This trope can be found across a variety of Asian dramas. There’s 《拜托，请你爱我 Please Love Me》
, a Chinese drama in which a nail artist ends up having to move in with an A-list celebrity after he pretends that they’re engaged so as to divert rumours of an affair with his married manager. Then there’s 《醉后决定爱上你 Love You》
, an old Taiwanese hit in which two people recently jilted by their respective lovers marry each other while drunk. Or So I Married An Anti-Fan
, where a mediocre journalist with a grudge is thrown together with her pop star nemesis — originally a Korean web-toon, this was adapted into a Chinese film and a Korean drama. Also cute is In-House Marriage Honey
, a Japanese series in which a woman who has given up on love impulsively decides to marry a stranger advertising for a wife, only to discover after marriage that they actually work in the same company. And these are only some
of the ones that I’ve watched this year that employed this trope in some shape or form!
The convenience of this trope is that you have an immediate reason for your One True Pair to be spending lots of time together even though they might be strangers. Bonus points if they come from very different walks of life, because then there’s plenty of opportunity for conflict (and then making up, thus progressing the pairing) over different living habits, perspectives, etc.
As an experienced drama watcher 😎, I know whenever I encounter such a premise that it’s time to just kick back and let the ride wash over you. They’re going to turn out to be the luckiest people in the world for not inadvertently marrying a maniac, but their actual soulmates; this is not something you’re going to want to try at home. Honestly, it’s only in the drama universe that you’d answer an anonymous ad posted by a man looking for a woman to marry him instantly, and find yourself hitched to a sweetheart who cooks, cleans, is considerate of the unfair way in which women’s careers are often sacrificed when a couple has children, and oh yes, also looks like this: