dangermousie: (Chuno - kiss by alexandral)
is courtesy of 2009's Take Care of the Lady. Lady was a drama I'd class with such dramas as Witch Yoo Hee (a very pretty, very flawed drama which largely wastes a great cast and a cool premise, but is still fun to watch) but it did have some really cute moments and this one is one of them.

Here are Yoon Eun Hye and Yoon Sang Hyun being friendly :)

Enjoy:




And also have this really really awesome MV for the drama.



I would love to see YEH and YSH in something else (with a more sane scriptwriter) together again. I mean in the hands of the Brilliant Legacy scriptwriter this would have been GOLD.
dangermousie: (Chuno - kiss by alexandral)
is courtesy of 2009's Take Care of the Lady. Lady was a drama I'd class with such dramas as Witch Yoo Hee (a very pretty, very flawed drama which largely wastes a great cast and a cool premise, but is still fun to watch) but it did have some really cute moments and this one is one of them.

Here are Yoon Eun Hye and Yoon Sang Hyun being friendly :)

Enjoy:




And also have this really really awesome MV for the drama.



I would love to see YEH and YSH in something else (with a more sane scriptwriter) together again. I mean in the hands of the Brilliant Legacy scriptwriter this would have been GOLD.
dangermousie: (Chuno - kiss by alexandral)
is courtesy of 2009's Take Care of the Lady. Lady was a drama I'd class with such dramas as Witch Yoo Hee (a very pretty, very flawed drama which largely wastes a great cast and a cool premise, but is still fun to watch) but it did have some really cute moments and this one is one of them.

Here are Yoon Eun Hye and Yoon Sang Hyun being friendly :)

Enjoy:




And also have this really really awesome MV for the drama.



I would love to see YEH and YSH in something else (with a more sane scriptwriter) together again. I mean in the hands of the Brilliant Legacy scriptwriter this would have been GOLD.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
So, I am all caught up with My Fair Lady (a.k.a. Taking Care of the Lady) - it really is like popcorn, easy to eat and before you know you've stuffed yourself, but ultimately on the empty side.

There are a number of positives (bright colors, snappy pace so unusual in kdramas, tendency not to drag out misunderstandings, the chemistry between the leads) but a number of issues, the biggest of which is that I cannot truly give my heart to a drama whose heroine evokes indifference at best, with my main emotion towards her being of mild irritation occasionally flaring into wild dislike.

Korean dramas, for me, are distinguished by the fact that I love their heroines - they can range from strong, emotionally damaged warriors (Damo) to goofy, good-natured fools (Hong Gil Dong) to calm and womanly (Beautiful Days) to blunt and tomboyish (Coffee Prince) to ambitious and successful (Worlds Within) to brittle rich bitch (Snow Queen) but I almost always fall in love with them.

But this is not the case here - Kang Haena is a heroine that does not work for me, whether because of the acting or the writing/directing. (I am inclined to put the blame on the latter - I have adored Yoon Eun Hye in everything else I've seen her in, so it is unlikely to be her). And I can see why the ratings are good but not as spectacular as expected. This is a drama directed at a female audience and the heroine is not relatable - I cannot relate to Haena at all, and I imagine I am not the only one. (In its gender-swapped equivalent BOF, Jandi was a good stand-in for a large portion of its female teen audience, after all).

Long and rambly )

So yes, enjoyable but, sadly, it doesn't ring emotionally real, in characters or many interactions between them. And an emotionally dishonest drama is not a great thing to get used to.

On a semi-related note, I gave up Heading to the Ground. The best thing that can be said about it is that it's innocuous and when I have personal life, a stack of books to be read that is 3 meters tall, and a stack of dvds to watch almost that high, that is not enough.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
So, I am all caught up with My Fair Lady (a.k.a. Taking Care of the Lady) - it really is like popcorn, easy to eat and before you know you've stuffed yourself, but ultimately on the empty side.

There are a number of positives (bright colors, snappy pace so unusual in kdramas, tendency not to drag out misunderstandings, the chemistry between the leads) but a number of issues, the biggest of which is that I cannot truly give my heart to a drama whose heroine evokes indifference at best, with my main emotion towards her being of mild irritation occasionally flaring into wild dislike.

