dangermousie: (Default)
I simply had to share these official stills with you.

This looks like a nice and normal school uniform, right? WRONG! Take a look at the left side of this jacket? Did his buttons spontaneously reproduce and migrate? Does he barf sparkles? What?



That dress looks like it's made out of inexpertly-tucked toilet paper.



I have no words. I am not sure if we caught Yoo Jin in the initial stages of his transformation into a flesh-eating monster from Garo or he is actually secretly half-hedgehog, but either way, it makes my head hurt.



OK, I think it's insane to dress as Princess Librarian who timetraveled from the 1950s, but at least it looks good.



In other WTF news, the teaser for The Strongest K-POP Audtion is out and, oooh boy. This is going to be horrific, isn't it?

http://youtu.be/N1fmdyfI5Uk
dangermousie: (Default)
I simply had to share these official stills with you.

This looks like a nice and normal school uniform, right? WRONG! Take a look at the left side of this jacket? Did his buttons spontaneously reproduce and migrate? Does he barf sparkles? What?



That dress looks like it's made out of inexpertly-tucked toilet paper.



I have no words. I am not sure if we caught Yoo Jin in the initial stages of his transformation into a flesh-eating monster from Garo or he is actually secretly half-hedgehog, but either way, it makes my head hurt.



OK, I think it's insane to dress as Princess Librarian who timetraveled from the 1950s, but at least it looks good.



In other WTF news, the teaser for The Strongest K-POP Audtion is out and, oooh boy. This is going to be horrific, isn't it?

http://youtu.be/N1fmdyfI5Uk
dangermousie: (Default)
I simply had to share these official stills with you.

This looks like a nice and normal school uniform, right? WRONG! Take a look at the left side of this jacket? Did his buttons spontaneously reproduce and migrate? Does he barf sparkles? What?



That dress looks like it's made out of inexpertly-tucked toilet paper.



I have no words. I am not sure if we caught Yoo Jin in the initial stages of his transformation into a flesh-eating monster from Garo or he is actually secretly half-hedgehog, but either way, it makes my head hurt.



OK, I think it's insane to dress as Princess Librarian who timetraveled from the 1950s, but at least it looks good.



In other WTF news, the teaser for The Strongest K-POP Audtion is out and, oooh boy. This is going to be horrific, isn't it?

http://youtu.be/N1fmdyfI5Uk
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo: GY/DC love)
I promise to reply to comments tomorrow. Am ridiculously exhausted and swamped (and trying to stay unspoiled for SUFBB 9-10. SPOIL ME AND DIE).

OK, on with the show...

1. Did you ever find yourself thinking "I wish there was another kdrama with the exact plot of You're Beautiful minus the awesomeness of Jang Geun Seok?" If so, your dreams are about to be realized. Channel A is getting ready to premiere The Ultimate Audition, a drama starring Park Yoohwan (Yoochun's baby brother) and a bunch of newbie idols, all about a girl cross-dressing to join an idol group and getting involved with the group leader, who's perfect in front of the fans but is actually a jerk in private. Sound familiar? If I were Hong Sisters, I'd be getting my lawyers up.



Your eyes bleeding yet?

Snark (and the fact that even writing the above paragraph reduced my IQ by a dozen points) aside, I am all set for the first ep to air, and I will be all over this baby. Sometimes I enjoy silly cotton candy and this makes me think of my fun twdramas of old. Now, let's hope there will be subs - viki doesn't have rights to cable stuff, this is likely to be too low-profile for dramafever and withs2, so my hope is in DS...

2. So excited for King 2 Hearts which makes me think more and more of some of my favorite shoujo. And darn if Lee Seung Gi doesn't look handsome in that uniform and with that hairstyle:



I normally fall for his characters like mad, but this is the first time I've found him gorgeous off the bat.

More pics. I want this out already! )

Also, Ha Ji Won is ridiculously gorgeous and I can't tell the age difference at all (I mean, I have no idea if it's supposed to be an older woman/younger man romance, but I am willing to buy they are the same age!)

3. Speaking of royals getting involved with kickass ladies, the posters for Rooftop Prince are out and they are all adorable (you can find them all on soompi and dramabeans) but this is my favorite:



This is going to be kooky adorable!

4. I have watched the first ep of the Qing palace mystery Mystery in the Palace, starring Gai Ting Ting and Kevin Cheng (a.k.a. the only man except for FSF to actually look gorgeous in Qing braid). It's gorgeous (the costumes! the sets!), the story is interesting, and the OTP (who may or may not be half-siblings) will be just my thing, if MVs and previews are anything to go by:



5. Apparently the OTPs of Dream High 2 are still as clear as mud 10 (out of 16) episodes in. There are ship wars. By this point, I think TPTB are just screwing with fangirls.
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo: GY/DC love)
I promise to reply to comments tomorrow. Am ridiculously exhausted and swamped (and trying to stay unspoiled for SUFBB 9-10. SPOIL ME AND DIE).

OK, on with the show...

