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She was pretty episodes 1 – 4 ~ review ~ first impression

Hello Dramajjangers

How many of you have watched the powerpuff girls? Do you remember in the opening, the story of how professor x created them? Like powepuff girls, some writers use the following ingredients to create a romantic kdrama. A rude chaebol , a poor heroine, a secret chaebol, the heroine’s hidden identity, a rich family, a bad stepmother, a pretty second female lead but the extra ingredient, the writer decides to use, the chemical X is, what set these type of dramas apart. I don’t care if some themes keep repeating, as long as the writer tells the story well. Like “Fated to love you”, when I read the story, I though is it about a soap opera? But everything was delivered beautifully and the amazing actors. made it one of my favourite dramas.

The chemical X, in these case is that the main leads have a past. They used to be friends, the pretty girl Kim Hye Jin and the fat boy Ji Sung Joon. A heroine with a pure heart, that loved the outcast because of his inside world and the boy, who lost his mother and could only find comfort with her. They had to part, because had Sung Joon had to move overseas. After that Hye Jin’s life went downhill, her family bankrupted and the genes of her father’s dna started to show in puberty, turning her from a swan to an ugly duckling. A not attractive woman in her thirties with no job, how could she appear like this in front of her first love, that came back from New York succesful and looking like a model.

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She does turn up though, but he doesn’t recognise her, he doesn’t even see her. That’s why wanting to leave him with a beautiful memory, she goes with a plan, where her friend Min Ha Ri introduces herself as Kim Hye Jin for a last date. That’s how Kim Hye Jin becomes the peeping girl from the painting, her and Ji Sung Joon used to talk in the past.

The first episode was very nice, I loved how Kim Hye Jin’s story was told, without too much drama but getting the feelings through. Kim Hye Jin appearance symbolizes, the transition between the beauty of the young life to the hardships of the adulthood. The director also does a trick putting Kim Hye Jin in the episodes next to the beautiful cover of “The Most” magazine in the bus stop. Kym Hye Jin could totally be that model, she has already all this beauty inside her, it’s just she can’t show it because life has been tough with her. I wouldn’t mind if she stays like this , or the whole drama, but maybe I’m guessing a transformation in the next episodes, its one of the ingredients I forgot to mention. Kim Hye Jin gets to work and they suit her position to “The Most” magazine, the work resembles a bit of “The devil wears prada”.

Ji Sung Joon has becomes the rude chaebol, bu he has kept some good points of his olde self, like the incident with the elevator. As the chief editor he gets unfair to Hye Jin, that’s a result of becoming a strict career man.  What would have happened if the real Kin Hye Jin have showed up that day, I really wonder. He sees only what he wants to see.

I can’t hate Min Ha Ri for lying to Kim Hye Jin, but I don’t like it either. The writers have made the story well, how she has her sadness for her lost mother and communicating with Sung Joon helps. She always delaying telling him she has to stop seeing him and she is going behind her best friend’s back, fooling herself that she is doing it to help her. Ha Ri has started falling for Sung Joon and that makes sense, he treats her perfectly and protects her, (I loved the cameo of Kim Sung Oh as the pervert in the bar). Plus she has the excuse that Kim Hye Jin told her, she doesn’t want to do anything or talk about Ji Sung Joon anymore.

I see Ha Ri starting something with Kim Shin Hyuk? For now he is building his future, as the usual third wheel, who is there to protect the main lead when she is drunk and ready to reveal her secrets to the rude chaebol. The homeless looking chaebol Kim Shin Hyuk. His character sometimes, is too much for my taste, he is fun, but there is something about him that doesn’t do it for me.

Is it Siwon’s acting, I don’t  think so, because he is doing a decent job. I came across some comments about Hwang Jung Eum being too loud,  but for me she does a great job showing Kim Hye Jin’s determination and at the same time expressing that no matter how strong a person shows, he can be very fragile. Park Seo Joon and Koh Joon Hee fit their characters perfectly.

I love the Italian lady played by Hwang Seok Jeong, it’s so much fan hearing all those different languages from her.

The 4th episode ends where Kim Hye Jin goes back to Ji Sung Joon’s apartment, where she and Shin Hyuk left him while he was drunk. She goes back to find her phone and she gets distracted by the puzzle they made as kids, that is in glass. Ji Sung Joon wakes up and scares her, leading to breaking the puzzle. She moves away from her and before she steps on the broken glass, Sung Joon crabs her.

OH MY GOD, I’m doing like a 16 year old girl craving for cheesy moments, but I really can’t wait for the next episode. I love this couple and I want more scenes between them. Please more scenes.
I have to get back to my senses, before Kwon deletes this post, just kidding.

What do you guys think of “She was pretty”?

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  1. September 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm — Reply

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  2. September 29, 2015 at 3:27 am — Reply

    Haha! I remember Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup! Makes me feel old 🙂 This one looks interesting. I think I just might give it a try. “I don’t care if some themes keep repeating, as long as the writer tells the story well.” – Well said…I am of the same mind! I don’t discriminate just because the tropes or themes are cliches.

    • September 29, 2015 at 9:30 pm — Reply

      Let’s feel old together TT TT Trust me you should watch it and when you do come back and tell me your opinion.

