dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
First off - I was reading Simon R. Green's Drood books on the flight and I am so in love with them. I am on the second one. I haven't crushed so hard on a series in a very long time.

What are they about? In the alternate reality fantasy world where things like demons, vampires, aliens and other supernatural beasties exist, the Drood family has been the world's policeman for uncounted generations - saving the world on a routine basis, or just getting rid of more than usually bad guys, the family keeps going and going, thanks in part to the powerful golden torcs around their necks - placed there upon birth. Those torcs make Droods into nearly invinsible fighting machines, ready to do good and save the world. After all, the Droods are purest of the pure, the Universe's boyscouts. Or at least that is what Edwin Drood, one of many Drood field agents, believes. Edwin (who goes by Eddie, thank you very much) is somewhat of a family rebel - not keen on discipline and tradition, he went to live separately as soon as he could. But he still believes in the Drood way of life and has certainly dedicated himself to the cause. Until suddenly, for no reason he can see, he is declared rogue by the family - to be hunted down and killed on sight. So Eddie might just have to go knocking on the doors of the bad guys - who he spent his whole life fighting - in order to find answers, answers he might not like.

I love Eddie himself, but I find all the other characters fascinating too - the wild witch of the woods Molly Malone - Eddie's habitual enemy (and eventually OTP), the Drood Matriarch who can take anyone down - ruthless and dedicated to the family, the family armourer (sort of like Q in Bond movies), Jacob the family ghost who refuses to leave, the Blue Fairy (a drunk half-elf that can fetch anything for a price), Giles Deathstalker (brought by Eddie from the future to help fight in the upcoming apocalypse, Giles has overcome his unfortunate first name by being the best killing machine in the business), Jannisary Jane - a demon bounty hunter, Roger - a boyfriend of one of the Droods who also happens to be hellspawn etc etc.

So good.

In other news, jetlag can be wonderful as I woke up at 6am which gave me time to watch the now-fully-subbed ep 2 of Next Stop Happiness.

GUUUH GUUUUH GUUUUUUH GUUUUUUUUH. I haven't been this in love with a twdrama over a year! If this keeps up, it's going onto my all-time favorites list. It's unabashedly romantic, the pace is crazy fast, the heroine and hero make me love them, and also it inserts every romantic cliche I wanted and didn't know I did and OMG GUH. I mean, the scene on the rink when he protects her with his body because otherwise she'll be hit, even if he has no armor on, and the hits just keep coming and he just clings to her and she is supporting him because he's in pain - eeeeeeee! It's Hanadan levels of awesome. Man protecting the woman with his body is my favorite romantic cliche ever and too few dramas do it. I also love that he sees through her molesting stepfather right away - his sizing the guy up in about ten seconds and siting the penal code at him (with the little rider that he'd only get 2 yrs but rapists get probably killed in prison) and then giving her his phone, telling her to keep it with herself at all times and if anything starts happening to call the cops asap - you go, boy!

I also find the parallels between his mother and her stepmom quite something else - one might be a high-class society lady and one a low-level fishwife, but they are both quite happy to prostitute their kids if this gets the Moms ahead in business. They should bond.

Also, preview for ep 3 looks even better. God, I love this.

What with this, You're Beautiful and IRIS, I really won't have time for Angel's Temptation atm, most likely. Even if it's deliciously cheesy posters tempt me. Nekkid angels ahoy )
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
First off - I was reading Simon R. Green's Drood books on the flight and I am so in love with them. I am on the second one. I haven't crushed so hard on a series in a very long time.

What are they about? In the alternate reality fantasy world where things like demons, vampires, aliens and other supernatural beasties exist, the Drood family has been the world's policeman for uncounted generations - saving the world on a routine basis, or just getting rid of more than usually bad guys, the family keeps going and going, thanks in part to the powerful golden torcs around their necks - placed there upon birth. Those torcs make Droods into nearly invinsible fighting machines, ready to do good and save the world. After all, the Droods are purest of the pure, the Universe's boyscouts. Or at least that is what Edwin Drood, one of many Drood field agents, believes. Edwin (who goes by Eddie, thank you very much) is somewhat of a family rebel - not keen on discipline and tradition, he went to live separately as soon as he could. But he still believes in the Drood way of life and has certainly dedicated himself to the cause. Until suddenly, for no reason he can see, he is declared rogue by the family - to be hunted down and killed on sight. So Eddie might just have to go knocking on the doors of the bad guys - who he spent his whole life fighting - in order to find answers, answers he might not like.