1. Did you ever find yourself thinking "I wish there was another kdrama with the exact plot of You're Beautiful minus the awesomeness of Jang Geun Seok?" If so, your dreams are about to be realized. Channel A is getting ready to premiere The Ultimate Audition, a drama starring Park Yoohwan (Yoochun's baby brother) and a bunch of newbie idols, all about a girl cross-dressing to join an idol group and getting involved with the group leader, who's perfect in front of the fans but is actually a jerk in private. Sound familiar? If I were Hong Sisters, I'd be getting my lawyers up.



Your eyes bleeding yet?

Snark (and the fact that even writing the above paragraph reduced my IQ by a dozen points) aside, I am all set for the first ep to air, and I will be all over this baby. Sometimes I enjoy silly cotton candy and this makes me think of my fun twdramas of old. Now, let's hope there will be subs - viki doesn't have rights to cable stuff, this is likely to be too low-profile for dramafever and withs2, so my hope is in DS...

2. So excited for King 2 Hearts which makes me think more and more of some of my favorite shoujo. And darn if Lee Seung Gi doesn't look handsome in that uniform and with that hairstyle:



I normally fall for his characters like mad, but this is the first time I've found him gorgeous off the bat.

More pics. I want this out already! )

Also, Ha Ji Won is ridiculously gorgeous and I can't tell the age difference at all (I mean, I have no idea if it's supposed to be an older woman/younger man romance, but I am willing to buy they are the same age!)

3. Speaking of royals getting involved with kickass ladies, the posters for Rooftop Prince are out and they are all adorable (you can find them all on soompi and dramabeans) but this is my favorite:



This is going to be kooky adorable!

4. I have watched the first ep of the Qing palace mystery Mystery in the Palace, starring Gai Ting Ting and Kevin Cheng (a.k.a. the only man except for FSF to actually look gorgeous in Qing braid). It's gorgeous (the costumes! the sets!), the story is interesting, and the OTP (who may or may not be half-siblings) will be just my thing, if MVs and previews are anything to go by:



5. Apparently the OTPs of Dream High 2 are still as clear as mud 10 (out of 16) episodes in. There are ship wars. By this point, I think TPTB are just screwing with fangirls.
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo: GY/DC love)
I promise to reply to comments tomorrow. Am ridiculously exhausted and swamped (and trying to stay unspoiled for SUFBB 9-10. SPOIL ME AND DIE).

OK, on with the show...

1. Did you ever find yourself thinking "I wish there was another kdrama with the exact plot of You're Beautiful minus the awesomeness of Jang Geun Seok?" If so, your dreams are about to be realized. Channel A is getting ready to premiere The Ultimate Audition, a drama starring Park Yoohwan (Yoochun's baby brother) and a bunch of newbie idols, all about a girl cross-dressing to join an idol group and getting involved with the group leader, who's perfect in front of the fans but is actually a jerk in private. Sound familiar? If I were Hong Sisters, I'd be getting my lawyers up.



Your eyes bleeding yet?

Snark (and the fact that even writing the above paragraph reduced my IQ by a dozen points) aside, I am all set for the first ep to air, and I will be all over this baby. Sometimes I enjoy silly cotton candy and this makes me think of my fun twdramas of old. Now, let's hope there will be subs - viki doesn't have rights to cable stuff, this is likely to be too low-profile for dramafever and withs2, so my hope is in DS...

2. So excited for King 2 Hearts which makes me think more and more of some of my favorite shoujo. And darn if Lee Seung Gi doesn't look handsome in that uniform and with that hairstyle:



I normally fall for his characters like mad, but this is the first time I've found him gorgeous off the bat.

More pics. I want this out already! )

Also, Ha Ji Won is ridiculously gorgeous and I can't tell the age difference at all (I mean, I have no idea if it's supposed to be an older woman/younger man romance, but I am willing to buy they are the same age!)

3. Speaking of royals getting involved with kickass ladies, the posters for Rooftop Prince are out and they are all adorable (you can find them all on soompi and dramabeans) but this is my favorite:



This is going to be kooky adorable!

4. I have watched the first ep of the Qing palace mystery Mystery in the Palace, starring Gai Ting Ting and Kevin Cheng (a.k.a. the only man except for FSF to actually look gorgeous in Qing braid). It's gorgeous (the costumes! the sets!), the story is interesting, and the OTP (who may or may not be half-siblings) will be just my thing, if MVs and previews are anything to go by:



5. Apparently the OTPs of Dream High 2 are still as clear as mud 10 (out of 16) episodes in. There are ship wars. By this point, I think TPTB are just screwing with fangirls.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
I was extremely reluctant to try Elizabeth Vaughan's adventure/romance Warprize (too little romance to be a proper romance novel, too much romance to be an adventure novel. It makes me think of a woman-centric take on those pulpy novels from the turn of the 20th century).

