Marriage Genre

This is an old post, but I decided to update it as I want to look at specific tropes/genres and what lakorns fall in those categories. I will be making more posts on lakorn genre/tropes as I find the topic interesting and hopefully it can help you find more to watch! 

There are a lot of lakorns about married couples, and it’s a favorite trope of mine. Full House (Thai version) is based off of a kdrama and features a celebrity and aspiring writer who enter a contract marriage for various reasons, but ends up falling in love.

Contract marriages is just one of the many different tropes regarding marriages in lakorns. There’s also arranged marriages, fake marriages, marriages of convenience (Jao Sao Jum Yorm) and so on. Read on to find out more. Where can you watch these lakorns? Try here.

Arranged/Forced Marriages

              Arranged 
Marriages – The parents/guardians/relatives have arranged the marriage.

Awayjee See Chompoo, Badarn Jai (2008), Dum Kum (2009), The Crown Princess (2018) or Likit Ruk, Dung Sawan Sarb (2015), Game Sanaeha (2018), Jao Sao Chang Yon, Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2006), Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2019), Kuan Kammathep (2009)/Cupid Gang, Majurat See Nam Pueng (2013), Maya See Mook (2013), Mia Jum Pen (2001), Mia Taeng, Mon Ruk Kao Tom Mud (2009), Namthaa Kammathep/Stupid Cupid (2015), Padiwaradda/Beloved Wife, Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo WisedPrincess Hours Thai, Raeng Pradtanaha, Roy Fun Tawan Duerd (2014), Roy Marn, Ruk Nai Marn Mek (2010), Samee (1999),  Samee (2013), Stupid Cupid (2015), Tam Hua Jai Pai Sood Lah (1997), Wanida (2010), Wiwa Wah Woon, Wong Wien Hua Jai (2009)

Best of the BEst

Best of the Best – Marriage dramas we recommend.

365 Wun Haeng Rak, The Crown Princess (2018) or Likit Ruk, Full House, Game Rai Game Rak (2011), Jao Sao Jum Yorm (2018), Kaew Tah Pee (2006), Khun Chai Puttipat, Khun Chai Rachanon, Manee Yard Fah, Oum RukPadiwaradda/Beloved Wife, Pin AnongRahut Rissaya, Raeng Pradtanaha, Roy Leh Sanae Rai, Roy Leh Sanae Rai (2015), Roy Marn, Samee (1999),  Samee (2013), Sao Noi (2012), Sud Sai Pan, Wanida (2010)

City and Country Folk Marriages

Dum Kum (2009)

 City and Country Folk Marriages –People from very different backgrounds marry, and this difference creates problems in their marriage.

Dum Kum (2009), Keuy Ban Nok, Khun Chai Rachanon, Majurat See Nam Pueng (2013), Tur Keu Prom Likit/You’re My Destiny (2017)

Contract Marriages

Contract Marriages – marriages that are meant to last only for a while, these often involve contracts.

Full House (Thai version), Game Sanaeha (2018), Jao Sao Chang YonJao Sao Rim Tang/Bride for Money, Kha Khong Khon (2011), Likit Ruk or The Crown Princess (2018), Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk (2017), Rahut Rissaya, Tur Keu Prom Likit/You’re My Destiny

Failed/Failing Marriages💔

Game Rak Ao Keun (2019)

Failed/Failing Marriages – These are marriages that aren’t just troubled, but are headed for divorce. WARNING: Lots of these have cheating in them.

365 Wun Haeng Rak, Ching Ruk Rissaya (2017), Game Rak Ao Keun (2019), Mia 2018 (2018), My Dear Loser Series: Happy Ever After (2017), Peak Marn/Satan’s Wings, Plerng Boon (2017), Raeng Ngao 2 (2019), Ton Ruk Rim Rua (2013)/Love Started at the Fence?

