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I am in the middle of ep 9 of Giant (we have family over so drama time is limited) and it hit me. The OTP is not at all like Dong Chul/Grace from East of Eden (which is how [livejournal.com profile] ockoala reeled me in). No, what it is, is like Dong Chul/Hye Rin only if EoE went that way at the very start and did it so very perfectly. The heroine of Giant is everything Hye Rin was supposed to be and wasn't - she is Hye Rin done right. And the dynamic (upper-class illegitimate girl wannabe revolutionary - tough thug type who had to claw his way out of the gutter for his family) is the one DC/HR could have had.

Anyway, I ship them so fiercely. I especially loved this exchange between them where she snarls that he shouldn't be her father's flunky forever and a lot of people have it worse than he does, he has no idea. And he replies, very quietly, but finally very angry and asks whether she's ever known even for a second what it's like to be badly off, to be starving to death on the streets. Because that is true. She has the luxury to rebel against her family or fight for a better tomorrow for the country or whatever. He does not - he is doing all he can to merely survive. And the wind is taken out of her sails and she says she will come with him (he is supposed to bring her to her father's company) but he should wipe the blood first (yes, he's got a head-wound from one of her comrades trying to get her out of there but he is totally not paying attention to it. Mmmm).






The thing is, I realized I am unhealthily invested in Lee Gangmo. Really really unhealthily. It's not logical but it's beyond liking a character or sympathizing. It's the sort of investment I haven't had in a character since Lee Byung Hun's protagonist in IRIS and so I am terrified of anything bad happening to Gangmo. IRIS wrecked me for a week. Please please, drama makers, don't fuck him over. Please.



Also, I cannot wait for Gangmo to learn it was Taesop who ruined his family and is responsible for the deaths of his parents and subsequent sibling separation. Because every time I see Taesop sit there all rich with his smug face and order Gangmo around like a dog, I want to stab him in the face. I can't wait for Gangmo to learn the truth and unleash the wrath of God on him.

ETA: We have achieved piggybacking!

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I am in the middle of ep 9 of Giant (we have family over so drama time is limited) and it hit me. The OTP is not at all like Dong Chul/Grace from East of Eden (which is how [livejournal.com profile] ockoala reeled me in). No, what it is, is like Dong Chul/Hye Rin only if EoE went that way at the very start and did it so very perfectly. The heroine of Giant is everything Hye Rin was supposed to be and wasn't - she is Hye Rin done right. And the dynamic (upper-class illegitimate girl wannabe revolutionary - tough thug type who had to claw his way out of the gutter for his family) is the one DC/HR could have had.

Anyway, I ship them so fiercely. I especially loved this exchange between them where she snarls that he shouldn't be her father's flunky forever and a lot of people have it worse than he does, he has no idea. And he replies, very quietly, but finally very angry and asks whether she's ever known even for a second what it's like to be badly off, to be starving to death on the streets. Because that is true. She has the luxury to rebel against her family or fight for a better tomorrow for the country or whatever. He does not - he is doing all he can to merely survive. And the wind is taken out of her sails and she says she will come with him (he is supposed to bring her to her father's company) but he should wipe the blood first (yes, he's got a head-wound from one of her comrades trying to get her out of there but he is totally not paying attention to it. Mmmm).






The thing is, I realized I am unhealthily invested in Lee Gangmo. Really really unhealthily. It's not logical but it's beyond liking a character or sympathizing. It's the sort of investment I haven't had in a character since Lee Byung Hun's protagonist in IRIS and so I am terrified of anything bad happening to Gangmo. IRIS wrecked me for a week. Please please, drama makers, don't fuck him over. Please.



Also, I cannot wait for Gangmo to learn it was Taesop who ruined his family and is responsible for the deaths of his parents and subsequent sibling separation. Because every time I see Taesop sit there all rich with his smug face and order Gangmo around like a dog, I want to stab him in the face. I can't wait for Gangmo to learn the truth and unleash the wrath of God on him.

ETA: We have achieved piggybacking!

dangermousie: (Default)
I am in the middle of ep 9 of Giant (we have family over so drama time is limited) and it hit me. The OTP is not at all like Dong Chul/Grace from East of Eden (which is how [livejournal.com profile] ockoala reeled me in). No, what it is, is like Dong Chul/Hye Rin only if EoE went that way at the very start and did it so very perfectly. The heroine of Giant is everything Hye Rin was supposed to be and wasn't - she is Hye Rin done right. And the dynamic (upper-class illegitimate girl wannabe revolutionary - tough thug type who had to claw his way out of the gutter for his family) is the one DC/HR could have had.

Anyway, I ship them so fiercely. I especially loved this exchange between them where she snarls that he shouldn't be her father's flunky forever and a lot of people have it worse than he does, he has no idea. And he replies, very quietly, but finally very angry and asks whether she's ever known even for a second what it's like to be badly off, to be starving to death on the streets. Because that is true. She has the luxury to rebel against her family or fight for a better tomorrow for the country or whatever. He does not - he is doing all he can to merely survive. And the wind is taken out of her sails and she says she will come with him (he is supposed to bring her to her father's company) but he should wipe the blood first (yes, he's got a head-wound from one of her comrades trying to get her out of there but he is totally not paying attention to it. Mmmm).






The thing is, I realized I am unhealthily invested in Lee Gangmo. Really really unhealthily. It's not logical but it's beyond liking a character or sympathizing. It's the sort of investment I haven't had in a character since Lee Byung Hun's protagonist in IRIS and so I am terrified of anything bad happening to Gangmo. IRIS wrecked me for a week. Please please, drama makers, don't fuck him over. Please.



Also, I cannot wait for Gangmo to learn it was Taesop who ruined his family and is responsible for the deaths of his parents and subsequent sibling separation. Because every time I see Taesop sit there all rich with his smug face and order Gangmo around like a dog, I want to stab him in the face. I can't wait for Gangmo to learn the truth and unleash the wrath of God on him.

ETA: We have achieved piggybacking!

dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I had a chance to check out first eps for all three dramas I planned to watch (if they proved to be to my liking) in August. The verdict for all three is an overwhelming yes.

