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I am sure you've realized by now that my fannish interests tend to be sudden, rabid, and expire very quickly.

So alas, time has come for another fannish obsession to bite the dust - my interest in Boys Over Flowers is completely gone, cold. I will probably finish it on fast-forward just out of completist tendencies but any shred or interest in it is completely gone. Just like that. See, bad inconsistent writing will get you everywhere! It's not even annoyance at it any more (because that would demonstrate emotional involvement) just a boredom with it, with a side of "when is a new episode of ToGetHer coming out?"

So, I am sorry, no more BOF liveblogging - I just don't have enough interest to do it.

Unfortunately what has replaced it is:

a. obsession with the Taiwanese drama ToGetHer, which is quirky and funny and romantic done right. Alas, it's only an ep a week. *bites elbows out of need to watch more*

b. Even more frustratingly, my desire to watch 2007 version of Shanghai Beach which I cannot find with English subs anywhere. Trust me, I looked. Correction - I found first five eps subbed on d-addicts, but it's torrents which I cannot use, and even if I could use torrents, it's a fairly old upload so nobody is seeding. My one hope now is Taiseng. They sub a lot of period dramas and put them on DVDs. Surely 1930s is period, surely? GRAH. I am so desperate I might just watch the frelling thing raw. Told you - I am an extreme obsessive. In my defense, look at the pretty:


Date: 2009-03-07 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anenko.livejournal.com
I'm really sorry to hear about BOF. I fell behind on the series early on (because I'm bad at keeping up with ongoing series), and from what I've heard of the recent episodes I'm not sure that picking it back up is a good idea. And I adored the early episodes so so much :(

I'll be keeping an eye out for "To Get Her," though. Hopefully it hits [livejournal.com profile] jdramas at some point!

Date: 2009-03-07 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I know a subbing group plans to do TGH but you can already find subbed eps on viikii if you don't mind streaming.

Date: 2009-03-07 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sundae-sweet.livejournal.com
Although I was never really as invested in this show as I was with Hana Yori Dango (which will always be my first dorama love) I kinda want to finish it just to see if the writers will send the canon ship straight to hell and have it end up Ji-Hoo/Jandi. Even though I ship Makino/Doumyouji, I always wanted to see her and Rui hook up and if that sort of wish fulfillment on BOF happens, it would be beyond awesome. Mainly because Ji-Hoo is now the only character I really care about.

Date: 2009-03-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Oh, if that happens I withdraw any negative comments, but I bet they won't, they will still get JP/Jandi together even if it makes no sense in context.

Date: 2009-03-07 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syrenstar.livejournal.com
It's sad to hear your giving up on BOF but I can understand, I was the same with Kingdom of the Winds. Considering how good I know KOTW is I know I should have kept watching but sometimes dramas just loose your interest.
Edited Date: 2009-03-07 07:47 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-07 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I actually finished KOTW (one of the few airing dramas I stayed the course with - like Hanadan2 and Hong Gil Dong) but BOF is just such a mess now. Grrr.

Date: 2009-03-07 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sisterjune.livejournal.com
you too huh? cant say I blame you at all, it just got more and more ridiculous and incoherent as the show wore on. I stopped watching after episode 13 myself. so far 3 people on my flist have decided to drop it. it'll be funny if before the season ends, no one i know is watching it anymore. lol

Date: 2009-03-07 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
LOL - that's probably unlikely. It's still psycho popular, God knows why, it's a mess by now.

Date: 2009-03-07 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yunhalove.livejournal.com
I've actually felt the same way about BOF for a while now, but I know I'll watch it through to the end too, if only for the sake of all the hopes and dreams I've invested in this drama. Tsk. It's a sad, sad feeling when you want to be more obsessed with a drama than you actually are... ):

Anyhow, speaking of old (well, not really), have you seen Hello, Mr. God? I'm rewatching it now to stave off my BOF woe and it's pretty awesome (maybe it'll work for you too). It's not quite as adorable as To Get Her, but it has evil yet multifaceted characters the heroine is a pretty badass con-artist slash delicate softie on the inside... And there are conspiracies and secrets and fatal health defects and flashbacks and squee. :D

Date: 2009-03-07 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I haven't heard of HMG - what is the plot? I am always game for angsty good dramas :)

Date: 2009-03-07 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
There's tons of angst in HMG, especially in the later epi's. Lots of glorious manpain and inner turmoil.

Ahh, I don't wanna reveal too much, but I'll give you the basics: Basically the heroine (who is a swindler who cares about nothing but money) meets this ForestGump-esque boy who is all innocence happy sunshine (ADORABLE) by the weird workings of fate. She also meets this bastard of a prodigy doctor who operates on said boy and makes him smart- and voila, instant love triangle. :D It's actually (loosely) based off of the book Flowers for Algernon, if you've read/heard of it.

