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[Theme of the Month] Happily never after

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to watch a rom-com or romance. Love and romance are never lacking in dramas and while I love a good happy ending, I often find myself thinking about the star-crossed lovers who didn’t get a happily ever after. For every OTP that rides off into the sunset together, there’s another couple that fate decides to keep apart.

Did your hero or heroine fall victim to the Truck of Doom? Were you rooting for the second lead? Was there a time travel plot? I’ve learned that if I watch a drama involving time travel, I need to steel myself and not get too emotionally invested in the lead couple, because no matter how strong your love is, there are times when love can’t conquer all.

Which happily never afters touched you the most? Tell us about the happily never after that broke your heart or remained with you long after the drama ended.

(Thank you to solangelvp for the theme suggestion!)

 
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  • Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on February 23. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!

 
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Queen In-hyun's man immediately comes to my mind when I think of a time travel story with a perfect happy, romantic ending <3 ahhh

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Queen In Hyun's Man is probably my #1 drama of all times (well co-#1 with Dae Jang Geum)

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It's not my #1 drama (though I do love it!), but I've always said that Boong-do is pretty much my perfect man. Cute, nerdy, a little awkward... GIMME!!!

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I love Queen In-Hyun’ Man! It’s prob in my Top 5 dramas of all time.

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Reply 1998 comes to mind. my dear Jung-hwan had no Happy ending

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Heck, we didn't even know what kind of ending he had! I'm still mad at the writers for not telling us.

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Didn't he have a W ending..
came out of the movie, found his girl and is enjoying life since ever after.

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My exact thought... Luckily he got the girl in real life

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He changed his name to Ryu Junyeol and is now dating this girl called Hyeri who , omg omg, looks exactly like Deoksun!

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Your comment cracked me up haha. Yes, happy they're still doing well. And Junghwan's been busy doing movies lately.

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The Smile Has Left Your Eyes immediately comes to mind.

Wait, so we are not celebrating Valentine’s Day? Cheers to breakups and separation 🥂, I guess?🤷🏻‍♀️

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Reading all the later comments, I guess I misunderstood the theme, completely 🤦🏻‍♀️.

Ok, if this is about shipping the wrong ship, my picks are...
1) Ryu Jun Yeol, Reply 1988 (still 🤬)
2) Park Seo Joon, Kill Me Heal Me
3) Seo In Guk, Master’s Sun
4) Chan, 30 but 17
5) Jung Kyung Ho, Endless Love
6) Park Min Young, Ja Myung Go

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Wait, so you rooted for Park Min Young in Ja Myung Go? That was the drama that convinced me she should play more villains. She was pretty evil in that, wasn't she? She caused the downfall of her kingdom.

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Haha, yeah~ poor girl fell for the wrong guy.

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Do we only write about romantic love? Or is the term "love" open to interpretation?

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I wanna know too... though I never manage to finish a theme post. XD asking @stroopwafel?

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Hi @gadis, yes, romantic love (sort of an anti-Valentine's ode). :)

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Dramabeans featuring subversive "anti-Valentine's ode" in February? Perfect antidote to excessive saccharinity!

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This suits me ahahaha.

In all seriousness, it’s a great theme. The love stories that stayed with me the most are the ones that couldn’t get their happy ever after. I’m thinking historical dramas. *shakes fist at Fate*

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Drama god is merciless. It keeps reinforces the message that ultimately it is Fate which brings lovers back together, but ultimately it also has the power to tear them apart.

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They were not the lead couple but Earnest Bot and Princess Jae-shin in the King 2 Hearts deserved their happy ending!!! I cried buckets of tears for what happened to them😭😭😭

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OMG, there's time I was more invested to their love story than the main couple.
I don't understand why earnest bot had to be killed off, it didn't served any purpose.

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Exactly. If the death actually is justified in a narrative sense it would be heartbreaking but understandable. In this case, the death of Ernest Bot is senseless therefore rage-inducing.

