dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
1. Oh boy, Princess Ja Myung Go really went there. One of the characters is Wang Hol, someone who married his widowed sister-in-law to save her life (she was 30 and he was 10 or similar). She brought him up from when he was a baby. So far, so good. Now she was washing his back (he is a grown-up now) and drooling. I understand, he is plenty hot, but yikes. She is his quasi-mother/sister-in-law/also wife. Just when I think there can't possibly be a new quasicest combo, kdramas surprise me. Oh, and Hodong and Jamyung finally met as grown-ups. When she was dressed as a boy (complete with fake beard) and picked his pocket. Hey, the latter worked as meet-cute for Sujini and Dam Deok, my fave kdrama OTP ever :P Also, Hodong had his moment of mercy and spared his pregnant stepmother, even against his father's orders and yikes - he is so going to pay for it. (But I love that even "bad" people like stepmom aren't treated as villains. Her behavior is totally understandable and in her place I might have been the way she was).

2. I adore Smile so much (watched second ep). Mmmmm, Matsujun. Seriously, love the boy in everything and this is no exception - I just want to give him a hug. Plus, the shippiness is so beyond cute. Hana/Bito FTW. I do rather worry about the ending. As someone on my flist commented, a foreigner and a mute girl equals doom. Plus, the "future time" of the story has Bito a bit too shiny-happy to be in prison. That's just not normal for someone to be that much in lalaland (and as the main story taking place now shows, it's not normal for him either - he was terrified of the thought of being put away). Still, I melt melt melt, oblivious to doom. I must rewatch Hanadan. Mmmm, Domyouji :)

Seriously, I dare you to resist Hana/Bito:






3. I am through ep 10 of Marrying a Millionaire. It's not a bad drama but the lead actress is miscast. Not only does she look like she had tons of work done and she is supposed to play simple, plastic-disdaining gal, she has nowhere near the acting ability or charm to keep up with Go Soo. And seeing that Go Soo plays one of the most adorable kdrama leads ever while her character is so unappealing (not sure if it's the writing or the acting. I think a combo but more the latter) is no help. I want Go Soo with secondary girl who is awesome. I also don't get why secondary guy likes heroine. They barely had any interaction until his mad love came out of nowhere and she is not charming enough for me to buy it. Still, it's cutely adorable, I like its look at celebrity culture and Go Soo=awesomeness. I am sure it's actorly an all but I wish his first project out of the army wouldn't have been a play. I want to see him!

4. I am sure you all have seen the Joo Ji Hoon partying pics that surfaced. No, not particularly shocking, just people being goofy, drunk, and grindy at a club. But I am a bit surprised - it shows JJH making out with a girl(s?) and I wasn't sure before he was straight. Guess I got it confirmed :)
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
1. Oh boy, Princess Ja Myung Go really went there. One of the characters is Wang Hol, someone who married his widowed sister-in-law to save her life (she was 30 and he was 10 or similar). She brought him up from when he was a baby. So far, so good. Now she was washing his back (he is a grown-up now) and drooling. I understand, he is plenty hot, but yikes. She is his quasi-mother/sister-in-law/also wife. Just when I think there can't possibly be a new quasicest combo, kdramas surprise me. Oh, and Hodong and Jamyung finally met as grown-ups. When she was dressed as a boy (complete with fake beard) and picked his pocket. Hey, the latter worked as meet-cute for Sujini and Dam Deok, my fave kdrama OTP ever :P Also, Hodong had his moment of mercy and spared his pregnant stepmother, even against his father's orders and yikes - he is so going to pay for it. (But I love that even "bad" people like stepmom aren't treated as villains. Her behavior is totally understandable and in her place I might have been the way she was).

