Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

I am reminded once again why I love Nam Joo Hyuk in rom com. He’s the sweetest, cutest thing evvveeerr!

Look at this clueless, hapless dude! I just want to squish him.

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Young Soo (The Light In Your Eyes) was at first very funny but soon he ceased to be. His utter lack of responsibility and free loader habits annoyed me to no end. His character was like a black mark on a otherwise insightful and perceptive drama. I couldn’t understand what the writer wanted to convey through the character.

Well, I had to eat my words. I never had a drama turn the flaws I had found into something entirely opposite. What an amazing show!

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    As much as I like SHJ, I disliked Youngsoo a lot. But he’s the sweetest pumpkin in present.

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      It was low key but a scene that spoke volumes of the relationships. SHJ also showed us a Young Soo who’s very different.

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    so why was he home? to take care of grandma?

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      Was he home? I don’t think so. I thought he has not been home for quite some time as evident by Dad asking him to come back.

      Hye Ja’s memories of Young Soo at home is probably a mash up of her real brother in terms of personality and the actual Young Soo whose dream was to be a successful youtuber or whatever they call it.

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        but we have scenes with mom and dad with hye ja missing and they are still chidding him about not having a career

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          can you pinpoint the scene?

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            quite a few breakfast/dinner table.. there are so many

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            @alasecond

            Do you mean scenes where Hye Ja isn’t in the picture? Just Mom and Dad with Young Soo? If so, I think those are still Hye Ja’s imagination. Pretty much like how she had her friends over at her place but it was shown in ep 11 that her friends haven’t visited her in a while. Ditto scenes of the real Young Soo and younger Hyun Joo.

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      At this point, its safe to assume she was thinking about her brother and they were just creations of her mind. It sounded from this scene that he hadnt been home for some time, away on business.

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    He’s such a good pumpkin. 😭 Their relationship had my heart throbbing.

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    I still don’t understand what the writer was trying to convey with him. I don’t think making him imaginary takes that away.

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      I may be inferring too much from such a short scene but I think Young Soo’s choice of career clashed with his parents. However, unlike the imaginary Young Soo, the real Young Soo managed to make a living out of it or at least it seems that way. He is able to give his grandma some allowance and to live on his own. Would the message be the perennial generation gap or the new economy?

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    Oh my word, I loved this Pumpkin! He is so sweet to his grandma and I can see how he dotes on her, and vice versa. He was super annoying most of the show, but this scene was the best.

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The Light In Your Eyes ep 11
*****SPOILERS*****

I think I’ve never laughed and cried so hard simultaneously in a single kdrama episode.

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The Love Story I Wasn’t Expecting
The Light In Your Eyes
I have been in the “They are cute and sweet together but I don’t care about the romance” camp.
All it took were these fragments from Hye Ja’s memories that made me cry. I am a sucker for tragic love stories.

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I seldom rewatch dramas, not even my most favorite ones. But The Light In Your Eyes is that kind of show where rewatching brings a whole new level of understanding and appreciation.
I am going to list some of the things that I couldn’t understand or bugged me and how they all made sense when Hye Ja’s condition was revealed. This is not exhaustive, I will just start the ball rolling. Please add to the list:
A) As shown from Hye Ja’s perspective
B) The reality
A) The sudden change in Mom & Dad’s marriage. Previously they were loving towards each other, but everything changed when Hye Ja aged overnight.
B) Hye Ja’s parents were happy but not her son and daughter-in-law. In fact, they were heading towards a divorce. What happened? We don’t really know yet. Years of shouldering the burden of caring and providing the family took its toll on the daughter-in-law.
A) Dad was a taxi driver but he suddenly became a security guard after Hye Ja’s change. I thought it was because Hye Ja didn’t managed to totally reverse the accident. Although Dad didn’t die, he was disabled and had to change job.
B) Her son had probably been a security guard for some time and never a driver.
A) Dad’s dislike for anchovies.
B) I couldn’t understand why the show made a big deal out of it. Now I think I do. Hye Ja probably forced her son to eat lots of anchovies thinking that the calcium would help strengthened his leg. This explains her son’s aversion toward them.
A) Hye Ja’s sudden ability to whip up dishes.
B) Hye Ja was probably a great cook. She wasn’t a 25 year old who didn’t know much about cooking.

