dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
Following [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's awesome blog, which has turned into a MK-central zone of sorts, I started thinking why MK is not having me frothing at the mouth.

Even though MK ends this week at 16 eps, I have not yet watched any eps past 9. I enjoy the show whenever I watch it, but in-between the episodes I forget all about it. And so when I find myself with free time, I find myself devouring SKKS and Giant raws or Daemul and Gloria subs.

I keep trying to articulate why MK is my equivalent of 'pleasant but forgettable.' Let me try to put it into words.

I think, more than anything, it is because there are no stakes in MK. Nobody will die or get their life ruined or their child taken away or end up homeless or in psychiatric care or anything else of any magnitude in even the wildest worst-case scenario. What is the worst that can happen? Hani and Seung Jo don't get together. But it's pretty clear Hani, once outside of SJ's orbit, will move on. And SJ will continue his functional and placid if emotionally dull existence.

There is no edge of your seat here at all.

"But wait, Mousie," points out a reader. "Most of romcoms don't have life-or-death stakes and aren't some of your favorite dramas slice-of-life ones?"

Correct, my hypothetical strawman, correct. I love slice-of-life dramas like Aishiteiru to Itte Kure and Brand to bits, and my favorite drama of all time is, in fact, a slice-of-life one - Worlds Within. And it's true that in most romcoms the worst that can happen is that the couple won't end up together - there is no threat of a lunatic assassinating Chae Gyung from Goong, and Gong Chan from My Girl is unlikely to die of a terminal illness whether he gets to live happily ever after or not.

And now we come to a second but. A successful romcom (or a romantic slice-of-life) works by convincing me that even though the worst thing that can happen is the OTP not being together, their love is so profound and life-changing and strong, that this would be a horrible tragedy (and by extension, a general slice-of-life also shows you that whatever bad mundane outcome can happen is devastating - by making you care so much for the characters' success). I bawled my way through the last three episodes of Aishiteiru to Itte kure, screamed at my screen with Worlds Within. But I do not get that feeling of emotional urgency with MK at all. MK, with all its charm, fails to sell me on the protagonists' relationship being profound, life-breaking, the most amazing thing that could happen. MK's very realism is against it there - unlike the other dramas I mentioned, which all deal with adults and complex and fascinating ones too, MK's protagonists are realistic everyday teenagers. That leads not just to my finding them less interesting or relatable (if MK has any overarching theme, it's growing up, but it's not something that is often interesting to me outside of some extra stressors thrown into the mix) but their love doesn't come across as soul-searing or stronger-than-death either. This is not helped by the chemistry between the leads - it's sweet and friendly but hardly toe-curling, the way it was in the Taiwanese version. Acting abilities factor in as well, of course. For example, Coffee House is a mellow romantic slice-of-life about little things but its star is the amazing Kang Ji Hwan who owns me with every look.

MK is enjoyable and well-drawn but it fails to obsess me because - how shall I put it - I can live without it because the characters can live without each other too.
dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
Following [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's awesome blog, which has turned into a MK-central zone of sorts, I started thinking why MK is not having me frothing at the mouth.

Even though MK ends this week at 16 eps, I have not yet watched any eps past 9. I enjoy the show whenever I watch it, but in-between the episodes I forget all about it. And so when I find myself with free time, I find myself devouring SKKS and Giant raws or Daemul and Gloria subs.

I keep trying to articulate why MK is my equivalent of 'pleasant but forgettable.' Let me try to put it into words.

I think, more than anything, it is because there are no stakes in MK. Nobody will die or get their life ruined or their child taken away or end up homeless or in psychiatric care or anything else of any magnitude in even the wildest worst-case scenario. What is the worst that can happen? Hani and Seung Jo don't get together. But it's pretty clear Hani, once outside of SJ's orbit, will move on. And SJ will continue his functional and placid if emotionally dull existence.

There is no edge of your seat here at all.

"But wait, Mousie," points out a reader. "Most of romcoms don't have life-or-death stakes and aren't some of your favorite dramas slice-of-life ones?"

