Fight for My Way to Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo; 5 K Dramas excelling at 'friends turned lovers' storyline

1 year ago  |  6.3M
The 'friends turned lovers' trope is a common storyline in many popular K-dramas.

The typical 'friends turned lovers' trope has been used for decades in movies and TV shows, irrespective of language. Whether it be Bollywood movies or K-dramas, the romance genre is filled to the brim with childhood friends or 'we just met' friends, who eventually fall in love and have their happily ever after. We've seen in 13 Going on 30, we've seen in it in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and we've also seen it in Friends. The examples are countless!

But, let's focus on K-dramas as an example to further prove our point. It's a major possibility that your all-time favourite K-drama will at least include one couple, who used to be friends a long time ago and meet again only to not remember each other. Then, one magical day, an incident occurs which makes them realise their past and subsequently fall for each other. Sounds familiar? While it's an overused trope, we still can't help but be suckered to such storylines as its simplicity at its best.

Here are five 'friends turned lovers' K-dramas that should be on your watch list:

Fight for My Way

This drama is the handbook for the 'friends turned lovers' storyline as Ko Dong-man (Park Seo-joon) and Choi Ae-ra's (Kim Ji-won) love story is as realistic yet dreamy as it gets. While their separate ambitions play a major role in the storyline, it's the back and forth bickering/flirting between Dong-man and Ae-ra, which leads to the eventual happily ever after, that viewers genuinely loved.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

This endearing drama has our hearts for its simplistic yet heartwarming story of a talented weightlifter Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung). At the heart of the series is the love story between Bok-joo and her childhood friend, Jung Joon-hyung (Nam Joo-hyuk). While initially, they don't remember each other, over time they find out and eventually fall in love.

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Next up, we have Shung Shi-won (Jung Eun-ji) and Yoon Yoon-jae (Seo In-guk), who managed to leave us gushing with their love story, that came only after being friends since childhood. While Yoon-jae harbours a secret crush on Shi-won, eventually his feelings are reciprocated.

Personal Taste

This Lee Min-ho and Son Ye-jin series sees Jeon Jin-ho (Min-ho) and Park Kae-in (Ye-jin) start off as friends, with Jin-ho believed to be gay and gradually sees the characters falling hard for each other. The misunderstanding in the beginning and motive behind Jin-ho's actions play an important role but the love story was bound to blossom nonetheless.

She Was Pretty

Another Park Seo-joon series makes it our list and this time we have childhood friends Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum) and Ji Sung-joon (Seo-joon), who meet after years. The only problem is, Hye-jin is not as beautiful as she once was and instead has her friend Min Ha-ri (Go Joon-hee) pretend to be her when Sung-joon comes back to her life. However, the sparks between Hye-jin and Sung-joon grow when she gets employed for a fashion magazine, where the latter is the editor. The eventual love story is extremely cheesy yet endearing.

Which is your favourite 'friends turned lovers' K-drama? Let us know your pick in the comments section below.


Anonymous : Not just that. Didnt the leads from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo become an actual couple in real life after they finished shooting the drama.
REPLY 1 1 year ago
Anonymous : Nothing tops fight for my way as my fave romcom drama. I love the chemistry of Kim Ji Won and Park Seo Joon. Plus Choi Aera's aegyo, i miss that.
REPLY 6 1 year ago
Anonymous : She Was Pretty seriously gave me second lead syndrome and my heart broke for Choi Siwon's character.
REPLY 8 1 year ago
Anonymous : Boys Over Flowers gave me second lead syndrome so I totally understand!!!!!
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : Fight for My Way, will always be the best rom-com kdrama for me. The chemistry between Soo Jeon and Ji Woon is soo good!
REPLY 6 1 year ago
Anonymous : I still remember the 'game over' scene from Personal Taste. Still gives me the chills But I also love She Was Pretty. Even the second lead, Choi Siwon
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : I like really really really love Weightlifting fairy Kim bok Joo alot...This drama made Lee sung Kyung my fav. Actor❤❤❤❤... But I really found Fight for my way very boring....
REPLY 8 1 year ago
Anonymous : Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo. So endearing, awesome chemistry and amazing supporting cast!! One of my all time faves.
REPLY 13 1 year ago
Anonymous : Okay so I watched all if these so now what???
REPLY 8 1 year ago
Anonymous : Sameee
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Anonymous : Fight for my way the best
REPLY 22 1 year ago
Anonymous : Weightlifting fairy Kim Bok joo
REPLY 19 1 year ago
Anonymous : My first love is good too
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : She was pretty will always take the cup :P Love them and the storyline from the beginning xo
REPLY 6 1 year ago
Anonymous : She was pretty is always my favourite....all the four feel good characters were enacted well....there was no negative character which is a surprise factor....
REPLY 12 1 year ago