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    i am glad i started watching this after someone gave me the spoiler.. i can see each scene in that light.. and still look forward to it to understand how is director going to make sense of NJH’s scene.. despite knowing all the reveals..(i guess more from the technical aspect)

    But veyr good.. and NJH can be proud of this work
    And the senior artist is just so lovely.. i dropped it earlier because i thought this was romcom and old lady didn’t help the case.. so wrong!

    specially all dad’s scenes .. i can see what dialogues mean

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      I have not fully understood NJH’s part either. In reality, he’s Dr Kim Sang Hyun who’s her doctor at the daycare.

      I suspect Dr Kim has a sad story as what’s shown so far. Perhaps he suffered a setback in his medical career due to the altercation with his father and instead of practicing in a hospital, he’s working at the daycare instead.

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    Haven’t started rewatching, but another netizen online also had the same realisation as yours. And as I read it yesterday, everything also started to make sense

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Never Too Late To Be A Hero

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The Light In Your Eyes

Can I give the writers the “Best Plot Twist of The Century” award? No, actually they should just win “Best Drama” award. Period.

Talking about the plot twist alone isn’t doing the drama justice. Last night, I thought I had the show all figured out. Today, everything just got thrown out of the window. I think Hye Ja too must be familiar with this feeling. What I really love and appreciate is that the writers took the subject matter and let us experience almost first hand what it is like.

I still recall the criticisms levied on it – “meandering, going nowhere, hodgepodge, what’s the big picture? etc” Some of these might actually be some real flaws but now, we might never know for sure. Brilliant!

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The Light In Your Eyes

Ep 9 – I am not the sort who cries easily but I did when I watched this episode. It’s strange because Chanel wasn’t my favorite character so I shouldn’t be too moved by her passing. Nam Joo Hyuk is probably the culprit because Joon Ha was utterly broken in this ep and darn, he is so good.

It is interesting that the show didn’t tell us why Chanel and her son became estranged. This may be why some viewers feel disconnected because the show doesn’t always give the whole picture or explains itself. I remember being shocked last week when Hye Ja discovered that Mom wanted to divorce Dad and Hye Ja actually supported her despite loving them dearly. The show didn’t give us the background either, it was just left at that.

When I watch dramas, I want an answer, a resolution. Things in this show just happen. Like in real life. Friends become distanced. Husband and wife fall out of love. Parent and child become estranged. Who is in the wrong? We don’t know, they don’t tell us and Life doesn’t too. What the show does tell us is that relationships are the most important. And not just romantic ones. I read a comment from a viewer who couldn’t bring herself to watch this show because she was disgusted at the idea of Nam Joo Hyuk romancing a grandma!

I’ve always wondered what happened to Joon Ha. Well, I got my answer in this ep. He can’t love himself(that loving yourself is very important is another point that was touched on) and is clearly depressed. This is more likely the reason why he didn’t fulfill his dream to be a reporter. More than romantic love, Hye Ja made him feel worthy of being loved.

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    Chanel’s son made me so angry. What the heck. And poor Joonha cannot catch a break. Everyone who is kind to him ends up leaving him. I’m thinking ep 10 might be a turning point, excited to watch it today after work!

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    I only read your first sentence to avoid spoilers…. so do you recommend the show so far?

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      I definitely will but I can see why it may not work for some. It’s quite an unusual show. If you are looking for romance, rom com, fantasy and adventure, this is not it. This show is about life, treasuring one’s youth, aging, relationships and loving yourself.

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        Thank you, that sounds like something I might enjoy.

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          There are definitely lovely and wonderful moments of romance, comedy, fantasy and adventure, but they are splashed in between a slow and steady story about what outofthisworld laid out.

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    This is so spot-on, I love your analysis of this show! I haven’t yet been able to properly articulate why it hits me so hard, but I really, really love it, and what you’ve said on the subject.

    The bit where Joon-ha said that he doesn’t hate Hye-Ja.. I want to brand that on my forehead. It was so, so beautiful, and I could not stop crying.

    Also, darn any “smart” endings if they don’t include lots of healing hugs. I will sue.

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      I also loved the line where he said it was okay because “I can miss someone alone.” Last episode when he realized hye ja wasn’t coming back again, he seemed to resolve himself to it. And his decision to go see the northern lights wasn’t to somehow hold onto her, it was a way to relish the small moment she brightened his life, even though she was no longer a part of it.

