dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
1. I went out and bought a couple more books by L.J. Smith. Basically, she is like Stephenie Meyer but without the sparkling. She is trashy, sure, but it is enjoyable trashy, not painful and idiotic. Sort of like the difference between shoujo manga and a Cassie Edwards novel :P The two novels (of a quadrology) of hers that I've read, also involved a bored high school girl and a sexy vampire who decides that going to school might be fun. They were written 20 years ago, however, so I think someone has been borrowing :)

This said, while they will never be characters I dream about, Elena and Stefan are much much less irritating. Elena is supposed to be beautiful up-front (no silly fake modesty) and Stephan does not sparkle and does not seem to believe in frigidity waiting until vamp marriage. Also, nobody imprints. And there is angst. I bought a few more of her books, too.

2. I think I will start watching Utahime. I give up on KKK2003. It's too depressing and twisted even for me. It's like artistically slashing your wrists and looking at pretty colors.

3. So, I am faced with the realization that the only upcoming kdramas I am interested in are (in order):

a. East of Eden: star-studded historical epic set in 1960s-1970s, about tangled families, politics, and revenge. Starring Song Seong Heon, Lee Da Hae etc etc.

b. Tazza: story about gambling and revenge and organized crime. Starring Jang Hyuk, Kim Min Joon (yum on both!) and Han Ye Seol.

c. The Kingdom of the Winds: a period epic starring Song Il Gook (be still my heart!) as the most capable warrior son of an elderly king slowly going mad. Guess who has to deal with it!

d. Painter of the Wind: in this one, Moon Geun Young masquerades as a man in medieval Korea, in order to be able to learn how to paint and to solve her father's murder. Also with Park Shin Young.

Did you notice something about all these dramas? They are all period (with the possible exception of Tazza. Not sure when it's set, but it does have a retro feel). With the exception of Iljimae, no Korean period drama, whether it's very traditional, like Jumong, or very fusion, like Hong Gil Dong, whether it's set in prehistory, like Legend, or 1930s, like Capital Scandal, has yet to disappoint me. And even Iljimae was merely mediocre, rather than a total disaster. Also, except for EoE, they are all based on either novels or mangas. And not a single one of them is a romcom. I am burned out on them, after a spate of really disappointing ones recently. So let's hope they get my kdrama love back.

3. They are making a Taiwanese adaptation of Skip Beat apparently with Jerry Yan and Ariel Lin as Ren and Kyoko. Heeee. I like SB manga OK but am not a huge fan. Could make a cute drama though. Mainly, I am so amused at the height difference. Ariel is always super-tiny (she could be tiny even in jdramas :P) and Jerry's what, 6'1"? Or more? Heeee.

Though if it's also true that Joe Cheng is going to be this version's Sho, the casting director has been doing bad drugs. Sure, take one of the most popular twdrama pairings and make one the heroine and one the other guy. How well is it going to work out? Yeah...
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
1. I went out and bought a couple more books by L.J. Smith. Basically, she is like Stephenie Meyer but without the sparkling. She is trashy, sure, but it is enjoyable trashy, not painful and idiotic. Sort of like the difference between shoujo manga and a Cassie Edwards novel :P The two novels (of a quadrology) of hers that I've read, also involved a bored high school girl and a sexy vampire who decides that going to school might be fun. They were written 20 years ago, however, so I think someone has been borrowing :)

This said, while they will never be characters I dream about, Elena and Stefan are much much less irritating. Elena is supposed to be beautiful up-front (no silly fake modesty) and Stephan does not sparkle and does not seem to believe in frigidity waiting until vamp marriage. Also, nobody imprints. And there is angst. I bought a few more of her books, too.

2. I think I will start watching Utahime. I give up on KKK2003. It's too depressing and twisted even for me. It's like artistically slashing your wrists and looking at pretty colors.

