“Let the tears which fell, and the broken words which were exchanged in the long close embrace between the orphans, be sacred. A father, sister, and mother, were gained, and lost, in that one moment. Joy and grief were mingled in the cup; but there were no bitter tears: for even grief arose so softened, and clothed in such sweet and tender recollections, that it became a solemn pleasure, and lost all character of pain.”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
What a brilliant idea to write a story, perhaps a modern version of Oliver Twist by changing the characters a little and center it around a love story. The minute I started watching the first episode and I found out both Ateş and Leyla are orphans and not just that but also Ateş’s younger siblings, my mind went directly to Oliver Twist. Leyla and her friends are con artists who are being manipulated by Yakup who runs their heists. So basically if you ask me, Ya Çok Seversin takes a lot of inspiration from Oliver Twist. Not that any of the characters fit exactly (although perhaps Leyla could be Oliver) but isn’t it true that Oliver was forced to work as a pickpocket and wasn’t he forced to go on a burglary mission later on in the story?
The thing is, I don’t remember Oliver Twist that well, I was so young when I read it but one thing Oliver Twist did brilliantly and Ya Çok Seversin doesn’t do enough is social commentary. I am not completely up to date with all the episodes so I need to watch the rest (maybe they did do some in the episodes I didn’t watch yet if so — sorry) to write a complete review on it but I am quite disturbed by romanticizing deceiving people and making money off of it. We know Leyla is forced into this and she is doing it for the hospital expenses of the man who possibly can give her information about her family.
Still, it doesn’t sit well with me and it sheds a dark cloud over the light-hearted comedy that she isn’t being honest. I do love the bond between Ateş, Leyla and Ateş’s siblings, especially little Berit and I’ll keep watching and analysing to draw more similarities and differences between both stories. So we might as well say I’ll complete this article when I do that. For now I’m leaving you with these thoughts and you might expect part 2 sometime this weekend or beginning of next week as I’ll probably be binging Ya Çok Seversin to catch up.
What are your thoughts? Do you see any similarities between Oliver Twist and Ya Çok Seversen? How is the dizi going so far according to you? Since this article has a second part, I guess it’s safe to say the challenge concludes until I finish writing part 2. Thank you for your patience and have a great weekend! ❤