Onscreen versus Real Life Dramas

You might have noticed that I’ve been off-site quite a bit for the past month or so, but I’ve entered into a period of life we all face at some point in time — coping with the illness of a loved one. The real life dramas that accompany that have cut into my available time to escape into the onscreen variety, and selfishly, I miss the latter and my time to unwind and lose myself in those other worlds.

Instead of being able to see what happens next with heart patient Eun Dan-oh in the intriguing Extra-ordinary You, I’m spending time with a real life heart patient, and it’s a lot less fun (though I don’t begrudge the time spent, nor would I do it any other way).

This means that I’ve got a lot of things started (and I am have enjoyed them and will finish them), but no time to share my impressions and while away an hour or two nightly. So, please don’t think that I’ve abandoned y’all, or my love for dramas – I’ll just be away more than I’d like for a few weeks more (fingers crossed).

#extra-ordinary-you

The young people…

Suicides in South Korea are not only sad, but very disturbing. Why young people in their 20’s and 30’s are ending their lives at an alarming rate, when they have such bright futures ahead of them, is hard to explain, and wrap one’s brain around. I can’t believe that it’s just a “fan” or social media thing, or even a “shame” thing, but a major cry for help both mentally and emotionally. The government has to recognize that there’s a definite problem there, and implement initiatives that address this issue. I don’t know that they haven’t already, but is seeking mental health treatment still a taboo?

Seems America is not faring any better. Apparently the life expectancy between ages 25-40 is shortened for the 3rd year in a row due to suicides, murders, mass shootings, etc. so sad 😞 😞

#commentary

Takane & Hana

It’s a J-drama based on a manga of the same name. Hana is 16 yrs old——and STUNNING!, while Takane is 26 yrs old and the successor of a large company. They meet on a marriage blind date arranged by his grandfather and her father, but it was originally intended for her 7 yrs older sister, who blew the date off because she had a boyfriend. Takane is typically rich and arrogant and totally believes his own hype. He comments at the date that Hana is nothing more than a gold digger, demeaning her, yada, yada, yada, and she lets him have it! She pulls off her “grownup “ wig and gives it to him good, lol. What can I say, he’s hooked!

I do find the age difference a bit icky, but he’s a very immature 26 yr old where relationships with the opposite sex are concerned, and she’s a strong willed young lady with a mind of her own and mouth to match. The fireworks are a given, but watching them maneuver through their differences in both age and class status, and build a solid bond might be fun. Of course I’m hoping that they build more of a friendship cause Hana is just too young for a serious relationship no matter how strong willed she is! The actress portraying Hana, Aisa Takeuchi, is really a beautiful girl! Only 18 in real life, so she’s got a heartbreaker career in front of her. I do get a little “ Takuya” from the male lead, Mahiro Takasugi, but just a little, lol…no one can be Takuya!

#takane-and-hana

Secretary Kim was…

A lovely drama! I enjoyed this couple! Both were level headed, loving, jealous and thoughtful. While I’m sure the narcissist in him will probably never completely change, he has been tamed! Lol. And inasmuch as I like the bits at the end, that show the hard work and camaraderie of the cast, I’m reminded that it’s just a drama and reality bites! All in all, well done! Great secondary characters too! And yes Camelia, whoever dressed Park Min Young for this drama needs to be slapped! Haha…

I want to go onto Her Private Life, but I’ll take a break from PMY for a bit…..not ready to see her all loved and boo’ed up with someone else just yet 😁

#park-min-young, #park-seo-joon, #whats-wrong-with-secretary-kim

For some reason…

I’m unable to comment on older posts. I’m finally catching up with dramas you guys have already partaken in, hehe. Started “What’s wrong with Secretary Kim?” Like it so far!

#whats-wrong-with-secretary-kim

1% of Something

1% of Something (aka 1% of Anything) stars two leads that I’m certain I’ve seen in other dramas — I’m just not sure which ones yet. The formula is familiar to us all; a chaebol and working class girl come together because she does a kindness to his grandfather and the grandfather wants this girl to become the wife of his surly, arrogant, detached and dismissive grandson. So in order for grandson to get the whole of the company, and for her to become rich and receive shares in the company, they must marry.

Both are, initially, not interested. She’s a kindhearted, but feisty school teacher who thinks that he’s a jerk and trying to run a scam on her. He’s also of the mind that she’s probably a gold digger who seduced his grandfather somehow. Funny thing is that she doesn’t know who his grandfather is because the man she helped to the hospital looked poor and grandpa is purposely not letting her see him.

So the two agree to 6 mos of dating in order to appease grandpa, but both have no intention of marrying the other.. And of course the relationship grows nicely, although his arrogant and jerky ways are going to take some time to change. But change he does, slowly but surely. There are also rivalries that get in the way, old wounds that need healing, and for the backstabbing within the family to resolve. The chemistry between this couple is pretty good, and they are both really good kissers although they haven’t had that many so far. I’m 9 eps in out of 15, and each ep is about 40- 45 mins—- give or take a minute.

It’s a light, cute, and romantic drama. I’m enjoying it. I tried checking to see if anyone saw this drama previously and couldn’t find anything…hope Im not being redundant…..

#1-of-anything, #1-of-something, #ha-suk-jin, #jeon-seo-min

Finished “Hotel del Luna”

For the most part I enjoyed it. (Mild spoilers follow)

There were some noticeable inconsistencies, but they didn’t alter my enjoyment of this drama. What did change for me as the drama progressed, was that the “great” love between the two leads never really transpired for me. I was more into the back story of her first great love, and in hoping that she and he would have the opportunity to find it again. Of course I knew on every level that it couldn’t realistically be, unless her current love was a reincarnation of the first one. I honestly felt more longing and more of a connection between her and her first love.

Then, although the drama is based on goodbyes and moving on, there were just too many goodbyes in the end, and long ones at that! I kinda got the feeling that they no longer knew what to do with the leads by then, so my interest waned. Also, you really had to suspend belief in some of the situations and scenarios. I really liked most of the characters though, their histories and the bonds they formed. I cried more than normal, for me, lol.

I still look forward to seeing the leads in other dramas, and I especially enjoyed the stylish wardrobe of IU!

#hotel-del-luna, #iu, #lee-ji-eun, #series-review, #yeo-jin-goo