I love Eddie himself, but I find all the other characters fascinating too - the wild witch of the woods Molly Malone - Eddie's habitual enemy (and eventually OTP), the Drood Matriarch who can take anyone down - ruthless and dedicated to the family, the family armourer (sort of like Q in Bond movies), Jacob the family ghost who refuses to leave, the Blue Fairy (a drunk half-elf that can fetch anything for a price), Giles Deathstalker (brought by Eddie from the future to help fight in the upcoming apocalypse, Giles has overcome his unfortunate first name by being the best killing machine in the business), Jannisary Jane - a demon bounty hunter, Roger - a boyfriend of one of the Droods who also happens to be hellspawn etc etc.

So good.

In other news, jetlag can be wonderful as I woke up at 6am which gave me time to watch the now-fully-subbed ep 2 of Next Stop Happiness.

GUUUH GUUUUH GUUUUUUH GUUUUUUUUH. I haven't been this in love with a twdrama over a year! If this keeps up, it's going onto my all-time favorites list. It's unabashedly romantic, the pace is crazy fast, the heroine and hero make me love them, and also it inserts every romantic cliche I wanted and didn't know I did and OMG GUH. I mean, the scene on the rink when he protects her with his body because otherwise she'll be hit, even if he has no armor on, and the hits just keep coming and he just clings to her and she is supporting him because he's in pain - eeeeeeee! It's Hanadan levels of awesome. Man protecting the woman with his body is my favorite romantic cliche ever and too few dramas do it. I also love that he sees through her molesting stepfather right away - his sizing the guy up in about ten seconds and siting the penal code at him (with the little rider that he'd only get 2 yrs but rapists get probably killed in prison) and then giving her his phone, telling her to keep it with herself at all times and if anything starts happening to call the cops asap - you go, boy!

I also find the parallels between his mother and her stepmom quite something else - one might be a high-class society lady and one a low-level fishwife, but they are both quite happy to prostitute their kids if this gets the Moms ahead in business. They should bond.

Also, preview for ep 3 looks even better. God, I love this.

What with this, You're Beautiful and IRIS, I really won't have time for Angel's Temptation atm, most likely. Even if it's deliciously cheesy posters tempt me. Nekkid angels ahoy )
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
First off - I was reading Simon R. Green's Drood books on the flight and I am so in love with them. I am on the second one. I haven't crushed so hard on a series in a very long time.

What are they about? In the alternate reality fantasy world where things like demons, vampires, aliens and other supernatural beasties exist, the Drood family has been the world's policeman for uncounted generations - saving the world on a routine basis, or just getting rid of more than usually bad guys, the family keeps going and going, thanks in part to the powerful golden torcs around their necks - placed there upon birth. Those torcs make Droods into nearly invinsible fighting machines, ready to do good and save the world. After all, the Droods are purest of the pure, the Universe's boyscouts. Or at least that is what Edwin Drood, one of many Drood field agents, believes. Edwin (who goes by Eddie, thank you very much) is somewhat of a family rebel - not keen on discipline and tradition, he went to live separately as soon as he could. But he still believes in the Drood way of life and has certainly dedicated himself to the cause. Until suddenly, for no reason he can see, he is declared rogue by the family - to be hunted down and killed on sight. So Eddie might just have to go knocking on the doors of the bad guys - who he spent his whole life fighting - in order to find answers, answers he might not like.

I love Eddie himself, but I find all the other characters fascinating too - the wild witch of the woods Molly Malone - Eddie's habitual enemy (and eventually OTP), the Drood Matriarch who can take anyone down - ruthless and dedicated to the family, the family armourer (sort of like Q in Bond movies), Jacob the family ghost who refuses to leave, the Blue Fairy (a drunk half-elf that can fetch anything for a price), Giles Deathstalker (brought by Eddie from the future to help fight in the upcoming apocalypse, Giles has overcome his unfortunate first name by being the best killing machine in the business), Jannisary Jane - a demon bounty hunter, Roger - a boyfriend of one of the Droods who also happens to be hellspawn etc etc.

