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[Drama 2019] Extraordinary You / Suddenly One Day, 어쩌다 발견한 하루 - 2019 MBC Drama of the Year

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I'm liking the theorizing.  I'm interested in the beginning episode: it really seemed like Dan Oh was supposed to be the main lead, with all three A3 boys in love with her.  It's possible the writer (as Packman3 theorized) changed tack after starting the manwha and changed the lead to JuDa.  That makes sense to me because what we're watching is a meta-experiment on a meta-experiment.

 

The Stage characters, as I've said before, are very much enacting a marketable kdrama formula, whereas the Shadow characters are more real, honest, flawed.  What we have then is a schizophrenic writer writing to formula but her characters have become real enough to her, particularly the recycled ones, that she imagines what they truly think of the cliched writing and their fates within the story and portrays that in Shadow.

 

So for me the idea that these characters can operate outside the writer's imagination doesn't wash.  The characters can't escape the writer; they can, however, possibly escape the formula if their story is good enough.  And that's what Extraordinary You is - a kdrama escaping the formula by satirizing it, and portraying more realistic characters outside the cliches. (Not that they're that much more realistic, but you know what I mean, I hope).  The book Secret in the story has the staged scenes, but it is not what we're watching; it isn't finished.

 

So if this is the frame of this drama, everything else has to operate within the frame. The conflict is between stage and shadow within the writer's mind, and therefore the ending will be Stage (formulaic: Nam Ju with JuDa, Dan Oh dies), Shadow (the writer breaks free from the formula and goes where her characters take her), or something in between - like the kdrama we are currently watching!

 

 

 

 

 

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@brielover

Definitely a interesting theory.

 

In the beginning I thought as well what if actually anything happening - even in the shadows - is part of the writers storyboard? Who tells us that Dan Oh and Ha Ru aren't actually the main couple in this manhwa and the reader (like we as the viewers of the drama) slowly finds out about it?

 

What if the secret in this manhwa is actually the shadow part of the comic - that characters exist and act outside the stage and fall in love? I mean there is no real indicator for that but at the same time there is nothing speaking against my theory. Because nobody, not even Jinmichae, completely understand how this world works.

 

In the end that would of course be a bit unfair because that would mean that the characters, no matter what, have no control as they believe they have. Just like Jinmichae said: that anything is already drawn. And it would go up against what the drama is trying to convey that even if you think you're fake you still can have a life and personality and dislikes.

 

It's definitely going to be interesting how the drama will resolve all this in the last 6 episodes. Because I hope they do it in a way it makes sense and it just leaves Extraordinary You as probably one of the best highschool fantasy romances. :D

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I read from many blogs that people feel triggered by Kyung's behavior because they experienced abusive relationships as well and the way Kyung treats Dan Oh is A+ example of being abusive. And this was like a reality check for me. I'm definitely not a fan of Kyung and I absolutey acknowledge him as a abusive character. But the fact that there are people out there who get anxiety just watching him on screen, treating the people around him like he does and being violent, is on another level. If someone is reading this who did survive abuse, know that someone is here you can talk to if you feel triggered by Kyung's behavior.

 

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2 hours ago, Jillia said:
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read from many blogs that people feel triggered by Kyung's behavior because they experienced abusive relationships as well and the way Kyung treats Dan Oh is A+ example of being abusive. And this was like a reality check for me. I'm definitely not a fan of Kyung and I absolutey acknowledge him as a abusive character. But the fact that there are people out there who get anxiety just watching him on screen, treating the people around him like he does and being violent, is on another level. If someone is reading this who did survive abuse, know that someone is here you can talk to if you feel triggered by Kyung's behavior.

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@Jillia, this is exactly the reason why I said episodes ago that I wish they would tone down the violence of his character. I have seen violence right before my eyes either on subway trains or on the streets of NY. It’s very scary to see people act violently and even when you’re not the target, you never know how things would escalate to include bystanders especially in an enclosed area. It’s a very threatening feeling. Even adult men and women will scoot away and call the police. Even seeing Kyung kick down the garbage bin last episode is disturbing. He has way too much anger going on and he’s always breathing out threats and intimidating people. It’s time for him to change and I’m not exactly sure what it would take. 
 

Also, while he might be asking the right questions about their world, his “motive” is obviously self-serving to maintain the story in his favor and under his control. Heh.

 

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netizen comments :


(+43,0) Rowoon is the best! Haru is the best!!


(+12,0) The day I found Haru.. I really found them.


(+11,0) You must be have a hard time but I will always cheer for you!


(+10,0) He's so handsome!


(+8,-1) Rowoon is so handsome~ You really did well!