FAKE OR PRETEND MARRIAGE

Soda Gub Cha Yen (1999)

The couple pretends to marry or pretends to be in love in a Fake marriage/engagement                     
Dao Kiao Duen (2013), Jao Sao Chapor KitJao Sao Jum Yorm (2018), Kha Neung Ha (1998), Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub (2019), Khun Mae Suam Roy, Khun Samee Karmalor Tee Rak, Leh Roy Ruk (2012), Love at First Hate, Mam Gaem Daeng (2012), Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak, Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk (2017), Sapai TKO, Soda Gub Cha Yen (1999), Tang Parn Kammathep (2001)/Cupid Pathway?, Tang Parn Kammathep (2015), Wiwa Wah Woon, Wong Wien Hua Jai (2009)

For the Kids

For the Kids – Our hero/heroine marries for sake of kids/pregnancy. 
Oum Ruk, Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak (2017), The Sand Princess, Tur Keu Prom Likit/You’re My Destiny

Marriage for love

Marrying for Love – These lakorns have couples who get married for love, but find out that love doesn’t  solve all the troubles they face in their married life.

365 Wun Haeng RakBpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018), Game Rai Game Rak (2011), Peak Marn/Satan’s Wings, Pieng Jai Tee Pook Pun (2010)/Bonded Hearts, Ruen Mai See Beige, Sai Lub Rak Puan, Samee Teetra (2001), Samee Tee Tra (2014), Sao Noi (2012), Sud Sai Pan

Marriage of Convenience

Marriage of Convenience – One or both of them don’t want to marry, but they must because of debt or other issues. Literally every lakorn except the ones under the ‘Married for Love’ category falls into this category.

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Marrying for Money – literally, the bride (or groom) marries to pay off debts or for other money issues. Also, marrying for inheritance.

Dung Sawan Sarb (2015), Jao Sao Chang Yon, Jao Sao Rim Tang/Bride for Money, Kha Khong Khon (2011), Kom Ruk Kom Sanae Ha (2006), Kon La Kop Fah (2016), Mia Jum Pen (2001)/The Necessary Wife, Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised, Roy Leh Sanae RaiRoy Leh Sanae Rai (2015), Ruk Nai Marn Mek (2010), Samee (1999),  Samee (2013), The Bought Husband ~ Samee Ngern Phon (2001), Wanida (2010)

Revenge Marriage

Revenge Marriage – Spoiler alert!!! One (or both) of the people involved marries the other for revenge. 

Jai Luang/Lying Heart (2017)

Gol Ruk Game Payabaht/Game of Vengeance, Jai Luang/Lying Heart (2017), Jao Sao PrissanaKhun Mae Suam Roy, Kom Ruk Kom Sanae Ha (2006), Kon Rak Game Payabaht (2006), Plerng Ruk Plerng Kaen (2019), Rahut Rissaya, Roy Lae Sanae Luang (2013), Roy Marn, Tra Barb See Chompoo (2018)

Substitute Bride

He married the wrong bride? These husbands all end up getting married to someone other then they thought they were going to marry.

Padiwaradda/Beloved Wife, Jao Sao Gae KatJao Sao PrissanaKhun Mae Suam Roy, Majurat See Nam Pueng (2013), Maya See Mook (2013),
Mia Jum Pen
 (2001)
, Ngao Jai (2015) (Substitute Groom), Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak (2017), Roy Marn, Sud Sai Pan

This is by no means a complete or completely accurate list.

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What’s Next?

This lakorn sounds like it has bits and pieces from various dramas in it. Duang Baeb Nee Mai Mee Ju (2020) will air on Channel 3. It has an office girl, fortune telling and an ugly boy turning into a swan, metaphorically speaking.

Luckkana or Gie is an office girl who is addicted to fortune telling. She even skips work and takes days off for it, believing that will help better her life. She is able to get away with just about anything because of her boyfriend. One day a fortune teller tells her Chokebordee, her ex from high school, is her lucky angel. He was once an ugly boy and nerd but has now become hot and handsome. He makes her realize that she is actually in a bad place, rather than heaven as she thought before.