Giant - I believe I am hooked. First ep was mainly childhood scenes but unlike a lot of people, I happen to like childhood portions of epic narratives (must be all the Victorian novels I read growing up). I love what I've seen so far - the first ep had a very very heavy East of Eden hangover - from filters, to the set-up itself, to even some scenes (the scene with the brothers parting in the station is very very EoE and so is oldest brother jumping off the train). But that is not a bad thing for me at all as I adored EoE to bits. I am a sucker for intergenerational epic/family/revenge narratives. I am also pleased to report that to my shock, Lee Bum Soo, who looked so horrible in pictures, totally won my heart in the few minutes he was on screen (in the beginning before the drama went into flashback mode). He is in no way good-looking but there is something so magnetic about him I found myself not caring.

Gloria - actually the post heading is a bit of a misnomer insofar as I have watched first two eps of Gloria, not just one. They were both subbed and it was too good for me to stop after just one. Bae Doona is wonderful as always (has she ever been less than amazing) and her brand of pragmatic, utterly grown-up heroine with a hell of a temper won me over from the first minute she was on-screen. She is going to be a joy to watch. I also fell in love with Lee Chun Hee who plays a small-time thug and boxer and Bae Doona's best friend. I have never seen him in anything before but consider me a fan. I love their dynamic - it strikes me as real. I actually hope very much they don't hook up because I love their friends dynamic and want to see inter-gender best friends not turn into romantic partners for once. I also see no hint of any such interest between them. But, if we are honest, the reason I don't ship them is because the one OTP I got out of these three dramas so far is LCH with the suicidal rich girl played by So Yi Hyun - she is so fragile and beautiful (I am crushing) and removed from the world (her parents' reaction to her suicide attempts - eeeek). And their few scenes together are just mind-blowing to me because he is so very opposite - not pristine or upper-class and he is so smitten literally silent in her presence. Much as I enjoy rich guy/plucky poor girl OTPs kdramas love so much, I am a lot more into 'girl goes slumming' OTPs kdramas are not nearly as fond of. Plus, my favorite scene of the two episodes was the first time he saw her, when she almost jumped off the roof and you see him look and start stretching his hand very quietly so as not to spook her and then she sees him, so she composedly steps down and walks off as if she didn't just try to kill herself (and goes home and ODs).



Oh, and the later scene with them on the hospital roof (when he asks her if she needs help killing herself and also gives her back her pearl bracelet and I realize he must have picked up all the scattered pearls and strung them back together, which is doubly awesome because he needs money so badly at the time but he still doesn't sell the filthy-expensive bracelet or anything). ARGH SHIP SHIP SHIP RABID SHIP I WANT. The fourth main chracter, the illegitimate rich guy played by Suh Ji Suk is someone I really like as well - he is hardworking and so reserved as to be almost shut-down but he is not an acting out jerk or anything of the sort. I want to see him with Bae Doona on no basis at all :) I am a little less enamoured of various supporting players and the rather dingy setting can be a turn-off for some (I love it, myself) but what Gloria does brilliantly well is moments that stick in my head - the first meeting or rooftop scenes with LCH/SYH, when Bae Doona steps up to the mike and starts singing her heart out, the pearls falling off So Yi Hyun's hand as she loses consciousness, Suh Ji Suk's iron composure slipping for once as he smashes his hand against a mirror contemplating being tossed aside by his family, yet again. Anyway, it's wonderful.

I Am Legend - so much fun! Unlike Gloria and Giant, which are both epic in their different ways, IAL is small-scale. It's very woman-centric - I foresee any men will be strictly secondary, but that is not a bad thing. The soundtrack is peppy, the colors bright, but my emotions were genuinely engaged despite the oddness of the premise (society wife has enough of her awful husband and family, divorces him and starts a band). A lot of that connection is thanks to Kim Jung Eun - the star of the vehicle. She is amazing - funny, strong, pitiable, amazing. I have always loved KJE (Lovers is one of my all-time favorites) and even if Kim Sunah fans come into this LJ to decapitate me, I am glad KJE replaced Kim Sunah - I like the latter but she has a tendency to go cutesy-childlike and this would not have worked nearly as well for this. I really hate the protagonist's slimy husband and his whole family and cannot wait for KJE to become an independent rocker chick. Also, while we haven't seen much of her future love interest, he looks pretty scrumptuous, so there is that.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I had a chance to check out first eps for all three dramas I planned to watch (if they proved to be to my liking) in August. The verdict for all three is an overwhelming yes.

Giant - I believe I am hooked. First ep was mainly childhood scenes but unlike a lot of people, I happen to like childhood portions of epic narratives (must be all the Victorian novels I read growing up). I love what I've seen so far - the first ep had a very very heavy East of Eden hangover - from filters, to the set-up itself, to even some scenes (the scene with the brothers parting in the station is very very EoE and so is oldest brother jumping off the train). But that is not a bad thing for me at all as I adored EoE to bits. I am a sucker for intergenerational epic/family/revenge narratives. I am also pleased to report that to my shock, Lee Bum Soo, who looked so horrible in pictures, totally won my heart in the few minutes he was on screen (in the beginning before the drama went into flashback mode). He is in no way good-looking but there is something so magnetic about him I found myself not caring.

Gloria - actually the post heading is a bit of a misnomer insofar as I have watched first two eps of Gloria, not just one. They were both subbed and it was too good for me to stop after just one. Bae Doona is wonderful as always (has she ever been less than amazing) and her brand of pragmatic, utterly grown-up heroine with a hell of a temper won me over from the first minute she was on-screen. She is going to be a joy to watch. I also fell in love with Lee Chun Hee who plays a small-time thug and boxer and Bae Doona's best friend. I have never seen him in anything before but consider me a fan. I love their dynamic - it strikes me as real. I actually hope very much they don't hook up because I love their friends dynamic and want to see inter-gender best friends not turn into romantic partners for once. I also see no hint of any such interest between them. But, if we are honest, the reason I don't ship them is because the one OTP I got out of these three dramas so far is LCH with the suicidal rich girl played by So Yi Hyun - she is so fragile and beautiful (I am crushing) and removed from the world (her parents' reaction to her suicide attempts - eeeek). And their few scenes together are just mind-blowing to me because he is so very opposite - not pristine or upper-class and he is so smitten literally silent in her presence. Much as I enjoy rich guy/plucky poor girl OTPs kdramas love so much, I am a lot more into 'girl goes slumming' OTPs kdramas are not nearly as fond of. Plus, my favorite scene of the two episodes was the first time he saw her, when she almost jumped off the roof and you see him look and start stretching his hand very quietly so as not to spook her and then she sees him, so she composedly steps down and walks off as if she didn't just try to kill herself (and goes home and ODs).