3. So, I am faced with the realization that the only upcoming kdramas I am interested in are (in order):

a. East of Eden: star-studded historical epic set in 1960s-1970s, about tangled families, politics, and revenge. Starring Song Seong Heon, Lee Da Hae etc etc.

b. Tazza: story about gambling and revenge and organized crime. Starring Jang Hyuk, Kim Min Joon (yum on both!) and Han Ye Seol.

c. The Kingdom of the Winds: a period epic starring Song Il Gook (be still my heart!) as the most capable warrior son of an elderly king slowly going mad. Guess who has to deal with it!

d. Painter of the Wind: in this one, Moon Geun Young masquerades as a man in medieval Korea, in order to be able to learn how to paint and to solve her father's murder. Also with Park Shin Young.

Did you notice something about all these dramas? They are all period (with the possible exception of Tazza. Not sure when it's set, but it does have a retro feel). With the exception of Iljimae, no Korean period drama, whether it's very traditional, like Jumong, or very fusion, like Hong Gil Dong, whether it's set in prehistory, like Legend, or 1930s, like Capital Scandal, has yet to disappoint me. And even Iljimae was merely mediocre, rather than a total disaster. Also, except for EoE, they are all based on either novels or mangas. And not a single one of them is a romcom. I am burned out on them, after a spate of really disappointing ones recently. So let's hope they get my kdrama love back.

3. They are making a Taiwanese adaptation of Skip Beat apparently with Jerry Yan and Ariel Lin as Ren and Kyoko. Heeee. I like SB manga OK but am not a huge fan. Could make a cute drama though. Mainly, I am so amused at the height difference. Ariel is always super-tiny (she could be tiny even in jdramas :P) and Jerry's what, 6'1"? Or more? Heeee.

Though if it's also true that Joe Cheng is going to be this version's Sho, the casting director has been doing bad drugs. Sure, take one of the most popular twdrama pairings and make one the heroine and one the other guy. How well is it going to work out? Yeah...
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
1. I went out and bought a couple more books by L.J. Smith. Basically, she is like Stephenie Meyer but without the sparkling. She is trashy, sure, but it is enjoyable trashy, not painful and idiotic. Sort of like the difference between shoujo manga and a Cassie Edwards novel :P The two novels (of a quadrology) of hers that I've read, also involved a bored high school girl and a sexy vampire who decides that going to school might be fun. They were written 20 years ago, however, so I think someone has been borrowing :)

This said, while they will never be characters I dream about, Elena and Stefan are much much less irritating. Elena is supposed to be beautiful up-front (no silly fake modesty) and Stephan does not sparkle and does not seem to believe in frigidity waiting until vamp marriage. Also, nobody imprints. And there is angst. I bought a few more of her books, too.

2. I think I will start watching Utahime. I give up on KKK2003. It's too depressing and twisted even for me. It's like artistically slashing your wrists and looking at pretty colors.

3. So, I am faced with the realization that the only upcoming kdramas I am interested in are (in order):

a. East of Eden: star-studded historical epic set in 1960s-1970s, about tangled families, politics, and revenge. Starring Song Seong Heon, Lee Da Hae etc etc.

b. Tazza: story about gambling and revenge and organized crime. Starring Jang Hyuk, Kim Min Joon (yum on both!) and Han Ye Seol.

c. The Kingdom of the Winds: a period epic starring Song Il Gook (be still my heart!) as the most capable warrior son of an elderly king slowly going mad. Guess who has to deal with it!

d. Painter of the Wind: in this one, Moon Geun Young masquerades as a man in medieval Korea, in order to be able to learn how to paint and to solve her father's murder. Also with Park Shin Young.

Did you notice something about all these dramas? They are all period (with the possible exception of Tazza. Not sure when it's set, but it does have a retro feel). With the exception of Iljimae, no Korean period drama, whether it's very traditional, like Jumong, or very fusion, like Hong Gil Dong, whether it's set in prehistory, like Legend, or 1930s, like Capital Scandal, has yet to disappoint me. And even Iljimae was merely mediocre, rather than a total disaster. Also, except for EoE, they are all based on either novels or mangas. And not a single one of them is a romcom. I am burned out on them, after a spate of really disappointing ones recently. So let's hope they get my kdrama love back.

