This time I want to introduce a contemporary bl-series to you: “Addicted (Heroin)”. I didn’t know what to expect at first because the title didn’t sound like something I’d like but the series definitely isn’t what the title suggests. Well, you might get addicted, though 😜
This is what the series is about:
Bai Luo Yin’s mother who left the family several years ago remarried and wants to make up for all the mistakes she made back then. Her son doesn’t feel up to forgiving her, though, and even transfers his hate for her onto her new family.
In that situation of all times, he gets to know his new classmate Gu Hai who doesn’t seem to have anything better to do then to get on his nerves. Actually, one’s as bad as the other but maybe because of that those two finally become friends.
Unfortunately, this friendship is soon put to the touch and not only because Gu Hai wants more than just friendship but because those two find out that the respective other is their new stepbrother they originally wanted to hate.
- Bai Luo Yin: Xu Wei Zhou
- Gu Hai: Huang Johnny
“Addicted (Heroin)” thrives on the characters and their backgroundstories that aren’t that simple. This is even more prominent in the novel of the same name even though the series does a brilliant job.
Bai Luo Yin and Gu Hai are quite contrasting which might be the reason for a lot of the conflicts: Bau Luo Yin has been through a life in poverty in which he had to help with providing for his family. Correspondingly his personality is rather serious and he feels even more provoked by Gu Hai.
Meanwhile, Gu Hai is living in a situation that can be described as “If I don’t get along with my father, then, well, why not move into one of our other houses?” and while watching I often times felt like he had no idea how the word “responsibility” is even spelled. He even seemed unable to see what consequences his actions might entail. (And yes I felt like he went too far multiple times and was quite of astonished that Bai Luo Yin was able to stand him for that long 🙈 )
The conflicts that ensue are even more pronounced because of their different familial situation.
Other roles are equally well fleshed-out (and even more so in the novel). There are, for example, Bai Luo Yin’s friends, Gu Hai’s girlfriend (Gu Hai also has friends but you don’t see much of them so I don’t really want to say anything about them 😉) and, naturally, their families.
I was most impressed by Bai Luo Yin’s father Bai Han Qi and his friend Meng Yang.
Bai Luo Yin’s ex-girlfriend who plays a bigger part in the novel only appeared at the end of the series so we’ll have to wait for a second season (that we’ll hopefully get) to see what might happen with her.
“Addicted (Heroin)” is a series that adresses familial problems and deals with some darker emotions but also with how to let go of those. And no, not even once were drugs part of the series. 😁
If you’re in search of a contemporary series that is a little more serious (but can also be funny at the same time) and isn’t just scratching the surface, then you’re definitely right in watching “Addicted (Heroin)”!
What I really liked about the series is that it stays true to the literary source as much as possible. Every time a place that was described in the novel appeared in the series I felt like I recognized it. The same with the different characters. So, especially for those who read the novel and liked it, the series should be interesting.
Only the love story between Bai Luo Yin and Gu Hai was more fleshed-out in the novel than in the series (but you probably expected as much) but it’s still quite cute to watch in the series. 😉
Overall, “Addicted (Heroin)” is a series I’d recommend watching.