So good.

In other news, jetlag can be wonderful as I woke up at 6am which gave me time to watch the now-fully-subbed ep 2 of Next Stop Happiness.

GUUUH GUUUUH GUUUUUUH GUUUUUUUUH. I haven't been this in love with a twdrama over a year! If this keeps up, it's going onto my all-time favorites list. It's unabashedly romantic, the pace is crazy fast, the heroine and hero make me love them, and also it inserts every romantic cliche I wanted and didn't know I did and OMG GUH. I mean, the scene on the rink when he protects her with his body because otherwise she'll be hit, even if he has no armor on, and the hits just keep coming and he just clings to her and she is supporting him because he's in pain - eeeeeeee! It's Hanadan levels of awesome. Man protecting the woman with his body is my favorite romantic cliche ever and too few dramas do it. I also love that he sees through her molesting stepfather right away - his sizing the guy up in about ten seconds and siting the penal code at him (with the little rider that he'd only get 2 yrs but rapists get probably killed in prison) and then giving her his phone, telling her to keep it with herself at all times and if anything starts happening to call the cops asap - you go, boy!

I also find the parallels between his mother and her stepmom quite something else - one might be a high-class society lady and one a low-level fishwife, but they are both quite happy to prostitute their kids if this gets the Moms ahead in business. They should bond.

Also, preview for ep 3 looks even better. God, I love this.

What with this, You're Beautiful and IRIS, I really won't have time for Angel's Temptation atm, most likely. Even if it's deliciously cheesy posters tempt me. Nekkid angels ahoy )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
The drama season seems to be gearing up, thank God! We have the starriness of IRIS and the crackiness of You're Beautiful to look forward to.

Soompi, while going gangbusters in anticipation of both of those, seems singularly unconcerned with another drama starting next week, Angel's Temptation - the poor little thread for that drama stands at a pitiful 7 posts.

But that's alright, AT - I will love you if nobody else will.

Starring Lee So Yeon (best known as crazed other girl in Spring Waltz) and Bae Soo Bin (best known as the adorable, gorgeous, and inevitably loser-in-love Junse Oppa from Brilliant Legacy), AT deals with those wholesome topics - revenge, murder, and plastic surgery.

If you like revenge, that might be the drama for you, as in watching AT, you get double! Our heroine marries her husband due to wanting revenge on his family. Why she doesn't just hire a hitman to take them out instead remains a mystery - unless she has major STDs, how she will achieve revenge by sleeping with their son, I am unable to fathom. But then I always knew that Spring Waltz girl was one step from the loony bin.

Her unfortunate husband finds out her schemes but meets with an accident - voila, prestochange-o, and he is back with the help of some plastic surgery and looking like Bae Soo Bin (those are some awesome surgeons, right there).

Yes! The aggrieved, but improved in looks, husband is back. And now HE wants to wreck revenge on his wife! This drama would be so much shorter if just one of them decided to convert to Christianity and turn the other cheek. Bring on the hatesex.

How can you top this insanity? This is written by the same woman who did Wife's Temptation (about a woman whose husband fails to kill her so she comes back...*gasp* wait for it...wait for it...with a new face via plastic surgery and a thirst for revenge - this writer knows what she does well, apparently) which was apparently insane and a big hit.

Bring it on!

Trailer (though no, I do not think she literally drowns him in the bathtub in the drama :P):



WITHS2 is subbing.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
The drama season seems to be gearing up, thank God! We have the starriness of IRIS and the crackiness of You're Beautiful to look forward to.

Soompi, while going gangbusters in anticipation of both of those, seems singularly unconcerned with another drama starting next week, Angel's Temptation - the poor little thread for that drama stands at a pitiful 7 posts.

But that's alright, AT - I will love you if nobody else will.

