Yes yes yes! A new OTP fandom for me! Woo Jae -Seo Young <333
My Daughter Seo Young is a 50-episode drama, so it’s ridiculously shit LONG! So long that I’m not sure how long or how much further I’m able to endure until the very end. Sure I did finish Ojakgyo Brothers (which was about that length) , but that I did so only on a regularly skip-watch basis via KBS World, I never downloaded the show or anything. It was a mere love when it’s on, MEH or no bother when it’s not.
But this THIS! This is So Hyun Kyung, who wrote the utterly precious 49 days (though drama faltered towards the end with the ridiculous sister story) and the forever will be-always dear to my heart Brilliant Legacy which shot LSG to acting stardom. Prosecutor Princess ranks below than the former 2 but I remember loving it to bits when I when I followed it, had this ridiculous hots for Park Shi Hoo who played the mystery stalker. lol But point is, writer nim is a writer I’ve been following for quite some time, at least when she’d begun writing mainstream dramas. She’s not a great writer, but she writes with thought and heart, regardless of the theme. She caters to the mainstream banking on the typical K-drama formulas (you name em, she’s got em), but strangely never loses sight of her aim and tries to reach out to us with emotions so heartfelt and sometimes so dynamic you can’t look away. Realism is never her forte, in any way, but strangely I always feel very connected to the characters and stories she writes. Not realistic at all, but feels genuine and real.
Drama starts of with the usual drama, family problems. The title and the poster pretty much give it all away, it’s going to be a family relationship themed drama. And a very complicated yet heartwarming one, knowing writer Seo. It’s funny how some actors/actresses always manage to land the same veteran actors playing their parents, and are always estranged with each other lol. First we had Moon Chae Won and Kim Young Cheol in TPM and Nice Guy, here we have Lee Bo Young and Chun Ho Jin (they played father-daughter in another 50-ep drama earlier). *Why can’t family members get along for once in K-drama? WAE?!!?*
Drama starts off in a speedy fashion, gets right into the point immediately. 6 episodes in, out of the 50 (I’m 4 eps behind the fully aired schedule), we already have everything in place. The characters, the OTP, the conflict, and the dilemma. Nothing groundbreaking or new about the plot, somewhat too coincidental if you ask me (but what K-drama isn’t). Characters are seen before, but played by different actors (so far they’re all decent, phew, at least I haven’t cringed or banged my head on a desk yet). Direction, just okay, nothing much to call home about.
But like I said earlier, I don’t know, it’s prob just me, I always think writer nim has a knack with her characters and the way she presents them and their dynamics with each other. They may be the unoriginal but they’re always presented in charming and interesting ways. They may bicker endlessly, but somewhere down the line, your heart leaps, flutters and tugs along with their reactions and emotions. You know it when a writer puts a lil bit more effort into her lines or dialogues, writer Seo does it in a way, that right, a scene may come across typical or seen before, but when the characters spout or utter words from their mouths, your heart aches, your gut is squished. I think I’ve experienced that a few times watching scenes from Ep 5 and 6 (mostly Woo Jae and Seo Young’s parts 😛 ).
Seo Young is cold and unaffected, ignorant and sometimes heartless. I actually get why she’s the way she is, having been brought up in such harsh conditions and having had to endure the worst in one single day – losing her mom and her dad (not literally, but metaphorically), it’s harrowing, and nothing else really matters. Sometimes I wish drama could make her father a bit more a wreck so that I can understand and justify Seo Young’s actions a lil bit more, empathise with her plight, and on how she’s treating her father. Because so far, yes, he’s messed himself up had wrecked their family apart, but seeing him wanting to mend things for good, it’s triggering the sympathy button in me. No matter how things have gone bad and weary between them, they’re still family and blood together. I know drama’s gonna take some time to mend the burned bridge between them, but seeing how she’s acting around her father, it does make me feel sour and sorry for the old guy. He tries hard, but nothing goes into the heart or mind of the icy rock solid daughter of his.
Sang Woo’s such an awesome brother, an awesome son. I don’t think he’s the nicest or the most angelic person around, but I love him for being genuinely loving and concerned for his father and his sister. One thing about being family, sometimes you find yourself stuck in the middle, and it can get awful if things aren’t done right. So far drama hasn’t emphasised how much Sang Woo wants Seo Young and their dad to make up, but instead he’s taking it all slowly, giving Seo Young time, and at the same time, also allowing his dad to make an effort to reach out to his sister. I do not think it’s an easy task, seeing how things can go awfully awfully awkward when they’re all in the same room, but I’m so glad he’s always there when things awry. I hope they keep him as he is, be the easy going and happy go lucky person he is, and have plenty of fun with Mi Gyeong and Ho Jeong. 😀
Sang Woo has the cutest encounters with his 2 OTP ladies, I adore both of them! Mi Gyeong the sassy tomboyish intern colleague of his, and Ho Jeong, the naive and silly crush-er of his. They’re both so starkly different and yet they intrigue him in different ways. I’m slightly inclined towards Mi Gyeong because I think he has more interest in her now and they click with each other better. But I do not think circumstances will allow them to get together (arrhh, you know the taboo of related/family OTP relationships in K-drama).