Korean dramas, for me, are distinguished by the fact that I love their heroines - they can range from strong, emotionally damaged warriors (Damo) to goofy, good-natured fools (Hong Gil Dong) to calm and womanly (Beautiful Days) to blunt and tomboyish (Coffee Prince) to ambitious and successful (Worlds Within) to brittle rich bitch (Snow Queen) but I almost always fall in love with them.

But this is not the case here - Kang Haena is a heroine that does not work for me, whether because of the acting or the writing/directing. (I am inclined to put the blame on the latter - I have adored Yoon Eun Hye in everything else I've seen her in, so it is unlikely to be her). And I can see why the ratings are good but not as spectacular as expected. This is a drama directed at a female audience and the heroine is not relatable - I cannot relate to Haena at all, and I imagine I am not the only one. (In its gender-swapped equivalent BOF, Jandi was a good stand-in for a large portion of its female teen audience, after all).

Long and rambly )

So yes, enjoyable but, sadly, it doesn't ring emotionally real, in characters or many interactions between them. And an emotionally dishonest drama is not a great thing to get used to.

On a semi-related note, I gave up Heading to the Ground. The best thing that can be said about it is that it's innocuous and when I have personal life, a stack of books to be read that is 3 meters tall, and a stack of dvds to watch almost that high, that is not enough.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
So, I am all caught up with My Fair Lady (a.k.a. Taking Care of the Lady) - it really is like popcorn, easy to eat and before you know you've stuffed yourself, but ultimately on the empty side.

There are a number of positives (bright colors, snappy pace so unusual in kdramas, tendency not to drag out misunderstandings, the chemistry between the leads) but a number of issues, the biggest of which is that I cannot truly give my heart to a drama whose heroine evokes indifference at best, with my main emotion towards her being of mild irritation occasionally flaring into wild dislike.

Korean dramas, for me, are distinguished by the fact that I love their heroines - they can range from strong, emotionally damaged warriors (Damo) to goofy, good-natured fools (Hong Gil Dong) to calm and womanly (Beautiful Days) to blunt and tomboyish (Coffee Prince) to ambitious and successful (Worlds Within) to brittle rich bitch (Snow Queen) but I almost always fall in love with them.

But this is not the case here - Kang Haena is a heroine that does not work for me, whether because of the acting or the writing/directing. (I am inclined to put the blame on the latter - I have adored Yoon Eun Hye in everything else I've seen her in, so it is unlikely to be her). And I can see why the ratings are good but not as spectacular as expected. This is a drama directed at a female audience and the heroine is not relatable - I cannot relate to Haena at all, and I imagine I am not the only one. (In its gender-swapped equivalent BOF, Jandi was a good stand-in for a large portion of its female teen audience, after all).

Long and rambly )

So yes, enjoyable but, sadly, it doesn't ring emotionally real, in characters or many interactions between them. And an emotionally dishonest drama is not a great thing to get used to.

On a semi-related note, I gave up Heading to the Ground. The best thing that can be said about it is that it's innocuous and when I have personal life, a stack of books to be read that is 3 meters tall, and a stack of dvds to watch almost that high, that is not enough.
dangermousie: (KHYD: kiss)



This really sums up so much about Take Care of the Lady - it's such a gender-reversed Boys Over Flowers. And I do mean BOF the Korean drama and not the source material for BOF. It has all of BOF's strenghs and pitfalls and creates a considerably mixed bag.

Like BOF, which even at its hair-tearing-out worst, was immensely watcheable, TCotL is really easy to watch - I have a short attention span and many is a much superior drama I have left unfinished or fast-forwarded through but I find it ridiculously easy to watch this.

The characters are rather like the gender-reversed BOF protagonists - a spoiled, eccentric, flawed rich heroine and a spunky, hard-working, and uncowed hero. While Lee Min Ho was better than Yoon Eun Hye in the role of rich brat (YEH is not bad or anything but LMH was incredible, easily the best thing about BOF) this is balanced out by the fact that Yoon Sang Hyun who plays this drama's poor hard worker is another Universe from the atrocious Gu Hye Sun. For one, he can act.

TCotL is nowhere near as good as the first half of BOF but nowhere near as bad as the second half of BOF. Just like BOF, it seems to think the rich brat does not have a serious off-putting flaw when he/she does and that flaw and lack of the story addressing it in any meaningful way drives me nuts - in BOF it was Jun Pyo's pathetic paralysis of will and intent in the second half, here it's Haena's violence (if it's not funny to have a guy beat a woman severely, it's not funny in reverse. I doubt the drama will ever make her learn that lesson though).

