dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
While I often adore kdrama heroes, it is the heroine who is a deal-breaker for me. A drama does not need to have a woman in a prominent role for me to love it - as long as the relative absence of women makes sense (i.e. if someone made a drama set in the military and had only minor female characters), if the story is good, I will buy it. But if the drama does have a prominent female character, I have to like her or I bail. An unsatisfactory hero I can live with, an unsatisfactory heroine? Never.

Luckily for me, this season of kdramas is full of strong, intelligent, funny heroines. Sometimes all three at once. Here is your primer:

2009 January Heroine Roster )

And not related, but because I am a geek, I went and compared all of last week's kdrama ratings.

Ratings comparison here )
dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
While I often adore kdrama heroes, it is the heroine who is a deal-breaker for me. A drama does not need to have a woman in a prominent role for me to love it - as long as the relative absence of women makes sense (i.e. if someone made a drama set in the military and had only minor female characters), if the story is good, I will buy it. But if the drama does have a prominent female character, I have to like her or I bail. An unsatisfactory hero I can live with, an unsatisfactory heroine? Never.

Luckily for me, this season of kdramas is full of strong, intelligent, funny heroines. Sometimes all three at once. Here is your primer:

2009 January Heroine Roster )

And not related, but because I am a geek, I went and compared all of last week's kdrama ratings.

Ratings comparison here )
dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
While I often adore kdrama heroes, it is the heroine who is a deal-breaker for me. A drama does not need to have a woman in a prominent role for me to love it - as long as the relative absence of women makes sense (i.e. if someone made a drama set in the military and had only minor female characters), if the story is good, I will buy it. But if the drama does have a prominent female character, I have to like her or I bail. An unsatisfactory hero I can live with, an unsatisfactory heroine? Never.

Luckily for me, this season of kdramas is full of strong, intelligent, funny heroines. Sometimes all three at once. Here is your primer:

2009 January Heroine Roster )

And not related, but because I am a geek, I went and compared all of last week's kdrama ratings.

Ratings comparison here )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

Cut as is huge )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

Cut as is huge )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

Cut as is huge )
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: hold by anenko)
1. Episode 3 of JIN was wonderful. But when is that drama not?

Unspoilery caps here )

Now I am about to watch ep 4. EEE!

2. Speaking of jdramas, Tokyo Dogs y/n? How is it?

3.I have watched ep 12 of You're Beautiful and the last two scenes (starting when Tae Kyung finds out about pignose meaning and realizes Minam likes him and leading to his uniquely TaeKyungian confession to her) were adorable. So was the Marie Antoinette scene (God, I love Tae Kyung). But oh, my irritation with Minam grows and grows - I wonder how on earth she manages to get dressed in the morning without help, seeing how helpless and dimwitted she is, needing to be rescued from situations a 5-year-old can extricate herself from (the thing with the medicine this ep - really, drama? REALLY?). Her lack of backbone is also severely irritating - meekness is one virtue she has in overabundance. If the meek shall inherit the earth, Minam is due for a whole galaxy.

4. I love my Kindle (on which I get a lot of questions and comments from random people, including fellow commuters, waiters, and tourists) every day. Latest thing I am reading on it is Nickel and Dimed which I do not care for as I find the author intellectually both lazy and dishonest. Lady, I've been poor, on-welfare poor even - what you are doing ain't it - not only can I think of about 10 ways to save money none of which she follows only to then complain about untenability (Geez, you'd have more money to live on if you bought your clothes at Goodwill or charities, lived in a group home, and took furnishings from garbage - either commit to your freaking experiment or do not. There is one scene that made me livid where she decides not to do telemarketing because of personality incompatibility. Bloody ha! They used to pay $10/hour for it because of people dealing with stress - you are NOT doomed to work %6/hr dishwashing job, and another when she doesn't apply for a clerical job because she thinks she can't afford 5 businessy outfits - well, of course not, she bought a $30 of slacks somewhere for work - when you are broke, go to fucking charity or a thrift store or Goodwill), but her "I am slumming it" attitude makes me sick, as is her lack of discussions for built-in progressions in minimum-wage jobs), but it's a good read because it makes me think about various topics, even if only to disagree vehemently. I found the book pretty damn insulting.

5. I am tempted to watch Princess Lulu because pre-Last Scandal/IRIS Jung Joon Ho is the male lead (and the female lead is Kim Jung Eun (Lovers), whom I like). I've heard it was a trainwreck though - so yes or no on the watching? Let me explain - seeing my obsession with JJH it would have to be truly spectacularly awful for me to skip.



6. Apparently Lee Seon Gyun (Coffee Prince, Triple etc) and Gong Hyo Jin (Hello Teacher, Thank You), two of my huge favorites, are starring in a drama which is going to air after Queen Seon Deok. YES!!!! I adore GHJ to bits and ditto for LSG (finally, a leading role!)

7. Finally, the most important item. WITHS2 released VIA subs for IRIS ep 8. Guess who is a VIA member?????? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: hold by anenko)
1. Episode 3 of JIN was wonderful. But when is that drama not?

Unspoilery caps here )

Now I am about to watch ep 4. EEE!

