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Fans Still Remember TV Series "Do As You Like"

Posted September. 22, 2002 23:41,   


A taxi stop located in front of a community center in Mopo, Seoul, a place where Bok-su (Yang Dong-geun) and Gyeong (Lee Na-young) used to have a date. The glass wall there is filled with notes and balloons from fans.

"I can`t explain why I came here, but I just couldn`t help it," a fan says in his note. "Sitting here, I watched the sun rise. Maybe I was waiting for Bok-su and Gyeong to come," says the other.

The series, a love story between a young man diagnosed with malign brain tumor and a woman playing keyboard in a underground band, ended last month receiving positive reviews from both critics and viewers. Despite an about average viewer rating at 15 to 20%, fans who have been inspired by the drama are rushing to form clubs over Internet sites.

Riding on the "Do As You Like" craze, some places visited by the couple are eve emerging as tourist attractions under a title "DAYL Tour."

"DAYL 30," an Internet club formed at Daum (www.daum.net), explains in detail how to get to those places where Mirae said good-night to Bok-su, Mirae and Mrs. Kang had a fight, Gyeong washed Bok-su`s hands, and Bok-su and Gyeong had fried noodle together. Some fans travel to Cape Homi in Pohang just as the couple in the series did.

A soundtrack album sung by "Line Three Butterfly" has sold out 8,000 copies. "The group is hardly known to the public, but the album is selling steadily," said a clerk at a large record store.

"We tried to put a humanistic touch on the drama instead of seeking a sensational love story, and that may be why fans find it special," said Park Sung-su, producer of the series. "Fans are instilling a new life to the drama that ended a month ago."

Soo-Kyung Kim skkim@donga.com