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Duang Baeb Nee Mai Mee Ju (2020) stars Mint Chalida and Alek Teeradetch as the main leads.

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Tuesday’s Teaser

I’ve posted before about this lakorn, but now it’s finally airing on January 28, 2020. Mik Thongraya and Min Peechaya are dueling opposites in Sapai Import (2019). The lakorn is looks to be set in the countryside and lots of comedy in the teaser, with a pinch of romance near the end. Muse should be subbing this lakorn.

Synopsis: Don and Lisa are forced into a marriage due to circumstances. Gradually they begin to fall for each other despite their bickering and opposite personalities. (Source: MUSE)

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Source: minnieclub’s ig

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Music Monday

🥰😍😻🤩😘 Marriages!!!! Marriages of convenience, forced marriages, arranged marriages, substitute brides, fake marriages, failing marriages, you name it! We’re talking marriages this week and I love it! It’s my favorite trope by far.

Lucky for me, lakornland is rife with marriages. Unluckily for me, I had to make some choices. Naturally, I couldn’t choose, so I picked two lakorns, both with couples who have loads of chemistry and lots of 😘 too.

Source: Grammy Gold official yt channel

Dum Kum (2009) synopsis: Not wanting to marry Tuthiya, a man who looks down on country folks, Dum paints her body black and pretends to be an uncultured woman to make Tuthiya despise her and break off their arranged marriage. Sure enough, he does. (Source: Viki)

Credit: Alina S yt channel

Jao Sao Jum Yorm (2018) synopsis: Maysarin is a famous socialite who’s engaged to Sarut, but he left her on the day of the wedding. Kadethaen is a 30 year-old real estate businessman who’s waiting for Pinmanee, his bride at the reception of a luxury hotel, but he saw her escape the wedding with another man. Kade walked out to a party at the beach, where he met May, who was still in her wedding dress drinking alone. They started drinking together and people thought they were a couple, so they went along with it and he jokingly proposed to her. Afterwards, they went back to the hotel and spent the night together. In the morning, May regretted what happened and wants to forget about Kade, but he’s not going to give up on her. (Source: MyDramaList)

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What’s Next? Supernatural edition

This week, I wanted to delve more into the supernatural/paranormal world of upcoming lakorns, and also Korean and Chinese dramas as well. But no ghost dramas here, since they’re so frequent in lakornland. Please note these are dramas that caught my eye as the most interesting, and it’s not a complete list by any accounting.

Lakorns

  • Angel Beside Me (2020) just started airing Jan 18 and it’s being subbed on GMMTV’s yt channel. It stars Jane Ramida Jiranorraphat (The Gifted) and JJ Kritsanapoom (In Family we Trust) in a story about a girl who is helped by the angel besides her.
  • Miti Thi Sarm (2020) has two big names attached to it, Nadech Kugimiya and Taew Natapohn, so it’s hard to tell when this will come out, but I mention it here because it has an angel in it too like Angel Beside Me. Synopsis: Chompoonute just graduated from abroad. She reached the turning point of her life when she met Naruenartbodin, a mysterious gentleman. She starts to practice meditation to find out where he’s from, and later she discovers that he’s an angel from the sky. (Source: MyDramaList
  • Prai Sungkeet (2020) With Bank Artit (Panthakan Rak) and Pimprapa Tangprabhaporn (Look Mai Laai Sonthaya) Synopsis: “Plaai Krung” is a cursed song that everyone who sings this song, will die from bleeding. Maeyakorn, the fuddle player, need to help Yot, the heir of this song composer, to find out the truth when her friend and teacher die after singing this song. They find out that composer of this song is teacher Terd, not Pook. Terd’s spirit is still here with that song and will kill everyone who sing it. They will ruin this song but someone steal the lyrics. (Source: thaidramatic_update)
  • Girl2K (2020) stars Aom Sushar (Full House) as a 2000 year old nang’ek who must find the love of her life in a year to age normally and die, but the trouble is she has 4 candidates to choose from!
  • Maya Sanaeha (2020) Ice Preechaya (Rak Kan Panlawan) and Ken Phupoom (Raeng Ngao 2) This might be considered a ghost tale, but I thought the second chance angle was a little unique. Synopsis: Chakree broke up with Monsicha, his long-term girlfriend because he slept with Sawarot, his servant, while he was drunk but he doesn’t have feelings for her. After that, he got into a car accident due to drunk driving and became a roaming spirit. He can see everyone around him, but no one can see him. When Chakree finds out about someone’s secret, he attempts to stop something bad from happening. He also tries to keep Monsicha from moving on to another guy. How is he going to do that since he’s now a spirit who might not reborn again?