Correct, my hypothetical strawman, correct. I love slice-of-life dramas like Aishiteiru to Itte Kure and Brand to bits, and my favorite drama of all time is, in fact, a slice-of-life one - Worlds Within. And it's true that in most romcoms the worst that can happen is that the couple won't end up together - there is no threat of a lunatic assassinating Chae Gyung from Goong, and Gong Chan from My Girl is unlikely to die of a terminal illness whether he gets to live happily ever after or not.

And now we come to a second but. A successful romcom (or a romantic slice-of-life) works by convincing me that even though the worst thing that can happen is the OTP not being together, their love is so profound and life-changing and strong, that this would be a horrible tragedy (and by extension, a general slice-of-life also shows you that whatever bad mundane outcome can happen is devastating - by making you care so much for the characters' success). I bawled my way through the last three episodes of Aishiteiru to Itte kure, screamed at my screen with Worlds Within. But I do not get that feeling of emotional urgency with MK at all. MK, with all its charm, fails to sell me on the protagonists' relationship being profound, life-breaking, the most amazing thing that could happen. MK's very realism is against it there - unlike the other dramas I mentioned, which all deal with adults and complex and fascinating ones too, MK's protagonists are realistic everyday teenagers. That leads not just to my finding them less interesting or relatable (if MK has any overarching theme, it's growing up, but it's not something that is often interesting to me outside of some extra stressors thrown into the mix) but their love doesn't come across as soul-searing or stronger-than-death either. This is not helped by the chemistry between the leads - it's sweet and friendly but hardly toe-curling, the way it was in the Taiwanese version. Acting abilities factor in as well, of course. For example, Coffee House is a mellow romantic slice-of-life about little things but its star is the amazing Kang Ji Hwan who owns me with every look.

MK is enjoyable and well-drawn but it fails to obsess me because - how shall I put it - I can live without it because the characters can live without each other too.
dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
Following [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's awesome blog, which has turned into a MK-central zone of sorts, I started thinking why MK is not having me frothing at the mouth.

Even though MK ends this week at 16 eps, I have not yet watched any eps past 9. I enjoy the show whenever I watch it, but in-between the episodes I forget all about it. And so when I find myself with free time, I find myself devouring SKKS and Giant raws or Daemul and Gloria subs.

I keep trying to articulate why MK is my equivalent of 'pleasant but forgettable.' Let me try to put it into words.

I think, more than anything, it is because there are no stakes in MK. Nobody will die or get their life ruined or their child taken away or end up homeless or in psychiatric care or anything else of any magnitude in even the wildest worst-case scenario. What is the worst that can happen? Hani and Seung Jo don't get together. But it's pretty clear Hani, once outside of SJ's orbit, will move on. And SJ will continue his functional and placid if emotionally dull existence.

There is no edge of your seat here at all.

"But wait, Mousie," points out a reader. "Most of romcoms don't have life-or-death stakes and aren't some of your favorite dramas slice-of-life ones?"

Correct, my hypothetical strawman, correct. I love slice-of-life dramas like Aishiteiru to Itte Kure and Brand to bits, and my favorite drama of all time is, in fact, a slice-of-life one - Worlds Within. And it's true that in most romcoms the worst that can happen is that the couple won't end up together - there is no threat of a lunatic assassinating Chae Gyung from Goong, and Gong Chan from My Girl is unlikely to die of a terminal illness whether he gets to live happily ever after or not.

