“When our hearts say O but we want to say X, and when our hearts say X but want to answer O. We hesitate like this because we don’t even know our own hearts. At times like this, whatever slips out of your mouth when you’re not thinking, is what you truly think.”
“When someone is doing something that they really want to do, they look the most beautiful. I also want to look truly beautiful as I do the work that I really want to do. Not to someone else, but to myself.” - She Was Pretty (2015)
5 Reasons Why Siwon is ACTUALLY the First Lead of SWP
[Spoilers up through episode 11]
The more of She Was Pretty I watch the more I am convinced that one of two things is going on here. Either 1) The writer is incompetent and is unintentionally misleading the audience by spending too much time on the secondary characters, setting up a slew of themes and foreshadowing that he can’t follow through with or 2) this is the most skillful subversion of Kdrama tropes I’ve ever seen and the writer is playing all of us like a violin.
Really, these are the only two options. Because (and I’m going to express an unpopular opinion here) if this show ends by the usual Kdrama route of the two “leads” getting together leaving the two secondary leads brokenhearted in their wake because first love truly is the best love…it will have been a spectacular failure as a piece of narrative. At least thematically speaking.
Yes this is a pro-second lead post. And yes, I do ship Shin Hyeok with Hye Jin, I think they make the most sense, they have better chemistry than her and Seung Joon, and it would be dreadfully nice to see a second lead rewarded for being kind, considerate and terribly in love with the female lead for the first time in drama history. But this is entirely beside the point. I think there is a strong argument to be made that the WRITER is pro-second lead. and so I’ve compiled a list of reasons why
1. The Main Characters Aren’t Who You Think They Are
In the first minutes of the first episode Kim Hye Jin lays out the central theme of the story: In real life, just like in books and dramas, there are main characters and supporting cast.
^^ignore that rogue coma. I promise she’s saying the thing I said.
Immediately, upon hearing this our drama addled minds say, “Oh, Hye Jin, silly girl. You don’t realize this yet, but you’re in a Kdrama and we already know you’re the heroine. You just sit tight and wait, because you’re gonna get prettied up and end up with the MMC.” We take for granted both that Hye Jin is incorrect about her supposition at least with regard to herself, and that we as the audience are in on the secret of who the actual hero and heroine of the story are.
But what if the writer is taking us along for a ride too? What if, knowing the conventions of a usual drama, he intended to present us with the obvious pairing just to subvert and play with our expectations?