Oh, and the later scene with them on the hospital roof (when he asks her if she needs help killing herself and also gives her back her pearl bracelet and I realize he must have picked up all the scattered pearls and strung them back together, which is doubly awesome because he needs money so badly at the time but he still doesn't sell the filthy-expensive bracelet or anything). ARGH SHIP SHIP SHIP RABID SHIP I WANT. The fourth main chracter, the illegitimate rich guy played by Suh Ji Suk is someone I really like as well - he is hardworking and so reserved as to be almost shut-down but he is not an acting out jerk or anything of the sort. I want to see him with Bae Doona on no basis at all :) I am a little less enamoured of various supporting players and the rather dingy setting can be a turn-off for some (I love it, myself) but what Gloria does brilliantly well is moments that stick in my head - the first meeting or rooftop scenes with LCH/SYH, when Bae Doona steps up to the mike and starts singing her heart out, the pearls falling off So Yi Hyun's hand as she loses consciousness, Suh Ji Suk's iron composure slipping for once as he smashes his hand against a mirror contemplating being tossed aside by his family, yet again. Anyway, it's wonderful.

I Am Legend - so much fun! Unlike Gloria and Giant, which are both epic in their different ways, IAL is small-scale. It's very woman-centric - I foresee any men will be strictly secondary, but that is not a bad thing. The soundtrack is peppy, the colors bright, but my emotions were genuinely engaged despite the oddness of the premise (society wife has enough of her awful husband and family, divorces him and starts a band). A lot of that connection is thanks to Kim Jung Eun - the star of the vehicle. She is amazing - funny, strong, pitiable, amazing. I have always loved KJE (Lovers is one of my all-time favorites) and even if Kim Sunah fans come into this LJ to decapitate me, I am glad KJE replaced Kim Sunah - I like the latter but she has a tendency to go cutesy-childlike and this would not have worked nearly as well for this. I really hate the protagonist's slimy husband and his whole family and cannot wait for KJE to become an independent rocker chick. Also, while we haven't seen much of her future love interest, he looks pretty scrumptuous, so there is that.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I had a chance to check out first eps for all three dramas I planned to watch (if they proved to be to my liking) in August. The verdict for all three is an overwhelming yes.

Giant - I believe I am hooked. First ep was mainly childhood scenes but unlike a lot of people, I happen to like childhood portions of epic narratives (must be all the Victorian novels I read growing up). I love what I've seen so far - the first ep had a very very heavy East of Eden hangover - from filters, to the set-up itself, to even some scenes (the scene with the brothers parting in the station is very very EoE and so is oldest brother jumping off the train). But that is not a bad thing for me at all as I adored EoE to bits. I am a sucker for intergenerational epic/family/revenge narratives. I am also pleased to report that to my shock, Lee Bum Soo, who looked so horrible in pictures, totally won my heart in the few minutes he was on screen (in the beginning before the drama went into flashback mode). He is in no way good-looking but there is something so magnetic about him I found myself not caring.

Gloria - actually the post heading is a bit of a misnomer insofar as I have watched first two eps of Gloria, not just one. They were both subbed and it was too good for me to stop after just one. Bae Doona is wonderful as always (has she ever been less than amazing) and her brand of pragmatic, utterly grown-up heroine with a hell of a temper won me over from the first minute she was on-screen. She is going to be a joy to watch. I also fell in love with Lee Chun Hee who plays a small-time thug and boxer and Bae Doona's best friend. I have never seen him in anything before but consider me a fan. I love their dynamic - it strikes me as real. I actually hope very much they don't hook up because I love their friends dynamic and want to see inter-gender best friends not turn into romantic partners for once. I also see no hint of any such interest between them. But, if we are honest, the reason I don't ship them is because the one OTP I got out of these three dramas so far is LCH with the suicidal rich girl played by So Yi Hyun - she is so fragile and beautiful (I am crushing) and removed from the world (her parents' reaction to her suicide attempts - eeeek). And their few scenes together are just mind-blowing to me because he is so very opposite - not pristine or upper-class and he is so smitten literally silent in her presence. Much as I enjoy rich guy/plucky poor girl OTPs kdramas love so much, I am a lot more into 'girl goes slumming' OTPs kdramas are not nearly as fond of. Plus, my favorite scene of the two episodes was the first time he saw her, when she almost jumped off the roof and you see him look and start stretching his hand very quietly so as not to spook her and then she sees him, so she composedly steps down and walks off as if she didn't just try to kill herself (and goes home and ODs).



Oh, and the later scene with them on the hospital roof (when he asks her if she needs help killing herself and also gives her back her pearl bracelet and I realize he must have picked up all the scattered pearls and strung them back together, which is doubly awesome because he needs money so badly at the time but he still doesn't sell the filthy-expensive bracelet or anything). ARGH SHIP SHIP SHIP RABID SHIP I WANT. The fourth main chracter, the illegitimate rich guy played by Suh Ji Suk is someone I really like as well - he is hardworking and so reserved as to be almost shut-down but he is not an acting out jerk or anything of the sort. I want to see him with Bae Doona on no basis at all :) I am a little less enamoured of various supporting players and the rather dingy setting can be a turn-off for some (I love it, myself) but what Gloria does brilliantly well is moments that stick in my head - the first meeting or rooftop scenes with LCH/SYH, when Bae Doona steps up to the mike and starts singing her heart out, the pearls falling off So Yi Hyun's hand as she loses consciousness, Suh Ji Suk's iron composure slipping for once as he smashes his hand against a mirror contemplating being tossed aside by his family, yet again. Anyway, it's wonderful.

I Am Legend - so much fun! Unlike Gloria and Giant, which are both epic in their different ways, IAL is small-scale. It's very woman-centric - I foresee any men will be strictly secondary, but that is not a bad thing. The soundtrack is peppy, the colors bright, but my emotions were genuinely engaged despite the oddness of the premise (society wife has enough of her awful husband and family, divorces him and starts a band). A lot of that connection is thanks to Kim Jung Eun - the star of the vehicle. She is amazing - funny, strong, pitiable, amazing. I have always loved KJE (Lovers is one of my all-time favorites) and even if Kim Sunah fans come into this LJ to decapitate me, I am glad KJE replaced Kim Sunah - I like the latter but she has a tendency to go cutesy-childlike and this would not have worked nearly as well for this. I really hate the protagonist's slimy husband and his whole family and cannot wait for KJE to become an independent rocker chick. Also, while we haven't seen much of her future love interest, he looks pretty scrumptuous, so there is that.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


Unlike with most dramas I check out (where I decide to watch them based on my love for cast or production team, or alternatively interest in the story or excitement from previews), my motivation for checking out Baker King Kim Tak Gu was fairly peculiar - I wanted to see what on earth was in Baker in order to make a drama about the less-than-fascinating topic of baking rivalry and starring no-names, a crazy ratings hit (latest eps brought in close to 40%). Aside from [livejournal.com profile] alexandral, nobody I know was watching it which added to the mystique.