And now we come to a second but. A successful romcom (or a romantic slice-of-life) works by convincing me that even though the worst thing that can happen is the OTP not being together, their love is so profound and life-changing and strong, that this would be a horrible tragedy (and by extension, a general slice-of-life also shows you that whatever bad mundane outcome can happen is devastating - by making you care so much for the characters' success). I bawled my way through the last three episodes of Aishiteiru to Itte kure, screamed at my screen with Worlds Within. But I do not get that feeling of emotional urgency with MK at all. MK, with all its charm, fails to sell me on the protagonists' relationship being profound, life-breaking, the most amazing thing that could happen. MK's very realism is against it there - unlike the other dramas I mentioned, which all deal with adults and complex and fascinating ones too, MK's protagonists are realistic everyday teenagers. That leads not just to my finding them less interesting or relatable (if MK has any overarching theme, it's growing up, but it's not something that is often interesting to me outside of some extra stressors thrown into the mix) but their love doesn't come across as soul-searing or stronger-than-death either. This is not helped by the chemistry between the leads - it's sweet and friendly but hardly toe-curling, the way it was in the Taiwanese version. Acting abilities factor in as well, of course. For example, Coffee House is a mellow romantic slice-of-life about little things but its star is the amazing Kang Ji Hwan who owns me with every look.

MK is enjoyable and well-drawn but it fails to obsess me because - how shall I put it - I can live without it because the characters can live without each other too.
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
and I think I am about to die laughing due to a viikii commenter who posted "I would efinitely ride this guy all night long" the second Joon Gu with new hair and style appeared.

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

I can totally see the merit in the idea. Post-makeover Joon Gu = HOOOT.

I love ep 8, it's adorable. Hani giving up on him and moving out certainly forced Seung Jo to step up to the plate (all the tennis training? Totally an excuse to be around her, and the piggyback ride made me melt) even if he remains clueless about what it is he really feels. I think this version may be my favorite 'Seung Jo/Irie/Zhi Shu' because he feels like a real muddle-headed teen boy. And for 100% sure this version has my favorite heroine of all of the versions - I just want to hug her.

In conclusion, I want Hani and Joon Gu to make out, please! But for her to end up with Baek Seung Jo.

Also, I am thinking they will combine the College Female BSJ and the rich girl he got engaged to later for company stuff into one. Makes sense, especially time-wise, though not sure how they will make it work (but this drama is so well-written so far, I really trust the makers). Keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep the rain kiss and the kneeling or you are dead!!!!!!!!!!
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
and I think I am about to die laughing due to a viikii commenter who posted "I would efinitely ride this guy all night long" the second Joon Gu with new hair and style appeared.

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

I can totally see the merit in the idea. Post-makeover Joon Gu = HOOOT.

I love ep 8, it's adorable. Hani giving up on him and moving out certainly forced Seung Jo to step up to the plate (all the tennis training? Totally an excuse to be around her, and the piggyback ride made me melt) even if he remains clueless about what it is he really feels. I think this version may be my favorite 'Seung Jo/Irie/Zhi Shu' because he feels like a real muddle-headed teen boy. And for 100% sure this version has my favorite heroine of all of the versions - I just want to hug her.

In conclusion, I want Hani and Joon Gu to make out, please! But for her to end up with Baek Seung Jo.

Also, I am thinking they will combine the College Female BSJ and the rich girl he got engaged to later for company stuff into one. Makes sense, especially time-wise, though not sure how they will make it work (but this drama is so well-written so far, I really trust the makers). Keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep the rain kiss and the kneeling or you are dead!!!!!!!!!!
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
and I think I am about to die laughing due to a viikii commenter who posted "I would efinitely ride this guy all night long" the second Joon Gu with new hair and style appeared.

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

I can totally see the merit in the idea. Post-makeover Joon Gu = HOOOT.

I love ep 8, it's adorable. Hani giving up on him and moving out certainly forced Seung Jo to step up to the plate (all the tennis training? Totally an excuse to be around her, and the piggyback ride made me melt) even if he remains clueless about what it is he really feels. I think this version may be my favorite 'Seung Jo/Irie/Zhi Shu' because he feels like a real muddle-headed teen boy. And for 100% sure this version has my favorite heroine of all of the versions - I just want to hug her.

In conclusion, I want Hani and Joon Gu to make out, please! But for her to end up with Baek Seung Jo.

