Someone posted earlier a contrasting analysis between the way the two leads “protect Eun Bi” and I couldn’t have agreed more. I couldn’t find the post after I read it to reblog — pity since it echoed my sentiments 100%.
Tae Kwang wants Eun Bi to learn how to stand up for herself. He offers his help because he cares, but his help comes in the form of clearing the path for her. He sets the stage so that she can stand under the limelight and do what she wants to do. And that’s a bonus for me over Yi An.
Yi An also cares about the girls but his way is more about making the decisions he thinks are right and best. He doesn’t let her show her true self because he blankets her in a way where she can’t come out and show herself after. I’m thankful he made a point that if Eun Bi was alive then it still meant Eun Byul was dead — such a truth sank into our never-changing antagonist — but he needs to learn to let Eun Bi fly and find her voice. This was the perfect opportunity for her to come clean and I firmly believe she was going to say the truth but this “rescue” cut her off.
That point he made that Eun Byul was dead (so someone had lost their life anyways) is possibly the only time I see a hint of pain for having lost his best friend, the girl he loved. I can’t believe the writers are still making him mad at Eun Bi about the lie and not focusing on the fact that he should be grieving the loss of someone he loves (because everything he did for Eun Bi he did thinking it was his Eun Byul.)
I feel that because they’re trying to force this love triangle on us the writers are missing very key points in the three main characters for their development and growth and the whole shipping thing has blinded people from the facts:
— Yi An is confused and processing the death of his friend and in a way feels that he could owe it to Eun Byul to help her sister because she died to save her.
— Eun Bi is drowning in guilt because her sister (who so many loved) died to save her and as consequence of usurping Eun Byul a lot of people are continually getting hurt.
— Tae Kwang is learning to trust, to get close to others and to allow himself to feel when he’s basically felt like useless, unwanted trash that has no right to experience any of these things.
Instead the writers are making an angst fest for the sake of an unnecessary love triangle battle and missing important aspects of character development in favor of shipping bullshit.
To be honest at this point, shipper heart aside, I just want all these kids to find themselves, to fix what they broke, and to repent if they did wrong. I want them to learn, to live, and become friends. I want the adults to reconcile with their children (there are some AWFUL parents in this drama) and for there to be some closure for each character that doesn’t revolve around finding their prince or princess. Because the world isn’t a fairytale and these are important lessons to learn before you step out there.