Just my two cents after watching I Hear Your Voice‘s episode 8. A very petty you might say. It’s not even the highlight, it’s probably not even worth bringing up. As I said, petty. But what might be petty to you is really causing me a disturbance that I can’t get off my head whenever I watch these dramas. Is Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young) and Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk) in a love line for this drama? I know that Soo Ha has been crushing on her. The fact that he’s crushing on her is already very disturbing to me so when I see Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun) mustering his courage and asking her to be his girlfriend. Honestly after that scene I was so excited to watch this drama but at the end of episode 8 we see Soo Ha kissing Hye Sung it made me think, ah is the actual love line between these two? Is Cha Lawyer the infamous ‘second guy’?
I have never been fond of the pairing of large age gap between the main characters. Lee Jong Suk and Lee Bo Young both have 11 years of age gap. Honestly when I’m sure that this drama is going down to that path, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue watching it. While we’re at it, doesn’t it seem like there’s a lot of large age gap couples in the recent drama production?
The most recent drama that portrays just that is Dating Agency: Cyrano. In fact, it is still an ongoing drama. I did an entry of this drama here. The main characters are SNSD’s Sooyoung and Lee Jong Hyuk, both having 13 years gap in age. It might sound more shocking when I put it this way, she’s in her 20s and he’s in his 40s AND she’s an idol in the most popular Korean girl group and he is an actor with two sons aged 10 and 7. As probably one of the hugest fan of Dad! Where Are We Going variety show that Lee Jong Hyuk is in with his second son Junsu, makes matter worse for me. He has this loving, playful dad image in my eyes and that has taken its toll on me in a sense that I can’t focus on his character in this drama. Notice ‘in this drama’. I would have gladly watched his drama diligently if only he wasn’t paired with someone 13 years younger his age.
Another example of this case is a recently wrapped drama, When A Man Loves. I became a fan of Song Seung Hoon after watching My Princess, his project alongside Kim Tae Hee. They were adorable in that drama! And then this (drama) happened. I was excited to see him returning to the small screen again but turned off when I knew Shin Se Kyung was his partner. That’s 14 years age difference. I did try to watch the drama but I lasted only 4 episodes. It didn’t work for me, because I really wanted Yeon Woo Jin, the ‘second guy’ who seemed to be more age appropriate for Shin Se Kyung, to be the hero. Plus I really loved his acting in Arang and the Magistrate. Since I didn’t watch the drama, I didn’t know the ending. I did see some AKP’s spoiler article title (AKP is notorious for giving out spoilers, I hate it) that Shin Se Kyung had a turn of heart, but I’m sure she ended up with Song Seung Hoon in the end. So, meh.
Now on to my biggest disappointed in the history of k-drama casting yet, 7th Civil Servant. I am really really a fan of Joo Won + the fact that this is a spy drama + 2PM’s Chansung in the cast made me high with expectations. Choi Kang Hee is 11 years older than him. I felt weird watching the love line so although it was a drama that I waited so excitedly to come out, I stopped watching after 8 episodes. Choi Kang Hee is known for her baby face feature in the industry, but frankly I can’t agree with that. She looks her age for me. Even Kim Tae Hee who is 3 years younger than her looks far younger. Don’t misunderstand. It’s not like I have anything against her. In fact, her drama with Ji Sung, Protect The Boss, is one of my all time favorite drama. It’s just that, this whole age gap thing just doesn’t cut it for me.
It’s not that I’m completely against this large age gap romance. It’s just that I dislike them appearing in my dramas. At least for me. There isn’t any decent drama I’m watching right now. I Hear Your Voice has a very very good story line, I really loved the how it revolves around law and all, but the age thing is bothering me. While Dating Agency: Cyrano has all the obligatory romcom elements a romcom drama has to have, from the love-hate relationship, eye candies (Moo Jin and Arang omg) to their A+ stars cameos, there is still that age gap that keeping me off. I’m also watching Monstar now for the sake of Junhyung. He’s one of my /ultimate bias/ and it’s his debut drama so I felt obligated to watch. I don’t like the leading lady at all, and I have always disliked school themed drama (the reason why I still haven’t moved on from episode 1 of School 2013), so it’s all basically for Junhyung. Aren’t you proud of your little fan here Joker?
This has been my two cents.
A lately disappointed k-drama avid fan, xx