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    “More than romantic love, Hye Ja made him feel worthy of being loved.” THIS. YES. As he said, she was the first person to embrace and cry for him. In the end he needed to love himself.

    I also love that we didn’t find out why these two were estranged, and I think you said it perfectly as to why. Thank you for your wonderful thoughts on this show.

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Goodbye Sky Castle!

The finale didn’t go out with a bang but it was still a satisfactory end to a good run. A few things that struck me and liked:
1) Woo Joo dropping out of school – he couldn’t have just continued with his life after such a traumatic experience.
2) Prof Cha and Seung Hye – finally I understand why Seung Hye tolerated him all this time. They did love each other but his egoistical, perfectionist and control freak personality made life intolerable for her. I’m glad he realized that being a good Dad is not just making his children succeed and in turn sour his relationship with them.
3) Jin Jin – putting the new resident in her place right away.
4) Kay – free at last. Why did Coach Kim keep Kay in that isolated place when it’s obvious Kay need not be? It wasn’t for Kay’s good. Coach Kim just didn’t want anyone to know she has a disabled child and much less be seen in the public with one.
5) Another Super Coach – of course! Did anyone think it’s gonna stop at Coach Kim’s incarceration? Some viewers thought Coach Kim is somehow free to go and has gone back to ruin more lives. I don’t think that was a set up for Season 2 but rather that there will always be coaches like Coach Kim and parents who demand such services. Some things don’t change.
6) Things don’t change but people can choose how to react to them – the educational system is brutal and change if any, will take time. Show’s message is for parents to love their children so that the children can cope with the stress. Sure, we see that a parent’s love can also go very wrong.
7) Young Jae – we see in the finale the other side of Young Jae’s parents. They weren’t always horrible. I’m sure they loved him and he was their life but somehow, getting into med school became so important that it overrode everything else. The goal became more important than life itself.
8) Who killed Hye Na? I read viewer’s frustrations and disappointment that Hye Na’s killer was never truly revealed. I admit I was curious but I am glad the last episode wasn’t dedicated to this point. Sky Castle isn’t a whodunit. The show is about family, parent-child, education’s and society’s issues and ills. The ending was on point in those aspects. My take on Who Killed Hye Na?
– caretaker (otherwise why was he implicated?)
– Coach Kim – because Hye Na stood in the way of her grand plan
– society – corruption, stolen papers, discrimination and unequal treatment meant the poor and disadvantaged children like Hye Na tend to lose.
– Seo Jin – she stabbed Hye Na’s heart when she told her she’s nothing but a nuisance and mistake in her Dad’s life.
– Prof Kang – he chose his career over the girl who he later found out was his daughter. Some people asked “Will Prof Kang have turned over a new leaf if Hye Na wasn’t his daughter?” I think not.
– Hye Na – she played with fire and got burnt. Some mistakes are costly and this one proved to be fatal.

Overall a good finish to a really awesome show!


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    Agreed with your take on who killed Hyena. While the estate guard seemed to be the executor for Coach Kim (and otherwise why he received such a big bag of cash from Teacher Jo), so many people contributed to her death or her becoming a monster if not killed by Coach Kim.

    I did question the writer’s choice of killing her off in this drama but the ending we have now proved this to be the pivot this story needs to progress to a more hopeful end for all those concerned.

    Sky Castle will no doubt enter the list of all time kdrama classics. A big salute to the writer, director, the crew and the amazing cast. (I can’t make the decision whether Mrs Kang or Coach Kim is the best performer here.)

    Now, I really want to check out the previous works of this writer. Any view on The scale of Providence?

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      I don’t know about The Scale of Providence nor her work just prior to Sky Castle but I had watched Gaksital or Bridal Mask. Sure, it was an adaptation but it was very good. I love it!

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    The ending credits showed who killed Hye Na. The security guard was wearing red sweater.

    Now that I think of it, I like that we didn’t see how she was killed. I don’t think I can stomach to see her final moments leading to her tragic death. It was very senseless and heartbreaking. Her confidence got the best of her in the end – she thought just because she could get Soo Jin and the other mothers to squirm in the palm of her hand and fight against the school system, that she could do the same thing with Coach Kim. But what she didn’t know was that this lady was full on psycho – she already staged the death of her husband, staging another death won’t be as hard especially when Hye Na was a complete nobody to her. 💔 really heartbreaking that she didn’t get to finish her fight and that didn’t get to feel that love and sense of belonging she was longing for.

