Current daily drama crack Princess Aurora just served up some awesomeness in today’s Episode 47 – so awesome, in fact, that I had to share. 😉
Just a leetle background: Hwang Ma-ma (Oh Chang-suk) is a popular novelist who writes under the pen name “Hwang Ma”. One of his novels is being made into a drama, and he posed as an assistant director on the drama set (to act as a consultant) for a while. His (three older) sisters want him to marry Park Ji-young (Jung Joo-yeon), a journalist-turned-actress. She’s the female lead of the new drama in the works, and our resident evil second lead. Oldest Hwang sister recently met with Mama Park and basically settled having the kiddos marry.
Ma-ma finally caved to his sisters’ crocodile tears and said he would end things with our Princess Aurora (Oh Ro-ra; played by Jeon So-min). Ji-young called and asked Ma-ma to meet…
Evil *bleeeep!* Ji-young: The press conference (for the drama) is tomorrow – it feels weird to be interviewed when I used to be the one who interviewed others.
Prince(?) Hwang Ma-ma: There will be a lot of other people. (Implied: Uh, good try.)
Evil *bleeeep!*: [unfazed] Hankook Newspaper said they would publish the article tomorrow morning.
Ma-ma: [nods without much interest]
Evil *bleeeep!*: The filming set feels empty without you.
Ma-ma: [no response, just vaguely smiles into his water glass]
Evil *bleeeep!*: [carefully] Did you hear anything from your oldest sister?
Ma-ma: About you? (Aka: about marrying you) I heard.
Ma-ma: I told her it’s ridiculous. [lets it sink in] You’re just starting your rise to fame – I told her not to be so greedy. Don’t feel burdened by (aka ignore) her attention.
Evil *bleeeep!*: It seemed like everything was worked out among the adults.
Ma-ma: What use is it if the adults talk about it? You know the old saying that a person gets 3 big opportunities in life – don’t miss out on this one.
Evil *bleeeep!*: [grimace-smiling] There must be someone you’re dating, then?
Ma-ma: [vaguely] Who knows what’ll happen (with people)?
Evil *bleeeep!*: To be honest, I began to develop feelings for you after hearing from your oldest sister. You can’t go wrong listening to adults. What about if we just met like this occasionally?
Ma-ma: You’re going to become famous soon, so it’ll just be uncomfortable for both of us. Translate: No, thanks.
Evil *bleeeep!*: [attempting pouty aegyo] Are you not interested in me?
LOLOLOLOL!!! Talk about a smack down! Their conversation continues for some time, and Ma-ma just railroads her at every turn. What I love is that he’s never actually rude. He just chooses the best words to put the evil harpy in her place, all with a smile on his face. Heee! And to make things EVEN better, the preview shows that he’s going to tell her that he likes our Ro-ra! Yeeee! Now, I haven’t decided if I want Ma-ma or dark horse Seol Seol-hee (Seo Ha-joon) to be her Prince Phillip…
This conversation is such a small – but pretty good – example of the cutting wit and sarcasm of writer Im Sung-han. I just love love LOVE it, and though the show has had its issues (real life drama), this is the type of thing that sets it apart from the other daily makjang madness. I don’t deny that what’s presented – adultery, overbearing in-laws, etc. etc. – are the staple of makjang dramas, but what’s different is HOW those elements are presented. Simply, Princess Aurora is absolutely killing it.