dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
Because I am so obsessed with the possibly uncanonical ship of Tae Sung/Jae In, I decided to bring you MVs from some ships which started out uncanonical (or at least looked this way to me) but ended up being the main OTP.

I very rarely uncanon ship so perhaps that is why most of those uncanon-looking ships I have ended up canon - I don't swap loyalties without a LOT of canon evidence. If even I uncanon ship, these ships really must be something.

MVs here )
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
Because I am so obsessed with the possibly uncanonical ship of Tae Sung/Jae In, I decided to bring you MVs from some ships which started out uncanonical (or at least looked this way to me) but ended up being the main OTP.

I very rarely uncanon ship so perhaps that is why most of those uncanon-looking ships I have ended up canon - I don't swap loyalties without a LOT of canon evidence. If even I uncanon ship, these ships really must be something.

MVs here )
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
Because I am so obsessed with the possibly uncanonical ship of Tae Sung/Jae In, I decided to bring you MVs from some ships which started out uncanonical (or at least looked this way to me) but ended up being the main OTP.

I very rarely uncanon ship so perhaps that is why most of those uncanon-looking ships I have ended up canon - I don't swap loyalties without a LOT of canon evidence. If even I uncanon ship, these ships really must be something.

MVs here )
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I keep thinking about Queen Seon Deok's glorious glorious ending. It was so awesome that I am actually going to go back and rewatch the whole freaking 62-ep drama. It's going to join such dramas as Damo, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (among others) in my pantheon of PERFECT drama endings.

I also keep thinking about the switcheroo - how Bidam was intended to be the final adversary, with the big epic love of Deokman and Yushin, and then it all ended up with Bidam/Deokman as this doomed OTP and Yushin sort of swept away as barely relevant in the final confrontation.

Most kdramas are filmed as they air (there are some exceptions but they are in the minority) but the game plan rarely changes - A will end up with B at the end as was intended from the start, C will die as was intended from the start etc etc.

That is why I find the rare occasions the drama-makers change their game-plan really exciting. It means there is something unexpected happening - and usually because of fan response. Which is squeeful. I would not want that to be the norm, but occasionally, it's fun.

Let's see, here are all the instances of major plot changes due to fans that I know:

* Queen Seon Deok - do you want to know how freakishly rare it is for a heroine to fall for secondary guy? You are more likely to see pigs fly. Initially any romance was supposed to be between Deokman and Yushin but then Bidam came on the scene and was supposed to be occasional helper but eventually big villain except the audience went insane for him, it sort of turned into a Bidam show, and here we are - awesome doomed OTP, greatly expanded role. Poor dull Yushin never had a chance :)

* How To Meet Your Neighbor - Have not seen that one but according to [livejournal.com profile] mishane, everyone loved secondary guy's chemistry so much, he is the one who ended up with the leading girl.

* East of Eden - this one is near and dear to my shipper heart. Initially, the big love story was supposed to be between Dong Chul (played by Song Seung Heon) and Lee Da Hae's characters - it was definitely advertised this way. Then Lee Yeon Hee's Gukja came on the scene. She was supposed to be a brief romantic stop/hindrance on the path to true love of the initial OTP but SSH and LYH had ridiculously sizzling chemistry and the writers gave them a few too many really romantic scenes - the Gukja couple developed a huge amount of rabid and vocal shippers (myself among them - oh, how torn I was, knowing my ship was ultimately uncanon) and the storyline was altered to give us Dong Chul and Gukja as the final (and quite epic by the end) OTP.

* Beautiful Days - I have heard that initially this was going to have a tragic ending, with Choi Ji Woo's character dying of leukemia. But the station got so many letters begging it to let her and Lee Byung Hun live happily ever after, they changed the ending to one where she gets treated and cured. (Early signs certainly point to doom which makes the recovery even more awesome). Also, I have no idea if it changed mid-writing due to chemistry or was always intended to be just a red herring, but early eps certainly presented not Lee Byung Hun but Ryu Shi Won as the destined guy for our heroine. Of course, if it was a writer's change from initial plan, I have to congratulate him for not being insane. LBH >>>> RSW any day.

* Style - this "Devil Wears Prada" kdrama-style was supposed to be all about a plucky assistant (Lee Ji Ah) and her quest for love. Instead, the viewers flocked to the older woman tough-bitch LJA's boss character - and she is the one who the drama slowly became about. Plus, she is the one who ended up with the guy.