Our heroine, Xylara, is a princess of a medieval-type kingdom but, more importantly, is a skilled doctor. She is getting plenty of work - her kingdom is at war. Eventually, the capital itself gets besieged by fierce barbarians known as 'Firelanders,' led by a fearsome warlord who's been sweeping all lands before him. Despite the orders of her horrid brother, the current king, Xylara tends to the enemy wounded as well. Eventually, the king decides to surrender and the barbarian warlord demands Xylara as a war prize. Xylara's brother is only too happy to get rid of her and Xylara decides to go along with it in order to get peace for the people. She expects rapey times or human sacrifice, but instead she finds herself treated with respect, gets involved in setting up a medical practice in the barbarian camp, and is shocked to discover the warlord (who is the foreigner she met while treating the prisoners. Note to self - if one's kingdom is besieged by a barbarian horde, take time to have encounters with foreign-sounding hottie. That might be your way to becoming barbarian queen) has no intention of forcing his attentions on her. Too bad someone(s) are trying to kill her and the warlord, to disrupt the peace.

The set-up - a fantasy medieval-type world where the heroine gets claimed by a victorious 'barbarian' warlord as a prize from a defeated kingdom, had sooooooo many ways in which it could go wrong or plain horrific. But I was craving a pulpy romance and it had a hella lot of recs, so I decided to take a chance. I am so glad I did! I loved it to bits and have already got parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy on my kindle.

First (and I can't believe that I even have to state it, but such is the world of romance novels), there is no raping or forced attentions of any kind. Second, the hero is hot and alpha without being a bastard and heroine is competent and level-headed without having all sorts of Mary-Suish abilities (she is a very competent doctor but is not skilled in fighting or similar). There is also plot and adventures. Plus, while the world-building isn't particularly amazing, it's competent and is certainly something different from the tired "sexy Duke loves impoverished but genteel heroine" trope that annoys the hell out of me.

Anyway, very fun.

Not really related as the hero of the book above seems to be normally endowed, but is having dudes with two penises a new thing in fantasy romance/erotica? I've ran into two books with that set-up recently, from two different authors, and am very very boggled. For the love of my sanity, stop with that, authors! Every time you do it, it disrupts anything you are trying to achieve and just makes me laugh like a maniac.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
I was extremely reluctant to try Elizabeth Vaughan's adventure/romance Warprize (too little romance to be a proper romance novel, too much romance to be an adventure novel. It makes me think of a woman-centric take on those pulpy novels from the turn of the 20th century).

Our heroine, Xylara, is a princess of a medieval-type kingdom but, more importantly, is a skilled doctor. She is getting plenty of work - her kingdom is at war. Eventually, the capital itself gets besieged by fierce barbarians known as 'Firelanders,' led by a fearsome warlord who's been sweeping all lands before him. Despite the orders of her horrid brother, the current king, Xylara tends to the enemy wounded as well. Eventually, the king decides to surrender and the barbarian warlord demands Xylara as a war prize. Xylara's brother is only too happy to get rid of her and Xylara decides to go along with it in order to get peace for the people. She expects rapey times or human sacrifice, but instead she finds herself treated with respect, gets involved in setting up a medical practice in the barbarian camp, and is shocked to discover the warlord (who is the foreigner she met while treating the prisoners. Note to self - if one's kingdom is besieged by a barbarian horde, take time to have encounters with foreign-sounding hottie. That might be your way to becoming barbarian queen) has no intention of forcing his attentions on her. Too bad someone(s) are trying to kill her and the warlord, to disrupt the peace.

The set-up - a fantasy medieval-type world where the heroine gets claimed by a victorious 'barbarian' warlord as a prize from a defeated kingdom, had sooooooo many ways in which it could go wrong or plain horrific. But I was craving a pulpy romance and it had a hella lot of recs, so I decided to take a chance. I am so glad I did! I loved it to bits and have already got parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy on my kindle.

First (and I can't believe that I even have to state it, but such is the world of romance novels), there is no raping or forced attentions of any kind. Second, the hero is hot and alpha without being a bastard and heroine is competent and level-headed without having all sorts of Mary-Suish abilities (she is a very competent doctor but is not skilled in fighting or similar). There is also plot and adventures. Plus, while the world-building isn't particularly amazing, it's competent and is certainly something different from the tired "sexy Duke loves impoverished but genteel heroine" trope that annoys the hell out of me.

Anyway, very fun.

Not really related as the hero of the book above seems to be normally endowed, but is having dudes with two penises a new thing in fantasy romance/erotica? I've ran into two books with that set-up recently, from two different authors, and am very very boggled. For the love of my sanity, stop with that, authors! Every time you do it, it disrupts anything you are trying to achieve and just makes me laugh like a maniac.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
I was extremely reluctant to try Elizabeth Vaughan's adventure/romance Warprize (too little romance to be a proper romance novel, too much romance to be an adventure novel. It makes me think of a woman-centric take on those pulpy novels from the turn of the 20th century).