3. They are making a Taiwanese adaptation of Skip Beat apparently with Jerry Yan and Ariel Lin as Ren and Kyoko. Heeee. I like SB manga OK but am not a huge fan. Could make a cute drama though. Mainly, I am so amused at the height difference. Ariel is always super-tiny (she could be tiny even in jdramas :P) and Jerry's what, 6'1"? Or more? Heeee.

Though if it's also true that Joe Cheng is going to be this version's Sho, the casting director has been doing bad drugs. Sure, take one of the most popular twdrama pairings and make one the heroine and one the other guy. How well is it going to work out? Yeah...
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
This morning continues pretty good: the sky is shinily blue, I am wearing my favorite sweater/skirt combo (corded, form-fitting turtleneck of black-gray-pale pink and down to the ground a-line skirt, dark brown with a few thick, roughly patterned black/gray/pale pink stripes). Plus my favorite black boots, and I got complimented on my looks this morning by metro guys :D

I think I am now in that point in my drama cycle, where I madly crave jdrama (just as a few months ago I was in kdrama cycle, and before that twdrama). So a lot of this are rambles about potential candidates.

Anyway. Since this is long, varied, and rather rambly, I am going to cut, to spare the flist.

Various, relating to Japanese entertainment )

And now, about manga )

Other dramas of the world, unite! )
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
This morning continues pretty good: the sky is shinily blue, I am wearing my favorite sweater/skirt combo (corded, form-fitting turtleneck of black-gray-pale pink and down to the ground a-line skirt, dark brown with a few thick, roughly patterned black/gray/pale pink stripes). Plus my favorite black boots, and I got complimented on my looks this morning by metro guys :D

I think I am now in that point in my drama cycle, where I madly crave jdrama (just as a few months ago I was in kdrama cycle, and before that twdrama). So a lot of this are rambles about potential candidates.

Anyway. Since this is long, varied, and rather rambly, I am going to cut, to spare the flist.

Various, relating to Japanese entertainment )

And now, about manga )

Other dramas of the world, unite! )
dangermousie: (Pride by scottishlass)
This morning continues pretty good: the sky is shinily blue, I am wearing my favorite sweater/skirt combo (corded, form-fitting turtleneck of black-gray-pale pink and down to the ground a-line skirt, dark brown with a few thick, roughly patterned black/gray/pale pink stripes). Plus my favorite black boots, and I got complimented on my looks this morning by metro guys :D

I think I am now in that point in my drama cycle, where I madly crave jdrama (just as a few months ago I was in kdrama cycle, and before that twdrama). So a lot of this are rambles about potential candidates.

Anyway. Since this is long, varied, and rather rambly, I am going to cut, to spare the flist.

Various, relating to Japanese entertainment )

And now, about manga )

Other dramas of the world, unite! )
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
I am continuing with Skip-Beat and am currently in the middle of volume 7. I really like it, though no rabid love. I adore Kyoko to bits. Am a bit more on the fence about Ren. I like him but don’t love him yet. He is a bit too in control of himself and too much of a workaholic. I need some vulnerability, there. But we’ll see. Kyoko is a super-darling though.

I have also discovered a super-fun new manhwa (new to me, at any event): Chocolat. Six of eight volumes are currently out. The story follows Kum-Ji, who is a fangirl. Heee. See, it got me from that moment on.



KJ is a rabid fangirl for a really popular boy band, DDL (just imagine some fangirls on soompi and you are set ;)) Unfortunately, she cannot join the fanclub as she only discovered them recently and membership is closed. No prime tickets for her, or special gigs. What’s a dedicated fan to do? KJ decides to join a fanclub of a much smaller, very new band which performs at a lot of the same venues as her favorites. So small is the club that KJ actually gets to be an officer. Problem? Her first managerial act is to get into a fight with the band singer, who pulls the celebrity thing and tells her to take the next elevator. She, having no idea who he is, lays into him. The guy is understandably bemused how his club officer has no idea who he is and curious about the weirdo. And even though KJ is saved from immediate expulsion, she is now very very stuck.

