drawings in it, drawn by her next door neighbor who happens to have the hots for her for the last 3 years, (Oh Jin-rak portrayed by Kim Ji-hoon) a webtoon artist who created a webtoon called “Zombie Soccer” with his drawing partner (Yoo Dong-hoon portrayed by Go Kyung-pyo). The said webtoon was never published because it is said to plagiarized a video game created by Enrique Geum (portrayed by Yoon Shi-yoon) a game developer from Spain, a fun loving guy who seems to be high on coffee and red bull (he could annoy you to death but he’s too cute to not get away with it) who happens to be cousins with the neighbor from across the street that Dok-mi peeps on. With it being rejected and as he saw his drawing of Go Dok-mi, Oh Jin-rak made an impromptu story, the context being a modern day Rapunzel, a girl trapped in her own apartment and was rescued (drawn out) by her next door neighbor with the title “Flower Boy Next Door.” What he came up with managed to convince their Editor (Kim Seul-gi).

When Enrique arrived in Seoul to “shoot Cupid’s arrow”he stays at his cousin’s place and caught Miss copy editor Dok-mi in the act of peeping and the rest is history, or more on a turmoil to Dok-mi’s peaceful world.

Initial Reaction

This drama is one of those dramas that I’ve downloaded earlier on my addiction for Korean Dramas. I happen to read the recap of the first episode at Dramabeans and it sparked my interest that prompted me to take the time to watch it. It was an awesome choice. First few minutes in and I was itching with curiosity: “is she OC, what’s with the post its, recyclables and potted plant indoors?” Honestly, I was hoping there’s a cat, if there was then my theory that she’s a cat lady could have clicked. 😀

Then these came up:

1

It was a big sold and the marathon began.

What lingered? (Pardon the Spoiler)

dokmi

Go Dok-mi – her sad high school ordeal that pushed her to lock herself in her own world and not to trust anyone with herself, the journal entries that expresses what she really feels no matter how much she tries to avoid it, her acceptance and warming up to Enrique, the confrontation with her best friend turned bully Cha Do-hwi. I marveled at the significant growth of the heroine, how she managed to step out of her shell, it is remarkable although I have to admit that if a guy as insistent as chatty and hyperactive (don’t forget cuteness, I’m all for the fuzz, I love anything full of fuzz and warmth that I basically go gaga over them) as the hero comes bugging me to step out of my apartment, I definitely would.

quegeum

Enrique Geum – the bouncing panda, the talk until you drop then end it with an aegyo that melts my brain and my heart and leaves me squeeing, the suave lines that makes me wish was said to me. For me, Yoon Shi-yoon owned this character, the way he portrayed it is amazing. And I can understand why the heroine fell for his character, because under the cheerfulness, the uber sunny disposition, there’s something that people around him are not aware of, something that he can only share with his Ahjumma. And although they have different defense mechanisms, underneath they are both hurt by something similar and is looking for that one person that can understand them.

Can you hear me – I love how Dok-mi and Que-Geum can hear each others thoughts, reminds me of Banana’s in pajamas; are you thinking of what I am thinking of B1? It’s bizarre, the way they can have that one sided yet full conversation.

2

Oh Jin-rak, Yoo Dong-hoon and Editor – I can’t help but laugh whenever these people share scenes together, they are hilarious but not clichéd. I love that Dong-hoon got his dream girl in the Editor and vice versa. As for Jin-rak, poor slow and unenergized Jin-rak, I wanted to feel for him, seriously, I want to pity him but I just can’t. He wasted years just watching from the sideline,overthinking (not that I am not guilty with that) and plotting that he lost his chance all together. Well, at least he had the money at the end, that’s what happens in real life, if you’re crappy with your love life, you’re good at your job. If that’s not the case then I would have to ask “what are you doing with your life?”

The Soundtrack – I loved the soundtrack, I downloaded the song and I have this on repeat currently:

It would be fun if I could date him, WISH!