Our heroine, Xylara, is a princess of a medieval-type kingdom but, more importantly, is a skilled doctor. She is getting plenty of work - her kingdom is at war. Eventually, the capital itself gets besieged by fierce barbarians known as 'Firelanders,' led by a fearsome warlord who's been sweeping all lands before him. Despite the orders of her horrid brother, the current king, Xylara tends to the enemy wounded as well. Eventually, the king decides to surrender and the barbarian warlord demands Xylara as a war prize. Xylara's brother is only too happy to get rid of her and Xylara decides to go along with it in order to get peace for the people. She expects rapey times or human sacrifice, but instead she finds herself treated with respect, gets involved in setting up a medical practice in the barbarian camp, and is shocked to discover the warlord (who is the foreigner she met while treating the prisoners. Note to self - if one's kingdom is besieged by a barbarian horde, take time to have encounters with foreign-sounding hottie. That might be your way to becoming barbarian queen) has no intention of forcing his attentions on her. Too bad someone(s) are trying to kill her and the warlord, to disrupt the peace.

The set-up - a fantasy medieval-type world where the heroine gets claimed by a victorious 'barbarian' warlord as a prize from a defeated kingdom, had sooooooo many ways in which it could go wrong or plain horrific. But I was craving a pulpy romance and it had a hella lot of recs, so I decided to take a chance. I am so glad I did! I loved it to bits and have already got parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy on my kindle.

First (and I can't believe that I even have to state it, but such is the world of romance novels), there is no raping or forced attentions of any kind. Second, the hero is hot and alpha without being a bastard and heroine is competent and level-headed without having all sorts of Mary-Suish abilities (she is a very competent doctor but is not skilled in fighting or similar). There is also plot and adventures. Plus, while the world-building isn't particularly amazing, it's competent and is certainly something different from the tired "sexy Duke loves impoverished but genteel heroine" trope that annoys the hell out of me.

Anyway, very fun.

Not really related as the hero of the book above seems to be normally endowed, but is having dudes with two penises a new thing in fantasy romance/erotica? I've ran into two books with that set-up recently, from two different authors, and am very very boggled. For the love of my sanity, stop with that, authors! Every time you do it, it disrupts anything you are trying to achieve and just makes me laugh like a maniac.
dangermousie: (Default)


Ummmm, I both want to bleach my brain and cannot stop watching, as far as the recent cdrama Sealed with a Kiss, starring Hawick Lau and Liu Ying goes. It's as if China looked at Thai lakorns with envy and decided to make one of its own, only with better production values.

It's based on a very popular novel which seems to have time-traveled straight from the 1920s, the era of The Sheik and Elinor Glyn.



The premise goes a long way to explain my bizarre reaction - Liu Ying is the hapless heroine, the beautiful and naive young woman, who gets blackmailed by the ruthless businessman Hawick Lau into becoming his mistress (otherwise her uncle goes to jail). Hawick does it as some sort of bizarro revenge against Liu Ying's now-dead parents who ruined his family, or something. But then he falls in luuuuuuuuuurve!

OK, the premise is pretty brain-bleaching, but tbh, I probably wouldn't have been so 'my eyes! my brain! my morals!' if the relationship started that way but then they ended up having a functional supportive relationship.

BUT NO!!!! I have just finished the first ep, during most of which I have spent my time screaming at the screen 'die die die pig!!!!!!' at Hawick's character. Let's see, during the course of the first episode he (1) abuses her emotionally, pretty much calling her a worthless whore who is not good at faking affection and who can have no volition of her own (2) borderline abuses her physically - I don't think showing people is a good thing (3) controls her life - he is pissed off so she gets lets go from a project she likes at work

Did I mention that he's married to a woman who bought-blackmailed him into marriage (but he refuses to sleep with her evah, LOL). Which, you'd think, would give anyone with an ounce of empathy plenty of opportunity to understand why blackmailing people into relationships is bad. But apparently not.

Oh, and he gets pissed off because she fantasizes about another man when they have sex and because she doesn't ever kiss him back - I mean, how dare she not love the man who coerced her to be his mistress and than treats her like a slave! Ungrateful hussy! I mean, it is utterly incomprehensible that she is hoarding all the fancy jewelry he gave her so she can get enough to escape. We are supposed to get that he's in love with her however this started and is extra-bastardy to her because (a) she doesn't love him back (b) he is in denial and wants to prove to himself he doesn't love her, but these are explanations not excuses.

Hey, genius, maybe treating her well, will get you further?

Anyway, I want to stab him in the face and twist twist twist! But yet I cannot stop because this thing is as addictive as it is repulsive - their relationship is such a trainwreck, you never know what will happen next, and they do have amazing chemistry. Guuuuuh, I despise myself but I cannot stop!

On the plus side, Yang Mi's good taste in boyfriends is confirmed. I've only seen Hawick in period stuff before, clothed to the throat, but there are some nice things underneath those garments.



Also, the series was a huge hit and now they are making a mini-sequel. I saw some promo pics and give up - he's handcuffed and grabbing her toes! The protagonists clearly have a relationship not understood by a normal brain.

Have a MV which pretty much sums up the appeal to my lizard brain - they are fucked up people!