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lol GEE, THANKS A LOT

I hadnt thought about that just long enough to think I was over it, and now I am crushed all over again.

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Still hurts me to this day. 💔

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I'm still scarred by that one. I literally went through a packet of tissues, because not only did that end the romance, it also ended a great bromance. *sniff*

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I knoooow ! They deserved soooo much better than what life gave them in the end!

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Every time I try to forget this one, someone reminds me... *SOB*

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This one is not famous, and the end is not necessarily unhappy, but I feel... just impossible. Three dads and one mom, with Eugene.
The three in love with her, but she didn't seem to be in love with them.
The drama is silly somehow, but sweet and they made me cry once in a while, mostly at the end, when they realised how much she did for them even without knowing it.

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SO TRUE!

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@javinne, I agree! THREE DADS AND ONE MOM was a cute show, with Daddy's three best bros pitching in to help out Mom. And Shin Sung-rok played a cop, not a villain, woo hoo! ;-)

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He was in that? I need to rewatch!

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My exact thoughts!

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Yeah... i really truly liked Shin Sung-rok in there. He was amazing.

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Shin Sung-rok is even better in HYENA (tvN, 2006). Beware the show's 19+ rating for raunchiness -- although SSR's character is dignified and well-behaved. It was apparently his first significant TV drama performance, complete with a very moving piano ballad to underscore the heartbreak. What a voice. A fervent prayer, it's towards the end of ep. 9, and starts at about 52:45. I've posted the lyrics as rendered by WITH S2 on my fan wall.
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/711122/

Kim Min-jong and Oh Man-seok also sing in the course of the show. Weirdly, these solo pieces are not included in the OST.

https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Hyena

http://asianwiki.com/Hyena_(Korean_Drama)

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I started 3 dads 1 mom, but not even for SSR could I get very far. I skipped to the end to find out if my hunch was correct. It was.

SSR was the most interesting of the 3 dads though.

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The picture is the answer. Moon Lovers💔
The moment Wang So hugged Hae Soo’s urn of ashes is when I lost it.

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Love story between the drama amd the viewers also really heartbreaking. We want more, the story could give more, but the circumstances (a.k.a tv rating) said no...

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Yeah. We, the viewers, deserved more than what they gave us. Sigh

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That drama is a mess. Not only Wang So and Hee Soo did not get their happily ever after, we did not get one either since the ending is like "...Huh? That's the ending? Or did this episode get cut off prematurely at the end?"

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Queen for 7 Days! Oh, their separation broke my heart! Even more so when Yeok had the dream where they had children together and lived a peaceful life. What really brought it home was when after 38 years, they finally reunite.
"I love you. I love you. I love you. My husband."
"Just once is enough."
*Wipes away tears*

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*sobs* I still couldn't bring myself to watch the last episode of Seven Day Queen.

This is one drama I knew heading in would break my heart but the journey was so rewarding that I was willing to be the moth flying into the all consuming flame.

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@kimbapnoona,
The staging of SEVEN DAY QUEEN'S final reunion scene was incredibly beautiful and touching. Yes, it hit me like a ton of bricks, just like Heo Joon's walking through the gateway did in MIRROR OF THE WITCH. And I wouldn't have it any other way. ;-)

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Thank you @pakalanapikake for letting me know that the ending is beautiful.....one day I will muster enough courage to let myself get hit by a ton of bricks in all of its glory 😭😭😭

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@pakalanapikake is right. Yes, they got separated but the ending was nothing but perfect. It was so beautiful~

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wait, what?! they met after 38 years? How did I miss that?!? do i need to watch the whole thing again 🤔

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@gmelenco Mel,

Did you watch the final episode? Watch it carefully in its entirety without fast-forwarding. It is poetic.

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I did!... and I didn’t ff
I think I might’ve just been crying my eyes out that I missed it..!?

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@gmelenco Mel,

A lot happens in the final episode, which I just rewatched. I'm not certain whether Yeok actually stopped by Chae-kyung's residence on his return from Yeonsangun's place of exile, or whether it was a dream. A definite dream sequence follows. In another scene, Chae-kyung sews hanbok for Yeok and sends it to him.

