Why I’ve been MIA lately…

The past few months have seen little of me on the site, and for that I’ll say “mianhae.” But the truth is, it’s not because I’ve been in a viewing slump (just the opposite), or because I’m not interested in our drama world (again, couldn’t be further from the truth), but because I’ve been more interested in reading than writing. In fact, I’ve been doing a lot of reading, especially since my decision to officially retire from the workaday world of Instructional Design this spring!

That means that, in addition to my nighttime forays into delights such as WWW: Search and Rookie Historian: Goo Hae Ryung (and the reality show The Barber of Seville) to name just a few of the titles I’m currently juggling, I’m enjoying a pretty darn nice summer on my back porch reading something fun. A lot of these are from Asian authors, so they fit in nicely with #kdrama, #cdrama, and #jdrama vibes, and in fact many of them would make really good foundations for serialization. One of them is actually in production and will air in 2020 on Netflix, so keep your eyes peeled for The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo.

In case you’re wondering what some of the other titles are, here’s a selection of the most recent ones — mostly in the YA and Fantasy genres (the mysteries and biographies are not listed) — and I highly recommend Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik in the audiobook format.

  • Uprooted + Spinning Silver, by @naominovik
  • The Bird and the Blade, by @meganbannen
  • Descendant of the Crane, Joan He
  • An Ember In the Ashes, by @sabaatahir
  • Shadow of the Fox + Soul of the Sword, by @jkagawa
  • The Invisible Library, by @genevievecogman
  • Spin the Dawn, by @lizlim
  • The Magic of Unkindness, by @dalekevan
  • The Witches of New York, by @sideshowami
  • Nevernight + Godsgrave, by @misterkristoff
  • Sorcery of Thorns, by @marrogerson
  • The Poppy War, by @kuangrf
  • The Night Tiger + The Ghost Bride, by @yangszechoo

One Spring Night – Series Review

Back on the kdrama bandwagon — I just finished watching One Spring Night, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. I know that it’s compared a lot with Something In the Rain, since it shares the same director and actor, but I actually enjoyed this much more!!

Of course..it was hard for me to accept the gravity of the obstacles that the main couple faced..our hero being a single dad being the most grave of them but it was about so much more. Han Ji Min did a fantastic job of portraying a strong woman who has vulnerabilities but also many strengths and is willing to fight for them..she’s not perfect..she admits it herself..but you would want someone like her in your corner. it’s also heartwarming to see how strong all the women are in this drama..no doormats to speak of..yeah!!! Refreshing and still interesting despite the fact that the traditional overbearing father did still make an appearance and it was fun to hate quite a few characters as well.

I liked the fact that though it was clear that their love was deep..it was also unsettling as a viewer because you weren’t quite sure all the way through if that was enough..it isn’t always in life is it? The supporting cast (actors and characters) was excellent as well..I really enjoyed discovering a new actor (Kim Joon Han) who I hope to see more of in future.

They did deserve an “F” for one thing..I don’t know about librarians in Korea but here they are no longer the stereotypical little old lady with white bun and glasses..lol..but that’s exactly what they were thinking when they made the poor girl up each morning..all she lacked was the white bun..I’ve never ever seen such a horrible wardrobe in my life..shame on them! What were they thinking?????

#han-ji-min, #jung-hae-in, #kim-joon-han, #one-spring-night, #series-review

Dazzling or Radiant or whatever title you prefer – Series Review

All I can say is…wow!

You know by now that I always like to check out dramas with unusual twists..like time travel..like body swapping..like returning from death to get a second chance..you get the idea..so when I came across this drama I naturally had to check it out. It’s only 12 episodes which was a plus and not a huge commitment. It also starred Han Ji Min whom I really love and Kim Hye-Ja whom I’ve never seen but read good things about. Oh..and of course Nam Joo Hyuk – not a star as an actor but definitely eye candy material.

So the synopsis is: a young girl..through the use of a magic watch- in trying to save her father – suddenly finds herself robbed of her youth and wakes up in the body of an old woman.  Very inconvenient, especially when she was on the verge of a beautiful love story with our hero (who btw has his own sad past to deal with).

Watching this drama was a wonderful gift. I loved almost every aspect of it. I loved the shifting perspectives..especially the unique perspective of a young girl experiencing the difficulties of aging and not being afraid to share those frustrations. I loved how this drama explored deep friendships..how it explored complicated family dynamics. I loved that alot of the cast were older actors who were such fun to watch. I was especially impressed with Kim Hye-Ja who was able to make me feel the young girl supposedly within her. I loved that I got much much more than I was expecting. There were funny moments..there were light moments..there were sad moments..there were heartbreaking and unbearably dark moments.

I’m so sad that it’s over but I’m hunting for more from this writer and director..that speaks for itself doesn’t it??

#han-ji-min, #kim-hye-ja, #nam-joo-hyuk, #radiant, #son-ho-joon, #the-light-in-your-eyes

Why am I watching this?! Before We Get Married

Yeah, Jasper Liu is attractive, but dang! My skin crawled more than a little at times in episode 1 watching him obsess over the engaged and proper Puff Kuo! I confess to having watched 3 episodes so far of this Taiwanese drama because I just am more than a little curious how far (and dark) they may take this one.

Let’s be sure about one thing though, if he were not rich and attractive (his character, that is), there would be a restraining order slapped on him pretty damn fast, let alone an arrest for sexual harassment! Will I keep watching? I dunno…

#before-we-get-married, #jasper-liu, #puff-kuo

Sampling The Longest Day In Chang’an

Wow! If the first 2 episodes are any indication of craft and storytelling, this one will be spectacular!

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t find fascinating (though you might have to be a fast reader to catch all of the details in some of the subs). The story begins presenting problems to be solved — who are these people, what is the conspiracy that’s feared, what are they (both sides) up against? For a thriller fan like me, it’s enticing, but there is the added bonus of a very richly portrayed and exotic Tang Dynasty world.

Brief plot points for the set-up: A disgraced sleuth (military or police?) on death row is ‘bailed out’ by a wunderkind head of the anti-terrorist force (my term) to find a gang that appears to be set on murder and mayhem that very day in Chang’an. The plot may destabilize the throne, it may overthrow it… who knows!

I see that there are going to be 2 seasons of this but it looks amazing and I’ve got my fingers crossed that it continues as strongly as it started.

#the-longest-day-in-changan

What’s Wrong With the Reply Function?

OK, but why can’t I reply to any of you guys’ posts anymore? Did y’all block me for being AWOL? LOL. Apparently I can post but not Reply. I tried both on Chrome and Explorer. I guess I’ll try Firefox next time I can find a few mins. Or let me know if there’s some new protocol at work here. Thanks!

#wordpress

Started “Search:WWW”

…just because i was, like, wtf kind of Kdrama title is this, could you BE more boring and offputting?? And then the silly drama intro music started, “I wanna search search!” SO DUMB, I was preparing to sit back and sneer to my heart’s content for about 15 minutes and then move on, except that I accidentally fell in love with it. LOL!!

First of all, and primarily because, the entire cast is full of smart, clever, professional, strong, ass-kicking women, from the protagonist to the villain to the rival to the coworkers, from the CEO all the way down to the damn barista in the corporation lobby, they’re ALL so freaking self-assured and powerful! I’m loving it so much!! The most boring thing about this drama is the actual romance, haha…. and I never thought I would say that and STILL like a drama, but there it is.
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#im-soo-jung, #jang-ki-yong, #jeon-hye-jin, #lee-da-hee, #lee-jae-wook, #search-www