* Spring Day - I have no idea whether Go Hyun Joong's character was supposed to end up with Ji Jin Hee or Jo In Sung at the start but there is no escaping the fact that the beginning of the drama set her with Ji Jin Hee as a total OTP (he gets her to escape muteness and talk) but then Jo In Sung sort of took over the drama and instead Go Hyun Joong ended up with her lover's dorky, high-strung, and adorable younger brother. Which - oh baby, can anyone refuse Jo In Sung?

Any others?
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I keep thinking about Queen Seon Deok's glorious glorious ending. It was so awesome that I am actually going to go back and rewatch the whole freaking 62-ep drama. It's going to join such dramas as Damo, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (among others) in my pantheon of PERFECT drama endings.

I also keep thinking about the switcheroo - how Bidam was intended to be the final adversary, with the big epic love of Deokman and Yushin, and then it all ended up with Bidam/Deokman as this doomed OTP and Yushin sort of swept away as barely relevant in the final confrontation.

Most kdramas are filmed as they air (there are some exceptions but they are in the minority) but the game plan rarely changes - A will end up with B at the end as was intended from the start, C will die as was intended from the start etc etc.

That is why I find the rare occasions the drama-makers change their game-plan really exciting. It means there is something unexpected happening - and usually because of fan response. Which is squeeful. I would not want that to be the norm, but occasionally, it's fun.

Let's see, here are all the instances of major plot changes due to fans that I know:

* Queen Seon Deok - do you want to know how freakishly rare it is for a heroine to fall for secondary guy? You are more likely to see pigs fly. Initially any romance was supposed to be between Deokman and Yushin but then Bidam came on the scene and was supposed to be occasional helper but eventually big villain except the audience went insane for him, it sort of turned into a Bidam show, and here we are - awesome doomed OTP, greatly expanded role. Poor dull Yushin never had a chance :)

* How To Meet Your Neighbor - Have not seen that one but according to [livejournal.com profile] mishane, everyone loved secondary guy's chemistry so much, he is the one who ended up with the leading girl.

* East of Eden - this one is near and dear to my shipper heart. Initially, the big love story was supposed to be between Dong Chul (played by Song Seung Heon) and Lee Da Hae's characters - it was definitely advertised this way. Then Lee Yeon Hee's Gukja came on the scene. She was supposed to be a brief romantic stop/hindrance on the path to true love of the initial OTP but SSH and LYH had ridiculously sizzling chemistry and the writers gave them a few too many really romantic scenes - the Gukja couple developed a huge amount of rabid and vocal shippers (myself among them - oh, how torn I was, knowing my ship was ultimately uncanon) and the storyline was altered to give us Dong Chul and Gukja as the final (and quite epic by the end) OTP.

* Beautiful Days - I have heard that initially this was going to have a tragic ending, with Choi Ji Woo's character dying of leukemia. But the station got so many letters begging it to let her and Lee Byung Hun live happily ever after, they changed the ending to one where she gets treated and cured. (Early signs certainly point to doom which makes the recovery even more awesome). Also, I have no idea if it changed mid-writing due to chemistry or was always intended to be just a red herring, but early eps certainly presented not Lee Byung Hun but Ryu Shi Won as the destined guy for our heroine. Of course, if it was a writer's change from initial plan, I have to congratulate him for not being insane. LBH >>>> RSW any day.

* Style - this "Devil Wears Prada" kdrama-style was supposed to be all about a plucky assistant (Lee Ji Ah) and her quest for love. Instead, the viewers flocked to the older woman tough-bitch LJA's boss character - and she is the one who the drama slowly became about. Plus, she is the one who ended up with the guy.

* Spring Day - I have no idea whether Go Hyun Joong's character was supposed to end up with Ji Jin Hee or Jo In Sung at the start but there is no escaping the fact that the beginning of the drama set her with Ji Jin Hee as a total OTP (he gets her to escape muteness and talk) but then Jo In Sung sort of took over the drama and instead Go Hyun Joong ended up with her lover's dorky, high-strung, and adorable younger brother. Which - oh baby, can anyone refuse Jo In Sung?

Any others?
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I keep thinking about Queen Seon Deok's glorious glorious ending. It was so awesome that I am actually going to go back and rewatch the whole freaking 62-ep drama. It's going to join such dramas as Damo, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (among others) in my pantheon of PERFECT drama endings.

I also keep thinking about the switcheroo - how Bidam was intended to be the final adversary, with the big epic love of Deokman and Yushin, and then it all ended up with Bidam/Deokman as this doomed OTP and Yushin sort of swept away as barely relevant in the final confrontation.

Most kdramas are filmed as they air (there are some exceptions but they are in the minority) but the game plan rarely changes - A will end up with B at the end as was intended from the start, C will die as was intended from the start etc etc.