Korean Dramas

  • The King: The Eternal Monarch (2020) airs July 31, 2020 and stars Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun. With popular screenwriter Kim Eun Sook (Goblin, The Heirs), this romantic drama about parallel worlds has a great chance at being a success. Synopsis: The drama is a fantasy romance drama about two parallel universes. One universe resembles modern-day Korea as we know it, while the other is an alternate universe in which Korea is an empire ruled by a single monarch. In order to fight evil and close the door between their two worlds, the ruler of the Korean Empire ends up joining forces with a detective who resides in modern-day Korea.
  • The Game: Towards Zero (2020) aired Jan 22, 2020 Ok Taec Yeon and Lee Yun Hee star in this tale of a prophet who can see the time before people’s deaths and thus teams up with a detective to solve mysterious murders.
  • A Good Day To Be a Dog (2020) This doesn’t even have many details out yet, just that it’s based on a webtoon and may not even come out this year, but I just had to include it based on the synopsis.😂 Synopsis: “A woman, named Hana, with a family curse of turning into a dog every midnight after her first kiss with a man. The only way to break the curse is to get a second kiss from the same person as a dog. After years of being careful and avoiding kissing anyone, Hana accidentally kisses the rude teacher, Mr. Jin, who happens to hate dogs. Based on a webtoon “Oneuldo Salangseuleobgae” by Lee Hey (Source : https://webtoon.fandom.com)”
  • The Story of Gumiho (2020) has Lee Dong Wook (Goblin) as the male gumiho and Jo Bo Ah as a tv producer who looks out for strange stories. Synopsis: “The story would follow the gumiho, who once ruled as a living god of the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range but now works as a sort of public official between this world and the underworld. His main job is to clean up the mess left behind by those who disturb the world of the living while hiding behind the guise of ghost tales. (Source: Soompi)”
  • Welcome Home (2020) Airing March 25 and starring L as Hong Jo and Shin Ye Seon sounds like it might be a cute, if weird romantic comedy.🤔 Synopsis: “Hong Jo is a cat who has mastered the art of transformation into human form. He wants to become human for his owner, and in order to stay by her side, he starts living a double life. Kim Sol Ah is a woman in her 20s. She loves people and tries to protect the ones she loves. Hence, she attracts many cat-like people. Her father is like a Persian cat, her crush is like a Siamese cat, and others only make her worry and fuss. In the end, she brings Hong Jo home thinking he’s a cat but ends up in a completely different situation.”

