Category Archives: dialog

Best Writing: “Because This Is My First Life”

Fuck, this show gets it right.

For every struggling writer.

For every starving artist.

For everyone pursuing something they don’t even want to say out loud.

“Because This Is My First Life” renders kdrama’s frivolities into  distant memory when it blazes with the sobering clarity of truth: the reality of a writer’s life.

Enough to put this writer in tears.

From the voice of someone who respects it, undoubtedly. Yoon Nan Joong, I heart you.

“My Dad said that I would starve if I chose this path, and I guess he was right.”

Ji Ho (Jung So Min) has always had the dream of becoming a successful writer. It was never supported by her father, who would not accept anything less than law school or a teaching degree for her.

“You don’t make as much money as Soo Ji, or date like me. But when you’re writing, you look the happiest.”

Because writers are not like their friends.

Writers know this. Sometimes you wish you were more like them. More than you’d care to admit. But even your friends know you are different, and what makes you truly happy.

And sometimes you get these moments of clarity, during the high highs and low lows.

“No matter how close you are (to your family), there are sides you don’t want to show. Sometimes your family feels like the furthest ones away from you.”

That thing you keep from your boyfriend, your brother, your sister, your parents. My God, the things you keep from your parents! From your immigrant parents!

And then your punk younger bro gets his girlfriend pregnant and your life is completely upended, though you have every right to stay in your house.

The shitty situations you’ll face, inadvertently occasioned by the calling you’ve chosen to pursue.

“When I decided to making a living pursuing my dream, I thought that my life was like walking through a dark tunnel alone. But I didn’t know that it would be this dark. And I didn’t know that it would be this lonely.”

You don’t know that at the outset – what you’ll end up giving up, what you’ll have to battle through.

But you have to give yourself a chance to be happy. To not get stuck in a world that you know isn’t yours to claim.

“Exactly how far…how much further do I have to go?”

Say what you will about the foolishness of the genre – Ji Ho’s pursuit of her dream is the resounding heartbeat of the show.



Fine Lines (Of Dialogue): Taecyeon Surprises In “Save Me” [Episode 3]

This badge of honor goes to the line delivered by Sang Hwan, played by Taecyeon in OCN’s “Save Me,” Episode 3.

I love Taecyeon as much as the next 2PM fangirl, but I would not have pegged the thesp to take home the next shoutout in Fine Lines. Props due to the writing and directing team (Jo Geum-San, Jung Shin-Gyu, Jung Yi-Do).

In this scene in Episode 3, Sang Hwan exchanges words with bestie Dong Cheol (played by newbie Woo Do Hwan), as the rift in their friendship begins to widen.

SANG HWAN: My Dad is an alcoholic. My Dad doesn’t have the power that your Dad has. Do you know what people think of when they see you? Your powerful Dad. You know what they think of when they see me? My roughneck father.

SANG HWAN: Dong Cheol-

DONG CHEOL: Even you know  – that from the principal to the police, no one listens to me, no matter how much I try to explain. So just let me go.

And Dong Cheol begins to walk away.

SANG HWAN: Hey, Seok Dong Cheol! You’re just yourself. When I see you, you never once reminded me of your father. So, you crazy bastard!

SANG HWAN: Hold your head up high!

And his voice hangs in the air, thick with worry, fear.  Fear of losing a friend, a friendship, or just something from the days of youth you might not be able to get back.

DONG CHEOL: What are you saying, you crazy bastard? You hold your head up high.

And the most interesting character relationship in the show has just presented itself.

Choi Woo Sik’s Passive Aggressive Lines Of Creepiness on Fight My Way

Yikes. If that face wasn’t so dorky and innocent.

Moo Bin, played by Choi Woo Sik (ah Hogu!) is one of the sweetest faces spittin’ out the creepiest lines on kdramatubes this season. Passive. Aggressive.  But never delivered quite like this before, ladies and gents.

Episode 3: He Told Her What He Did For Her

“I thought hard for days, just for this silly thing, just to see you, Ae Ra. These clothes are new and I went to the hair salon today, made a restaurant reservation, and filled up the tank.”

Granted, this was just slightly borderline creepy. But it was full on burdensome, espesh before a coerced, unplanned, unasked for first date.

Episode 4: Because He  Already Waited An Hour For Her

“I have exactly three hours free, and I spent one hour waiting for you, so there’s two hours left. So you think you can hurry and get in?”

Good thing he  asked. Right.

AH. But he says it so politely, with that sweet af smile.

Episode 4: When He Grabbed Her Sleeve

“What? You’re leaving already?”

Episode 4: When He Held Her Hand

After he said “I’m not going to be cute.”

It wouldn’t be so weird but this felt a little forward and fast, Moo Bin ssi.

Episode 4: When He Said He Might Lose His Job

“Aera, today I really overexerted myself in meeting you today. When I get back to work I might get fired.”