Hi friends! New teasers are out for Shine or Go Crazy.
JANG HYUK – WANG SO
Translated by JangHyukNo1Fan
“The cursed imperial prince… The fate to stain the world with blood… everybody says so, but only you….”
OH YEON SEO – SHIN YOOL
Shin Yool: You saved my world that I might have lost. You did that great work. Marry me.. May I borrow your body just for one day?
WangSo: You are asking me to lend my body? My body?
Also, this is some historical background provided by Gumi on Soompi:
Our King, Gwang Jong, is also the first king to marry his family in Goryo. Well he was the son of the founding ruler, so ‘first’ prob won’t mean much….but yes he married his half sister (acted by Honey Lee in the drama) and later I think his niece…? All for the sake of power. (in the original novel, it’s shows him being forced to have unwanted marriages)
And he did kill off bunch off people, thus is called to be a bloody emperor.
But then no one denies that he also did some great jobs in establishing the base of new dynasty.
First 8 years of his reign was super peaceful and his ruling was beyond great.
And then he came up with this law to free bunch of slaves (that’s how most Korean students learn him, memorizing that law’s name lol…) and that agitated aristocrats cuz freeing slaves would weaken aristocrat power. He pushed for it exactly for that purpose, to weaken aristocrat power and strengthen king’s power.
He also started examination system. Before officials would be just selected through…dunno, family/friend recommendation? And he started merit-based official selection through examination, which again, would weaken aristocrats and strengthen king.
People give him credit for shaping Goryo into a stable functioning nation…but the process wasn’t exactly peaceful.
He was an ambivalent ruler, both bloody and competent. I guess the title does fit him, Shine or Go Crazy.
GwangJong indeed is an interesting figure, and is worth of making a drama out of, although I doubt that they will show the bloody part in this drama. The original novel shows until he becomes the king, I heard, and his reign was peaceful for first 8 years so…yeah I don’t think we’ll be seeing our male lead chopping off bunch of heads. The drama will be based on more the imagination of the author on what kind of person Wang So would have been, not so much on what he actually did in history.
And it’s a romance drama based on romance novel..! It’s focus is def not gonna be on all the political turmoils I guess. Historical background is still very interesting.