Who needs more hugs? I need more hugs. Hug me, Ji Hwan-ahhh! Actually, I think both Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye needs hugs from us. And they need to keep hugging each other as well. They are never allowed to let go, else the universe might be disrupted and flowers will wither everywhere. Here to report that it’s official – SBS has confirmed that Kim Ye Ri, the original screenwriter for Lie to Me, has left the production due to “creative differences.” Taking over since episode 11 has been veteran screenwriter Choi Yoon Jung (see her works here), whose last drama was the lovely short Running with Park Min Young and Baek Sung Hyun.
Every time there is a writer switch mid-drama, I always blame the production channel. By green lighting a script that was proferred and accepted, only to dump the writer when the ratings are not so stellar, is just a crappy thing to do. It’s like buying a VW Bug that you fully investigated, and after driving it for a week and it performing exactly as it ought to for a VW Bug, you want to return it because it’s not a Beemer. I’ve experienced a mid-drama writer change (M3) and lived to tell the tale. I think LTM will be just fine.
The problem with mid-drama writer changes is that it always disrupts the story flow and character development. Look no further than Ki Joon pretty much unleashing his inner doofus all episode long (as well as his inner awesome boyfriend). I love this drama so I can rationalize away the abrupt tonal shifts, but I can imagine this is going to be so odd once you watch the drama in its entirety.
I can’t decide right now if I like the original writer or the new writer, but I do have to say that I’ll probably end up liking both for the different things each did right. So LTM now has the extra notoriety of having two PDs and two writers frankenstein their way to one whole drama. The fact I love it to pieces speaks volumes about the chemistry of Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye and my love for the central love story.
M3 had so many more latter-half production issues that LTM, mainly stemming from M3 being a drama adapation of the manhwa Mary Stayed Out All Night. The manhwa wasn’t even done when the drama aired, and it became increasingly clear that the manhwa author was actually pulling an OTP switcheroo for her story. Yes, the latest chapters were headed towards a Jung In-Mary ending.
So the new writer brought on for M3 was actually going to KILL OFF MU GYUL (as in kill off Jang Geun Seok‘s character) in episode 15 and have the story be about Mae Ri’s first love and her finding love again. That might work in the manhwa, but Jang Geun Seok put his foot down and said “No F-ing Way, Lady.” So he rewrote the ending and episode 16 was literally written and filmed up to the last minute. I’m still so traumatized by this it hurts to type it out.
Anyways, what I’m trying to say that is there is no way in hell the new writer for LTM is switching up the OTP here. For that, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. So no matter how random the second half of this drama appears to be, at least the love story between Ki Joon and Ah Jung remains the focus of the drama. I can accept other random shit as long as the love story continues to develop naturally. Oh, I need to go lay down now. Just keep chanting to ourselves “everything will be just fine.”