Date: 2009-03-07 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I love FFA - such a good and depressing book.

I'll check this out!

Date: 2009-03-07 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sodahands.livejournal.com
It's sad that you're giving up on BOF but it's understandable. I'll miss your liveblogging though. But hopefully you'll liveblog ToGetHer which is incredibly adorable and I'm already feeling the withdrawal pains!

Date: 2009-03-07 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
TGH is so cute and doesn't evoke any rage issues in me. Yay!

Date: 2009-03-07 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
Not commenting on BOF, since I haven't even seen the latest episode yet. But "Shanghai Beach" looks excellent! Beautiful people, lots of angst, 30s fashion, etc. If you ever do find subs, I'd love it if you would give me a heads-up!
Edited Date: 2009-03-07 11:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-07 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Mainland dramas are so freaking difficult to find subbed, unless it's martial arts, in which case you can sometimes have better luck. Argh - this was apparently a huge huge hit and I still haven't come across any subs. I am about to go spare because the plot with angsty love, mobs, and revenge sounds so like my thing.

I will totally give you a heads-up if I come across this.

If I came across good downloadable raws, I'd pay lainemma to sub this actually - I am totally desperate to watch this :)

Date: 2009-03-07 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
I can do torrents, and just trying I think might get the first episode that way. If you want, I can upload it to MU or some other ddl server after my torrent finishes :).

Date: 2009-03-07 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
OMG - yes please. *loves*

Date: 2009-03-08 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
Just a word of warning, according to wiki it's 42 episodes long and only 8 or so episodes to have been subbed on d-addicts.

So lainemma might be a good bet for the rest of the series... :P

p.s. My torrent of the first ep is almost 70% done, so I'll probably be able to upload it tomorrow after I wake up.
Edited Date: 2009-03-08 02:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-08 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Ooooooh, eeeeeee and other excited noises!

Date: 2009-03-08 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
It's coming slowly, but it's coming. At the moment I've still got a little over 100 Mb left to go on the first episode.

Date: 2009-03-08 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
!!!! :)

I really hate I can't use torrents - my computer loathes them for some reason.

Date: 2009-03-08 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
It's such a pity you can't use torrents. I couldn't use them either before I got this new Mac. Now I can use everything (except clubbox which doesn't work with Macs), so I'm taking all advantage of it.

My dl of the first episode is now over 99% done, so I can start uploading it soon for you. Is Sendspace okay for you? I've got a downloader/uploader thingy for SS so I can resume interrupted transfers if I want to. But if MU is better, I can do that as well :).

I'll probably cut the file into at least two segments, since my upload speed is really slow (I've got one of those plans with great dl speed/crappy ul speed).

Date: 2009-03-08 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Sendspace is great (or MU is fine too, whichever is easier).

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2009-03-08 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
Uploading now. I split it in two parts and am uploading to MU. I'll probably have it up some time tomorrow (my time).

Re: Episode 1

Date: 2009-03-09 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
*ungodly shriek*

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2009-03-08 04:10 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
>>>I am so desperate I might just watch the frelling thing raw.<<<<

Hahaha, when Meteor Garden first came out all shinny and new, there was no subs to be found on the net anywhere , my sister watched the whole thing raw despite not knowing a single word of Mandarin. We have read the manga though and in the beginning, it stays pretty faithful to the manga so it was ok. With the later episodes, she was armed with a printed out translation of the dialogue. So she would watch a bit, paused, read the translations, hit play again. Her level of devotion was remarkable, I gave up half way through.

Well if you ever get that desperate, I can crawl through forums and provide you with more detailed plot lines.
Joan.P
Joan.P

Date: 2009-03-08 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
LOL - the only unfamiliar thing I was so desperate I watched raw was Vic Zhou's Silence. It was a frustrating experience :) But glad to hear I am not the only one who did that sort of thing :)

Thanks for the offer! :)

Date: 2009-03-08 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vintagechutzpah.livejournal.com
i got to say that the korean version is really dragging!! what happened to the "tough weed" of the main character? she just cries and whines. and they're focusing on the WRONG GUY!!!

the japanese version is so far the best!

Date: 2009-03-08 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Exactly - one would think it's a Rui/Makino story, only with Makino being a total weakling. Argh.

Date: 2009-03-08 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitkat-cat.livejournal.com
I can't believe that I've just spent the ENTIRE afternoon watching every single available MV for Shanghai Bund and crying my eyes out! ahhhhh, my heart has just shattered and broken into a million pieces from the agnst fest, and i havent even seen a single episode of the new adaptation! i don't remember the original to be so tragic...but then, a lot of it might just have sailed right over my head!

i'm blaming you for reviving my interest in this! :)

Date: 2009-03-08 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Hey, I just watched about 10 MVs and (a) I don't really know the plot except for the general-type stuff (thank you d-addicts wiki and youtube commenters) and (b) I don't speak any Mandarin.