I have just finished the first 3 eps and I can see why it's popular - it's a crazy family saga which is very very easy to watch - I had no problem watching the first three eps (with judicious fast-forwarding) in one sitting. There is no spectacular acting, writing, direction, or cinematography - it is all very unspectacular, but it's not in any way intrusive - it's a very solid kind of mediocrity. A sort of "turn off your brain for a couple of hours a week" type of drama with some addictive elements mixed in.

If it reminds me of any drama it's East of Eden - only replace gangsters and revolutionaries with bakers and patissiers. Don't get me wrong - East of Eden, while flawed, was vastly superior to Baker - for one it had ambitions, for another the story was a lot more interesting, and there was some spectacular acting (Lee Mi Sook alone was a total powerhouse). More importantly, the stakes were greater (what's the worst that can happen in Baker? Someone gets food poisoning from underdone bread?) and I cared for characters - I want a drama to evoke a strong emotional response in me which Baker does not at all.

But the biggest problem for me is not any of that but a certain difference of perception between me and the drama - the one deal-breaker for me is when a drama wants me to view characters one way but I can only view them another (great example is Boys Over Flowers which demanded I see Jun Pyo as a worthy woobie and I only saw him as a selfish coward). And the problem is that the drama has certain premises I cannot accept - such as that the father is OK for sleeping with the maid (when his wife is in the hospital recovering from childbirth, no less) because that gives him a son he wants but the wife is an evil soulless bitch when she sleeps with another man to get a son (only after the husband does btw). Just as we are supposed to view the maid as saintly and wonderful but I can only look at her in disgust - she was fully into sleeping with a married man (there is no hint of him coercing her or anything). We are supposed to think Grandma is a great person, strict but just, even though she is completely heartless to her daughter-in-law because she produces only daughters (this obsession with male heirs makes me sick to start with, especially since the women themselves reinforce the fixation on the male heirs. SICK. Plus, hello, it's a male who brings the y chromosome to the baby, not the wife). After all, Grandma muses that servant would have made a great d-i-l because she has a great soul (read "made a boy"). Yeah right, old biddy! I don't care what kind of soul the wife had to start with, living with someone like you and her husband (who doesn't even bother showing up to see how his daughter is like) would turn anyone into a harpy. I mean, how dare she not be happy the living proof of husband's adultery and rival heir is moving in! How dare her kids not love the newcomer with all their might? And, of course, of course, the servant's son is a sweet saintly genius while the wife's son is an evil monster. Yeah, right. One of the things I loved about EoE is that it went against the whole 'blood will out' or 'blood is most important' belief in so many ways - the son of saintly union leader was brought up by a psycho and became a psycho himself (until his late-in-the-game redemption which still pisses me off). The son of the psycho was brought up by union family and became a revolutionary/helper/etc and, aside from his temporary trip to the dark side, ended the story as a good person. And it was clear in EoE that the protagonist, while he came to love his late-discovered blood brother, would always view the switched brother as the 'real' one and love him the most of his family (enough to die for him, in fact).

Baker, OTOH, has no desire to play with established (and patriarchal) notions - it reinforces them, in fact. (I won't even get into the fact that EoE had some amazing amazing female characters but Baker seems to split theirs into evil monsters and saints).

Basically, entertaining but not special. And not really my bag but I'll watch a few eps more to make sure. I can see why it's a hit though - it's pretty addictive for some reason.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


Unlike with most dramas I check out (where I decide to watch them based on my love for cast or production team, or alternatively interest in the story or excitement from previews), my motivation for checking out Baker King Kim Tak Gu was fairly peculiar - I wanted to see what on earth was in Baker in order to make a drama about the less-than-fascinating topic of baking rivalry and starring no-names, a crazy ratings hit (latest eps brought in close to 40%). Aside from [livejournal.com profile] alexandral, nobody I know was watching it which added to the mystique.

I have just finished the first 3 eps and I can see why it's popular - it's a crazy family saga which is very very easy to watch - I had no problem watching the first three eps (with judicious fast-forwarding) in one sitting. There is no spectacular acting, writing, direction, or cinematography - it is all very unspectacular, but it's not in any way intrusive - it's a very solid kind of mediocrity. A sort of "turn off your brain for a couple of hours a week" type of drama with some addictive elements mixed in.

If it reminds me of any drama it's East of Eden - only replace gangsters and revolutionaries with bakers and patissiers. Don't get me wrong - East of Eden, while flawed, was vastly superior to Baker - for one it had ambitions, for another the story was a lot more interesting, and there was some spectacular acting (Lee Mi Sook alone was a total powerhouse). More importantly, the stakes were greater (what's the worst that can happen in Baker? Someone gets food poisoning from underdone bread?) and I cared for characters - I want a drama to evoke a strong emotional response in me which Baker does not at all.

But the biggest problem for me is not any of that but a certain difference of perception between me and the drama - the one deal-breaker for me is when a drama wants me to view characters one way but I can only view them another (great example is Boys Over Flowers which demanded I see Jun Pyo as a worthy woobie and I only saw him as a selfish coward). And the problem is that the drama has certain premises I cannot accept - such as that the father is OK for sleeping with the maid (when his wife is in the hospital recovering from childbirth, no less) because that gives him a son he wants but the wife is an evil soulless bitch when she sleeps with another man to get a son (only after the husband does btw). Just as we are supposed to view the maid as saintly and wonderful but I can only look at her in disgust - she was fully into sleeping with a married man (there is no hint of him coercing her or anything). We are supposed to think Grandma is a great person, strict but just, even though she is completely heartless to her daughter-in-law because she produces only daughters (this obsession with male heirs makes me sick to start with, especially since the women themselves reinforce the fixation on the male heirs. SICK. Plus, hello, it's a male who brings the y chromosome to the baby, not the wife). After all, Grandma muses that servant would have made a great d-i-l because she has a great soul (read "made a boy"). Yeah right, old biddy! I don't care what kind of soul the wife had to start with, living with someone like you and her husband (who doesn't even bother showing up to see how his daughter is like) would turn anyone into a harpy. I mean, how dare she not be happy the living proof of husband's adultery and rival heir is moving in! How dare her kids not love the newcomer with all their might? And, of course, of course, the servant's son is a sweet saintly genius while the wife's son is an evil monster. Yeah, right. One of the things I loved about EoE is that it went against the whole 'blood will out' or 'blood is most important' belief in so many ways - the son of saintly union leader was brought up by a psycho and became a psycho himself (until his late-in-the-game redemption which still pisses me off). The son of the psycho was brought up by union family and became a revolutionary/helper/etc and, aside from his temporary trip to the dark side, ended the story as a good person. And it was clear in EoE that the protagonist, while he came to love his late-discovered blood brother, would always view the switched brother as the 'real' one and love him the most of his family (enough to die for him, in fact).