Also, I am thinking they will combine the College Female BSJ and the rich girl he got engaged to later for company stuff into one. Makes sense, especially time-wise, though not sure how they will make it work (but this drama is so well-written so far, I really trust the makers). Keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep the rain kiss and the kneeling or you are dead!!!!!!!!!!
dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
1. Hideous perm needs to go. What were they thinking of???? Eeek.

2. Even though there was no hot-n-heavy tongue action (in a teen kdrama? Aahahahaha, hell will freeze over before that happens), I much preferred the kiss scene here to the Taiwanese one. I don't know - it was cute and funny and light and adorable and perfect. Seung Jo is such a dork - of course he kisses her right after she declares she is going to move on and find another guy. Bwa! You are totally jealous and posessive (which is why you were being such a jerk earlier - after Joon Gu's song) and you have no idea why but you totally did it to keep her hooked. The smirk and the 'get over me now' thing made me lol and lol forever.

3. The girl who plays OTP interloper is gorgeous. Space-out-staring-at-her gorgeous. Hani is cute and all but going by pure looks, there is no competition.

4. In real life, I'd tell Hani to move on and try dating others and get over Seung Jo - what she has now is no way to a happy relationship. If a guy doesn't love you back (in a 'I can actually tell he does' kind of way) and treat you well, there is no point pining for him. Move on, girl! (I was never able to be interested in a guy unless he was interested in me first, so am coming from different place here than Hani). I sort of want Hani to make a sex tape with Joon Gu and send it to Seung Jo. Because whether he loves her or not is one thing, but he has to treat her well, and he doesn't.

5. I was one of the minority of people who never had any problem with Kim Hyun Joong's acting in BOF to start with (he came across as manga-Rui to me) but he's definitely improved with MK. Actually, out of the main love quartet of doom of actors in BOF, I probably like him the best *gasp* - Lee Min Ho is excellent but his drama choices are trainwrecks (I'd rather have a mediocre actor in a good drama than a good actor in an awful one), Gu Hye Sun cannot act to save her life (I can deal with underacting but over-mugging drives me insane) and I dislike Lee Min Jung enough to automatically avoid any drama with her in it (stayed far away from Smile You just because of her). So KHJ wins by default. It probably helps that by the end of BOF, his was the only character out of the four I did not want to dismember.
dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
1. Hideous perm needs to go. What were they thinking of???? Eeek.

2. Even though there was no hot-n-heavy tongue action (in a teen kdrama? Aahahahaha, hell will freeze over before that happens), I much preferred the kiss scene here to the Taiwanese one. I don't know - it was cute and funny and light and adorable and perfect. Seung Jo is such a dork - of course he kisses her right after she declares she is going to move on and find another guy. Bwa! You are totally jealous and posessive (which is why you were being such a jerk earlier - after Joon Gu's song) and you have no idea why but you totally did it to keep her hooked. The smirk and the 'get over me now' thing made me lol and lol forever.

3. The girl who plays OTP interloper is gorgeous. Space-out-staring-at-her gorgeous. Hani is cute and all but going by pure looks, there is no competition.

4. In real life, I'd tell Hani to move on and try dating others and get over Seung Jo - what she has now is no way to a happy relationship. If a guy doesn't love you back (in a 'I can actually tell he does' kind of way) and treat you well, there is no point pining for him. Move on, girl! (I was never able to be interested in a guy unless he was interested in me first, so am coming from different place here than Hani). I sort of want Hani to make a sex tape with Joon Gu and send it to Seung Jo. Because whether he loves her or not is one thing, but he has to treat her well, and he doesn't.

5. I was one of the minority of people who never had any problem with Kim Hyun Joong's acting in BOF to start with (he came across as manga-Rui to me) but he's definitely improved with MK. Actually, out of the main love quartet of doom of actors in BOF, I probably like him the best *gasp* - Lee Min Ho is excellent but his drama choices are trainwrecks (I'd rather have a mediocre actor in a good drama than a good actor in an awful one), Gu Hye Sun cannot act to save her life (I can deal with underacting but over-mugging drives me insane) and I dislike Lee Min Jung enough to automatically avoid any drama with her in it (stayed far away from Smile You just because of her). So KHJ wins by default. It probably helps that by the end of BOF, his was the only character out of the four I did not want to dismember.
dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
1. Hideous perm needs to go. What were they thinking of???? Eeek.

