▸ Trope: fake it till you make it

dramas I have watched/tried (or planning to) with marriage/dating of convenience tropes:

  • contract/pretend dating/marriages: usually an agreement entered by both leads for anything but love
  • arranged/forced/accidental marriages: usually happening against the intention or without knowledge of both or either one of the leads
  • substitute bride: a very special subtrope of arranged marriage - in which the marriage is intended but a wrong bride is introduced instead
  • marriage romance: in particular ones we're shown the leads are already married to each other for anything but love - the romance develops only in their marriage life

by extension, it also includes:

  • forced living arrangement or cohabitation when leads are forced to live together with romance as end point

off-MDL:

I will also attempt to grade how good each drama is for their tropes.


P/S: PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT THIS IS A PERSONAL LIST.

Rin déc. 13, 2016
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  • Inborn Pair

    1. Inborn Pair

    Taiwanese Drama - 2011, 84 episodes

    8.5

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • You're My Destiny

    2. You're My Destiny

    Taiwanese Drama - 2008, 24 episodes

    7.5

    accidental pregnancy + forced marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Marriage, Not Dating

    3. Marriage, Not Dating

    Korean Drama - 2014, 16 episodes

    8.0

    fake dating

    (Grade: A+)

  • Perfect Couple

    4. Perfect Couple

    Chinese Drama - 2014, 45 episodes

    7.0

    substitute bride

    (Grade: A+)

  • Lie to Me

    5. Lie to Me

    Korean Drama - 2011, 16 episodes

    8.0

    fake dating

    (Grade: A+)

  • Baiser Malicieux : L'Amour à Tokyo

    6. Baiser Malicieux : L'Amour à Tokyo

    Japanese Drama - 2013, 16 episodes

    9.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A+)

  • Drunken to Love You

    7. Drunken to Love You

    Taiwanese Drama - 2011, 30 episodes

    7.5

    accidental marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Full House

    8. Full House

    Thai Drama - 2014, 20 episodes

    7.5

    forced living arrangement + contract marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • On the Wings of Love

    9. On the Wings of Love

    Filipino Drama - 2015, 145 episodes

    7.0

    contract marriage + cohabitation

    (Grade: A+)

  • Hua Jian Ti Hu Fang Da Chu

    10. Hua Jian Ti Hu Fang Da Chu

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 36 episodes

    8.0

    substitute bride

    (Grade: A+)

  • Wars of In-Laws

    11. Wars of In-Laws

    Hong Kong Drama - 2005, 20 episodes

    7.0

    substitute bride
    bonus: identity porn!!

    (Grade: A+) 

  • Go Princess Go

    12. Go Princess Go

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 35 episodes

    7.5

    post-marriage romance

    (Grade: A-)

  • Something About 1 Percent

    13. Something About 1 Percent

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    5.0

    arranged marriage/contract dating

    (Grade: A-)

  • Good Morning Call

    14. Good Morning Call

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 17 episodes

    5.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A)

  • Kiss Me

    15. Kiss Me

    Thai Drama - 2015, 20 episodes

    6.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: B)

  • Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me

    16. Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 23 episodes

    5.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: B)

  • Goong

    17. Goong

    Korean Drama - 2006, 24 episodes

    1.5

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: B)

  • Fated to Love You

    18. Fated to Love You

    Korean Drama - 2014, 20 episodes

    6.0

    accidental pregnancy + forced marriage

    (Grade: A)

  • Pride

    19. Pride

    Japanese Drama - 2004, 11 episodes

    6.0

    fake dating

    (Grade: B)

  • The Fox's Summer

    20. The Fox's Summer

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 21 episodes

    7.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A)

  • Please Love Me

    21. Please Love Me

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 24 episodes

    8.0

    pretend marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Wrong Carriage, Right Groom

    22. Wrong Carriage, Right Groom

    Chinese Drama - 2001, 20 episodes

    8.5

    substitute bride

    (Grade: A+)

  • Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak

    23. Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak

    Thai Drama - 2017, 30 episodes

    7.5

    accidental marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai

    24. Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 10 episodes

    10

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A+)

  • L'amour éternel

    25. L'amour éternel

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 24 episodes

    7.5

    post-marriage romance

    (Grade: A)

  • Oum Ruk

    26. Oum Ruk

    Thai Drama - 2006, 14 episodes

    7.0

    accidental pregnancy + fake marriage

    (Grade: A)