I Brushed Off

Cha Do-hwi – well maybe because I hated her, whatever. The whole time she’s on screen I wanted to yell at her that it’s not all about her, stop making it such a big deal about the teacher because there’s nothing in there. I hated all the fur too but hey, what do I know about fashion anyways.

Tae-joon & Yoon Seo-young affair – I didn’t get it. I re-watched that part too but I just didn’t get it. If they were not getting together anyways then why? I dunno what that was about, Que-Geum liked Seo-young, she like Tae-joon; Que-geum is giving way but why aren’t they getting together? Too busy being noble? Hmmm..

Obsessed Fangirl  – yes, I understand you’re a fan, I am a fan too but I have a life, get your own, don’t be too obsessed about your idol, he has his own life aside from gaming you know.

Que-Geum, to leave or not to leave; Dok-mi the noble – this was the painful part to watch. Why can’t they just talk anyways, that’s possible right? Open communication, face to face conversation. Well I guess I have to accept the fact that noble idiocy is a part of K-dramaland, period.

Those Captured Moments

3

Any scene that involves playing with kids is a winner for me.

4

Yes, I panic about pets too, this is a cute way to be embarrassed, I liked the second hand embarrassment though if it was me, I would have talked to him. (Fine, I’ll admit it, Yoon Shi-yoon is my newest bias.)

vlcsnap-2014-01-01-11h23m41s121

If I happen to have them as my neighbors, I would definitely attend any gathering or meeting that the owner comes up with.

puppy

Que-Geum at his element, oh you puppy.

sweet

This is one of the sweetest moment of the drama, it’s cute and fuzzy, I love this puppy.

5

The three musketeer, after all the planning, it’s an epic fail but the bromance covered for it.

bored to death

How a hyperactive person feels once that person is cooped up all day long.

r1 r2

The reversal that made her realized how much he likes (loves) him.

Conclusion

All in all, I’m very satisfied with this drama and I would gladly recommend it to anyone who would ask for my suggestion. Not just because of the warm and fuzzy but more on because of the good story line.

kissy

Rating

9 out of 10

[That Tune on a Monday] I Wish It Was You

I have this song on repeat since yesterday and am not bothered even a bit. That’s a lie. My reaction when this song was played in Flower Boy Next Door is ah, this is a parting song, a heartbreak song; how do I know? Well, I may not understand Korean that well but I watched plenty of Korean dramas to basically get a context and a song starting with lyrics like (this is what I thought the lyrics says, before reading the actual English translation) if it was you it would have been nice is definitely not a love song with a happy content plus the fact that it is ballad-y (-ish) it’s definitely a heartbreak song. I feel the pain, I know of someone who has experienced that kind of situation; let’s just say I’m going to keep that someone nameless.

I guess it really happens, that situation where you wish for someone so badly to be that right person for you but it turns out that it can’t be and no matter how painful it is on you, you’ll be that noble idiot to let go because you wish for that person’s happiness. Yup, it happens in real life, not just in dramas, I know some noble idiots in person.

Just so what I am talking about is clear (and for my reference) here’s the English translation of the song (credits to pop!gasa):

I wish it was you

Lee Jung

I wish it was you, the person who will laugh with me
I wish it was you, the person who will walk with me
I wish it was you — on our way back home in the late evening,
The one person who will passionately hug me

* I’m afraid it will all disappear if I tell you
So I’ve hidden these words without anyone knowing

** I really wish it was you, do you know how I feel?
Because my love is like breathing, I can’t hide it
I can’t let go of you, who is turning away right now
It hurts but for you, I need to say goodbye now

* Repeat

** Repeat

There is just so much to say
But I can’t say it and I miss you so I call your name again

I wish it was me, the person who is next to you right now
I can’t let go of you, who is turning away right now
It hurts but for you, I need to…
For you, I need to say goodbye now.

Now, what I’m talking about is cleared. Is the pain evident? It is to me and since I am in need of some inspiration (I can’t write properly if I’m not sad, it’s weird I know but that’s me) I’m keeping this song on repeat until I see that sparks.