So I totally understand - I am glad there are other obsessives out there.

One of my best friends in college was Cantonese and she used to watch a lot of Mainland and HK dramas - from what I remember her telling me about plots, whatever the story, everyone always died in the end :)

Date: 2009-03-08 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitkat-cat.livejournal.com
lol, yah, i am an obsessive!

i found these 2 vids, they havent been translated and do contain some spoilers, but my tearing intensified into full-on bawling at these vids (one continues from the other)... so, if you want translations, let me know! :) if not, just watching their faces is enough for me too!

not knowing the specifics, it starts off with her waiting for him...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNtQyeUfL5E&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR8_JcJHsTY&feature=related

Date: 2009-03-08 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Eeeee! Thanks! Off to watch!

Btw, all this is indirectly your fault. :) I only stumbled on this during looking for more HXM stuff after our discussion about whether he is only good at Yang Guo or whether he could be good in something more modern :)

Date: 2009-03-08 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitkat-cat.livejournal.com
EEEEEK! I seem to have started a monster!!!

I dont care anymore...you're getting translations! be prepared! I might split this into 2 posts. the following is for the first vid. (Apologies for lambasting you with this, and for what may be some awkward translations, it's pratically a live blog!)Girl is Cheng Cheng (CC) and HXM is WenQiang (WQ) and here we go :

Cc : i have been waiting for you.
WQ : Is anything the matter?
CC : Ding Li told me about what happened in HK...
WQ : if you have come for this matter, you can leave... because it really did happen
CC : WenQiang, i can stop being Feng Jing Yao's daughter, i am willing to leave shanghai with you, never to return
WQ : you can stop being feng jing yao's daughter, and not be feng cheng cheng, but i cannot not be xu wen qiang
CC : let everything that has happened remain in the past, forget about it
WQ : forget? how can i forget? 4 lives. 4 innocent lives.
CC : Wen Qiang, i beg you, let it go...
WQ : forgive me, if you need someone to blame, blame life (destiny, fate, etc )
CC : what can you get by continuing with this (revenge i think she means). can you be happy? will the dead come back to life? wen qiang, let everything in the past be as a dream. we will leave shanghai and start afresh. if we leave shanghai, we'll be able to start afresh and be happy...
WQ : happiness? what is happiness? happiness is only for the living! my heart is dead. happiness is not for me!
CC : Wen Qiang, we will be happy.

ETA

Date: 2009-03-08 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Ooooh, what are they talking about? I don't need a translation but a gist? Also - I love 30s outfits.

Re: ETA

Date: 2009-03-08 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitkat-cat.livejournal.com
bwah ha ha! and here is the translation for the second vid!

WQ : cheng cheng... i know that there is no one else who loves me more than you, cos i've loved you like this before. in the past, i was willing to do anything for you, but not anymore.
CC : no wen qiang...
WQ : leave me, leave me forever. let me do what i want to do
CC : no
WQ : if i were to leave shaghai with you, it'll be too unfair to my family.
CC : what is fair to you? must someone die? is that fairness?
WQ : Dont talk to me about being fair! you dont know it! dont look at me with those eyes! Ask your father! he forced me to this!
CC : Wen Qiang, if your hate can be assuaged with death, i am willing to die..

WQ : Miss Feng, you think too highly of yourself. leave. never look for me again. from now on, everything between us is at an end, including friendship...

WQ walks out and cue....crying, and tears, and teeth gnashing on my part!

Re: ETA

Date: 2009-03-08 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Oooooh, thank you! *slurps all the angst*

Date: 2009-03-08 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-dian.livejournal.com
Oh what a pity. I did enjoy reading your BOF liveblogs :(

Date: 2009-03-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It just got a bit too illogical for me. :) *rewatches MG*

Date: 2009-03-09 06:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bae-mac.livejournal.com
I'm rewatching Meteor Garden these days,too.

Sad to hear that you lost interest but hey...who knows. You just might fall in love with BOF again.

:)

Date: 2009-03-09 08:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] december-clouds.livejournal.com
my interest in Boys Over Flowers is completely gone, cold. I will probably finish it on fast-forward just out of completist tendencies but any shred or interest in it is completely gone. Just like that. See, bad inconsistent writing will get you everywhere!

I did too, but about at the sixth episode. :( I'm trying so very hard to go back to it. It was like me and Witch Yoo Hee. There are so many dramas I want to like, but just end up watching on FF.

Date: 2009-03-09 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
WYH - argh, that was another drama that started out well and then...

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