dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
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, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (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 [livejournal.com profile] 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?

Any others?
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
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, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (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 [livejournal.com profile] 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?

Any others?
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
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, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (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 [livejournal.com profile] 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?

Any others?
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
(Because Brilliant Legacy made me think of Bali, Bali made me think of Jo In Sung, and Jo In Sung made me think of Spring Day).

Once I finish Brilliant Legacy, I think I will continue with SD, a drama I started some time ago, liked, and got sidetracked.

The story of Spring Day is the standard kdrama fodder - two half-brothers in love with the same woman, amnesia, muteness, evil parents etc. I love all that stuff but let's be honest: I am in it for my biggest (with the exception of Kang Ji Hwan) kdrama crush: Jo In Sung (come back soon from the army, oppa! :P)

You might know him as the bi bodyguard from that gay period epic Frozen Flower or the beyond-dysfunctional rich boy of Bali or the thuggish small-time gangster of A Dirty Carnival - all awesome dramas/movies, btw.

Clearly inspired by his role in Bali (the only huge phenom drama out there that I adore, btw), he plays a high-strung son of horrible, controlling parents. His father is a total jerk. Granted, he doesn't beat him into unconsciousness with golf-clubs (Bali's Dad wins 'worst drama dad' competition, quite impressively) but he does smack him around, which doesn't strike me as effective parenting. Daddy is a head of a hospital so has decided both his kids should be doctors. The older son (the hunky, obedient Ji Jin Hee) loves the job, but Jo In Sung is about the worst doctor in creation - I think it's time to let your kid do something else when he repeatedly keeps telling you the sight of blood makes him faint. JID' Mom is a total piece of work - she dotes on her 'baby' but is horrible to her stepson, the product of Doctor Daddy's first marriage. Ji Jin Hee is lovely and sane but as the story starts, he goes off to look for birth mom. This being a kdrama, he finds Mom only to get into a car wreck, with her dying and him in a coma.

Did I mention that before all of this, Ji Jin Hee became friends with a beautful mute woman (mute from trauma, not bilogically). They fell in love and he restored her speech. But after the accident, when she comes to the city looking for her OTP, guess who falls in love with her? Yup, her oppa's younger brother. He is younger than she is, he is a mess, and he is her boyfriend's sibling...

Sign me up!

From what I've read, it was supposed to have the heroine end up with Ji Jin Hee, the older bro, but they decided to go another way. EEEEE!

Blahblahblah words, I just want to see this scene:



Anyway, in some ways he basically plays a male Seung Mi (from Brilliant Legacy), only if Seung Mi weren't evil :)

I am going to love it!
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
(Because Brilliant Legacy made me think of Bali, Bali made me think of Jo In Sung, and Jo In Sung made me think of Spring Day).

Once I finish Brilliant Legacy, I think I will continue with SD, a drama I started some time ago, liked, and got sidetracked.

The story of Spring Day is the standard kdrama fodder - two half-brothers in love with the same woman, amnesia, muteness, evil parents etc. I love all that stuff but let's be honest: I am in it for my biggest (with the exception of Kang Ji Hwan) kdrama crush: Jo In Sung (come back soon from the army, oppa! :P)

You might know him as the bi bodyguard from that gay period epic Frozen Flower or the beyond-dysfunctional rich boy of Bali or the thuggish small-time gangster of A Dirty Carnival - all awesome dramas/movies, btw.

Clearly inspired by his role in Bali (the only huge phenom drama out there that I adore, btw), he plays a high-strung son of horrible, controlling parents. His father is a total jerk. Granted, he doesn't beat him into unconsciousness with golf-clubs (Bali's Dad wins 'worst drama dad' competition, quite impressively) but he does smack him around, which doesn't strike me as effective parenting. Daddy is a head of a hospital so has decided both his kids should be doctors. The older son (the hunky, obedient Ji Jin Hee) loves the job, but Jo In Sung is about the worst doctor in creation - I think it's time to let your kid do something else when he repeatedly keeps telling you the sight of blood makes him faint. JID' Mom is a total piece of work - she dotes on her 'baby' but is horrible to her stepson, the product of Doctor Daddy's first marriage. Ji Jin Hee is lovely and sane but as the story starts, he goes off to look for birth mom. This being a kdrama, he finds Mom only to get into a car wreck, with her dying and him in a coma.

Did I mention that before all of this, Ji Jin Hee became friends with a beautful mute woman (mute from trauma, not bilogically). They fell in love and he restored her speech. But after the accident, when she comes to the city looking for her OTP, guess who falls in love with her? Yup, her oppa's younger brother. He is younger than she is, he is a mess, and he is her boyfriend's sibling...