2. Speaking of jdramas, Tokyo Dogs y/n? How is it?

3.I have watched ep 12 of You're Beautiful and the last two scenes (starting when Tae Kyung finds out about pignose meaning and realizes Minam likes him and leading to his uniquely TaeKyungian confession to her) were adorable. So was the Marie Antoinette scene (God, I love Tae Kyung). But oh, my irritation with Minam grows and grows - I wonder how on earth she manages to get dressed in the morning without help, seeing how helpless and dimwitted she is, needing to be rescued from situations a 5-year-old can extricate herself from (the thing with the medicine this ep - really, drama? REALLY?). Her lack of backbone is also severely irritating - meekness is one virtue she has in overabundance. If the meek shall inherit the earth, Minam is due for a whole galaxy.

4. I love my Kindle (on which I get a lot of questions and comments from random people, including fellow commuters, waiters, and tourists) every day. Latest thing I am reading on it is Nickel and Dimed which I do not care for as I find the author intellectually both lazy and dishonest. Lady, I've been poor, on-welfare poor even - what you are doing ain't it - not only can I think of about 10 ways to save money none of which she follows only to then complain about untenability (Geez, you'd have more money to live on if you bought your clothes at Goodwill or charities, lived in a group home, and took furnishings from garbage - either commit to your freaking experiment or do not. There is one scene that made me livid where she decides not to do telemarketing because of personality incompatibility. Bloody ha! They used to pay $10/hour for it because of people dealing with stress - you are NOT doomed to work %6/hr dishwashing job, and another when she doesn't apply for a clerical job because she thinks she can't afford 5 businessy outfits - well, of course not, she bought a $30 of slacks somewhere for work - when you are broke, go to fucking charity or a thrift store or Goodwill), but her "I am slumming it" attitude makes me sick, as is her lack of discussions for built-in progressions in minimum-wage jobs), but it's a good read because it makes me think about various topics, even if only to disagree vehemently. I found the book pretty damn insulting.

5. I am tempted to watch Princess Lulu because pre-Last Scandal/IRIS Jung Joon Ho is the male lead (and the female lead is Kim Jung Eun (Lovers), whom I like). I've heard it was a trainwreck though - so yes or no on the watching? Let me explain - seeing my obsession with JJH it would have to be truly spectacularly awful for me to skip.



6. Apparently Lee Seon Gyun (Coffee Prince, Triple etc) and Gong Hyo Jin (Hello Teacher, Thank You), two of my huge favorites, are starring in a drama which is going to air after Queen Seon Deok. YES!!!! I adore GHJ to bits and ditto for LSG (finally, a leading role!)

7. Finally, the most important item. WITHS2 released VIA subs for IRIS ep 8. Guess who is a VIA member?????? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: hold by anenko)
1. Episode 3 of JIN was wonderful. But when is that drama not?

Unspoilery caps here )

Now I am about to watch ep 4. EEE!

2. Speaking of jdramas, Tokyo Dogs y/n? How is it?

3.I have watched ep 12 of You're Beautiful and the last two scenes (starting when Tae Kyung finds out about pignose meaning and realizes Minam likes him and leading to his uniquely TaeKyungian confession to her) were adorable. So was the Marie Antoinette scene (God, I love Tae Kyung). But oh, my irritation with Minam grows and grows - I wonder how on earth she manages to get dressed in the morning without help, seeing how helpless and dimwitted she is, needing to be rescued from situations a 5-year-old can extricate herself from (the thing with the medicine this ep - really, drama? REALLY?). Her lack of backbone is also severely irritating - meekness is one virtue she has in overabundance. If the meek shall inherit the earth, Minam is due for a whole galaxy.

4. I love my Kindle (on which I get a lot of questions and comments from random people, including fellow commuters, waiters, and tourists) every day. Latest thing I am reading on it is Nickel and Dimed which I do not care for as I find the author intellectually both lazy and dishonest. Lady, I've been poor, on-welfare poor even - what you are doing ain't it - not only can I think of about 10 ways to save money none of which she follows only to then complain about untenability (Geez, you'd have more money to live on if you bought your clothes at Goodwill or charities, lived in a group home, and took furnishings from garbage - either commit to your freaking experiment or do not. There is one scene that made me livid where she decides not to do telemarketing because of personality incompatibility. Bloody ha! They used to pay $10/hour for it because of people dealing with stress - you are NOT doomed to work %6/hr dishwashing job, and another when she doesn't apply for a clerical job because she thinks she can't afford 5 businessy outfits - well, of course not, she bought a $30 of slacks somewhere for work - when you are broke, go to fucking charity or a thrift store or Goodwill), but her "I am slumming it" attitude makes me sick, as is her lack of discussions for built-in progressions in minimum-wage jobs), but it's a good read because it makes me think about various topics, even if only to disagree vehemently. I found the book pretty damn insulting.

5. I am tempted to watch Princess Lulu because pre-Last Scandal/IRIS Jung Joon Ho is the male lead (and the female lead is Kim Jung Eun (Lovers), whom I like). I've heard it was a trainwreck though - so yes or no on the watching? Let me explain - seeing my obsession with JJH it would have to be truly spectacularly awful for me to skip.



6. Apparently Lee Seon Gyun (Coffee Prince, Triple etc) and Gong Hyo Jin (Hello Teacher, Thank You), two of my huge favorites, are starring in a drama which is going to air after Queen Seon Deok. YES!!!! I adore GHJ to bits and ditto for LSG (finally, a leading role!)

7. Finally, the most important item. WITHS2 released VIA subs for IRIS ep 8. Guess who is a VIA member?????? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

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