November was Extraordinary (You).
I was too overwhelmed after watching the last episode to spam my fan wall as I usually do, so I decided to gather my thoughts into a global review in the comments.

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    I am missing all the characters already and I felt like I was one of their classmates graduating with them. Graduation is that bittersweet ending of being together, with a tint of hope that we might meet again. It pleased me enough to let the bad things off the hook, like our world building.

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    Maybe I just found it hard to grasp, but I still do not fully understand how the manhwa world works and why it works that way. Our Writer ends up being an invisible force, which in itself is an interesting villain because it is abstract, but why are you casually mentioning this in the last episode? There was no need to make Jin Michae and Baek Joon-Hyun, who only wanted to protect their loved ones and their world, look suspicious to add drama. An abstract villain can do that just fine on its own. Now you made me wait to no avail for the reveal of the human Writer who would finally explain everything after getting pelted with whatever I could find first.

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      I had suspicions all along that this writer is going to pull a “Lost” on us (i.e. plant intriging questions with no real answers just to keep us watching) and was sad that they went this route.

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    The Writer is sort of what we would call fate, and Joon-Hyun explains Haru that he was able to change stages because he really wanted to change Dan-Oh’s life and his. A well-meaning message to live your own life instead of being lived by Fate, but it implies that everybody else failed to change the stage as a punishment for not being brave and determined enough to live their own lives and preferring to obey the Writer/Fate. Not everyone has the same amount of opportunities to do so in the real world. Also, does Dan-Oh actually live her life if Haru changes the stages for her? Following that logic, should she and other aware characters not be able to change stages too?

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    Basically, I like ending X, but the drama made me think it was Y for 15 episodes, but nah, it was just X all along. But I am willing to let it slide since our aware characters were content. Joon-Hyun wanted to protect Kyung and accepted him until the end, Kyung has sort of found peace, Jin Michae has Su Hyang, JuDa rules the school without stooping to her former bullies’ level and Do-Hwa seems ready to move on. Their absence in the college Manwha is painful, but they had their story and share of misery in Secret and some of them also in Flower. They have earned their rest for now, and might appear in the fourth manhwa again.

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      I am mad with they did to my characters. If I watched the first 6, and jumped to the last few, it felt like I was watching a different drama. And also, BK meaness and dysfunctional family conveniently disappeared in the 11th hour.

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    I love how all the characters that were not aware in Secret turned into the main and supporting characters in the college story and they even switched roles! Y3 became nerds and the nerds became the cool kids. Our male lead Nam-Joo gets demoted from number one to the biggest zero on campus….and I think that’s exactly why our female lead Saemi is going to get the guy this time. Nothing like a good enemies to lovers story, with SuChul as the perfect second lead for now! :p The female lead could also be Kyung’s fangirl with the ponytail, she seems more interested in NamJoo than the others and is always in the scenes.

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    Shows that end with a graduation always add that bittersweet touch that is enough to bring our emotions. Other than that, I completely agree with your concern but I guess it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be putting up hopes for fantasy to be ever explained in kdramas. The writers end up making such a complex world that theu are unable to answer their own questions (examples include W, MoA, Circle now even Extra U). Fantasy is a hard genre to write and think. I always thought we’ll never find out the writer because the show was somewhat a metaphor for life and the writer somehow in the context was like a deity or god who decided their fate. I totally liked your theory on Joon Hyung and honestly it would have been better had they chosen to go there.

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      Well at this point i didn’t expect any answers but one thing that I still wanted to know was how much independence these characters had. Because they also kept repeating the same lines in shadow as their previous sageuk characters did so in shadow. That for once made me think that they have no control what so ever but they kept repeating how their fate changed. Very confusing…

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        Answer is none. Their existence is dependent on the “mercy” of the writer aka fate to even get to appear in his/her next manhwa.

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