All you guys who told me Stairway to Heaven
was depressing totally lied! I mean, sure, I started crying two minutes into episode 7 and poor Hero and Heroine have enough angst for a small Siberian village (I cannot wait for Heroine to regain her memory. My wishful scenario is for her to turn Buffy, enlist Hero to her cause, and then they go stake the rest of the cast and then cut off their heads).
You guys have NO idea the amount of sheer unadulterated joy I get from watching Psycho Bitch and Sister Luster freak and panic and run around and worry about their crimes being exposed and suffer suffer suffer. I was literally laughing out loud at Sister Luster running around like a mad person because Heroine wouldn't take his calls, being busy celebrating Hero's birthday and getting almost kissed. Ahahahahahahaha in your face! I wish I could get a videotape of Hero and Heroine getting it on and mail it to you and make you watch it, you nasty gargoyle freak! Psycho Bitch's almost cartoon panic is even better. Every time I see her lose it, I experience almost transcendent joy.
Also, if you were Heroine, who would you pick?
Hideous as sin stepbrother who basically kidnapped you, kept you away from friends, family, and boyfriend, lied to you about your true identity and past, lied to you that you are his girlfriend to get in your pants and has generally behaved in subhuman fashion? Also, he stole Farrah Fawsett's hairdo.
Or a sexy rich guy who is your best friend and boyfriend who is madly devoted, gives you presents on his birthday, is fun and intense, and probably is good in bed. Also a plus -is not evil or insane.
Ahhh, dilemmas, dilemmas.
You know my mad enjoyment of Stairway to Heaven
finally made me realize something - I adore kdrama melodramas so much but only when the melodrama in question is a strongly romantic - where the story revolves around Love That Cannot Be. I mean, an average ep of StH has more romantic moments than an entire season of an American show. And all my favorite melodramas (StH, Tree of Heaven, A Love to Kill, Beautiful Days, Winter Sonata, Spring Waltz) are hyper-focused on the love story. OTOH when it's a family-oriented melodrama, I lose interest. In the melodrama context, I am only interested in romance. This is why, e.g., I don't like MiSa as much as the melodramas mentioned above - the ratio of romance to family issues is much smaller - the family stuff takes a lot more space and so I check out. I think that is why Cinderella Unni stopped interesting me after the first 4 eps (which were, significantly, more romance-centric than the subsequent eps). CU is well-written and well-acted melodrama but it's not a romantic melodrama. Any romance in it isn't over-present - the drama focuses on family dynamics. And that's something I am not as interested in at all.
ETA: ARGH ARGH HERO'S HORRIBLE AWFUL MOTHER DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE. Oh boy, StH is giving me emotions a hell of a work out.. DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE YOU UNEARTHLY BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!