O Ha Ni has been in love with fellow senior Baek Seung Jo and has been wanting to confess to him for awhile. However there's a problem; Ha Ni is one of the worst students in her school while Seung Jo is the smartest with an estimated IQ of almost 200. Determined not to graduate without having revealed her feelings to him, Ha Ni gives Seung Jo a love letter, who wanting nothing to do with her publicly humiliates Ha Ni. When Ha Ni's house collapses during an earthquake, her father is invited to live with his old friends. At first Ha Ni is excited but her world gets turned upside down when she finds out that Seung Jo is their son. Despite this, Ha Ni seizes the opportunity and embarks on a hilarious journey to win Seung Jo's heart, all while trying to keep their living conditions a secret.
I have to start by admitting I've dropped this series two or three times in the past because I got bored of it, but I finally just finished it, and I'm actually glad I did. It's not a groundbreaking drama by any means: high school (/college) romance, with the female lead your typical spunky, down-on-her-luck girl that's had a crush on the idol of her school for years, who doesn't even know she exists. He's the cool, well-off guy with a better-than-thou attitude.
What kept me coming back to this drama was actually the actor for the male lead, because I first saw him in Boys Over Flowers and loved his character there, but was deeply displeased by how things went for him and desperately wanted to see him get a better ending. I figured watching a drama with the same actor as the male lead instead of the secondary was going to be as close as I could get.
Along those lines, when I first realized who the secondary male love interest was in this drama, I was kind of relieved, because the character seemed so over-the-top that I couldn't really take him seriously at first and figured I wouldn't get too upset when he inevitably didn't get the girl. But as the show went on, his character kept growing on me little by little, because he's just so darn DEVOTED to Ha Ni. It didn't matter that she never took him seriously and continuously pined over a guy that wouldn't give her the time of day, he remained eternally optimistic and enthusiastic. It was sort of endearing.
Seung Jo, the male lead, also ended up surprising me. Because in spite of all his genius and natural talent at anything he tried, he still had no more idea of what to do with his life than any other typical high school graduate, and seeing that really humanized him to me.
The only other thing I particularly enjoyed in this drama was watching the odd friendship develop between Ha Ni and Gyeong Su, the guy from the tennis club, over their respective one-sided loves. Every time they got together it was entertaining.
Overall, yes, I still found this drama boring at times, but it seemed to get better as it went on. The ending was satisfying for all of the characters (even the secondary guy!), and almost felt like a giant fluffball. So as long as you don't go into it with terribly high expectations, you might actually enjoy it.
I have such a mix feelings about this drama... seriously...let me start first with Oh Ha Ni as in most of these kind of dramas she is annoying as hell and of course she needs to make full out of herself all the time...but her constant stalking and obsessive, puppy-like loyalty/affection for this jackass is pathetic and unsettling, especially once they start college. I cannot for the life of me understand why she would willingly like a guy who corrects her grammar and grades it!, publicly embarrasses her, and treats her like trash. Her whole existence - choosing a college major, a career, her life goals - all revolves around trying to impress him and getting him to like her rather than finding her own purpose in life and dating someone who will actually treat her like a human being.
I did sympathize with her the first few episodes, but by the end, her high insecurity and obsession with him were too much - I found her to be almost completely unlikeable by the end of the series.
And Baek Seung Jo...boy he looked HOT as...but his character...he verbally abuses her 98% of the time and manipulates her lack of intellect out of boredom and a way to challenge himself rather than actually wanting to help her be a better person. He is emotionally distant, arrogant, and cold for most of the series, and his version of “tough love” is mostly cruel toward the highly sensitive, sweet but dumb Oh Ha Ni. Even at the end I was still confused if he liked her or he wanted her only because she was falling for other guy.
So what I am trying to say is that Playful Kiss definitely amps up the asshole guy/derpy but sweet girl concept, but the ridiculously annoying behavior of both the leads left me disappointed .
In both dramas the female lead has a crush, for over few years, on a guy who doesn't even know about her existence. The male lead in byeoreul ttadajwo is known as a heartless man, just like the male lead in jangnanseureon kiseu.
When the female lead decides to give up on her crush, it happens that she's forced to move into his home. Though slowly the male lead falls for her, he decides to get married to another girl, who is loving and determined to marry him.
The female lead in both dramas has a very cheerful, friendly and fun character. They like to act cute and be a little dramatic. The male lead on the other hand has a cool and cold personality. Both dramas have these two leads living under the same roof and falling in love with each other. These two are really good dramas of love, family and friendship.