2. I adore Smile so much (watched second ep). Mmmmm, Matsujun. Seriously, love the boy in everything and this is no exception - I just want to give him a hug. Plus, the shippiness is so beyond cute. Hana/Bito FTW. I do rather worry about the ending. As someone on my flist commented, a foreigner and a mute girl equals doom. Plus, the "future time" of the story has Bito a bit too shiny-happy to be in prison. That's just not normal for someone to be that much in lalaland (and as the main story taking place now shows, it's not normal for him either - he was terrified of the thought of being put away). Still, I melt melt melt, oblivious to doom. I must rewatch Hanadan. Mmmm, Domyouji :)

Seriously, I dare you to resist Hana/Bito:






3. I am through ep 10 of Marrying a Millionaire. It's not a bad drama but the lead actress is miscast. Not only does she look like she had tons of work done and she is supposed to play simple, plastic-disdaining gal, she has nowhere near the acting ability or charm to keep up with Go Soo. And seeing that Go Soo plays one of the most adorable kdrama leads ever while her character is so unappealing (not sure if it's the writing or the acting. I think a combo but more the latter) is no help. I want Go Soo with secondary girl who is awesome. I also don't get why secondary guy likes heroine. They barely had any interaction until his mad love came out of nowhere and she is not charming enough for me to buy it. Still, it's cutely adorable, I like its look at celebrity culture and Go Soo=awesomeness. I am sure it's actorly an all but I wish his first project out of the army wouldn't have been a play. I want to see him!

4. I am sure you all have seen the Joo Ji Hoon partying pics that surfaced. No, not particularly shocking, just people being goofy, drunk, and grindy at a club. But I am a bit surprised - it shows JJH making out with a girl(s?) and I wasn't sure before he was straight. Guess I got it confirmed :)
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
1. Oh boy, Princess Ja Myung Go really went there. One of the characters is Wang Hol, someone who married his widowed sister-in-law to save her life (she was 30 and he was 10 or similar). She brought him up from when he was a baby. So far, so good. Now she was washing his back (he is a grown-up now) and drooling. I understand, he is plenty hot, but yikes. She is his quasi-mother/sister-in-law/also wife. Just when I think there can't possibly be a new quasicest combo, kdramas surprise me. Oh, and Hodong and Jamyung finally met as grown-ups. When she was dressed as a boy (complete with fake beard) and picked his pocket. Hey, the latter worked as meet-cute for Sujini and Dam Deok, my fave kdrama OTP ever :P Also, Hodong had his moment of mercy and spared his pregnant stepmother, even against his father's orders and yikes - he is so going to pay for it. (But I love that even "bad" people like stepmom aren't treated as villains. Her behavior is totally understandable and in her place I might have been the way she was).

2. I adore Smile so much (watched second ep). Mmmmm, Matsujun. Seriously, love the boy in everything and this is no exception - I just want to give him a hug. Plus, the shippiness is so beyond cute. Hana/Bito FTW. I do rather worry about the ending. As someone on my flist commented, a foreigner and a mute girl equals doom. Plus, the "future time" of the story has Bito a bit too shiny-happy to be in prison. That's just not normal for someone to be that much in lalaland (and as the main story taking place now shows, it's not normal for him either - he was terrified of the thought of being put away). Still, I melt melt melt, oblivious to doom. I must rewatch Hanadan. Mmmm, Domyouji :)

Seriously, I dare you to resist Hana/Bito:






3. I am through ep 10 of Marrying a Millionaire. It's not a bad drama but the lead actress is miscast. Not only does she look like she had tons of work done and she is supposed to play simple, plastic-disdaining gal, she has nowhere near the acting ability or charm to keep up with Go Soo. And seeing that Go Soo plays one of the most adorable kdrama leads ever while her character is so unappealing (not sure if it's the writing or the acting. I think a combo but more the latter) is no help. I want Go Soo with secondary girl who is awesome. I also don't get why secondary guy likes heroine. They barely had any interaction until his mad love came out of nowhere and she is not charming enough for me to buy it. Still, it's cutely adorable, I like its look at celebrity culture and Go Soo=awesomeness. I am sure it's actorly an all but I wish his first project out of the army wouldn't have been a play. I want to see him!

