Category Archives: KDramas

Can’t Wait Wednesday

I love following kattiescottagebooks…I learn about so many different weekly spotlights (like Teaser Tuesdays) and now, Can’t Wait Wednesday! If you like reading about books, you should definitely follow her here.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released.

This was an easy pick for me. I can’t wait to read…

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Title: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Publishing date: May 30th, 2017

Plot: Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

 

KOREAN DRAMAS AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION.  It is the combination of two of my favorite things; I’m psyched. There is no way this book will live up to my expectations. It just isn’t possible. I also know this because the synopsis says, “where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten.” That is a blatant lie. Everyone knows that if the heroine is in her true love’s arms in episode ten, something horrible is going to happen because there are 6 more hours to go. HOWEVER, I’m super excited anyway. Hopefully this won’t be the next Girl Online

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Stars Falling From the Sky

Two years ago, I put together a list of my favorite k dramas. The list is fairly out of date and I really should put together a new one soon. However, there is one drama on there that has stayed my favorite despite an influx of really excellent shows lately.  It is Stars Falling From the Sky. 

When a self-absorbed, 25-year old woman finds herself the sole guardian of five, adopted younger siblings, her world flips upside down. With no money and no place to live, she takes a job as a live-in housekeeper for her long term crush and hides the kids in his basement. Chaos ensues…

I rarely finish the k dramas I start, much less re-watch them, but I just finished watching this drama for the third time through. I found it as endearing as ever. This just might be my favorite drama. However, I do not think it is a drama most people will like. Filmed in 2010, it lacks the polish of more recent shows. The characters spend over half their time drinking or crying. The usual k drama stereotypes are all present, including the love triangle/square thing, and everyone is in a constant state of angst

Everyone, that is, except the heroine. She doesn’t have time for angst. She is trying to feed and house five siblings. Her character arc is incredible. I love her affection for her siblings. She isn’t the only one with that arc, though. Re-watching this drama, I was struck by the fact that for a “romantic” drama, the real love goes to the siblings. There is an interesting contract between the characters with siblings (even just one), and those who are only children. Maybe because it is so rare to find big families or sibling love as the focus of pop culture, this story line really appeals to me. 

The romance in this drama used to throw me off. Spoilers in this paragraph. The couple finally gets together in the second to last episode. In the last episode, the hero proposes…and gets turned down. This is not an uncommon move in k dramas. Usually the previously weak willed heroine then goes off for two years only to return within the last five minutes of the episode for an inconclusive reunion scene. (Thankfully this trend is less predominant in recent dramas.) However, the heroine in Stars Falling From the Sky is hardly weak willed. She doesn’t disappear. She is as determined as ever to provide for her siblings. In this sense, while the last episode is full of dramatic kidnappings and shocking discoveries, it provides a level of realism. Not everything becomes perfect because you’ve found a man and he proposes. In this last episode, we get to see the heroine standing on her own two feet while also learning to rely on the man who loves her. It isn’t Disney ending, but it is a satisfying one I appreciate more now that I am older. 

Like I said earlier, I don’t expect most people to enjoy this drama nearly as much as I do. However, it was a pleasant surprise to re-watch it and discover I like it even more than I remembered! 


Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Looking for a cute Korean drama? Look no farther than Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

My sisters and I have been addicted to the drama since it first started airing and tonight we watched the last episode. Totally worth it. Though not quite as wonderful as Healer, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon definitely makes it on my Favorite Korean Dramas List. 

Do Bong Soon is a sweet, adorable girl who is secretly freakishly strong. Ahn Min Hyuk is a the CEO of a successful video game company and the recent target of several death threats. After seeing her in action, Ahn Min Hyuk hires Do Bong Soon to be his bodyguard. Shenanigans ensue. Throw in an angsty secondary lead, bumbling gangsters, and a murdering serial kidnapper, and you have a drama with a strange blend of romantic comedy, corny humor, and dark suspense.

The fact that these plot lines work together so well (aside from a few cheesy moments) is mostly due to the talent of the actors. Park Bo Young (who plays Do Bong Soon) and Park Hyung Sik (Ahn Min Hyuk) are both adorable. Though playing fairly well-worn roles (sweet poor girl/rich CEO), they bring new life to an exhausted trope. Seriously, I can’t think of any other other word for them collectively or apart than adorable and if you don’t agree, you haven’t seen the show. 

The supporting cast, however, are equally talented and creative in their roles. 

With only 16 episodes, this is one drama you won’t want to miss! Puppy Couple forever!

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Craving solid food…

My sister just finished her exams and we decided to celebrate by watching a Korean Drama. We chose Let’s Eat (2013) It is a drama all about foodies and it is making my mouth water! I haven’t had anything solid since my surgery and I’ve been craving meat all day…but this is another level of torture altogether! I love Korean food and this is a show entirely about it! Ahhhhh! I know I should have convinced her to pick Secret Garden (2010)! 


Drama Fever Premium

I have officially joined the Drama Fever Premium world. It was a birthday gift from my sister. She wanted to watch a k drama that was only available on Drama Fever premium…so she got me a membership. I actually don’t mind. It was a very creative gift on her part. The only problem is, I now have access to a ton of good dramas in HD on my TV without any commercial interruptions. Productivity never seemed so far away. 

Spend more quality time with your favorite dramas without pesky commercial interruptions when you join DramaFever Premium!:

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DramaFever gets me

Wanna Grab Some Food?  – some kpop stars are coming along too, nbd.

Reads the DramaFever News title in my inbox. I click on it. 

Hi Amy – What’s better than K-pop or food? Try K-pop AND food!

Yessssssssssss.
I love getting e-mails from DramaFever. Whoever writes these things is a genius. They always catch my eye and crack me up. Last week it was:

Are You Afraid of Ghosts? – Who you gonna call? Ghost Taec Yeon! 

(I really want to watch Taec Yeon’s new drama…Let’s Fight Ghost.)

Another good title: 

Meet your newest #girlcrush Hwang Jin Yi – Legendary for her beauty, wit, and intelligence, she has got it all.

I tend to avoid historical dramas, but after reading that title, I was willing to give the movie  Hwang Jin Yi a chance.

Two more: 

Caution: Contents are hot – Because these dramas are getting kind of flirty. 

 

Want To Go To A Whole New World? – There’s no Aladdin, but how’s a magical Joseon?

 

After reading about the plot, I may decide not to watch these dramas. However, the titles of DramaFever News e-mails are usually striking enough that I’m at least willing to click on them and find out. It is one of the few mass, weekly e-mails I get that I look forward to getting! 


Splash Splash Love

I finished the most adorable Korean drama yesterday! Despite its weird name, Splash Splash Love, the drama was really well made. It was super funny and romantic. It is also only 2 episodes long! Most k dramas are around 16-20 episodes (and thus 16-20 hours.) Splash Splash Love is roughly 2 hours. It is short but still manages to convey all the emotional depth of a 16 episode show. 

The plot follows a high school senior who is horrible at math. She falls into a puddle and finds herself in the Joseon period where she decides to stay because she is convinced she won’t have to do math there. However, the young king has other ideas…she can teach him math, or be put to death. 

I expected this drama to be super silly…and it was….

But it was also super romantic

Combined with an adorable, satisfying conclusion, Splash Splash Love just went high up on my favorite drama list!

You can watch this drama on Viki!