Starring Lee So Yeon (best known as crazed other girl in Spring Waltz) and Bae Soo Bin (best known as the adorable, gorgeous, and inevitably loser-in-love Junse Oppa from Brilliant Legacy), AT deals with those wholesome topics - revenge, murder, and plastic surgery.

If you like revenge, that might be the drama for you, as in watching AT, you get double! Our heroine marries her husband due to wanting revenge on his family. Why she doesn't just hire a hitman to take them out instead remains a mystery - unless she has major STDs, how she will achieve revenge by sleeping with their son, I am unable to fathom. But then I always knew that Spring Waltz girl was one step from the loony bin.

Her unfortunate husband finds out her schemes but meets with an accident - voila, prestochange-o, and he is back with the help of some plastic surgery and looking like Bae Soo Bin (those are some awesome surgeons, right there).

Yes! The aggrieved, but improved in looks, husband is back. And now HE wants to wreck revenge on his wife! This drama would be so much shorter if just one of them decided to convert to Christianity and turn the other cheek. Bring on the hatesex.

How can you top this insanity? This is written by the same woman who did Wife's Temptation (about a woman whose husband fails to kill her so she comes back...*gasp* wait for it...wait for it...with a new face via plastic surgery and a thirst for revenge - this writer knows what she does well, apparently) which was apparently insane and a big hit.

Bring it on!

Trailer (though no, I do not think she literally drowns him in the bathtub in the drama :P):



WITHS2 is subbing.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
The drama season seems to be gearing up, thank God! We have the starriness of IRIS and the crackiness of You're Beautiful to look forward to.

Soompi, while going gangbusters in anticipation of both of those, seems singularly unconcerned with another drama starting next week, Angel's Temptation - the poor little thread for that drama stands at a pitiful 7 posts.

But that's alright, AT - I will love you if nobody else will.

Starring Lee So Yeon (best known as crazed other girl in Spring Waltz) and Bae Soo Bin (best known as the adorable, gorgeous, and inevitably loser-in-love Junse Oppa from Brilliant Legacy), AT deals with those wholesome topics - revenge, murder, and plastic surgery.

If you like revenge, that might be the drama for you, as in watching AT, you get double! Our heroine marries her husband due to wanting revenge on his family. Why she doesn't just hire a hitman to take them out instead remains a mystery - unless she has major STDs, how she will achieve revenge by sleeping with their son, I am unable to fathom. But then I always knew that Spring Waltz girl was one step from the loony bin.

Her unfortunate husband finds out her schemes but meets with an accident - voila, prestochange-o, and he is back with the help of some plastic surgery and looking like Bae Soo Bin (those are some awesome surgeons, right there).

Yes! The aggrieved, but improved in looks, husband is back. And now HE wants to wreck revenge on his wife! This drama would be so much shorter if just one of them decided to convert to Christianity and turn the other cheek. Bring on the hatesex.

How can you top this insanity? This is written by the same woman who did Wife's Temptation (about a woman whose husband fails to kill her so she comes back...*gasp* wait for it...wait for it...with a new face via plastic surgery and a thirst for revenge - this writer knows what she does well, apparently) which was apparently insane and a big hit.

Bring it on!

Trailer (though no, I do not think she literally drowns him in the bathtub in the drama :P):



WITHS2 is subbing.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
I might pick up Take Care of the Lady again but my enthusiasm for it is gone - it's the biggest disappointment of the year for me. My interest in Dream fizzled likewise. I might catch up on it sometime but it's a mediocre drama at best.

There are some recently ended dramas I must catch up on: Friend (best of the year, so far), Swallow the Sun (Ji Sung!), Princess Ja Myung Go (criminally underrated).

What I really feel in the mood for is a Korean period drama that is not too long, has court intrigue, politics, and a side of doomed love. I might pick up Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae or Bichunmu or Jumong again. I might check out Conspiracy in the Court, Eight Days, or Yi San. Or rewatch Kingdom of the Winds.

But it all conceals the evident truth: what I really want to watch is Chuno. The more I read about it, the more ridiculously, feverishly excited about it I get, but alas, it's not coming out until January, and very possibly, March. ARGH.