Chinese Dramas

  • The Love of Hypnosis (2020) Starring Crystal Liu and Jing Bo Ran (Love Through a Millennium). Synopsis: It is near the end of the Qing Dynasty and the beginning of a new era. Ye Shen is a young man who loves his country. He crosses paths with Lu Man Sheng, the owner of a fragrance store, due to a misunderstanding. Lu Man Sheng has an unusual calling as she is able to help men and women who are troubled by problems involving the heart. Regardless of how their love story ends, she ushers them to reach a place of peace and without regret. Just as Lu Man Sheng helps those around her, she finds that she also faces the same pitfalls when it comes to her own romance with Ye Shen. (Source: ChineseDrama.info)
  • Twelve Legends (2020) – stars Jaspar Liu of Before We Get Married acclaim and Gu Li Na Zha (Fighter of the Destiny) Synopsis: Jin Xing Jian is originally an ordinary rock who displays characteristics of a deity as well as a demon. He has his own studio in the human world, and is introduced to several quirky demons along the way – there’s the love story between a fish sprite and a noble and a jujube demon who wants to become an immortal. However, it’ll take the hero more than just learning through observation to chase back the love of his life – Ye Ming, the human form of a luminous night pearl. (Source: cfensi) ~~ Adapted from the novel of the same name by Niluo.
  • Rose in the Starsea (2020) has two relative newbies, He Lan Dou and Niu Zi Fan, but the synopsis is different and the artwork on the poster interesting enough to merit a mention. Synopsis: Post 90 Go genius Wei Shengyu accidentally befriends Lian Tianqu, a guy from Starsea Rose planet. Lian Tianqu carries the burden of reviving his planet, which is slowly destroyed by natural disaster. When he met Wei Shengyu, his life changes, and he slowly understands humans’ love and sacrifice despite his cold nature. Wei Shengyu, who lacks fatherly love since young, has her heart closed up. However with Lian Tianqu’s company, she slowly becomes more confident. The two work together to combat the evil forces and save the Earth. Under Lian Tianqu’s help, Wei Shengyu’s ability and knowledge also drastically improves and she uses the skill of Go to help solve the crisis of Starsea Rose planet. Both also attain true love in each other. (Source: DramaWiki)

Which dramas are you looking forwards to?

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What’s Next?

Yep, Marn Bang Jai (2020) is another remake in lakornland of a 2000 lakorn with the same name. We have a new pairing here, Weir Sukollawat and Mookda Narinrak. This is a Channel 7 lakorn and should be English subbed.

Fuenglada studies at a boarding school and her father lives with his new wife Soithong and step daughter Soisoun. One day on the way to see Fuenglada, her father had an accident with Taen’s car and passes away. Taen is a rich widower with two children and lives with his brother Tai. On knowing that Soithong is trying to sell Fuenglada to an old chinese man, he offers to marry her himself and thus begins their marriage life. Path to a peaceful love is not easy with Tai being suspicious of Fuenglada’s family and Soithong trying to make Soun closer to Taen.

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Marn Bang Jai (2020) stars Mookda Narinrak and Weir Sukollawat in an older man, younger woman relationship. There is an eleven year age gap between the pair, but they look good together and both seem to be the appropriate ages according to the plot, Weir is a widower in the lakorn and Mookda is in school. This also features one of my favorite plots, a marriage of convenience, so I’m waiting impatiently for it to air.

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Tuesday’s Teaser

Angel Beside Me (2020) started on January 18 and airs on GMM TV so we’ll see if it’s subbed on their channel or not. Jane Ramida and
JJ Kritsanapoom
are the main leads here.

Credit: GMMTV yt channel (both videos)

So GMM had 2 trailers up, the first one is English subbed and the pra’ek or the angel is blonde haired. In the 2nd trailer, he’s dark haired and it’s pretty different from the first trailer, so I thought I’d include both.

Angel Beside Me (2020) Synopsis: No synopsis, but I would say from looking at the trailer that the nang’ek is bullied by people so that she wants to die, but an angel comes to her rescue. It looks to have some light moments, but there’s a lot of drama here too.
(Source: MyDramaList)

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Music Monday

This week, I thought I’ll take a look at the paranormal in lakorns and elsewhere. Not ghosts, there are sooo many lakorns about ghosts out there. But about paranormal/supernatural activity and creatures. Fantasy lakorns, in other words.

With a nang’ek who turns into a bird at night, fairy godmothers, and wishes, Leh Nangfah (2014) definitely had supernatural elements in it. It starred Push Puttichai and Vill Wannarot and they make such a cute couple here!

