Woman of Many Talents

Day 10: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Third Wheel

First off, I’d like to apologize for being so behind on this 30 Day K-Drama Challenge. When life beckons, it won’t do to disregard its call no matter how much I want to, so I’ve been incredibly busy and my blog has been neglected as a result. Also, the topic for today was really hard for me to come up with an answer for because it’s rare that I come across a female third wheel that I actually like, let alone have a favorite line uttered by them stored away in memory. I racked my brain trying to think of a response when I suddenly remembered how much I loved Hyun Young‘s character Ha Bu Kyeong from one of my favorite dramas of all time, Bad Family.

I’ve included screencaps from a bunch of different scenes that I really loved between Bu Kyeong and Kim Myung Min‘s Oh Dal Gun character, but instead of a favorite line of Bu Kyeong’s, I’m going to have to choose the last conversation Dal Gun and Bu Kyeong have before *spoiler* Dal Gun marries Nam Sang Mi‘s character Kim Yang Ah. Dal Gun tells Bu Kyeong how much he appreciated her unwavering support of him despite his gangster tendencies and gruff exterior, and that he truly cares about her as a friend, stating that it’s her loyalty that made him consider making a female friend for the first time ever in his life. After he says this, Bu Kyeong looks at him with tears swimming in her eyes and says, “I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.” Bu Kyeong has to be one of my favorite female second leads of any k-drama because she sincerely cared about Dal Gun for who he was, and if his relationship with Nam Sang Mi‘s Yang Ah didn’t work out, I would’ve been just as content if he ended up with Bu Kyeong because they were adorable together.

Hyun Young is known for her comedic timing but she exhibited a warmth behind her flighty character that I really loved, and because of Hyun Young‘s talents, Bu Kyeong turned out to be an utterly lovable third wheel who I wished would find her own happiness in the end. I know I’m gushing about the character more than the exchange I chose for this topic, but there’s just so much to say about Bu Kyeong that I couldn’t help myself. Man.. going through a few of the episodes to get screencaps made me want to rewatch Bad Family. If y’all haven’t seen it, please do. It’s a gem of a drama and condenses what family dramas try to do in 50+ episodes into a much shorter, much more pleasant 16 that zip by and leaves you alternating between crying and laughing along with the makeshift family members.

Damned Love

Day 09: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Third Wheel

I’m tearing up just thinking about Lee Cheon Hee‘s delivery of this line “The fact that this damned love of mine… is the most shining light kindling my path.” His character Yang Man Oh spent his entire life working towards pulling himself up out of the place that society set for him, earning riches he never would’ve been able to acquire if he hadn’t been inspired by his love for his Assi to redirect his path in life. Some would call his love dogged, the way he continued to look straight ahead despite all odds in pursuit of the woman he loved for all his life, but I thought it was one of the most beautiful displays of love I’d ever seen in my entire life. Lee Cheon Hee was fabulous as Yang Man Oh, and this line sums up how strongly he cared for Kim Ha Eun‘s Lee Na Young perfectly. It’s no coincidence that Conspiracy in the Court is sweeping so many of the categories for this challenge… if y’all haven’t seen it, what the heck are you waiting for? Just know that you’ll be blown away by the awesomesauce of CitC and take my word for it.. you won’t walk away unchanged.

Another One for Conspiracy in the Court

Day 08: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Lead Character

I had a really hard time choosing a line by a female lead character. There were two that stuck out at me because they both struck me, but for entirely different reasons so I’ll include both and explain why I chose the one I did as my favorite.

Although Cinderella’s Sister was a terrible drama, Moon Geun Young‘s “He called me Eun Jo yah” still resonates with me even to this day. I don’t know what it is about that simple line of dialogue that grips my heart so tightly, but that scene from episode 3 between Moon Geun Young and Chun Jung Myung still remains one of my favorites to this day and probably will always stay on my list. With just a few syllables, MGY expresses a world of pain that her character Eun Jo has had to endure all her life and the fact that someone cares enough about her to call her by name is what begins to open up her heart to the man she’ll eventually fall in love with. I love its impact.

Kim Ha Eun‘s character Na Young said, “If you never aspire for them, how could you ever fulfill your wishes?” The magic of Conspiracy in the Court is that once you watch it, you can never erase the remnants of it from your mind. While going over the review I wrote for it once I finished watching, I started tearing up again looking at the screencaps I took because the sorrow I felt during CitC’s scenes is still present within me. Although the quote from CS is one of my favorites, this has to be my ultimate because it encapsulates so perfectly the essence of Conspiracy in the Court. All throughout the drama, the main characters tried to ignore their desires (with the exception of Lee Cheon Hee‘s Man Oh who ironically is the only one who survives… woo-hoo symbolism!) until the very end. When Sang Gyu and Na Young decide to succumb and pursue their dreams, they are killed. This was the biggest heartbreak for me because they had to live lives of such turmoil and they weren’t allowed happiness even ’til the end. Although they didn’t survive, I thought this quote expressed the sentiments of CitC flawlessly and that’s why it has earned the title of my favorite line from a female lead.

Shining Light

Day 07: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Lead Character

“If you never abandon it, never give it up until the very end, is not hope what shall never leave your side?”

I was seriously considering a lot of different lines from many different dramas that I love but I couldn’t recall another that made my eyes well up with tears and my heart constrict as much as this one. The fact that it was a piece of dialogue from one of my favorite dramas of all time is even better. I’ve gushed enough about Conspiracy in the Court on this blog but I had to gush one more time because this line in its simplicity yet limitless depth just about kills me. Park Sang Gyu (Jin Yi Han) tries to convince his beloved Na Young (Kim Ha Eun) to run away with him before she’s discovered and killed, and he speaks of hope, something that she’s long since lost along with every ounce of light she had within her. I’m tearing up just thinking about the exchange. Damn it, now I want a Conspiracy in the Court rewatch. 😦

Parallel Lines

Day 6: Your Favorite Song from a Kdrama OST

Although the entire soundtrack of Conspiracy in the Court was amazing, this one particular song was spot on. The lyrics so perfectly conveyed how the OTP felt throughout the entire span of the drama and every time I heard the familiar opening riffs of this song my heart would start beating more rapidly involuntarily. I wanted to embed the song into this entry but I haven’t upgraded my blog for media so I’ll just include a link to it from youtube. Here it is.

This is How a Female Second Lead Should Always Be

Day 5: Your Favorite Female Third Wheel Character

God… while looking at some screencaps for this drama, I suddenly got an urge to rewatch it so strong I curse school for robbing me of the time to do so.  I haven’t seen actress Gong Hyun Joo in many other dramas, just in the terrible You Are My Destiny which I dropped halfway because it was becoming unbearable to continue watching. In YAMD, she plays the villainous character so I was beyond surprised and pleasantly proven wrong when I saw that she was capable of displaying an incredibly sweet, loving demeanor as Oh Nam Kyung in one of my all-time favorite dramas Flowers for My Life or I Came in Search of a Flower. Flowers was one of the best dramas I’ve ever seen with one of my favorite ensemble casts of all time, and Gong Hyun Joo‘s character Oh Nam Kyung earned her place as my favorite female third wheel character because of how gracious and loving she is. She never truly becomes a third wheel character because both of the second leads understand and fully support the OTP’s love because of how indisputable it is, which is the reason why both second leads captured my heart and made me root for them to find happiness with each other (which was left up in the air so I decided to pretend things ended that way because no one can stop me from doing so :P). Oh Nam Kyung was one of the sweetest female characters to ever be written into a drama and she has held my top spot for favorite female second lead and probably will continue doing so forever.