Kim Hye-yoon credits unique narrative for global success of ‘Lovely Runner’

Kim Hye-yoon plays the role of Im Sol, who travels through time to save her K-pop idol Ryu Sun-jae, in the tvN romance drama 'Lovely Runner.' Courtesy of Artist Company

Kim Hye-yoon, the star of the recently concluded tvN romance drama, “Lovely Runner,” attributes the show’s global success to its unique blend of storytelling.A key factor of the narrative’s appeal, according to Kim, is its shifting perspectives between Im Sol (Kim) and her love interest Ryu Sun-jae (Byeon Woo-seok), departing from the traditional romantic comedy format, which usually focuses primarily on the female lead.“The buzz surrounding the drama began after the drama narrates from the perspective of the male protagonist, Sun-jae. Rom-com dramas in many cases normally unravel the story from the perspective of the female lead, so this change of perspective must have given drama fans a heart-fluttering moment,” Kim said during an interview with The Korea Times at a cafe in Seoul, Monday, a day before the airing of the final episode, adding that the popularity still feels as a sudden and pleasant surprise to her.

The 16-part drama intricately weaves together the perspectives of Sol and Sun-jae, providing viewers with a multifaceted understanding of both characters. This approach allows audiences to connect with them on a deeper level, delving into their motivations and emotions as they navigate the complexities of their relationship.“Another biggest attraction of this drama is the theme of mutual ‘rescue romance’ as the leads save each other, both emotionally and physically,” she said.The series centers on Sol, a huge fan of the K-pop idol Sun-jae. Sol, who aspired to be a movie director, became paralyzed after an accident and finds comfort in Sun-jae’s music. Then, disaster strikes again when top star Sun-jae kills himself, leaving his fan Sol heartbroken.In a twist of fate, Sol travels back in time and wakes up back in high school, 15 years in the past — before her accident and Sun-jae’s death. Seeing this as a miracle, Sol decides to use this chance to 스포츠토토존 save her idol and rewrite their destinies.

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