“Faith” Q&A Part 3
Song Ji-na’s “Faith” Q&A Part 3
Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
25. “I remember a lot of Choi Young’s dialogue because there were many that were good. Which one do you think is the best line of dialogue from Choi Young?”
Writer Song replied, “It will be forever, not just a day or a few days.”
This line is from episode 21- Choi Young’s confession to Eun-soo. Eun-soo had asked Young if he will be able to protect her for his entire life (forever) and he replied, “If I can have you…forever, not just a day or a few days.” Great, I’m a weepy mess again. When will this drama let go of its hold on me?!?!
26. The question was about why the third relic was the projector and what was the point of the necklace.
Writer Song replied, “About the parents…I thought it would represent the past, because history is not just about the present and the future. It was also heartrending that Eun-soo didn’t get to say goodbye to her parents. About the necklace…uhm…I don’t know anything about this.”
27. Ha! This fan got the same impression I did- that the writer didn’t spend as much time giving us Eun-soo’s thoughts as she did with Choi Young. The fan wrote, “I thought that you didn’t develop Eun-soo’s emotional line as much as Choi Young (besides the need for secrecy presented by the time-travel). Did you have a special reason for that? Did you have that intention from the beginning?”
Writer Song replied, “It is entirely my calculation mistake. I should have lead the story from Eun-soo’s point of view starting from episode 9 but I lost that after many things went astray. It can also be said that I placed myself too much in Eun-soo’s position and wrote the story assuming too many things. I am very sorry about this.”
I’m so happy Writer Song did this Q&A because it provides some answers to my doubts. I was always a little confused about Eun-soo since we didn’t get a lot of insight into her inner thoughts and how she felt about being in Goryeo and time-traveling. I have a lot of respect for a writer who recognizes her mistakes and can own up to it. I hope she will be able give more insight into Eun-soo’s character in her book. I’m getting more excited about the book!
28. This question was about the one year trip the fortune teller mentioned in the first episode. The fan wanted to know if the year he mentioned was the year Eun-soo spent alone in the past-past.
Writer Song replied, “I thought one year in Gongmin’s Goryeo and one year in the past-past. But the fortune-teller is not that good so don’t believe him.”
Hahaha! That’s what we get for taking that fortune-teller so seriously!
29. “Where did Son Yoo come from? Who is Son Yoo?”
Writer Song replied, “Answer is above.”
30. “Please tell us what you think are the top three lines of dialogue?”
Writer Song replied, “Oh…this…it’s like asking a actor, ‘Tell us three things that you think are the prettiest about you.'”
At least she told us what she thought was Choi Young’s best line.
31. a) “What was the story you had originally planned? (How is it different from the current one?)”
b) When did Young start loving Eun-soo?
c) “When you picked the name ‘Yoo Eun-soo,’ did you take heed of Choi Young’s wife Yoo?”
Writer Song replied:
a) “The answer is too long. If I release a book, please read it.”
b) “Because Young wasted time thinking, ‘Why this person?’, I do not know when he acknowledge his love for her to himself.”
c) “Yes. Hehehe.”
About Writer Song’s answer to b, I always find it interesting the way characters seem to take on a life of their own despite being creations of writers and the way writers talk about the characters that they created as if they weren’t the ones writing them up. There is definitely something magical about writing.
32. This fan is funny. She wrote that it seems it will take her a long time to gather together her broken heart. She wants to know how Writer Song will mend her own heart so she can do the same.
Writer Song replied, “I plan to play puzzle with the pieces of my heart for the time being.”
Her answer is actually sad and funny at the same time. It’s witty but if your heart was really left in pieces by this drama, like mine was, it’s kind of sad. Actually, it’s good advice. I think doing this Q&A is helping to piece my heart together again.
33. This fan asked what aspect of Young’s character Writer Song paid most attention to while writing.
Writer Song replied, “Honesty. To himself and to others. (Every time Young was put into a crisis, I wanted to make him use a dirty and cowardly method to get out of it because it was hard writing him out of the situation. But I tried very hard to stay true his character.)
His honesty and straightforwardness what what we loved best about Choi Young, wasn’t it? Thank you Writer Song for working so hard so give us a character that we can admire.
34. This question is a repeat question asking which aspect of Choi Young Writer Song wanted to show more.
Writer Song replied, “I wrote the answer above…Choi Young smiling. Being a heodang (basically someone who is smart/skilled 99% of the time but has moments of unexpected clumsiness/idiocy).
I really wished we saw more of heodang Choi Young but that would have been a very different drama, I think. Our serious and highly-skilled warrior making mistakes and/or stumbling over himself. I would have laughed out loud like crazy. Kind of like when we saw in the episode 7 BTS clip of Lee Minho stumbling as he heroically walked out the door.
35. This question basically asked when was the first time Eun-soo time-traveled. This person thought that Eun-soo had traveled many times before. She wrote, “It wasn’t when she was kidnapped in modern time…so why did she not recognize Choi Young?”
Another person replied to the question. She wrote, “The first time was when Choi Young kidnapped her. She saw him for the first time then and vice versa. After being pushed through the portal by Ki Chul, she time-traveled again to save Young but she ended up one-hundred years in the past. From there, in order to return to Choi Young, she left the relics and visited the portal everyday with an ardent desire, and with her earnest longing she opened the portal and came back to modern time. Because she came back to modern time instead of Choi Young’s time, she time-traveled again. Finally, she returned to the time four years after they separated.”
Writer Song replied that this person’s answer is her answer.
So do you guys get the time-travel now? I think Writer Song is basically using the time loop device, which makes it hard to say that there is a first time or last time to Eun-soo’s travels. My advice- don’t think too hard about it. Time-travel never makes sense.
