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When you saw the title, you might have been taken aback, but this "狗血" (gǒuxiě) doesn't actually refer to real dog's blood. In Chinese, "狗血" is now an adjective. We often use it to describe some TV dramas as "狗血." What does "狗血" mean, and why do we call these TV dramas "狗血"? Today, let's talk about it together!
When you watch TV dramas, have you ever seen such plotlines? For example, when someone hears bad news, the bowl or cups in their hand is bound to fall and break. Or when someone is sad and upset, they run outside, and the weather is either thundering or pouring rain. Or when someone is about to die, they want to say something, but they always die before finishing their words. Or when the male and female lead characters first meet, they both dislike each other but gradually come to like each other. Or the male and female leads always accidentally kiss each other. Furthermore, the villains never seem to die; they always come back. These kinds of plotlines are just too clichéd and annoying, which is what we mean by "狗血."
Have you watched any "狗血" Chinese idol dramas? Idol dramas are often romantic TV dramas with attractive young protagonists who are often idols to many. Many idol dramas are quite "狗血." For instance, the male lead is always a rich and handsome domineering CEO. The domineering CEO is a type of male lead who is typically arrogant but intelligent and capable. They love the female lead, but they usually have strong controlling tendencies. The female lead is often a "傻白甜" (shǎ bái tián), which means a girl who is naive, fair-skinned, beautiful, and kind-hearted.
These idol dramas are filled with clichéd plotlines! The male and female leads always have a "欢喜冤家" (huānxǐ yuānjiā, quarrelsome lovers) relationship; they frequently argue but secretly like each other. They always have many misunderstandings, such as the male lead thinking the female lead likes someone else, and the female lead thinking the male lead likes someone else, but after a long time, they finally realize they like each other. They always have love rivals, like other girls who like the male lead and often bully the female lead, and other guys who like the female lead and treat her well, causing misunderstandings for the male lead.
In Chinese TV dramas, many of them are idol dramas, and they often revolve around love. The plots of these idol dramas are often quite clichéd. However, nowadays, many people no longer enjoy watching these "狗血" idol dramas. Have you seen any "狗血" TV dramas? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!