There’s a new weekend drama on the horizon, and while weekenders aren’t always the most exciting offerings, this one has my attention because of the pedigree of the folks involved. I’m a little perplexed but definitely intrigued about Cheongdam-dong Alice, the SBS series slated to follow Five Fingers, which is a week from its own premiere.
First off, the drama is courting Moon Geun-young (Cinderella’s Sister) for the lead role, and her reps have confirmed that she’s “seriously considering” the project. She’s worked with one of its writers previously, Kim Ji-woon, whose credits include psychological thriller Tale of Two Sisters (which Moon Geun-young did when she was 15).
Yet, this is presumably going to be a romantic comedy. I know. Enter the perplexity. But a second and more junior scriptwriter, Kim Jin-hee, appears to be the main writer, having previously worked on Tree With Deep Roots and Queen Seon-deok. PD Jo Soo-won worked on dramas Swallow the Sun and Heaven’s Tree.
It’s possible that the drama will differ quite a bit from its source material, but assuming it doesn’t, let’s take a look at the original novel: Cheongdam-dong Audrey, written by author Lee Hye-kyung, is a romantic comedy set in the (small, posh) world of Cheongdam-dong. That’s the name of one of Seoul’s neighborhoods located in the Kangnam district: It’s ritzy, expensive, image-conscious, and fashion-forward.
In keeping with the locale’s fashion bent, the book’s heroine makes knock-offs of designerwear, her ultimate goal being to open an internet shopping mall. She has had a hard time trusting men after being betrayed by her first love in her freshman year at college. She’s also acting as mother to her sister’s child after unni died.
Then she meets the hero, who’s the president of a designer shop in Cheongdam-dong. Naturally. He’s noticed the heroine often and pursues her, after which point they “become close like lovers” (so… not lovers then?). Until complications arise, of course, including the reappearance of her first love, an incident regarding her knock-offs, and a host of other troubles.
I see the pieces, but not how they’re going to fit together. The drama appears to be a straight-forward romance with the standard obstacles, and its distinguishing characteristic is its location-specific tone. (Although, let’s be honest; tons of dramas are set in Cheongdam-dong / Kangnam / Apgujeong-dong anyway, whether it’s explicitly stated or not.)
Well, I’ll be waiting for updates on this one. Based on Five Fingers’ running time, Cheongdam-dong Alice will likely premiere in December.
Via Herald M