dangermousie: (Faith OTP by vierran45)
Before I go into what will likely be a lengthy and emotional post, I just wanted to thank you - thank you everyone who commented on my livejournal or posted on their own (and not just lj - joonni is amazing and I had a ton of fun lurking at soompi), everyone who made vids, wrote fics. I don't remember the last time I was involved in a drama with that much fandom enthusiasm and fun...actually, I lied. I remember - it was last year's City Hunter :)



I was very happy with the way Faith ended (I should have known to trust the writer - she has yet to write a drama that disappointed me), but I still feel bereft. I've followed and obsessed over this drama for 12 nail-biting weeks. I've developed all sorts of ridiculous rituals, not to mention spent a giant chunk of my free time on it. And now I feel empty. I don't want to say goodbye to this drama's world and to its characters - I don't want to let go of Eun Soo, Choi Young, Gongmin, Nogook, the Woodalchi shippers, Lady Choi, Jang Bin *sob*, and even the bad guys.



I am not so consumed by my love for this drama that I will claim it was the best drama of 2012. But while it might not have been the best (though it was still damn good, by an objective standard), it was by far and away my favorite. It made me cry (bawl, actually), laugh, swoon, and transported me into another, hyper-real, emotional, gorgeous world. It gave me what has become my favorite kdrama OTP ever - who knew when this started that I would go so obsessively, desperately head-over-heels for a modern Gangnam plastic surgeon and a 14th-century warrior with a death wish? Both Eun Soo and Choi Young had wonderful, believable, moving character arcs - they made each other better, they made each other the best they could be. Their relationship was epic but also organic and real - their quiet moments stick with me as much as the big operatic ones. A lot of the credit has to go to Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun who are both so gorgeous it's ridiculous and who burn up the screen to a degree I've rarely seen in a kdrama (or anywhere else). I would have never thought to put them together (though I've loved them individually long before Faith), but it was perfect casting. I cannot imagine anyone else in the roles. I keep thinking about what Choi Young and Eun Soo are doing now (well, now being 1350s) - I don't want to let them go.



And of course there is the writing. Song Jina has yet to write a drama that wasn't good. She has done many genres and types of stories over the years, but it's the first time I've seen her do a romance. Most of her dramas have romantic threads (while wonderfully done - see Legend) in the background of everything else. So going into Faith, I was expecting epic and battles and politics and some romance in the background, if I was lucky. Instead what I got was intimate, interpersonal and so swoonily romantic, I cannot think of a single period drama (Korean, Chinese, Japanese or other) that comes close in the degree and importance of romance.



By going on and on about Choi Young and Eun Soo, I don't mean to leave out all the other characters. Gongmin and Nogook get their own growth arc and their own love story, that moved me immensely. This drama gave me not just the perfect main OTP but a perfect secondary one.


(But enough blabber, on to the last episode itself)  )
dangermousie: (Faith OTP by vierran45)
Before I go into what will likely be a lengthy and emotional post, I just wanted to thank you - thank you everyone who commented on my livejournal or posted on their own (and not just lj - joonni is amazing and I had a ton of fun lurking at soompi), everyone who made vids, wrote fics. I don't remember the last time I was involved in a drama with that much fandom enthusiasm and fun...actually, I lied. I remember - it was last year's City Hunter :)



I was very happy with the way Faith ended (I should have known to trust the writer - she has yet to write a drama that disappointed me), but I still feel bereft. I've followed and obsessed over this drama for 12 nail-biting weeks. I've developed all sorts of ridiculous rituals, not to mention spent a giant chunk of my free time on it. And now I feel empty. I don't want to say goodbye to this drama's world and to its characters - I don't want to let go of Eun Soo, Choi Young, Gongmin, Nogook, the Woodalchi shippers, Lady Choi, Jang Bin *sob*, and even the bad guys.



