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Letters of Goodbye: To “Queen In Hyun’s Man”


Dear “Queen In Hyun’s Man,”

This letter is written to you, and at the same time, to me.

In several years, I may forget that I had ever written this letter…

Or the blog in which this letter exists might disappear.

This letter is written for either me or you, whoever may be living holding on to memories.

When I first came into possession of you, I wanted to know the cause and effect.

At first, I thought it was to realize my hopeless dream of finding the perfect drama.

Then I thought, it was to help me start a recapping project.

Finally I thought, it was to live my life in the warm glow of your memories.

But now I have belatedly realized the true effect.

If the cause was short entertainment, then the effect was the loss of everything.

My vision, my health, my tissue box…my sleep…and also you.

In order to be entertained, I had to give up an equivalent price. This is a foregone conclusion.

To think that I could keep even my sanity was foolish.

How much more must I lose in order to repay the price?

Not being able to see you anymore… I have realized even that is a luxury.

Sanity. My sanity.

Losing it is the final price I must pay.

I do not know what will happen now.

Will I just forget you, lost in the deep abyss of my mind, or will I live on, forever in agony?

If I have a final wish…it is to remember you.

In a world full of so many bad dramas, to not have even you as the fallback would be hell.

And you….

Even if you should happen to read this letter in the future, I hope you won’t know who it is for.

Otherwise, it means you have some kind of consciousness and that is just scary.

Love, Joonni

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  1. tya #

    hahahaha..joonni ! it is cool!

    “If the cause was short entertainment, then the effect was the loss of everything.
    My vision, my health, my tissue box…my sleep…and also you.”

    June 12, 2012
    • tya #

      actually im not in a good mood..
      i read about ji hyun woo MIA, i read his latest tweet, i read bout kim ji suk make fun bout ji hyun woo’s confession..i just hope Ji Hyun wont ever bother bout all this thing..they just cant let him it commite a crime if you confess bout your feeling, your love?

      But Joonni, u always made me smile. Thank YOu!!

      June 12, 2012
      • joonni #

        I wasn’t in a good mood either when I read the news about WGM3 and Kim Ji Suk. I was more upset that I would like to admit because I wanted the media to leave JHW and YIN alone. Fortunately the next day JHW tweeted that he would do the same thing over again, and while I am still ambivalent about the public confession, I love a confident man so I was happy again.

        You’re welcome! It’s my mission. 🙂

        June 12, 2012
  2. belltinct #

    HIKSS…why i got tears on my eyes…as i read thiss… some flash part as bd wrote his letter…
    WOAAAWW..this is really daebak drama, that i won’t to leave..but it end already…
    yes..i’ll remember it , the part that i’m cry, happy – “ogeuling” when i watch.. , the part that i write a comment on unni blog,,,the part that i’m really screaaaming “uunii ottoke” when i’m spechleesss wat to do…the part that i really love ji hyun woo for his sincerely and straight forward mind… aigooo unnnii……..i really say , “thanksss unni for ur recap”… nomu nomuuuuu cuaeooooo ….^__________^

    June 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      I was actually sad when I started this letter because I was thinking of BD, and I meant the letter to be solemn. But as I continued writing it, it just fleshed itself out as a funny letter. Sometimes, writing takes on a life of its own.

      June 12, 2012
  3. Lisa #

    When i read this , i can’t help but to hv a big smile on my face haha:-D this is the first time i feel that it’s so hard letting go of a drama! It’s crazy!! keep checking my fb just to see if there’s any other comments n such…really losing my sanity too…show, what have u done to me???!

    June 12, 2012
  4. QIMwithdrawals... #

    there’s another effect that QIM has to me: I can’t find myself to enjoy any drama anymore…*sigh*..I always end up comparing it to QIM. Everytime I come across a scene that reminds of HJ and BD, I had an urge to watch the drama again, can’t even find other actors antics funny or cute anymore!!!I find it irritating and annoying…

    June 12, 2012
    • suzkisses #

      same for me i cant even start on another drama…. i can’t get QIHM out of my system i find myself looking for fanvids on YT..

      June 13, 2012
    • sherenz #

      same here .. i don’t find dramas now as exciting and as good as this drama
      Honestly, I’m watching A gentleman’s dignity because of my love to Jang Dong Gun but that’s it and there is no other reason.. I don’t know when will my k-drama addiction will come back.. I guess I’m stuck in Queen In-hyun’s Man.. Maybe it will comes back If Ji Hyun Woo will make another drama because I fall in love with JHW because of this drama .. I miss Kim Boog Do a lot..