But overall, it doesn't appear to have been written by an insane person so it might end up ahead. Meanwhile, I am entertained though I do want to beat Haena myself so she'd know what it feels like. Ugh.

In other news, I am not big on celebrity couples or anything, but this is so darn sweet, like something out of Full House, Last Scandal or Star's Lover (the latter, ironically, starring Choi Ji Woo). Choi Ji Woo, a huge huge Hallyu star, and her actor-currently-in-the-army boyfriend Lee Jin Wook (less famous but, imo, ridiculously hot) were spotted by passerby out on a date while he was on leave. AWWWW.



Apparently she visits him where he is stationed, too. AWWWWWW. I adore CJW and I really really like LJW (I think he deserves to be more famous than he is - I have Someday in my netflix queue because he's the lead in that one) and I think it's sweet that they seem to be so functional despite the unconventional age difference - CJW is 6 years older than he is. And I like that they are open about it, unlike most Korean celebrities.

Here they are walking the ramp for Andre Kim a few years back (I think that was before it came out they were dating):

dangermousie: (KHYD: kiss)



This really sums up so much about Take Care of the Lady - it's such a gender-reversed Boys Over Flowers. And I do mean BOF the Korean drama and not the source material for BOF. It has all of BOF's strenghs and pitfalls and creates a considerably mixed bag.

Like BOF, which even at its hair-tearing-out worst, was immensely watcheable, TCotL is really easy to watch - I have a short attention span and many is a much superior drama I have left unfinished or fast-forwarded through but I find it ridiculously easy to watch this.

The characters are rather like the gender-reversed BOF protagonists - a spoiled, eccentric, flawed rich heroine and a spunky, hard-working, and uncowed hero. While Lee Min Ho was better than Yoon Eun Hye in the role of rich brat (YEH is not bad or anything but LMH was incredible, easily the best thing about BOF) this is balanced out by the fact that Yoon Sang Hyun who plays this drama's poor hard worker is another Universe from the atrocious Gu Hye Sun. For one, he can act.

TCotL is nowhere near as good as the first half of BOF but nowhere near as bad as the second half of BOF. Just like BOF, it seems to think the rich brat does not have a serious off-putting flaw when he/she does and that flaw and lack of the story addressing it in any meaningful way drives me nuts - in BOF it was Jun Pyo's pathetic paralysis of will and intent in the second half, here it's Haena's violence (if it's not funny to have a guy beat a woman severely, it's not funny in reverse. I doubt the drama will ever make her learn that lesson though).

But overall, it doesn't appear to have been written by an insane person so it might end up ahead. Meanwhile, I am entertained though I do want to beat Haena myself so she'd know what it feels like. Ugh.

In other news, I am not big on celebrity couples or anything, but this is so darn sweet, like something out of Full House, Last Scandal or Star's Lover (the latter, ironically, starring Choi Ji Woo). Choi Ji Woo, a huge huge Hallyu star, and her actor-currently-in-the-army boyfriend Lee Jin Wook (less famous but, imo, ridiculously hot) were spotted by passerby out on a date while he was on leave. AWWWW.



Apparently she visits him where he is stationed, too. AWWWWWW. I adore CJW and I really really like LJW (I think he deserves to be more famous than he is - I have Someday in my netflix queue because he's the lead in that one) and I think it's sweet that they seem to be so functional despite the unconventional age difference - CJW is 6 years older than he is. And I like that they are open about it, unlike most Korean celebrities.

Here they are walking the ramp for Andre Kim a few years back (I think that was before it came out they were dating):

dangermousie: (KHYD: kiss)



This really sums up so much about Take Care of the Lady - it's such a gender-reversed Boys Over Flowers. And I do mean BOF the Korean drama and not the source material for BOF. It has all of BOF's strenghs and pitfalls and creates a considerably mixed bag.

Like BOF, which even at its hair-tearing-out worst, was immensely watcheable, TCotL is really easy to watch - I have a short attention span and many is a much superior drama I have left unfinished or fast-forwarded through but I find it ridiculously easy to watch this.

The characters are rather like the gender-reversed BOF protagonists - a spoiled, eccentric, flawed rich heroine and a spunky, hard-working, and uncowed hero. While Lee Min Ho was better than Yoon Eun Hye in the role of rich brat (YEH is not bad or anything but LMH was incredible, easily the best thing about BOF) this is balanced out by the fact that Yoon Sang Hyun who plays this drama's poor hard worker is another Universe from the atrocious Gu Hye Sun. For one, he can act.