  • It Started with a Kiss

    27. It Started with a Kiss

    Taiwanese Drama - 2005, 20 episodes

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A+)

  • Surgeons

    28. Surgeons

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 44 episodes

    6.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: B)

  • Gochisousan

    29. Gochisousan

    Japanese Drama - 2013, 150 episodes

    9.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A)

  • Nagareboshi

    30. Nagareboshi

    Japanese Drama - 2010, 10 episodes

    6.0

    contract marriage

    (Grade: C)

  • My Amazing Boyfriend

    31. My Amazing Boyfriend

    Chinese Drama - 2016, 28 episodes

    7.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: B+)

  • Zettai Kareshi

    32. Zettai Kareshi

    Japanese Drama - 2008, 11 episodes

    8.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A-)

  • Tawipob

    33. Tawipob

    Thai Drama - 2011, 17 episodes

    10

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A+)

  • Because This is My First Life

    34. Because This is My First Life

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    8.5

    cohabitation + contract marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised

    35. Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised

    Thai Drama - 2016, 15 episodes

    8.0

    contract marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Padiwaradda

    36. Padiwaradda

    Thai Drama - 2016, 14 episodes

    7.5

    substitute bride

    (Grade: A+)

  • Koo Gum

    37. Koo Gum

    Thai Drama - 2004, 16 episodes

    8.5

    political marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Koo Gum

    38. Koo Gum

    Thai Drama - 2013, 24 episodes

    8.0

    political marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk

    39. Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk

    Thai Drama - 2017, 10 episodes

    2.5

    pretend marriage

    (Grade: F)

  • Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat

    40. Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat

    Thai Drama - 2018, 15 episodes

    9.0

    cohabitation + arranged marriage

    (Grade: A-)

  • You're My Destiny

    41. You're My Destiny

    Thai Drama - 2017, 17 episodes

    6.0

    accidental pregnancy + forced marriage

    (Grade: A)

  • Khun Chai Rachanon

    42. Khun Chai Rachanon

    Thai Drama - 2013, 11 episodes

    8.0

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Khun Chai Puttipat

    43. Khun Chai Puttipat

    Thai Drama - 2013, 10 episodes

    7.0

    pretend marriage

    (Grade: B)

  • Like in the Movies

    44. Like in the Movies

    Filipino Drama - 2020, 8 episodes

    8.5

    fake dating + forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A+)

  • How Long Will I Love U

    45. How Long Will I Love U

    Chinese Movie - 2018

    7.5

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: B)

  • Can't Help Falling in Love

    46. Can't Help Falling in Love

    Filipino Movie - 2017

    8.5

    accidental marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Go Go Squid!

    47. Go Go Squid!

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 41 episodes

    7.0

    fake dating

    (Grade: A-)

  • My Neighbour Can't Sleep

    48. My Neighbour Can't Sleep

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 24 episodes

    7.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A-)

  • Pope Rak

    49. Pope Rak

    Thai Drama - 2014, 12 episodes

    7.0

    forced living arrangement (well technically they're physically bound to each other)

    (Grade: A+)

  • The Story of Souls from Endless Books

    50. The Story of Souls from Endless Books

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 20 episodes

    8.0

    post-marriage romance (kinda)

    (Grade: A-)

  • 2gether The Series

    51. 2gether The Series

    Thai Drama - 2020, 13 episodes

    6.5

    fake dating

    (Grade: A)

  • Tu es ma destinée

    52. Tu es ma destinée

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 36 episodes

    7.0

    accidental pregnancy + forced marriage

    (Grade: A-)

  • Ratee Luang

    53. Ratee Luang

    Thai Drama - 2022, 16 episodes

    7.5

    forced marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Rahut Rissaya

    54. Rahut Rissaya

    Thai Drama - 2020, 17 episodes

    7.5

    forced marriage + forced living arrangement

    (Grade: B+)
    The pairing's appeal was more in its hurt/comfort!

