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After Secret Garden … 49 Days?

Sharing an article by Segyesa Publishing which makes me think 49 Days (working title) may be pretty promising. ^^*

Though the drama will air only in March and has not begun script reading yet, it has attracted interest from viewers, like this fan made poster ^^

More ’49 Days’ images can be found at 얼꼴님’s blog

By the writer of Shining Inheritance and Prosecutor Princess (both of which I didn’t watch ㅡㅡ; ), ’49 Days’ is about a woman who slipped into a coma after a traffic accident one week before her wedding. However, she is given a chance to live — if her soul can find 3 people besides her family members who genuinely loves her, and gather their  ‘tears of genuine love’ ,  within 49 days, which is also believed to be the period between which a spirit wanders at the boundaries of life and death.

Currently the cast includes Lee Yowon, Jo Hyun Jae*, Nam Gyu Ri, Bae Soo Bin, Jung Il Woo, Seo Ji Hye and Kang Sung Min.

*This is Jo Hyun Jae's comeback drama after being in military service from 2008 August 5 (left) ~ 2010 June 19 (right)

To watch a soldier’s comeback drama after a would-be soldier’s farewell drama? ^^;;

~.~

And here’s the translation of the article that recommended 49 Days, titled

“Childish and absurd, but still irresistible… ”

Reasons why women like fantasy romance

* The original article is a media release by Segyesa Publishing House and uploaded on The Hankyoreh

After many weekend nights, ‘Secret Garden’ which has touched the hearts of many women, has finally finished its run. “Is this the best, are you sure?” “Made by an Italian master one bead one bead….” these are but some of the many famous lines which will be well-remembered by many “Se-Ga fans”, who can be considered fans of the fantasy romance genre. In Secret Garden’s fantasy romance, male lead Kim Ju Won and female lead Gil Ra Im both drank a magic wine (potion?) which enabled them to switch souls whenever it rains.

Initially this was dismissed as an absurd story, but very soon this fantasy romance had captured the hearts of many female fans. Although its absurd, this romance has unique ways of its own which created a mania among many women.

Appearing in dramas, movies, and novels, this unrealistic setting with romance as the  main concept has become another sure way to attract female fans. The success of the fantasy romance genre can be seen in the following hits: ‘My Girlfriend is a Gumiho’, ‘Twilight’, ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’, ‘Secret’, and ‘Let Me In’.

Whether it’s about the extraordinary relationship between a man and a woman who exchanges bodies when it rains (Secret Garden), or the love for a woman even when she’s a gumiho (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho), or a love triangle between a human, a vampire and a werewolf (Twilight), or the love for a woman who is a ghost (Secret) … at first glance these are all absurd stories. Nevertheless, fantasy romances are at their height of popularity, and there is a unique formula for their success despite their impossible setting.

Firstly, the male lead must have the standardized background, such as a man from a chaebol family, also regarded as the modern day version of a prince on a white steed, a vampire possessing extraordinary powers, or a piano genius. This kind of male leads enable female fans to dream of ugly-duckling transformations, making their hearts race.

Secondly, within the unrealistic genre, there will be a “slice of the realities of life”, usually represented by a female lead who has a ‘candy character’. This is the easiest way for the female viewer to identify with the character in the drama.

Lastly, there must be antagonistic roles between the male and female leads so as to bring out their romance. However these antagonistic roles will have a deadly charm that redeems their character, making them un-hatable, and thus creating another fan base for them.

In 2011, its inevitable that many are awaiting more works of fantasy romance. Coming our way first is ‘I Am Number Four’, a New York Times bestseller released this January, about the love story between an teenage alien from another planet and a human girl, while trying to save his planet from another planet of invading (evil) aliens. It has been adapted into a movie by the famous combination of Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, which will be released in February.

Also coming up is drama ’49 Days’, about a woman who died in a traffic accident, but who has the chance of living again if she is able to collect, from 3 people, tears of genuine love.

‘Breaking Dawn’, the 4th movie in the Twilight series will also be opening this year, as well as Shunji Iwai’s movie ‘Vampire’.

The popularity of fantasy romance looks set to continue its popularity into the future. With its special formula that wins over female fans and the flourish of imagination which creates the cult following of fans. It remains to be seen whether another fantasy romance will become a great hit of 2011.

 

Being partial to Shunji Iwai 'cos I (still) loved his 1995 film, "Love Letter" ^^;

Stills from ‘Vampire’, thanks to Todd Brown

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