That is why I find the rare occasions the drama-makers change their game-plan really exciting. It means there is something unexpected happening - and usually because of fan response. Which is squeeful. I would not want that to be the norm, but occasionally, it's fun.

Let's see, here are all the instances of major plot changes due to fans that I know:

* Queen Seon Deok - do you want to know how freakishly rare it is for a heroine to fall for secondary guy? You are more likely to see pigs fly. Initially any romance was supposed to be between Deokman and Yushin but then Bidam came on the scene and was supposed to be occasional helper but eventually big villain except the audience went insane for him, it sort of turned into a Bidam show, and here we are - awesome doomed OTP, greatly expanded role. Poor dull Yushin never had a chance :)

* How To Meet Your Neighbor - Have not seen that one but according to [livejournal.com profile] mishane, everyone loved secondary guy's chemistry so much, he is the one who ended up with the leading girl.

* East of Eden - this one is near and dear to my shipper heart. Initially, the big love story was supposed to be between Dong Chul (played by Song Seung Heon) and Lee Da Hae's characters - it was definitely advertised this way. Then Lee Yeon Hee's Gukja came on the scene. She was supposed to be a brief romantic stop/hindrance on the path to true love of the initial OTP but SSH and LYH had ridiculously sizzling chemistry and the writers gave them a few too many really romantic scenes - the Gukja couple developed a huge amount of rabid and vocal shippers (myself among them - oh, how torn I was, knowing my ship was ultimately uncanon) and the storyline was altered to give us Dong Chul and Gukja as the final (and quite epic by the end) OTP.

* Beautiful Days - I have heard that initially this was going to have a tragic ending, with Choi Ji Woo's character dying of leukemia. But the station got so many letters begging it to let her and Lee Byung Hun live happily ever after, they changed the ending to one where she gets treated and cured. (Early signs certainly point to doom which makes the recovery even more awesome). Also, I have no idea if it changed mid-writing due to chemistry or was always intended to be just a red herring, but early eps certainly presented not Lee Byung Hun but Ryu Shi Won as the destined guy for our heroine. Of course, if it was a writer's change from initial plan, I have to congratulate him for not being insane. LBH >>>> RSW any day.

* Style - this "Devil Wears Prada" kdrama-style was supposed to be all about a plucky assistant (Lee Ji Ah) and her quest for love. Instead, the viewers flocked to the older woman tough-bitch LJA's boss character - and she is the one who the drama slowly became about. Plus, she is the one who ended up with the guy.

* Spring Day - I have no idea whether Go Hyun Joong's character was supposed to end up with Ji Jin Hee or Jo In Sung at the start but there is no escaping the fact that the beginning of the drama set her with Ji Jin Hee as a total OTP (he gets her to escape muteness and talk) but then Jo In Sung sort of took over the drama and instead Go Hyun Joong ended up with her lover's dorky, high-strung, and adorable younger brother. Which - oh baby, can anyone refuse Jo In Sung?

Any others?
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
To satisfy the black hole left by the end of IRIS and also because of [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's posts, I've embarked on my rewatch of Beautiful Days, otherwise known as "Lee Byung Hun makes Dangermousie hyperventilate yet again."

Guuuuh, BD is such a quintessential perfect melodrama. I love.

This time around, I am even more kindly disposed towards Ugly Brother. After all the man can't help being a fat hideous twerp with the personality of a toad. Nor can he help his unfortunate clothes and whiny voice. He nontheless performs a valuable function - by allowing me to ff through all his scenes, he allows me to save a lot of time - time I can then spend blissfully contemplating Lee Byung Hun be all awesome as the hero. His character is so competent and brusque and kind and grown-up. With trust issues a mile wide. LOVE.

Side note - I am going to LOL forever at the fact that LBH's awesomeness trumps even childhood love - Ugly Brother is the Heroine's childhood love and her inspiration - she's dreamt of meeting him again and, in fact, initially mistakes LBH for him (talk about trading up). When she eventually finds out her mistake she - carries on with LBH basically treating Ugly Brother as a sweet, dim type of primate. Good for her. Whatever else may be going on, it's nice to know she is not blind or mentally damaged.

How come I have no LBH icons? Gimme!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
To satisfy the black hole left by the end of IRIS and also because of [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's posts, I've embarked on my rewatch of Beautiful Days, otherwise known as "Lee Byung Hun makes Dangermousie hyperventilate yet again."

Guuuuh, BD is such a quintessential perfect melodrama. I love.

This time around, I am even more kindly disposed towards Ugly Brother. After all the man can't help being a fat hideous twerp with the personality of a toad. Nor can he help his unfortunate clothes and whiny voice. He nontheless performs a valuable function - by allowing me to ff through all his scenes, he allows me to save a lot of time - time I can then spend blissfully contemplating Lee Byung Hun be all awesome as the hero. His character is so competent and brusque and kind and grown-up. With trust issues a mile wide. LOVE.

