(Vivi's note: I also watched most of this series recently, but since I never actually managed to finish the last two episodes, I'll let Coco take this one! I liked the series, but I got distracted with other things. I'll add some of my observations here and there.)
Main Plot Summary:
Flower Boy Next Door stars the "Queen of Romantic Comedies", Park Shin-hye, as as Go Dok-mi, a young woman who becomes a recluse after a devastating event in high school makes her a social outcast. One of the only ways she connects to the outside world is by spying on her attractive neighbor across the way. She is caught in the act of peering through binoculars one day by the neighbor's cousin, Enrique Geum, a whimsical video game developer played by Yoon Shi-yoon. He decides to help her rejoin the world and open herself up to love and friendship, along with the help of three other attractive neighbors.
Reasons why FBND is worth the 16 hour investment.
1. The Poetic Themes
(Vivi's note: I would also like to give a shout-out to Go Dok-mi's POETIC HAIR. Holy freaking cow. That is the best tousled hair I have ever seen in my life. It almost made me want to become a recluse who doesn't shower. Almost.)
2. The Humor
(Vivi's note: The panda hat makes me super uncomfortable for some reason.)
3. The Side Characters:
(Vivi: Can we petition to have Kim Seul-gie star in her own drama? I would love to see some of that sass and physical humor in a kdrama lead!)
Reasons why FBND is not worth the 16 hour investment:
1.The 10 long, repetitive, and uninteresting episodes in the middle
"You should leave me to go live your dream."
"No, I will never leave you, you are my dream."
"Fine I'll pretend not to love you so you will go."
"No, I won't go, jk, I will go, jk, I won't go, jk, I actually did go."
With me going, "What? Did he go or not? Just go already!"
All in all, Flower Boy Next Door had a lot to offer but just had too much time to do it in. This drama could have been a great 2 hour movie instead of a whole series. If they had cut out the unnecessary plot points and overdone scenes and just focused on the beautiful themes and character development, then it truly could have been a great drama.
2. The Male Lead
(Vivi's note: But don't you remember how they beat the audience over the head with that nature metaphor? Something about trees? Or wind? And that was supposed to make us understand why Enrique was her true match? I actually let the show convince me that Enrique was better for her, but that doesn't mean that he was better for me. I'm sorry, but I will choose the outwardly sarcastic but inwardly thoughtful comic book designer over the hyperactive chipmunk who wears knee socks any day.)
3. The Unbelievable Plot Points
(Vivi's note: Her diary made the sullenness bearable for me. Sure she was terrified of everyone, but at least she had some personality inside her own head! That's more than I can say for a lot of sad kdrama ladies.)
In conclusion, I loved Flower Boy Next Door for what it could have been. It started out so strongly and I couldn't stop watching for about the first three episodes. Then something happened and it became very tedious to watch until the last few episodes, which were funny and endearing, in which it redeemed itself.
What was your opinion of Flower Boy Next Door? Also, are there any other kdramas that were like exercise to you? Comment below.