Baker, OTOH, has no desire to play with established (and patriarchal) notions - it reinforces them, in fact. (I won't even get into the fact that EoE had some amazing amazing female characters but Baker seems to split theirs into evil monsters and saints).

Basically, entertaining but not special. And not really my bag but I'll watch a few eps more to make sure. I can see why it's a hit though - it's pretty addictive for some reason.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


Unlike with most dramas I check out (where I decide to watch them based on my love for cast or production team, or alternatively interest in the story or excitement from previews), my motivation for checking out Baker King Kim Tak Gu was fairly peculiar - I wanted to see what on earth was in Baker in order to make a drama about the less-than-fascinating topic of baking rivalry and starring no-names, a crazy ratings hit (latest eps brought in close to 40%). Aside from [livejournal.com profile] alexandral, nobody I know was watching it which added to the mystique.

I have just finished the first 3 eps and I can see why it's popular - it's a crazy family saga which is very very easy to watch - I had no problem watching the first three eps (with judicious fast-forwarding) in one sitting. There is no spectacular acting, writing, direction, or cinematography - it is all very unspectacular, but it's not in any way intrusive - it's a very solid kind of mediocrity. A sort of "turn off your brain for a couple of hours a week" type of drama with some addictive elements mixed in.

If it reminds me of any drama it's East of Eden - only replace gangsters and revolutionaries with bakers and patissiers. Don't get me wrong - East of Eden, while flawed, was vastly superior to Baker - for one it had ambitions, for another the story was a lot more interesting, and there was some spectacular acting (Lee Mi Sook alone was a total powerhouse). More importantly, the stakes were greater (what's the worst that can happen in Baker? Someone gets food poisoning from underdone bread?) and I cared for characters - I want a drama to evoke a strong emotional response in me which Baker does not at all.

But the biggest problem for me is not any of that but a certain difference of perception between me and the drama - the one deal-breaker for me is when a drama wants me to view characters one way but I can only view them another (great example is Boys Over Flowers which demanded I see Jun Pyo as a worthy woobie and I only saw him as a selfish coward). And the problem is that the drama has certain premises I cannot accept - such as that the father is OK for sleeping with the maid (when his wife is in the hospital recovering from childbirth, no less) because that gives him a son he wants but the wife is an evil soulless bitch when she sleeps with another man to get a son (only after the husband does btw). Just as we are supposed to view the maid as saintly and wonderful but I can only look at her in disgust - she was fully into sleeping with a married man (there is no hint of him coercing her or anything). We are supposed to think Grandma is a great person, strict but just, even though she is completely heartless to her daughter-in-law because she produces only daughters (this obsession with male heirs makes me sick to start with, especially since the women themselves reinforce the fixation on the male heirs. SICK. Plus, hello, it's a male who brings the y chromosome to the baby, not the wife). After all, Grandma muses that servant would have made a great d-i-l because she has a great soul (read "made a boy"). Yeah right, old biddy! I don't care what kind of soul the wife had to start with, living with someone like you and her husband (who doesn't even bother showing up to see how his daughter is like) would turn anyone into a harpy. I mean, how dare she not be happy the living proof of husband's adultery and rival heir is moving in! How dare her kids not love the newcomer with all their might? And, of course, of course, the servant's son is a sweet saintly genius while the wife's son is an evil monster. Yeah, right. One of the things I loved about EoE is that it went against the whole 'blood will out' or 'blood is most important' belief in so many ways - the son of saintly union leader was brought up by a psycho and became a psycho himself (until his late-in-the-game redemption which still pisses me off). The son of the psycho was brought up by union family and became a revolutionary/helper/etc and, aside from his temporary trip to the dark side, ended the story as a good person. And it was clear in EoE that the protagonist, while he came to love his late-discovered blood brother, would always view the switched brother as the 'real' one and love him the most of his family (enough to die for him, in fact).

Baker, OTOH, has no desire to play with established (and patriarchal) notions - it reinforces them, in fact. (I won't even get into the fact that EoE had some amazing amazing female characters but Baker seems to split theirs into evil monsters and saints).

Basically, entertaining but not special. And not really my bag but I'll watch a few eps more to make sure. I can see why it's a hit though - it's pretty addictive for some reason.
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
Because I am so obsessed with the possibly uncanonical ship of Tae Sung/Jae In, I decided to bring you MVs from some ships which started out uncanonical (or at least looked this way to me) but ended up being the main OTP.

I very rarely uncanon ship so perhaps that is why most of those uncanon-looking ships I have ended up canon - I don't swap loyalties without a LOT of canon evidence. If even I uncanon ship, these ships really must be something.

MVs here )
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
Because I am so obsessed with the possibly uncanonical ship of Tae Sung/Jae In, I decided to bring you MVs from some ships which started out uncanonical (or at least looked this way to me) but ended up being the main OTP.

I very rarely uncanon ship so perhaps that is why most of those uncanon-looking ships I have ended up canon - I don't swap loyalties without a LOT of canon evidence. If even I uncanon ship, these ships really must be something.

MVs here )
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
Because I am so obsessed with the possibly uncanonical ship of Tae Sung/Jae In, I decided to bring you MVs from some ships which started out uncanonical (or at least looked this way to me) but ended up being the main OTP.

I very rarely uncanon ship so perhaps that is why most of those uncanon-looking ships I have ended up canon - I don't swap loyalties without a LOT of canon evidence. If even I uncanon ship, these ships really must be something.

