It’s going to be hard to top the collective audience outrage that erupted this week over the ending of the popular summer C-drama Diamond Lover. The drama starring Rain, Tang Yan, and Luo Jin has been doing gangbuster ratings since it premiered in late July, running for over 60 episodes and keeping the local audiences hooked all the way. The happy feel good train came to an abrupt halt a few days ago with the out-of-left-field ending that is dominating all news articles about this drama, and has left the drama baidu bar teeming with furious and appalled fans.
I watched two episodes and that was enough for me, I dislike bullied fat girl loses weight and lives her Cinderella fantasy stories and this one is as cloying as it comes, to no fault of Tang Tang or Rain in their acting or chemistry which was fine. I can’t say the drama is terrible, but it is overly sleek and stuffed to the gills with PPL to make The Time I Loved You look like an indie production. But hearing about the ending had me rolling on the floor laughing at the chutzpah of the producers. Really? To avoid spoilers I’ll discuss it after the jump.
For 60-plus episodes, Diamond Lover was all about Tang Yan’s leading lady in love with Rain’s cold chaebol character and melting his heart with her sincere ways. You know the drill. They fall in love, date, run into obstacles, but eventually overcome it all. Just as things are about to reach an expected conclusion, the ending had her rejecting Rain and accepting the marriage proposal of the second male lead played by Luo Jin, who had been the best friend to her through the entire drama but never got anywhere until abruptly he wins the girl just like that.
So Diamond Lover now joins the pantheon of dramas with WTF endings, as well as the few dramas where the second male lead gets the girl. But in this case no one wanted Luo Jin to get the girl and Rain was the fan favorite all the way. Ahahahahaha, at least Rain got to cash his astronomical paycheck for this drama so he shouldn’t feel bad. And if there was any Rain drama where the second male lead should have gotten the girl, it had to be My Lovely Girl and not this drama. At least Luo Jin being the second male lead and not another actor soothes some ruffled feathers since he’s one of Tang Tang’s former leading men and who reportedly dated her while they did Agent X together.
Behind the scenes chatter actually explains how this trainwreck all went down. Apparently Rain was only booked to film a 40 episode drama and he did just that. But afterwards the production asked the screenwriter to add 20 more episodes to the count but Rain wasn’t available to film so only the rest of the cast filmed those scenes which ended up being interspersed through the final arc of the drama, which also accounts for why Rain’s character was barely seen in the final episodes.
The production also filmed a second ending during that added shoot so that they could have the choice on which ending to run, the one where Tang Tang ends up with Rain, or the one where she picks her longtime best friend played by Luo Jin. In the end, the production claimed that the message they wanted to send with the drama is not Cinderella storybook ending but a real life one where the girl wakes up from her fairy tale dream and in real life picks the guy who has always been by her side. That’s why they went with the reversal and aired the ending where Tang Tang picks her best friend and not the ideal too perfect male lead.