The Thursday Three: July 26th

At some point in our kdrama-watching lives, all of us have suffered (or will suffer, if you’ve yet to be afflicted) from Second Lead Syndrome.

You’ll be watching your drama happily enough, secure in the knowledge that the heroine will choose the right guy; the guy who’s been there for her, the silently supportive friend, the one who treats her well and actually – gasp! shock! – seems to like her. But then… then the heroine turns to that other guy, the jackass who’s been making fun of her or ignoring her or making out with her friend and you’ll scream/whimper at the screen: why? Why? For the love of all that’s holy, why?! And that’s when you know: SLS has you firmly in its grasp and it’s not letting go anytime soon.

As you may already have guessed, today’s Thursday Three is all about alternate pairings, the couple that could’ve been, if the hero/heroine had had half a brain given the second lead the chance to make him/her happy. So: what are your top three alternate, could-have-been kdrama pairings?

Thanks to shl for the fantastic suggestion! And, as always, I’m contactable by email and on twitter. 🙂

24 thoughts on “The Thursday Three: July 26th”

  1. Ha! I love this week’s question! What a fabulous way to “rewrite” the endings to some of my favorite dramas. 🙂 Let me see…in no particular order:

    1. Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young) and Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In) of Sungkyunkwan Scandal
    2. Kang Tae Young (Kim Jung Eun) and Yoon Soo Hyuk (Lee Dong Gun) of Lovers in Paris (aka Paris Lovers)
    3. Jang Chae Ok (Ha Jin Won) and Hwang Bo Yoon (Lee Seo Jin) from Damo

    1. Hee, I loved all the pairings in SKKS, though I will admit that Yoon-hee/Sun-joon was my favourite, followed closely by Yong-ha/Jae-shin. 😀

  2. For me Twinkie I agree with you except for Sungkyunkwan where it has to be Yoo Chun and Park Min Young hehe big fan here and Yoo Chun with Kang Hye Jung, just can’t stand Lee Da Hae

    Of course, we need to mention the second lead who got the lead and probably changed the script, wonderful Park Shi Hoo ~! and he did it twice now, hehe

      1. @ Jules

        Was actuall his earlier work, How to Find a perfect Neighbour.
        The lead was actually Kim Nam Joos’ husband! hehe
        I just realised haha and he got the wife in Queen lol

        What a coincidence huh

  3. The SoEul screen cap got me grinning like an idiot. It made my day, no doubt. 🙂

    I’ve always been an avid fan of the SoEul couple, even up until now. The were mainly the reason why I was able to put up with BOF. Thy seriously saved the show for me. For some reason, I just couldn’t feel any spark between the main leads. I remember feeling all giddy upon witnessing the first meeting of the SoEul couple. It was like my heart was set on fire.

    How I wish they had a better ending. Yes, their ending was waayyy better than the previous versions, but I just couldn’t help asking for more. Now my only wish is for Kim Bum and Kim So Eun to be paired in a drama once again. I can die happily when that day comes. 😉

    1. OMG, I know! I shipped SoEul so hard (and still do, really). Loved Ga-eul and her forthrightness and Yi-jung’s profession that he didn’t care, he really didn’t, even as he bought her birthday cakes and protected her and built up her self-esteem and told her that the first thing he did when he returned to Seoul would be to find her… guh.

      Have you seen their Anycall CF, btw? It’s so cute. 🙂

      1. Yay a fellow SoEul shipper! Same here, I think I’ll be shipping them until eternity. Lol. Call me pathetic, but I just can’t bring myself to support their pairings with other actors/actresses. I know it’s their business as actors/actresses, but what can I do? I’ve been caught under their spell. 😉

        Yes, I’ve seen their Anycall CF. I used to watch it over and over that I couldn’t even tell how many times I’ve seen it. They’re beyond adorable. 🙂

        Btw, are you the Jules from the OT on Dramabeans? If you are, then hello there! 🙂

      2. Just a follow-up: yeah, I definitely love Ga Eul’s feisty personality. Despite her attraction towards Yi Jung, she didn’t let it get the best of her. Unlike Yuki in the Jap version, she wasn’t pathetically all over the guy and shamelessly chasing after him. As for Yi Jung, he’s undeniably a walking contradiction. I find the whole cold-hearted playboy persona over-the-top, yet I just couldn’t help being drawn to him.

        1. Oh, I know; Yuki drove me batty in HanaDan, though I understood that the story was more manga-driven that BoF, so was more… ott. Still… ugh, girl, grow a spine!

          And yeah, I’m with you on the ‘shipping front: I’m not sure my SoEul love will ever die. 🙂

          1. Yes, it’s good to ‘see’ you again indeed. I didn’t realize that you’re the writer of this post. Good job! 🙂

            Well, what can we do? SoEul is timeless. 🙂 I believe that’s the main reason why I’ve developed an aversion towards KSE’s pairing with the ahjussi in ATK (hehe sorry). I was okay with her tandem with the other guys (those who are around her age), yet no one will ever come to close to Bummie. 😉

  4. I’ve been trying to think hard on this (great question!) and I honestly cannot come up with anyone. Wait, I do have one.

