Go Dok Mi (Park Shin Hye) is a shy, introverted writer who has spent much of her time cooped up in her apartment with her books, work and a budding crush for company. Following a turmulteous time at high school, involving friendship betrayals and bullying, Go Dok Mi has resolved to fulfil her writer dreams on her own – literally.
Enter Enrique Geum (Yoon Shi Yoon). Bubbly, popular, oh and famous, Enrique is a game designer who has recently moved back in with his cousin in Seoul, in the apartment that faces Dok Mi’s.
What ensues is a light-hearted look at personality clashes, star-crossed relationships and playful romance, with a more serious note of growing up and moving on. At first glance, FBND is a stereotypical rom-com K-drama, but I found this to be a much more compelling series that most. Park Shin Hye plays Dok Mi extremely well, creating an inherently shy character who is curious, compassionate and a hopeless romantic at heart, whilst Yoon Shi Yoon brings a sort of liveliness to Enrique that perfectly balances Dok Mi.
With more than one love triangle/square/hexagon forming in FBND, this K-drama never stops. Love-to-hate characters are all present, as are the love rivals that’ll have you shouting at the screen (… just me?!), everyday rituals that you could probably relate to (if you have an anonymous admirer like Dok Mi, who receives a handwritten Post-It note with illustration, with her daily milk carton delivery), and showing how the introverted can step out of their shell a little.
Overall, a highly recommended series to watch, even though it did feel relatively short as a 16 episode sequential. No outstanding remarks about the OST which disappoints, because I’m a sucker for OSTs to download and listen to on train journeys!
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Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.