4. I am sure you all have seen the Joo Ji Hoon partying pics that surfaced. No, not particularly shocking, just people being goofy, drunk, and grindy at a club. But I am a bit surprised - it shows JJH making out with a girl(s?) and I wasn't sure before he was straight. Guess I got it confirmed :)
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)
I want to basically BITCHSLAP most of the hero's family in Marrying a Millionaire. Seriously. (Ahhh, rage at kdrama families, how I missed you!) Our hero is sweet and hard-working but not too bright (about which more below). He's also working hard for his high-school equivalency diploma (with dubious success) as he's never graduated from high school due to family trouble. And? His family, with the exception of the youngest brother, treats him like a retarded errand boy. They insult him to his face, make him run errands which they can easily do themselves because his studying is not important as he will fail anyway, and did I mention that he works about a billion jobs to support his obnoxious older brother and father, who do not work and whose fault it is he didn't get to finish high school? His father charmingly says it's all the kid's fault: nobody made him work so hard and he wouldn't have finished high school anyway as he ain't too bright.

*gnash teeth*

No wonder he keeps the little love confession note the heroine wrote to him in middle school in his wallet - I don't think he got much in the way of self-esteem boosts in his life.

Actually, a bit of a tangent - I sort of like the gender reversal trope here - our hero is basically in the position usually occupied by a kdrama heroine. How many sweet-natured and hard-working but rather not-too-bright (dummy with the heart of gold) and not treated well by their family heroines do kdramas have? Dozens and dozens. Here the heroine is the smarter one, the sharper one, the more ruthless one, the one with the temper. (She is also poor btw).

In fact, his long-term idealization of her stems from a total misunderstanding. They went to middle-school together and she liked him and put a love letter in his locker. But then she found out he was a dummy. It was too late to withdraw the letter but luckily for her, she moved away before she had to do anything about it. He, however, thinks she gave it to him while knowing he wasn't very smart (I hasten to add he is not retarded or anything. Just not particularly book-smart) and thinks of her as a total angel.

And here we get the premise of the show: she got laid off for bawling out her boss protecting her stepsister. And she desperately needs money to repay her stepmother's bank loan. He, of course, needs money too. And here comesa TV producer who needs to 'cast' his reality show where eight women compete for the love of a gorgeous millionaire. What the women wouldn't know (but the viewing audience would) is that the guy is a poor fake - which the 'lucky' lady finds out once she accepts the marriage proposal. Our hero is perfect for the task - he is poor, good-looking (one of his part-time jobs even now is based on looks. Yay for the drama acknowledging the lead's good looks), and looks like someone the audience will like and not hate. And our heroine? Well, if she enters the show she might get some cash - she knows the truth of the guy not being rich though, obviously. And we are set...

I mainly got it because I adore Go Soo (who plays the male lead here, and does it well, a s always. He first came to my notice starring in the excellent revenge super-hit drama Green Rose. I recommend it).But the whole drama is totally cute so far.

Here is a MV:



And for good measure, a Green Rose MV. I can't rec it enough - it's basically Count of Monte Cristo set in modern Korea. Also, super-angsty and full of REVENGE.



Hmmm, I really should watch Piano, the one with the stepsibling love that he is in.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)
I want to basically BITCHSLAP most of the hero's family in Marrying a Millionaire. Seriously. (Ahhh, rage at kdrama families, how I missed you!) Our hero is sweet and hard-working but not too bright (about which more below). He's also working hard for his high-school equivalency diploma (with dubious success) as he's never graduated from high school due to family trouble. And? His family, with the exception of the youngest brother, treats him like a retarded errand boy. They insult him to his face, make him run errands which they can easily do themselves because his studying is not important as he will fail anyway, and did I mention that he works about a billion jobs to support his obnoxious older brother and father, who do not work and whose fault it is he didn't get to finish high school? His father charmingly says it's all the kid's fault: nobody made him work so hard and he wouldn't have finished high school anyway as he ain't too bright.

*gnash teeth*

No wonder he keeps the little love confession note the heroine wrote to him in middle school in his wallet - I don't think he got much in the way of self-esteem boosts in his life.

Actually, a bit of a tangent - I sort of like the gender reversal trope here - our hero is basically in the position usually occupied by a kdrama heroine. How many sweet-natured and hard-working but rather not-too-bright (dummy with the heart of gold) and not treated well by their family heroines do kdramas have? Dozens and dozens. Here the heroine is the smarter one, the sharper one, the more ruthless one, the one with the temper. (She is also poor btw).

