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Kang So-ra offered fantasy-romance drama as 699-year-old barista fairy

Yup, you read that right. Kang So-ra (Revolutionary Love) is considering her next drama, and the fantasy-romance series has me intrigued: It’s called Gyeryong Fairy Tale, where Gyeryong is a location in the province of Chungcheong (note: the latter part means “tale of a fairy” rather than the “fairy tale” genre of stories). Given how much I enjoy watching Kang So-ra and how disappointed I’ve been in recent projects from her, I’m hoping for a better result this time.

Gyeryong Fairy Tale is based on a Naver webtoon and centers around a 699-year-old fairy from Gyeryong mountain who lives through Goryeo and Joseon times, who then becomes a barista. That’s a strange trajectory if I ever saw one. She is on the hunt for her reincarnated husband and her winged clothing, which recalls the famous folktale about the woodcutter who married a fairy when he hid her winged clothes to prevent her from returning to her heavenly home. (Yes, I have huge problems with this fairy tale.)

The role Kang So-ra has been offered is the main character of the fairy, who lost her winged clothing after taking a bath in a pond (because the woodcutter stole them!) and then married the woodcutter who came to her aid (after first disarming and isolating her!). But in this drama, the husband loses his footing on a precipice and falls to his death, and ever since then the fairy has been waiting for him to be reincarnated. She now works as a barista, and to ordinary people she appears as a grandmother but retains her youthful appearance in front of certain people with whom she has a special connection. She also possesses the power of being able to talk to plants.

The plot is certainly attention-grabbing, and I’m in the mood for an innovative story. Hopefully PD Kim Yoon-chul brings the quirky story to life; I have liked many of his previous dramas, like the contemplative Could We Marry?, the intense Que Sera Sera, and of course the seminal My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. (We’ll just ignore Madam Antoine, shall we?)

Gyeryong Fairy Tale is being considered for a tvN slot later this year.

Via Joongang, TV Daily

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Just like cinderella, I guess there's always a version of this story in every culture, LOL 😂
In our version the fairies don't have wings but they have magic scarf that can make them fly to heavenly home.
I'm gonna pass this. I've seen too many adaption of this story from movies, tv series to school drama! I even played as one of the fairy.

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Ha! I didn't see your comment before writing mine. But yeah, there are a lot of versions of this story.

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Playing one of the fairies has to be better than playing one of the evil step-sisters.

* slinks off to hide in corner *

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Yeah, I'm the less attractive one so the farmer didn't steal my scarf 😂

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That was my first role in a grammar school play. By the time I got to high school, I wised up and worked behind the scenes on the stage crew. ;-)

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Hah me too. I'm going to pass this. In Indonesia, this story has been adapt in many stories with different ending 😂

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I am very intrigued. Is she looking for her husband for revenge? To get him to give back her clothes? Because she loves him and misses him? And how come he hasn't been reincarnated yet? Is it a punishment for trapping her and stealing her clothes? Or has she just missed intermediate incarnations?

Also, the Woodcutter and the Fairy story reminds me of the selkie stories. Which, really, is kind of sad that "trapping a mystical woman and forcing her to marry you" is a reoccurring trope across folktales worldwide.

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Oh I like the idea that she's looking for him to take revenge!

It's of course possible that the first fall off the precipice wasn't entirely an accident either! Maybe he has been reincarnated quite a few times because ... well let's just say she made him reincarnate a lot more often than he would have done if he hadn't messed with the wrong Fairy.

I'm not holding my breath that this is going to happen in this drama of course, but that version would be very funny.

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This sounds like something OCN will do XD

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Get the clothes back first, then "make him reincarnate".

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I dislike those woodcutter/selkie kidnapping folktales in their different variations, though I do appreciate how the fairy/selkie would manage to find the robe/skin again and ditch the kidnapper/husband. In those stories, I don't think any of the fairies/selkies encountered their skin/robe again and were like "yeah. I want to stay here on earth and continue being with my kidnapper husband."

I have so many of the same questions you did about what this fairy is looking for. I'm curious to see what trajectory we're going with. And would the reincarnation of the woodcutter be a nice guy? But waiting 600+ years for the reincarnation to give me back my means of getting home...I would feel very annoyed...even murderous.

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Wait so they're gonna make Sora a grandma?! The story seems like a mess tbh and her past works *RL,W&C* have been subpar. But that being said I love Sora so much I'm willing to watch this, wonder who her grandpa husband will be

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The story featured the fairy in both her old and youthful selves, which is her true appearance. The premise was certainly quirky but the webtoon author's writing somehow made it work, so maybe the production team should consult her for the script.

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Thanks for the heads-up, JavaBeans! I'm going into Gong Yoo overload with the description of the plot. It sounds like COFFEE PRINCE meets GOBLIN, with a sex change. If the fairy's a tomboy, then it's Eun-chan, not Han Gyul, who does the Kim Shin trip.

