The word Asianovela comes from the words "Asia" or "Asian" and "Novela" from the word "Telenovela". This term was created to define the difference of a normal telenovela to Asian-produced telenovelas. The slang was first used on local internet forums, then became widly used by Filipino people.
The very first Asianovela shown in the Philippines was Amazing Twins, a Taiwanese TV series in July 2002 on IBC-13, but it gained no popularity in the Philippines despite that it was dubbed into Tagalog Language.
The term Asianovela was the common word for Asian TV dramas. However, for the sake of exact definition, Asianovela fans created 3 more slangs:
* Chinovela-for Chinese and Taiwanese TV dramas.
* Koreanovela-for Korean TV dramas.
* Japanovela/JDorama-for Japanese TV dramas.
Asianovelas shown in the Philippines are always top-raters in the ratings game. So many people requested for replays for the Asian series, some requested cocerts and visits for the stars of that Asianovela. Some are even cosplaying, and even following the trends, hairstyles, dress and clothes of they're favorite Asianovela characters.
Some people criticize Asianovelas as a "one sider" or it focuses only on it's story rather than putting so much plot-holes. Some said that Asianovelas are "culture threat".
* First Asianovela-Amazing Twins (Taiwan)(Philippine airdate: July 2002 on IBC-13) * First Chinovela- Meteor Garden * (Taiwan) (Philippine airdate: May 5, 2003 on ABS-CBN)
* First Koreanovela-Bright Girl (South Korea) (Philippine airdate: August 2003 on GMA Network)
* Highest rating achieved by an Asianovela (all in all)-Meteor Garden (Taiwan) (57.4%)
* Highest rated Chinovela-Meteor Garden * (Taiwan) (57.4% peak rating, 42.9% overall)
* Highest rated Koreanovela-Full House (South Korea) (50.9% peak rating, 42.3% overall)
* First Asianovela sequel-Meteor Garden II (Taiwan) (Philippine airdate: September 2003)
* First Asianovea special-The Meteor Garden special (special farewell episode for Meteor Garden hosted by Sandara Park and Hero Angeles)
* Most replayed Asianovela-Autumn in my heart (Endless Love in Philippine release) (South Korea) replayed 6x
* First Asianovela with two endings showned locally-Lovers in Paris (South Korea) * Lowest rated Asianovela-My MVP Valentine (Taiwan) (02.8%)
Highest rated Asianovelas by Peak rating
1) Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN, 2003) 57.4%
2) Full House (GMA, 2005) 50.9%
3) Lovers in Paris (ABS-CBN, 2004) 50.6%
4) Meteor Rain (ABS-CBN, 2003) 49.9%
5) Meteor Garden II (ABS-CBN, 2003) (49.5%)
6) Stairway to Heaven (GMA, 2005) (47.8%)
7) My Name is Kim Sam Soon (GMA, 2006) (40.2%)
8) Jewel in the Palace (GMA, 2006) (40.1%)
9) Autumn in my Heart (GMA, 2003) (39.7%)
10) Only You (ABS-CBN, 2006) (38.2%)
by Average
1) Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN, 2003) 42.9%
2) Full House (GMA, 2005) 42.3%
3) Meteor Rain (ABS-CBN, 2003) 39.9%
4) Meteor Garden II (ABS-CBN, 2003) 38.5%
5) Stairway to Heaven (GMA, 2005) 36.1%
6) Jewel in the Palace (GMA, 2006) 35.4%
7) My Name is Kim Sam Soon (GMA, 2006) 34.9%
8) Lovers in Paris (ABS-CBN, 2004) 34.4%
9) Only You (ABS-CBN, 2006) 33.6%
10) Autumn in my Heart (GMA, 2003) 33.4%

Saturday, July 11, 2009



Boys over Flowers a Korean drama adaptation of the Japanese Manga Hana Yori Dango. This is the third television drama adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango after the success of Taiwanese and Japanese Version.


Goo Hye Sun Geum as Jan Di

From a poor family with a fierce and weed-like determination. She is a cleaner's daughter and sometimes works in her family business and works hard at many other jobs. One day, while making a delivery, she stumbles upon a boy about to jump off a building from being severely bullied at Shinwa High. She rescues the boy and gets a full scholarship to attend Shinwa High. A group of 4 rich, handsome boys called F4 rule the school and are idolized by all the girls. Ignoring F4's power over the school, Jan Di stands up to the leader, Gu Jun Pyo, numerous times. She starts getting bullied by getting a "Red Card" from F4 which makes everyone else in the school automatically bully you. Yun Ji Hoo often helps her and rescues her when she is in danger, which made her fall in love with him. Gu Jun Pyo later falls in love with Jan Di and expresses his love to her. As the series goes on, she realizes she has two different people in her life; her soulmate and her husband.


Lee Min Ho as Gu Jun Pyo

The hot-headed leader of F4.He is the heir of Shinhwa Group, and after his father [supposedly] passes away, he inherits and begins to run the Shinhwa Group along with his mother. When he was eight,he was kidnapped by his own driver. The car crashed and plunged into a lake, and from then on Jun Pyo had been afraid of swimming. Exasperated by Jan Di's act of defiance, he makes her a target of bullying.But as time passes, he begins to admire Jan di's determination and falls in love with her.

