“Being a teenager was like a storm because we didn’t have any answers. We didn’t know what we really wanted, who really loved us…who we really loved. We struggled with the answers. And by the time we’d miraculously figured it out, we had already become adults and experienced changes both big and small. That winter, the world was full of separations and goodbyes.”
A child of Busan, the slower, gentler life in the provinces is all Shi Won had known. With grades as low as hers, without an aptitude for the traditional kind of academics, no one expected her to leave. By a turn of events, she ends up turning her boyband fic writing hobby into a creative writing scholarship to a university in Seoul. It’s her dream come true. And for her parents, who’d long since given up hope of sending their daughter to university in Seoul, it’s both a blessing and a curse. When graduation rolls around, they must say their goodbyes as Shi Won heads off to the big city to find a life for herself.
It is in Seoul that she becomes an adult; she lives without the care of her parents, she studies. She graduates university and eventually goes to work in broadcasting. Though she clings to her roots as a Busan girl, refusing to adopt the Seoul dialect, she does not return to her hometown. Years down the road, she stays in Seoul even when her husband gets transferred to Daegu for work. They have children, they’ve built a life in Seoul. The city has become her home, and though she’ll never forget her origins, the separation of that winter had changed things irrevocably. It’s a byproduct of adulthood; homes become hometowns, parents become people you visit on holidays, though you love them all the same.
“Relationships have levels. Mine with Yoonjae was one of the easiest. A relationship that was easy to explain and easy to maintain. A casual relationship between childhood friends. But that day, contrary to everything I knew, I realized, ours could become one of the hardest. The hardest relationship… That between a man and a woman." –Sung Shiwon
First, thank you @aeinmaterial for tagging me is this challenge. I do love to participate in the community! That said, this was hell to figure out…..
According to the instructions, I picked my Top 10 biases (I choose to do it kdrama based only) and randomly pitted 2 against each other.
Here are the results:
Ji sung vs Park Seo-joon: The Oppa Love Fight! Why choose when these two love each other as much I love them? They even won Best Couple (that’s right) for their awesome and hilarious performances in Heal Me, Kill Me (MBC) back in 2015.
Yoo Yeon Suk vs Seo In Guk: The Reply Showdown!
Fine, I will choose in this one… and I will have to go with Seo In guk. As much as I love Yoo Yeon-suk and his ever growing career, Seo In guk has a special place in my heart thanks to his boyish charm and killer three piece suit look.
Jung Kyung ho vs Jung Il woo: The Heart Eye’s Dilemma!
GAH! As much I love Jung Il woo’s heart eyes when he’s on a romcom, I will choose Jung Kuyung ho. For starters, and from a career point of view, I like the choices Jung Kyung ho does much better than Il-woo’s, who I wish went for more diverse work in recent years.
That said, Jung Kyung ho also has an undeniable charm and amazing smile that will make the coldest heart melt. From mafia boss to single father and redeemed entertainer, he is a true chameleon!
Choi Siwon vs Nam Joo hyuk: The Choco-abs Dynasty!
How can I forget Choi Siwon and his surprisingly growing career as an actor that has proven he is more than just a pretty face or choco abs. And I can talk about this all night long, Siwon did good work in his two last kdramas.
So, I’m picking Siwon over Nam Joo-hyuk, only for the reason that the latter is still new to the scene. But I have great hopes for Nam Joo-hyuk after his work in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, which was one of the best dramas of 2016.
Park Hyungsik vs Jo Jung suk: the Skilfull Oppa conundrum!
I have been following Jo Jung suk career and I always thought he was good, although it wasn’t until Jealousy Incarnate (2016) that he really won my heart. I also adore he loves working on musicals and jumps at any chance to dance.
But my hearts tells me is Park Hyungsik who I should be talking about because I love him. To pieces. AS AN ACTOR. Just to make things clear, I have never heard one song by ZE:A, but I have always been impressed by his acting skills even when he was relative new to the scene. I see a good future for him in Dramaland and I couldn’t be more excited about his first lead role in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon!
Reply 1997 - “At 18, Oppa-s are everything in my life” - tells the story of the first generation of crazy fans, and the rise of idol groups in the popular music scene. Sung Shi Won once said (or argued), that, “How can you say fans are shallow, you’re just bias, Bias! Our love for our idols is also a form passion! Passion!”. She spoke up for all the fan girls in the world.
Reply 1994 - “The Youths of the 8 Provinces in Seoul” - tells the story of young people from different provinces coming to Seoul, getting to know one another and understand each other’s dialect, cultures and background. I can never forget the longest ever argument Haitai and Samcheonpo got into, each blabbing in their own respective dialects, when they first met.
Reply 1988 - “My final love is my family” - tells the story of 5 families living on the same alley. It emphasises that family is still the most important no matter what happens, family is where you can call home, where you can fall back to no matter what happens. What’s more touching is, the drama shows that blood relation is not necessary to form a family. The 5 families on the Ssang Mun alley are rather like one big family.