2. Even though there was no hot-n-heavy tongue action (in a teen kdrama? Aahahahaha, hell will freeze over before that happens), I much preferred the kiss scene here to the Taiwanese one. I don't know - it was cute and funny and light and adorable and perfect. Seung Jo is such a dork - of course he kisses her right after she declares she is going to move on and find another guy. Bwa! You are totally jealous and posessive (which is why you were being such a jerk earlier - after Joon Gu's song) and you have no idea why but you totally did it to keep her hooked. The smirk and the 'get over me now' thing made me lol and lol forever.

3. The girl who plays OTP interloper is gorgeous. Space-out-staring-at-her gorgeous. Hani is cute and all but going by pure looks, there is no competition.

4. In real life, I'd tell Hani to move on and try dating others and get over Seung Jo - what she has now is no way to a happy relationship. If a guy doesn't love you back (in a 'I can actually tell he does' kind of way) and treat you well, there is no point pining for him. Move on, girl! (I was never able to be interested in a guy unless he was interested in me first, so am coming from different place here than Hani). I sort of want Hani to make a sex tape with Joon Gu and send it to Seung Jo. Because whether he loves her or not is one thing, but he has to treat her well, and he doesn't.

5. I was one of the minority of people who never had any problem with Kim Hyun Joong's acting in BOF to start with (he came across as manga-Rui to me) but he's definitely improved with MK. Actually, out of the main love quartet of doom of actors in BOF, I probably like him the best *gasp* - Lee Min Ho is excellent but his drama choices are trainwrecks (I'd rather have a mediocre actor in a good drama than a good actor in an awful one), Gu Hye Sun cannot act to save her life (I can deal with underacting but over-mugging drives me insane) and I dislike Lee Min Jung enough to automatically avoid any drama with her in it (stayed far away from Smile You just because of her). So KHJ wins by default. It probably helps that by the end of BOF, his was the only character out of the four I did not want to dismember.
dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
I have just finished ep 5 of Mischievous Kiss and I am so ridiculously, madly in love with this drama. It makes me grin and feel warm inside and a little nostalgic and very very tender towards its protagonists - I can see bits of my long-ago teen self in both Hani and Seung Jo.



Its horrifying ratings are a total shame, not just because I feel bad for cast and crew who worked hard, but because I really think this is a hidden gem that deserves to be seen by more people. It's such a breath of fresh air - it's not makjang or melodramatic in the least - in fact it is perhaps the most everyday kdrama I have ever seen - there are no evil parents, birth secrets, amnesia, or high drama of any sort - no, it's just two normal relatable teenagers trying to grow up and figure out what they want in life. The events are big for the protagonists and full of meaning - passing a college exam, a quasi-date with a cute guy you like, talking over your future with friends - but they are the everyday things everyone experiences.

Unlike the twdrama, which I enjoyed but did not find in the least realistic, MK feels like it could be taking place right now in real life, somewhere out there. Both the protagonists have been toned down and made people you know in real life - Hani is not academically gifted but she is hardworking and no dummy (and certainly not desperate) and Seung Jo has been made (as several flisties brilliantly noted) into a real teenage boy - one who is very academically smart but is not sure what he wants or how to show it. It's just such a lovely lovely growing-up story.

I can see why it's not a huge hit - nothing horribly dramatic happens. But I love it.

In conclusion and on a shallow note, how ridiculously gorgeous is KHJ?

dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
I have just finished ep 5 of Mischievous Kiss and I am so ridiculously, madly in love with this drama. It makes me grin and feel warm inside and a little nostalgic and very very tender towards its protagonists - I can see bits of my long-ago teen self in both Hani and Seung Jo.