Seung Jae oh Seung Jae, mommy’s boy who always wants to have fun and the easy way out. I think Jung Shin’s doing a good job, better than his CNBlue mates, prob even better than Min Hyuk whom I think did the best out of the other mates in his previous drama. His character Seung Jae irks me sometimes, but oh wellz he’s just a boy trying to grow out of his ways. I love that his crush on tutor Seo Young is growing and growing day by day, and with her ways around him, her encouragement, he grows up a lil, learns that things are not the same for everyone and that he’s lucky to have things fed to him the minute he’s born. Jung Shin hams up a bit, but it’s not too annoying to the extent of OTT unbearable. And it’s even better that he’s got some good chemistry with LBY too!
His scenes with his mom are adorable, though I fear some birth secret thing may crop up sooner or later. I hope they will keep him as he is too, just like Sang Woo. Be the light in the dark, the laughter amongst the glum, assuming that gloom is coming our way from way things are turning out in recent eps.
Those are some of the interesting things, the drama isn’t all devoid of flaws. It’s so cliched it may veer some away, but for the right kind of viewers, this drama can be endearing and lovely. And lovely it is for me, mainly because of these two!
These 2 are ridiculously, RIDICULOUSLY adorable together. SO CUTE! I haven’t shipped many OTPs crazily this year, apart from the most recent Royal Couple of Faith and the QIHM pair which got me all lovey dovey and swoony for some time, no drama OTP has gotten me so giddy in ages (that I’d even dreamt of them last night!). I know it’s 6 eps and we have so many more episodes to go, I know I may not even end up finishing this, but heck, I’m so going down with this couple.
Woo Jae is such a charming leading man, so charming I am falling hard for him as much as he is falling hard for Seo Young. It’s a heart thingy I tell you because many actors have played a similar role before. It’s the way he plays out his charming antics around Seo Young. He’s confident but not so much arrogant or cocky, he’s opinionated but doesn’t push his views on others unless treated unfairly (like how Seo Young affects him with her ignorant and oblivious ways), and he’s just a hopeless romantic (unintentionally) when it comes to Seo Young. He reminds me of a mature Choi Jin Wook (of Baby Faced Beauty played by Choi Daniel) who once sets his mind and eyes on the person he likes, goes all out. To do everything in order to make things right for the girl, and at times annoy her until she gives him the attention he wants. Seo Young calls Woo Jae an annoying butthead for constantly imposing himself on her, but all I see is a super uber adorable hottie Lee Sang Yoon-faced Woo Jae courting the girl he likes in the most annoying yet amusing ways.
Seo Young is so icy cold and blunt that she irritates people around her. I knew right off the bat I would fall for this OTP because of the stark personality differences. Woo Jae may be indifferent when his parents are around but in heart I think he’s a genuinely endearing person who cares when one needs it. He does have his egoistic ways (what man doesn’t), and may be a tad irrationally bad-tempered when it calls for it, but in essence he’s just a normal person who wants to be appreciated and understood, and will also give the same when he wants to. I love it when he analyses his faults and starts putting things right immediately, no wishy washy indecisiveness and no dilly dallying in making amends. Woo Jae is sincere and he owns up when he’s aware.
Seo Young is cold inside out, a character built out of years of endurance and self-preservation. The way I see Seo Young is exactly the same way Woo Jae views her, as a person. That’s why it’s even more romantic that he’s going all out to pry into her closed and icy cold heart. I love it when drama OTPs go this route, the breaking down of barriers, the slow and gradual understanding of each other. It’s a bit too fast IMO for a 50-ep drama, but in a way I’m also curious how writer Seo will fill the drama up.
Lee Sang Yoon and Lee Bo Young are rawking their OTP romance with so much chemistry that I’m starting to get all crazy ideas about them getting together in RL, if not for their already solid relationships with Nam Sang Mi and Ji Sung respectively. But then again, shipping RL is kinda stupid. As long as my drama OTP is intact, I’m all happy and good!
The last time I shipped a drama OTP in a 50-ep drama and stopped after things just went down the drain being all draggy (Gloria), I was all sour and glum. I hope I will have at least the patience to hang on until the end. I have no idea how long will things maintain until the MAJOR conflict comes in, until things are revealed in the open. But I so hope drama continues to give me the cuteness that is of Woo Jae and Seo Young. Because they are just so meant for each other CUTE.
Have a MDSY MV (with spoilers until recent eps):
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