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Pineapple tarts(left) and Cornflake cookies(right)
@ally-le
I got my recipes from these blogs http://www.bakeforhappykids.com/2019/01/eggless-crispy-cornflakes-cookies.html and http://nasilemaklover.blogspot.com/2013/02/my-best-melt-in-mouth-pineapple-tarts.html.
I didn’t cook the pineapple paste myself though. I don’t have time so I bought them from a bakery who does it very well.
I added a little vanilla paste to my pineapple tart pastry, I think it helps to enhance the taste.

@growingbeautifully, after you finished the 4th bottle or maybe for the next CNY, bake your own. It’s definitely better 😋

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    Random, but I love nasilemaklover blog💖. It’s a shame she rarely updates it now but her ig is active, so all is okay😁.

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    Thank you for sharing! The recipe (and cookies) look fabulous!

    ..scurries off to bake…

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As much as I have been dissing on MoTA, the show has left me with something more than just two dimples and Hyun Bin.

Singaporean beanies will surely recognize this photo of the city. Thing is when I saw the lighting, the song started playing in my head! Aaaarrghh….just give me Hyun Bin now, okay? Then I will be alright!

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    This drama will forever change my reaction to lightning and thunderstorm.

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No Thanks Memories of The Alhambra for
A Hundred Bad PPLs
A Thousand Zombies
A Million Deaths
A Billion Plot Holes
A Gazillion Gallons of Hee Joo’s Tears
But Thanks for
Two Dimples
and
One Hyun Bin

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    I don’t even like him anymore after that ending. Watching him reminds me of Jinwoo 😢 (of course!)

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      Omg, the spell is broken? Congratulations! Here I was going to tell you to watch the Official OST MV 2, I’m sure they wrote it for you 😁

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    Love the bin gif 😍

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Everyone now wants to login and stab Writer.

Open Endings – The Scourge. The Affliction of Bad Kdrama writing.
I\’m sure they teach that in Writing School.
When you don\’t know how to end. Just throw it back to the audience. If you are lucky, they might even think it\’s intelligent and spend hours deliberating what you are trying to tell them. You also avail yourself to the possibility of Season 2 if they buy it!

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Sky Castle ep 18
Living Life Through Our Children

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    It was a very powerful episode. Everyone is falling apart. 🙁

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    Wow, I haven’t watch the show but the screencaps are just so.. relatable.

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    or sucking the very life out of your children.

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Sky Castle ep 18
This is an almost universal cry : “Mom, can I…just…be…your child?”

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To all BTS Beanie Fans in Singapore – Have a very very awesome time at the concert!

A special shout out to @greenfields and @neener – sorry, I missed you gals at the meet ups. Let’s catch up the next time you are in town.

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    News report read that parents and even grandparents went to queue for the merchandise too… hope the girls managed to get something for themselves!

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      I really wish we could have met you outtie. 😊 It was a ton of fun.

      Also as for merch, nope. We gave up on it. We got some freebies (photo cards) from armys at the venue & ofc, picked up the lightstick (ARMY bomb) 😰😰 but totally gave up on the merch. It’s too expensive anyway. 55 SGD for a shirt. 😅 I don’t have this kind of money especially AFTER I’ve spent so much for the concert.

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    Thanks! Had an awesome time and survived!

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In midst of watching Sky Castle Ep 17
I love this scene. It’s the best kdrama depiction I’ve come across of a middle age man who never grew up, forever tied to his mother’s apron strings. Kudos to actor who made Prof Kang look like a child that he is, in this scene. He will never take responsibility for his actions and his life.
This is why I am very careful of mollycoddling my boys. At times, there’s a fine line between responsible parenting and controlling. I also believe children should rebel. Not in an outrageous way but in a healthy manner of asserting your own identity.

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    Amazing isn’t it? How right to the end, he’s got someone to blame. He really is a child in an adult body.

    The only way he can redeem himself after this is to help his family get out of this sinkhole they are stuck in.

    Please be a father this time to the two daughters you have left and provide them guidance they need. Please be a husband this time to the wife you let control the household that’s now turned into shambles. Please choose to be a grown up man this time and take responsibility to this family you created.

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      And that is why I will never like him. It is always the woman’s fault. Since he can’t take it out on his mother, he will take it out on his wife.

      A chump to the end.

