Why are we all talking about Fireworks of My Heart?
There are many modern romantic dramas that go online on TV and on video sites during the year, and among them, there are probably not many big hits during the year, and the ones that are usually talked about by most are the very best dramas. But since July, the whole internet has been talking about Fireworks of My Heart. Maybe people haven’t watched this drama, they have more or less heard about the drama and the viewers’ comments in this drama. This drama was rated 3.2 out of 10 on Douban, a Chinese movie review website. The secondary creation of this drama is hotter than the drama itself. Why, exactly, is everyone talking about this drama?
There are so many things to complain about in this drama. In terms of the author from whom it was adapted, the author, Jiu Yuexi, does not have a very good reputation in the online novel world and has been boycotted by other more famous and talented authors. Her previous TV and movie adaptations have all been plagiarized to a greater or lesser extent. Even the original novel of this TV series was suspected to be plagiarized from other works, so most of the readers on the internet didn’t really like this author’s works.
Usually the audience of modern romantic dramas are young girls. But most of the people who are complaining about this drama are the girls. The plot is already too strange for girls nowadays! In the past, what dramas taught girls was to give up something for love. This was probably because women didn’t have a lot of freedom back then, so pursuing love was already an aspect of freedom. But this kind of drama is very outdated in 2023, girls already want to pursue individual freedom more, they are more sensible and love is not all about them anymore.
One of the female leads, Xu Qin, lives a very decent and wealthy life after being adopted by the wealthy Meng family, everything she has comes from her adoptive parents’ home. But when she meets the hero, Song Yan, who is a punk, doesn’t get good grades and has no money, she is still so in love with him. Their love can make Xu Qin abandon her adoptive family and break up with them. Well. No one can really understand this drama anymore. There were also thoughts on the internet that sympathized with Xu Qin’s adoptive family because they were so pitiful that the daughter they raised with a lot of money was a punk, and a lot of people felt sorry for that.
This pushed the girl’s button of girls who are much more sensible and wouldn’t break up with a rich family in reality, so why come to a drama to promote outdated ideas?
But the interesting thing is that on female-dominated social media apps, users think that Xu Qin shouldn’t be doing this, that she’s a character who is too immersed in love, and someone who forgets her parents’ kindness. But on male-dominated social media apps, male users love Xu Qin’s character because she is pretty, submissive and rich.
Not only because of the love story in which it’s hard to empathize with, but the male and female leads in the drama, one of whom is a firefighter and one of whom is a doctor, are not very professional in what they do, and official agencies have said that their actions are wrong. One of the most tweeted about scenes is when Xu Qin cuts open a woman’s belly in the rubble and removes a newborn from the woman’s body, and the firefighters gathered nearby celebrate this. But after analyzing the scene, viewers who studied doctor’s studies said that the woman was actually still alive, so she was enduring great pain and had her stomach cut open alive to take out the baby. This made people angry and there were secondary stories written about this pregnant woman’s husband taking revenge on Xu Qin. Another job, firefighter, everyone knows to respect firefighters because they are great, but you can’t see the realism of firefighters in the drama. For example, Song Yan, who is a firefighter, and Xu Qin used the fire extinguisher incorrectly in the parking lot for fun.
Many medical students have complained about the fact that there is so much wrongdoing in this drama that they need to re-take their exams or re-study. The impact on the social side is also very strong, although people know that some of the behaviors are wrong.
What has to be recognized is that the male and female leads in this drama, as well as the supporting characters, are all handsome and beautiful in the traditional sense. Yang Yang, as the male lead, has been recognized as a big handsome guy for so many years of his acting career. But this drama exposed that he actually doesn’t know how to act and performs roles that feel greasy, such as touching his own jawbone to be handsome. Viewers also found videos of his previous performances and said it was just too funny.
What I have to talk about is about the secondary creation of this drama, many bloggers of tiktok have made short videos about this drama. For example, Xu Qin’s post-wedding diary, every night can only eat white porridge, because in the drama appeared in the plot of Song Yan to cook white porridge for Xu Qin, Xu Qin is very touched. Or having her child Song Zhi Xu look at Song Yan’s photo albums every day. Such creations are endless and very funny.
But the drama also had slightly more positive influences, such as Wei Dahun, who played Meng Yanchen, Xu Qin’s brother, and was loved by many viewers, as well as the other male characters in the drama other than the male protagonist, who had more or less positive comments on the internet.
The craze of discussing this drama continued until August. It may not be a very perfect drama, but the amount of talk it brought was great, but I don’t know if it was a good thing for the actors and writer. It was also because of some wrong bridges in this drama that other dramas with the same theme were re-examined.