Are you irrationally imagining yourself in a relationship with someone who is either oblivious of your feelings or your existence? That happens one hundred percent of the time when your crushing real hard–you know, the overwhelming desire you developed for a person, leaving you weak on the knees with butterflies in your tummy whenever they’re around. It drives you to hopelessly daydream until your crush spares you just bits of attention or even better, return the mutual affection you have for them. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
The fact that you can’t demand one to like you back is frustrating enough, and in this case, binge-watching too much K-dramas sometimes is your best ally. It allows us to believe in the possibility of things especially with hard work and honesty as two important ingredients towards a happy ending. It’s no overnight success, but let this list of Korean TV series tell you not to abandon the hopes of having your crush notice you one day and return the feeling!
1. To The Beautiful You (2012)
Women need not to apologize for making the first move in matters of love. It’s time you use your rights to write your story. Take it from this 2012 romance series’ character Goo Jae Hee (Sulli) who came all the way from the US to Korea and disguised himself in an all-boys school just to help his crush Kang Tae Joon (Choi Min Ho) overcome his fear to high-jump following an injury. As our hearts were expecting, Tae Joon’s cold personality towards Jae Hee changed, and in the long run, the sparks slowly grew on him.
2. He's Beautiful (2009)
Another of the popular girl-pretends-to-be-boy scenario is this 2009 kilig drama of innocent nun Go Mi Nam (Park Shin Hye) and arrogant Hwang Tae Kyung (Jang Geun Suk.) The story revolves around Mi Nam playing the role of her twin brother in the band AN JELL, with Tae Kyung initially wanting to kick her out of the group. Mi Nam naturally fell for Tae Kyung along the way, but acting on her feelings is a major no-go given the complications. Instead, she continued admiring and supporting him from the corners not knowing Tae Kyung already knew her secret and protected it to also keep her by his side. *melts*
3. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho (2010)
This fantasy series of 2010 teaches us that wearing your hearts on your sleeves can actually be our strongest asset. Gu Mi Ho (Shin Min Ah) is a nine-tailed fox in human form who just wants to be loved. She later meets and falls fast for aspiring action star Cha Dae Woong (Lee Seung-Gi) and openly expressed her one-sided affection for him for the world to see. Dae Woong then got rid of his fears and learned to value Mi Ho's unfiltered charm. Together they stepped into the world’s ring of life and death in order to fight and save their love.
4. Cheese In The Trap (2016)
A push-pull relationship often makes us wonder if two people involved can work out things in the end. It's fairly normal for it to become painful, but Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) and Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) of this 2016 adaptation trained us not to rule out anything in terms of love. You see, Seol went past doubting the intentions of Yoo Jung, who has psychopathic tendencies, for dating her out of the blue. Yoo Jung is attracted to Seol’s unique character but finds difficulty expressing his feelings. Yet, he’s bent on proving himself to Seol, who in the midst of hurdles, discovered herself falling for the senior. And just so nobody would be put to blame, we're already giving you a heads up that this drama may contain emotions inappropriate for your fragile hearts.
5. Pretty Man (2013)
Does your love story get better if you do and risk everything for the person you like? In this 2013 rom-com series, Kim Bo Tong (IU) showed us that selfless perseverance surely pays off. A freehearted ordinary girl, Bo Tong is head over heels for her childhood and family friend Dokgo Ma Te (Jang Geun Suk) and willingly guided the latter’s business and search for his father. Ma Te, despite struggling to understand love himself, was caught in confusing thoughts of missing Bo Tong and the way she makes him feel special like no one else could. Yep, the pretty man soon fell crazy in love, and Bo Tong became the luckiest girl on the planet!
6. Suspicious Partner (2017)
At times, suddenly ignoring your crush following constant rejects is a good thing. Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) learned the hard way from crushing on sulky and brokenhearted Prosecutor Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) whom she worked for. The latter kept pushing her away, which was understandable given that he just came from a traumatizing relationship with his cheating ex-gf and bestfriend. With a little self-restraint, Bong Hee decided to forget him and later gained the upper hand the moment Ji Wook finally realized that he doesn’t want to lose her and pursued to win her feelings back. This 2017 drama is a definite evidence that no matter how many times love failed us, the right one will still come along.
7. The Liar And His Lover (2017)
Young love is the best kind–it’s the purest, and it never expects anything in return. High school student Yoon So Rim (Joy) parades the beauty of it in this 2017 teen drama as she fell at first sight for composer Kang Han Gyul (Lee Hyun Woo) but was rejected because of their age gap. However, he grew to like So Rim in return for showing him what life is like beyond music. Undeterred by the sting of the initial turndown, So Rim readily forgave him and offered her untamed love. It's pretty rare, but believe it when we say crushes do not necessarily come and go–one of them might stay with you come hell or high water!
8. Playful Kiss (2010)
While it’s a common mistake to force things to happen, being straightforward in dealing with your crushes can be more than helpful just like what Oh Ha Ni (Jung So Min) did in this 2010 Korean remake of the drama It Started With A Kiss. She fell in love with smart Baek Seung Jo (Kim Hyun Joong) and delivered him a love letter. Apparently, Seung Jo hates her stupidness. But embarrassed Ha Ni kept her words of love and worked hard to impress Seung Jo until at last, the subject of her love learned to cherish her efforts and recognized he’s been in love with Ha Ni for a long time!
You may think it’s just make-believe, but, sometimes, it’s so much better to play all of our cards when it comes to our crushes who may be our potential soulmates. Ready to bet your luck?
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