Kim Hyun Joong as Yun Ji Hoo

A calm and soft-spoken boy who likes to play the violin, piano and guitar and conduct an orchestra. Seo Hyeon was Ji Hoo's first love, after she helped him overcome trauma after the death of his parents when he was little. He attempts to fight for Seo Hyeon's love by following her to France. But then he realizes his love for Seo Hyeon was just worshipping her.When he comes back, he realized that he had fallen for Jan Di. However, Jun Pyo has already announced his love of Jan Di. Ji Hoo decides not to betray his friend by trying to fight for Jan Di. He is a grandson of Korea's former president.

Kim Bum as So Yi Jeong

F4's perennial playboy. Handsome and gifted with a brilliant smile. Yi Jeong also has a habit for making every girl fall for him. Even Geum Jan Di's friend, Chu Ga Eul could not escape his charming ways. He is from a family of well-known artists,and is a reputed potter himself. His family owns an art gallery that exhibits national treasures. He is known for his "5 second kill" which is a technique that leads girls to fall in love with him and kiss him in 5 seconds. According to Ji Hoo, "F4's Casanova".

Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin

Their origin in the underground, his family now runs a prominent construction business. The family owns real estate throughout the country. He is also the very good friend of Yi Jung and a kind hearted person even though he is known as a playboy himself. Aside from his handsomeness, Woo Bin can talk American hip hop very well which, and adds a plus in his charms to the ladies. Sometimes, he is seen betting with Yi Jeong for cellphone numbers of various girls. Ji Hoo calls him "F4's Don Juan".

The Story

While delivering a student’s dry cleaning, Geum Jan Di saves the life of a student at the most prestigious school in Korea. Her actions soon become public and exposes the bullying within the school. To silence the public’s attention, Jan Di is offered a swimming scholarship to Shinhwa which she declines but her family forces her to attend.

During her first day at Shinhwa, Jan Di learns of the famous F4 and of the other students' adoration and fixation with the boys in the group. Gu Jun Pyo, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, and Song Woo Bin are the richest and most powerful kids within Shinhwa and Korea. Subsequently, they use their power to terrorize weaker students or those they do not like. Jan Di, instead of being impressed, becomes enraged and fantasizes about confronting Gu Jun Pyo, the leader and initiator of many of the bullying acts. She gains courage to confront him when a friend accidentally spills ice cream on his shoes and he demands the girl lick it off. Jan Di defends her friend and attempts to reason with Jun Pyo’s tyrannical demand. When he refuses to relent, Jan Di turns violent, knocking Jun Pyo to the ground. Engaged by this, Gu Jun Pyo declares war on Jan Di and encourages the other students to bully her. Jan Di, however, is resistant, refusing to apologize to Gu Jun Pyo, and stands by her decision to fight him.

Ironically, Gu Jun Pyo, having never been stood up to, begins to develop feelings for her. He tries unsuccessfully to woo her as she slowly begins to spend more time with Jun Pyo and his friends. Jan Di teaches Jun Pyo that money cannot buy everything and in order to have real friends, he himself must be real or use his heart, but Gu Jun Pyo still does not understand why someone like Jan Di should dislike him. As the story progresses, Jun Pyo falls deeper in love with Jan Di and she learns how to open herself to his love as well.

As love begins to blossom, Jun Pyo’s mother discovers them and deems it unsuitable. She does everything in her power to keep the two apart, even arranging a marriage for Jun Pyo. Other factors keep arising as another member of the group falls in love with Jan Di and in a twist of fate, Jun Pyo loses his memory. In the end, however, Gu Jun Pyo and Jan Di learn that love conquers all and that they are truly soul mates.

Differences from manga version

* In the manga, the characters are in high school in season 1, but F4 (minus Domyoji) attend Eitoku University in season 2. In the Korean version, the characters are also in high school, but the F4 move on to Shinhwa University from episode 13 onwards. Shinhwa High School and Shinhwa University are located within the same campus..
* The relationship between the two characters: Sojiroh and Yuki (also known as Yi Jung and Ga Eul in the Korean version) is merely hinted. But in the Korean version, the relationship between these two gradually develops throughout the series, having their own significant plotline instead of acting as a subplot.
* Ji Hoo has a more significant role in Jan Di's life than the Taiwanese and Japanese versions, more strongly depicted as a romantic companion for most of the drama.
* Woobin's family does not appear in this version, nor is he only interested in older women.
* How Jan Di came to attend the same school as F4 is changed completely. In the manga and Japanese version, Makino had admired Shizuka Todo being a student there, and worked hard to be accepted. Yet in the Korean version, Jan Di saves a student from committing suicide while delivering laundry (her family owns a dry-cleaning business), and she is given a scholarship to the school. Jan Di was also initially reluctant to attend, but complied because of the school swimming pool, another trait absent from the manga.