Adapted from the web novel 杉杉来吃 Boss & Me by Gu Man 顾漫, Boss and Me the C-Drama extends and develops further from the original characters and scenes from the book. Here are some comparisons between the book and drama to see how the adaptation lived up to its original material.
An average but optimistic young girl, Shan Shan begins working in a huge conglomerate. She meets the young CEO of her company, Feng Teng, because of her unique blood type to save his sister. By both chance and purposeful encounters, they begin to fall in love as Shan Shan discovers the difficulties in their potential relationship.
(INEVITABLY INCLUDING SPOILERS)
|Drama Adaptation||Novel/Xiao Shuo (小说)|
|1||Zheng Qi 郑棋 aka. Qi Shuai is Feng Teng’s trusty sidekick and wingman, playing cupid to provoke Feng Teng to actio
|While a pivotal character in the drama, Zheng Qi actually doesn’t exist!
Instead, most of the original encounters with Feng Teng directly, making Feng Teng technically and relatively more proactive in the novel actually.
|2||Feng Teng’s attraction to Shan Shan is built from her sunshine personality and resilience while he secretly spies on her from outside his window
He also spied on Shan Shan’s commentary without her knowing while around in the office.
|Alas, again, this adorable setting from the drama did not happen in novel. In fact, the fact of Shan Shan living near Feng Teng and Zheng Qi’s basketball court did not exist either (refer to #1 lol). So technically there were fewer opportunities for their interaction in the book outside of the office.
(–> which is why the drama is a really good adaptation because it IMPROVED on the relationship development)ff
|3||Feng Yue, Feng Teng’s sister is the main reason/initiator of their relationship!!!
Not only is she the reason why Shan Shan gets to meet Feng Teng
, but she also treats Shan Shan well and pushes her older brother to find new romance haha.
|4||Li Shu is not only Zheng Qi’s love interest but also becomes entangled in the love triangle with Feng Teng and Shan Shan (creating an entire angsty whole drama arc)
|Lol, can you believe it? Li Shu actually remains a very minor character in the book. While she is the childhood friend of Feng Teng’s family, her feelings for Feng Teng are never so explicitly revealed. Li Shu’s character is only briefly mentioned and hence never gets involved into their relationship at all! Angst Arc spared!
|5||Remember that awkward inconsequential arc when Shan Shan went to her CPA class and her nosey classmate tried to get connections to Feng Teng? Yeah… it’s from the book. However, it makes more sense and seems less intrusive in the book. But it still showcased the potential problems that Shan Shan will encounter, such as insincere relationships due to her connection to Feng Teng.
|6||Liu Liu, Shan Shan’s cousin –
In the drama, Liu Liu acts as a supporting character whose significance increases in the later episodes. She is one of Shan Shan’s close confidants along with her roommate. With a controlling mother and a bad boyfriend, Liu Liu is an independent and intelligent young lady waiting to make her big break (which she does ;)). Her presence is also partly what spurs Shan Shan to improve herself as they set up a business together later.
|Again, this is one of the many elements that the drama adaptation extrapolates from the book. In contrast, the novel’s Liu Liu’s presence is as minute as Li Shu’s. As one can imagine, Shan Shan’s independence streak after getting her CPA would consequently also not be present in the book.|
|7||Story Arc Changes
1. Shan Shan gets stranded during Chinese New Year in the city (instead of going home) because she was helping her colleague deliver a package for her family member. Apparently it was a pack of knives which was searched by the authorities when boarding the train… Shan Shan also got her belongings stolen in the process of being searched -.-“
2. In the department outing to go cycling, Shan Shan got lost while trying to follow Feng Teng and Li Shu. After seeing Shan Shan get lost because he was too busy competing, Feng Teng silently promised to himself to never let Shan Shan get hurt like that again ;_;
|1. In the novel, Shan Shan actually got stopped at the train station because of her colleague also, but for a different reason! Her colleague’s family member had somehow gotten a fake train ticket which Shan Shan was supposed to help refund. However, when Shan Shan wanted to sell it away in goodwill to someone who wanted the ticket, she got caught and questioned because of it.
2. Surprisingly, while the company outing did happen, it was too early in the book for Shan Shan to have much interaction with Da Boss actually. In fact, it was more of her sitting alone eating and noticing the distance between Feng Teng as a prominent figure and herself. So getting hurt and having Boss carry Shan Shan was extrapolated into the adaptation!
While rather significant changes were made from the novel story, this is still arguably one of the better if not best drama adaptations made from original material.
Existing characters were developed further and given more exposure while the relationship between Feng Teng and Shan Shan was given more realistic dimension and depth rather than simple “love at first sight”. Additionally, the drama extended on Shan Shan’s character development by giving her an opportunity to develop her own career and independence.
BOOK or DRAMA
BONUS: AS EXPLAINED BY THE BOOK
Guess what? The chess scene after Shan Shan’s Chinese New Year confession depicting the everyday happiness of their interactions was actually only because Feng Teng realised Shan Shan probably isn’t ready/thinking about having sex so he just settled with making do with something else in the room LOL.o
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