There are, however, four dramas this fall which will, hopefully, tide me over nicely until then. IRIS (which I have talked about so much there is no need to blabber further), Strange Heroes (or whatever title it is this week - it has Lee Jun Ki and other cast I approve of, even if my interest dropped off significantly once I found out it's about journalists), Angel's Temptation (Bae Soo Bin in a plot involving revenge, plastic surgery, and other insanity), and, You're Beautiful.



It is the latter I want to blabber about - a story of a rock band called A.N.Jell - a four guy rock band one of whose members is actually a cross-dressing girl and the other three members do not know it. It sounds as if it's made entirely for me. It also might be the first time I have found Jang Geun-Seok attractive (usually he is too weird or too girly or too Emo Prince for me to go for). Here he is behind cut )
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
I might pick up Take Care of the Lady again but my enthusiasm for it is gone - it's the biggest disappointment of the year for me. My interest in Dream fizzled likewise. I might catch up on it sometime but it's a mediocre drama at best.

There are some recently ended dramas I must catch up on: Friend (best of the year, so far), Swallow the Sun (Ji Sung!), Princess Ja Myung Go (criminally underrated).

What I really feel in the mood for is a Korean period drama that is not too long, has court intrigue, politics, and a side of doomed love. I might pick up Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae or Bichunmu or Jumong again. I might check out Conspiracy in the Court, Eight Days, or Yi San. Or rewatch Kingdom of the Winds.

But it all conceals the evident truth: what I really want to watch is Chuno. The more I read about it, the more ridiculously, feverishly excited about it I get, but alas, it's not coming out until January, and very possibly, March. ARGH.

There are, however, four dramas this fall which will, hopefully, tide me over nicely until then. IRIS (which I have talked about so much there is no need to blabber further), Strange Heroes (or whatever title it is this week - it has Lee Jun Ki and other cast I approve of, even if my interest dropped off significantly once I found out it's about journalists), Angel's Temptation (Bae Soo Bin in a plot involving revenge, plastic surgery, and other insanity), and, You're Beautiful.



It is the latter I want to blabber about - a story of a rock band called A.N.Jell - a four guy rock band one of whose members is actually a cross-dressing girl and the other three members do not know it. It sounds as if it's made entirely for me. It also might be the first time I have found Jang Geun-Seok attractive (usually he is too weird or too girly or too Emo Prince for me to go for). Here he is behind cut )
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
I might pick up Take Care of the Lady again but my enthusiasm for it is gone - it's the biggest disappointment of the year for me. My interest in Dream fizzled likewise. I might catch up on it sometime but it's a mediocre drama at best.

There are some recently ended dramas I must catch up on: Friend (best of the year, so far), Swallow the Sun (Ji Sung!), Princess Ja Myung Go (criminally underrated).

What I really feel in the mood for is a Korean period drama that is not too long, has court intrigue, politics, and a side of doomed love. I might pick up Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae or Bichunmu or Jumong again. I might check out Conspiracy in the Court, Eight Days, or Yi San. Or rewatch Kingdom of the Winds.

But it all conceals the evident truth: what I really want to watch is Chuno. The more I read about it, the more ridiculously, feverishly excited about it I get, but alas, it's not coming out until January, and very possibly, March. ARGH.

There are, however, four dramas this fall which will, hopefully, tide me over nicely until then. IRIS (which I have talked about so much there is no need to blabber further), Strange Heroes (or whatever title it is this week - it has Lee Jun Ki and other cast I approve of, even if my interest dropped off significantly once I found out it's about journalists), Angel's Temptation (Bae Soo Bin in a plot involving revenge, plastic surgery, and other insanity), and, You're Beautiful.



It is the latter I want to blabber about - a story of a rock band called A.N.Jell - a four guy rock band one of whose members is actually a cross-dressing girl and the other three members do not know it. It sounds as if it's made entirely for me. It also might be the first time I have found Jang Geun-Seok attractive (usually he is too weird or too girly or too Emo Prince for me to go for). Here he is behind cut )
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
This is my OTP for Take Care of the Lady:



Cheeky hardworking butler (r) and a human rights lawyer who's given up his rich family to pursue his cause (l).

