Fated to love you: Princess Snail and her odd prince – Spoilers Finale


I remember when the Fated to love you posters were released, this one was the most difficult to interpret for me. It felt like a reference to The Jangs first drama, Successful Story of a Bright Girl, where she was his maid at the beginning, but I wasn’t sure that could be all. It still works as such, but it turns out, it had a lot of meaning related to Fated to love you.

During their honeymoon, while dancing with Geon, Mi Young tells him she used to do the same with her father. She remembers how her father used to call her princess, but she never felt like one, she always felt like a “maid”. A maid is someone whose job is to “serve” and help others. Once again we are reminded of one of the important personality issues of our heroine, who always saw herself as a disposable “post it” girl.

Geon reminds her that she is a princess who conquered his impenetrable heart, I guess, that’s what the poster above is about. At the same time it seems an obvious reference to Romeo and Juliet since our Snail Couple was also referred to as “Gunmeo and Milliet” in the drama 🙂

The final episode emphasized various points the writer had been trying to make throughout the drama. The idea of enjoying the present and not worry so much about the future, the idea of Fate Vs Choice, ultimately bringing home the message that choice can change and make our fate.

But it also spoke of the healing power of the words Thank You, These words were  repeated more often than the words I love you. Mi Young and Geon thanked each other all the time, and spread the same positive vibe among others. These words that Mi Young, the “post it girl” had been waiting her whole life to hear. The beauty of Mi Young is she didn’t need to turn selfish to become stronger.  Even though she was passive, we knew from the beginning that Mi Young was always on the right track and did not require a major transformation. She wanted appreciation and she wanted to become more assertive, so people wouldn’t push her away easily. So that she could take control of her life. Through determination, she accomplished all of this and became a stronger person, while retaining her essence as someone, who will not give up on those she loves. Which is beautiful, because that was never a flaw, in the first place.

So later, Geon tells his children the story of how a princess who was not good in math (I loved Mi Young’s not amused expression and him noticing  and trying to pass this segment of the story quickly) but was great in healing damaged hearts, saved the odd “Prince in distress” just by sticking to him, slowly slowly, but surely and strongly.

“Princess Snail” (copied from Soompi. The person who translated it, please tell me so I can give her credit)

Once upon a time…
there was a princess who lived on a little island.
The princess wore big, round glasses.
She wasn’t good at studying, especially with math.
She was the worst in her class.
The princess had an illness.
She had a strange illness that kept her from ever refusing a stranger’s request.
It also kept her from abandoning anyone once she had accepted them.
She doesn’t even know that she’s a princess but thinks of herself as a maid.

There was also an odd prince who lived in a neighboring country.
At first, the prince called the princess Princess Snail, or just snail.
“Where did the snail go?”
“Have you seen the snail?”
That’s how he talked.

little by little…
The princess approached the prince…
and made him fall in love with her.

One day…
The prince eventually became addicted to the princess.
He also had an illness that meant he couldn’t live without her.
People worried about the prince and felt sorry for him.
But the prince wasn’t scared at all.
It’s because the princess was with him.
As long as the princess stays with him…
and as long as the princess loves him…
the prince will never be sick again.

The princess and the prince have twins…
and live happily ever after.
Now they’ll be happy forever and ever.
They’ll be happy forever…

27 responses to “Fated to love you: Princess Snail and her odd prince – Spoilers Finale

  1. Dear, love love your post and analysis here ❤

  2. ❤ ❤ ❤ that’s all i can say about this post .
    I like how your way of thinking and reviewing the drama and i am learning . THANK YOU 🙂

  3. Thanks for the insightful review about the poster that MY being the maid. I love the way that Geonie and MY appreciated and thanked each other for being together. Remember when Geonie and MY were locked up by MY’s mom, Geonie was going through MY’s childhood stuff. One of MY’s wishes was being appreciated and thanked by her friends after doing favors for them. The writer did an excellent job on echoing all the little details here and there everywhere through out the entire drama. I thank everyone in this production team to have made this summer wonderful and unforgettable for me. Thank everyone here and in soompi to accompany me for all the news, pictures, MV, updates, insights and remarks. Goodbye My Love.