At about 58:00, against the backdrop of the palace courtyard, the chyron states the year as 1544, 38 years later (39th year of King Jung Jong). Indoors, after a physician takes his pulse, the King calls for Eunuch Song. Later, a palanquin enters the palace gate. Notice what happens when the woman passes through an inner door.

Does that help? I hope so. ;-)

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@gmelenco Mel,

PS -- Notice the hanbok the King gets dressed in. Recognize it? It's the one Chae-kyung made for him.

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Oh wow! Thank you so much for writing this!! But is that his death bed ?!!? 😭😭😭😭

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@gmelenco Mel,

You're most welcome. You might have to watch a couple of times to catch the subtleties.

*finger to lips* ;-)

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Kim Shin and Chae Eun-soo from Story of A Man comes to mind. I think it's the only drama with sad ending that doesn't make me mad about it.

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Oh the sad sad City Hunter... I am still heartbroken thinking about this poor boy being abandoned by everyone, including his girl...

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The ending could have been written better, for sure, but he was with his girl at the end. It’s just that the way they ending was written/directed made it subject to being seen as a dream or vision. I read an article in which either the writer or director said unequivocally that it wasn’t a dream, but reality. Still, it was a lame ending for such a fantastic drama.

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I have read this article too, but I still think this ending was just fun service.

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I was really mad at the way City Hunter ended.

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Ive never really had second lead syndrome, but looking back the girl deserved choi siwon in She Was Pretty. He was much kinder to her. So. Much.

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*feeds you a slice of Danmuji*
I like Park Seo-joon as an actor but his character was so mean that he was undeserving of the heroine. Si-won doesn't deserve to be sad.

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exactly! this was my first drama and I was enamoured by PSJ, but rewatching a few clips I was aghast at my lack of... insight. He was almost toxic. Thank god he changed. but still.

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Hahaha for sure we have our own growth arcs as critical viewers. The difference now I consciously and actively ignore some of these types of cringe if I still enjoy the other elements of the shows.

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Once upon a time, hostile bosses were fetishized.
Maybe we’re still in that time🤷🏻‍♀️.
They still giving Park Seo Joon these roles.🤦🏻‍♀️

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Despite the considerable sexiness of PSJ, I abandoned that drama less than halfway through because I could not bear to see or hear one more second of that awful lead actress. I HATE that type of female lead, and I can’t stand to watch that actress, as that is apparently her specialty.

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I loveeeee Siwon so much but couldn't get myself to finish this show. I stopped when I realized there's no way Siwon is getting the girl. PSJ's character is such a butt, I still haven't watched another drama he's in. I know it's not his fault and it's not him but ughhhh I hated that character so much.

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PSJ himself is such a down-to-earth sweet guy. I've seen him on many variety shows and he's hilarious. his FMW character is much closer to his real personality. But I get how you feel. After seeing his character in WWWSK i was so put off.

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Was his character in WWWSK like that? Ugh why does he keep getting these roles?!

Maybe the real question is why are male leads made to be such mean jerks?

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His character in WWWSK was intentionally supposed to be a clueless egomaniac, in an over the top, humourous manner, and he played the part perfectly, and with great enjoyment. His ego causing him to assume everything was about him was a big part of what made the show so funny and enjoyable. That type of drama isn’t something I would usually watch, but I found it hilarious and charming, mostly because of PSJ’s character and performance.

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I read somewhere that he wanted to play that role because it was the complete opposite of how he is in real life. Gotta stretch those skills

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I actually hated the FL so much, I was happy Siwon wasn't left with that mess.
Also, I believe this theme is perfect for RH and Rocky ^^

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right? But I'd be ridiculous at this point to write a 500-1000 word post about their doomed love. (oh gosh it's practically writing itself).

