A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Boys Over Flowers is a Korean soap opera that has valuable lessons about the abuse of privilege and power. In classic soap opera fashion, many elements in the series can be over the top. Characters' behavior includes bullying and gossiping. High school students are often beaten until bloody, and characters are drugged and kidnapped. The show is ultimately a romance, but the forceful elements of the relationship may send mixed messages to younger viewers.
What's the story?
Korean drama BOYS OVER FLOWERS is a re-adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series by the same name. It follows the story of Geum Jan-di, a high schooler from a struggling family who is admitted into a prestigious private academy after saving the life of a student there. While attending, she makes enemies with the wealthiest group of bullies known as the Flower Four. Gu Jun-pyo, leader of the F4, makes it his mission to torture Jan-di. However, after witnessing her resilience Jun-pyo begins to see her in a different light.
Is it any good?
This internationally recognized series is praised for its quirky and passionate lead. Geum Jan-di has a strong inclination for justice. Watching her persevere against her entitled upperclassmen is what makes Boys Over Flowers a surprisingly empowering series. However, as the show goes on Geum Jan-di gets more involved in the personal drama of the F4 and the moral of the series is lost. Although seeing clumsy Gu Jun-pyos’ transition from a spoiled brat into a more considerate human being is entertaining, it is difficult to forgive and forget some of his past atrocities.
For younger teens beginning to explore complex relationship dynamics, the series may send mixed messages about dating and romance.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about bullying. Have your teens witnessed or experienced cyberbullying or more traditional bullying? In what different forms can this behavior present itself? What defenses can you use against it?
Characters are defined by their wealth and status in the series and rarely intermingle. Why do you believe there is this separation? Is it realistic?
Families can also talk about courtship. Gu Jun-pyo often pushes a relationship onto Jan-di without receiving her consent. What are some problems with this approach? What are some proper ways to court someone you're interested in?
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