Hana Yori Dango
|Name:||Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers, 花より男子)|
|Date(s):||October 1992 – June 2008|
|Medium:||manga, J-Drama, K-Drama, TW-Drama, anime|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||FF.net fandom|
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Hana Yori Dango is a wildly successful shoujo manga. It has been adapted into an anime, and has been made into a live action series in Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. China is also working on a version of Hana Yori Dango.
The story revolves around Makino Tsukushi, a working class girl who attends a prestigious school ruled over by a group called the "F4." The F4 are handsome, rich, and powerful--and they are also bullies who hand out "red cards" to anyone who displeases them. A red card gives the entire school free reign to bully the person who received it. This state of affairs goes unchallenged, until Makino's friend has a run-in with Tsukasa Domyouji, the leader of the F4. Makino stands up for her friend, and ends up being targeted by the F4.
Impressed by her determination and strength, Domyouji develops feelings for Makino. However, Makino already has a crush on another F4 member, Rui Hanazawa.
TWdrama: Meteor Garden
The Taiwanese version of Hana Yori Dango aired in 2001. It was followed up by Meteor Garden II in 2002. Meteor Rain was an affiliated series than ran four episodes long, and explored the lives of the other F4 members.
J-Drama: Hana Yori Dango
The first season of Hana Yori Dango aired in 2005, and ran for nine episodes. It was followed up by Hana Yori Dango Returns, in 2007, and wrapped up with the movie Hana Yori Dango Final in 2008.
K-Drama: Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers (K-Drama), the Korean version of the story aired in 2009.
C-Drama: Liu Xing Yu/Meteor Rain
China is also planning a drama based on Hana Yori Dango, although there appears to be some significant changes to the basic story. 
As of 10th May 2011, there were 995 Hana Yori Dango fics on FF.net, so a relatively small presence there. There is also a small presence on AO3.