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@justme,
My first case of Second Lead Syndrome was triggered by Siwon in SHE WAS PRETTY. I didn't know what hit me. ;-)

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Am I the only one who didn't like Si-won's character in She Was Pretty? I mean, besides lying about who he was, I guess he was an okay human, but I absolutely had no SLS there. Yes, Park Seo-joon's character was a jerk at first, but at least among all the lead characters he wasn't pretending to be anyone else.

I'm not sure I've ever really liked any of Choi Si-won's roles. Maybe I just don't like him.

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Yeah, I liked his character in She Was Pretty, but not as a love interest. He was too goofy I guess. And then manipulating her with the story about his dead sister who was actually a dog and then comparing her to the dog LOL He just seemed like fun and a good friend but not boyfriend material. I haven't seen him in any other roles yet...

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I didn’t watch the drama that long, but I didn’t think he was that special. Anyone who liked that horrible screeching female lead was immediately an unrealistic, unbelievable character as far as I was concerned. Plus, the entire story was so stupid and badly directed, all of the characters were awful.

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No, you're not the only one. He was a really good guy underneath all the crazy but I badly wanted to see him get on some meds.

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Yes, absolutely.

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Y'all are RUTHLESS!!! I love it HAHAHA

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I am with you. Everybody says that Seo-Joon's character was a jerk.But nobody questions how inadequate the girl was (the actress herself is always annoying). He came to save a business, he had no time to sweet talk to a fumbling idiot. Till her friend pointed out, she didn't even bother to get the basic knowledge. He never judged her for her looks. It never mattered to him.

Choi Si-won character was never into her until he realized he cant have her. He seemed too shallow.

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Is this one all about second lead syndrome? Because I’m sure a novel could be written on every Reply series ever.

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I started watching dramas after Reply series had ended so I was lucky to be able to shield myself from SLS by finding out who are the end games after reading about the intense shipping wars. But for me, Tae-woong oppa in Reply 1997 actually never felt like a real challenge for me or real option for Shi-won unlike second leads in 1994 and 1988.

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There was no contest in 1997, but the war of 1988 was for real 😅

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My thoughts exactly, there was no real war in RM97 because it was obvious who the husband was. And of course Seo In Guk.

But RM88 was brutal. I’m glad I didn’t watch it live when it was aired.

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There was no contest in 1994 neither. And 1988 was disapointing :p

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Seriously, I knew all the spoilers and the endgame before I marathoned R88 in one go. And I'm the type who never gets SLS (well I guess till this day, R88 remains the only exception)
Still had a mental breakdown at the 18th/19th ep.
Even amidst my heartbreak I was curious to how the finale would turn out since I knew the spoilers. But well... let's just say after R88 I'm scarred LOL
(Good thing I've recently let go of my R88 trauma- Thanks to Bogum in Encounter!)

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That's why I liked 97 more than the others. There was that heartbreak with Junhee but yeah, no real competition there.

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OMG yes, @earthna!! How can I forget one of the most heartbreaking unrequited love stories in Dramaland worthy of a Happily Never After post! (and still possibly the most well-handled same-sex loveline in mainstream Asian dramas.

Our consolation as viewers is that Writer-nim does show us in the end that Joon-hee seems to be able to move on from his first love and finds his happiness elsewhere.

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@kimbapnoona,
There's a touching unrequited same-sex loveline in PERSONAL TASTE between Lee Min-ho's architect character and the gallery director. And an absolutely heartbreaking one with a reverse twist between Shin Sung-rok's character and the dippy medical resident nicknamed Conch in HYENA.

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"Why do I like you? Because it's you."

/cries in a corner

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@pakalanapikake Yes! Personal Taste! I haven't seen a lot of people talk about that drama but it's my fave LMH drama. Now, I miss it and want to rewatch.

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@kimbapnoona, @earthna,

In PRINCE OF THE LEGEND / BOOK OF THREE HANS / JUMONG, here's a loveline between hermaphrodite Sa-yong (Bae Soo-bin), tactician for Jalbon paramount chieftain Yeon Ta-bal, and Jumong's lieutenant, Hyop-bo (Lim Dae-ho). They have quite the mutual admiration society, but their jobs often take them in divergent directions. Their parting is permanent when So Seo-no resigns as Empress of Koguryeo to found a new kingdom in the south for her sons to rule: Baekje.