      June 15, 2012
      • newkdramaaddict #

        Triple that! Watching cryfest called Autumn’s Concerto! Interfering parents. Hate it! But good story! Oh how I miss the innocence of QIHM!

        June 15, 2012
      • QIMwithdrawals... #

        oh me too!!!I’m currently watching a gentleman’s dignity, I Do, Do (coz I love Kim Sun Ah) and Big ‘coz I love both lead actors. I find it interesting but I don’t think it will top my addiction to QIM..

        June 16, 2012
  5. minty #

    hahahaha… Joonni, good one. Unfortunately for us, we’re the ones who will be keeping our memories regardless of future dramas to come. QIM has really ruined us all for future romance drama.

    June 12, 2012
  6. OMG! This is absolutely fabulous.
    Especially the last line.
    PERFECT. I want to hug your brain.
    We will always have the Phonebooth, kids!

    June 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      *ring ring* 😀

      June 12, 2012
  7. shl #

    Dear Joonni,

    You’re wonderful. 😎

    June 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      Dear shl,

      Thank you! 😀

      June 12, 2012
  8. jaz #

    DAEBAK!!! I’m definitely bowing to your greatness already! Joonni you deserve a throne next to Kim Boong Do!!! Are you perhaps a Joseon scholar too in your past life?!?

    Waaahhhh…I totally can relate to everything you said in the letter. As I was reading it, my heart felt the pain again just like when Kim Boong Do was making that letter too. Our sanity indeed is the final price! Kim Boong Do has committed a crime against us all for taking away our sanity and our heart…and we won’t be getting it back any sooner…or perhaps NEVER again!!! T_T

    And oh…the last part is my favorite:
    ” And you….
    Even if you should happen to read this letter in the future, I hope you won’t know who it is for.
    Otherwise, it means you have some kind of consciousness and that is just scary.”
    LOL! 😀

    June 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      I’m glad you liked the last line. As I was writing the letter, I had to reflect on my own sanity at personifying a drama. LOL. The last line brings us back to reality just a bit. 😀

      June 12, 2012
      • jaz #

        I thought so too…I was in the verge of tears until I came to read the last part…it made me laugh my heart out instead. 🙂

        But you’re right Joonni…that line is a perfect reality check…that stings…no more QIHM to anticipate every week…T_T

        June 13, 2012
    • when i read daebak it reads to me as DAE-BACK
      yes Joonni, your letter is Dae-back !!

      June 13, 2012
      • madsu #

        Ha ha. The Back . Back on track.

        June 13, 2012
  9. Ah ha, that’s perfect. This drama seriously raised the bar. Nothing can hope to ever compete.

    June 12, 2012
  10. autumn93 #

    This was so wonderful!!! Great letter!!! Funny and so true for many QIHM fans!!!!

    June 12, 2012
  11. britener #

    LOL! You are brilliant! Thank you once again for all the letters you have composed to this show. Highly entertaining and memorable.

    June 12, 2012
  12. JC #

    This was hilarious. Thanks Joonni! I am still in denial…next week is going to be difficult, when I only have my memories (and well, fanvids, old music videos, and re-watching) to sustain me.

    June 12, 2012
  13. nylide #

    DAEBAK! laughing and crying at the same time while reading ur letter.

    June 12, 2012
  14. Creamy Fettuccine #

    Brava, Joonni:)

    June 12, 2012
  15. AuntieMame #

    Totally BRILLIANT! This a good example of why I love the drama world and the creative fans of the drama world.

    Thank you so much for this lovely and humorous letter. This letter is the cherry on top.

    June 12, 2012
  16. Wiina. #

    You’re a rare gem. Always full with surprises and fresh ideas. Unique in your own way ((= Keep it coming Joonni *peace*

    June 12, 2012
  17. afufu #

    lol lol. i shall miss your detailed recaps, Joonni!
    Are you not thinking of recapping another drama? Say..perhaps ..A Gentleman’s Dignity?
    *batting eyelashes* XD

    June 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      I haven’t even started watching A Gentleman’s Dignity yet.
      I was absolutely obsessed with the writer’s previous project, Secret Garden, and was totally excited about Jang Dong Gun’s return to screen. But when the scenario settled in my brain, I realized this is definitely not my cup of tea. I don’t particularly enjoy the “Sex and the City” type of concept, especially if there are 4 males instead. So with all the other dramas airing right now, I haven’t even bothered to check out the first episode.
      Perhaps you can leave me a few lines here to convince me to give it a try?