I am not so consumed by my love for this drama that I will claim it was the best drama of 2012. But while it might not have been the best (though it was still damn good, by an objective standard), it was by far and away my favorite. It made me cry (bawl, actually), laugh, swoon, and transported me into another, hyper-real, emotional, gorgeous world. It gave me what has become my favorite kdrama OTP ever - who knew when this started that I would go so obsessively, desperately head-over-heels for a modern Gangnam plastic surgeon and a 14th-century warrior with a death wish? Both Eun Soo and Choi Young had wonderful, believable, moving character arcs - they made each other better, they made each other the best they could be. Their relationship was epic but also organic and real - their quiet moments stick with me as much as the big operatic ones. A lot of the credit has to go to Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun who are both so gorgeous it's ridiculous and who burn up the screen to a degree I've rarely seen in a kdrama (or anywhere else). I would have never thought to put them together (though I've loved them individually long before Faith), but it was perfect casting. I cannot imagine anyone else in the roles. I keep thinking about what Choi Young and Eun Soo are doing now (well, now being 1350s) - I don't want to let them go.



And of course there is the writing. Song Jina has yet to write a drama that wasn't good. She has done many genres and types of stories over the years, but it's the first time I've seen her do a romance. Most of her dramas have romantic threads (while wonderfully done - see Legend) in the background of everything else. So going into Faith, I was expecting epic and battles and politics and some romance in the background, if I was lucky. Instead what I got was intimate, interpersonal and so swoonily romantic, I cannot think of a single period drama (Korean, Chinese, Japanese or other) that comes close in the degree and importance of romance.



By going on and on about Choi Young and Eun Soo, I don't mean to leave out all the other characters. Gongmin and Nogook get their own growth arc and their own love story, that moved me immensely. This drama gave me not just the perfect main OTP but a perfect secondary one.


(But enough blabber, on to the last episode itself)  )
dangermousie: (CH: comfort by meganbmoore)


While City Hunter will not win my 'n1 objectively best in quality' kdrama spot (which is most likely occupied by either Mawang, Legend or Worlds Within), it's becoming clearer and clearer that it's certainly the kdrama I most enjoy. It pretty much took everything I would love (and some things I didn't realize I would love until I saw them) and put them in one drama. And it certainly wins 'my favorite kdrama OTP' award! Guuuh, Yoon Sung/Nana are perfect and the actors' chemistry is insane.

Caps from ep 8, a random episode I clicked on and then wasn't able to stop )

I randomly started watching ep 8 and OMG, how much goodness does each ep have? I am now going to rewatch the drama proper despite having no time.

In other news, posters for Arang are out )
dangermousie: (CH: comfort by meganbmoore)


While City Hunter will not win my 'n1 objectively best in quality' kdrama spot (which is most likely occupied by either Mawang, Legend or Worlds Within), it's becoming clearer and clearer that it's certainly the kdrama I most enjoy. It pretty much took everything I would love (and some things I didn't realize I would love until I saw them) and put them in one drama. And it certainly wins 'my favorite kdrama OTP' award! Guuuh, Yoon Sung/Nana are perfect and the actors' chemistry is insane.

Caps from ep 8, a random episode I clicked on and then wasn't able to stop )

I randomly started watching ep 8 and OMG, how much goodness does each ep have? I am now going to rewatch the drama proper despite having no time.

In other news, posters for Arang are out )
dangermousie: (CH: comfort by meganbmoore)


While City Hunter will not win my 'n1 objectively best in quality' kdrama spot (which is most likely occupied by either Mawang, Legend or Worlds Within), it's becoming clearer and clearer that it's certainly the kdrama I most enjoy. It pretty much took everything I would love (and some things I didn't realize I would love until I saw them) and put them in one drama. And it certainly wins 'my favorite kdrama OTP' award! Guuuh, Yoon Sung/Nana are perfect and the actors' chemistry is insane.

Caps from ep 8, a random episode I clicked on and then wasn't able to stop )

I randomly started watching ep 8 and OMG, how much goodness does each ep have? I am now going to rewatch the drama proper despite having no time.

In other news, posters for Arang are out )
dangermousie: (CH: comfort by meganbmoore)
But this was so gorgeous, I simply must share...






Oh my God. Also, the chemistry is beyond ridiculous. All they need to do is look at each other and it's hotter and more laden with meaning than if some other couple was doing it against the wall. Not that I would say no to that.