Sign me up!

From what I've read, it was supposed to have the heroine end up with Ji Jin Hee, the older bro, but they decided to go another way. EEEEE!

Blahblahblah words, I just want to see this scene:



Anyway, in some ways he basically plays a male Seung Mi (from Brilliant Legacy), only if Seung Mi weren't evil :)

I am going to love it!
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
(Because Brilliant Legacy made me think of Bali, Bali made me think of Jo In Sung, and Jo In Sung made me think of Spring Day).

Once I finish Brilliant Legacy, I think I will continue with SD, a drama I started some time ago, liked, and got sidetracked.

The story of Spring Day is the standard kdrama fodder - two half-brothers in love with the same woman, amnesia, muteness, evil parents etc. I love all that stuff but let's be honest: I am in it for my biggest (with the exception of Kang Ji Hwan) kdrama crush: Jo In Sung (come back soon from the army, oppa! :P)

You might know him as the bi bodyguard from that gay period epic Frozen Flower or the beyond-dysfunctional rich boy of Bali or the thuggish small-time gangster of A Dirty Carnival - all awesome dramas/movies, btw.

Clearly inspired by his role in Bali (the only huge phenom drama out there that I adore, btw), he plays a high-strung son of horrible, controlling parents. His father is a total jerk. Granted, he doesn't beat him into unconsciousness with golf-clubs (Bali's Dad wins 'worst drama dad' competition, quite impressively) but he does smack him around, which doesn't strike me as effective parenting. Daddy is a head of a hospital so has decided both his kids should be doctors. The older son (the hunky, obedient Ji Jin Hee) loves the job, but Jo In Sung is about the worst doctor in creation - I think it's time to let your kid do something else when he repeatedly keeps telling you the sight of blood makes him faint. JID' Mom is a total piece of work - she dotes on her 'baby' but is horrible to her stepson, the product of Doctor Daddy's first marriage. Ji Jin Hee is lovely and sane but as the story starts, he goes off to look for birth mom. This being a kdrama, he finds Mom only to get into a car wreck, with her dying and him in a coma.

Did I mention that before all of this, Ji Jin Hee became friends with a beautful mute woman (mute from trauma, not bilogically). They fell in love and he restored her speech. But after the accident, when she comes to the city looking for her OTP, guess who falls in love with her? Yup, her oppa's younger brother. He is younger than she is, he is a mess, and he is her boyfriend's sibling...

Sign me up!

From what I've read, it was supposed to have the heroine end up with Ji Jin Hee, the older bro, but they decided to go another way. EEEEE!

Blahblahblah words, I just want to see this scene:



Anyway, in some ways he basically plays a male Seung Mi (from Brilliant Legacy), only if Seung Mi weren't evil :)

I am going to love it!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
This shot from the Vogue photoshoot relating to the upcoming Korean gay period epic Frozen Flower, with the three leads, is gorgeous. I didn't like the rest of the shoot as much, but this is striking.



A few more shots from the movie )

This reminds me, I started the kdrama Spring Day, one of whose leads is Jo In Sung (the hunky bodyguard lead in the movie) and I like it so far, 3 eps in. Mainly because it has one of those deliciously dysfunctional (yet not super-evil) families kdramas love: Dad is a detached workaholic. Oldest son is sweet and hard-working and hot and doctorish. He also hasn't seen his Mom since he was 10 when she left to enable her husband to marry a bar hostess. New wife is a former bar hostess and dislikes oldest and is all about her 'baby', with her idea of maternal care to guilt him into doing what she wants. JIS is the youngest son who is acting out because his family is pushing him to become a surgeon which is a really bad choice for him because as he puts it he hates sick people, is terrified of blood, loathed medical school and fainted in anatomy. He is also really high-strung which is one thing all of JIS characters have in common...hmmmm. Heroine is a village person who was mute from emotional issues but fell in love with awesome older brother who made her talk and smile and be happy again. But now he is in a coma and I foresee her falling for his dorky younger sibling.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
This shot from the Vogue photoshoot relating to the upcoming Korean gay period epic Frozen Flower, with the three leads, is gorgeous. I didn't like the rest of the shoot as much, but this is striking.