So, will KJ ever get a chance to see her beloved DDL up close? How will various entanglements of hers with band members progress? Is there love? Maybe. Is there wackiness? Definitely. It would make an awesome drama.

I have also started Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet, a very loose interpretation of Orpheus and Euridyche. It’s the first of his books I’ve read and wow. It’s beautiful and amazing and I think I might have found another author I like as much as Jorge Amado.

ETA: OMG. So cute:



Much larger version )
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
I am continuing with Skip-Beat and am currently in the middle of volume 7. I really like it, though no rabid love. I adore Kyoko to bits. Am a bit more on the fence about Ren. I like him but don’t love him yet. He is a bit too in control of himself and too much of a workaholic. I need some vulnerability, there. But we’ll see. Kyoko is a super-darling though.

I have also discovered a super-fun new manhwa (new to me, at any event): Chocolat. Six of eight volumes are currently out. The story follows Kum-Ji, who is a fangirl. Heee. See, it got me from that moment on.



KJ is a rabid fangirl for a really popular boy band, DDL (just imagine some fangirls on soompi and you are set ;)) Unfortunately, she cannot join the fanclub as she only discovered them recently and membership is closed. No prime tickets for her, or special gigs. What’s a dedicated fan to do? KJ decides to join a fanclub of a much smaller, very new band which performs at a lot of the same venues as her favorites. So small is the club that KJ actually gets to be an officer. Problem? Her first managerial act is to get into a fight with the band singer, who pulls the celebrity thing and tells her to take the next elevator. She, having no idea who he is, lays into him. The guy is understandably bemused how his club officer has no idea who he is and curious about the weirdo. And even though KJ is saved from immediate expulsion, she is now very very stuck.

So, will KJ ever get a chance to see her beloved DDL up close? How will various entanglements of hers with band members progress? Is there love? Maybe. Is there wackiness? Definitely. It would make an awesome drama.

I have also started Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet, a very loose interpretation of Orpheus and Euridyche. It’s the first of his books I’ve read and wow. It’s beautiful and amazing and I think I might have found another author I like as much as Jorge Amado.

ETA: OMG. So cute:



Much larger version )
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
I am continuing with Skip-Beat and am currently in the middle of volume 7. I really like it, though no rabid love. I adore Kyoko to bits. Am a bit more on the fence about Ren. I like him but don’t love him yet. He is a bit too in control of himself and too much of a workaholic. I need some vulnerability, there. But we’ll see. Kyoko is a super-darling though.

I have also discovered a super-fun new manhwa (new to me, at any event): Chocolat. Six of eight volumes are currently out. The story follows Kum-Ji, who is a fangirl. Heee. See, it got me from that moment on.



KJ is a rabid fangirl for a really popular boy band, DDL (just imagine some fangirls on soompi and you are set ;)) Unfortunately, she cannot join the fanclub as she only discovered them recently and membership is closed. No prime tickets for her, or special gigs. What’s a dedicated fan to do? KJ decides to join a fanclub of a much smaller, very new band which performs at a lot of the same venues as her favorites. So small is the club that KJ actually gets to be an officer. Problem? Her first managerial act is to get into a fight with the band singer, who pulls the celebrity thing and tells her to take the next elevator. She, having no idea who he is, lays into him. The guy is understandably bemused how his club officer has no idea who he is and curious about the weirdo. And even though KJ is saved from immediate expulsion, she is now very very stuck.

So, will KJ ever get a chance to see her beloved DDL up close? How will various entanglements of hers with band members progress? Is there love? Maybe. Is there wackiness? Definitely. It would make an awesome drama.

I have also started Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet, a very loose interpretation of Orpheus and Euridyche. It’s the first of his books I’ve read and wow. It’s beautiful and amazing and I think I might have found another author I like as much as Jorge Amado.

