Secret Love Affair Review: And No One Knows It’s Love But Us
“And no one knows it is love but us”
Novelist and SBS PD Lee Je Ik started his weekly column on July 3rd where he evaluates the recent movies and dramas which attract the attention of many, recalls the storyline, their distinctive dialogues, and the scriptwriters’ insight. The first drama being evaluated, which just ended on May, is Secret Love Affair.
“How you could tell I’ve really gone crazy is everyone acted like they had their eyes closed. However, once I’ve come to my senses, I realized the whole world is watching us. There are eyes everywhere” – Oh Hye Won (Secret Love Affair)
Secret Love Affair is a successful drama. Not only in the viewer ratings wise, it also earns a good reviews from the so-called pop-culture critics. I was certainly thrilling with the success of Secret Love Affair. I heard many people saying this story of a woman 20 years older than a man and their infidelity was “worrisome”. However, it was a very dramatic turnaround, given the malicious and disapproval comments posted on the news articles when the plot of Secret Love Affair first introduced. It felt like watching a movie that seemed to be impossible to get this success, making us wonder where did it get the strength?
It’s a tone down feel drama by utilizing the classical music, and it flows with a calm atmosphere. But actually the essence of the love story in Secret Love Affair is Eros. The important theme of the story is about a forty-year-old woman feeling worn out in her marriage life and career, where her semblance is peeled off over and over again in front of a bold and passionate young man. His blunt and direct lines just describe his character. Rather than using the flamboyant rhetoric and symbolism, Secret Love Affair‘s sincerity lies on its full-packed of toxic impeccable phrases.
The phrase which is most prevalent recently is “top compliment”. The writer might not predicted this before, but the phrases uttered by Lee Seon Jae (Yoo Ah In) and Oh Hye Won (Kim Hee Ae) have firmly become an epidemic. A lot of good and touching lines that Oh Hye Won has in this drama. Perhaps because Writer Jung Seon Joo is a middle-aged woman, a woman of Hye Won’s generation.
One of the best lines was taken from Hye Won’s conversation with her best friend in episode 11 when she realized her relationship with Lee Seon Jae was in danger. She met her friend with a painful heart and poured her heart out. She said, “How you could tell I’ve really gone crazy is everyone acted like they had their eyes closed. However, once I’ve come to my senses, I realized the whole world is all eyes on us. There are eyes everywhere.”
Yeah. This is what love is. Falling in love makes the lovers blind and only see themselves, thinking only they know the meaning of their expressions of love towards each other. But at the same time, the other parties see without the two realizing it. This happens in real life too. We’ve seen many times a school or an office love affair where lovers think they are able to hide their relationship, and yet everyone around them finds out sooner than they think because of the particular actions of lovers. Who can blame them?
Similar case happened to SNSD Taeyon and EXO Baekhyun too. As soon as the news broke and fans found out the relationship, the grieving fans just started collecting suspicious circumstances of the two lovers that were scattered everywhere. However, Secret Love Affair is one step further by showing another property of love. Oh Hye Won continued by saying, “I miss him despite all that.”
Whew. That is love; despite the whole world keeping their eyes on the lovers (Hye Won and Seon Jae), despite the humiliation and losing much, and despite the troubles, she still wants to see her loved one. Even if it goes against the human instinct of self-protection from the fears.
Secret Love Affair doubled the fun by amplifying the writing. Other allegedly affair dramas (I hate to use such expression) proceed according to the conventional one; after the two heroes do one or two moves, the next story is they are being hunt and trying to escape. But Secret Love Affair was different. They continued to commit the audacity of adultery openly with blatant disgrace in front of our screen! In spite of all, it brought tears to the audience, it made audience support their love and happiness. It is the horror of Secret Love Affair.
Please note, secret lovers. All eyes are on you. But it’s alright, because it’s the loved ones you still want to see.
Lee Je Ik – SBS program director and novelist
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