But it's not always sad when dramas end.
There are those dramas that you start watching because they have an actor in them that you like or because the description seems interesting or because the writers are (usually) great, etc. It might not be a good drama, but you keep watching for a variety of reasons, i.e. because you believe that it will get better, or because your love for actor X or actress Y is bigger than your dislike for the story, or because you believe that the Korean live-shoot system will do it's magic, listen to all the angry fans, and then correct what's wrong with the story mid-way through. While hoping, you get kinda stuck with these dramas. You might even (almost or entirely) hate them, but pulling out seems like a waste, because you've invested so much time into them already. So you keep watching and suffering and when the end (finally) comes, it's a blessing.
But there's also the less obvious heartbreakers, the sneaky bastards, but the ones where you think somewhere in the middle, desperately, 'I could have known... dummy, why didn't you stay away?' That's Arang for me. Seriously, a ghost and a human ... nobody in their right minds can expect that to end happily, right? And the writers of Arang, they masterfully did everything to destroy all hopes for a happy ending, constantly and thoroughly. But this drama sucked me in from the start and I just couldn't get out, didn't want out. However, the better it got, the more afraid I was getting of the ending: not only that it would be terribly sad, but also that it might not be good - and ultimately mess up this über-awesome drama for me.
So ... The only thing that I could do was to stop watching and to impatiently wait until I could be sure that there was either a happy or a good ending ... or hopefully both. I am not yet sure about the good part, but I know it is happy, so this is the happy me happily humming and happily looking forward to the last episodes of Arang. Ha, what a fake goodbye this is! Hello Arang, I'm so happy I still have to finish watching you properly. And you know what? I think I'll start from the very beginning again and marathon you. Ah, bliss!
(and the Goat is back - though reincarnated)
|Jun-ki giving shoes to the director (to his immediate left). not sure who the other guy is, but he sure has BIG FEET!|