The Almost Unbearable Beauty of “My Mister”

Prepare to be challenged and changed

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron
Fan Gran

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“My Mister” poster, Asian Wiki

I know a little bit about script writing.

One of my dearest friends and mentors was Blake “Save the Cat” Snyder, who was revered — and reviled by some— for inventing the film writing “formula” that many Hollywood producers still use to rate and repair screenplays. In fact, I used it to do that for a few producers myself.

He might not have approved of “My Mister.” Technically. But he would have been just as enthralled and intrigued by it as I am, for breaking damned near every single rule he urged screenwriters to follow.

It’s five years old, but just showed up in that scrolling thing at the top of my Netflix home screen a few months ago. And I added it to my list but forgot about it, because I was working my way through so many other dramas, as a relatively new Kdrama fan.

God, I’m glad I finally found it again…

I’m not going to systematically list all the rules screenwriter Park-Hae-Young ignored — or turned inside out. They’re actually there, just very, very cleverly disguised. Yet another thing that sets this drama apart.

I mean, even Paulo Coelho, renowned author of “The Alchemist,” tweeted his admiration:

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Cynthia Dagnal-Myron
Fan Gran

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.