      • September 30, 2015 at 3:42 am — Reply

        Sure, will do!

      • October 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm — Reply

        I finished 1&2 and downloaded 3&4 to watch later. A bit on the cheesy side but I keep reminding myself why I watch kdrama. So far still enjoying it….thanks for the recommendation!

      • October 4, 2015 at 9:51 am — Reply

        You’ll like it more as it goes.

  3. September 29, 2015 at 8:48 am — Reply

    I really liked your comment about how “Kim Hye Jin appearance symbolizes, the transition between the beauty of the young life to the hardships of the adulthood”. I hadn’t thought about it that way but it is totally true! A great part of how you look outside has to do with how you feel on the inside and with how you life is.
    I really enjoed the first episodes and even if not everything is perfect, I believe we have a good case here. 🙂

    • September 29, 2015 at 9:31 pm — Reply

      thank you ^^ and yes we do, your name is Fotini, are you from Greece too?

      • September 29, 2015 at 9:54 pm — Reply

        Ναι!! Haha yes I’m from Greece too! are all of you from greece? I knew about Kwon Sang Seung, because he’d left a comment a while back on my page but I didn’t know if everyone here that writes was also…
        (and also I didn’t know if I should write in english or greek……) 🙂

        • September 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm — Reply

          Είμαστε και οι 3 Έλληνες χαχαχαχαχα but we should talk in English, it’s not polite to the other readers 😛 maybe we could mix ελληνικά και αγγλικά

          • September 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm

            I agree we need to use english! I mean with the internet and stuff we’ve become citizens of the world, right? Haha! 🙂

  4. October 2, 2015 at 8:18 am — Reply

    So I had to catch up, considering how everybody keeps saying how great it is! And it’s totally what I look for in a rom-com. I wanted to write an essay because I think the first 4 episodes had so many nuances that promise good things, but I’m too tired :p See you at the final episode!

    • October 2, 2015 at 1:18 pm — Reply

      Myabe it’s our fault, that made you have great expectetions, you don’t like it?

      • October 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm — Reply

        Oh I’m really enjoying it. Like you pointed out, Show uses generic formulas but with a twist that make the whole thing refreshing! Like how Ha Ri isn’t your typical beautiful (excuse my langage) b!tch. She’s a true best friend who is always supportive of Hye Jin and they have a great friendship. I don’t think Ha Ri has romantic feelings for Sung Joon, but it seems he’s the first guy to treat her with respect and concern, so who wouldn’t like that? And there’s Shin Hyuk who acts childish but is actually aware of everything that’s going on and I believe his intentions toward Hye Jin are totally genuine. His background story will probably be developed in the last episodes and I’m anticipating to see how it will be displayed. I think Sung Joon is well-presented, but I think it would have been nice to insist more on the fact that his rudeness only appears at the office because he’s a perfectionist and wants people (who stay in their comfort zone) to reach their full potential. To me, it’s not clear enough if he’s nice outside of the office only when he’s with Ha Ri whom he believes to be Hye Jin or if he’s genuinely nice as long as he isn’t in his work environment… He isn’t the stereotyped rude chaebol that keeps making you wonder why the girl should fall for him… Really, I’m enjoying this drama. On the other hand, my only tiny complaint is the whole “pretty teen Hye Jin vs. ugly Adult Hye Jin” message so far. I like your idea of Adult Hye Jin’s appearance being a metaphor about hardships and the struggles you go through when you step into the adult world… but Show still makes me uncomfortable when it uses her father’s genes as a running joke since, technically, she has nothing ugly by society standards. She has no pimple, no scar, no weird teeth and she’s thin. She was pretty as a teen and she still is pretty as an adult, it’s just that she dresses in an ordinary way. And I feel like there’s this double message (for now) that an ordinary-looking girl (and I’m really happy Hye Jin’s visual doesn’t rely on extreme tropes like the huge glasses or very bad haircut) cannot be called pretty… In her case, it really is just about her fashion style and her self-confidence. That’s why I’m even less pleased with the title ‘she was pretty” = past tense as if the whole point of the drama isn’t to show that she is (present tense) pretty inside out.Anyway, I know this is a cultural difference here, so it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the drama. (and I wrote an essay… lol )

        • October 3, 2015 at 10:51 am — Reply

          I agree wtih you, I don’t know if they are trying to make her look ugly. I like her like this, but they make her hair messy and they put the red blush to make her skin look tired. Maybe it’s not that they show her as ugly, but as soemone who has given up on her looks.

          • October 4, 2015 at 10:52 am

            “Maybe it’s not that they show her as ugly, but as soemone who has given up on her looks.” That’s what I thought too and that’s what made it realistic to me until she said that she got the “ugly” gene from her dad. And it was said twice, so that’s why I’m very confused about that: should we understand thar she is still a pretty girl who just lacks fashion sense to make herself look good or should we understand that she doesn’t have good looks, but fashion can help to hide her “ugly” features? lol Maybe I’m thinking too much. I’m just gonna wait until the last episode before I can form my own opinion. 😀 * whispers * i’m catching up on “Twenty” xD

          • October 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

            It’s a little bit of both, I mean she can’t transform from a pretty girl to n ugly one.

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