Side note - I am going to LOL forever at the fact that LBH's awesomeness trumps even childhood love - Ugly Brother is the Heroine's childhood love and her inspiration - she's dreamt of meeting him again and, in fact, initially mistakes LBH for him (talk about trading up). When she eventually finds out her mistake she - carries on with LBH basically treating Ugly Brother as a sweet, dim type of primate. Good for her. Whatever else may be going on, it's nice to know she is not blind or mentally damaged.

How come I have no LBH icons? Gimme!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
To satisfy the black hole left by the end of IRIS and also because of [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's posts, I've embarked on my rewatch of Beautiful Days, otherwise known as "Lee Byung Hun makes Dangermousie hyperventilate yet again."

Guuuuh, BD is such a quintessential perfect melodrama. I love.

This time around, I am even more kindly disposed towards Ugly Brother. After all the man can't help being a fat hideous twerp with the personality of a toad. Nor can he help his unfortunate clothes and whiny voice. He nontheless performs a valuable function - by allowing me to ff through all his scenes, he allows me to save a lot of time - time I can then spend blissfully contemplating Lee Byung Hun be all awesome as the hero. His character is so competent and brusque and kind and grown-up. With trust issues a mile wide. LOVE.

Side note - I am going to LOL forever at the fact that LBH's awesomeness trumps even childhood love - Ugly Brother is the Heroine's childhood love and her inspiration - she's dreamt of meeting him again and, in fact, initially mistakes LBH for him (talk about trading up). When she eventually finds out her mistake she - carries on with LBH basically treating Ugly Brother as a sweet, dim type of primate. Good for her. Whatever else may be going on, it's nice to know she is not blind or mentally damaged.

How come I have no LBH icons? Gimme!
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I woke up an hour earlier than I had to be because I was soanxious about IRIS. There is fannish and there is unhealthy. It's just as well that it's ending - I have never been this obsessed about drama in all my years of watching. Never.

This also made me decide to rewatch Beautiful Days with Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo.



Made in 2002, BD is a classic melodrama, one of those quintessentual Hallyu hits. She is a strong, feminine artist brought up at an orphanage. He is an icy, competent workaholic from a completely messed-up family. They meet, fall in love, and face obstacles together, while being completely grown-up and hot about it.

Why do I love it?

1. It's a drama where the OTP gets together early and then faces the world. I love those.
2. It bucks two biggest kdrama cliches - heroine with leukemia recovers (apparently because the station received a mountain of letters begging it to let the OTP have a happy ending) and childhood crush does not = OTP. Her childhood 'destined' love is his stepbrother (a character I loathe as he is whiny immature brat though I think we were supposed to like him)
3. There is no Other Girl. There are various other female characters but no OTP interlopers. Because he'd never even look at another woman.
4. Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo burn up the screen. It helps that they are "allowed" to be physical with each other. (Has there ever been a LBH drama without a bed scene? :D)
5. I adore LBH's character - he is a difficult person and the drama makes no bones about it (it helps to make him real and not just some Prince Charming fantasy) and being in that family permanently affected him but he is rock-steady and grown-up and the way he looks at her! I am a sucker for competent, love-starved guys. I also love that being with her makes him happier and mellows him out a bit but he will always be a reserved, driven person - his basic character did not change.
6. Choi Ji Woo is so good at womanly role - she is elegant and ladylike and relatively quiet but she is no pushover in any way - when she thinks he goes out of bounds, she has no problem bringing him to heel asap without raising her voice. It's like she's 'training' him for a relationship as he's had no practice before. She is awesome. Together they are so mature, which I love.
7. One of the most delicious angsty shippy scenes ever (in my cap).

If this is all not enough to convince you, have a shippy MV:



Yes, his hair is blond. No, I have no idea why the stylist throught it was a good idea. I don't care - he still looks hot.

Pssst - skip ep 1, it's pure backstory and not that interesting.
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I woke up an hour earlier than I had to be because I was soanxious about IRIS. There is fannish and there is unhealthy. It's just as well that it's ending - I have never been this obsessed about drama in all my years of watching. Never.

This also made me decide to rewatch Beautiful Days with Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo.



Made in 2002, BD is a classic melodrama, one of those quintessentual Hallyu hits. She is a strong, feminine artist brought up at an orphanage. He is an icy, competent workaholic from a completely messed-up family. They meet, fall in love, and face obstacles together, while being completely grown-up and hot about it.

Why do I love it?

