Famous K-drama screenwriter Park Hae Young has never failed to deliver the most meaningful works with a good dash of realism.
After the success of “Another Miss Oh” (also known as “Another Oh Hae Young”) in 2016, screenwriter Park Hae Young has established her career. For 6 years since then, the writer has delivered only 3 works, but all three of them were so well-rounded and beautifully-written, they remain iconic among the audiences. In addition, K-drama endings written by this screenwriter can be said to be among the best there are.
Another Miss Oh (2016)
Park Hae Young’s first successful work, “Another Miss Oh”, has the happiest ending, with all characters from major to minor finding satisfaction in their lives. The “normal” Oh Hae Young married male lead Park Do Kyung, while Park Do Kyung also cleared things up with his wife’s ex-fiancé – the second male lead Han Tae Jin.
The final episode also gave us a scene where the “pretty” Oh Hae Young had a long talk with the “normal” Oh Hae Young, where it is shown that “pretty” Oh Hae Young is more than just her beauty.
The female lead also attained her happy ending after various struggles, making the ending of “Another Miss Oh” a satisfying one that leaves a lasting mark in the 2010s.
My Mister (2018)
2 years after “Another Miss Oh”, Park Hae Young delivered the critically acclaimed K-drama “My Mister”, which leaned more towards realism with an ending less happy. In particular, the female lead Lee Ji An lost the only family she had left, as her grandmother passed away in peace.
However, she is not as alone as in the initial episodes and has since found friendships with the Park brothers and other characters, who assisted her in preparing for the funeral, and lent her their shoulders.
This K-drama might have closed with a funeral, but it has opened a new door for Lee Ji An, who finally has understood the beauty of life. Despite no longer having her family, her life also entered a brighter and more positive chapter.
My Liberation Notes (2022)
Despite boasting intense chemistry and the healthiest relationship for the entire course of the series, the female lead Yeon Mi Jeong and the male lead Mr. Gu were not shown as a couple in the final episode.
To many viewers, this may seem disappointing, but inside the context and overall message of “My Liberation Notes”, this ending makes a lot of sense. In the end, both characters have liberated themselves from past struggles, whether they are together or not.
“My Liberation Notes” is painfully realistic and relatable through each and every scene. Through the series, viewers understand that there are people who provide them with valuable lessons, who bring out unexpected aspects of themselves, and who make lasting memories with them, but do not necessarily stay in their lives forever.
Therefore, while Mi Jeong as Mr. Gu was not shown as a couple in the finale, they were certainly soulmates, who have changed each other for the better. Even if they are now taking on different paths, the impact they have on each other is unmistakable.
The only issue with the ending is probably that Mr. Gu and Yeom Chang Hee never reunited. But, otherwise, that’s a perfect closure to such a well-written story, and a prime example for Park Hae Young’s writing ability.