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Wait, @pakalanapikake, there is a hermaphrodite character in a K-drama? That's is the most surprisingly awesome thing I have all day!!

Even though I never finished Personal Taste, I do remember that the gallery director's feelings for LMH were treated respectfully in the show. Thank you for reminding me!!

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Re: @kimbapnoona
February 2, 2019 at 5:15 PM

I was surprised, too, when I recently watched JUMONG. Soon after he is introduced to Jumong and the boys, Sa-yong says something about having both sets of parts, if I understood the subtitles correctly. He is soft-spoken and has a quiet, unflappable demeanor, and is an able fighter when the caravan is attacked, which is often. IIRC, he-man Hyop-bo is put off by his ambiguity, but admires Sa-yong's nimble mind and talent for strategizing. They end up commiserating on their involuntary single status.

There are plenty of other thwarted romances in JUMONG, and in KINGDOM OF THE WINDS, too.

That scene in ep. 7 of PERSONAL TASTE was so well done. Kudos to Ryoo Seung-ryong as gallery Director Choi Do-bin, and LMH.

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i have been on the right ship each reply series, but even IIII was surprised when it turned out to be cannon lol. Especially 88. I shipped the right couple but when it started I was like WAIT WHAT?

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Hello, my name is Jisoo and I am looking for love....

I am tempted to finally write that "Jisoo never gets the girl" piece I've been pondering.

But then again... there's this show called Circle...

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That right! You want a love story there. That electrifying chemistry you mentioned in our piece that never got published! Fighting! 😂😂😂

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It's okay, it's published on your blog now. The masses can finally read it.

To be serious, I can't help thinking that "Happily Never After" sounds like couples I think are doomed. And I do have a piece like that floating around...

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Oh gosh darnit, there's so many!!! All the 'what could've been' moments come to mind now..... And yes, for this Theme, I think Second Leads DO count:
- Reply 1988
- Moon Lovers
- Marriage Contract (the one drama I hoped to God that an unlogical-in-real-life-drama-logic type of medical miracle would happen) T....T
- Queen for 7 Days.... Is it really true that 'it's enough' just to know the person you love and are in love with (there's a difference, but those 2 things can definitely be felt by one person for another) is alive and well even though you're no longer able to be with them??
- Fated To Love You-- oh, Daniel Pitt, you and your puppy eyes
- She Was Pretty-- giiiiiirl, you be blind 10x over if love-blinded-ness was an actual thing
- even though I'm a Ye-Liner, I send my respects to all the MinHoYoungs out there
- MDBC, oh Yoon Sung (Jinyoung), had you not gotten the life taken outta you (literally), would you have gotten a fighting (pun not intended) chance? I'd like to hope so

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She was pretty

If its was your real life. Who would you choose? Your rich first love (who act really rude when you were in your lowest state but then slowly warming up) or a billion dollar writer who loves you even in your worst?

*just a fun question tho. Anyone who happen to read this, may answer if they will.😃😃😃😃

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In real life I’d pick That jerk you have feelings with - you can’t help who you love. Just saying 🤷‍♀️

Maybe in the course of your relationship you can change him and talk to him out of it, but it just doesn’t sit with me well if you’re only with the guy because he loves you. It’s not fair to him in any angle you look at. Especially if you know you’re not gonna grow to love him. It’s not fair for you too for lying to yourself.

