I’m Sorry: The Low Point in Sell Your Haunted House

May 29, 2021 at 6:22 am 4 comments

Fierce, Sell Your Haunted House, 2021

SPOILER ALERT: for up to Episode 13

I’m currently watching the outstanding South Korean drama Sell Your Haunted House, the fantasy thriller about a badass female exorcist and her conman partner, which is now airing on KBS2 and on various online international platforms. In addition to stellar performances by the cast, a strong script and excellent direction, killer art direction, and finely tuned worldbuilding, I’ve been impressed by the show’s impeccable demonstration of storytelling skills. 

The low point, Sell Your Haunted House, 2021

Right now the drama is at what is usually referred to as the low point or the crisis point in classic story structure. It’s the moment in the narrative when the main characters are facing their most difficult challenge and when the situation seems most dire. In the case of Sell Your Haunted House, Hong Ji-Ah (played with fierce and cool conviction by Jang Nara) has just discovered the truth about her mother’s death and she’s so shook that she’s decided to quit exorcising and abandon her past life. She also seems to be cutting ties with two of her most important relationships, with her business partner and mentor Secretary Joo and with her “special psychic” Oh In-Beom (a charming and lovely Jung Yonghwa). In other words, she’s rejecting all human contact and running away because her world has crumbled around her, which is a classic reaction to the low point in a narrative. 

Unrequited, Sell Your Haunted House, 2021

Of course she probably won’t actually run away and stop being an exorcist, as is shown later in the episode by her returning to help her distraught neighbor send off her dead son’s unrested spirit. She also reconciles with In-Beom, though she claims it’s for the sake of expediency, not because she’s permanently accepted him back into her life. But the last three episodes of the show will lead to the final confrontation with the bad guy, the evil real estate developer who’s the reason for most of the havoc in the story. This also follows classic storytelling form, as the low point usually precedes the narrative’s climactic events. Sell Your Haunted House has so far been flawlessly paced and plotted and I fully expect that its conclusion will be deeply satisfying, in no small part because the writers understand how storytelling works. Because the bones of the plot are so solid and the show is rooted in a strong narrative structure, I’m pretty sure that the grand finale will deliver. Now the only question is, will the main leads hook up at the end? Or will their potential romance be unrequited? Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing how the writers wrap it all up.

Watch Sell Your Haunted House on VIki, Viu, and Kocowa


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sharon Lim  |  May 29, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Hi Valerie, hope all’s well at your end. Yes, I’ve heard good things about this drama, but I’m waiting for all episodes to air before I start binge-watching. Hah hah!
    Trailers look good, and I’ve heard Yong Hwa is doing really well in this role. Can’t wait!
    In the meantime, take care.

    • 2. valeriesoe  |  May 29, 2021 at 6:30 am

      it’s almost over so you can start watching any time. by the time you catch up it’ll be done : )

  • 3. Geraldine Manalon  |  May 29, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    #SYHH is the best drama of the year 2021, as a viewer each episode, will contain a good performance, as of this era, some country doing a zombie and exorcist or ghost movie which is providing to a viewer a exciting plot, on the other way around of #SYHH is providing a whole package story that everyone can watch, I highly recommended this drama, salute and kudos to everyone, deserve a outstanding applause 👏👏👏👏😊😊

    • 4. valeriesoe  |  June 25, 2021 at 1:46 am

      it’s really outstanding and now that it’s over i think that it maintained its excellence all the way to the end. i never felt like my intelligence was being insulted when i watched this


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