Premiering on July 5 to ardent anticipation alongside rumors of a real-life romance between its leads, firefighter-themed drama Fireworks of My Heart <我的人間煙火> ignited buzz of the wrong kind, as its male lead Yang Yang (楊洋) is criticized for his annoying persona and poor acting, not helped by the production’s draggy, dated plot.
Complaint #1: Character’s Female-bashing Habits
Literally under fire, viewers pointed out how lead character Song Yan’s (Yang Yang) conceited, ruffian-like personality, which might have worked for idol dramas of years past, is unjustified in this time and age. Especially irked by Song Yan’s rampant verbal attacks on the female lead played by Wang Churan (王楚然), many commented that even the heartthrob’s irresistible looks could not salvage the character’s unsavory behaviors, which are a huge turn-off for female viewers.
Complaint #2: Character’s Cocky Arrogance
Redefining standards for modern idol dramas, You Are My Glory’s <你是我的榮耀> final episode had made headlines when viewers who logged on to iQiyi for its final episode temporarily crashed Tencent’s servers. Earning Yang Yang a firm spot among the C-drama’s A-list siusangs, the actor was praised for finally shedding his problematic acting style, with fans gushing over the charms of his low-profile and abashed engineer persona.
In contrast, fans are disappointed to find that his wooden expressions have made a return in Fireworks of My Heart where his knitted brows and stiff chin were apparent in the opening episodes, and disliked the cocky and arrogant vibes Yang Yang brought to his character. As related topics soar up Weibo search ranks, Yang Yang’s representation of the profession is also being accused of casting firefighters in a poor light; “even a negative score is too high”, one netizen said.