TCotL is nowhere near as good as the first half of BOF but nowhere near as bad as the second half of BOF. Just like BOF, it seems to think the rich brat does not have a serious off-putting flaw when he/she does and that flaw and lack of the story addressing it in any meaningful way drives me nuts - in BOF it was Jun Pyo's pathetic paralysis of will and intent in the second half, here it's Haena's violence (if it's not funny to have a guy beat a woman severely, it's not funny in reverse. I doubt the drama will ever make her learn that lesson though).

But overall, it doesn't appear to have been written by an insane person so it might end up ahead. Meanwhile, I am entertained though I do want to beat Haena myself so she'd know what it feels like. Ugh.

In other news, I am not big on celebrity couples or anything, but this is so darn sweet, like something out of Full House, Last Scandal or Star's Lover (the latter, ironically, starring Choi Ji Woo). Choi Ji Woo, a huge huge Hallyu star, and her actor-currently-in-the-army boyfriend Lee Jin Wook (less famous but, imo, ridiculously hot) were spotted by passerby out on a date while he was on leave. AWWWW.



Apparently she visits him where he is stationed, too. AWWWWWW. I adore CJW and I really really like LJW (I think he deserves to be more famous than he is - I have Someday in my netflix queue because he's the lead in that one) and I think it's sweet that they seem to be so functional despite the unconventional age difference - CJW is 6 years older than he is. And I like that they are open about it, unlike most Korean celebrities.

Here they are walking the ramp for Andre Kim a few years back (I think that was before it came out they were dating):

dangermousie: (Goong otp by syliasyliasylia)



I gave up on Take Care of the Lady despite getting through the first four eps easily and actually even enjoying the drama because of my problems with the heroine's character as I am allergic to spoiled rich people. (I might watch a drama with a hero I don't care for if I love the heroine but not vice-versa).

BUT

BUT

I cannot resist this.

I cannot.

I mean. He is her butler and best (and only) friend and former gigolo who was going to use her for money but fell in love with her but she found out about his past and feels betrayed and they are both hurting now and they should make out already and no there will be no commas in this sentence.

Plus, my biggest issue with Haena was her not caring for anyone and being solipcistic and spoiled, but she has been getting better and she clearly cares and can be vulnerable and hurt. YES. I can put up with immature gal who is growing up and capable of caring so much better than with her queen-of-mean ep 1 self.

I lie I lie I lie about everything. It's just I simply cannot resist Yoon Sang Hyun. It's ahjumma law.
dangermousie: (Goong otp by syliasyliasylia)



I gave up on Take Care of the Lady despite getting through the first four eps easily and actually even enjoying the drama because of my problems with the heroine's character as I am allergic to spoiled rich people. (I might watch a drama with a hero I don't care for if I love the heroine but not vice-versa).

BUT

BUT

I cannot resist this.

I cannot.

I mean. He is her butler and best (and only) friend and former gigolo who was going to use her for money but fell in love with her but she found out about his past and feels betrayed and they are both hurting now and they should make out already and no there will be no commas in this sentence.

Plus, my biggest issue with Haena was her not caring for anyone and being solipcistic and spoiled, but she has been getting better and she clearly cares and can be vulnerable and hurt. YES. I can put up with immature gal who is growing up and capable of caring so much better than with her queen-of-mean ep 1 self.

I lie I lie I lie about everything. It's just I simply cannot resist Yoon Sang Hyun. It's ahjumma law.
dangermousie: (Goong otp by syliasyliasylia)



I gave up on Take Care of the Lady despite getting through the first four eps easily and actually even enjoying the drama because of my problems with the heroine's character as I am allergic to spoiled rich people. (I might watch a drama with a hero I don't care for if I love the heroine but not vice-versa).

BUT

BUT

I cannot resist this.

I cannot.

I mean. He is her butler and best (and only) friend and former gigolo who was going to use her for money but fell in love with her but she found out about his past and feels betrayed and they are both hurting now and they should make out already and no there will be no commas in this sentence.

Plus, my biggest issue with Haena was her not caring for anyone and being solipcistic and spoiled, but she has been getting better and she clearly cares and can be vulnerable and hurt. YES. I can put up with immature gal who is growing up and capable of caring so much better than with her queen-of-mean ep 1 self.