Its horrifying ratings are a total shame, not just because I feel bad for cast and crew who worked hard, but because I really think this is a hidden gem that deserves to be seen by more people. It's such a breath of fresh air - it's not makjang or melodramatic in the least - in fact it is perhaps the most everyday kdrama I have ever seen - there are no evil parents, birth secrets, amnesia, or high drama of any sort - no, it's just two normal relatable teenagers trying to grow up and figure out what they want in life. The events are big for the protagonists and full of meaning - passing a college exam, a quasi-date with a cute guy you like, talking over your future with friends - but they are the everyday things everyone experiences.

Unlike the twdrama, which I enjoyed but did not find in the least realistic, MK feels like it could be taking place right now in real life, somewhere out there. Both the protagonists have been toned down and made people you know in real life - Hani is not academically gifted but she is hardworking and no dummy (and certainly not desperate) and Seung Jo has been made (as several flisties brilliantly noted) into a real teenage boy - one who is very academically smart but is not sure what he wants or how to show it. It's just such a lovely lovely growing-up story.

I can see why it's not a huge hit - nothing horribly dramatic happens. But I love it.

In conclusion and on a shallow note, how ridiculously gorgeous is KHJ?

dangermousie: (Mischievous Kiss by calixa)
I have just finished ep 5 of Mischievous Kiss and I am so ridiculously, madly in love with this drama. It makes me grin and feel warm inside and a little nostalgic and very very tender towards its protagonists - I can see bits of my long-ago teen self in both Hani and Seung Jo.



Its horrifying ratings are a total shame, not just because I feel bad for cast and crew who worked hard, but because I really think this is a hidden gem that deserves to be seen by more people. It's such a breath of fresh air - it's not makjang or melodramatic in the least - in fact it is perhaps the most everyday kdrama I have ever seen - there are no evil parents, birth secrets, amnesia, or high drama of any sort - no, it's just two normal relatable teenagers trying to grow up and figure out what they want in life. The events are big for the protagonists and full of meaning - passing a college exam, a quasi-date with a cute guy you like, talking over your future with friends - but they are the everyday things everyone experiences.

Unlike the twdrama, which I enjoyed but did not find in the least realistic, MK feels like it could be taking place right now in real life, somewhere out there. Both the protagonists have been toned down and made people you know in real life - Hani is not academically gifted but she is hardworking and no dummy (and certainly not desperate) and Seung Jo has been made (as several flisties brilliantly noted) into a real teenage boy - one who is very academically smart but is not sure what he wants or how to show it. It's just such a lovely lovely growing-up story.

I can see why it's not a huge hit - nothing horribly dramatic happens. But I love it.

In conclusion and on a shallow note, how ridiculously gorgeous is KHJ?

dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
I haven't been posting much about Mischievous Kiss despite enjoying it - for one it is not a particularly metable show (to me), and for another, I am 2 episodes behind due to my mad Giant obsession.



Despite this, I have been really liking it - it's an understated, mellow delight - a sort of 'everyday' type story. It does not have a complex driving plot or even a high/wacky concept (nun crossdresses as a boy and joins a band! etc) - it's just a fun story about a somewhat arrogant boy and a plucky determined girl who fall for each other.

But clearly I and others who like it are in a minority, at least when it comes to viewers who actually count - those who make ratings in Korea.

There, MK's ratings are abysmal. In all my years of drama-watching, I have never seen ratings this bad on one of the three main networks. The latest ep averaged 2.8%. (For comparison, one of its rivals, Baker King, just ended its run on a triumphal 50.8%). There are some dramas that don't do that well and end up in mid-single digits (another favorite of mine, Robbers, ended up around 5%), but ratings like MK's? I've never seen the like.

