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Queen Seon Deok and the Challenge of TV Photography

Maria Cecilia believes that writing is a pleasure and at the same time a challenge to her flexibility.

Why Queen Seon Deok?

Because everything about it fascinated me or still fascinates me... From the story, settings, to actresses Lee Yo Won as Deokman, Go Hyun Jung as Mishil, to good looking actors Uhm Tae Wong as Yushin Rang and Kim Nam Gil as Bidam. The effect of QSD is like magic that lingers to everyone who watched it. Even the Soundtrack or OST is the best. I just can't get over that "Windflower", and Bidam Song...

Before I got hooked with this drama, I was grieving for the death of my 6 years old dog Pissy, watching QSD diverted my attention, and although I still miss my dog, QSD already brought back the inspiration in me... Well hard to believe and can be exaggerated, but as long as it gives positive effect to me and my aura, I really wont mind. I am still living the real life anyway, and to admire my all time favorite actress Lee Yo Won is not a bad idea... am I alone to see her this way? of course not... many of us like her because we like the way she handled herself in every role she portrayed and she's really beautiful..

Lee Yo Won as Queen Seon Deok, I can't imagine anyone in that role

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In this scene she was smiling at Yushin Rang

In this scene she was smiling at Yushin Rang

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Few Photos taken from the last few episodes

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QSD's Ending Moments

Now with Queen Seon Deok nearing ends, I decided to make a memorabilia for myself, which will not make me grab somebody else's photo at the net. Too sad that when I realized about this, QSD is already in the latter part of the story. But then it's good too, considering that it is indeed a very long soap opera, I may not be able to include all my favorite scene so, concentrating on the ending will be best....

I have interacted with Fellow QSD and Lee Yo Won fans and we all have the same feelings with QSD, "We can't seem to get over it", though we were divided by Group Yudeok and Group Bideok,  it just added spice in our never ending story telling in any QSD, Lee Yo Won forum. WE all love QSD, we share and discuss about our favorite scenes.. We all enjoyed or (still enjoying) QSD into pieces, but hate the ending..... but I guess that is the secret of the story....that is why fans can get over it because all them had other better endings in minds.

All QSD Actors and Actresses are great

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Uhm Tae Wong or Yushin Rang

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Deokman and Yushin

The love story angle of Queen Seon Deok divided the fans that regularly watch the soap opera. I am obviously in favor of Deokman and Yushin. Their devotion for each other is almost as lasting as the world, but both of them set aside personal whims for the sake of Silla and its people... I love all the episodes showing the "Ups and Downs" of their love for one another. And watching the drama several times, I made my own analysis of their suppressed love.... it lacks perfect timing.... No question about love it's deep within them but, they just can't have the same intensity at the same time, because other priorities always got in the way or stronger emotion overwhelmed either one of them... For example, when Princess Chumyeong died, Yushin was the one determined to leave with Deokman away from Silla. He chose Deokman over his Silla, his family and his dream, but Deokman still mourning her sister's death, chose to stay at Silla, claimed her real life, and turned her back to what Yushin was offering her...

At episode 37 when Yushin decided to give up to Mishil just to save the Gaya people, it was Deokman's turned to get emotional, but Yushin was determined to save Gaya sacrificing his personal happiness and he ended up marrying Yeong Mo, Mishil's granddaughter.

That actually was one of my favorite scene... Yushin's wedding while Deokman was with Wolya and Seolji, the background music was perfect and Seolji's voice too while telling the Princess how they both (Yushin and Deokman) save the gaya people from hunger etc... I really feel for Deokman in this scene... I am a woman too hahahah..

Just like what Yushin said, Silla is the only thing that connects him and Her highness, this is because He and Princess Deokman shared the same passion for Silla and the Grandeur Dream of unifying the three Kingdom, they both sacrifice personal emotions. But in the end, the Queen decided to join Bidam in conjugal ties, inspite of doubt in herself if she is still capable of loving a person when Silla almost took all her heart away... Yushin as honorable as he is, accepted his defeat, by telling the Queen that only Bidam can give her the solace that she needs or looks for, and he even apologized to her for being incapable to give her comfort, because we all know, how Yushin unintentionally hurt the queen because of his principle with regards to Gaya People. but we all knew that everything he did, he did it not for himself alone but for the Queen...but when the Queen chose Bidam over him, Yushin apologized for all his shortcomings... for when he decided to serve his ruler (who is the queen) he decided to turn his back on the woman he loves so much(who is Deokman)  I guess that's what made the story more interesting and magical....

Timeless Devotion

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Photos from Heart wrecking scene of Yushin and Deokman,This is after the Queen's announcement of her conjugal ties with Bidam

Yushin congratulated the queen for her future conjugal ties with Bidam

Yushin congratulated the queen for her future conjugal ties with Bidam

Queen Seon Deok asking yushin if he is not disheartened,

Queen Seon Deok asking yushin if he is not disheartened,

Both for not being chosen by her as someone to join her in Royal Nuptials  and for Bidam to gain greater power after the wedding

Both for not being chosen by her as someone to join her in Royal Nuptials and for Bidam to gain greater power after the wedding

Yushin telling her he is disheartened but only Bidam can  give the solace she needs, for when he decided to serve his ruler, he turned his back to the woman he loves..