Larger and more )

He looks at her as if she's his own personal miracle. Which, I suppose, she is. Considering he's over a foot taller than she is, it's amazing how many times the drama has him looking up at her and I love the symbolism...

Not related, bot Koreans sure have weird ideas about father-son bonding activities...

dangermousie: (CH: comfort by meganbmoore)
But this was so gorgeous, I simply must share...






Oh my God. Also, the chemistry is beyond ridiculous. All they need to do is look at each other and it's hotter and more laden with meaning than if some other couple was doing it against the wall. Not that I would say no to that.

Larger and more )

He looks at her as if she's his own personal miracle. Which, I suppose, she is. Considering he's over a foot taller than she is, it's amazing how many times the drama has him looking up at her and I love the symbolism...

Not related, bot Koreans sure have weird ideas about father-son bonding activities...

dangermousie: (CH: comfort by meganbmoore)
But this was so gorgeous, I simply must share...






Oh my God. Also, the chemistry is beyond ridiculous. All they need to do is look at each other and it's hotter and more laden with meaning than if some other couple was doing it against the wall. Not that I would say no to that.

Larger and more )

He looks at her as if she's his own personal miracle. Which, I suppose, she is. Considering he's over a foot taller than she is, it's amazing how many times the drama has him looking up at her and I love the symbolism...

Not related, bot Koreans sure have weird ideas about father-son bonding activities...

dangermousie: (Gloria: close)
Am working through my drama backlog. Next up Gisaeng (where I am hugely behind) and 49 Days, but for now, I am up through ep 5 of CYHMH, which is all that has been subbed, and I crave more more more more. It's Gloria meets Baker King meets East of Eden meets Spring Waltz. In other words = I love.

Hwang Jung Eum seems to make a career of playing cheerful and indomitable girls with missing siblings who heal screwed up chaebol hotties with evil fathers and major issues through sheer tough and spirited awesomeness, warmth and common sense. Yes pls.



A few caps from ep 5 of CYHMH plus a MV )


I have also continued with my watch of Will It Snow For Christmas and this scene may be the single most romantic drama scene I've seen in years:



Scene here )

I am also continuing with Three Kingdoms. It is ridiculously pretty.



If it has a running theme, it's not struggles of power or battles - it's guys seemingly obsessed with sharing beds with other guys :)

See what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Gloria: close)
Am working through my drama backlog. Next up Gisaeng (where I am hugely behind) and 49 Days, but for now, I am up through ep 5 of CYHMH, which is all that has been subbed, and I crave more more more more. It's Gloria meets Baker King meets East of Eden meets Spring Waltz. In other words = I love.

Hwang Jung Eum seems to make a career of playing cheerful and indomitable girls with missing siblings who heal screwed up chaebol hotties with evil fathers and major issues through sheer tough and spirited awesomeness, warmth and common sense. Yes pls.



A few caps from ep 5 of CYHMH plus a MV )


I have also continued with my watch of Will It Snow For Christmas and this scene may be the single most romantic drama scene I've seen in years:



Scene here )

I am also continuing with Three Kingdoms. It is ridiculously pretty.



If it has a running theme, it's not struggles of power or battles - it's guys seemingly obsessed with sharing beds with other guys :)

See what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Gloria: close)
Am working through my drama backlog. Next up Gisaeng (where I am hugely behind) and 49 Days, but for now, I am up through ep 5 of CYHMH, which is all that has been subbed, and I crave more more more more. It's Gloria meets Baker King meets East of Eden meets Spring Waltz. In other words = I love.

Hwang Jung Eum seems to make a career of playing cheerful and indomitable girls with missing siblings who heal screwed up chaebol hotties with evil fathers and major issues through sheer tough and spirited awesomeness, warmth and common sense. Yes pls.



A few caps from ep 5 of CYHMH plus a MV )


I have also continued with my watch of Will It Snow For Christmas and this scene may be the single most romantic drama scene I've seen in years:



Scene here )

I am also continuing with Three Kingdoms. It is ridiculously pretty.



If it has a running theme, it's not struggles of power or battles - it's guys seemingly obsessed with sharing beds with other guys :)

See what I am talking about )

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