MVs here )
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
Ugh. I really should know better than read fan threads with a drama where ultimate shipping is uncertain - it's insanity. Unlike people on my flist who, whichever their shipper preferences, always come across as reasonable and making sense, insanity reigns on the boards.

I've been reading threads related to Tsuki No Koibito and am so irritated.

It is full of people bashing Striker Girl because they adore the famous actress who plays the Best Friend and so any threat to potential OTP of her and Kimura muuuuust beeee eliiiiminated.

This is giving me really bad flashbacks to East of Eden thread where people kept bashing poor Lee Yeon Hee and her character Grace and the potential for an OTP with her and EoE's hero because she was love rivals with Lee Da Hae who is a much more popular star. People kept insisting Hero and LDH were the OTP to end all OTPs even though they had barely any scenes and Grace had romantic scenes galore with the hero, and were very short and superior with those (like me, even though I was a lurker) who were going "but text! In canon he doesn't care about LDH, he loves Grace! He is willing to die for her! Repeatedly!" No, apparently the fact that LDH was the bigger star trumped all and I still remember the horrible bashing of Lee Yeon Hee's acting, her character's behavior, and the horribleness of the OTP (and its very existence despite the drama doing everything but tattooing 'soulmates' on Grace's and Hero's foreheads) simply because Lee Da Hae's fans could not comprehend that a drama would not have her as mostest desirable thing ever.

I am getting a very familiar bad vibe from TnK threads - Chinese actress cannot act, her character is horrible, the chemistry is nonexistent, only thing worth watching is Best Friend etc. I don't mind people genuinely thinking Chinese Girl sucks at acting or whatever but when it's a litany of complaints all rooted in the fact that Kimura isn't worshipping at Best Friend's feet? Ugh. So far there is more evidence of his being attracted to Chinese Girl than Best Friend (it's not as clear-cut as EoE) but I am fine with either - except now her crazy fangirls are driving me insane and I sort of wish he ends up with Chinese girl just to spite the nutty people.

In a way, for me this is worse than EoE. I am a big Lee Da Hae fan (just wasn't rooting for her character in EoE) but I am completely unfamiliar with the actress who plays Best Friend, so the ranting of her fangirls prejudices me even more. And at least the disappointed LDH fans had grounds for crying 'bait and switch' because prior to premiere EoE was advertised as a love triangle involving Lee Da Hae. But with TnK the love stuff is really really muddled to start with.

Of course, it doesn't help that here, as in EoE, the shipping that the 'big name actress' fans are pushing interests me not at all. All the ranting is making me contrary and ship Chinese girl even more.
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
Ugh. I really should know better than read fan threads with a drama where ultimate shipping is uncertain - it's insanity. Unlike people on my flist who, whichever their shipper preferences, always come across as reasonable and making sense, insanity reigns on the boards.

I've been reading threads related to Tsuki No Koibito and am so irritated.

It is full of people bashing Striker Girl because they adore the famous actress who plays the Best Friend and so any threat to potential OTP of her and Kimura muuuuust beeee eliiiiminated.

This is giving me really bad flashbacks to East of Eden thread where people kept bashing poor Lee Yeon Hee and her character Grace and the potential for an OTP with her and EoE's hero because she was love rivals with Lee Da Hae who is a much more popular star. People kept insisting Hero and LDH were the OTP to end all OTPs even though they had barely any scenes and Grace had romantic scenes galore with the hero, and were very short and superior with those (like me, even though I was a lurker) who were going "but text! In canon he doesn't care about LDH, he loves Grace! He is willing to die for her! Repeatedly!" No, apparently the fact that LDH was the bigger star trumped all and I still remember the horrible bashing of Lee Yeon Hee's acting, her character's behavior, and the horribleness of the OTP (and its very existence despite the drama doing everything but tattooing 'soulmates' on Grace's and Hero's foreheads) simply because Lee Da Hae's fans could not comprehend that a drama would not have her as mostest desirable thing ever.

I am getting a very familiar bad vibe from TnK threads - Chinese actress cannot act, her character is horrible, the chemistry is nonexistent, only thing worth watching is Best Friend etc. I don't mind people genuinely thinking Chinese Girl sucks at acting or whatever but when it's a litany of complaints all rooted in the fact that Kimura isn't worshipping at Best Friend's feet? Ugh. So far there is more evidence of his being attracted to Chinese Girl than Best Friend (it's not as clear-cut as EoE) but I am fine with either - except now her crazy fangirls are driving me insane and I sort of wish he ends up with Chinese girl just to spite the nutty people.

In a way, for me this is worse than EoE. I am a big Lee Da Hae fan (just wasn't rooting for her character in EoE) but I am completely unfamiliar with the actress who plays Best Friend, so the ranting of her fangirls prejudices me even more. And at least the disappointed LDH fans had grounds for crying 'bait and switch' because prior to premiere EoE was advertised as a love triangle involving Lee Da Hae. But with TnK the love stuff is really really muddled to start with.

Of course, it doesn't help that here, as in EoE, the shipping that the 'big name actress' fans are pushing interests me not at all. All the ranting is making me contrary and ship Chinese girl even more.
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru/Rin by meganbmoore)
Ugh. I really should know better than read fan threads with a drama where ultimate shipping is uncertain - it's insanity. Unlike people on my flist who, whichever their shipper preferences, always come across as reasonable and making sense, insanity reigns on the boards.

I've been reading threads related to Tsuki No Koibito and am so irritated.

It is full of people bashing Striker Girl because they adore the famous actress who plays the Best Friend and so any threat to potential OTP of her and Kimura muuuuust beeee eliiiiminated.

This is giving me really bad flashbacks to East of Eden thread where people kept bashing poor Lee Yeon Hee and her character Grace and the potential for an OTP with her and EoE's hero because she was love rivals with Lee Da Hae who is a much more popular star. People kept insisting Hero and LDH were the OTP to end all OTPs even though they had barely any scenes and Grace had romantic scenes galore with the hero, and were very short and superior with those (like me, even though I was a lurker) who were going "but text! In canon he doesn't care about LDH, he loves Grace! He is willing to die for her! Repeatedly!" No, apparently the fact that LDH was the bigger star trumped all and I still remember the horrible bashing of Lee Yeon Hee's acting, her character's behavior, and the horribleness of the OTP (and its very existence despite the drama doing everything but tattooing 'soulmates' on Grace's and Hero's foreheads) simply because Lee Da Hae's fans could not comprehend that a drama would not have her as mostest desirable thing ever.