Another MV )
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)


Ummmm, I both want to bleach my brain and cannot stop watching, as far as the recent cdrama Sealed with a Kiss, starring Hawick Lau and Liu Ying goes. It's as if China looked at Thai lakorns with envy and decided to make one of its own, only with better production values.

It's based on a very popular novel which seems to have time-traveled straight from the 1920s, the era of The Sheik and Elinor Glyn.



The premise goes a long way to explain my bizarre reaction - Liu Ying is the hapless heroine, the beautiful and naive young woman, who gets blackmailed by the ruthless businessman Hawick Lau into becoming his mistress (otherwise her uncle goes to jail). Hawick does it as some sort of bizarro revenge against Liu Ying's now-dead parents who ruined his family, or something. But then he falls in luuuuuuuuuurve!

OK, the premise is pretty brain-bleaching, but tbh, I probably wouldn't have been so 'my eyes! my brain! my morals!' if the relationship started that way but then they ended up having a functional supportive relationship.

BUT NO!!!! I have just finished the first ep, during most of which I have spent my time screaming at the screen 'die die die pig!!!!!!' at Hawick's character. Let's see, during the course of the first episode he (1) abuses her emotionally, pretty much calling her a worthless whore who is not good at faking affection and who can have no volition of her own (2) borderline abuses her physically - I don't think showing people is a good thing (3) controls her life - he is pissed off so she gets lets go from a project she likes at work

Did I mention that he's married to a woman who bought-blackmailed him into marriage (but he refuses to sleep with her evah, LOL). Which, you'd think, would give anyone with an ounce of empathy plenty of opportunity to understand why blackmailing people into relationships is bad. But apparently not.

Oh, and he gets pissed off because she fantasizes about another man when they have sex and because she doesn't ever kiss him back - I mean, how dare she not love the man who coerced her to be his mistress and than treats her like a slave! Ungrateful hussy! I mean, it is utterly incomprehensible that she is hoarding all the fancy jewelry he gave her so she can get enough to escape. We are supposed to get that he's in love with her however this started and is extra-bastardy to her because (a) she doesn't love him back (b) he is in denial and wants to prove to himself he doesn't love her, but these are explanations not excuses.

Hey, genius, maybe treating her well, will get you further?

Anyway, I want to stab him in the face and twist twist twist! But yet I cannot stop because this thing is as addictive as it is repulsive - their relationship is such a trainwreck, you never know what will happen next, and they do have amazing chemistry. Guuuuuh, I despise myself but I cannot stop!

On the plus side, Yang Mi's good taste in boyfriends is confirmed. I've only seen Hawick in period stuff before, clothed to the throat, but there are some nice things underneath those garments.



Also, the series was a huge hit and now they are making a mini-sequel. I saw some promo pics and give up - he's handcuffed and grabbing her toes! The protagonists clearly have a relationship not understood by a normal brain.

Have a MV which pretty much sums up the appeal to my lizard brain - they are fucked up people!



Another MV )
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)


Ummmm, I both want to bleach my brain and cannot stop watching, as far as the recent cdrama Sealed with a Kiss, starring Hawick Lau and Liu Ying goes. It's as if China looked at Thai lakorns with envy and decided to make one of its own, only with better production values.

It's based on a very popular novel which seems to have time-traveled straight from the 1920s, the era of The Sheik and Elinor Glyn.



The premise goes a long way to explain my bizarre reaction - Liu Ying is the hapless heroine, the beautiful and naive young woman, who gets blackmailed by the ruthless businessman Hawick Lau into becoming his mistress (otherwise her uncle goes to jail). Hawick does it as some sort of bizarro revenge against Liu Ying's now-dead parents who ruined his family, or something. But then he falls in luuuuuuuuuurve!

OK, the premise is pretty brain-bleaching, but tbh, I probably wouldn't have been so 'my eyes! my brain! my morals!' if the relationship started that way but then they ended up having a functional supportive relationship.

BUT NO!!!! I have just finished the first ep, during most of which I have spent my time screaming at the screen 'die die die pig!!!!!!' at Hawick's character. Let's see, during the course of the first episode he (1) abuses her emotionally, pretty much calling her a worthless whore who is not good at faking affection and who can have no volition of her own (2) borderline abuses her physically - I don't think showing people is a good thing (3) controls her life - he is pissed off so she gets lets go from a project she likes at work

Did I mention that he's married to a woman who bought-blackmailed him into marriage (but he refuses to sleep with her evah, LOL). Which, you'd think, would give anyone with an ounce of empathy plenty of opportunity to understand why blackmailing people into relationships is bad. But apparently not.

Oh, and he gets pissed off because she fantasizes about another man when they have sex and because she doesn't ever kiss him back - I mean, how dare she not love the man who coerced her to be his mistress and than treats her like a slave! Ungrateful hussy! I mean, it is utterly incomprehensible that she is hoarding all the fancy jewelry he gave her so she can get enough to escape. We are supposed to get that he's in love with her however this started and is extra-bastardy to her because (a) she doesn't love him back (b) he is in denial and wants to prove to himself he doesn't love her, but these are explanations not excuses.

