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

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

Hotel del Luna, thru ep 7

I am enjoying this one, for many reasons. As unlikable as our heroine “should” be, I just can’t not like her, that is. She’s mean, greedy, selfish and demanding, but her wounds go deep, 1000 years back to be exact, maybe more. And to have seen the things that she’s seen since then… the unfairness, evil, injustice, judgmental and merciless side of human beings, no wonder she rails against God because he has all the power and wields it sometimes with “mercy” and other times “mercilessly” as it is described in the drama.

Our hero is a stand up guy, and not afraid to stand up to her, even when she bellows, screams and has tantrums. He’s seeing first hand, after quite a bit of reluctance, that the world, and seemingly God, are indeed unfair, but he also learning that he has a part in trying to do what’s right, and making it happen in some cases. Both don’t realize yet, that it is God’s rightful judgment and goodness that will prevail, sooner or later.

She dresses out of sight! Stylish to a “T” !!!! Gosh she’s a beauty! And I love his deep voice—- didn’t think he had it in him at all cause he looks so boyish. I’m enjoying the stories and the side characters as well. The cinematography is also well done. If a story can make me feel both afraid and really sad for an evil spirit, I have to give it kudos. I usually fast forward the really evil stuff, cause I naturally just don’t want to go there.

I recommend this so far, and am not expecting it to “go south,” but if it does, I will still watch until the very end, lol.

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

Hotel Del Luna, First Impressions

She’s a warrior of old, damned to manage this hotel of the dead for who knows how long. He’s a young man who’s father promised him to her 20 yrs before when he stumbled into the hotel, being somewhere between life and death. I must say that Oh Ji Ho is still very handsome to me, and he has great comedic timing although I think he should ALWAYS be a romantic lead in romantic mode, lol.

The first episode got pretty much to the point in letting us know what’s going on with the hotel, but the why is a mystery. The heroine is very pretty, and our hero is much more handsome than he looks in the promos for this drama. I’m guessing this is going to be a series of episodic stories related to the deaths of the characters involved, and where good and evil—— and their consequences prevail. Nice mix of fantasy with the real. Hope I like this!

#hotel-del-luna, #iu, #lee-ji-eun, #oh-ji-ho, #yeo-jin-goo