Notes on Coffee Prince, the Novel
(Random) SONG OF THE DAY
Brown Eyes – “이 노래” (This song) [ zShare download ]
I picked up the novel Coffee Prince Store #1 a few days ago and started reading. (Yes, it is only available in Korean, as far as I know.) I don’t usually read novels in Korean, but figured this would be good practice.
A few interesting points:
Han Gyul is introduced as a “dandy boy.”
Han Gyul has bought Coffee Prince from Mr. Hong, who’s never had success running the cafe. He sent Mr. Hong specifications for a hiring notice, which requires potential part-time workers (males only!) to: have a killer smile, be the type to be popular with older girls, have excellent skills, be single, be over 175cm tall, have a good body. (Eun Chan sees the notice, finds that it’s the perfect job for her, since she meets all the qualifications — except the gender part.)
Eun Chan has a good-looking, boyish face that the girls love. She doesn’t like being called “oppa” despite that the neighborhood girls like to follow her around. She’s so popular with the girls that they pick numbers to stand by to wait for her. Buuuut… as I’m only through chapter 1, I’m not positive if all those girls know she’s a she. I would assume they do. But they call her “oppa” (in fun) anyway. It’s a weird situation, that’s for sure.
Eun Sae, always getting in trouble for ditching school to go on singing auditions, is the type to do well at home but choke in the actual audition performance, and thus has not yet been successful.
Mr. Gu, the butcher, is a failed poet who writes verses about meat (and meat-related life issues). Ha!
Eun Chan loves nothing more than meat. She drools at the thought of it, and when eating, blocks out everything else. Even other “important” issues are pushed to the side with thoughts of food, which always dance around in the back of her mind. The only two things in the world that can rouse her from the stupor induced by food are her mother and her sister.