A drama is already a story within a story. From the stories of our real lives we nest in and out of the story on the small screen. As such it feels right that the drama itself should contain other stories being told.
The story within a story can create expectations of how the
drama will end which can be frustrated for emotional impact.
The story within a story can also prepare the audience for the
way the outer story will end, can justify the way the drama is
brought to closure. This is the case with "Big", where the
story within the story plays a central role.
The Hong Sisters also use the story within a story as a
prop of the drama in its own right, not just as a fiction
inside a fiction. Structurally this is very interesting.
|2005||Sassy Girl Chun-hyang||Wrapped around and comments on traditional drama|
|2006||Couple or Trouble||Episode 1: Little Mermaid reference on plane|
|2008||Hong Gil Dong|
|2010||My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox|
|2011||The Greatest Love|
|2013||The Master's Sun|
|2015||Warm and Cozy||Blogger is writing a story about what happened 30 years ago|
|Episode 12: Reference to Shepherd Boy and Wolf story|