OK, I am kidding. Sort of.

The thing is, I am not big on our heroine, Hae Na, at all. I have no patience for poor little rich girl or boy who treats people like dirt while thinking that they are owed everything because of their unearned money and wallowing in undeserved emo while being waited on hand and foot. I start thinking longingly of French Revolution and guillotines.

Now, a hardworking rich person, like Lee Byung Hun's character in Beautiful Days, I am fine with. Otherwise, the spoiled rich brat better have some genuine cause for lashing out like Jae Min from Bali - I would not want to be a member of his horrific family for any money and Bali never shies away from the fact that despite being angsty and magnetic, Jae-Min is not a loveable cuddly thing only needing a love of a good woman to fix him, but a total mess.

Hae Na reminds me of Domyouji in all his incarnations and I loathed early Domyouji with every fibre of my being. To be honest, she is even worse - Domyouji was younger and was around one of the worst mother figures ever. Hae Na is close to a decade older than Domyouji and seems to be a product of a nice enough family. She has no excuse! Her grandfather is warm and loving and treats her well, her staff jumps to her every whim, she is healthy - wtf is her problem! Boo-hoo, some relationship 6 years ago did not work out. Since when is that a legitimate excuse to treat people like dirt? (There is no hint that her ex was abusive or similar and she has some sort of PTSD).

I adored Sung Yuri's heroine in Snow Queen even when she was a horrifying bitch because there was good reason for her behavior - a deeply dysfunctional family, suicide of a loved older brother, and knowledge that she is bound to die in her 20s due to a health condition. Yeah, that makes for some lashing out. Someone like Shin from Goong might have been no picnic as a significant other but he performed all his myriad duties in a proper manner while Hae Na does absolutely nothing, spounging off her grandfather, refusing to work. Charming! Contrast her her with Anna from Fantasy Couple - Anna was a nightmare but competent and at least her being awful to the hero had some rational basis at the start.

She is not utterly self-absorbed and is capable of gratitude (the way she behaved with Dong Chan when she countermanded his dismissal after he covered for her as she asked) - she is capable of improvement. But she has a long way to go before she becomes worthy of being anyone's girlfriend.

I think her being in tears after realizing Tae Yoon wasn't her first love but someone who looked a bit like him was supposed to humanize her but I was left rolling my eyes at the fact that her wealth insulated her from anything - she caused such a scene chasing after him and then was free to sit and emote while someone else, in this case Dong Chan, was left cleaning up her mess - pacifying the owner of the horse she took, getting her car etc etc. What a contrast with something like Worlds Within where heartbreak or not, Song Hye Kyo's character still had to go to work and do her best, without even time to finish her conversation with the man who was dumping her. Or something like Thank You where, whatever else went on in her life, Gong Hyo Jin had to work in the fields, take care of her daughter and her senile grandfather, and deal with it all. Awww, Hae Na, poor little rich girl, see me weep! Whatever other flaws I am easy on in my characters (iciness, jerkiness, dysfunction, whatever), I cannot stand people who are simply spoiled.

The reason I am enjoying this drama and do not hate Hae Na is, in part, because she does have potential as a character to develop, and in part because Yoon Eun Hye is, as always, gorgeous, charismatic and a good actress, making Hae Na a real person with hidden little-girl warmth, as opposed to a nasty rich witch she could easily come across in someone else's hands.

In other news, I am very very eager about upcoming Angel's Temptation. The plot? The heroine's family is killed and her family is ruined so she decides to punish those responsible. (Now, see, Hae Na? That's a woman with a legitimate reason to be pissed!) However, instead of doing the sensible thing and hiring a hitman or maybe using a pipe bomb on their house, she...that's right...seduces and marries the son of her enemy. The logic? Is brilliant.

I adore revenge plots and this sounds so deliciously OTT ridiculous, I cannot wait. All the more so as the male lead is the scrumptious Bae Soo Bin, who you all might remember as the gorgeous Jun Se oppa from Brilliant Legacy. Mmmmmmmm. MMMMMM.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
This is my OTP for Take Care of the Lady:



Cheeky hardworking butler (r) and a human rights lawyer who's given up his rich family to pursue his cause (l).