Hey, genius, maybe treating her well, will get you further?

Anyway, I want to stab him in the face and twist twist twist! But yet I cannot stop because this thing is as addictive as it is repulsive - their relationship is such a trainwreck, you never know what will happen next, and they do have amazing chemistry. Guuuuuh, I despise myself but I cannot stop!

On the plus side, Yang Mi's good taste in boyfriends is confirmed. I've only seen Hawick in period stuff before, clothed to the throat, but there are some nice things underneath those garments.



Also, the series was a huge hit and now they are making a mini-sequel. I saw some promo pics and give up - he's handcuffed and grabbing her toes! The protagonists clearly have a relationship not understood by a normal brain.

Have a MV which pretty much sums up the appeal to my lizard brain - they are fucked up people!



Another MV )
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)


Ummmm, I both want to bleach my brain and cannot stop watching, as far as the recent cdrama Sealed with a Kiss, starring Hawick Lau and Liu Ying goes. It's as if China looked at Thai lakorns with envy and decided to make one of its own, only with better production values.

It's based on a very popular novel which seems to have time-traveled straight from the 1920s, the era of The Sheik and Elinor Glyn.



The premise goes a long way to explain my bizarre reaction - Liu Ying is the hapless heroine, the beautiful and naive young woman, who gets blackmailed by the ruthless businessman Hawick Lau into becoming his mistress (otherwise her uncle goes to jail). Hawick does it as some sort of bizarro revenge against Liu Ying's now-dead parents who ruined his family, or something. But then he falls in luuuuuuuuuurve!

OK, the premise is pretty brain-bleaching, but tbh, I probably wouldn't have been so 'my eyes! my brain! my morals!' if the relationship started that way but then they ended up having a functional supportive relationship.

BUT NO!!!! I have just finished the first ep, during most of which I have spent my time screaming at the screen 'die die die pig!!!!!!' at Hawick's character. Let's see, during the course of the first episode he (1) abuses her emotionally, pretty much calling her a worthless whore who is not good at faking affection and who can have no volition of her own (2) borderline abuses her physically - I don't think showing people is a good thing (3) controls her life - he is pissed off so she gets lets go from a project she likes at work

Did I mention that he's married to a woman who bought-blackmailed him into marriage (but he refuses to sleep with her evah, LOL). Which, you'd think, would give anyone with an ounce of empathy plenty of opportunity to understand why blackmailing people into relationships is bad. But apparently not.

Oh, and he gets pissed off because she fantasizes about another man when they have sex and because she doesn't ever kiss him back - I mean, how dare she not love the man who coerced her to be his mistress and than treats her like a slave! Ungrateful hussy! I mean, it is utterly incomprehensible that she is hoarding all the fancy jewelry he gave her so she can get enough to escape. We are supposed to get that he's in love with her however this started and is extra-bastardy to her because (a) she doesn't love him back (b) he is in denial and wants to prove to himself he doesn't love her, but these are explanations not excuses.

Hey, genius, maybe treating her well, will get you further?

Anyway, I want to stab him in the face and twist twist twist! But yet I cannot stop because this thing is as addictive as it is repulsive - their relationship is such a trainwreck, you never know what will happen next, and they do have amazing chemistry. Guuuuuh, I despise myself but I cannot stop!

On the plus side, Yang Mi's good taste in boyfriends is confirmed. I've only seen Hawick in period stuff before, clothed to the throat, but there are some nice things underneath those garments.



Also, the series was a huge hit and now they are making a mini-sequel. I saw some promo pics and give up - he's handcuffed and grabbing her toes! The protagonists clearly have a relationship not understood by a normal brain.

Have a MV which pretty much sums up the appeal to my lizard brain - they are fucked up people!



Another MV )
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Second teaser for Moon that Embraces the Sun is out.



And I am done.

I am officially not even bothering to check out this drama. First we had absolutely miscast against each other leads. Then we had the news that this is a 20-episode drama which has the first six episodes solidly spent on childhood portions. The hell? Leaving aside my personal preferences (I have never managed to do anything but fast-forward through childhood portions of dramas), this seems like an insane idea from the pacing perspective.

And now we have two of the most lackluster, dull trailers in recent memory. There are some kids running around in period clothes. The end.

Usually, if the casting and other stuff looks awful, I will check out the drama if the trailer grabs me. Or, even if the trailers and the idea seem not my speed, I will check out a drama if I am a fan of cast member(s) - see u Bu Jing Xin and City Hunter, both of which had promo videos and info that did not appeal to me, but I checked out for the cast (and ended up loving both).

But I have zero interest in the leads here, so there is nothing, not a single thing to hook me here, other than a somewhat morbid trainwreck gaping.

And why would I inflict that on myself? I will leave this drama to flisties and bloggers who love it. As for me - I think I'd rather rewatch a 'masterpiece' like Peach Girl twdrama instead. At least it had grown ups in it.
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Second teaser for Moon that Embraces the Sun is out.



