First Impressions: Secret Love Affair


I only have two words for this drama: SENSUAL & SHINY….okay I lied I have more than two words but I do not know where to start.

I first watched this drama out of boredom but I was completely into it after maybe 5 minutes and binged watch the 8 first episodes. There is so much to say about this drama !

First of all the story - Lee Seon Jae is a 20 years old genius piano player who falls in love with Oh Hye Won his 40 years old teacher who is also married. The premise might sound very common but the way the story is told is extremely unique and very done. 

In fact, the writers make us rediscover the fantasy of an affair and an affair with a much younger man. It is definitely not about the physical attraction nor about sex. The fantasy they are showing is all about feelings! How much they are “mentally” attracted to the other, how much they struggle to stay in line. I wouldn’t call it a love story, it is more a passion story. (does that even make sense) It became even more obvious after this absolutely amazing episode 8.

The writers are actually very smart because no matter what is our opinion about adultery (which I believe is illegal in Korea) we still root for Lee Seon Jae and Oh Hye Won. There is, so far, a certain purity, a certain innocence in what they feel that you can’t help it but be mesmerized by their relationship. 

Though the writers are doing great our main couple of actors cannot be forgotten. Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae have a chemistry that makes me forget they are just acting sometimes. I find it extremely amazing knowing that the actors actually have 20 years old age-gap fitting their characters’ situation. They completely embraced their characters giving us a sense of reality while watching the drama. Yoo Ah In shows so much innocence that you can’t help but feel happy when he is happy and sad when he is sad. Same goes for Kim Hee Ae, her character is one that don’t often has the spotlight, yet she stayed true to it not becoming the typical female character who is either too crazy or too naive. It is a pleasure to see them perform together and if you aren’t really convinced I suggest you watch the video of their shooting for the magazine ELLE.

But this is not the only point where the drama differentiate itself from the other. The cinematography is absolutely outstanding! I must said I was a little bit weird-out by the pale colors and the actors shiny faces (they are are more shiny than a diamond) but it goes so well with the overall atmosphere of the drama. It is after about a Secret Love Affair and discretion should be the main point. 

Another important point is how music has become a metaphor for most of the physical contacts between Lee Seon Jae and Oh Hye Won. If I had to say it simply, each scene in which their perform together could be interpreted as a bed-scene. The emotions and tension (yes, sexual) they put into their performance and the way they are always heavily breathing afterwards gives you only one impression: they just had sex, they made love. (Can you say that in English?) 

I was pleasantly surprised by this drama as I was not expecting it to suit my taste yet I suggest you guys to give it a try. However if you are absolutely not at ease with adultery or if you are in your early teenage years you might want to be cautious about this drama. It can at some moments deeply affect you emotionally. (or at least that is how I felt).

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Dear Tumblr friends can you help me for my marketing research project please ? 

Can you guys please take 2 minutes (I timed) to answer this questionnaire on Erasmus/semester abroad ? Everyone is welcome to answer!

Here is the link:

Thank you very much to all of you who will answer !!

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Emergency Couple is over, Hotel King and Angel Eyes Started !!!! I cannot wait for my exams to be over so I can binge watch all of this !!!!
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I called the next serie of meme According to Emergency Couple because I can’t be the only one who realized the awful image they gave to doctors in the drama.

Coming from a doctor’s family I’m a little bit sensitive about how they are seen but I’ve decided to take this on a funny note so let’s do this!

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