36. This fan found the Jeogwoldae story fascinating and was sorry it was so short. She wanted to know if Writer Song had any plans to develop the story into a film or book.
Writer Song replied that she was holding onto to the Jeogwoldae story, wanting to develop it into a movie scenario. But all she did was hold on to it instead of developing it.
Sounds like Writer Song was twiddling with a story like the Jeogwoldae story in Faith for a while and just ended up using it in the drama. It would have made a great drama or movie, me thinks, with a lot of action and emphasis on warrior-hood, loyalty, and sacrifice. Man, I would have devoured this if it came out as a drama.
37. Another question about Son Yoo. Writer Song replied that the answer is above.
38. This question is sort of a repeat question about the last relic. The poster wanted to know why Writer Song didn’t reveal it until the end and why it was a projector.
Writer Song replied, “It’s not the projector that I/she needed but the video of Eun-soo’s parents. The original plan was to re-present Eun-soo’s seminar room from episode 1 and show her take the projector from that room. Due to circumstances, we changed to the hospital and it kind of came out forced.”
39. This is another repeat question about whether the scenes from the script that were not in the broadcasted version were not filmed due to circumstances, with Writer Song’s approval, or whether they were filmed but edited out.
Writer Song replied, “The situation on the set was really difficult. The biggest reason was that my script was late and it was complicated. In order to process my script, there were somethings that were randomly taken out during filming. If I got a call from the set (that some part was difficult to film), I worked hard to adjust the script. (These changes appear on the script that you guys can find on this website.) The things that changed without my knowledge I have to see the broadcast to know. (These things I couldn’t adjust and the scripts were uploaded on this website.)
40. This fan asked how similar the ending we saw was to the ending Writer Song had planned from the beginning and whether there was anything that she wanted but couldn’t put in.
Writer Song replied, “The structure of the ending was something that I made when I was writing episode 1 so there was something for episode 24 that I asked to be filmed while they were filming episode 1. When I checked recently, it hadn’t been filmed. (They had said they would film it later because they didn’t have time then.) (It would have been good if this came out…It was a supplementary scene continued with everyone’s favorite caped Choi Young in dry form.”
So Writer Song continues to not clarify why Choi Young looking up in the sky is significant. Darn, darn, darn. I just can’t figure out how this scene would have continued to be significant to the ending. Why did the director film it raining when there was no indication of it on the script? Did the writer want it to be raining and asked for a dry version? And what would be the significance of that difference for the timeline of this drama? Argh!
41. This fan asked a question which a lot of people asked- why some many skinship scenes were cut out. Was it because they were being considerate of Kim Hee-sun’s husband who didn’t like the skinship?
Writer Song replied, “Hehe. I’m curious about this too! We agreed to meet up after we have rested our tired body and hearts. I will ask them then!”
42. This person asked several questions, some which are repeats.
1) Did Eun-soo wait in front of the portal a hundred years in the past knowing when it will open?
2) Did Young heal by himself and wait for Eun-soo to keep his promise to live well?
3) Did Son Yoo time-travel? Which era did he come from?
4) Were Hwata’s relics that were left to Ki Chul the things that Eun-soo left a hundred years in the past? Weren’t Eun-soo carrying them in her bag when she went through the portal?
5) Was it your own decision to put in the character of Choi Young in “Faith”? It seems like the original plan for the drama changed a lot after Choi Young was put in the drama. I am wondering why you put in a real person in the drama.
Writer Song replied:
1) No. She waited not with calculations but with faith.
2) The aspirin bottle left by Eun-soo was a message for Choi Young and gave him hope to live again- The message being, “I’m alive. I am trying to get back to you.”
5) I like the figures of Choi Young and King Gongmin from history. I always wanted to write about them..but I am repenting right now because I feel like I didn’t do them justice.
43. This person wrote, “The fortune teller said that Eun-soo would go on a long journey for a year but time didn’t pass at all in modern time. What did he mean?”
Writer Song replied, “This fortune teller is both right and wrong. Eun-soo was lost in the past-past for a year and then finally met Young again. So I can’t really say anything…”
44. “I am assuming that the point when Choi Young wakes up is when Choong-jung dies. Am I right?”
Writer Song replied, “It’s probably correct that the direct cause is Choong-jung’s death.”
45. This person is curious how the drama would have played out if Philip Lee did not get hurt.
Writer Song replied, “The Jang Bin character was different from original plans right from the beginning. I wanted to have Jang Bin teach Eun-soo about medicine as a teacher but after the so-and-so about plagiarism, the broadcast station displayed dislike toward medical episodes, etc. Due to several reasons, that storyline was greatly reduced. Personally, I am sad and upset about that.
Kudos for Philip Lee, who stuck with the drama despite the changes. I was actually looking forward to more of a medical storyline and was disappointed with how it seemed to disappear slowly from the drama. I’m guessing that they had created the Hwata animation way before and didn’t want to waste it after they had to change the storyline of the drama. (I heard they spent three months on that animation.) Otherwise, they spent way too much time and effort building up the legend of Hwata’s medical skills for it to not have any relevance in the drama later.
46. This fan wanted to know if there was anything that Writer Song just wanted to say to her viewers.
Writer Song replied that if she started talking, it would go on for three nights, four days, so she will pass on this question.
47. This person wanted to know what Writer Song was most regretful of (or feel the lack of) in “Faith,” and if Writer Song had plans to unravel those regrets through a book or movie.
Writer Song replied, “Because I am getting encouragement to write a book, I am thinking of writing one. So far yesterday, I have written nine pages. It seems that I am sad (about the dearth) too.
Yay for the book actually coming out! I hope nothing goes wrong and she can publish it in December as planned.
To be continued with Part 4…
Happy Thanksgiving for those in the U.S. I am ready for a feast and a day of thanks. And I’m always grateful to you guys for reading this blog. 😀