And I am done.

I am officially not even bothering to check out this drama. First we had absolutely miscast against each other leads. Then we had the news that this is a 20-episode drama which has the first six episodes solidly spent on childhood portions. The hell? Leaving aside my personal preferences (I have never managed to do anything but fast-forward through childhood portions of dramas), this seems like an insane idea from the pacing perspective.

And now we have two of the most lackluster, dull trailers in recent memory. There are some kids running around in period clothes. The end.

Usually, if the casting and other stuff looks awful, I will check out the drama if the trailer grabs me. Or, even if the trailers and the idea seem not my speed, I will check out a drama if I am a fan of cast member(s) - see u Bu Jing Xin and City Hunter, both of which had promo videos and info that did not appeal to me, but I checked out for the cast (and ended up loving both).

But I have zero interest in the leads here, so there is nothing, not a single thing to hook me here, other than a somewhat morbid trainwreck gaping.

And why would I inflict that on myself? I will leave this drama to flisties and bloggers who love it. As for me - I think I'd rather rewatch a 'masterpiece' like Peach Girl twdrama instead. At least it had grown ups in it.
dangermousie: (Default)
Second teaser for Moon that Embraces the Sun is out.



And I am done.

I am officially not even bothering to check out this drama. First we had absolutely miscast against each other leads. Then we had the news that this is a 20-episode drama which has the first six episodes solidly spent on childhood portions. The hell? Leaving aside my personal preferences (I have never managed to do anything but fast-forward through childhood portions of dramas), this seems like an insane idea from the pacing perspective.

And now we have two of the most lackluster, dull trailers in recent memory. There are some kids running around in period clothes. The end.

Usually, if the casting and other stuff looks awful, I will check out the drama if the trailer grabs me. Or, even if the trailers and the idea seem not my speed, I will check out a drama if I am a fan of cast member(s) - see u Bu Jing Xin and City Hunter, both of which had promo videos and info that did not appeal to me, but I checked out for the cast (and ended up loving both).

But I have zero interest in the leads here, so there is nothing, not a single thing to hook me here, other than a somewhat morbid trainwreck gaping.

And why would I inflict that on myself? I will leave this drama to flisties and bloggers who love it. As for me - I think I'd rather rewatch a 'masterpiece' like Peach Girl twdrama instead. At least it had grown ups in it.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
On a complete random whim, I tried Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (it was a rec of a rec of something else I got on Kindle)

I was looking forward to a fun romance novel.

Ummmm.

Ummmmmmm.

Note to self, read reviews first.

I have a ginormous, innate loathing for dom/sub stuff - it's irrational, but there it is. if someone tried that on me, they'd be missing limbs. The movie Secretary makes me want to scrub my skin off.

Guess what this book is about?

Heroine is a college senior who meets super-rich, super-screwed-up and super-kinky 27-yr-old hero and they embark on the most messed up relationship I've ever had the privilege to read about in a romance novel. Thankfully, though heroine is OK with dom-sub games, when s/m comes in, she ditches. The aaaangst. Also, I think heroine kinda looks like hero's abusive mother which is a whole other level of wrong.

If people are into BDSM or anything else as long as it involves consensual adults, it's their right, but reading about it for entertainment in graphic fashion and being supposed to root for the relationship - Good Lord.

I read this in increasing, horrified fascination, like looking at a trainwreck. I kept wanting to tell the heroine to run run run and I cheered when she dumped the hero at the end, after very sensibly telling him 'look, I don't mind bondage but you are into inflicting major pain and I am not into getting it, so this ain't going to work out, because even if you decided you liked me enough to give your preferences up, it isn't going to last because you'd be suppressing what you need, so find someone compatible.' But we are clearly supposed to think this is OMG!tragic when it is not. And there is a sequel in which they get back together - I flipped and they seem to find some sort of compromise and she is being very "I am going to need to get reassurance from your shrink" sensible, but seriously. Just no. I logically understand that it works for them but I am simply too vanilla for this.

I need to scrub my brain with bleach.

Bleach!

It's well-written BDSM erotica but (1) I was not looking for erotica or (2) BDSM. I wanted something like a modern Pride & Prejudice. Talk about shock.

Yes, I will make a drama post soon. I am taking a little break. Though if this is what I come across during it, maybe I shouldn't.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
On a complete random whim, I tried Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (it was a rec of a rec of something else I got on Kindle)

I was looking forward to a fun romance novel.

Ummmm.

Ummmmmmm.

Note to self, read reviews first.

I have a ginormous, innate loathing for dom/sub stuff - it's irrational, but there it is. if someone tried that on me, they'd be missing limbs. The movie Secretary makes me want to scrub my skin off.

Guess what this book is about?

Heroine is a college senior who meets super-rich, super-screwed-up and super-kinky 27-yr-old hero and they embark on the most messed up relationship I've ever had the privilege to read about in a romance novel. Thankfully, though heroine is OK with dom-sub games, when s/m comes in, she ditches. The aaaangst. Also, I think heroine kinda looks like hero's abusive mother which is a whole other level of wrong.