I lie I lie I lie about everything. It's just I simply cannot resist Yoon Sang Hyun. It's ahjumma law.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
I might pick up Take Care of the Lady again but my enthusiasm for it is gone - it's the biggest disappointment of the year for me. My interest in Dream fizzled likewise. I might catch up on it sometime but it's a mediocre drama at best.

There are some recently ended dramas I must catch up on: Friend (best of the year, so far), Swallow the Sun (Ji Sung!), Princess Ja Myung Go (criminally underrated).

What I really feel in the mood for is a Korean period drama that is not too long, has court intrigue, politics, and a side of doomed love. I might pick up Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae or Bichunmu or Jumong again. I might check out Conspiracy in the Court, Eight Days, or Yi San. Or rewatch Kingdom of the Winds.

But it all conceals the evident truth: what I really want to watch is Chuno. The more I read about it, the more ridiculously, feverishly excited about it I get, but alas, it's not coming out until January, and very possibly, March. ARGH.

There are, however, four dramas this fall which will, hopefully, tide me over nicely until then. IRIS (which I have talked about so much there is no need to blabber further), Strange Heroes (or whatever title it is this week - it has Lee Jun Ki and other cast I approve of, even if my interest dropped off significantly once I found out it's about journalists), Angel's Temptation (Bae Soo Bin in a plot involving revenge, plastic surgery, and other insanity), and, You're Beautiful.



It is the latter I want to blabber about - a story of a rock band called A.N.Jell - a four guy rock band one of whose members is actually a cross-dressing girl and the other three members do not know it. It sounds as if it's made entirely for me. It also might be the first time I have found Jang Geun-Seok attractive (usually he is too weird or too girly or too Emo Prince for me to go for). Here he is behind cut )
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
I might pick up Take Care of the Lady again but my enthusiasm for it is gone - it's the biggest disappointment of the year for me. My interest in Dream fizzled likewise. I might catch up on it sometime but it's a mediocre drama at best.

There are some recently ended dramas I must catch up on: Friend (best of the year, so far), Swallow the Sun (Ji Sung!), Princess Ja Myung Go (criminally underrated).

What I really feel in the mood for is a Korean period drama that is not too long, has court intrigue, politics, and a side of doomed love. I might pick up Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae or Bichunmu or Jumong again. I might check out Conspiracy in the Court, Eight Days, or Yi San. Or rewatch Kingdom of the Winds.

But it all conceals the evident truth: what I really want to watch is Chuno. The more I read about it, the more ridiculously, feverishly excited about it I get, but alas, it's not coming out until January, and very possibly, March. ARGH.

There are, however, four dramas this fall which will, hopefully, tide me over nicely until then. IRIS (which I have talked about so much there is no need to blabber further), Strange Heroes (or whatever title it is this week - it has Lee Jun Ki and other cast I approve of, even if my interest dropped off significantly once I found out it's about journalists), Angel's Temptation (Bae Soo Bin in a plot involving revenge, plastic surgery, and other insanity), and, You're Beautiful.



It is the latter I want to blabber about - a story of a rock band called A.N.Jell - a four guy rock band one of whose members is actually a cross-dressing girl and the other three members do not know it. It sounds as if it's made entirely for me. It also might be the first time I have found Jang Geun-Seok attractive (usually he is too weird or too girly or too Emo Prince for me to go for). Here he is behind cut )
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
I might pick up Take Care of the Lady again but my enthusiasm for it is gone - it's the biggest disappointment of the year for me. My interest in Dream fizzled likewise. I might catch up on it sometime but it's a mediocre drama at best.

There are some recently ended dramas I must catch up on: Friend (best of the year, so far), Swallow the Sun (Ji Sung!), Princess Ja Myung Go (criminally underrated).

What I really feel in the mood for is a Korean period drama that is not too long, has court intrigue, politics, and a side of doomed love. I might pick up Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae or Bichunmu or Jumong again. I might check out Conspiracy in the Court, Eight Days, or Yi San. Or rewatch Kingdom of the Winds.

But it all conceals the evident truth: what I really want to watch is Chuno. The more I read about it, the more ridiculously, feverishly excited about it I get, but alas, it's not coming out until January, and very possibly, March. ARGH.

