The Discovery Of Affection, aejeongui balgyeon, 애정의 발견
04 May, 2011 - 23 Jun, 2011
21:55 - 23:05
3.9 of 5 by 1926 users
Gu Ae Jeong is a has-been idol trying desperately to stay in the spotlight, despite her bad reputation with the public. In contrast, top star Dok Go Jin is beloved by many, but behind the scenes is vain and rude. The two meet and fail to get along, but their paths continue to cross when Ae Jeong ends up on a popular dating variety show, hosted by her snooty former band mate (and Dok Go Jin's former girlfriend) Gang Se Ri.
It's a very lighthearted, yet exciting drama. After some stoic emotionless male leads I completely fell in love with Cha Seung Won. His eccentric and loveable character Dok Go Jin portrayed such a wide range of relatable emotions, his physical comedy and endless little quirks cracked me up (reminding me of Nagase Tomoya), but he did just as well portraying pain and heartbreak.
The series releases a great dose of butterflies in your stomach with the typical pursue of romance, but early on the focus starts to shift to the more realistic side of things. The characters work in the entertainment industry, where romantic relationships drastically influence your career development, whether it's calculated or not. The setting leaves a realistic feeling, while still taking you for a vacation from your real life troubles.
A relationship between an arrogant successful male and a down to earth hard working female is nothing new in the slightest, but I think these characters delivered a refreshing combo with the more subtle nuances of their characters. If you're looking for that light hearted feeling of a high school romance, but with more mature (age wise) characters, a stronger female lead, and a more adult setting, this is the series for you. It also keeps its quality and feel balanced throughout the 16 episodes, instead of sliding to that boring, repetitive or needlessly serious slope in the middle like many others do.
Awesome. Gorgeous. Heart-warming. Magnificent. The superlatives are running out *_*
The Hong sisters delivered their best scenario as yet. My girlfriend is a Gumiho was superb, but I never thought they would do EVEN better.
The pair of Cha Seung Won and Gong Hyo Jin is nothing short of natural and spectacularly brilliant. With that casting, the drama just couldn't fail. Although Dok Go Jin (CSW) came across as mildly deranged in the beginning, he calmed down a bit (matured perhaps) after meeting Gu Ae Jeong.
The puns fly around at a tempo only the Hong sisters can deliver, the silly situations make you laugh out loud like crazy and in the end you just want to follow that pair of not-so-young lovers and see how it unfolds. The whole angst is built up by the question of life and death, which is a trademark of the Hong sisters.
This drama is a winner, I don't know for sure if I prefer this over City Hunter for 2011, but in the rom-com genre : Choegoui Sarang wins, hands down.
The main couple in both dramas are very similar; the woman is a good person, but some circumstances don't allow her to lead a normal life while the man is rich and handsome but has a bad personality. When the two encounter each other, they fall in love. The feeling conveyed by both is very similar.
Both give off a similar feeling as they both involve a female lead who is an innocent woman tortured by the fate; and a male lead who is an arrogant, rich, yet quite lonely person. He starts to defend her by chance, but then also falls for her.