And here is where my liking for a Korean TV structure comes in. A show with ratings this horrible in the US would not last more than another episode or two. But here - all that happened is that MK got cut down to 16 episodes (usually the minimum length for a drama). Yes, MK, which is doing so abysmally will still get to finish its storyline, if probably now a little shorter than it would have been otherwise. MBC is knon for being the worst among the networks for cutting dramas that do not perform up to par, but even they don't ever suddenly yank them off the air - the worst that happens is that they declare the cuts so suddenly and close to the end that the makers are left scrambling to finish it properly due to last minute nature of the changes (see Heading to the Ground). But still, however much shorter and last notice, they get to finish. (And unlike with some other dramas they cut, MK makers got the news enough in advance that it should not affect the quality).

So, I don't feel too bad for MK.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
I haven't been posting much about Mischievous Kiss despite enjoying it - for one it is not a particularly metable show (to me), and for another, I am 2 episodes behind due to my mad Giant obsession.



Despite this, I have been really liking it - it's an understated, mellow delight - a sort of 'everyday' type story. It does not have a complex driving plot or even a high/wacky concept (nun crossdresses as a boy and joins a band! etc) - it's just a fun story about a somewhat arrogant boy and a plucky determined girl who fall for each other.

But clearly I and others who like it are in a minority, at least when it comes to viewers who actually count - those who make ratings in Korea.

There, MK's ratings are abysmal. In all my years of drama-watching, I have never seen ratings this bad on one of the three main networks. The latest ep averaged 2.8%. (For comparison, one of its rivals, Baker King, just ended its run on a triumphal 50.8%). There are some dramas that don't do that well and end up in mid-single digits (another favorite of mine, Robbers, ended up around 5%), but ratings like MK's? I've never seen the like.

And here is where my liking for a Korean TV structure comes in. A show with ratings this horrible in the US would not last more than another episode or two. But here - all that happened is that MK got cut down to 16 episodes (usually the minimum length for a drama). Yes, MK, which is doing so abysmally will still get to finish its storyline, if probably now a little shorter than it would have been otherwise. MBC is knon for being the worst among the networks for cutting dramas that do not perform up to par, but even they don't ever suddenly yank them off the air - the worst that happens is that they declare the cuts so suddenly and close to the end that the makers are left scrambling to finish it properly due to last minute nature of the changes (see Heading to the Ground). But still, however much shorter and last notice, they get to finish. (And unlike with some other dramas they cut, MK makers got the news enough in advance that it should not affect the quality).

So, I don't feel too bad for MK.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
I haven't been posting much about Mischievous Kiss despite enjoying it - for one it is not a particularly metable show (to me), and for another, I am 2 episodes behind due to my mad Giant obsession.



Despite this, I have been really liking it - it's an understated, mellow delight - a sort of 'everyday' type story. It does not have a complex driving plot or even a high/wacky concept (nun crossdresses as a boy and joins a band! etc) - it's just a fun story about a somewhat arrogant boy and a plucky determined girl who fall for each other.

But clearly I and others who like it are in a minority, at least when it comes to viewers who actually count - those who make ratings in Korea.

There, MK's ratings are abysmal. In all my years of drama-watching, I have never seen ratings this bad on one of the three main networks. The latest ep averaged 2.8%. (For comparison, one of its rivals, Baker King, just ended its run on a triumphal 50.8%). There are some dramas that don't do that well and end up in mid-single digits (another favorite of mine, Robbers, ended up around 5%), but ratings like MK's? I've never seen the like.

And here is where my liking for a Korean TV structure comes in. A show with ratings this horrible in the US would not last more than another episode or two. But here - all that happened is that MK got cut down to 16 episodes (usually the minimum length for a drama). Yes, MK, which is doing so abysmally will still get to finish its storyline, if probably now a little shorter than it would have been otherwise. MBC is knon for being the worst among the networks for cutting dramas that do not perform up to par, but even they don't ever suddenly yank them off the air - the worst that happens is that they declare the cuts so suddenly and close to the end that the makers are left scrambling to finish it properly due to last minute nature of the changes (see Heading to the Ground). But still, however much shorter and last notice, they get to finish. (And unlike with some other dramas they cut, MK makers got the news enough in advance that it should not affect the quality).