If the jerk guy doesn’t change, love yourself and make yourself a priority. Try to get over him if he gets overly toxic. You’ll find someone worth loving for one day. If not, nothing is wrong being alone. You have other people - family and friends that love and care for you for sure ❤️

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Can I have a mix of both?? Hehe A guy who REALLY knows me because he's known me from childhood but also because he will--and does-- love me even when I am at my worst

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UGH, these comments are bringing back oooold woundsss (I should stop reading them, shouldnt I?) I AM NOT OVER MARRIAGE CONTRACT. IT HURT TOO MUCH. I AM SAD NOW

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But it hurts so gooood

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"Marriage Contract" will forever remain precious in my heart and in my Star Pocket forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever.... You get the point :)

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even though I'm a Ye-Liner, I send my respects to all the MinHoYoungs out there
LOL 😂
You are sweet and funny. I am a Ye-liner too. But even until the beginning of the last episode I remember I was afraid she would suddenly think Min ho was better, because she knew him longer and felt comfortable with him. I mean, he was all the time the "main lead", but I am so happy she knew her heart better! Dr. Ye, I love you! 😍😂😍😂

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Oooh yes the second lead in MDBC... still mad about that too...

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Yoon Sung ahhhhhh

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I just finished Marriage Contract, and I was in love with the story. Such devotion to a dying wife is hard to find. I have only found it one other place and that's, A Thousand Days' Promise, staring Kim Rae Won. Is it just me, or can Kim Rae Won get himself into some sad romantic fixes?

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Off the top of my head - Misty. Tragic tragic trash ending. Both of them loved each other, Hye Ran, feisty girl as she was did love her husband and felt an unfamiliar sparks with him at the beginning. Though throughout their marriage it felt like they were only together for the show, but she did love him. The husband loved, obsessed over her. What amazing end would it have been had he own up to his sins and dealt with them like a responsible human being. But nope, I guess to the very end, love wasn’t enough and their, errr I guess I meant his selfish desires and pride won.

As I was writing this post, it made me remember Rooftop Prince 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔 caged with living in different time periods, there’s just no way they can be together. I mean yeah he got reincarnated, but it just doesn’t feel the same to me. It still left me bittersweet seeing that end scene

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Oh yeah 49 Days too 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 Han Kang and the ghost lady (sorry forgot her name) and.............

😭😭😭😭😭 Scheduler and Yi Kyung. I mean there’s just no happy ending to that, really. So poignant but then again I couldn’t have asked a better ending. Wish it didn’t break my heart, but both couples did have closure, so I forgive the drama for poking at my vulnerable heart.

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49 days made my eyes swollen every single episode. That was really a tragic love story. I think JIW was perfect in that role as a Scheduler and I didn’t really care about the main couple.

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Right I was more invested in Schedule and Yi Kung’s story too, but then I remember how Han Kang loved the girl secretly and how genuine he was for her. I can’t forget the scene when she got her first tear and it revealed that it came from Han Kang, like 😭😭😭.

But yeah scheduler’s story stole the show for me too!

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Scheduler!!! Where I first fell in love with JIW~

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Misty - what a tragic train (er, car) wreck of an ending.

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I thought the most startling character in Misty was the pro-golfer! Wow! Did he ever put on a sexy show!

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Goblin...I’ll never forgive the writer for that ending. This would’ve been my favorite drama if not for that ending

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*screaming from the mountaintop* KUDO HINA DESERVED THE WORLD.

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TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS: So-yi and Chae-yoon; did you really have to die over an alphabet after all you've been through ?
speaking of alphabet:
SPLISH SPLASH LOVE: I know she had a new version of the guy, but it's not the same, and what about him??? their goodbyes on the raining beach was so beautiful and sad!!

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Why did your Tree With Deep Roots description make me laugh and cry T__T

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Same. Those were my exact thoughts.

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I really liked Splish Splash Love, for several reasons. It was short and to the point; I've watched so many Korean historical dramas so I caught all the little historical innuendos; and I liked the ending.

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The king in Splish Splash Love ended up having many concubines, so I guess he's quite happy with his life?

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Yoon ji Hoon from boys over flowers...And Taekwang from school 2015

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Blame Hanazawa Rui from Hana Yori Dango for it. He's the one who started all the doomed "nice second lead who didn't get the girl"

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I was wondering if anyone was going to mention BOF. That was my first drama where I got SLS. I didn't know anything about kdramas then so I stopped watching when I figured out Ji Hoon wasn't going to get the girl and Barrel Curls (that's what my daughter and I named Jun Pyo) was.

