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Cha Jung Woo might have had a bright future as a writer, had he not been unable to stay silent after witnessing corruption among his seniors. Unfortunately, by choosing to speak out against unscrupulous behavior, Jung Woo essentially ended his career before it had even begun. At least that’s how things would have gone, had Kim Jung Hyun not chosen to stand beside him. One of the literary world’s brightest stars, Jung Hyun is not frightened off by Jung Woo’s tarnished reputation and offers him a refuge in which to reconsider his future. Strongly protective of his young friend, Jung Hyun is more than a little wary when Jung Woo is approached by the enterprising young publisher, Han Tae Young. Firmly believing that Jung Woo must write again, Tae Young is prepared to risk his own future in bringing this about, and makes Jung Woo an offer he cannot refuse. But Jung Hyun isn’t convinced that Tae Young’s motives are entirely noble. Fueled by jealousy and suspicion, Jung Hyun tries to keep Jung Woo away from the ambitious publisher; but despite all his efforts, Jung Woo seems unable to resist Tae Young’s many charms. Torn between the writer he looks up to and the publisher he can’t resist, where will Jung Woo’s wavering heart land? (Source: Viki; edited by MyDramaList) Edit Translation

  • English
  • Türkçe
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Nov 24, 2022 - Dec 15, 2022
  • Aired On: Thursday
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Score: 7.1 (scored by 4,622 users)
  • Ranked: #8844
  • Popularity: #1314
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Reviews

Completed
BL Compilations
51 people found this review helpful
Nov 24, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 6
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

unique dynamics with confusing execution

Overall: the bizarre editing/timeline in the beginning and lack of explanations made this unnecessarily confusing. I did like the different take on a love triangle. Aired on GagaOOLala and Viki.

Content Warnings: harassment, manipulation

What I Liked
- this was a love triangle that I actually liked
- a morally gray character (aka good intentions, wrong actions)
- good production value (except for the odd editing)
- a female character who wasn't a stalker fan or evil ex
- the ending

Room For Improvement
- this has some bizarre editing and I had to re-watch the beginning of episode 1 to figure out what was happening, as an example in episode 2: first minute is a partial recap of episode 1 set 3 years in the past followed by five minutes of new scenes (presumably still in the past), then at 6 minutes in there is a recap of the last episode in the present and a new scene added, then at 10 minutes of 26 minutes we have the final scene of episode 1 and new scenes from then on
- they should have actually shown the kiss right away to explain their relationship three years ago and then they needed to confirm what their relationship is in the present
- never really explain what happened in the past or how all the "plans" would actually work
- lack of agency from Jung Woo and our supposed hero did the exact same thing that the villain did with making choices for Jung Woo instead of making choices with Jung Woo
- multiple mediocre kisses

Question - is self-publishing not an option in South Korea?

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Completed
Angelika
30 people found this review helpful
Dec 15, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 5.0

Bad try...

This drama main problem is that it wants to be deeper than it is.
So in order to appear as mysterious and artsy as possible it throws us viewer in the middle of the plot without any explanation and keep being vague enough.
Character introduction or their motivation – nope - puzzle them yourself from what you can observe, maybe then they will make deeper sense.
So we have three main characters that storyline joggle from person to person with time skip – making one confusing start of drama.
But okay middle part for sure will clarify it for everyone, right? Nope.
What big crime Cha Jung Woo commit to be banned for writing under his own name? Everyone speaks of it in such vague manner that its just scream that script wants to appear more than it is. In days of digital printing and self-published book this whole storyline just don’t make sense the more you think about it.
Making main points of storyline vague doesn’t make drama artsy or deep.
As for romance – just forget it. Leads don’t have chemistry, their romance plot line is not cute or believable they just woke up one day and decided – Oh I want to be with that guy.
There is nothing memorable about this drama – maybe except this song they use.

Overall I watched worse dramas but also many better ones.
If this drama didn’t pretend to me more than it is – it would be a much better experience.

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Details

  • Drama: Happy Ending Romance
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Nov 24, 2022 - Dec 15, 2022
  • Aired On: Thursday
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

Statistics

  • Score: 7.1 (scored by 4,622 users)
  • Ranked: #8844
  • Popularity: #1314
  • Watchers: 12,492

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