Love Sick: The Series Review (Spoilers)

Posted by Stephanie on February 15, 2015

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I talked a little bit in my last post on Crazy about this drama, Thai Dramas, Not My Cup Of Tea, which I’ll repost here on the new site. As more and more time passes between me and the watching of this drama, I’m looking fonder upon it. Figuring it was best to bang out a review before my rose-colored glasses of nostalgia renders everything with a rosy, “wasn’t that so freaking cute” glow, I sat down to work.

Although, in all honestly, it might be a little late for that already.

The glow of love around story is multiplied by the fact that I managed to find someone who is translating the web book that the story was originally based on. While the storyline sticks fairly close to the source material, there is so much more to the book that I’m really enjoying and makes me love this couple even more.

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Although let me tell you, if I get to the end of all this and these two guys don’t get to stay together in the end? There is going to be some first level retribution plotted in my head. Seriously, Noh and Phun are freaking adorable and if they don’t get their happy ending merely on the grounds that they are gay? It will be completely unfair, and I will lose all faith in drama-love.

Perhaps I should back up a bit.

Love Sick: The Series is a Thai high school drama from 2014. It is made as an ensemble drama, but the main storyline (or the only one that anyone actually cares about) revolves about the relationship of Noh, the cutely foul-mouthed leader of the music club, who has to come up with 30,000 whatever the moneys to pay for new drums after his budget gets slashed, and Phun, student council member, most popular and well-liked boy, who comes from a wealthy family. Noh needs money? Phun has a solution. He can arrange for the money to pay for the drums, but on one condition. Noh, has to date him. Before you get all skeeved out (like Noh did), you need to know that Phun has a girlfriend who he loves a lot. So why the plea for the boyfriend? His parents want him to start dating someone of their choosing, and, as an obedient son, he can’t refuse them. His only option? Go to his spoiled sister to get her help. There is just one catch. His sister is obsessed with Yaoi (gay) mangas and will only help him if he introduces her to his (has to be cute) boyfriend.

Hijinks ensue from there.

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Although it’s not actually hijinks, these two guys, after continually being thrown together by circumstances, slowly become friends, and then they fall in love. Having to deal with not only their growing feeling for each other, but having to balance that with family’s expectation, and what society accepts, is not an easy road. By the end of the series, they have decided to abandon their relationship, not wanting to ruin the amazing friendship they’ve found in each other with the scary aspect and eventual repercussions of being a couple. Queue heartbreak.

Mine.

When I first watched the drama, I was very, very upset with how they ended it—a rough break up and sadness. But then after ranting for about 20 minutes, I looked down and realized I still had three more episodes left to watch. Whew—they still had time to dig themselves out of the hole in which they’d found themselves—they could still unbreak my fangirl heart and get back together. Then, I’m sorry to say, three episodes later, (with a lot of filler) my guys were still broken up. WAAAAAAH!

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This was when I learned that this is actually a series (not sure why Love Sick: THE SERIES didn’t clue me in), and the second part is slated to be filmed sometime this year. On the one side, yay, we get more chances to make this all right (seriously guys, cutest couple ever! If I had seen this before my end of the year post, they absolutely would have made my top five couples of the year post). On the other hand, I could put in another 12 hours and they still might not end up together. The good thing in all this is the fact that the online book is completely (only 16 more chapters until it’s all translated!!! Seriously, I’m so excited about this, I converted it into a kindle file so I could read it on the train) done so at least the writers of the drama are working from something where they know that there is an end point—unlike the creators of Skip Beat. (Ugh)

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I originally had issues with the romance, or how they broke up. But that’s where the distance is helping I think. Yes, essentially Noh backed out and broke them up, but in his head, he had really strong and unselfish motives to do so. He cares too much about Phun to lose him. He knows how much Phun loves his (from what I can see unaccount) girlfriend and doesn’t want to be responsible for causing others’ hurt. And mostly? These guys are like juniors (possibly seniors) in high school. Before this, neither of them had any clue that they may be gay. This is a lot to take in, and if he chooses (please let it be momentarily) to take a step back and do ‘what he thinks is right’, well then I’m not going to fault him for it.

So everything I love about the drama? The guys. The guys and their love. What don’t I like about the drama? Everything else.

There are actually a lot of other plots and characters within the show. The odd thing is that none of them are in the book, so it is simply filler the production put in there to fill out the cast and allow the series to be… well… a series, instead of a one-off drama, which it should have been. I don’t want to be all Negative Nelly, but the remainder of the plots just aren’t written with the same amount of heart or caring as Noh and Phun’s. When I was learning writing, I learned if something could be removed from the story and the story still made sense? Then it was filler and didn’t need to be there. Time to put on some big girl panties and cut that shizzle.

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Not only were these elements not necessary to the main plot, it seemed like all the women within the drama were jerks, just out there to take advantage of the men around them. Take the new girl. At the onset of the drama you think she’s going to be all misunderstood and super nice, but then as the story goes on, she easily mixes in with the popular girls, starts dating a boy, making him buy her all this stuff that he can’t afford, and then dumps him when she finds out his family isn’t rich. Ugh. You take me away from Noh and Phun for this? Then there is the random girl living with her boyfriend, who is jealous of her friendly neighborhood hot guy. Who cares? How does this affect anything?

