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[Hot Takes from the Noonas] Goblin writer's next move after ratings high

2017/01/23 | 8395 views | Permalink

"Goblin" finished this past Saturday with a ratings high of 22.1% - a spectacular finish for a cable show. What is next for its writer, Kim Eun-sook?

"Goblin" writer, Kim Eun-sook has been on a winning streak in the last six years. Her successful dramas include "Descendants of the Sun", "The Heirs", and "Secret Garden". It is no wonder that both viewers and the networks are curious to know what her next project might be.

After taking a three month vacation, Kim Eun-sook is reportedly interested in writing a sageuk, which would be her first foray into the genre. Perhaps, writing scenes of Gong Yoo striding with sword in hand and flowing locks whet her appetite for more period sets. Sadly, whatever Kim Eun-sook creates is not expected to be ready for broadcast until 2018.

Kim Eun-sook definitely has a knack for writing witty dialogue and swoon worthy romance, so I am looking forward to her next drama. My only request is that she beef up her female characters. The transformation of the female leads in "The Heirs" and "Secret Garden" from competent adults into passive and weepy victims were low points of what were otherwise entertaining dramas.

In the case of "Goblin", the female characters were given little to do and left in the dark, while the men decided and acted on their behalf. Thankfully, in episode 15 of "Goblin", Sun (Yoo In-na) declares that she wants to keep her memories and make informed choices about her life rather than leaving it in the hands of another. It brings to mind all the instances of male characters making decisions on behalf of the female characters and leaving them ignorant in the name of being noble and kind. Sun's scene gives me hope that Kim Eun-sook is ready to empower her future female characters.

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