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I don’t know what to make out of MoTA’s writer Song Jae Jung’s interview. When I first read snippets of it on the fanwalls, I was quite disgusted. Then when I read the thing in its entirety, I felt that it made sense. Not her explanations about how the game worked but rather why issues arose and why it’s a mess. Best of all, she’s surprisingly candid.
I’ll talk about the ones which drove many up the wall as it did me – Hee Joo and the romance between her and Jin Woo.

Q: When creating the character of Yoo Jin Woo who has married twice, do you worry about the next romantic relationship between this character and Park Shin Hye?

A: It is pretty hard to write romantic details. In my initial ideas, the drama was the story of a man whose life was destroyed to a greater extent and he was much colder. While character Hee Joo was developed to have such a relationship as of \”The Man from Nowhere\” and \”Léon\”. It\’s like a person who is in a state of desperation, then meets pure innocent and attains salvation. I started the script with the two character\’s relationship falling between friendship and love. But when I heard that the two actors were cast, I struggled to adapt it to the romantic genre without ruining the structure of the story. Those who love romantic genre will probably wonder why there is so little romance and why things are so messy. The reason is that right from the beginning, I didn\’t plan to write a romantic script. These romantic details are actually much more than in the original.

I wished Ms Song had just gone ahead with original idea and let Min Joo be the star. I would love Min Joo and Jin Woo to have that kind of relationship in “The Man From Nowhere” and “Leon”. Isn’t it also more befitting to have a 12 year old who is pure innocent rather than an adult woman who instead comes across as naïve and spineless?
Frankly the thought that Ms Song wrote the character Hee Joo(as we know it) after Park Shin Hye was cast cross my mind several times. I just dismissed it. Ha! It seems it’s not far fetch at all. I can imagine Ms Song going

“Park Shin Hye is known for her crying, let’s maximize her talent in this drama! Have Hee Joo’s tears touch Jin Woo’s stone cold heart. Won’t the viewers be delighted?

(Crying Park Shin Hye + Cold Handsome Jerk Hyun Bin) X KISS KISS = SUCCESS”

Ms Song didn’t even bother to give an excuse to why the romance is messy. An afterthought or Reverse Engineering? This applies to both Hee Joo and the romance – the outcome is unnatural, forced and written without passion. Maybe Ms Song was forced to write all these like the way writers do with PPLs.
Exactly what is Ms Song’s message in this interview?

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    That was actually a really revealing interview. The romance was shoehorned in, probably due to pressure from above because of the bankability of the two stars. Ratings wise, it has been a successful tactic, but I do think this weakness will prevent MoA from becoming a drama that people return to watch again and again. I also get the feeling that Ms Song was just as frustrated and disgusted by the PPL in episode 12 as many viewers were. It detracted from the story, and at times became laughable. this was in direct contrast to the elegant (and humorous) way the Subway ppl was merged into the game.

    What was Ms Song’s message? I think she bowed under the pressure and was forced to change her original story in order to maximize star presence. I think she finds this regretful, and is probably frustrated because if MoA had been allowed to completely center on Hyun Bin’s journey without the misguided, and frankly distasteful romantic arc, it could have been an action adventure classic. By having to fit in PSH’s tears and such, I think we lost some threads that would have made the rules of the game clearer, and why it went so terribly wrong.

    That said, I really hope in the future Ms Song takes a long look at how she writes female characters.

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      I thought it was interesting as well. I already knew this writer struggled with her female characters and that’s she’s very plot driven – honestly characterisation isn’t her strong point and that’s quite unusual for a kdrama writer.

      Being forced to shoehorn in a loveline just because they cast PSH would have been really hard.

      If it wasn’t for that character, I probably would have laughed off the inevitable sausage fest and enjoyed the show rather than dumping it out of frustration.

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        Have you seen “Encounter” today? Any flipped tables yet? *waits impatiently*

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          Maybe I might be able to fit it in tonight or tomorrow night. I’m so busy the next week. I’ll add you to the list of people anticipating my table flip.

          PS – do you think I’ll flip a table after this week’s episodes?

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      I liked that idea with “Man from Nowhere.” Everyone should see this kmovie by the way. It would have worked well here and I could also see how she could have worked the love story in the background was well. Mee-joo becomes the innocent who brings Jin-woo out of his jaded place, only to recognize Hee-joo as the protector and the provider for Mee-joo and voila, a love-line. That way it’s not forced and naturally flows from sister to (more age appropriate) sister.