Yushin telling her he is disheartened but only Bidam can give the solace she needs, for when he decided to serve his ruler, he turned his back to the woman he loves..

He apologized for all his shortcomings... as a lover maybe...

He apologized for all his shortcomings... as a lover maybe...

She did not answer but only God knows what her facial expression means....

She did not answer but only God knows what her facial expression means....

Kim Nam Gil or Bidam

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Deokman and Bidam

The other half of QSD fans went wild to this couple; The love story started only almost in the last few episodes of the soap opera, but the impact is absolutely great..(I wonder why? Peace Bideok joke only). When Bidam came in the story, Yushin and Deokman love story was just starting, he was even a witness of theirr petty arguments, of Yushin's love for Deokman, and he was even with Deokman at the time, the Princess was grieving for Yushin's decision to join Yeong Mo in conjugal ties. Come on! Bidam witnessed everything, he knew what Yushin meant to her that he even went on his way to help yushin won the Pungwolju competition, because he knew it was Princess Deokman's greatest wish....He witnessed how Deokman tried to take care of Yushin while the one was still recuperating from his fatique after the contest.... not only that, during Mishil's martial law, I know you've seen this too, when the Princess with Chun chu was about to escape the palace and Yushin chose to be left behind, Bidam witnessed how the Princess became hysterical upon knowing that Yushin will not escape with them but instead chose to stay to stop those who will attempt to run after her. Bidam witnessed it all and yet he became an instant relief to the Princess' pains and heartaches.

Unlike Yushin, Bidam cares for the Princess more than anyone else in the world, or more than Silla. I am especially touched with the agreement he wrote himself, that if the Queen Died before him, he will leave Silla and his power and will not aspire for the Throne, for a nation will mean nothing to him without the Queen Deokman that he loves so much. About the Queen's personal feeling with Bidam, I want to believe she really has a feeling for Bidam, it was not realized instantly because she was in love with Yushin for the longest time and no one knows if she really ended that feeling or not, But then her decision to join Bidam in conjugal ties was based ,maybe on the reason that Bidam is more willing to give up everything for her.

Very touching love story that fits them

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Princess Deokman is just like any ordinary Aunt who cares for her one and only nephew

Maybe one of the reasons why I love Queen seon Deok is I can relate to her. I mean regardless of Time difference all the feelings expressed in the soap opera are common human expressions... I see myself in her when she excitedly went to Inggang Palace to see Chunchu, and almost ran to her quarters when she thought Chunchu went there to greet her... She was still a nice Aunt, even if her nepher was not so nice in the beginning... Deokman was even willing to sacrifice her dream of becoming a Queen just to give to way Chunchu. One of my favorite and I consider most touching scene in QSD is when Chunchu finally joined her Aunt, and he asked he if she can vanguish Mishil, then he cried, calling his Mother and asked his aunt if she shed as many tears as he had... the background music which is the "Windflower" was just perfect in that scene, and Deokman was also shedding tears and embraced her nephew.... for me this is just unforgetable

After that scene, the Aunt-Nephew relationship became even better.... those scenes showing Deokman's concern for her nephew are few of my favorites. When they were escaping during Mishil Martial law, one soldier captured Chun chu and used him as hostage, and although Chunchu told his aunt to just leave him, Deokman dropped her sword and surrender, good thing Bidam came to rescue them. I remember Chunchu's reaction when he found out thru Yushin that her aunt went back to palace all by herself to confront Mishil and ask for open questioning. I remember Deokman almost had a heart attack when Chunchu was hit by an arrow, and she was really furious in the assemby hall....

I love it when she asked for Chunchu's opinion, and I really love it the most when she shared with Chunchu the covenant that Bidam wrote and asked his opinion about it...

I am deeply touch with their relationship, because it feels like they only have each other as family....

Chunchu- the Nephew

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Photo from the scene where the Queen shared with Chunchu the edict written by Bidam, and consulted her nephew about it

Photo from the scene where the Queen shared with Chunchu the edict written by Bidam, and consulted her nephew about it

Rivalry between Yushin and Bidam

Bidam has reasons not to feel good for Yushin. Aside from holding Princess Deokman's heart, he unconsciously convinced Munno that he is the right person to own the books on geographies of the three Kingdoms. But Bidam maybe is insecure the most because Deokman only got her eyes on Yushin, and Bidam knew it all... Even in the latter part of the story he even asked the Queen, that if she will order him, he will do everything to save Yushin and will release Yushin from the Royal Inspectorate jail. But for me this is one of the saddest part of the story, how the characters changed and became opponent in the end..

I still love and prefer the early part of Queen Seon Deok when Bidam and Yushin joined hands to rescue the princess.

Bidam and Yushin or Yushin and Bidam

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the last four photos were from the scene when Bidam gave the books to Yushin

the last four photos were from the scene when Bidam gave the books to Yushin

He told him think of it as bribe.. this was after the Queen's announcement of her conjugal ties with Bidam, well Bidam was feeling so in love and happy at that moment

He told him think of it as bribe.. this was after the Queen's announcement of her conjugal ties with Bidam, well Bidam was feeling so in love and happy at that moment