Four Hopes for Strong Woman Do Bong-soon

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon has been on my think-about-watching-this list for about a month now, but I finally decided today to bump it up to my give-it-a-shot list. There’s a lot to like about the cast and the premise, but I am approaching it with cautious optimism. I really want it to be cute. Especially since it seems like most of my mutuals (and a lot of my followers) are excited about it. It would be fun to watch and enjoy a popular show with other people again.

I’m trying to keep my expectations reasonable, but here are my four hopes for the drama:

  1. Bong-soon’s strength isn’t used as a way to excuse violence against her. Gwynne brought this up when we were talking about our reservations about the show, and I wholeheartedly agree. There are few things I hate as much as a narrative telling me that a woman’s strength/skills/martial arts prowess mean that it’s impossible for a love interest to manhandle her without her consent—that deep down, she really is okay with being yanked around because otherwise she would fight him off. (*snarls at Secret Garden*) None of this particular brand of mental gymnastics, dammit.
  2. Gook-doo and Min-hyuk adore Bong-soon. If I am going to be saddled with a love triangle that I’m 99% certain won’t turn out poly and/or bi, I demand that these two fall head-over-heels for her. I want them to admire her strength and see it as an integral part of who she is and one of the reasons they love her. I don’t want it to be something they have to overlook.
  3. Bong-soon embraces her strength. Similarly, I want a physically strong woman who isn’t (or learns not to be) ashamed of her own power. I want Bong-soon to be happy with who she is instead of wishing she were someone else. This will make me especially happy if she discovers strength within herself other than just the physical.
  4. The show makes me laugh. Maybe it’s the end-of-winter blues or the fact that I’m really haven’t watched any truly funny kdramas in a while, but I want this show to be clever and hilarious and delight me. There’s a ton of potential for comedy, and I want to laugh with the show and not cringe in embarrassment.

Will you be watching SWDBS? If so, what are your hopes for it? Let me know!

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