I’m granting a temporary suspension of the “NO OPPA FANGIRLING” rule in this blog because we can’t help ourselves. We’re fangirling Xiao Nai’s character whether we like it or not because he’s really irresistible.
And since this is my blog, I can change rules arbitrarily. lol.
I appoint @Phoenix as president of the fangirls unless somebody else wants to rotate the shift. @agdr03? @staygold??
Okay. Here’s Phoenix’s long comment. I’m transferring it here so it’s easier for me to chime in. Here post is in blue italics; my response is in black.
Thank you, @packmule3.
After the ban on the deadly dimples in MOA, I thought fangirling over Yang Yang would be inadvisable too 😛 But I guess we all know this is fluff, straight and simple, with no twists or hidden meanings or unspoken angst, and I can safely allow my mind to go into hibernation mode, while my heart goes into squealy mode at how shiningly perfect Yang Yang looks from every angle!!
The reason I chose this C-drama is because I want something “healing.” lol I want to be healed from my disappointments with kdrama endings. Sure, I can appreciate creative endings on an intellectual level but time to time, I want a good old-fashioned, uncomplicated, fairy tale ending. Is that too much to ask, kdrama writers??
I think what hooked me was how exceptionally clever Xiao Nai’s character is – he is outwardly aloof but always mentally ten steps ahead of everyone else. He used his aloof aura and inscrutable exterior to ward off people (much like Mr. Darcy), but when he set his heart on something (or someone), he broke all his self-imposed barriers.
He’s Mr. Darcy.
Solid. Aloof. Competent. Plays 5D chess while others are stuck in the Go Fish! card game. And totally, fervently, ardently, incandescently in love with the girl.
And oh! Did I mention how he looks at her?? I’d melt if I were Weiwei.
I really liked the scene in Episode 10 in the basketball court where he openly comes up to Weiwei, talks to her, and sits next to Weiwei, much to everyone’s surprise. This is a daring public declaration of relationship status, with no holding back. He is basically so sure of his charisma that he knows he won’t be turned down (of course, him being Yang Yang, I completely get this ;).
Agree! He wanted the whole student body to know that he was in an relationship with her. To me, he was prompted to do that attention-grabbing maneuver because SHE was to shy to acknowledge their relationship. She had run away from him when they got to the gym.
Weiwei was already hesitant to ride with him on his bike because people might misunderstand their relationship. He pointed out that they WERE already in that kind of romantic relationship. But, on the way to the gym, she balked again when she realized how very public their relationship would be.
It’s one thing to have a romantic relationship; it’s another thing to have a PUBLIC romantic relationship.
People were staring at them. Then, when he left her to buy snacks at the store, she became resigned to the fact that standing next to him would draw a lot of attention. He was idolized by so many in the campus; there was no escaping attention unless she ran away.
Naturally a shy girl, she would feel awkward with all the buzz. So when they arrived at the gym, she hightailed it. He followed her inside to seek where she was at. She was sitting with her friends and tried to hide from him. She was too shy even to wave and smile at him.
To me, he realized then that he had no recourse but to do an “open” declaration. He was dating her after all. He wasn’t the type to skulk around with her just to avoid people’s curious eyes. By approaching her, singling her out, sitting beside her and holding her hand after the game, he declared, with action and not words, that he was dating her.
His attitude = like a boss
By the way, did anyone else think Yang Yang looked so yummy in that dark red business suit attending that business conference in episode 14? **nods head in disbelief-can’t imagine falling for a guy who wears red suits!** The visuals of him wearing pristine white shirts were also so visually appealing that I got distracted multiple times and missed the English subs on lots of scenes (ha!) and had to stop the scene and rewind to read them.
lol. His wardrobe coordinator must have had the easiest time during the filming.
I like what he did to help that girl, the President’s niece. He was saving her from unwanted suitors by letting it known that she was related to a powerful man. But poor child, she took it to mean that he was interested in her. Poor delusional child; I feel sorry for her in the same way I feel pity for the oppa-fans.
I like his conversation with Weiwei after the banquet. His friends were tattling on her and he called her up. He advice her to stay away from his friends because they’d lead her astray. She said that she’d beat them up, and I guess he didn’t approve of the language “beat up” because she corrected herself to say that she would duel them. His next advice? “Get them to beat themselves up.” lol. He’s so Machiavellian.
She pointed out that he was the bad example or the one who’d lead her astray. He rebutted, “I’m glad to be your role model.” I like when he bragged about himself.
Also, did anyone else find it super cute when he has to clean up the kitchen in Weiwei’s friend’s flat and he does it without complaining? I also liked how every time, he defends Weiwei by deleting online posts defaming her, and never stops trusting her, in spite of people telling him that they have evidence to the contrary. I loved that scene in Episode 22 where he comes to the gamer’s reunion in the rain, holding an umbrella to pick up Weiwei. That was so like a true gentleman.
I think that’s one of the swoon-worthy qualities of Xiao Nai. He hacked and deleted all the gossips on Weiwei.
The Chinese version has the alternate name: “Just an alluring smile” (and it’s adapted from a book of the same name, I think), and the casting of Yang Yang is just perfect. Xiao Nai smiles rarely in the first 10 episodes, but once he starts getting deeper into a relationship with Weiwei, there are scenes where he has this cheeky grin, especially when he is teasing Weiwei. For example, in Episode 27, when Weiwei almost calls his mother her “mother-in-law” when they come to meet Xiao Nai in his flat, he wiggles his eyebrows and gives her a cheeky smile saying “Go serve your mother-in-law tea” **swoon**.
She called his mom “mother-in-law”? hahahaha. See? That’s one thing I like about Asian culture. There’s a designated name for all the family members. I would love it if my future daughters-in-law were to call me “mom” but I know they already have a real mom. They’ll probably call me by my first name. As long as they don’t call me bitch to my face, I wouldn’t make a fuss.
It is all fluff but it is highly addictive, and I had a super refreshing time watching this drama. May even re-watch this on days when I feel out of charity with my job, my boss and the world in general, because, of course, watching eye candy like Yang Yang is a guaranteed mood-lifter on any given crappy day**wondering if that makes me very shallow** 🙂
What I like about this show is the writers are not out to torture me. With kdramas nowadays, especially tvN-produced kdramas, I feel like they’re trying to outdo each other with the husband-guessing-game, the angsty plot, the two-year separations, and the unresolved endings.
I was searching for a love story on auto-pilot and with Love O2O, it feels like we’re on cruise control all the way.