  4. This is beautiful.
    Fated is so special in many ways.
    It cast a spell that I know won’t wear off easily.

    ((I mean, people are making ep 21 all on their own. Lol)

    I don’t know more to say than that even till.now, I look around for articles about it, I fan-girl about the actors, keep discussing about the drama….. because I don’t want this experience to end.

  5. Pingback: Fated to Love You: Princess Snail and her Odd Prince | SPQ&R

  6. Reblogged this on SPQ&R and commented:
    Let’s try this agian: Storytime with Lee Geon and Kim Mi Yeong courtesy of Drama Fan @ “Stuck On Hyuk” 🙂

  7. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Very Cool! Storytime with Lee Geon and Kim Mi Yeong courtesy of Drama Fan @ “Stuck On Hyuk” 🙂

  8. Regarding Min Young getting stronger, I remember especially her holding her earings which the other woman took from her and Mi Young cries “They are mine, but they are mine”.

  9. GUMI, May I ask if you can translate this youtube video about JangHyuk and Jang Nara’s interview about their previous work? 드라마 리플레이 “명랑소녀 성공기”①2011.7.19 Air 장혁 장나라 류수영 한은정: http://youtu.be/RM0Vkqr65pg

    I find it interesting about Jang Na Ra ‘ s comment on how shy she was at the time and how regretful that she let go of the change to kiss JangHyuk and how JangHyuk responds to it as ‘ever being ready’. I think it will give all the grieving FTLY fans some joy. Thank you.

  10. What a great read, thanks for sharing this with us, @dramafan 🙂

    I’m especially taken with this:

    ” the healing power of the words Thank You, These words were repeated more often than the words I love you. ”

    Not to diminish the beauty of the words “I love you”, but “thank you” in the context of our Snail couple is just so.. right. And beautiful in it’s own right, too. There’s KMY’s need to be appreciated for the things she does, as you mention. And also Geon’s need to simply be needed, I think. And “thank you” does so much for this couple – a fundamental expression of how much they deeply appreciate the fact that the other person exists; just thank you for being yourself. It’s so simple, and so honest, and such a beautiful thing to say to someone like Mi Young or Geon; it’s appreciation, and validation, and affirmation of their personhood. Geon may have only said “I love you” out loud once in 20 episodes, but as far as I’m concerned every “Thank you” he ever said was equivalent to an “I love you”, whether he knew it or not.

  11. Beautifully expressed and insightful all around. Thank you!.

  12. Thank you DF, makes a lot of sense. There is one part i dont get it..isnt Gunnie the CEO anymore in the final episode? Becos he said he prepared the food, fed the kids. What do you think?

    • Oh wow! I actually didn’t catch that! Well maybe he now takes more vacations 🙂 I would love it if he became the housewife though Awwwww fanfiction ideas!!! Somebody write that pleaseeee???

      • Because it is vacation time. And because he loves his wife so much then he gave her wife a day off from being a housewife.he took care of everything for that day
        That is my script..lol

  13. Reblogged this on SPQ&R and commented:
    Storytime with Lee Geon and Kim Mi Yeong courtesy of Drama Fan @ “Stuck On Hyuk” 🙂

  14. What a wonderful read! Thank you, DF. I quite enjoyed learning how the story comes full circle from pre-production to the final storytelling scene. If I had to name a favorite thing in the world, it is stories, fables, fairytales… I especially enjoy hearing Geon’s Snail Princess story again.

    If it’s alright, I would like to reblog this post chez moi…

    Oh! I’m all happiness inside. Thank you for this beautiful prelude to the week. 🙂 Good night (see, perfect bedtime story…)

  15. Beautiful. I also did notice how she was portrayed as a maid in that poster….I was like ‘what the hell does that have to do with this show?’ and now I know. I was actually pleasantly surprised how consistent this show is, and the writers did end the show the way they planned to in the very beginning.

    • Hi, I thought the housemaid part was the parady of ‘fated to love you housemaid’, recent upload from YouTube. 운명처럼 널 사랑해 하녀 패러디. Have a look at it. Amazing editing. Haha. I am happy at least Jang hyuk and Jang Na Ra are sworn brother and sister.

      • Yeah I did see fans half jokingly making that statement (and I did enjoy that parody immensely lol), but I think the housemaid part was intended from the very beginning, judging from the poster haha. Poster had JNR wear the housemaid costume even before the drama started.

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