An act defining the role of first loves in kdramas, assigning duties and responsibilities thereof.
Section 1. Definition
(a) Whereas a First Love, Second Lead (FLSL) is a type of second lead who used to be the object of affection of one of the members of the OTP.
(b) Whereas an FLSL has unresolved romantic issues with the lead hero/heroine either because the FLSL left suddenly for
stupid pressing reasons, “didn’t have the courage” to return the affection of the hero/heroine in the past, or both.
Section 2. Introduction and Purpose
(a) An FLSL shall be used to expedite the formation of love triangles by removing the part where a kdrama shows us why the hero/heroine even bothers to defend, admire, favor, etc this character who dropped into our midst (usually from getting an MBA in the US).
(b) Should any member of the OTP act questionably in favor of a FLSL, a kdrama is authorized to shrug its shoulders and say: “DUH. He/she was her/his first love. No explanation needed.”
(c) An FLSL’s back-story shall be released on a need-to-know basis, preferably via broody shower scenes where a hero reminisces about his failed first love.
(d) An FLSL shall be introduced to the story right when the OTP are starting to fall for each other and not an episode before.
Section 3. Qualifications
(a) Male FLSL – must be smart, with pleasing personality, at least one (1) year older than the heroine; preferably a work, hometown, and/or university sunbae-slash-Oppa.
(b) Female FLSL – must be smart, rich, and beautiful/well-dressed; highly presumptuous and takes hero’s adoration for granted.
Section 4. Duties and Responsibilities – An FLSL, in addition to its role as described in the Second Lead Act, must also perform the following duties in a kdrama:
(a) Return unexpectedly after a period of absence AND non-communication.
(b) Act as if he/she didn’t disappear for a long time.
(c) Forget the
stupid pressing reason for not having a relationship as described in Section 1b of this act and try to return to the relationship pre-abandonment stage
(d) Deny the increasing lack of interest of the OTP in him/her by using statements such as: “You love me. You just pity him/her. I will wait for your heart to return to me.”
(e) Become extremely clingy and fixated on the past.
Section 4. Penalties and Violations
(a) Establishment of convincing relationship between FLSL and the hero/heroine
Dramas that violate Section 2d of this act by introducing the FLSL at an earlier episode, establishing his/her relationship with the OTP, showing cute falling-in-love scenes, and the like shall suffer a divided audience with possible severe cases of Second Lead Syndrome.