Last week brought with it the end of the Taiwanese drama Fall in Love With Me and though I wrote a weekly review of the entire thing, I needed a week off to 1) catch up because I was woefully behind on all my drama reviews (thanks to my little adventure in L.A.) and 2) give myself some time to cool off before I sat down to write an overall review of this rather painful drama.
Starring Aaron Yan and Tia Li, Fall in Love With Me follows the lives of Lu Tian Xing (Aaron Yan), the young, successful, brilliant CEO of Taiwan’s largest advertising company and Tao Le Si (Tia Li), the boss of OZ, a small, struggling advertising production company on the verge of losing everything. Feeling suffocated in his position as CEO, Tian Xing literally runs away from his job and spends the next three months working at OZ as Xiao Lu, a young freelancer Le Si takes in after a chance meeting at a commercial shoot. From there Le Si and Xiao Lu’s relationship blossoms but Xiao Lu can’t keep the truth about his identity hidden for long. Naturally things fall apart when Le Si learns that Xiao Lu is actually her arch-nemesis, Tian Xing and things only get worse as Tian Xing’s surrogate family step in and try to take over his life.
If you’re at all familiar with Taiwanese dramas, you know that they tend to become a bit tedious to watch about halfway through but, for the most part, they end up being alright by the end. This tendency to throw too many monkeys in the barrel makes watching T-Dramas a bit difficult (which is probably why I refuse to watch more than one at a time) but if you can grit your teeth and bear it, you may find that you end up with a rather sweet “happily ever after” at the end. However, Fall in Love With Me is not one of those dramas which is why I’m not going to recommend this one to you. In fact, I’m going to go so far as to tell you to run as far away from this drama as you possibly can. Seriously. RUN!
Now I know that the desire to watch anything starring Aaron Yan is strong and, admittedly, he was the whole reason why I started watching this drama in the first place but I can tell you now, that even a shirtless Aaron isn’t enough to make up for all of the crap you’re forced to put up with as this story unfolds. What’s even more sad is that this drama started off really adorable and it had the potential to become something truly enjoyable to watch but the writers ended up taking this story in such a bizarre and irritating direction that even table flipping couldn’t help alleviate all of my frustration. Honestly, by the time I got to the last few episodes of this drama, I was so sick of the entire thing that I wanted to strap dynamite to my computer and blow the whole thing to smithereens. It was that bad.
However, if you’re one of those people who are able to handle an insane amount of ridiculousness or if you’re not one to be easily frustrated by dramas, you might be able to handle this one. Maybe. There are enough cute moments at the beginning to keep you happy for at least a handful of episodes that cuteness might help you get through a few more but I honestly have to wonder if anyone could sit down and watch this drama without throwing things by the end. If you’re one of those who could, would you mind sharing your secrets?
If you do decide to take on this drama, I wish you luck. If you’re one of those who, like me, watched the entire thing as it was airing, I’d like to know what you thought. Did you like this one? Did you hate it? Could you even managed to drag yourself through the last handful of episodes? I’d love to know your thoughts so be sure to leave me a comment below! Oh, and if you’d like to know all my thoughts on this drama, you can check out my review of each episode here.