If people are into BDSM or anything else as long as it involves consensual adults, it's their right, but reading about it for entertainment in graphic fashion and being supposed to root for the relationship - Good Lord.

I read this in increasing, horrified fascination, like looking at a trainwreck. I kept wanting to tell the heroine to run run run and I cheered when she dumped the hero at the end, after very sensibly telling him 'look, I don't mind bondage but you are into inflicting major pain and I am not into getting it, so this ain't going to work out, because even if you decided you liked me enough to give your preferences up, it isn't going to last because you'd be suppressing what you need, so find someone compatible.' But we are clearly supposed to think this is OMG!tragic when it is not. And there is a sequel in which they get back together - I flipped and they seem to find some sort of compromise and she is being very "I am going to need to get reassurance from your shrink" sensible, but seriously. Just no. I logically understand that it works for them but I am simply too vanilla for this.

I need to scrub my brain with bleach.

Bleach!

It's well-written BDSM erotica but (1) I was not looking for erotica or (2) BDSM. I wanted something like a modern Pride & Prejudice. Talk about shock.

Yes, I will make a drama post soon. I am taking a little break. Though if this is what I come across during it, maybe I shouldn't.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
On a complete random whim, I tried Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (it was a rec of a rec of something else I got on Kindle)

I was looking forward to a fun romance novel.

Ummmm.

Ummmmmmm.

Note to self, read reviews first.

I have a ginormous, innate loathing for dom/sub stuff - it's irrational, but there it is. if someone tried that on me, they'd be missing limbs. The movie Secretary makes me want to scrub my skin off.

Guess what this book is about?

Heroine is a college senior who meets super-rich, super-screwed-up and super-kinky 27-yr-old hero and they embark on the most messed up relationship I've ever had the privilege to read about in a romance novel. Thankfully, though heroine is OK with dom-sub games, when s/m comes in, she ditches. The aaaangst. Also, I think heroine kinda looks like hero's abusive mother which is a whole other level of wrong.

If people are into BDSM or anything else as long as it involves consensual adults, it's their right, but reading about it for entertainment in graphic fashion and being supposed to root for the relationship - Good Lord.

I read this in increasing, horrified fascination, like looking at a trainwreck. I kept wanting to tell the heroine to run run run and I cheered when she dumped the hero at the end, after very sensibly telling him 'look, I don't mind bondage but you are into inflicting major pain and I am not into getting it, so this ain't going to work out, because even if you decided you liked me enough to give your preferences up, it isn't going to last because you'd be suppressing what you need, so find someone compatible.' But we are clearly supposed to think this is OMG!tragic when it is not. And there is a sequel in which they get back together - I flipped and they seem to find some sort of compromise and she is being very "I am going to need to get reassurance from your shrink" sensible, but seriously. Just no. I logically understand that it works for them but I am simply too vanilla for this.

I need to scrub my brain with bleach.

Bleach!

It's well-written BDSM erotica but (1) I was not looking for erotica or (2) BDSM. I wanted something like a modern Pride & Prejudice. Talk about shock.

Yes, I will make a drama post soon. I am taking a little break. Though if this is what I come across during it, maybe I shouldn't.
dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
So, the poster featuring the four leads of Beauties of the Emperor has been released.



My eyes!!! My eyes!!! I cannot unsee this Photoshop Horror so I shall share my misery with you.

This is by far the worst drama poster I have seen in years, crossing from 'uninspired' straight into 'make it stop, dear God, make it stop!!!' territory. When I compare this with the gorgeous concept posters, I want to weep.

Let's start with our protagonist Xiang Yu. Now, I have never liked Ming Dao, but even then, the poor man deserves better than this - I don't find him attractive but never before have I thought of him as a gargoyle. His head and neck are much too small for his body and photoshopped at an odd angle - has Xiang Yu's vanishingly scrawny neck proven too feeble to hold his tiny head and just broke?

The ladies fare slightly better, except for the unnatural frozen expressions, which miss 'alluring' by about a mile or dozen. Also, while I have no idea if Lu Zhi was supposed to be beautiful, she was supposed to be powerful and smart and fearsome, but Chen Qiao En looks about as scary as a kitten. Consort Yu was a legendary beauty but to even call her actress attractive would be stretching it quite far. Yikes. Are there no beautiful ladies in China? Or are they all allocated to other productions?

Oh, but at least I'd totally go for this version of Liu Bang, greasy hair and all. Which statement sums up the wrongness of the whole poster and casting endeavor clearer than anything else ever could.

P.S. For all I know, the drama will turn out good, horrific poster notwithstanding. But when I think that Yu Zheng is making Xiang Yu and Lu Zhi into star-crossed lovers, something funny happens to my stomach and my eyes start a self-appointed roll. Hegemon-King Turns Into a Frog is NOT the drama I am looking for. I am a YZ-drama fangirl and his disregard for history doesn't usually bug me too much, but even I draw a line somewhere.

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