Oh right, it doesn’t.

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I’m not sure if I would recommend this drama to you. If you are partial to a super-cute gay storyline? Go ahead. But again, just be aware that the drama isn’t completed yet, so I could very well be dropping you in the middle of an emotional minefield. And then of course, you’ll also have to wait who knows long for the show to come out, get subbed, and then get put online to find out for sure. Dude. Unless they decide to pull another season on us. Which they’d better not. I’m just stayin’—Stephanie will cut a bitch. If you can’t wait to find out if these two crazy kids are going to make it, I’ll recommend this blog. They have been subbing it week by week and are up to chapter 51 (67 chapters in all). Of course if you do decide to watch it, I’d highly recommend just fast forwarding through anything that doesn’t feature Noh and Phun—trust me, you don’t need it.

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However, if you did watch this—please—let me know what you thought!! Or as Liz Cook from instagram says: Team Noh or Team Phun??

Related Posts: If you like Love Sick, check out our special bonus podcast episode Lovesick over Love Sick!

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13 Comments

  • Reply Ezra Ferreira February 16, 2015 at 3:42 am

    I recently watched Love Sick and finished watching it in 1 week! I seriously love this series,its beyond adorable <3 I really do hope Noh and Phun become an official couple and I really can't wait for s2 my heart it beating so much right now! #thefeels what I love about this series is its not predictable at all and the romance is simply cute and heart warming! I don't know why I just have this idea of wanting Yuri and Aim to start falling in love OMG!!!!!!!! But overall I really like this series a lot its my 1st Thai Drama that I've watched and I love the Soundtrack aswell! Especially the song สั่น (Shake) – บอย สมภพ

    • Reply crazyforkdrama February 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for commenting! Aren’t they just the cutest in the whole world? They MUST end up together or I’m pretty sure there will be rioting in the streets 😉

      • Reply Ezra Ferreira February 16, 2015 at 4:44 pm

        Yes! I want a happy ending I don’t want to be left emotional and depressed after watching My Bromance (pee chai) a gay thai movie! If you haven’t watched it suggest you do it ASAP! Please do watch it 🙂

        • Reply crazyforkdrama February 19, 2015 at 11:52 pm

          My Bromance had me until the end–then it was–what the heck? Why can’t these movies end happily?? Soon I’m going to do a review on another Thai movie I liked that was suuuuuper cute. If you can think of any others I need to see, let me know!

  • Reply humbledaisy1 May 13, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Aiee! I’m watching episode one of Season two Lovesick right now and they made a joke about Phun’s chubby thighs! I thought I was the only one who thought that! And Aim and I have the same selfie stick! Now – back to watching.

    • Reply Stephanie May 14, 2015 at 12:27 am

      WOOT! I’m so glad you’re watching! Cherry and I are doing season 2 right now too. And, if you like the show, next week we’re putting out a podcasts just on Love Sick where we and some friends talk about season 1&2&the book! We love these guys!

  • Reply humbledaisy1 May 14, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Nope – I was completely backwards. Noh’s thighs and Aim is Phun’s girlfriend without the selfie stick. I was just caught up in the moment. I am liking the background guys (the ones you tell us are not written into the story) because they all seem to be having fun.

    • Reply Stephanie May 14, 2015 at 12:54 am

      Actually–in season 2 I’m enjoying the other guys–I can’t wait for Om’s storyline. Have you been reading the book? The girls and I are currently squeeeeing all over it

  • Reply Dunstan October 22, 2015 at 4:48 am

    This couple noh and phun look so natural together. I feel like they’re actually not acting about loving each other. It’s look so real. I wonder what happened in their real life. That love feeling between them not easy to master.

  • Reply Yoon Mi March 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

    ONE THING!! :3 there is just one thing i hate abt this LS… THEY DUN KISS FOR REALLLLLLLL MY FEEEELLLLSSSSSS…. NOOOOOOOOO actually they kiss for real in first time but then as i look at the cut scenes of kissing and hugging they dun really do french kisses.. :3 i was like “GO AHEAD WHY ARENT YOU KISSING HIM FOR REAL?! I CANT WHY ARE U ONLY KISSING HIM ON NOSE AND FOREHEAD?! Lol i know they are both straight personally so may be they dun kiss for real.. :3 but still i just want to marry them off lol

    • Reply Stephanie March 31, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      LAUGH. They certainly liked faking us out in season 2. Why film them and tease us with them if you’re ultimately not going to use them? Although, man, this show had some epic hand-hold porn. I’ll take one of their uber-romantic hand holds over one of their fake kisses anyday!

  • Reply fitz October 6, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Hello, im from the Philippines and i just finished watching season 2. I love the way how the director teases the audience to imagine things being done by Phun and Noh. Its not too vulgar and a bit traditional take on gay and man relationship which is good. I just wonder if its the end for Love Sick because they already have a happy ending in Season 2 and i have no news if there is a season 3. Thank you.

    • Reply JOEL Fernandez December 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Nakakatuwa namang malaman na Happy Ending na ang Season 2. Actually, I am just in amidst of watching the first season but I can’t help myself to read some reviews about this series. One of the bests. Swear! 😀 Anyways, Filipino here, too 🙂

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