ETA: OMG. So cute:



Much larger version )

Skip Beat

Jun. 18th, 2007 03:37 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
I have a new love: Skip Beat, a manga about revenge through showbiz :D

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer and [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. I read first volume and it's awesome.



Kyoko is the girl who's sacrificed everything in order for her selfish boyfriend Sho to make it in show biz, but as he gets famous, she finds out he was only using her.

So Kyoko? Does not weep, does not wail, but decides to get revenge by becoming more famous than him. She proceeds on her path being strong and hilarious and very far from typical fagile shoujo heroine. The girl's a bulldozer, and if I were Sho, I'd run far away. Her paths also cross with Ren, the seemingly extremely self-contained star who is the current number 1 'idol.' Who just might out-stubborn and out-manipulate Kyoko. Maybe. If they don't kill each other first.

It's funny, it's cute, and it's awesome.

It's also made to be a drama. Though I can't think of any Japanese actors/actresses I'd like to be in it, I can think of tons of Korean ones. Kyoko can pe played by Han Ji Hye (the lead in Sweet 18, who was adorable and terrifyingly driven/delinquent at the same time). As to Ren and Sho, kdramas aren't lacking in hot tall young men. :) I am biased in favor of Hyun Bin and Kim Jung Hoon, respectively, for my own reasons :)

And because I don't like posting without eye candy, here is the manga pic of Ren:

Large pic here )

Skip Beat

Jun. 18th, 2007 03:37 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
I have a new love: Skip Beat, a manga about revenge through showbiz :D

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer and [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. I read first volume and it's awesome.



Kyoko is the girl who's sacrificed everything in order for her selfish boyfriend Sho to make it in show biz, but as he gets famous, she finds out he was only using her.

So Kyoko? Does not weep, does not wail, but decides to get revenge by becoming more famous than him. She proceeds on her path being strong and hilarious and very far from typical fagile shoujo heroine. The girl's a bulldozer, and if I were Sho, I'd run far away. Her paths also cross with Ren, the seemingly extremely self-contained star who is the current number 1 'idol.' Who just might out-stubborn and out-manipulate Kyoko. Maybe. If they don't kill each other first.

It's funny, it's cute, and it's awesome.

It's also made to be a drama. Though I can't think of any Japanese actors/actresses I'd like to be in it, I can think of tons of Korean ones. Kyoko can pe played by Han Ji Hye (the lead in Sweet 18, who was adorable and terrifyingly driven/delinquent at the same time). As to Ren and Sho, kdramas aren't lacking in hot tall young men. :) I am biased in favor of Hyun Bin and Kim Jung Hoon, respectively, for my own reasons :)

And because I don't like posting without eye candy, here is the manga pic of Ren:

Large pic here )

Skip Beat

Jun. 18th, 2007 03:37 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
I have a new love: Skip Beat, a manga about revenge through showbiz :D

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer and [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. I read first volume and it's awesome.



Kyoko is the girl who's sacrificed everything in order for her selfish boyfriend Sho to make it in show biz, but as he gets famous, she finds out he was only using her.

So Kyoko? Does not weep, does not wail, but decides to get revenge by becoming more famous than him. She proceeds on her path being strong and hilarious and very far from typical fagile shoujo heroine. The girl's a bulldozer, and if I were Sho, I'd run far away. Her paths also cross with Ren, the seemingly extremely self-contained star who is the current number 1 'idol.' Who just might out-stubborn and out-manipulate Kyoko. Maybe. If they don't kill each other first.

It's funny, it's cute, and it's awesome.

It's also made to be a drama. Though I can't think of any Japanese actors/actresses I'd like to be in it, I can think of tons of Korean ones. Kyoko can pe played by Han Ji Hye (the lead in Sweet 18, who was adorable and terrifyingly driven/delinquent at the same time). As to Ren and Sho, kdramas aren't lacking in hot tall young men. :) I am biased in favor of Hyun Bin and Kim Jung Hoon, respectively, for my own reasons :)

And because I don't like posting without eye candy, here is the manga pic of Ren:

Large pic here )

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