OK, I am kidding. Sort of.

The thing is, I am not big on our heroine, Hae Na, at all. I have no patience for poor little rich girl or boy who treats people like dirt while thinking that they are owed everything because of their unearned money and wallowing in undeserved emo while being waited on hand and foot. I start thinking longingly of French Revolution and guillotines.

Now, a hardworking rich person, like Lee Byung Hun's character in Beautiful Days, I am fine with. Otherwise, the spoiled rich brat better have some genuine cause for lashing out like Jae Min from Bali - I would not want to be a member of his horrific family for any money and Bali never shies away from the fact that despite being angsty and magnetic, Jae-Min is not a loveable cuddly thing only needing a love of a good woman to fix him, but a total mess.

Hae Na reminds me of Domyouji in all his incarnations and I loathed early Domyouji with every fibre of my being. To be honest, she is even worse - Domyouji was younger and was around one of the worst mother figures ever. Hae Na is close to a decade older than Domyouji and seems to be a product of a nice enough family. She has no excuse! Her grandfather is warm and loving and treats her well, her staff jumps to her every whim, she is healthy - wtf is her problem! Boo-hoo, some relationship 6 years ago did not work out. Since when is that a legitimate excuse to treat people like dirt? (There is no hint that her ex was abusive or similar and she has some sort of PTSD).

I adored Sung Yuri's heroine in Snow Queen even when she was a horrifying bitch because there was good reason for her behavior - a deeply dysfunctional family, suicide of a loved older brother, and knowledge that she is bound to die in her 20s due to a health condition. Yeah, that makes for some lashing out. Someone like Shin from Goong might have been no picnic as a significant other but he performed all his myriad duties in a proper manner while Hae Na does absolutely nothing, spounging off her grandfather, refusing to work. Charming! Contrast her her with Anna from Fantasy Couple - Anna was a nightmare but competent and at least her being awful to the hero had some rational basis at the start.

She is not utterly self-absorbed and is capable of gratitude (the way she behaved with Dong Chan when she countermanded his dismissal after he covered for her as she asked) - she is capable of improvement. But she has a long way to go before she becomes worthy of being anyone's girlfriend.

I think her being in tears after realizing Tae Yoon wasn't her first love but someone who looked a bit like him was supposed to humanize her but I was left rolling my eyes at the fact that her wealth insulated her from anything - she caused such a scene chasing after him and then was free to sit and emote while someone else, in this case Dong Chan, was left cleaning up her mess - pacifying the owner of the horse she took, getting her car etc etc. What a contrast with something like Worlds Within where heartbreak or not, Song Hye Kyo's character still had to go to work and do her best, without even time to finish her conversation with the man who was dumping her. Or something like Thank You where, whatever else went on in her life, Gong Hyo Jin had to work in the fields, take care of her daughter and her senile grandfather, and deal with it all. Awww, Hae Na, poor little rich girl, see me weep! Whatever other flaws I am easy on in my characters (iciness, jerkiness, dysfunction, whatever), I cannot stand people who are simply spoiled.

The reason I am enjoying this drama and do not hate Hae Na is, in part, because she does have potential as a character to develop, and in part because Yoon Eun Hye is, as always, gorgeous, charismatic and a good actress, making Hae Na a real person with hidden little-girl warmth, as opposed to a nasty rich witch she could easily come across in someone else's hands.

In other news, I am very very eager about upcoming Angel's Temptation. The plot? The heroine's family is killed and her family is ruined so she decides to punish those responsible. (Now, see, Hae Na? That's a woman with a legitimate reason to be pissed!) However, instead of doing the sensible thing and hiring a hitman or maybe using a pipe bomb on their house, she...that's right...seduces and marries the son of her enemy. The logic? Is brilliant.

I adore revenge plots and this sounds so deliciously OTT ridiculous, I cannot wait. All the more so as the male lead is the scrumptious Bae Soo Bin, who you all might remember as the gorgeous Jun Se oppa from Brilliant Legacy. Mmmmmmmm. MMMMMM.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
This is my OTP for Take Care of the Lady:



Cheeky hardworking butler (r) and a human rights lawyer who's given up his rich family to pursue his cause (l).

