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


A Taiwanese drama adaptation of Hana Yori Dango. Started the F4 fever in Asia.It stars Barbie Xu,Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vaness Wu , Ken Zhu. Meteor Garden was very popular in Asia. Due to the popularity of the series throughout Asia, two sequels, Meteor Rain and Meteor Garden II, were produced. This was the first asianovela that captures the highest popularity.

The story centers on a plain and poor teenage girl called Shan Cai, who goes to university for rich people, forced upon her by her parents. The university is dominated by a gang of handsome but arrogant students called F4, who are the heirs of the most influential families in Taiwan.


Barbie Xu as Shan Cai

Jerry Yan as Dao Ming Si

Vic Zhou as Hua Ze Lei

Vaness Wu as Mei Zuo Ling

Ken Zhu as Xi Men

The Story

In the beginning, Dao Ming Si, the gang leader, hates Shan Cai so much that he makes everyone in the university play tricks on her. However, Shan Cai's persistence gradually gains Si's respect and later he falls in love with her. Like many other TV series, the lovers end up getting together after going through a series of painful challenges.

Difference from other versions

  • Hana Yori Dango has a more concrete ending than the first season of Meteor Garden, events include Doumyoji and Tsukushi being together, and Rui reunites with his first love which did not happened in Meteor Garden.
  • Shan Cai's Japanese counterpart, Tsukushi, had a younger brother in Hana Yori Dango who played a small part in the story.

F4 graduates from Ying De Xue Yuan. Dao Ming Si invites Shan Cai to go on F4's graduation trip with them to Spain, which is actually F4's way of letting Shan Cai and Dao Ming Si spend some time alone. Dao Ming Si and Shan Cai becomes inseparable during the trip. Just before Shan Cai and Si leave for Spain, Hua Ze Lei gave Ah Si an envelope with a "smart advice" in it. When Ah Si opens the envelope, he finds that the advice from Hua Ze Lei was to ask Shan Cai to marry him in an old church with a legend. Dao Ming Si buys a "Meteor Ring" which Shan Cai had her eyes on, and prepares to propose to her in a church that had special meanings of "love".

However, on the way to the church, Dao Ming Si gets into a car accident which had causes him to lose his memory. He met Ye Sha at that time, who helps him and looks after him. The sudden disappearance of Ah Si causes Shan Cai to worry, so she asks Jing to help her. The other three members of F4 also came to Spain immediately after they hear the news.

What follows is a story full of ups and downs as Shan Cai tries to find Dao Ming Si and help him regain his memory.

In this continued story of Meteor Garden, the love story of Xi Men and Mei Zuo are shown. The reason why Xi Men is such a playboy is revealed, as well as Mei Zuo's own love story since he was in elementary school.