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        *Min-joo (sorry, Korean names still escape me)

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      Yes, I felt that she was very frustrated and even forced to write in the romance.

      I even think she may not like Park Shin Hye too much. I remember being taken aback by the scene where Hee Joo couldn’t decide on Jin Woo’s offer in ep 3 and Min Joo’s retort was everything I wanted Hee Joo to say. That’s not what you do to your female lead! Make her look like an idiot and her little sister the one with all the sass. Of course, this is entirely my conjecture. Who would sabotage his/her own work?

      Me thinks Ms Song is unprofessional. She seems unapologetic and not motivated to improve.

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    Ooooh. This interview tells me A LOT about her as a writer. And I’m not sure I like any of it.

    First things first, the romance- not really invested in it so I don’t really care, but I think she should’ve pushed to go with the platonic but redeeming relationship. Unfortunately to me it seems like it was forced upon her by the directors and producers and the casting, and she didn’t have much choice. The downside of being a scriptwriter- you don’t have as much pull as you’d like too. And thus we have… whatever this is. Kinda reminds me of K2 in a way- I wish the central relationship in the K2 had been between a child and Ji Chang Wook’s character. It would’ve carried more nuance. Same thing here. Plus it honestly would’ve fit with the overall story more, this show’s most interesting point is the game, and, like a lot of people pointed out, if you took out the romance the show would be much the same and better. Which, surprise surprise! It was supposed to be like that all along!

    On wards to some other things she said—

    “I’ve never been trained or practiced writing drama scripts. I wrote the plot to my preference through the characteristics of sitcoms and mixed feelings that I have when watching movies and reading books. But when I heard that I had to divide the script into 16 episodes, I wondered if it would become strange or not.
    If I have to point out clearly, I have written 16 endings. I didn’t intend to write a 16-episode drama, but to create a script for a one-hour movie. But I have to divide it into parts and make them into 16 continuous episodes”
    :
    Oh dear. I only know a little about scriptwriting but I’m pretty sure you should never write a tv show, kdrama or otherwise, like you would a movie…

    “I rarely read novels or stories, because reading novel stresses me out at work. I only read stories of living people.”
    Reading about real people is good for characters, but not for story telling. No wonder her stories are often all over the place. She admits she doesn’t know how to write one. Fabulous. We watch dramas of someone who has no idea how a fictional story telling works and she gets hailed as the “golden writer” of dramaland… Well then.

    “I also questioned whether the public could understand this kind of material or not”– never assume your audience is an idiot! Chances are they’re smarter than you and pick up on things you didn’t!
    Oh and she basically admitted that Queen In Hyun’s Man was a fluke?

    At least she’s honest about her writings flaws, but yikes, I already had my expectations for MOA dropped bellow 0 when it started due to W, but her explaining how she writes TV shows highlights that all my previous concerns about her writing style are not only right, but unlikely to change in future endeavors. Watch me watch her next drama anyway for fun even though it will be just as bad… *face palm*

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      K2 would have been so so much better if it had been a child instead of a child-like love interest. Her dancing with that packet of ramen while he watched over the security camera……super dumb and creepy.

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      I doubt it was the Director. I had to check him up more than once because I couldn’t believe it’s the same guy who directed Forest of Secrets. There was hardly any romance there although the chemistry between the two leads was just awesome.

      I will place my bets on the other parties. Bring in the hallyu star for ratings guarantee. You know the formula –
      1 Handsome/pretty actor +
      1 Hallyu Star +
      4 kisses
      = Ratings min 10% + PPLs sponsorship

      Can’t deny that it works like magic. Just read the fan’s comments – they are loving the “chemistry” and raving about the kissing.

      That’s why I need a drama like Sky Castle. Zero popular star. Ratings start with no hype, no star power, a miserable 1% and skyrocket to 19% entirely on storytelling and acting.

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        Oh I completely forgot this was by the FOS PD hahahahahhaa good grief how did I forget that! Doubt it was the director either now that I’ve been reminded who it was lol.

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    Honestly the romance should never have been a part of this story. Yes to friendship and comradrae but not to romantic feelings. It is a shame she had to bow down to pressure and write something she clearly struggles with.

    I couldn’t help but snicker that she based Hae Joo’s character on PSH! Them waterworks!

    And I loved Leon! This could have been like that for sure!