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talking to plants. that´s enough. all plants? or only the cute ones? don´t neglect meat-eating or smelly plants.

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Definitely do not neglect carnivorous plants. ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7SkrYF8lCU

Tip of the hat to Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops.

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Am picturing her hanging out in a plantation, sweet-talking the coffee plants for extra tasty beans or something like that ><

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I’m sitting here, desperately praying for this to be good. You’ve done Kang So-ra dirty too many times, dramaland! It’s been dud after dud for her after Misaeng and it makes me sad. Neighborhood Lawyer wasn’t bad, but it was hardly noteworthy and her character left much to be desired.

Pleasebegoodpleasebegoodpleasebegood.

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Well I guess with this I can say: Gone are the days of goblins, aliens, time travelers, and vampires... we now usher in the new era with fairies! LOL

Anyways the premise sounds like it could either work in a weird way, or be a complete mess. I actually think that if they left the premise as is, with the woodcutter who steals her winged clothes, and then their relationship, and then him truly falling for her and feeling sorry for what he did, and then returning her clothes to her, and then in the end she chooses to stay with him or go (up to her). A premise like this sounds a lot more interesting, and a lot less messy that going on to reincarnation and a fairy that looks like a grandma to some and a hot woman to others lol. So I hope that they just stick to the first portion of the synopsis, and ditch the latter part.

Anyways I just hope that if Kang Sora takes this role, that it will finally be a good role, otherwise I hope she passes on this.

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Hopefully this isn't as tragic as Ayashi no Ceres (another take on the "stolen wings"/hagoromo story)...

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That reminds of Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent."

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I'm probably one of the few who liked Revolutionary Love; it was funny. But I hope Kang Sora will get a project that gives her due recognition - she hasn't had a good project handed to her since 2014! This sounds really cute and interesting. Hoping for good writing and a good male lead.

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I'm a bit turned off by the plot.

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Anything, ANYTHING! has to be better than ‘Revolutionary Love’ which was unwatchable. Kang So Ra was so ill-served by that wretched show that I felt for her.

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Don't tempt the Drama Gods like that. They might accept the challenge :O

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Maybe the Drama Gods were competing to see if they could beat "Warm and Cozy" for sheer waste of talent and viewers' time?

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Finally a show where the female is a fantasy being instead of the male I hope if kang sora accepts it isn't a let down like her previous romance dramas

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Err.. I had Seo Ji-hye in mind for this role ever since I heard for this remake for the first time 😅 Kang So-ra is OK too, it's just that I'm not exactly wow with her. She seems to be picky in choosing her projects, unfortunately most of them failed to make her shine and memorable. Good luck for her for this time!

PD is good, so hopefully the writer is good too. I might checking this one when it's out later - hope the male lead is good!

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I got excited when I read the news yesterday. Now I am shaking my head after reading the story. I'd love it she hunts him down for revenge.

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PD Kim Yoon Chul is quite active in recent years. He produce one drama each year wow... Hope mybother fav PD takebthe same path haha. Well, they employe a new writers again? make me curious about the quality.

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Fantasies seem hot right now, especially with the success of Along With The Gods. I love fantasies so I say keep them coming!

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So she's waiting for hubby to reincarnate, but...
... what if he comes back as a cockroach, which is what he deserves.

Would she even recognize him? Would he be able to talk? Could he tell her even if she threatens to smash him with a shoe?

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This thread just got me promoted to Wrongly Accused Fugitive! Depending on how much they tweak the story, that might mean I have something in common with a certain cockroach :)

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At the moment I read the title, "the barista fairy" I was imagining Kang So Ra being the new look of the Summer Fairy in Hwayugi. It's still really sad that she's dead before we learned the real truth about her tragedy :'(

Anyway I'm looking forward to this. Kang So Ra (if she accept) is a great actress but sadly some of her projects didnt come up really well (the worst of them all is the recent RL, and I blamed the story for it).

Also, she has the ability to talk the plants? If it means controlling the plants, I still can accept it. But talking? I mean, do they really talk? :D :D But it's unique, thought. I havent read the webtoon so we'll just see how it's going to make the story interesting

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I don't know if the plants can talk back, but they're probably really good listeners.

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I dont think they just listen --I can also talk to my plants if they just listen. I think there are some way they can communicate with each other

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Nah. This is a mainstream romance drama so this will probably be Disneyfied. The husband doesn't steal the clothes, but a new villain is the culprit. Bonus points if the husband dies trying to get the clothes back and the villain pins the clothes stealing on him, which gives rise to the problematic fairytale.

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The villian will be a hugely successful fashion designer in the modern setting. He uses the fairy-cloth to inspire him and kick-start his career.