 

 

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SF9’s Rowoon Shows Off His Versatility Through His Character In “Extraordinary You”

 

SF9’s Rowoon Shows Off His Versatility Through His Character In “Extraordinary You”

With every episode of “Extraordinary You,” SF9’s Rowoon is being more acknowledged as a versatile actor.

“Extraordinary You” tells the story of a high school student named Eun Dan Oh (Kim Hye Yoon) who discovers that she is a character in a manhwa (Korean comic). When she meets a nameless extra in the story who she later names Ha Roo (Rowoon), she decides to go against her predetermined fate and find true love.

Not only is Rowoon drawing attention with his good looks and tall physique, but he is also in the spotlight for his diverse acting abilities. First, Rowoon portrayed the naive, silent Ha Roo, a nameless extra in the story that no one paid attention to. Later on, Rowoon acted as the cold, sharp Ha Roo who forgot all his memories of Eun Dan Oh and was loyal to Baek Kyung (Lee Jae Wook).

 

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Amid these developments, a new story suggests the characters’ past started in a manhwa called “Trumpet Creeper.” Rowoon is able to pull off the historical look with his hair pulled up in a traditional style and dark blue guard suit. He showcases a new charm that gives off a different charisma than before.

Rowoon fills the small screen with fantastic visuals that are in full swing regardless of the genre from historical dramas to modern ones. He placed second in the list of top ten buzzworthy drama actors, proving his improving acting skills.

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Ha-Ru demonstrated a very interestng new skill that no one else has previously done.  In episode 20, Ha-Ru was able to predict that a stage was about to start.  Unlike Dan-Oh who has premonitions about a stage and then can feel approximately when a stage will begin because of the premonition circumstances, Ha-Ru was able to look at the environment in the present time and knew a stage would start soon.  This allowed him to change the heart monitor from Dan-Oh's wrist to Sae-Mi's wrist.  This ability is a very powerful skill, since this allowed Ha-Ru to make some adjustments prior to the scene and actually change the stage.  I am fascinated to find out if they plan on making this something that he uses in the future to change their fates in the Secret manhwa.

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13 minutes ago, larrysouth said:

Ha-Ru demonstrated a very interestng new skill that no one else has previously done.  In episode 20, Ha-Ru was able to predict that a stage was about to start.  Unlike Dan-Oh who has premonitions about a stage and then can feel approximately when a stage will begin because of the premonition circumstances, Ha-Ru was able to look at the environment in the present time and knew a stage would start soon.  This allowed him to change the heart monitor from Dan-Oh's wrist to Sae-Mi's wrist.  This ability is a very powerful skill, since this allowed Ha-Ru to make some adjustments prior to the scene and actually change the stage.  I am fascinated to find out if they plan on making this something that he uses in the future to change their fates in the Secret manhwa.

But the writer draws the changed stage....so is Haru the writers subconscious or connected to it...so he has a bit more freedom but writer has ultimate control. 

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@larrysouth @Nymeria289

I was wondering about that. Because with Jinmichae saying that even the changed stages are already drawn by the writer, I wonder how much of the plot is already set in stone.

 

I guess it doesn't really matter how many times Ha Ru will change the stage it won't erase Dan Oh's illness and therefore stop her from dying. Just like Joo Da said... she can't do anything on stage because the plot demands her to be with Nam Joo, no matter if she likes it or not.

 

And honestly I don't think this is what the drama is about.

 

@celebrianna

They definitely need to tone it down a bit. Like at least 2 episodes ago. Because now with 6 episodes left the drama needs to do a lot of work for me to root for Kyung. Right at this moment, I'm here for him investigating stuff because this means we will find out about the sageuk manhwa. But other than that I don't care so much anymore. Like I left the hurt anti-hero-trope in 2012.

 

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Dan Oh was so irritated and angry but then suddenly shyly saying "eat a lot" :wub::lol: I couldn't stop giggling at how soft and shy she becomes when she is with Haru.

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I understand with 16 episode format, its hard to flesh out everyone. But Kyung is criminally underutilized is my observation. He needs more screen time with Dan Oh meaningfully and more fleshing out to make case for his angst ridden behavior.

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1 minute ago, Nymeria289 said:

I understand with 16 episode format, its hard to flesh out everyone. But Kyung is criminally underutilized is my observation. He needs more screen time with Dan Oh meaningfully and more fleshing out to make case for his angst ridden behavior.

They should've started his redemption arc episodes ago. 6 episodes are barely enough to give him some kind of satisfying arc. Which is why I'm only counting on him in regards of his manhwa investigation.

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