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The Problem of Eun Hye and other stuff

Monday, January 28, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Seo Eun Hye, as a character, has always puzzled me. Recently she’s also begun to annoy me, and I went semi-frantic, as I’m the sort that likes to know why. And then I finally twigged: it’s because she has no actual role in the story. As my nearests and dearests will tell you, I am a character development whore (also plot development whore, but these two things often go hand in hand). Therefore, having someone who only fulfills the fourth side of the love rectangle (not square yet, undeclared feelings etc etc) would totally poke my subconscious sore spot.

I mean, for all that she’s unconventional, smart, strong-willed, beautiful, she is still the product of her times and social station: a rich noble lady just entering the adult world. Unlike the other players in this love geometry game, she has nothing significant at stake – Enok has her lineage, Gil Dong and Chang Hui their future. She has money, status and familial stability, things that none of the other three have. If she does go with Gil Dong (which is highly unlikely, given that he doesn’t really show signs of liking her right now), she also has the most to lose.

I maintain that she is just playing games with people, because she is giddy, not in love. When she sees Gil Dong, she displays this excited lightheartedness/first crush/fan behaviour, and I do realize that her collapsing after hearing of GD’s death is significant, but the truth is, she doesn’t know him. (She does have the distinct honour of being Hong Gil Dong the hero’s first fan.) She’s bored with her life as a ‘proper lady of noble blood’, sees someone different and clings to him because he’s more interesting. (In a way, her sheltered upbringing has made her less mature than Enok, who is admittedly not the sharpest tool in the shed. Enok’s experiences and honesty make approaching and understanding GD much easier.) They may end up friends, but they’re still a bit too different to work well as a couple. (That is, unless the writers change her, which, given an 16 episode storyline still left, looks very plausible indeed.)

Another huge point against her favour in GD/EH is her abandonment of Gil Dong at the moment he most needed her. She knew the significance of her testimony as well as he did, but she still left him to bear the (quite serious) accusation of armed robbery and murder. Not to flog the Enok ship too much, but I doubt Enok would have done the same thing. And that is a fundamental difference between them, for now. Eun Hye is still all about the fun (even her meeting with GD – her attitude just seems juvenile – she does realize that as a bandit on the run from tons of people who will kill him, meeting with her is just not the smartest thing to do?), while Enok sincerely would go with Gil Dong to the ends of hell (urm, pretty sure of a mixed metaphor here, not sure where).

Arguably, then, she has the most potential to grow as the series goes on. I hope she does. It would be a shame to waste such a potentially dynamic character on (of all things) love geometry. I know I’ll get tomatoed by EH/GD fans, but meh. We’re all reading too much into a drama series anyway. (Oh, but it’s so fun!)

To be honest, I’m leaning towards a YN/CH, but like, metaphysical laws of dramadom will result in an HGD/YN. Albeit after loads of angst, tears/shouting, separations, false starts in other directions and maybe a revolution, given this drama’s specific context. (Maybe Enok’s just easier to like.)

In other news, that broody and introverted prince character, Chang Hwe? He’s got a diff image in this new promotional MV. I’m not a huge fan of his posing, and his voice is kind of monotoned, but hey, eyecandy. I always like eyecandy.

You guys can totally tell I’m suffering from HGD withdrawal symptoms, right?



  1. flyingcrispi
    Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Dear Sevenses,
    First of all, I totally agree with you about Eun Hye’s position, but you forgot something important : Gil Dong’s little bro’ aka the detestable and simple minded hypocrite In Hyung.
    As we all now, he luuuurves Eun Hye blindly, and I’m sure he’ll always be there for her. So whatever she decides, she still as the son of the minister she can marry (yes, she doesn’t like him, but it’s not like she can go and live happily among birds and flowers suddenly!).
    Another thing, what the heck does “Albeit” means?
    “to the ends of hell” : that was just too funny.
    And who doesn’t want some YN/CH? He’s just soo cute.
    You just made my day, thank you.

  2. Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Somehow I think she’s going to get out of marrying In Hyung, though. Remember when Eun Hye was talking with her dad, and he said, “Whether you have feelings for the son or not, I am already reconsidering your marriage agreement.” I’m sure In Hyung will be dismayed.

    (I mean, honestly, being married to Eun Hye would be so exciting In Hyung would be killed from it.)

    Albeit is another way of saying nonetheless.

    I’m glad! *hands panda cookie*

  3. Neechan
    Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    wow. boy in vid is like a korean version of yuya(NEWS), but with more attitude. >0< eyecandy is yummy :3

  4. yangmee
    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I am totally suffering from Jang Geun Suk withdrawal. Please Please post any new info on him. (preferably with Eng Subs.) Thank you.

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