Credit: Настя Симонова yt – Music by M83

Leh Nangfah (2014) synopsis: Teepob and Lallalit “Beauty” grew up together but he hates her. So when she comes to him for help to regain power over her family’s company, he pranks her by sending her to do the lowest jobs. Lallalit is a spoiled, bratty and selfish heiress who is completely absorbed with her own beauty. Looking down from heaven two angels decide to teach her a lesson by acting as her fairy godmothers and casting a spell on her. Only she doesn’t receive a reward but the curse of living her life as a human at day and as a bird at night. Only true love’s kiss can break the spell thinks everyone loves her, so when she was challenged to break the spell. Of course Lallalit thinks it would be a piece of cake to find somebody love her but to her surprise she overhears people talking badly about her, hating her for being rotten

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Everyone Wears a Mask

This will be a light hearted look at lakornland’s common tropes of crossdressing, hidden and secret identities and the disguises and pretenses that exist in so many lakorns.

Lakorns often have people who hide their identities or pretend to be someone else often for purposes of revenge or to find out the truth. We also have pretend relationships and all of these things serve to create drama, angst and even tragedy. I’m not even going into reincarnation, which is another way in which people have hidden identities.

Crossdressing

Crossdressing – Like kdramas You’re Beautiful or Coffee Prince, jdrama Hana Kimi, these dramas have girls dressing as boys, and even a man dressing as a woman (Khun Mae Jum Laeng).

Dok Ruk Rim Tang (2010)

In general, lakorns seem to have characters pretend to be another gender for a specific purpose, such as a way of hiding their identities and finding out things. They use their identities as a way of protecting themselves like in Taddao Bussaya, where the main nang’ek tries to find a will left by her father. Similar to Taddao Bussaya, Dok Ruk Rim Tang (2010) has a nang’ek set out to find out the truth about her father’s death.


More cross-dressing lakornsDok Ruk Rim Tang, Khun Mae Jum Lang (2009) / Mommy Impersonator, Khun Chai TaratornMae Ka Khanom Wan, Namthaa Kammathep/Stupid Cupid, Ngao Kammathep, Pachara Montra (2019), Sao Noi (2012 – not lead character), Sompong Nong Somchai, Sorn Ngao Ruk, Taddao Bussaya

Disguises/Pretense

Raeng Ngao (2012)

Disguises/Pretense So here we have our heroes/heroines disguising themselves or pretending to be someone else for most of the drama. In lakorns, we have a lot of twin lakorns and so that automatically lends itself to twins pretending to be the other twin, usually to find out who hurt or killed them, like in Raeng Ngao or in Padiwaradda, pretending to be someone else, though that’s not a twin lakorn.

More Disguises/Pretenses lakornsAb Ruk Online (2015), Jao Sao Prissana (1999), Jao Sao Salatan (2014), Kha Neung Ha (1998), Khun Mae Suam Roy (2018), Lah Ruk Sut Kob Fah (2014), Leh Lub Salub Rarng (2017), Liem Petch Karat (2007), Manee Yard Fah, Nakark Kaew (2018), Mia Jum Pen (2001), Ngao Jai (2015), Padiwaradda, Panyachon Kon Krua (2012), Raeng Ngao, Raeng Ngao (2012), Ruk Pathiharn (2011), Sao Chai Hi-Tech (2010), Sao Noi (2012), Song Naree (1997), Song Naree (2019), Song Pradtana (2010),
Tan Chai Nai Sai Mok
 (2012)Tard Rak (2011), Tawan Deard (2011), Theppha But Maya (2010)

Hidden/Secret Identity

Manee Yard Fah

Hidden identity is when a character hides their identity from others or even they may not be aware of their secret identity themselves. They don’t pretend to be other people though. A lot of superheroes might have a hidden/secret identity. Healer, a 2014 kdrama, had a hero who had a hidden identity. The cdrama Eternal Love had lots of hidden/secret identities. Often in lakorns, a hidden identity can be for protection, like in Manee Yard Fah, but revenge is also another reason why someone might hide who they are such as in Game Maya (2017). Regardless, no one likes to be made a fool of and so when someone’s identity is revealed, that often creates a lot of drama.

