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Jul 20, 2012
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This is a repost of a cyworld entry I wrote on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 5:26:00AM



For the past few months, my mother and I have been watching Dong Yi, a Korean historical drama and now that it's beginning to end... a theory has been brewing in my mind for a while now so I felt it was a good excuse to blog. My theory is that Dong Yi is actually a metaphor that represents the entertainment industry.


For those who have never seen Dong Yi, here's the basic synopsis from wiki: 

Set during the reign of King Sukjong in the Joseon dynasty, the series is based on the historical character Consort Suk. The story focuses on Dong Yi, a slave maid working in the Bureau of Music. Her warm personality, sincerity and exceptionally keen mind help her in solving difficult court intrigues and allow her to rise in the ranks, first as a Lady of the Court and then as a concubine, despite being Lowborn.While solving a case, she meets the King who introduces himself as a Court Judge. He enjoys her treating him as a real court judge and he falls in love with her. She also gains the favor of Queen Inhyeon and meets Jang Heebin, another concubine who is first an ally but later a bitter enemy.In her quest to survive in court and bring justice to the Lowborn, she makes many allies, among them: Cha Chun Soo (who she considers an older brother though not blood-related), Seo Yong Gi (Police Chief), and Court Ladies Jung and Bong.Dong Yi becomes a concubine with the rank of Sook-bin, bears a son who, under her tutelage, later becomes the 21st king of Joseon, YeongjoWhile solving a case, she meets the King who introduces himself as a Court Judge. He enjoys her treating him as a real court judge and he falls in love with her. She also gains the favor of Queen Inhyeon and meets Jang Heebin, another concubine who is first an ally but later a bitter enemy.In her quest to survive in court and bring justice to the Lowborn, she makes many allies, among them: Cha Chun Soo (who she considers an older brother though not blood-related), Seo Yong Gi (Police Chief), and Court Ladies Jung and Bong.Dong Yi becomes a concubine with the rank of Sook-bin, bears a son who, under her tutelage, later becomes the 21st king of Joseon, Yeongjo, the father of Crown Prince Sado (whom Yeongjo killed by placing him in a wooden coffin-like rice box to starve as punishment) and grandfather of Yi San, or Lee San (Prince Sado's son; Yi San is also known as King Jeongjo).

Back to my theory. It might sound absurd, but if you've ever seen Dong Yi, it actually fits. Here's how: King SukJong represents us. We're the ones with the money, and the power to decide who gets to become viral and popular. The concubines (Choi DongYi and Jang HeeBin) represent the idols-who-then-turned-into-entertainment-companies. They're the ones who train the celeb(aka the concubines' sons & daughters) to be great at whatever it is they do, and offer them to us, hoping they become viral and popular. The court officials (meaning those men in blue and red) represent the news. While some report with good intentions(blue), others critisize and expose all their dirty secrets(red).

Now to dig a little deeper, I'll be talking about pretty major spoilers so uh... this is your warning right here. Read at your own risk.



Remember how Dong Yi's son was gifted? In the entertainment industry, we favour those who are highly gifted in that specific area. Whether it be singing or acting, everyone loves the girl with the big voice, or the guy who can make himself cry in 5 seconds. Now think of that other concubine's son. Do you remember how she kept hiding his illness, saying it would affect his road to being a prince? Think of that "sickness" as a dark secret. In singing... I'd say the "sickness" is comparable to autotuning someone's voice. For acting... an overall bad off-screen personality, I guess. It's something that would majorly affect the public's view of the celeb as a person, and majority of the time that affects their virality and popularity as well.

That's all I can think of for now, so I'll leave it at that. If you're wondering why I decided to type all this now, it's because I just finished reading two psychoanalysis' of the show Pokemon, and Powerpuff Girls. Pokemon is a major mindblow, while Powerpuff Girls is a slightly too biased, but it's still an interesting take on the show. I totally recommend you read it, especially the Pokemon one. Holy. Crap. Anyway, I'm out. See ya!!

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