I am getting a very familiar bad vibe from TnK threads - Chinese actress cannot act, her character is horrible, the chemistry is nonexistent, only thing worth watching is Best Friend etc. I don't mind people genuinely thinking Chinese Girl sucks at acting or whatever but when it's a litany of complaints all rooted in the fact that Kimura isn't worshipping at Best Friend's feet? Ugh. So far there is more evidence of his being attracted to Chinese Girl than Best Friend (it's not as clear-cut as EoE) but I am fine with either - except now her crazy fangirls are driving me insane and I sort of wish he ends up with Chinese girl just to spite the nutty people.

In a way, for me this is worse than EoE. I am a big Lee Da Hae fan (just wasn't rooting for her character in EoE) but I am completely unfamiliar with the actress who plays Best Friend, so the ranting of her fangirls prejudices me even more. And at least the disappointed LDH fans had grounds for crying 'bait and switch' because prior to premiere EoE was advertised as a love triangle involving Lee Da Hae. But with TnK the love stuff is really really muddled to start with.

Of course, it doesn't help that here, as in EoE, the shipping that the 'big name actress' fans are pushing interests me not at all. All the ranting is making me contrary and ship Chinese girl even more.
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I keep thinking about Queen Seon Deok's glorious glorious ending. It was so awesome that I am actually going to go back and rewatch the whole freaking 62-ep drama. It's going to join such dramas as Damo, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (among others) in my pantheon of PERFECT drama endings.

I also keep thinking about the switcheroo - how Bidam was intended to be the final adversary, with the big epic love of Deokman and Yushin, and then it all ended up with Bidam/Deokman as this doomed OTP and Yushin sort of swept away as barely relevant in the final confrontation.

Most kdramas are filmed as they air (there are some exceptions but they are in the minority) but the game plan rarely changes - A will end up with B at the end as was intended from the start, C will die as was intended from the start etc etc.

That is why I find the rare occasions the drama-makers change their game-plan really exciting. It means there is something unexpected happening - and usually because of fan response. Which is squeeful. I would not want that to be the norm, but occasionally, it's fun.

Let's see, here are all the instances of major plot changes due to fans that I know:

* Queen Seon Deok - do you want to know how freakishly rare it is for a heroine to fall for secondary guy? You are more likely to see pigs fly. Initially any romance was supposed to be between Deokman and Yushin but then Bidam came on the scene and was supposed to be occasional helper but eventually big villain except the audience went insane for him, it sort of turned into a Bidam show, and here we are - awesome doomed OTP, greatly expanded role. Poor dull Yushin never had a chance :)

* How To Meet Your Neighbor - Have not seen that one but according to [livejournal.com profile] mishane, everyone loved secondary guy's chemistry so much, he is the one who ended up with the leading girl.

* East of Eden - this one is near and dear to my shipper heart. Initially, the big love story was supposed to be between Dong Chul (played by Song Seung Heon) and Lee Da Hae's characters - it was definitely advertised this way. Then Lee Yeon Hee's Gukja came on the scene. She was supposed to be a brief romantic stop/hindrance on the path to true love of the initial OTP but SSH and LYH had ridiculously sizzling chemistry and the writers gave them a few too many really romantic scenes - the Gukja couple developed a huge amount of rabid and vocal shippers (myself among them - oh, how torn I was, knowing my ship was ultimately uncanon) and the storyline was altered to give us Dong Chul and Gukja as the final (and quite epic by the end) OTP.

* Beautiful Days - I have heard that initially this was going to have a tragic ending, with Choi Ji Woo's character dying of leukemia. But the station got so many letters begging it to let her and Lee Byung Hun live happily ever after, they changed the ending to one where she gets treated and cured. (Early signs certainly point to doom which makes the recovery even more awesome). Also, I have no idea if it changed mid-writing due to chemistry or was always intended to be just a red herring, but early eps certainly presented not Lee Byung Hun but Ryu Shi Won as the destined guy for our heroine. Of course, if it was a writer's change from initial plan, I have to congratulate him for not being insane. LBH >>>> RSW any day.

* Style - this "Devil Wears Prada" kdrama-style was supposed to be all about a plucky assistant (Lee Ji Ah) and her quest for love. Instead, the viewers flocked to the older woman tough-bitch LJA's boss character - and she is the one who the drama slowly became about. Plus, she is the one who ended up with the guy.

* Spring Day - I have no idea whether Go Hyun Joong's character was supposed to end up with Ji Jin Hee or Jo In Sung at the start but there is no escaping the fact that the beginning of the drama set her with Ji Jin Hee as a total OTP (he gets her to escape muteness and talk) but then Jo In Sung sort of took over the drama and instead Go Hyun Joong ended up with her lover's dorky, high-strung, and adorable younger brother. Which - oh baby, can anyone refuse Jo In Sung?

Any others?
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I keep thinking about Queen Seon Deok's glorious glorious ending. It was so awesome that I am actually going to go back and rewatch the whole freaking 62-ep drama. It's going to join such dramas as Damo, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (among others) in my pantheon of PERFECT drama endings.

I also keep thinking about the switcheroo - how Bidam was intended to be the final adversary, with the big epic love of Deokman and Yushin, and then it all ended up with Bidam/Deokman as this doomed OTP and Yushin sort of swept away as barely relevant in the final confrontation.

Most kdramas are filmed as they air (there are some exceptions but they are in the minority) but the game plan rarely changes - A will end up with B at the end as was intended from the start, C will die as was intended from the start etc etc.

That is why I find the rare occasions the drama-makers change their game-plan really exciting. It means there is something unexpected happening - and usually because of fan response. Which is squeeful. I would not want that to be the norm, but occasionally, it's fun.

Let's see, here are all the instances of major plot changes due to fans that I know:

* Queen Seon Deok - do you want to know how freakishly rare it is for a heroine to fall for secondary guy? You are more likely to see pigs fly. Initially any romance was supposed to be between Deokman and Yushin but then Bidam came on the scene and was supposed to be occasional helper but eventually big villain except the audience went insane for him, it sort of turned into a Bidam show, and here we are - awesome doomed OTP, greatly expanded role. Poor dull Yushin never had a chance :)

* How To Meet Your Neighbor - Have not seen that one but according to [livejournal.com profile] mishane, everyone loved secondary guy's chemistry so much, he is the one who ended up with the leading girl.