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No happy endings.... A few come to mind but let me start with the ones that infuriate me:
The King 2 Hearts' Princess and Her Bodyguard: So unfair!! ㅠ..ㅠ They deserved a happy ending.
Who Are You: School 2015's Bullied Kim So Hyun and Her Loyal Friend Yuk Sung Jae: He was the first one to recognize her, was supportive and encourage her to stand out for herself, then why? why? WHY? Why she choose Nam Joo Hyuk ? I still don't get it.
Gu Family Book's Half-Gumiho Lee Seung Gi and Human Suzy: In a story about creating our own destiny, the two lovers' fate couldn't be changed... Discouraging.
Goblin's The Hottest Goblin Gong Yoo and His Underaged Human Girlfriend: Contrary to GFB, here fate and destiny were an extremely powerful force, but then writer-nim decides mid-way to violate her own lore, only to back-stabbing us at the very end. Be consistent woman!!
Replay 1988's Deok Sun and Jung Pal: I do not get second-lead syndrome very often, still I was left heartbroken (and in denial) when this drama ended. I guess real-life Deok Sun must felt the same way I did ;p
The ones I actually liked and enjoyed:
Seven Day Queen's Star-Crossed Crowned Prince Yeo Woo Jin and His Beloved Chae Kyung: Painfully beautiful romance. After years of watching saeguks I have learnt that Joseon's love stories are full of drama and tragedy and this was no exception. It's sad and unfair but very realistic and consistent.
Lookout's Morally Doubtful Prosecutor Kim Young Kwang: Ok, not exactly a love story, yet a well deserved happily never after for a character that did awful things, for a good cause but still, so he needed to be punished. A great closure for his character.

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Also if I could ask for a second season of a drama... That'd be also Gu's Family Book. That part in the present was so. Good. But so short too

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I thought that episode was the best one of the bunch.

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My beloved drama Stairway to heaven! Song-joo and Jung-suh.

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Wow! Now that one was a long drawn out affair. I felt like I was dying along with Jung Seo. But the ending was sad enough that I could have filled up that ocean behind them.

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😭😭😭 this was one of my very first k-dramas and the litres of tears 😭😭😭

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I am like...really...really...tired of my brain associating all of these themes with APAD and Pretty Noona Who Hurt Me. I'd like to quietly put these dramas in a box and return them to the earth (or a pile of manure) and forget that they existed.

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But APAD has a happy ever after... more or less... hum.... unless you are team Min ho...🤔

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I will always sail on the good ship MinHo. Official Cheerleader and Librarian.

APAD stopped being happy long before the end with the way they treated the real lead. grr.

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Well, there you have enough material to write an essay. I belong to the Ye-liner from the very beginning, so I was ok with how it developed. The whole serie is not perfect in the way they treated not only Min ho, but some other characters as well... It lacked conclusions but still... I enjoyed watching the show. I think it was one of those shows you can watch again with your sister at least once, and comment on the poems and the heartwarming parts of it.

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It was a fun time to be on db but as for the drama itself...I think the hype and the interactions on the fanwall elevated the drama to seeming like it was better than it actually was? For me, knowing how it ends and knowing that it ends that way because of a wishy washy author who couldn't stay true to the story that she was telling and instead gave into the demands of a vocal part of the fans watching? No...I dont think I'll be rewatching this one. Or watching anything from this writer again.

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Again, your opinion is respectable. And yeah, the hype in DB around APAD was fun🙂✌😀
But maybe that is all part of the experience. I remember one of the beanie recappers saying she enjoyed recapping certain show (which was trash), because since nobody was watching or reading, she could add her own twist to the recap and did it as if she was talking to the characters and that's the only way she could finish the task. I was so curious I started to read the recaps as well, and yeah, she is fun.
I suppose, and it is good to say it, we were making the best of it. I will always remember the shipping war because we really didn't know who was going to win. I had lots of fun then 🙂😅😊😂😍

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Oh that photo. That drama. I was expecting at least a reunion on the present. Worthy of an entire episode,at least. And a truly happy ending. Lee Jun Ki..
We need a second season of that drama.

