BEST OF BL 2021
CATEGORY: FAVOURITE CHARACTERS
The top 5 lovelies who owned (and broke) my heart this year. I stuck to main characters, but there is one honourable mention I simply couldn't let go unlauded.
BEST OF THE BEST
5. Teh Krittikorn Saetan (Billkin Putthipong Assaratanakul) | I Promised You the Moon (Nadao Bangkok/LINE TV)
So maddening yet you just can't quit him. Teh's the kind of character you want to beat with a belt, but then he does something so completely breathtaking that it makes you weep and wonder why he can't just be like that all the time. Flawed beyond measure, but somehow still so beautiful to watch, I can never hate him, no matter what. I don't know HOW Billkin did that, but it makes him a singular talent in my mind.
Favourite scene: the rooftop, episode 2.
4. Tian Sopasitsakun (Mix Sahaphap Wongratch) | A Tale of Thousand Stars (GMMTV)
The brat who grew up in front of our eyes, Tian's mix of sass and sincerity earns him an easy spot on the list. Tian feels like such a REAL person, one who makes mistakes and whose actions have unintended consequences, but whose heart is ultimately in the right place.
Favourite scene: Tian and Phupha go on a date, episode 5.
3. Kang Seo Joon (Son Woo Hyun) | To My Star (H & Co/EnergeDic/Viki)
An adorable bundle of neuroses masked behind a façade of easy charm, Kang Seo Joon stole away my heart. Somehow the character manages to combine a surprisingly un-annoying manic pixie dream boy energy with real caring and consideration for the grumpy gus he's found himself living with. By the time he's sitting at the front door like a puppy waiting for Ji Woo to get home, you're totally sold.
Favourite scene: the basketball game, episode 4
2. Phat Naphat/Pran Parakul (tie) (Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee/Nanon Korapat Kirdpan) | Bad Buddy (GMMTV)
As if I could choose between them. Pat and Pran are so entwined there's no way to separate them in my mind. They're very different people, but they're really only totally themselves with each other. Pat's big, loud, sloppy, soft heart, and Pran's shrewd, methodical front belying the quiet fire underneath don't just complement each other, they complete each other. I love them both, equally.
Favourite scene (so far): the beach, episode 6
1. Oh Aew Panwa Suramontha (PP Krit Amnuaydechkorn) | I Promised You the Moon (Nadao Bangkok/LINE TV)
The greatest character Thai BL has ever produced point blank period and I will fight you over this. Oh Aew has seen joy and pain and loved through it all, but he's no pushover. This boy knows himself like no other character I've ever seen, with an emotional intelligence off the charts, and the smarts to know when it's time to quit something. The first ever sunshine pragmatist I've ever seen in BL, and I'd love to see more.
Favourite scene: the wedding, episode 5.
Felice Ehrencrona (Nikita Uggla) | Young Royals (Nexiko AB/Netflix)
Talk about a character that simply blew me away. With Felice I felt SEEN in a way I don't think I've felt seen before in drama. The way she tries so hard at first to conform, and then says 'fuck that noise' to all the expectations of her one by one makes me wish I'd had a character like this in my view when I was a teenager. As it stands, I'm cheering her on. You're doing amazing sweetie.
Favourite scene: Felice dumps August via Instagram Stories, episode 5
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