A dedicated professional, Sung Deok Mi lives for her work as an art gallery curator. Devoting herself to her work, she is exceptional in every way, save one. Beneath that cool, professional facade, Deok Mi carries a dark secret. A secret she desperately wants to keep from the world. A secret that has driven lovers away. A secret that rules every moment of her personal life…Sung Deok Mi is the ultimate Cha Shi An fangirl.
The devoted manager of a Shi An fansite, Deok Mi eats, breathes, and sleeps for Shi An. He is her sun, her moon. Her entire universe revolves around him.
This is the secret Deok Mi must hide from the world.
And hide it she does. At least until Ryan Gold, the art gallery’s new director, saunters into her life. A once famous painter, the former artist turned director considers himself an indifferent being, unconcerned with the lives of others. But when he uncovers Deok Mi’s secret, everything changes.
WARNING: SLIGHT SPOILERS BELOW
I know that Sugar Baby did the first impressions of this show, but I’m here to give my wrap up of it because I feel head first into fangirl land with this one. I was a little apprehensive to start this drama because I was worried about how they would portray the life of a fangirl. Being one myself, I was waiting for the cringe-worthy inaccuracies. Were there cringe moments? Oh yes, all the second-hand embarrassment. Was it an accurate portrayal? Surprising, yes. There were things I loved and didn’t about this drama, let’s break those down.
STORY: The premise of this was intriguing and I was drawn in by the fact that this was an adult woman who lived her life but had this underlining of fangirl that was every part as important to who she was than everything else. But personally, that’s as deep as it went. Parts of the plot were super predictable and cliche, but other aspects kept me interested and invested. However, once the main couple gets together, I did grow a little bored with the repetitiveness of the pace. There were no huge shocks or anything that really made me sit back and scratch my head. When you saw that Ryan had childhood trauma, it was really easy to piece things together. What I didn’t like was the inclusion of that Ryan and Deok Mi had a childhood past together. It was just too reminiscent of What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?. We didn’t need that.
RELATIONSHIPS/CHEMISTRY: This was something the drama had in ten-fold. The chemistry between Ryan and Deok Mi was palpable. The kisses were FIRE! They really had some of my favorite steamy moments. I think my favorite scene throughout the whole drama was when he was helping her in the bathroom take a scarf from her hair. There was no music, just the two of them. The atmosphere was intense and a bit erotic.
The secondary relationships were also believable and relatable. Deok Mi and her best friends Seon Joo and Nam Eun Gi felt rooted in truth. Deok Mi and Seon Joo reminded me of how I am with my own fangirl best friends. And even though Nam Eun Gi was set up with some SLS, it was so quickly resolved, I just wanted him to be happy in the end (He is!). Even the bromance between Ryan and idol Cha Si An was HILARIOUSLY CUTE!
ACTING: There really wasn’t anyone I didn’t like in this one. It was nice to see Kim Jae Wook in a romantic lead role. He was still his intense self, but it was called for here. Park Min Young did what Park Min Young does best. I didn’t like that this came right after What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? because it didn’t feel like a stretch for her at all. Kim Mi So and Seong Deok Mi had barely any differences. A stand out for me was Jae Won/One as Cha Si An. Even though he probably relates to the idol role more than most, it was nice to see him have more to do than he did in Hwayugi.
As the drama came to a conclusion, there really wasn’t something that shocked me plotwise. But it was a good watch that gave me feels in the right place. Toward the end, boredom started to settle in and the need to see how they would end up happily ever after waned. This is the kind of drama you watch after something heavy. It was like drinking a sweet hot chocolate on a cold day.
Fave Song: ‘Maybe’ – Lee Hae Ri of Davichi