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      Now we know why Min Joo gets great lines!

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      I keep feeling that the “romantic” theme song they use doesn’t actually match the scene. Someone in production is trying too hard.

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    Oh boy.
    After W, it was clear to me that she was better at writing plots than characterization. Better, in the sense of a lesser evil though. She has innovative ideas, but IMO her world-building is always too robust. Like she forgets to fill in some details.

    I know making TV shows requires teamwork, primarily the writer, director and actors. And just like it shows when there is passion and sincerity in the work, so does it show when people are lackluster about it. And in MOA, it really shows that a lot of things are forced, and almost serendipitous.

    Seeing how Ms Song’s dramas turn out always pains me, because at the heart of it is usually an innovative and interesting story. But every single time, it gets ruined by terrible execution. I wish these ideas were in the hands of a more skilled writer, and a team that cares more about the integrity of the story.

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    Relationships aside, cause i was never invested in it anyways..what grated me most was her interview saying the drama is magic or a mere virus. And mostly her words saying Zombie Cha’s cause of death was mere speculation to trick viewers. I can’t with this. Now that its near the end, there are loose ends and it seems that writernim can’t explain them so she conviniently says..’oh it was just speculation to throw viewers off’ and ‘oh treat it like a virus’….

    I hope audiences will pay close attention to the story in which Jin Woo will pay his mental debt to Hyung Suk instead of his love affair because this really is an important thing to me.

    Well..you gave viewers no basis to focus on Jinwoo and Zombie Cha. So dont go around saying pay attention to that rather than the loveline that was shoehorned in.

    Thus, it seems that the audience is confused.

    Well yes. Yes we are. The drama should have answers as much as there are questions. MotA introduced a lot of questions..unfortunately a lot are left unawnsered. And a drama should be self explanatory, if a scriptwriter has to explain her plot to viewers…that means the point was not conveyed to the viewers at all.

    Nevertheless, making it into seasons won’t be a problem.

    Don’t think of making a season 2. You initially wanted to make a movie, and you struggled to write this one with your 16 endings whatevs. Why do you think making it into seasons wont be a problem 🤔

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      I am just glad that I dropped the drama and didn’t wreck my brains over it. I said before that I would hate it if I spend effort analyzing plot and things which wouldn’t make sense in the end.

      Everything in this interview screams of a writer who rebelled against rewriting her original idea to the extent that she gave up on her story. Doesn’t her attitude smack of someone who doesn’t care and it’s like “Take it or leave it”? I can almost imagine her going:
      “You want romance? Sure! I’ll have her falling head over heels with the guy in seconds and follow him around love struck.”
      “You want PSH? Sure! I’ll make the heroine cry in every episode.”
      “You want lipstick, earrings etc PPL? Sure, I will dedicate an entire episode to it!”
      “You want a romantic first kiss? Sure! I’ll have the hero jerk demand it!”
      “You want a steamy love affair? Sure but I’ll invite zombie Hyung Suk to bed.”

      Obviously, it’s so bad that I wonder if she is doing these on purpose. Make a statement you know. If they want to fault her, she still has the ratings to show. That’s why she declared making it into seasons won’t be a problem. This is after she said she struggled with writing the story into 16 eps. The message is ” You want anything that sells? Sure, I can deliver. Crap including.”

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    Maybe when PSH is crying, writer-nim is crying too because of the changes she had to make?

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    I’m so glad I dropped it. Someone should edit it to become an adventure without a romance and then market it again. I’d probably watch that.

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Sky Castle
#SorryNotSorry

Poor Prof Cha but really, he was wrong. Still 🤣🤣🤣
By the way, this show shifts tone amazingly!


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    “By the way, this show shifts tone amazingly!”
    exactly I’m surprised when realizing I’m laughing like it’s a comedy then getting stressed /sad/serious when they change scenes, this drama’s balance and shift between serious & comic is excellent so far !

    I wonder if someone will do a YT video comparing Prof Cha in Sky castle and Han JungHo in Heard It Through the Grapevine, seriously they must be brothers, wondering if they will share the same fate…

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      LOOOL. I was so pissed at Prof Cha in this episode because of his nonchalant concern in Prof Hwang’s desperation for help, like I should have known better but that still made me pissed…

      And then this scene happened and I end up ROFL again at just how small that pyramid and compassion-less world he is living in. I wasn’t as surprised as his family that he thought that way anymore after that scene with Hwang. Ki Joon doing a reality check for us and finally slammed that damn pyramid into pieces (2 pieces?) – hope that’s a sign they are finally freed from that pyramid world that twins are stuck living in.