OK, I am kidding. Sort of.

The thing is, I am not big on our heroine, Hae Na, at all. I have no patience for poor little rich girl or boy who treats people like dirt while thinking that they are owed everything because of their unearned money and wallowing in undeserved emo while being waited on hand and foot. I start thinking longingly of French Revolution and guillotines.

Now, a hardworking rich person, like Lee Byung Hun's character in Beautiful Days, I am fine with. Otherwise, the spoiled rich brat better have some genuine cause for lashing out like Jae Min from Bali - I would not want to be a member of his horrific family for any money and Bali never shies away from the fact that despite being angsty and magnetic, Jae-Min is not a loveable cuddly thing only needing a love of a good woman to fix him, but a total mess.

Hae Na reminds me of Domyouji in all his incarnations and I loathed early Domyouji with every fibre of my being. To be honest, she is even worse - Domyouji was younger and was around one of the worst mother figures ever. Hae Na is close to a decade older than Domyouji and seems to be a product of a nice enough family. She has no excuse! Her grandfather is warm and loving and treats her well, her staff jumps to her every whim, she is healthy - wtf is her problem! Boo-hoo, some relationship 6 years ago did not work out. Since when is that a legitimate excuse to treat people like dirt? (There is no hint that her ex was abusive or similar and she has some sort of PTSD).

I adored Sung Yuri's heroine in Snow Queen even when she was a horrifying bitch because there was good reason for her behavior - a deeply dysfunctional family, suicide of a loved older brother, and knowledge that she is bound to die in her 20s due to a health condition. Yeah, that makes for some lashing out. Someone like Shin from Goong might have been no picnic as a significant other but he performed all his myriad duties in a proper manner while Hae Na does absolutely nothing, spounging off her grandfather, refusing to work. Charming! Contrast her her with Anna from Fantasy Couple - Anna was a nightmare but competent and at least her being awful to the hero had some rational basis at the start.

She is not utterly self-absorbed and is capable of gratitude (the way she behaved with Dong Chan when she countermanded his dismissal after he covered for her as she asked) - she is capable of improvement. But she has a long way to go before she becomes worthy of being anyone's girlfriend.

I think her being in tears after realizing Tae Yoon wasn't her first love but someone who looked a bit like him was supposed to humanize her but I was left rolling my eyes at the fact that her wealth insulated her from anything - she caused such a scene chasing after him and then was free to sit and emote while someone else, in this case Dong Chan, was left cleaning up her mess - pacifying the owner of the horse she took, getting her car etc etc. What a contrast with something like Worlds Within where heartbreak or not, Song Hye Kyo's character still had to go to work and do her best, without even time to finish her conversation with the man who was dumping her. Or something like Thank You where, whatever else went on in her life, Gong Hyo Jin had to work in the fields, take care of her daughter and her senile grandfather, and deal with it all. Awww, Hae Na, poor little rich girl, see me weep! Whatever other flaws I am easy on in my characters (iciness, jerkiness, dysfunction, whatever), I cannot stand people who are simply spoiled.

The reason I am enjoying this drama and do not hate Hae Na is, in part, because she does have potential as a character to develop, and in part because Yoon Eun Hye is, as always, gorgeous, charismatic and a good actress, making Hae Na a real person with hidden little-girl warmth, as opposed to a nasty rich witch she could easily come across in someone else's hands.

In other news, I am very very eager about upcoming Angel's Temptation. The plot? The heroine's family is killed and her family is ruined so she decides to punish those responsible. (Now, see, Hae Na? That's a woman with a legitimate reason to be pissed!) However, instead of doing the sensible thing and hiring a hitman or maybe using a pipe bomb on their house, she...that's right...seduces and marries the son of her enemy. The logic? Is brilliant.

I adore revenge plots and this sounds so deliciously OTT ridiculous, I cannot wait. All the more so as the male lead is the scrumptious Bae Soo Bin, who you all might remember as the gorgeous Jun Se oppa from Brilliant Legacy. Mmmmmmmm. MMMMMM.

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