So, I don't feel too bad for MK.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have now seen a repeated complaint about the poor beleaguered Mischievous Kiss - namely that while it has plenty of cute interactions, it is remarkably low on plot. The statement that MK has little plot is correct - the story is basically a series of cumulative interactions between the leads which ends up in their finding love with each other. But to complain about the lack of plot seems absurd to me! It is a romantic comedy, a genre that by its very definition has little to no plot. To complain about a romcom being low on plot is like complaining about a period drama having swords and guys with beards.

I love plotty dramas more than most of my friendslist (or English-speaking drama fandom in general if page count comparison between plotty and fluffy dramas on soompi is an indication) but even I do not expect much plot in a romcom. To pick three very popular beloved romcoms at random - how much plot did Goong have? Or Soulmate? Or You're Beautiful? I've christened YAB "Plotless Wonder" but the other two do not fare much better in that department. If you want plot, you should probably look outside the romcom genre - Giant is still airing, or you can wait for Athena and Runaway. Or even check out a drama which has romcom elements in its genre mix (Prosecutor Princess is a mix of romcom/procedural/revenge saga so there is plot). But to complain about a particular romcom not having plot seems...odd.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have now seen a repeated complaint about the poor beleaguered Mischievous Kiss - namely that while it has plenty of cute interactions, it is remarkably low on plot. The statement that MK has little plot is correct - the story is basically a series of cumulative interactions between the leads which ends up in their finding love with each other. But to complain about the lack of plot seems absurd to me! It is a romantic comedy, a genre that by its very definition has little to no plot. To complain about a romcom being low on plot is like complaining about a period drama having swords and guys with beards.

I love plotty dramas more than most of my friendslist (or English-speaking drama fandom in general if page count comparison between plotty and fluffy dramas on soompi is an indication) but even I do not expect much plot in a romcom. To pick three very popular beloved romcoms at random - how much plot did Goong have? Or Soulmate? Or You're Beautiful? I've christened YAB "Plotless Wonder" but the other two do not fare much better in that department. If you want plot, you should probably look outside the romcom genre - Giant is still airing, or you can wait for Athena and Runaway. Or even check out a drama which has romcom elements in its genre mix (Prosecutor Princess is a mix of romcom/procedural/revenge saga so there is plot). But to complain about a particular romcom not having plot seems...odd.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have now seen a repeated complaint about the poor beleaguered Mischievous Kiss - namely that while it has plenty of cute interactions, it is remarkably low on plot. The statement that MK has little plot is correct - the story is basically a series of cumulative interactions between the leads which ends up in their finding love with each other. But to complain about the lack of plot seems absurd to me! It is a romantic comedy, a genre that by its very definition has little to no plot. To complain about a romcom being low on plot is like complaining about a period drama having swords and guys with beards.

I love plotty dramas more than most of my friendslist (or English-speaking drama fandom in general if page count comparison between plotty and fluffy dramas on soompi is an indication) but even I do not expect much plot in a romcom. To pick three very popular beloved romcoms at random - how much plot did Goong have? Or Soulmate? Or You're Beautiful? I've christened YAB "Plotless Wonder" but the other two do not fare much better in that department. If you want plot, you should probably look outside the romcom genre - Giant is still airing, or you can wait for Athena and Runaway. Or even check out a drama which has romcom elements in its genre mix (Prosecutor Princess is a mix of romcom/procedural/revenge saga so there is plot). But to complain about a particular romcom not having plot seems...odd.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands)
Mischievous Kiss:



Say it with me: date!!!!!!!!!!!

Sungkyunkwan Scandal:



Mmmm. Getting all huggy with your best guy friend, are we, Sun Joon? Not to mention having 'him' sleep on your shoulder while you stroke 'his' face. Hmmmmm. Indeed.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands)
Mischievous Kiss:



Say it with me: date!!!!!!!!!!!

Sungkyunkwan Scandal:



Mmmm. Getting all huggy with your best guy friend, are we, Sun Joon? Not to mention having 'him' sleep on your shoulder while you stroke 'his' face. Hmmmmm. Indeed.

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