In fact, his long-term idealization of her stems from a total misunderstanding. They went to middle-school together and she liked him and put a love letter in his locker. But then she found out he was a dummy. It was too late to withdraw the letter but luckily for her, she moved away before she had to do anything about it. He, however, thinks she gave it to him while knowing he wasn't very smart (I hasten to add he is not retarded or anything. Just not particularly book-smart) and thinks of her as a total angel.

And here we get the premise of the show: she got laid off for bawling out her boss protecting her stepsister. And she desperately needs money to repay her stepmother's bank loan. He, of course, needs money too. And here comesa TV producer who needs to 'cast' his reality show where eight women compete for the love of a gorgeous millionaire. What the women wouldn't know (but the viewing audience would) is that the guy is a poor fake - which the 'lucky' lady finds out once she accepts the marriage proposal. Our hero is perfect for the task - he is poor, good-looking (one of his part-time jobs even now is based on looks. Yay for the drama acknowledging the lead's good looks), and looks like someone the audience will like and not hate. And our heroine? Well, if she enters the show she might get some cash - she knows the truth of the guy not being rich though, obviously. And we are set...

I mainly got it because I adore Go Soo (who plays the male lead here, and does it well, a s always. He first came to my notice starring in the excellent revenge super-hit drama Green Rose. I recommend it).But the whole drama is totally cute so far.

Here is a MV:



And for good measure, a Green Rose MV. I can't rec it enough - it's basically Count of Monte Cristo set in modern Korea. Also, super-angsty and full of REVENGE.



Hmmm, I really should watch Piano, the one with the stepsibling love that he is in.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)
I want to basically BITCHSLAP most of the hero's family in Marrying a Millionaire. Seriously. (Ahhh, rage at kdrama families, how I missed you!) Our hero is sweet and hard-working but not too bright (about which more below). He's also working hard for his high-school equivalency diploma (with dubious success) as he's never graduated from high school due to family trouble. And? His family, with the exception of the youngest brother, treats him like a retarded errand boy. They insult him to his face, make him run errands which they can easily do themselves because his studying is not important as he will fail anyway, and did I mention that he works about a billion jobs to support his obnoxious older brother and father, who do not work and whose fault it is he didn't get to finish high school? His father charmingly says it's all the kid's fault: nobody made him work so hard and he wouldn't have finished high school anyway as he ain't too bright.

*gnash teeth*

No wonder he keeps the little love confession note the heroine wrote to him in middle school in his wallet - I don't think he got much in the way of self-esteem boosts in his life.

Actually, a bit of a tangent - I sort of like the gender reversal trope here - our hero is basically in the position usually occupied by a kdrama heroine. How many sweet-natured and hard-working but rather not-too-bright (dummy with the heart of gold) and not treated well by their family heroines do kdramas have? Dozens and dozens. Here the heroine is the smarter one, the sharper one, the more ruthless one, the one with the temper. (She is also poor btw).

In fact, his long-term idealization of her stems from a total misunderstanding. They went to middle-school together and she liked him and put a love letter in his locker. But then she found out he was a dummy. It was too late to withdraw the letter but luckily for her, she moved away before she had to do anything about it. He, however, thinks she gave it to him while knowing he wasn't very smart (I hasten to add he is not retarded or anything. Just not particularly book-smart) and thinks of her as a total angel.

And here we get the premise of the show: she got laid off for bawling out her boss protecting her stepsister. And she desperately needs money to repay her stepmother's bank loan. He, of course, needs money too. And here comesa TV producer who needs to 'cast' his reality show where eight women compete for the love of a gorgeous millionaire. What the women wouldn't know (but the viewing audience would) is that the guy is a poor fake - which the 'lucky' lady finds out once she accepts the marriage proposal. Our hero is perfect for the task - he is poor, good-looking (one of his part-time jobs even now is based on looks. Yay for the drama acknowledging the lead's good looks), and looks like someone the audience will like and not hate. And our heroine? Well, if she enters the show she might get some cash - she knows the truth of the guy not being rich though, obviously. And we are set...

I mainly got it because I adore Go Soo (who plays the male lead here, and does it well, a s always. He first came to my notice starring in the excellent revenge super-hit drama Green Rose. I recommend it).But the whole drama is totally cute so far.

