微微一笑很倾城 Love 020

Okay I’ll admit, Yang Yang was the main attraction and catalyst for me to start watching this drama, although I’m also a fan of Zheng Shuang. But I will say that their acting both have much space for improvement. There are bigger issues with the story itself. I have mixed feelings about the drama with some careless sloppy writing, little character development, and mixed messages. So the main subject of this drama is basically gaming and IT related things. Zheng Shuang plays Bei Wei Wei, a pretty IT major, who’s also a hardcore gamer and the only ranking female on a popular computer game. Yang Yang is Xiao Nai, genius IT major, one of the highest ranked player in the game, and the CEO of a gaming company. Basically they meet through the game and fall in love. At first I was concerned that there would be a lot of drama with finding out each other’s identity but it all happened quite simply.

Xiao Nai is the most popular guy in the school but only hangs around his guy friends who are also his teammates in the computer game and colleagues in his company. He catches Wei Wei playing one day at a computer lab and develops a crush. He approaches her in the game, proposing to get married (in the game) so they can participate in some kind of couple quest. Seeing his ranking, she agrees, knowing that they would do very well with their skill levels. So one of the first problems I have is how much of a stalker Xiao Nai is. If you do not consider his good looks, it’s actually kind of creepy how he approaches her but anyway continuing on.

The thing with this drama is there really isn’t much drama. Wei Wei is like a classic angel, extremely pretty and kind but because she’s smart and knows her shit, she can avoid a little more trouble. Xiao Nai is really attractive but sort of bland at times, feels sort of dangerous. He has the calmest composure ever and is generally very gentle and kind to everything but has a bit of a sadistic streak when it comes to his friends. He gets playfully mean and likes to tease his teammates. Wei Wei gets a lot of hate from jealous students and players. Xiao Nai often takes care of the problems in the background for her. I didn’t catch the details but he has control of the game development and so can set his own rules and events. So basically a lot of the beginning of the drama is basically them bonding over the game and building a good team. Xiao Nai will often spy on Wei Wei in school, and watch her reactions in the library when they play the game. Wei Wei has no idea that he’s actually her husband in the game.

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And you’d think that there’d be some big misunderstanding where Wei Wei would have conflict with Xiao Nai in person, but fall for him in the game and what not but surprisingly, they skipped all that bullshit. They agree to meet in person to talk about a game event and while you’re sitting there expecting them to miss each other (like a lot of dramas), they meet! Wei Wei is totally shocked but doesn’t really show it. And this is where things get really unrealistic, they pretty much just start dating in real life. Literally the day they meet in person, Xiao Nai sort of introduces Wei Wei as his girlfriend to his team (which she knew through the game). They pretty much didn’t talk about their relationship and started to date. He comes pick her up the next day to school. This was just totally shocking! They never discussed exactly what was going on and just sort of accepted everything.

Xiao Nai is super mellow and you think he has some like evil plan in the back but NO! He’s just this super kind caring guy who never had a girlfriend until he meets Wei Wei. The thing that’s wrong with this drama is how unrelatable and almost old fashion it is. Wei Wei is this pretty much perfect girl who excels in everything she does. Xiao Nai, same thing, a god. I think they’re cute together and their romance is simple which can be nice, but it’s bordering shallow. Basically this guy saw this pretty girl, fell in love, this girl fell in love with him over a game and didn’t question much when they met in person. But honestly, they don’t really know each other all that well! They don’t talk about themselves, instead of acting like two people in a relationship, they just do the things that couples do, pick each other up, have meals together, but don’t really explore each other. The drama went pretty slowly before Wei Wei knew the identity of her gaming partner, then after that they moved like lightning. It would have been more realistic if Wei Wei just sat down and thought about everything.

I appreciate the fact that they’re honest with each other, their relationship is literally the dream relationship. It is quite satisfying to see a drama with a couple that can stay together despite the opposition. The antagonists try hard but can’t actually separate them because they’re honest with each other which is like the strongest point of the their relationship.

This leads to by biggest question, I know this was adapted from a novel but was this drama also a promotion for some computer game??? There are antagonists that want to separate them and hate on Wei Wei, but they’re like an afterthought of the scriptwriters and rarely appear! There was one guy who fell fore Wei Wei but then started to talk shit about her because she rejected him. A bunch of Xiao Nai’s fangirls like to pass on malicious rumors on the game forums but they don’t really make an impact and often disappear for a few episodes and then come back.

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For the past 19 episodes I’ve been anticipating some huge drama/fight or SOMETHING to happen that serves as a turning point in the drama but NO! Nothing! Wei Wei and Xiao Nai don’t even argue! (which isn’t a good sign to a relationship) They’re relationship revolves around sweet gestures, sweet words, and smiles. Zheng Shuang is really really pretty but Wei Wei is just like…not very interesting. She questions in her head the stuff that goes on with Xiao Nai but never actually asks him. What’s worrying to me is how she just listens to whatever Xiao Nai tells her to do like an obedient puppy who’s head over heels for some guy she doesn’t even know all that well. The thing is, she’s actually very capable of taking care of herself and her problems on her own. It’s been proven numerous times she can solve problems without Xiao Nai. She’s so innocent and also, there seems to be mixed messages going on. At one point she complains that a lot of games sexualize women characters to attract male players, which is very true and annoying, but the way she mentioned it almost sounded like she was lightly shaming women who wore revealing clothes which I’m quite against. What women wear shouldn’t determine their intentions. Maybe I’m thinking too much?

Anyway the case with Yang Yang is the same as Wei Wei but maybe worse. Gorgeous man, but Xiao Nai is just…there. You don’t really get to hear his thoughts and he’s quite static, almost making him just another pretty face guy to look at. He has the qualities of the dream man: no fickle past, super smart, super caring, super good looking, good at everything including computer science AND sports, bright future with his own company, has an awesome team. It’s crazy! It’s a shame that even with all these traits, his teammates, often become more interesting for the audience to watch because they’re more animated and dynamic. Another thing I’m uncomfortable with is how Xiao Nai just does some things on his own, often without asking Wei Wei. He thinks he’s doing the right thing but never actually considers her thoughts. What this is though isn’t supposed to be part of his character but definitely an oversight with the careless writing. I think what I like most about this drama is the fact that they act out and film the game plays. It’s quite amusing to watch humans acting like game characters where they’ll fight and then just freeze there while the human player is away from the keyboard. But the actual storyline…I don’t know, I’m just really confused. If they were going to have this smooth and simple relationship, they should have cut it down to like 20 episodes max.

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