    1. Ouran High School Host Club (Japanese Drama) Fujioka Haruhi and Ootori Kyoya.

    Few things: I’ve never read the manga and this show doesn’t really have a huge thing on the “love” part going. It’s a funny and quirky drama that was enjoyable to watch. You can honestly tell who the show is going for as a “love interest” for Haruhi. It’s kind of hard for me to explain and I hope I didn’t confuse anyone =/

    1. READ THE MANGA. (dont know if you’ll ever look back on this tho….lol) the anime and drama are really all comedy and a bit of sweet feelings but the manga is the best 🙂 def romance in it

    2. I shipped Haruhi/Kyoya, too! Even though it was obvious from the beginning who should end up with, I think she had more romantic chemistry with Kyoya than with Tamaki.

  5. Eeps! I’ve been caught out again! This question clearly proves that I have not watched enough kdramas and must work hard to rectify this error. . . Seriously, none of the recent kdramas I’ve followed have had second leads who tried to steal the hero/ heroine (K2H, RTP, IDID, AGD), or who were worthy to be considered for that pairing (QIHM, Big).

    The only one I can think of goes way back to my first Kdrama ever, Brilliant Legacy (Shining Inheritance): why didn’t Eun-sung (Han Hyo-joo) end up with Jun-se oppa (Bae Soo-bin), who clearly loved her and did so much for her? I get that Hwan (Lee Seung-gi) was the arrogant rich guy who reforms with the love of a good woman, but, still . . . sigh. Young love is blind 🙂

    1. And it was a question you yourself suggested, lol.

      Re: drama watching. I know! There are so many I haven’t seen and probably won’t be able to see, unless I give up sleeping… *ponders*

  6. Why are the questions getting harder to answer? Why do I not realise how hard it’ll be to find an answer (let alone three) before I post? Yeesh.

    Right then, my top 3 kdrama alternate pairings are:

    1) Hye-mi/Jin-gook, Dream High. Although I love Sam-dong, too, I was quite disappointed that Hye-mi ended up with him instead of Jin-gook because I saw a connection between Hye-mi and Jin-gook that felt more real to me than the one between Hye-mi and Sam-dong. Sam-dong seemed to have this romanticised view of Hye-mi, as opposed to Jin-gook, who (IMO), saw her as she was.

    2) Ji-eun/Min-hyuk, Full House. Again, I liked Ji-eun and Young-jae (the OTP) and thought they had chemistry, but their relationship seemed so young and bratty. Ji-eun and Min-hyuk, on the other hand, had formed a real bond and he liked her and behaved like an adult and didn’t treat her like crap for no reason at all. *glares at Young-jae*

    3) My third choice is from Standby but as it’s still airing, I tried to white out the comment. That… did not work, so to avoid spoiling anyone who doesn’t want to know, I’ve elected to remove it altogether. So… mystery pairing from Standby! *g* Email me if you’d like to know the answer. 🙂

    Okay, that ended on somewhat (?) of a negative note, so here, have a Dream High fanvid: I’ll Be Found in You (Hye-mi/Jin-gook; Hye-mi/Sam-dong). 🙂

  7. Good question!

    1. My first pair that could have been is Ko Mi-Nyeo (Park Shin Hye) and Kang Shin-Woo (Jung Yong-Hwa from CN Blue) in You’re Beautiful!. I have watched a drama with them as firs pair but it wasn’t the same thing. In Heartstrings Lee Kyu-Won (Park Shin Hye) and Lee Shin (Jung Yong-Hwa) didn’t have that chemestry as in You’re Beautiful!

    2. My second choice is in Protect the Boss: No Eun-Sul (Choi Kang Hee) and Cha Moo-Won (Kim Jae Joong). Cha Ji Hun was a spoiled and rich guy, who didn’t know how to love her.
    The drama was great except 2 episodes (maybe just 1 and 1/2 episodes)

    3. I would have loved Flower Boy Ramen Shop if Yang Eun Bi (Lee Chung Ah) and Choi Gang Hyuk (Lee Ki-Woo) wold have ended together.

    I will add another one just because it was already mentioned
    Chu Ga Eul (Kim So Eun) and So Yi Jung (Kim Bum) had chemestry and romantic moments not hiting moments like the lead pair.

    1. Shin-woo really was the quintessential second lead in You’re Beautiful, wasn’t he?

      FBRS, well, in my mind, after Eun-bi and Chi-soo’s relationship ends (because I can’t see it going the distance), she eventually gets together with Kang-hyuk. Though that might be a bit weird, considering the relationship between the two guys. (family dinners could be a bit awkward, to say the least.)

  8. Extremely hard! Cannot even come up with my own. Have to piggy back on the choice of:

    Ko Mi-Nyeo (Park Shin Hye) and Kang Shin-Woo (Jung Yong-Hwa from CN Blue) in You’re Beautiful!.

    If I mention any others, its because I like the actor better so that’s not fair!

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