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The best part is definitely the cast; for all the eye-glowing and floating blue orbs the magic comes from actors like Choi Jin Hyuk. The dark fairy tale mood of the first couple episodes gradually finds a fun lightheartedness (after what happens you're going to want some fart jokes thrown in). It's totally makjang, but entertainingly so. Besides CJH, Jo Jae Yoon was a scene-stealer here and always made me smile. The rest were commendable, and LSG was adorable as always. Suzy very slowly warmed up to it, and although I love the girl, I would've cast someone else. Yoo Dong Geun was absolutely perfect for Lee Soon Shin. My only gripe was with the director for the following crimes: inappropriate ballad-playing, endless staring contests, excessive reaction shots, and elongating scenes overall. Nevertheless, I hope to watch more "Writing of the Nine Houses"; plenty of great writing between the absurd melodrama.
The important thing is not to take it too seriously. It's a romantic comedy, and a hilarious one at that. The show manages to poke fun at the genre many times. I will say that the beginning, middle, and end felt like three different shows, and it attempts to balance great twists with predictable cliches. Yes, Yoo Rin seems annoying at first and the acting is not always the best, but it's still a real treat. If you don't like melodrama, you can probably leave out the last couple episodes and still walk away happy. If you made it that far, you should expect not to take it too seriously. EDIT: After watching a couple other dramas, I realize it might not actually be a spoof of the genre, it's just convoluted; still a lot of fun, though, if only to point out its hilarious attempts at seeming anything other than campy.