What would you do if you fell in love with someone but couldn’t tell if they were a man or a woman? That’s not quite the premise of the K-drama “Coffee Prince,” but it is the question posed to its viewers. In the series, an androgynous woman named Eun-chan (played by the beautiful actress Yoon…
A truly great essay/analysis of Coffee Prince
I wonder why everyone always talks about how amazing and unique Coffee Prince is when other dramas have had similar formulas. Maybe it’s because Coffee Prince was the first one. But in You’re Beautiful, three different men fall in love with the girl masquerading as a man (although one figures out she’s really a woman pretty quickly) and I thought that show was a lot better than Coffee Prince, yet I rarely see it mentioned in any articles on gender in Korean dramas. Maybe not many people have seen it? (I’m not talking about the article I re-blogged, since I know it’s irrelevant; just articles and sites in general.)
Honestly, I hated Coffee Prince. It was boring and too long and it dragged in the middle, worse than most other K-dramas. It was rarely funny. The drama did not do a good enough job making me care about the fates of the characters. Actually, I didn’t like any of the characters, except the Lee Sun Gyun/girlfriend side story was touching. I especially didn’t like Gong Yoo, so it was really hard for me to cheer for the main couple. I hated how he was always yelling and dragging Yoon Eun Hye around, and the part where he tries to kiss her and slams her head against the wall while she cries and says no disturbed me. He was immature and selfish and borderline abusive to her, more so than the normal ‘rich bad boy’ archetype found in like 80% of Korean dramas. But maybe I was just mad because I wanted her to end up with Lee Sun Gyun, the ‘nice guy,’ who is one of my favorite actors.
Well, this comment has morphed into something totally unrelated to the original article and is not really relevant anymore. I just wanted to whine about how bad I thought Coffee Prince was. The article was great, though, and while the premise of the show was unique, I could not personally enjoy it.