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Moon Lovers happyily never after - aauugghh! Don't remind me, it was such a killer. Now you've got me looking over the K-dramas I've watched for other fated opposite directions for our OTP.

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Like I said..... We need a proper second season! hahaha ;)

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Uncontrollably Fond. It wasn't just Eul that Joon-young left behind. You knew it was coming, but it didn't hurt any less for Eul....and Joon-young's family and friend.

A parent outlived their child. Who wants that.

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THIS!!! I knew from the beginning that I shouldn't watch it because it was destined to break my heart. The scene in front of the school is still one of my all time favorites.

"I skipped school because it's our 100th Day"

Sighhhhhh... another casualty of the DramFever demise #gonebutnotforgotten

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qB6h2U8AWo

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The loss of Dramafever still hurts.

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Lookout...

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Does that count? Lol

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Oh it has to be a love line?!?! NEVERMIND THEN
look I'm talking to myself again

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This is why I should READ the post PROPERLY before commenting. I just went "oh sad endings - oh lookout- oh wasn't really happy with the ending even if I was expecting it- that's happily never after in my book..." asdfghjkl

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This soliloquy you've been having in a corner over here is priceless. hahaha!

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It counts for me!! I wish they were able to be together but it just wasn't meant to be.

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One of the first Kdramas I watched that had every kind of heartbreak imaginable for one single character, was "Piano." Poor Han Jae Soo just couldn't convince anyone in his family that it was alright for him to love Lee Su Ah. About the time he convinced her it was alright, her brother would show up and convince her it wasn't alright. Han Jae Soo was alone in the end and so sad. This drama was the first time I saw Zo In Sung in a drama, and his acting absolutely knocked me out. I've watched everything I can find since then that he's been in and he never disappoints. I'd really love to watch this one again if I can find it somewhere.

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I accidentally read the title as "Happily ever after" and thought what the heck Moon Lovers screencap doing there.

Re-read the title again, correctly this time, so now I understand. And agree. Wholeheartedly #stillbitter

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Sammaekjong in Hwarang. He does not necessarily have to end up with the teary Go Ara character, but just someone, anyone. That poor, sweet, lonely boy deserves his happiness

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does Hwayugi counts as a happily never after?

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Spoiler alert:
You know who needed the Happily Ever after but didn't get it, a particular beloved character in Memories of Alhambra.

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Big!! You would think a drama that had the two rom-leaders Gong Yoo and Lee Jong Seok in it would be satisfying, but nope! You never know if the leads were successful in getting themselves sorted out and who the lead lady actually ended up with. This was one of the very few dramas that I literally shook my fist at and almost chucked the computer monitor across the room. First time the Hong sisters did the viewers dirty and I am still bitter after all these years. *pout*

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ohh i've got some to nominate:
Mr. Sunshine- all 3 couples
Angry mom- ji-soo deserved a happy ending!
Rescue me
Definitely 7DQ as mentioned by all the other beanies above
49 days!!!
Life-- well, they kind of did show a little happiness but wishing it've been more

what else is there 🤔

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49 Days's still breaking my heart. I cried a lot when i watched this drama. This drama is still in the list of my favorite korean drama all the time. Sad endings: Shin Ji Hyun and Han Kang, Song Yi Kyung and Scheduler. Omg 😭

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Without the last episode, it would have been perfect!! I have no idea WHY they did what they did! It was sooooo unnecessary!!!

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Yeah i know, just blame it on the writer-nim.

But because of the ending this drama becomes unforgettable, right?? If the ending is happy maybe we'll forget it soon.

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That is kind of true... but I guess this kind of remembering is kind of a torture to the audiences... or at least it was to me, hahaha

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😁

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