  • Jin Xin Si Yu

    55. Jin Xin Si Yu

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 45 episodes

    7.5

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Fox Romance

    56. Fox Romance

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 32 episodes

    7.0

    fake dating + cohabitation (+ amnesia)

    (Grade: A)

  • Cang Lan Jue

    57. Cang Lan Jue

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 36 episodes

    7.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A-)

  • Qing Chuan Daily Life

    58. Qing Chuan Daily Life

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 40 episodes

    7.5

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: A-)

  • Osama ni Sasagu Kusuriyubi

    59. Osama ni Sasagu Kusuriyubi

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    7.0

    contract marriage

    (Grade: A-)

  • Modawi's Secret

    60. Modawi's Secret

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 22 episodes

    6.5

    fake dating (pretty much substitute bride but make it modern fake dating)

    (Grade: A-)

  • J'ai Le Béguin pour Toi

    61. J'ai Le Béguin pour Toi

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 36 episodes

    8.0

    marriage romance

    (Grade: A++)

  • Hi Venus

    62. Hi Venus

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 24 episodes

    8.0

    fake dating (the story is not built on it though still good!)

    (Grade: A)

  • Addicted Heroin

    63. Addicted Heroin

    Chinese Drama - 2016, 15 episodes

    7.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A+)

  • To My Star

    64. To My Star

    Korean Drama - 2021, 9 episodes

    7.0

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A-)

  • A Business Proposal

    65. A Business Proposal

    Korean Drama - 2022, 12 episodes

    5.5

    fake dating

    (Grade: D)

  • Love When the Stars Fall

    66. Love When the Stars Fall

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 40 episodes

    6.5

    substitute bride

    (Grade: C)

  • Lovely Swords Girl

    67. Lovely Swords Girl

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 24 episodes

    3.0

    marriage romance

    (Grade: C)

  • Stupid Cupid

    68. Stupid Cupid

    Thai Drama - 2015, 12 episodes

    4.0

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: F)

  • Siège dans la Brume

    69. Siège dans la Brume

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 50 episodes

    marriage romance

  • Manee Yard Fah

    70. Manee Yard Fah

    Thai Drama - 2000, 13 episodes

    pretend marriage

    (PTW)

  • Wanida

    71. Wanida

    Thai Drama - 2010, 16 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (PTW)

  • Sapai Glai Peun Tiang

    72. Sapai Glai Peun Tiang

    Thai Drama - 2009, 13 episodes

    fake marriage

    (PTW)

  • Lom Sorn Ruk

    73. Lom Sorn Ruk

    Thai Drama - 2015, 14 episodes

    fake marriage

    (PTW)

  • Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu

    74. Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 11 episodes

    contract marriage

    (PTW)

  • My Secret Bride

    75. My Secret Bride

    Thai Drama - 2019, 18 episodes

    pretend marriage

    (PTW)

  • Peace Hotel

    76. Peace Hotel

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 38 episodes

    7.0

    pretend marriage

    (Status: dropped at 15/38)

  • Hotaru no Hikari

    77. Hotaru no Hikari

    Japanese Drama - 2007, 10 episodes

    forced living arrangement

    (Status: perennial on-hold)

  • Hapimari: Happy Marriage!?

    78. Hapimari: Happy Marriage!?

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 12 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 3/12)
    would recommend to read the manga instead! A+ for arranged marriage feels

  • Oh My General

    79. Oh My General

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 60 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 17/60)

  • Well Intended Love

    80. Well Intended Love

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 20 episodes

    5.0

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 12/20)

  • We Started Dating From Marriage

    81. We Started Dating From Marriage

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 35 episodes

    4.0

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 2/35)

  • Mr. Perfect and Miss Almost

    82. Mr. Perfect and Miss Almost

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 24 episodes

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 2/24)

  • Only You!

    83. Only You!

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 24 episodes

    substitute bride

    (Status: Dropped at 2/24)

  • Unforgettable Love

    84. Unforgettable Love

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 24 episodes

    fake marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 4/24)

  • Ok Keub Hak Ab Ruk Khun Samee

    85. Ok Keub Hak Ab Ruk Khun Samee

    Thai Drama - 2020, 15 episodes

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Sapai Import

    86. Sapai Import

    Thai Drama - 2020, 17 episodes

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang

    87. Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang

    Thai Drama - 2019, 34 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Khun Mae Suam Roy

    88. Khun Mae Suam Roy

    Thai Drama - 2018, 31 episodes

    forced marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan

    89. Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan

    Thai Drama - 2019, 16 episodes

    forced marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Wiwa Fah Laep

    90. Wiwa Fah Laep

    Thai Drama - 2022, 17 episodes

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Hei Yue Guang Wen Na BE Ju Ben

    91. Hei Yue Guang Wen Na BE Ju Ben

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 40 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

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