I keep thinking about Queen Seon Deok
's glorious glorious ending. It was so awesome that I am actually going to go back and rewatch the whole freaking 62-ep drama. It's going to join such dramas as Damo
, Capital Scandal
(among others) in my pantheon of PERFECT drama endings.
I also keep thinking about the switcheroo - how Bidam was intended to be the final adversary, with the big epic love of Deokman and Yushin, and then it all ended up with Bidam/Deokman as this doomed OTP and Yushin sort of swept away as barely relevant in the final confrontation.
Most kdramas are filmed as they air (there are some exceptions but they are in the minority) but the game plan rarely changes - A will end up with B at the end as was intended from the start, C will die as was intended from the start etc etc.
That is why I find the rare occasions the drama-makers change their game-plan really exciting. It means there is something unexpected happening - and usually because of fan response. Which is squeeful. I would not want that to be the norm, but occasionally, it's fun.
Let's see, here are all the instances of major plot changes due to fans that I know:
* Queen Seon Deok - do you want to know how freakishly rare it is for a heroine to fall for secondary guy? You are more likely to see pigs fly. Initially any romance was supposed to be between Deokman and Yushin but then Bidam came on the scene and was supposed to be occasional helper but eventually big villain except the audience went insane for him, it sort of turned into a Bidam show, and here we are - awesome doomed OTP, greatly expanded role. Poor dull Yushin never had a chance :)
* How To Meet Your Neighbor - Have not seen that one but according to mishane
, everyone loved secondary guy's chemistry so much, he is the one who ended up with the leading girl.
* East of Eden - this one is near and dear to my shipper heart. Initially, the big love story was supposed to be between Dong Chul (played by Song Seung Heon) and Lee Da Hae's characters - it was definitely advertised this way. Then Lee Yeon Hee's Gukja came on the scene. She was supposed to be a brief romantic stop/hindrance on the path to true love of the initial OTP but SSH and LYH had ridiculously sizzling chemistry and the writers gave them a few too many really romantic scenes - the Gukja couple developed a huge amount of rabid and vocal shippers (myself among them - oh, how torn I was, knowing my ship was ultimately uncanon) and the storyline was altered to give us Dong Chul and Gukja as the final (and quite epic by the end) OTP.
* Beautiful Days - I have heard that initially this was going to have a tragic ending, with Choi Ji Woo's character dying of leukemia. But the station got so many letters begging it to let her and Lee Byung Hun live happily ever after, they changed the ending to one where she gets treated and cured. (Early signs certainly point to doom which makes the recovery even more awesome). Also, I have no idea if it changed mid-writing due to chemistry or was always intended to be just a red herring, but early eps certainly presented not Lee Byung Hun but Ryu Shi Won as the destined guy for our heroine. Of course, if it was a writer's change from initial plan, I have to congratulate him for not being insane. LBH >>>> RSW any day.
* Style - this "Devil Wears Prada" kdrama-style was supposed to be all about a plucky assistant (Lee Ji Ah) and her quest for love. Instead, the viewers flocked to the older woman tough-bitch LJA's boss character - and she is the one who the drama slowly became about. Plus, she is the one who ended up with the guy.
* Spring Day - I have no idea whether Go Hyun Joong's character was supposed to end up with Ji Jin Hee or Jo In Sung at the start but there is no escaping the fact that the beginning of the drama set her with Ji Jin Hee as a total OTP (he gets her to escape muteness and talk) but then Jo In Sung sort of took over the drama and instead Go Hyun Joong ended up with her lover's dorky, high-strung, and adorable younger brother. Which - oh baby, can anyone
refuse Jo In Sung?