* East of Eden - this one is near and dear to my shipper heart. Initially, the big love story was supposed to be between Dong Chul (played by Song Seung Heon) and Lee Da Hae's characters - it was definitely advertised this way. Then Lee Yeon Hee's Gukja came on the scene. She was supposed to be a brief romantic stop/hindrance on the path to true love of the initial OTP but SSH and LYH had ridiculously sizzling chemistry and the writers gave them a few too many really romantic scenes - the Gukja couple developed a huge amount of rabid and vocal shippers (myself among them - oh, how torn I was, knowing my ship was ultimately uncanon) and the storyline was altered to give us Dong Chul and Gukja as the final (and quite epic by the end) OTP.

* Beautiful Days - I have heard that initially this was going to have a tragic ending, with Choi Ji Woo's character dying of leukemia. But the station got so many letters begging it to let her and Lee Byung Hun live happily ever after, they changed the ending to one where she gets treated and cured. (Early signs certainly point to doom which makes the recovery even more awesome). Also, I have no idea if it changed mid-writing due to chemistry or was always intended to be just a red herring, but early eps certainly presented not Lee Byung Hun but Ryu Shi Won as the destined guy for our heroine. Of course, if it was a writer's change from initial plan, I have to congratulate him for not being insane. LBH >>>> RSW any day.

* Style - this "Devil Wears Prada" kdrama-style was supposed to be all about a plucky assistant (Lee Ji Ah) and her quest for love. Instead, the viewers flocked to the older woman tough-bitch LJA's boss character - and she is the one who the drama slowly became about. Plus, she is the one who ended up with the guy.

* Spring Day - I have no idea whether Go Hyun Joong's character was supposed to end up with Ji Jin Hee or Jo In Sung at the start but there is no escaping the fact that the beginning of the drama set her with Ji Jin Hee as a total OTP (he gets her to escape muteness and talk) but then Jo In Sung sort of took over the drama and instead Go Hyun Joong ended up with her lover's dorky, high-strung, and adorable younger brother. Which - oh baby, can anyone refuse Jo In Sung?

Any others?
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I keep thinking about Queen Seon Deok's glorious glorious ending. It was so awesome that I am actually going to go back and rewatch the whole freaking 62-ep drama. It's going to join such dramas as Damo, IRIS, Capital Scandal and Legend (among others) in my pantheon of PERFECT drama endings.

I also keep thinking about the switcheroo - how Bidam was intended to be the final adversary, with the big epic love of Deokman and Yushin, and then it all ended up with Bidam/Deokman as this doomed OTP and Yushin sort of swept away as barely relevant in the final confrontation.

Most kdramas are filmed as they air (there are some exceptions but they are in the minority) but the game plan rarely changes - A will end up with B at the end as was intended from the start, C will die as was intended from the start etc etc.

That is why I find the rare occasions the drama-makers change their game-plan really exciting. It means there is something unexpected happening - and usually because of fan response. Which is squeeful. I would not want that to be the norm, but occasionally, it's fun.

Let's see, here are all the instances of major plot changes due to fans that I know:

* Queen Seon Deok - do you want to know how freakishly rare it is for a heroine to fall for secondary guy? You are more likely to see pigs fly. Initially any romance was supposed to be between Deokman and Yushin but then Bidam came on the scene and was supposed to be occasional helper but eventually big villain except the audience went insane for him, it sort of turned into a Bidam show, and here we are - awesome doomed OTP, greatly expanded role. Poor dull Yushin never had a chance :)

* How To Meet Your Neighbor - Have not seen that one but according to [livejournal.com profile] mishane, everyone loved secondary guy's chemistry so much, he is the one who ended up with the leading girl.

* East of Eden - this one is near and dear to my shipper heart. Initially, the big love story was supposed to be between Dong Chul (played by Song Seung Heon) and Lee Da Hae's characters - it was definitely advertised this way. Then Lee Yeon Hee's Gukja came on the scene. She was supposed to be a brief romantic stop/hindrance on the path to true love of the initial OTP but SSH and LYH had ridiculously sizzling chemistry and the writers gave them a few too many really romantic scenes - the Gukja couple developed a huge amount of rabid and vocal shippers (myself among them - oh, how torn I was, knowing my ship was ultimately uncanon) and the storyline was altered to give us Dong Chul and Gukja as the final (and quite epic by the end) OTP.

* Beautiful Days - I have heard that initially this was going to have a tragic ending, with Choi Ji Woo's character dying of leukemia. But the station got so many letters begging it to let her and Lee Byung Hun live happily ever after, they changed the ending to one where she gets treated and cured. (Early signs certainly point to doom which makes the recovery even more awesome). Also, I have no idea if it changed mid-writing due to chemistry or was always intended to be just a red herring, but early eps certainly presented not Lee Byung Hun but Ryu Shi Won as the destined guy for our heroine. Of course, if it was a writer's change from initial plan, I have to congratulate him for not being insane. LBH >>>> RSW any day.

* Style - this "Devil Wears Prada" kdrama-style was supposed to be all about a plucky assistant (Lee Ji Ah) and her quest for love. Instead, the viewers flocked to the older woman tough-bitch LJA's boss character - and she is the one who the drama slowly became about. Plus, she is the one who ended up with the guy.

* Spring Day - I have no idea whether Go Hyun Joong's character was supposed to end up with Ji Jin Hee or Jo In Sung at the start but there is no escaping the fact that the beginning of the drama set her with Ji Jin Hee as a total OTP (he gets her to escape muteness and talk) but then Jo In Sung sort of took over the drama and instead Go Hyun Joong ended up with her lover's dorky, high-strung, and adorable younger brother. Which - oh baby, can anyone refuse Jo In Sung?

Any others?

OTP derby

Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
So, year 2009 has been very good for me OTP-wise, providing many a drama OTP for me to swoon over.

But let's see how I did in the "happy ending for the OTP" stakes - do I go for the tragic ones that break my heart or fluffiness?

Here - obviously spoilers for endings of dramas in my tags )


Hmmm. 11/20 happy

OTP derby

Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
So, year 2009 has been very good for me OTP-wise, providing many a drama OTP for me to swoon over.

But let's see how I did in the "happy ending for the OTP" stakes - do I go for the tragic ones that break my heart or fluffiness?

Here - obviously spoilers for endings of dramas in my tags )


Hmmm. 11/20 happy

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