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Fated to Love You [KR] (2014)

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Drama: Fated To Love You / You Are My Destiny (운명처럼 널 사랑해)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 20
Release Date: July 2 – September 4, 2014
Runtime: Wednesday & Thursdays 21:55

Plot
Lee Geon was also set to propose to his ballerina girlfriend in Macau. At the same time, Miyeong travel to Macau with her boyfriend. Geon and Miyeong accidentally meet and ends up having a one night stand. One month later, Miyeong finds out she’s pregnant and they are forced by their family to get married.

Main Cast
Jang Hyuk – Lee Geon
Jang Nara – Kim Miyeong / Ellie Kim
Choi Jin Hyuk – Daniel Pitt
Wang Ji Won – Nam Sera

Review
Oldie but goodie! This show just revived my long buried love for Jang Hyuk! 🥰 I watched the TW version years ago but it wasn’t as fun as this remake!

The best thing about this drama is the Snail Couple 🐌! I loved Lee Geon and Miyeong as a couple and Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara as the leads! Even though they were only together for 3 months, they just have this beautiful connection that even Sera, who has been with Geon for 6 years couldnt shake. And even after Snail Couple broke up and Miyeong left with Daniel for 3 years, Daniel wasn’t able to capture her heart.

I also loved Lee Geon and Miyeong as separate characters. Some were put off by Geon’s maniacal laughter and eccentric ways but i thought he must be a very fun husband to be with! He is good with kids, attentive, and charming. On the other hand, Miyeong may look meek and unassuming but once you get to know her, she is an amazing person. She just needed to be more confident with herself. But once she did, she just shined even brighter.

The side characters were also funny like Mr Tak and Yong (Dragon). I also loved Miyeong’s mom even though Geon is so rude to her (but utterly charming). And Grandma Wang is one of the nicest chaebol grandma i’ve seen!! 🤣

I love the writing and tone of the first half as well as the writing. the progression from strangers to lovers worked so well even though it was actually just for 3 months. I was crying buckets of tears by episode 10 when the the tragedy struck the leads and they had to break up.

On a downside, this would have been better if the length was just 16 episodes (max 18 if you just want more Snail couple cuteness). The second half was so sad compared to the lighter tone of the first half and draggy. I didn’t like wimpy broody Lee Geon. Why worry about the future when it hasn’t happened yet? I hated the noble idiocy and how much Lee Geon pushed Miyeong away and hurt her. Someone should have told Miyeong earlier so she could slap him out of his funk.

I also like the reveal of Geon’s dad’s story. It really mirrored what Geon was feeling and it taught him to live his life to the fullest and to not to waste time and just be with the people he loves.

I didnt like Sera, even at the end. She was always being “Sorry not sorry” to Miyeong even when she didn’t have the right to be. I can’t be root for her when she ended up being Daniel’s long lost sister. They’re too different! Daniel was so nice while Sera was a big b*tch the whole time. The show also didn’t explain what happened that day. How did she get lost? How did she end up in an orphanage and adopted by her mother without Daniel finding out? Don’t they live in the same orphanage if they were orphans? Or couldn’t he go to the police station to search for his sister?

I have mixed feelings for Daniel. He’s a great second lead, too nice, but just fell in love with the wrong girl. But I didn’t like how he was kind of going after Miyeong knowing full well she is married. Even if he knew the circumstances of her marriage, but not the full picture of the story, he still jumped to conclusions about Geon. And when they came back from France, he was always putting Miyoung in a tight spot, confessing his feelings to her in front of everyone and it made me feel uncomfortable.

Yong’s mom also didn’t fully apologize for trying take down Geon when she never had the right in the first place. Again you just know Geon is a great person when he was able to forgive her despite the lies and almost ruining his life. and Yong is such a cutie!

Rating: 8.5/10


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