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    I laugh out loud during this scene hahaha. And he got locked out 🤣

    P/s: Yay! You can post gifs between lines~ hihi

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      +1 , also seems like Koreans do like Prof Cha misfortune, the video is the most viewed on JTBC drama YT channel for that ep x)

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      Yes! I laughed out so loud that probably my neighbors heard. It’s doubly great to see the twins work together!

      Thanks for the tip on posting gifs.

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    I’m not there yet but finally the twins will have something useful to do.

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      I’ve always like the twins, they are good kids.

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        I wanted to like them but after 13 eps they are mostly like all the others, too superficial, we know almost nothing about them.

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          Oh, that’s strange. I feel entirely the opposite. It’s true that not much has been shown on them as in they don’t have their own story arcs but in whatever that has been shown, I think they are genuinely good kids. They try to protect their mother by obeying their father the best they can. They are fiercely loyal as shown in the episode where they defended Se Ri. They aren’t twisted like Yeh Suh. They are just normal kids which is rare considering how dysfunctional the family and whole neighborhood is.

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      Yeah they did. Out of all the kids, those two I truly can’t stand.

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        I only like Yeh Bin but then again, she is one of the only characters I find realistic.

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          I LOVE Yeh Bin! and you’re right: she’s the only realistic one. I wish she’d get more screen time.

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    The directing is amazing. The way it shifts from drama to comedy is seamless!

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Sky Castle ep 16

The Worst

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    This leaves me without a doubt that Woo Joo isn’t the culprit. Yeah, not that I seriously thought he was. But I am sure Prof Kang’s words will come back and bite him very badly. This means Yeh Suh is very likely to be the one.

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      and I promptly changed my mind after watching Yeh Suh in the next scene. Hahaha!

      I really hope it’s not Yeh Bin. Why is there a box in there?

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        I dont think its Yesuh though. She is finally connecting the dots about Coach Kim’s sketchiness in ep 16. Will have to see how she acts on her suspicion. Huhu

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          She broke down again in the bathroom after reading nasty comments about Woo Joo – don’t think Coach Kim’s meditation is as effective as before. Woo Joo’s arrest is doing it in her head when she’s barely holding in that guilt she has for Hye Na.

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            I think this is what Coach Kim miscalculated – she thought she could fix Yeh Suh weak mindset, by making Hye Na and Woo Joo Yeh Suh’s driving force to get her head in the game, but that will be her demise. It worked in the past, doesn’t mean it works every time like a charm.

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    Revolting. I’m sick watching each and every scene of him. I don’t want him on my screen.

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      him and his family (excp Yebin)
      How can parents to be like that? It’s so scary…..
      I remember that last year, I red a news about 10 y’o girl must live at mentality hospital just because she can’t handle her private class schedule. She always mumbling in English and say sorry to her mom cause she can’t get perfect score for math.
      That’s really scary…..

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        Now that is nightmare. I hope Yeh Suh doesn’t turn that way 😵😵 tho after this week I’ve been wishing she doesn’t get into SNU.

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        it’s actually shocking that Yeh Bin turned out to be such a normal child with such absurd parents and a terribly entitled & mean sister. I mean, WHO does she take after???

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          The difference between Yeh Suh and Yeh Bin is that Yeh Suh is the favourite kid in the family. And Yeh Bin was set aside. She isn’t as pampered as Yeh Suh.

          Also another difference I observed is that Yeh Suh doesn’t have any friends at all. Yeh Bin has people outside her family that she hangs with and there’s Soo Han too. So her views in life aren’t skewed on just one side. Yeh Suh only knows how to study, and her social circle consists of dad, mom, Yeh Bin, and grandma.

          It made me remember that scene post-president candidacy. It was a scene in the cafeteria and Yeh Suh was eating all by herself while listening to music and studying at the same time. She didn’t have anybody to have lunch with, and the fact that that she looked totally fine being isolated, just doing things all by herself was kind of sad. She didn’t know how lonely it is to be alone and excluded from hang outs because she’s been always alone.

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            I understand but usually, the least favourite child does not turn into a proper & decent human being, in my experience. It is a cheer miracle that Yeh Bin is such a wonder.

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