1. It's a drama where the OTP gets together early and then faces the world. I love those.
2. It bucks two biggest kdrama cliches - heroine with leukemia recovers (apparently because the station received a mountain of letters begging it to let the OTP have a happy ending) and childhood crush does not = OTP. Her childhood 'destined' love is his stepbrother (a character I loathe as he is whiny immature brat though I think we were supposed to like him)
3. There is no Other Girl. There are various other female characters but no OTP interlopers. Because he'd never even look at another woman.
4. Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo burn up the screen. It helps that they are "allowed" to be physical with each other. (Has there ever been a LBH drama without a bed scene? :D)
5. I adore LBH's character - he is a difficult person and the drama makes no bones about it (it helps to make him real and not just some Prince Charming fantasy) and being in that family permanently affected him but he is rock-steady and grown-up and the way he looks at her! I am a sucker for competent, love-starved guys. I also love that being with her makes him happier and mellows him out a bit but he will always be a reserved, driven person - his basic character did not change.
6. Choi Ji Woo is so good at womanly role - she is elegant and ladylike and relatively quiet but she is no pushover in any way - when she thinks he goes out of bounds, she has no problem bringing him to heel asap without raising her voice. It's like she's 'training' him for a relationship as he's had no practice before. She is awesome. Together they are so mature, which I love.
7. One of the most delicious angsty shippy scenes ever (in my cap).

If this is all not enough to convince you, have a shippy MV:



Yes, his hair is blond. No, I have no idea why the stylist throught it was a good idea. I don't care - he still looks hot.

Pssst - skip ep 1, it's pure backstory and not that interesting.
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I woke up an hour earlier than I had to be because I was soanxious about IRIS. There is fannish and there is unhealthy. It's just as well that it's ending - I have never been this obsessed about drama in all my years of watching. Never.

This also made me decide to rewatch Beautiful Days with Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo.



Made in 2002, BD is a classic melodrama, one of those quintessentual Hallyu hits. She is a strong, feminine artist brought up at an orphanage. He is an icy, competent workaholic from a completely messed-up family. They meet, fall in love, and face obstacles together, while being completely grown-up and hot about it.

Why do I love it?

1. It's a drama where the OTP gets together early and then faces the world. I love those.
2. It bucks two biggest kdrama cliches - heroine with leukemia recovers (apparently because the station received a mountain of letters begging it to let the OTP have a happy ending) and childhood crush does not = OTP. Her childhood 'destined' love is his stepbrother (a character I loathe as he is whiny immature brat though I think we were supposed to like him)
3. There is no Other Girl. There are various other female characters but no OTP interlopers. Because he'd never even look at another woman.
4. Lee Byung Hun and Choi Ji Woo burn up the screen. It helps that they are "allowed" to be physical with each other. (Has there ever been a LBH drama without a bed scene? :D)
5. I adore LBH's character - he is a difficult person and the drama makes no bones about it (it helps to make him real and not just some Prince Charming fantasy) and being in that family permanently affected him but he is rock-steady and grown-up and the way he looks at her! I am a sucker for competent, love-starved guys. I also love that being with her makes him happier and mellows him out a bit but he will always be a reserved, driven person - his basic character did not change.
6. Choi Ji Woo is so good at womanly role - she is elegant and ladylike and relatively quiet but she is no pushover in any way - when she thinks he goes out of bounds, she has no problem bringing him to heel asap without raising her voice. It's like she's 'training' him for a relationship as he's had no practice before. She is awesome. Together they are so mature, which I love.
7. One of the most delicious angsty shippy scenes ever (in my cap).

If this is all not enough to convince you, have a shippy MV:



Yes, his hair is blond. No, I have no idea why the stylist throught it was a good idea. I don't care - he still looks hot.

Pssst - skip ep 1, it's pure backstory and not that interesting.
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.
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (TODAW kiss by bambinainnero)
The three main characters are so awesome and angstily intense. OMG. And between the three of them, need about 5 decades of therapy each.







I watched half of ep 12 of Kingdom of the Winds, i.e. what was subbed so far.

This so is my favorite drama of the season. Even if it does get darker and darker. Maybe especially because of it.

A few caps and thoughts )

Not related at all, but I love this Beautiful Days MV:

dangermousie: (TODAW kiss by bambinainnero)
The three main characters are so awesome and angstily intense. OMG. And between the three of them, need about 5 decades of therapy each.







I watched half of ep 12 of Kingdom of the Winds, i.e. what was subbed so far.

This so is my favorite drama of the season. Even if it does get darker and darker. Maybe especially because of it.

A few caps and thoughts )

Not related at all, but I love this Beautiful Days MV:

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