There are, however, four dramas this fall which will, hopefully, tide me over nicely until then. IRIS (which I have talked about so much there is no need to blabber further), Strange Heroes (or whatever title it is this week - it has Lee Jun Ki and other cast I approve of, even if my interest dropped off significantly once I found out it's about journalists), Angel's Temptation (Bae Soo Bin in a plot involving revenge, plastic surgery, and other insanity), and, You're Beautiful.



It is the latter I want to blabber about - a story of a rock band called A.N.Jell - a four guy rock band one of whose members is actually a cross-dressing girl and the other three members do not know it. It sounds as if it's made entirely for me. It also might be the first time I have found Jang Geun-Seok attractive (usually he is too weird or too girly or too Emo Prince for me to go for). Here he is behind cut )
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I have finished 4 episodes of Take Care of the Lady and it's official - Hae Na is my LEAST favorite kdrama heroine in history. Seeing that one of the reasons kdramas are my favorite is because I love their heroines - yikes!

I think I am going to give up Lady, sorry. I don't really need any ulcers. I can feel Boys Over Flowers symptoms kicking in - sheer rage at seeing one of the characters and rage at other characters for loving that character instead of seeing them for what they really are. Most of all, rage at the insane writer. It has that same glitz, the same good actors horribly mistreated, the same wistful feeling of 'this could have been a great drama only' and, worst of all, that same pull - I am so so so tempted to watch just so that I could rage about it. But at least BOF had a stellar first half and degenerated into insanity only later on.

I hasten to add my problem is not with Yoon Eun Hye - she is as always gorgeous and despite criticisms of her acting in this role that I have seen all over, I think she is fine enough - I have seen plenty of worse acting around. My problem with with her character, Hae Na.

As I said, I do not mind a horrible, even dysfunctional, character as the lead. They can even be a bratty useless horrible rich person - but the drama and I have to be on the same person that the lead is, in fact, a useless horrible rich person, not a sweet girl to be loved.

Any hope I have had of meaningful character growth for Hae Na is gone after 4 eps - it's the Gu Jun Pyo syndrome - the writers will not address her horrendous flaws because they do not think they exist. They are too busy insisting Hae Na is loveable because she is cute. I am not making it up! Even with Gu Jun Pyo, where they did not develop his character and did not make him grow up (the way they did in other BOF versions), I could see why Jandi would eventually fall for him - the guy wooed her assiduously, and rescued her from horrible situations, risking life and limb in the process. While I wished she, like the manga original she was based on, held off until he became human enough, and I certainly was irritated with her loving her long after she should have moved on, her falling for him was not inconceivable.

But not here - why is Dong Chan in love with her? She is certainly not wooing him or doing anything to win him over - she has no interest in him that way. She is not clever or funny or kind or good-natured. She is not considerate, she is self-absorbed, violent, and lazy. (My last hope for liking her died when grandpa bargained with her to go to work in exchange for allowing her to date Tae Yoon, and she showed up at the office and spent the day doing nothing, commenting she promised to come to work, not to work. Ohhh, how I longed for her to be the granddaughter of Hwan's Grandma from Brilliant Legacy then - but that is the difference, in BL that attitude of Hwan was addressed and dealt with - it was shown as a big issue. Here it's a side comment to show how funny and adorable she is. UGHUGHUGH).

So yes, we are left with the fact that Dong Chan is falling for her because she is hot. That's it. WTF? How can I ship that? And I do adore Dong Chan and am left wondering if he's gotten hit on the head and lost his mind, especially since we are supposed to view it as sweet and not problematic.

And don't even get me started on Tae Yoon. She is presenting a false front to him (a commoner-loving, bus riding, charity and protest attending woman) to hook him and he is beginning to fall for that woman - someone who, like him, is caring and socially-conscious individual - when she is nothing of the sort. She is going to make him fall for her and then he is going to have his heart broken for and by a woman who doesn't really exist, who only won his heart by pretending to be someone she is not (do you really think he'd like her if he saw how she is with her servants or the way she was in ep 1?)

Also, yes, she is being interested (well, fake-interested, she is only there to hunt Tae Yoon) in Tae Yoon's causes and is OK with riding a bus etc but that's the thing - why would anyone want to be with her - if they get married, once the infatuation wears off, she will revert back to her selfish, shallow self. She has zero in common with either Dong Chan or Tae Yoon. Either couple is a nightmare in the making (side note, boys: the way to see what that person is like is to see not how they treat someone they are obsessed over, but how they treat people in general. If they do not notice them and ride roughshod over them then, guess what, one of these days they will do it to you).