Here is a MV:



And for good measure, a Green Rose MV. I can't rec it enough - it's basically Count of Monte Cristo set in modern Korea. Also, super-angsty and full of REVENGE.



Hmmm, I really should watch Piano, the one with the stepsibling love that he is in.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)
It’s official: kdramas about thirty-something office ladies are very much not for me.

I have watched three episodes of Dal Ja’s Spring, turned it off, and started instead Marry a Millionaire, a much less acclaimed but much more entertaining to me kdrama based on (yes, indeed) the reality show. Half an ep in, and I am enjoying it hugely. Is it objectively as good as DJS? No way. But it has angsty hot boys, plucky poor gals, true love, oodles of angst and a ton and a half of cheese. I do plan to continue with DJS – it’s rather cute and the heroine is adorable, but I don’t think I will fall into mad love. It would be a fabulous show to watch with a bunch of girlfriends, though. (For those who are wondering, DJS follows a bunch of people but centers around a thirty-something office worker named Dal Ja. The story takes off when, on impulse, she hires a 26-yr old guy to be her fake boyfriend. It’s rather jdramaish).

DJS MV:



I have watched (all or in part) three of the most famous kdramas of the 30+ladies subgenre: Kim Sam Soon, DJS and 9 In 2 Out. While I don’t dislike DJS the way I ended up disliking KSS (in fact, it’s rather cute), it does not grab me the way my favorites do. 9I2O was also very good but I still can’t get past ep 6 or so, even with the fast-forwarding.

That’s the thing: people watch kdramas for all sorts of different reasons. My viewing needs are simple: step-sibling forbidden love, revenge, ninjas with tragic past. And angst angst angst. I don’t watch for real life: I have that at home. And I am not big on fluffy romcoms, either. But then if you look at my Top Kdramas list, there are very few comedies on it, and even those that are there, like Capital Scandal and My Girl, have serious issue underpinnings or major angst. Goong is probably the fluffiest of the list but I cried during it and the whole premise is delicious crack, another thing I love about dramas.

Part of the reason in my lack of interest, I think, is that I can’t identify with Dal Ja or Sam Soon or whoever at all – Mr. Mousie and I met in undergrad. I am only a couple of years younger than Dal Ja, but I have been with my husband for almost a decade and I have a baby. True, I have just as little in common with a 19-yr-old in an arranged marriage to an emo icy prince, a medieval female warrior. or a Mob Princess but they are more entertaining to watch (or perhaps that’s not it – perhaps I can imagine myself as Dal Ja in some alternate universe as well as I can imagine myself as all other kdrama heroines, however far-fetched, but I just don’t want to because she is all too human and failure-prone).

*This is not to say all older ladies’ dramas are not for me – I adore Hello Teacher and like Romance. But they are a LOT more ‘drama-like’ in their set-up and angstier. And I like pure fluffy comedies once in a great while (Sweet 18) but the set-up has to be cracktastic.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)
It’s official: kdramas about thirty-something office ladies are very much not for me.

I have watched three episodes of Dal Ja’s Spring, turned it off, and started instead Marry a Millionaire, a much less acclaimed but much more entertaining to me kdrama based on (yes, indeed) the reality show. Half an ep in, and I am enjoying it hugely. Is it objectively as good as DJS? No way. But it has angsty hot boys, plucky poor gals, true love, oodles of angst and a ton and a half of cheese. I do plan to continue with DJS – it’s rather cute and the heroine is adorable, but I don’t think I will fall into mad love. It would be a fabulous show to watch with a bunch of girlfriends, though. (For those who are wondering, DJS follows a bunch of people but centers around a thirty-something office worker named Dal Ja. The story takes off when, on impulse, she hires a 26-yr old guy to be her fake boyfriend. It’s rather jdramaish).

DJS MV:



I have watched (all or in part) three of the most famous kdramas of the 30+ladies subgenre: Kim Sam Soon, DJS and 9 In 2 Out. While I don’t dislike DJS the way I ended up disliking KSS (in fact, it’s rather cute), it does not grab me the way my favorites do. 9I2O was also very good but I still can’t get past ep 6 or so, even with the fast-forwarding.

