Why is it that swoonworthy chaebol jerkfaces get forgiven for being mean and ‘misunderstood’ and are expected to redeem themselves, but a slightly less likeable working class girl gets written off instantly if she’s even got slightly questionable morals?

I understand why she Yeo-reum seems dislikeable, because she’s not a great person, nor is she a good example for anyone. But… doesn’t she also deserve a chance to learn how to improve?

As young adults we’re all just trying to figure out how to live most comfortably anyway. It’s trial and error. Some people need more time to err before they figure it out.

Besides, I really don’t dislike her as much. I’ve had bigger issues with misunderstood Chaebols.

I relate to her plight.

She forgot her umbrella after being told to bring it (me).

She missed her bus and was late on her first day due to distractions (me – how am I still working?).

She has a history of messing up unintentionally and therefore had to actively destress and brace herself before facing on a new challenge (before facing the angry customer) (me).

She really did not want to mess up and really wanted to do her best, but just did not know how (me).

She got put in an almost impossible situation having to deal with an unreasonable customer on her first day of work (me) (! and she had the reflexes to instruct someone to call security instantly seeing his violence, which is the party that should deal with this anyway??! How can they blame her for everything getting destructed?).

She didn’t listen to protocol multiple times because she thought there was a more efficient way to fix things (for instance trying to save a man’s life by putting herself in danger?), and then got scolded. She then decided to follow protocol and tried to do the right thing, and still got scolded (for turning in the smugglers) (me).

Her judgment is pretty bad. But she is trying to do well and put up a good image – which includes not looking helpless by asking for instructions all the time. This doesn’t mean trying to do well isn’t hard. This doesn’t me she doesn’t have terrible judgment.

She’s not actively trying to hurt anyone, so why can’t people root for her to learn how to do things?

Why is it so easy root for perfect candy girls who don’t get much development to “fix” the cold hearted misunderstood chaebol, but hard to root for the non candy girls who have been jaded by reality and are just trying to do better for themselves?

I guess jaded girls all have to bee like Lee Bo Young in IHYV who would only put minimal effort into cases because she didn’t believe her clients were innocent, or because she didn’t care very much. (No criticism there on that show, I loved her.)

/rant over. I’m sorry (not sorry).

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    I love you. Yes. Candy/happy-go-lucky girls are boring, strong-headed and flawed girls are annoying… you can’t please anyone if you’re a woman. Better luck next time, maybe you can be reborn as an antisocial, handsome man with a shitty personality and get complimented for displays of basic human decency.

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    Well said! She annoyed me but she’s not beyond redemption. And we are still at ep 2 for goodness sake! And she can spin kick! That’s a major plus! 😀

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    thank you for this rant, for once we have a flawed female lead not that perfect candy type, it feels more realistic even though her character annoyed me sometimes but there’s space for improvement ^^ !

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    I completely agree with this. I get that people can have varying opinions about varying things but I raise my eyebrows when I hear people call YeoReum stupid. I didn’t like her at first. I still think she has her priorities in the wrong order; she puts pleasing her boss and getting their compliments over actually doing her job. And it’s easy to see that she’s not putting off doing her job just because – she’s seems wired into believing getting their validation is her key to success. She sucks right now because she’s very flawed and very human. I relate to her in so many ways and I’m not happy about that but that’s the point, right? She’ll grow (if the writer doesn’t mess her up!)
    I, personally, get tired of candy characters easily. And I get especially tired of people giving passes to asshole male characters saying he’ll get better but getting angry at any female character that isn’t written to be a candy or someone who’s got their shit together.
    If she was written as a sucky character that had was absolutely sucky for no reason, I’d understand but from the tiny glimpses we’ve had, she’s real to her circumstances. Anyway, I might not like her now but I’m rooting for her. It’s her other boss (that male asshole) I absolutely despise!

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    Thank you for this rant. From all the hate comments on her character, I actually expected a more extreme personality. But then after reading recaps and skip watching the eps, I actually find her relatable even though annoying. She is just like people I know in real life. Heck, she even resembles a younger me with her hotheadedness, excessive pride, and carelessness. But she isn’t beyond redemption and still has lots of room to grow. Besides, with this show being an ensemble drama (plus having 20 hours to fill), I think they can afford to have a more unlikable lead since she isn’t the only people whose stories we’re following.

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    I haven’t even watched this show yet but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

    Female characters and actresses almost ALWAYS get the short end of the stick, from both the fans and the writers. Even of they actually do end up being well-written, people push them aside so often or, even worse, put them down.

    “This character is so boring and unrelatable in her Candy-ness. Get me some female characters with real flaws!”

    “This character is so frustrating and angering! How dare she be selfish/imperfect!”

    You really can’t win.

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    What I also can’t stand are criticisms on CSB’s acting and her being chosen as female lead. Others were saying that at the hands of another actress, the character would’ve been at least likeable. People, we’re just 4 episodes in, argh! Oh, well. You can’t really please everyone.

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    Agree 100%! I still haven’t started this, but just in general people’s attitudes towards female characters honestly suck. It’s fine to find them annoying or not even like the character, but to just write them off completely is ridiculous. Especially if we’re just in the first few episodes, like there’s no opportunity for growth. You could take every negative trait and give that to a male lead and the same people complaining now would probably have little to no issues.

    I just really hate the term “candy” too lol. Maybe because I haven’t seen so many dramas, let alone the older ones, so I don’t really get it. I’ve seen it used on characters that, yes, were hardworking and optimistic but also not one dimensional and boring.

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    I was miffed that they threw her into volatile situations without any training. It makes no sense. I’m enjoying the drama so far and I like her character. She has room to grow and seems to have natural curiosity which is always a plus in my book.

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    B..but Oppa is rich, he’s so mean and cold because he has a dark deep past, he’s so pitiful~

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    Ah I’m late to this but SLOW CLAP!! 👏👏👏👏
    If only I could like this post more than once…

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    Reminds me a lot about how people disliked Young Eun-soo from Forest of Secrets — I thought she was an great, complex character but the criticism leveled her way had me heated lol.

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    👍👍👍

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