Aw, sadly, we’ve reached the end! But the challenge was fun while it lasted, and I’ll definitely remember all the fun conversations I’ve had with many of you throughout this fun series.
I may love my romantic comedies, but I also can’t live without my melodramas. That being said, oftentimes what makes me “sad” isn’t always a death or a tragedy, but the simplest, most ordinary moments in life. Deaths and tragedies often do equate as sadness, though not all of them strike a chord deep within, not all of them touch the realms of my heart. I still consider myself a crybaby, though I think my eyes must have trained itself to shed less tears over the years of much Kdrama-watching. Nowadays, I rarely cry when watching a Korean drama. Only when I experience a gut-wrenching pain do I finally let loose my floodgates.
While there are more than enough dramas that have made me cry, I’m only going to bring up one recent drama, whose story and romance was so genuine that it was difficult to not get emotionally caught up with the whole show.
I find it fitting that I should be ending this challenge with The Princess’s Man, because I never got the chance to finish a review I had started months ago. I love TPM because it’s all about the characters and their interactions with one another. Almost everyone is woven into a complex web of relationships, and the drama focuses much of its 24-episodes run on this dynamic.
There is an epic romantic storyline in this drama, most notably between Se Ryung (Moon Chae Won) and Seung Yoo (Park Shi Hoo), but there’s also another — the one between Princess Kyung Hye and Jung Jong. These two couples have a romance that’s believable, and in my opinion, are the ones to beat in the genre itself.
While I chose this drama in answer to today’s challenge question, I wouldn’t say that it’s just a “sad” drama. I’d be vastly understating the drama’s overall feel if I limited it to that single adjective. No, this drama encompasses everything to create a perfect recipe for a fun ride — it’s romantic, adorable, bittersweet, melodramatic, intriguing, intense, thrilling, and much, much more.
One of the most memorable scenes for me is when Princess Kyung Hye finally calls Jung Jong her husband, and the two share an intimate hug, which is probably equivalent to a kiss back in the Joseon era. That was such a romantic yet bittersweet scene. While a part of me was jumping for joy, another knew that there was upcoming strife ahead. I cried, wishing with all my heart that the two could just run away and forget all their present worries.
Another scene that stood out was also the final cut, with Se Ryung and Seung Yoo horseback riding through the fields. Though Se Ryung is forever cut off from her family (thought to be dead by everyone else) and Seung Yoo is now blind, the couple are still happily in love with one another; they need no one else but each other.
They continue to ride in the sun as their daughter, back in their hut, reads with her nanny, “What exactly is love, I asked the world.” In voiceover, Seung Yoo and Se Ryung then reply in unison, “If without hesitation, we can promise each other to be together until death do us part, it is love.”
And hearing that and seeing the couple so happy, I had cried again. This time, happy, bittersweet tears. Couldn’t help it; I was overcome with emotion. And I was sad that the drama had ended, although I thought it ended almost perfectly.
So yeah, The Princess’s Man. Check it out if you haven’t already. It’s so much more than a “Romeo and Juliet” storyline, so you’ll have to watch it yourself to see why I’m raving about it.
Photo Source: The Princess’s Man official website on KBS