The Lonely, Shining Goblin has reached insane popularity and for good reason. It is well-written, well-made, well-acted, even well-sung, and can I say near perfect? But this post is not about the highly talked about Korean drama but rather about a trend that has cropped up because of it.
It’s hard to think about Goblin and not remember Gong Yoo carrying a sword that serves as both a reward and a punishment. It’s poetic really in a tragic sort of way but utterly hilarious when everyone and their mother are shown with the same sword sticking out of their chest.
On Jan. 20, Park Bo Gum (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) who was in Taiwan apparently sent a Goblin crew member a picture of himself with the sword in support of the series finale. Netizens have been quick to ride on the trend but of course, I chose the ones featuring much-loved Chinese celebrities such as Zhao Li Ying, Kris Wu, Lay Zhang Yixing, Yang Yang, Eddie Peng and Yang Mi.
Source: Shi Huang Zi Weibo, Ying Baby Weibo, Koreastardaily
Well, it's nice to have support, I suppose, and I love "Goblin" to bits but sticking the sword into any chest-picture available (think like this: "Does it go with my shoes?" "Oh yes, fab, I need one too." "Here, take mine, don't need it this evening." -stick-) makes everything this sword stands for -pain, penace, suffering, redemption, grace, some other aspects I too tired to contemplate- rather meaningless.
Just my two cents.
yea it pretty much goes against the meaning of the sword but if I had the app I'm sure i'd be too tempted to play too. I am down to the last two episodes actually.. hoping for a happy ending.