First Impressions: Live Your Life (2021)

Live Your Life (2021)

I signed up for an MGTV subscription to watch Remembrance of Things Past (which is one of my favorite dramas of 2021, review to come!) so I thought I might as well watch some other dramas on there. Live Your Life (好好生活) just began airing on October 5, and I checked out the first 12 episodes. Note that it’s listed as Love Your Life on MGTV.

Verdict: Started off interesting, but I’ve started skimming the episodes. I hadn’t realized that in addition to the relationship between the two main characters, there are also storylines for three of the female lead’s friends. I do enjoy stories of female friendship and career pursuits, but find this drama somewhat lacking.

Cai Wen Jing plays Wu You, a 28-year-old employee at an e-commerce platform who determinedly tracks down a customer to revise his review. This customer is, of course, the male lead He Xi Ya, played by Lin Yu Shen. One of the reasons I was interested in this drama is because I get tired of watching the latest idol dramas with leads in their early 20s, and amazingly I have seen neither any of Cai Wen Jing or Lin Yu Shen’s dramas. Anyways, He Xi Ya is the CEO of a skincare company and he’s a very no-nonsense, sarcastic man, whereas Wen Jing is enthusiastic and friendly. I really like that Wu You is confident, not easily embarrassed, and stands up for what she believes in. Although He Xi Ya and Wu You don’t particularly like each other in the beginning, they grow to respect each other.

I should also mention that this drama employs the ‘main characters move in next door to each other’ trope. I roll my eyes because I’ve seen this in sooo many dramas, but I understand that this ensures that our main characters keep encountering each other, especially in non-business settings. It’s really Wu You who causes the humorous moments, and she’s likable enough for it not to be cringey. (I especially enjoyed the balcony scene, lol.) Although I’m curious to see their relationship develop, I haven’t really felt a spark between them so far.

There’s also a backstory (and mystery) to be explored: two years ago Wu You was on her way to register her marriage with her fiancé, but she was in a car accident. The person driving the other car was He Xi Ya’s girlfriend. We’ve learned a little bit more of He Xi Ya’s side of the story so far, but have yet to see what happened with Wu You.

As for the other characters, there’s Lu Man (played by Tu Bing, who I’ve only seen in a supporting role in Girlfriend as the male lead’s ex-girlfriend), the sister of He Xi Ya’s girlfriend. She’s still devastated by her sister’s death and blames He Xi Ya. The heiress to a family business, Lu Man chooses to get a job on her own instead and joins the company Wu You works at. There seems to be a relationship brewing between her and Lin Qing, her father’s assistant who she is initially suspicious of. Lin Qing is played by Zhou Ting Wei, who I loved in Ashes of Love. Although Lu Man’s impulsiveness annoys me, she’s a good person at heart and I like her chemistry with Lin Qing. I’m rooting for them.

Wu You is close friends at work with Qian Jia Yu, played by Cheng Yi, a very intelligent and level-headed woman with a senior position. Although she doesn’t plan to marry, she ends up changing her mind in order to stop office gossip. Her character reflects how difficult it is to advance in your career as a woman and although I like her (and her short hair is so trendy!), I was bored by the direction her storyline took.

Rounding out their friend group is Su Fei, an influencer with a focus on love/relationship topics. She’s outgoing and fiercely loyal, and soon cafe-owner & photographer Xiong Xing Yi turns up as a potential love interest for her.

Overall, I’m bored already and thinking that I’ll be skimming through the remaining 28 episodes (it’s 40 episodes in total). Here’s hoping it’ll get more interesting when Wu You and He Xi Ya fall in love and the truth about the past comes out.

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