The husband can be a low-key, honest living, poor tailor.

Through this drama we'll get massive clothing brands PPL where even the cleaners wear trendy clothes.

Only the fairy will be a poor barista, because all female lead in kdrama is poor (but with the latest and most expensive Samsung phone, of course!)

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Euhhh it might be for thr mainstream consumption

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Here's what it says about the drama at Asianwiki:

In the Goryeo period, Sun Ok-Nam was a fairy. She came down to this world and took a bath at a waterfall on Gyeryong Mountain. While she took the bath, a woodcutter took her fairy clothes and hid them. Because of this, Sun Ok-Nam could not go back to Heaven. She then married the woodcutter and they had two children together, but her husband died from falling off of a cliff. Sun Ok-Nam tried to find her fairy clothes, but she still could not locate it. Needing her fairy clothes, she decides to wait for husband to be reincarnated.

Now in the present day, she makes coffee at a cafe on Gyeryong Mountain and waits for her reincarnated husband. Finally, after 699 years, she gets a feeling that one of the two men visiting her cafe from Seoul is her reincarnated husband. Sun Ok-Nam is not sure which one of the two men is her husband. She decides to follow them to Seoul to find out.

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Great, another cliff of doom. Lee Jun-ki should stay far away from this drama.

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All signs are pointing towards Kang So-Ra needing new management; although I will say, Revolutionary Love should have been a win. It just should have...

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I heard that she is her own boss?...

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Her cousin is the one who is managing her agency,Plum Entertainment. Other artists with the same label - Im Si-wan, Min Hyo-rin (as far as I know). I'm not sure what is her position in her agency aside from an artist but i think just like you said, she is her own boss.

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@sooyi @seralovestteobokki
That's really interesting. I didn't know she manages herself, really cool. I think it's time for her to get some assistance though. Her last 3 projects have been questionable at best.

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Hmm Yoon Hyun-min has been offered the male lead. Is he good?

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Sung Hyuk currently in Hwayuji would be great as the male lead please? I hope Kang So Ra doesn't play Ms Angry pants like she did in RL cos she is such a kick ars* actor with visually stunning looks that this might be the drama that gives her momentum to shine. Anyway I'll watch and support KSR cos it's KSR ❤️

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Omg, he's always great.

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I mean Yoon Hyun Min.

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Yoon Hyun Min is great!

Now if both Kang Sora and Yoon Hyun Min would sign on then its a must watch for me.

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I'm reading the webtoon which is neaing its end and all I can say is that the story actually delves more about forgiveness and life-long friendship between the three leads. So I hope the writer doesn't butcher the original plot.

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It's better for the production to make it clear if this is going to be loosely adapted or not, so it is easier to make expectation.

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where can i read the webtoon ?

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I adore this webtoon! It's so delightfully strange that I'm not actually sure how it will translate into a drama, but i definitely want to see them try! I mean, how in the world are they going to put on screen her daughter, who is sometimes a tiger, and sometimes a cat, and writes erotic gay romance novels for a living?

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You read the webtoon too?! Haha I felt like the only one defending the authencity of the plot and that it is not your typical modern Cinderella-esque story 👍

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Interesting plot. I haven’t seen her dramas after Misaeng and I really want to seen her in a good drama. Also, I know Lee JungSuk just finished WYWS but I’m still waiting for my Kwak couple happy ending so can we please have him as her leading man in this drama?

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So if she lost her wings after taking a bath in the pond, then wouldn't have been easy to find them by asking the eyewitneses (plants)?

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There is a story in the Arabian Nights like this folk tale. The girl was a swan and she leaves the husband when she gets a hold of her "dress that turns her into a swan." There is no reincarnation though; the couple separates and then reunites in the same lifetime.

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I'll take anything, as long as it erases my memories of Her Previous Drama That Shall Not Be Named. 699-year-old barista fairy? Sold.

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On the other hand, I like this type/variation of stolen wing story cause it always end up with the fairy left the one who stole her wings,
it gives a message about not using anyone because the result will be an insincere and unfulfilling relationship.

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I like Kang So-ra, but I just can't into the fantasy-romance genre. I'm also not a fan of reincarnation plots. Sigh.

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Can't wait to air this new drama of Kang So Ra.. I'm forever a super fan of her!

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*sigh* how glorious it would be to have another Kim Sam Soon-level hit especially starring Kang Sora and Yoon Hyun Min 🤞🏽

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I will always have a soft spot for Kang Sora, so just like Javabeans I really want her to get that hit with her next drama. I always felt like she never had an eye for dramas after Misaeng, so here's hoping this drama will be the special one.

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I hope this will be good. Revolutionary Love was an epic fail. She needs a good drama. I thought after Misaeng she already knew how to pick a winner.

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