All TCotL is making me do is want to appreciate anew the writers of Brilliant Legacy - TCotL proves what a hard feat they pulled off in creating Hwan.

Buh-bye, biggest drama disappointment of the year!
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I have finished 4 episodes of Take Care of the Lady and it's official - Hae Na is my LEAST favorite kdrama heroine in history. Seeing that one of the reasons kdramas are my favorite is because I love their heroines - yikes!

I think I am going to give up Lady, sorry. I don't really need any ulcers. I can feel Boys Over Flowers symptoms kicking in - sheer rage at seeing one of the characters and rage at other characters for loving that character instead of seeing them for what they really are. Most of all, rage at the insane writer. It has that same glitz, the same good actors horribly mistreated, the same wistful feeling of 'this could have been a great drama only' and, worst of all, that same pull - I am so so so tempted to watch just so that I could rage about it. But at least BOF had a stellar first half and degenerated into insanity only later on.

I hasten to add my problem is not with Yoon Eun Hye - she is as always gorgeous and despite criticisms of her acting in this role that I have seen all over, I think she is fine enough - I have seen plenty of worse acting around. My problem with with her character, Hae Na.

As I said, I do not mind a horrible, even dysfunctional, character as the lead. They can even be a bratty useless horrible rich person - but the drama and I have to be on the same person that the lead is, in fact, a useless horrible rich person, not a sweet girl to be loved.

Any hope I have had of meaningful character growth for Hae Na is gone after 4 eps - it's the Gu Jun Pyo syndrome - the writers will not address her horrendous flaws because they do not think they exist. They are too busy insisting Hae Na is loveable because she is cute. I am not making it up! Even with Gu Jun Pyo, where they did not develop his character and did not make him grow up (the way they did in other BOF versions), I could see why Jandi would eventually fall for him - the guy wooed her assiduously, and rescued her from horrible situations, risking life and limb in the process. While I wished she, like the manga original she was based on, held off until he became human enough, and I certainly was irritated with her loving her long after she should have moved on, her falling for him was not inconceivable.

But not here - why is Dong Chan in love with her? She is certainly not wooing him or doing anything to win him over - she has no interest in him that way. She is not clever or funny or kind or good-natured. She is not considerate, she is self-absorbed, violent, and lazy. (My last hope for liking her died when grandpa bargained with her to go to work in exchange for allowing her to date Tae Yoon, and she showed up at the office and spent the day doing nothing, commenting she promised to come to work, not to work. Ohhh, how I longed for her to be the granddaughter of Hwan's Grandma from Brilliant Legacy then - but that is the difference, in BL that attitude of Hwan was addressed and dealt with - it was shown as a big issue. Here it's a side comment to show how funny and adorable she is. UGHUGHUGH).

So yes, we are left with the fact that Dong Chan is falling for her because she is hot. That's it. WTF? How can I ship that? And I do adore Dong Chan and am left wondering if he's gotten hit on the head and lost his mind, especially since we are supposed to view it as sweet and not problematic.

And don't even get me started on Tae Yoon. She is presenting a false front to him (a commoner-loving, bus riding, charity and protest attending woman) to hook him and he is beginning to fall for that woman - someone who, like him, is caring and socially-conscious individual - when she is nothing of the sort. She is going to make him fall for her and then he is going to have his heart broken for and by a woman who doesn't really exist, who only won his heart by pretending to be someone she is not (do you really think he'd like her if he saw how she is with her servants or the way she was in ep 1?)

Also, yes, she is being interested (well, fake-interested, she is only there to hunt Tae Yoon) in Tae Yoon's causes and is OK with riding a bus etc but that's the thing - why would anyone want to be with her - if they get married, once the infatuation wears off, she will revert back to her selfish, shallow self. She has zero in common with either Dong Chan or Tae Yoon. Either couple is a nightmare in the making (side note, boys: the way to see what that person is like is to see not how they treat someone they are obsessed over, but how they treat people in general. If they do not notice them and ride roughshod over them then, guess what, one of these days they will do it to you).

All TCotL is making me do is want to appreciate anew the writers of Brilliant Legacy - TCotL proves what a hard feat they pulled off in creating Hwan.

Buh-bye, biggest drama disappointment of the year!

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