After perusing a number of blogs and other various places online for reviews of Love Around
, it seems that the overall feeling is that of excitement or, as some may say, "squeeeeee." The antics of George Hu and Annie Chen as Zhou Zhen and Lian Xiao Shu are being touted as a continuation of their amazing chemistry in Love Now
. I personally haven't watch Love Now
, but it's success spawned this drama with the same leads as a couple again.
Some bloggers and drama fans are touting Love Around
as a way to fill the void left by the vivacious Taiwanese drama Substitute Princes (
aka King Flower
) that recently completed airing. I'm not sure if I agree with that quite yet solely based on the first two episodes. I sense that we have a very predictable romcom on our hands, but I'm hoping our favorite Taiwanese "it" couple can bring some flair to this tired scenario.
Many people are also excited about the music featured in Love Around
. The opening them "Come Back to Me" by Bii is a cute and romantic love song that seems to fit with the overall feel of the show. Also, "I'll Be By Your Side" by Miu and Bii (the song that Zhen requested to be played and also what him and Xiao Shu sang together) is used throughout the drama, and will probably become the go-to song for emotional moments. Both songs are sweet and catchy. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks this, but I love how the Chinese language sounds when it's put to song.
Another topic that came up from the first post in our Love Around
Drama Club was my confusion about the show's introduction. Luckily there are some very deep-thinking people out there who came up with some very solid explanations.
Zombie Mamma replied:
"So about this intro...at first I thought the same way you did, that it was just some crazy music video but after watching it a second time, I've developed a theory. I think that the use of black and white symbolizes what life is like when you're living with heartbreak. You can't sleep, the world is colorless, even food loses its appeal...everything just seems lifeless and grey. Then, one day, you run into someone who's just a little bit special and suddenly, color starts coming back into your world. Maybe, after living so long in a monochromatic world, the colors seem a bit too bright, too vibrant (thus the trippy 80's colors at the end) but you realize that it's that burst of color that wakes you up and suddenly, you feel like living again. Of course, I may be way off here but it's a theory that works for me so I'll just go with it!"
Commenter Anabel replied:
"When I first saw the into I had a suspicion that it was something along the lines of heartbreak. I mean people say that when someone is suffering from heartbreak they don't see color or that they are always gloomy. so when they see each other they start to see bright colors signifying happiness."
Now that I have these perspectives, that strange intro doesn't seem quite so nonsensical to me.
Let's all wait (un)patiently now for the next episode of our new Taiwanese sugar fix.
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More from the LOVE AROUND Drama Club!
Episode 2 [ Part 1
] [ Part 2
] [ Part 3
] [ Part 4
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