A few more shots from the movie )

This reminds me, I started the kdrama Spring Day, one of whose leads is Jo In Sung (the hunky bodyguard lead in the movie) and I like it so far, 3 eps in. Mainly because it has one of those deliciously dysfunctional (yet not super-evil) families kdramas love: Dad is a detached workaholic. Oldest son is sweet and hard-working and hot and doctorish. He also hasn't seen his Mom since he was 10 when she left to enable her husband to marry a bar hostess. New wife is a former bar hostess and dislikes oldest and is all about her 'baby', with her idea of maternal care to guilt him into doing what she wants. JIS is the youngest son who is acting out because his family is pushing him to become a surgeon which is a really bad choice for him because as he puts it he hates sick people, is terrified of blood, loathed medical school and fainted in anatomy. He is also really high-strung which is one thing all of JIS characters have in common...hmmmm. Heroine is a village person who was mute from emotional issues but fell in love with awesome older brother who made her talk and smile and be happy again. But now he is in a coma and I foresee her falling for his dorky younger sibling.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
This shot from the Vogue photoshoot relating to the upcoming Korean gay period epic Frozen Flower, with the three leads, is gorgeous. I didn't like the rest of the shoot as much, but this is striking.



A few more shots from the movie )

This reminds me, I started the kdrama Spring Day, one of whose leads is Jo In Sung (the hunky bodyguard lead in the movie) and I like it so far, 3 eps in. Mainly because it has one of those deliciously dysfunctional (yet not super-evil) families kdramas love: Dad is a detached workaholic. Oldest son is sweet and hard-working and hot and doctorish. He also hasn't seen his Mom since he was 10 when she left to enable her husband to marry a bar hostess. New wife is a former bar hostess and dislikes oldest and is all about her 'baby', with her idea of maternal care to guilt him into doing what she wants. JIS is the youngest son who is acting out because his family is pushing him to become a surgeon which is a really bad choice for him because as he puts it he hates sick people, is terrified of blood, loathed medical school and fainted in anatomy. He is also really high-strung which is one thing all of JIS characters have in common...hmmmm. Heroine is a village person who was mute from emotional issues but fell in love with awesome older brother who made her talk and smile and be happy again. But now he is in a coma and I foresee her falling for his dorky younger sibling.
dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
My next (after WS) kdrama is likely going to be Spring Day, a 2005 kdrama starring Go Hyun Jung (the female lead of upcoming Daemul btw, the one with gigolo hired to ruin the female President), Jo In Sung (my reason for getting this), and Ji Jin Hee.

GHJ plays a woman who becomes mute from trauma but discovers love with JJH. However, the kdrama luck sends the mute gal to the hospital where she meets JIS, who is JJH's stepbrother. Slowly, GHJ finds herself wavering...could she be falling for her original crush's young stepsibling?

Duh.

I am a Jo In Sung fangirl, so I see nothing weird about that idea :)

I am so in, for this. Happy endings are a rare sort of thing if you like watching things with JIS :P Plus, I like younger man-older woman stories (the age difference between GHJ and JIS is ten years, but it's much less in the drama, because GHJ plays younger than her age and JIS plays older.

MV:



Cute scene )
dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
My next (after WS) kdrama is likely going to be Spring Day, a 2005 kdrama starring Go Hyun Jung (the female lead of upcoming Daemul btw, the one with gigolo hired to ruin the female President), Jo In Sung (my reason for getting this), and Ji Jin Hee.

GHJ plays a woman who becomes mute from trauma but discovers love with JJH. However, the kdrama luck sends the mute gal to the hospital where she meets JIS, who is JJH's stepbrother. Slowly, GHJ finds herself wavering...could she be falling for her original crush's young stepsibling?

Duh.

I am a Jo In Sung fangirl, so I see nothing weird about that idea :)

I am so in, for this. Happy endings are a rare sort of thing if you like watching things with JIS :P Plus, I like younger man-older woman stories (the age difference between GHJ and JIS is ten years, but it's much less in the drama, because GHJ plays younger than her age and JIS plays older.

MV:



Cute scene )
dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
My next (after WS) kdrama is likely going to be Spring Day, a 2005 kdrama starring Go Hyun Jung (the female lead of upcoming Daemul btw, the one with gigolo hired to ruin the female President), Jo In Sung (my reason for getting this), and Ji Jin Hee.

GHJ plays a woman who becomes mute from trauma but discovers love with JJH. However, the kdrama luck sends the mute gal to the hospital where she meets JIS, who is JJH's stepbrother. Slowly, GHJ finds herself wavering...could she be falling for her original crush's young stepsibling?

Duh.

I am a Jo In Sung fangirl, so I see nothing weird about that idea :)

I am so in, for this. Happy endings are a rare sort of thing if you like watching things with JIS :P Plus, I like younger man-older woman stories (the age difference between GHJ and JIS is ten years, but it's much less in the drama, because GHJ plays younger than her age and JIS plays older.

MV:



Cute scene )

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