I’m curious to see if the latest live-action adaptation of the romance novel Summer’s Desire will finally make me understand why this particular story resonates with readers in similar shades to the Hana Yori Dango narrative. The TW-drama was a horrific casting mishap from the get go, with Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho, and Huang Xiaoming all being too told and too seasoned for their roles, much like the awkward versions of adult actors playing their own high school counterparts with it extending even to the adult versions.
The 2017 C-drama version has 19 year old rising actress Sophie Zhang as female lead Xiao Mo with Qin Jun Jie as Ou Chen and Huang Sheng Ci as Luo Xi. The character posters are out with a refreshing simplicity that emphasizes how suitable the three leads looks for their roles, not to mention age-suitable in real life. This is also the first time I like the actor playing Ou Chen better than Luo Xi which is important for liking this story otherwise I’m always second lead shipping due to simply disliking the male lead more.