Hidden/Secret Identity Borisut Bumbut Kaen (2009), Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, The Charming Step Mom (2019), Cheewit Puer Kah Huajai Puer Tur, Dum Kum, Fah Jarod Sai, Fun Fueng, Game Maya (2017), Hua Jai Sila, Hua Jai Teuan, Jao Sao Chapor Kit, Jao Sua Mua Nim, Jao Sao Prissana (1999), Khun Chai Pawornruj, Khun Chai Rachanon, Kol Ruk Luang Jai, Ku Kaen San Ruk (2011), Leh Nangfah (2014), Mongkut Saeng Jun, Mook Liam Petch (2012), Nang Fah Kap Mafia (2011), Nueng Dao Fah Diew, Plerng Naree (2016), Pleng See Rong, Plerng Chimplee (2014), Rak Lamoon Loon Lamai (2005) Sai Roong, Song Rao…Nirundon (2005), Suparb Burut Satan, Talay Rissaya, Tarm Ruk Keun Jai (2015), Ugly Duckling Series: Perfect Match

Pretend Relationship

A couple pretending to be in love, or pretending to be engaged, married and so on.

Kdramas are rife with pretend relationships, like Marriage, Not Dating, Lie to Me, and Something About 1 Percent, But it’s also a popular trope in lakorns as well, as you can see from the list below. In lakorns, we also have a lot of marriage of conveniences too, like Jao Sao Rim Tang which I guess you could also call ‘pretend relationships,’ as they are not done out of love. I’m not going to list them all here though, that’s for another post. Instead, let’s look at other reasons for these relationships. In Duang Taa Nai Duang Jai (2011), our hero wants to fend off a gold digger. The more recent Sapai TKO (2019) had similar reasons, though it had more to do with fending off a matchmaking mom instead. Regardless of the reason why, I love this trope because of the false intimacy it creates, which can lead to the real thing. Usually, our couple have to pretend to be closer together then they are, which means kisses, maybe even forced living arrangements (another trope!) and fake dates and so on! 😘

Other pretend relationship lakorns The Crown Princess, The Cupids Series: Sorn Ruk Kammathep (2017), Duang Taa Nai Duang Jai (2011), Jao Sao Chapor Kit, Jao Sao Rim Tang, Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub, Keuy Ban Nok (2010), Kha Khong Khon (2011), Kha Neung Ha (1998), Khun Samee Karmalor Tee Rak (2012), Leh Ratree, Leh Roy Ruk (2012), Lookmai Kong Por Series: Look Nee Tee Ruk (2013), Love at First Hate, Mam Gaem Daeng (2012), Mon Ruk Kao Tom Mud, Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk (2017), Poo Bao Indy Yayee Inter (2019), Ruk Tong Oom (2014), Sapai TKO, Soda Gub Cha Yen (1999)

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What’s Next?

Nee Kiattiyot or Nee Giet Ti Yoht stars Maggi Apa and Oath Ratthee. Apparently, it’s a remake of a 2004 lakorn, Yod Nam Nai Tawan. There’s revenge, marriage, bankruptcy, suicide and lots more drama afoot in this lakorn. Neko has it on her subbing list, so hopefully it will be good!

Nee Kiattiyot (2020) – Nek is a nurse and have fiancé who’s a doctor. P’ek/nek know each other since teenagers and p’ek is in love with n’ek for a long time he see her like a princess because she’s nice to him see him as a friend even though they are in different society class. Later his dad backstab her dad and he kill himself and she went bankrupt. So p’ek goes after to help nek to pay back for his dad’s faults. he hire n’ek to be his dad’s nurse. after n’ek know the truth of her dad’s death she wants to get back at p’ek’s dad and get her money back so to make her mom and sister life better so she pursue p’ek knowing that it’ll work because he likes her and they get marry, even though p’ek knows the real reason why she marry him but he’s willing to give her back everything she wants because he feel he owe it to her to give back her dignity. I feel sorry for both n’ek and p’ek in here. After they are marry it’s a bit slap/kiss because p’ek gets jealous when see nek with her ex-bf.

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