That’s the thing: people watch kdramas for all sorts of different reasons. My viewing needs are simple: step-sibling forbidden love, revenge, ninjas with tragic past. And angst angst angst. I don’t watch for real life: I have that at home. And I am not big on fluffy romcoms, either. But then if you look at my Top Kdramas list, there are very few comedies on it, and even those that are there, like Capital Scandal and My Girl, have serious issue underpinnings or major angst. Goong is probably the fluffiest of the list but I cried during it and the whole premise is delicious crack, another thing I love about dramas.

Part of the reason in my lack of interest, I think, is that I can’t identify with Dal Ja or Sam Soon or whoever at all – Mr. Mousie and I met in undergrad. I am only a couple of years younger than Dal Ja, but I have been with my husband for almost a decade and I have a baby. True, I have just as little in common with a 19-yr-old in an arranged marriage to an emo icy prince, a medieval female warrior. or a Mob Princess but they are more entertaining to watch (or perhaps that’s not it – perhaps I can imagine myself as Dal Ja in some alternate universe as well as I can imagine myself as all other kdrama heroines, however far-fetched, but I just don’t want to because she is all too human and failure-prone).

*This is not to say all older ladies’ dramas are not for me – I adore Hello Teacher and like Romance. But they are a LOT more ‘drama-like’ in their set-up and angstier. And I like pure fluffy comedies once in a great while (Sweet 18) but the set-up has to be cracktastic.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)
It’s official: kdramas about thirty-something office ladies are very much not for me.

I have watched three episodes of Dal Ja’s Spring, turned it off, and started instead Marry a Millionaire, a much less acclaimed but much more entertaining to me kdrama based on (yes, indeed) the reality show. Half an ep in, and I am enjoying it hugely. Is it objectively as good as DJS? No way. But it has angsty hot boys, plucky poor gals, true love, oodles of angst and a ton and a half of cheese. I do plan to continue with DJS – it’s rather cute and the heroine is adorable, but I don’t think I will fall into mad love. It would be a fabulous show to watch with a bunch of girlfriends, though. (For those who are wondering, DJS follows a bunch of people but centers around a thirty-something office worker named Dal Ja. The story takes off when, on impulse, she hires a 26-yr old guy to be her fake boyfriend. It’s rather jdramaish).

DJS MV:



I have watched (all or in part) three of the most famous kdramas of the 30+ladies subgenre: Kim Sam Soon, DJS and 9 In 2 Out. While I don’t dislike DJS the way I ended up disliking KSS (in fact, it’s rather cute), it does not grab me the way my favorites do. 9I2O was also very good but I still can’t get past ep 6 or so, even with the fast-forwarding.

That’s the thing: people watch kdramas for all sorts of different reasons. My viewing needs are simple: step-sibling forbidden love, revenge, ninjas with tragic past. And angst angst angst. I don’t watch for real life: I have that at home. And I am not big on fluffy romcoms, either. But then if you look at my Top Kdramas list, there are very few comedies on it, and even those that are there, like Capital Scandal and My Girl, have serious issue underpinnings or major angst. Goong is probably the fluffiest of the list but I cried during it and the whole premise is delicious crack, another thing I love about dramas.

Part of the reason in my lack of interest, I think, is that I can’t identify with Dal Ja or Sam Soon or whoever at all – Mr. Mousie and I met in undergrad. I am only a couple of years younger than Dal Ja, but I have been with my husband for almost a decade and I have a baby. True, I have just as little in common with a 19-yr-old in an arranged marriage to an emo icy prince, a medieval female warrior. or a Mob Princess but they are more entertaining to watch (or perhaps that’s not it – perhaps I can imagine myself as Dal Ja in some alternate universe as well as I can imagine myself as all other kdrama heroines, however far-fetched, but I just don’t want to because she is all too human and failure-prone).

*This is not to say all older ladies’ dramas are not for me – I adore Hello Teacher and like Romance. But they are a LOT more ‘drama-like’ in their set-up and angstier. And I like pure fluffy comedies once in a great while (Sweet 18) but the set-up has to be cracktastic.

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