There are a lot of excellent reasons why I felt I should weigh in on a (post-Heartstrings) drama that casts either Jung Yong Hwa or Park Shin Hye. One, since I haven’t watched any other drama that didn’t cast both of them, I figured it’s something I must do to keep my “dooleysions” in check. Two, it’s a good way to let them lovely Dooliers know the bluebird is still alive and kicking (and still very much a Doolier, thank you very much). And three…. you know what? Let’s just have two for now, since that’s all my birdy brain could come up with.
Well then, on to Heirs… I’m sorry, what?
Why not weigh in on Mirae’s Choice as well?
Oh, that. Well, the bluebird only has time to watch one drama, see. *sigh* Blame it on the Dooley couple for deciding to sign up on dramas that aired almost simultaneously, no? So my apologies go out to them Boice cousins. I’m so, so sorry that I wasn’t able to support our Dooley boy’s drama, but there it is.
So, on to Heirs… I’m sorry, what now?
Why not Mirae’s Choice then instead of Heirs?
I was hoping you wouldn’t ask that. Well, it was a choice, see, between watching Lee Min Ho or Yoon Eun Hye. Now, I’m not a big fan of either, mind you, but if I have to choose… Weeeellll… Let’s just say….. Come on! Surely, you understand!
You mean, you chose to ogle the Lee Min Ho hotness.
YES. Exactly. Happy now? Then, shoo! Bug some other blogger.
Goodness! I’m so sorry for the interruption. Some people are just plain crazy. *shakes head*
Anyhoo, on to Heirs (and let’s hurry before the loony butts in again).
Now, I won’t go the critic’s route and tell you whether the drama was good or bad. I’m not qualified anyway, since I skipped some scenes and just focused on the drama’s OTP. But I must say that Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye did an insanely amazing job with their roles. The Kim Tan/Cha Eun Sang love story, they sold it. They did. They really, really sold it. I was caught – hook, line and sinker. My emotional investment was so high I thought of getting insurance. It was crazy! Following the struggles of their relationship, I cried so many times and pulled my hair out (plucked my feathers?) so many times I ended up looking like a dressed chicken! To say that I was fully onboard the TanSang ship would qualify as BB’s understatement of 2013, I tell you. Methinks I did more screaming and swooning than the characters themselves, seriously.
But then the drama ended. The TanSang ship sailed away unto the sunset with a happily ever after pretty much in the bag. And though a part of me was sad to see it go, another part of me felt quite relieved that I could go back sailing in my comfortable Dooley ship.
What?! You aren’t jumping over to the MinHye ship?!
Oh God, here she goes again! No! I’m certainly not jumping over onto any other ship.
But… but… you said you were fully onboard the TanSang ship?
I was. But it’s an entirely different thing and I’m not gonna explain it to you because it’s a very long story. And besides, you’re crazy!
Oh, do tell!
Fine. It’s like this. Do you know I was once a GeunShin shipper?
*Gasp* You were? But how could I possibly know that?
Then just shut up and listen (or read). *rolls eyes* Yes. As loathe as I am to admit it now, I once shipped our Dooley girl with the pretty boy Jang Geun Suk. Go on, I’ll give you half a minute to point fingers and laugh like a loon, but that’s it.
The thing is, I didn’t get aboard the GeunShin ship just because they sold me the Hwang Tae Kyung / Go Mi Nam love story. I’d like to think that the bluebird is still sane enough to recognize that a drama is just a drama and roles are just roles. After YAB, I scoured the net for hours and hours (God, I miss those lazy days!) looking for BTSs and whatever else I could find that could somehow justify why I should ship their real life counterparts. And again, as loathe as I am to admit it, there were stuff I found that gave me reason to set foot inside a GeunShin cabin (first class, mind you).
Whereas with Heirs this time (and I’m not at all sure if it were just me not having too much time to scour the internet for BTSs and stuff), I haven’t found a reason yet to think that something good might be a-brewing between the two actors. Yes, the chemistry was pretty amazing between Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho. Yes, I loved Kim Tan and Cha Eun Sang to death. But outside of the roles they played, in the measly amount of BTSs I managed to find, I haven’t seen anything in their interactions off-camera that made my heart skip a beat or had my stomach a-fluttering. That’s pretty much my indicator that to ship them in real life would be a leap of faith for me – something that the rational, logical bluebird isn’t ready to take yet. Hell, if you have something more then let me have it and we’ll talk. But right now, sorry. No go.
What I’d like to clarify is that my shipping the Dooleys didn’t start with me getting sold the love story of Lee Shin and Lee Gyu Won. If it were only that, I would’ve been off the ship even before Heirs – probably right after Flower Boy Next Door because, damn, Park Shin Hye really sells all her love stories.
But it was the other way around, as a matter of fact. I fell in love with the friendship and closeness of Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa off-screen (in thousands of BTSs) and that in turn made me love the characters that they played in Heartstrings.
I have yet to see Park Shin Hye getting all touchy-feely with any of her co-stars the same way she was with Jung Yong Hwa. I have yet to see a male co-star of her go onstage at an awards show just to give her flowers (or do something else equally surprising and unpredictable) before and after they got to act on a drama which didn’t necessarily get amazing ratings. Lastly, I have yet to see my OTP declaring to the world and beyond that they are dating someone else outside of each other. It will be then and only then, that I’ll be saying goodbye to one of the best ships I sailed in the course of my fangirling voyage.
But until such time comes, I am staying put in my cozy little corner in the Dooley ship. And my Doolier shipmates will just have to put up with me and all my crazy split-personalities.
Have a wonderful holiday season, Dooliers! The BB might not be always in the nest, but you are always in the BB’s heart. Much love and kisses! See y’all around from time to time.