      June 12, 2012
      • newkdramaaddict #

        Jooni, admittedly people of a certain are especially attracted to the story. Watch the first episode. The funeral scene is the oPeking scene and it gives you insight into the rest of the drama (so far). Definitely funny! Of all of the news, I like AGD, Gaksital and Ghost the best. Ghost is kind of geeky and so far very little romance but I like it that way

        June 13, 2012
      • AGD was actually a complete surprise for me, because it’s totally and completely not my type of drama – in genre, in age, and in everything else. And while it’s not like QIHM, the crack of my life, it really is enjoyable to kind of relax and just laugh lightly. I don’t get involved but it’s amusing when you don’t take it seriously and I definitely look forward to it all week because it’s so entertaining.

        I guess people either really like it or really don’t but it’s kind of like…an upgrade on normal people’s lives and makes me think that if I was like that when I was 35 or so (age of main girl) I’d be kind of lucky, actually haha. It attracts you with the slight ridiculousness of the characters.

        June 13, 2012
  18. tessieroo #

    Brilliant. (as always) Thank you so much for all the translating you did (and are doing) with QIHM and JHW or YIN things. You’ve been a source of comfort for this poor, bewildered QIHM addict. *hee* I shall be visiting you daily no matter what you’re up to.

    June 12, 2012
  19. almost pee myself laughing at this, buahahaha! tissue box, so right on!

    June 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      Then I was tissue-less for days….

      June 12, 2012
  20. Niki #

    i couldn’t finish this post in one sitting. i’m sorry, Joonni….but i nearly died laughing. XD

    June 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      I aim to please 😀

      June 12, 2012
  21. Dear Jooni,
    I like these 2 lines…

    “Will I just forget you, lost in the deep abyss of my mind, or will I live on, forever in agony?

    If I have a final wish…it is to remember you..”


    June 13, 2012
  22. Kittymommy #

    LOL!! tht letter is deff hilarious! Boong Do letter made me cry in sadness urs made me cried in hilarity. Joonie I think we need to send you to the loony bin. While at it, I myself might have to check-in too… heee

    June 13, 2012
  23. nataliec #

    I love this! It’s almost as if you read the deepest thought in my heart – but wrote it out so much more eloquently.

    Thank you Joonni. Again. Just for being Joonni 🙂

    June 13, 2012
  24. newkdramaaddict #

    Jooni, thanks so much for eloquently expressing what I’ve felt since watching the finale! As like many, I am just living the daily drama life of watching this and that ; knowing that they are only substitutes not the one true drama (OTD). Sure there are good dramas and some are entertaining but there are few great dramas especially romantic comedies. Even though QIHM had some flaws (Very few), it has become my new template for rating a drama. Since The Princess’ man, I never thought I would again ever be so dedicated to actors, a drama, a story again. Like many, this will become part of the repeat cycle that is my drama life!

    June 13, 2012
  25. ROFL!! Lovely hilarious very very apt article……..Hats off Joonni….

    Now moving on…can you suggest a wonderful – if not as wonderful as QIHM- drama.

    Thank you for keeping us entertained with your words.


    June 13, 2012
  26. Babypandasandelephants #

    Thank you for all your sanity devoted to our beloved Kim boong do. I think we should award you with some prize. Virtual kisses and hugs! Thank you so much! My life depended on your blog for that time I was in asylum over boongdo. 😀

    June 13, 2012
  27. Haha! Terrific!

    June 13, 2012
  28. never2muchcoffee #

    That last line slays me.

    June 13, 2012
    • never2muchcoffee #

      Also, I’d heard that there was supposed to be a 2 ep special this week. Anyone know if it aired?

      June 13, 2012
  29. vrinda #

    i love the letter.its just so funny and sad at the same time cuz its so ture.and here i am reading comments while listing to recover by natasha bedingfield

    June 13, 2012
    • vrinda #


      June 13, 2012
  30. vbomtori #

    my sanity –

    i love your posts and am really glad you recapped this drama ! thank you so much and for doing all the translations ! 😀 i appreciate everyone in this fandom who’s helped to gif / make fan vids / translate / sub / wtv anything for this drama

    ^^ the high after a week has not dissolved yet

    June 13, 2012

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