Wednesday, August 28, 2013

All The FEELS!!!: Who Are You Episodes 5-8 at DramaFever

Whoa, things are about to get real in Who Are You! These last four episodes covered a lot of major plot twists. This show is getting so good, you guys! Get on the Who Are You ship right away if you haven’t. For the first four episodes, I gave the show a 4 out 5 on the Kdrama Feels-O-Meter, but after these last four episodes, I have bumped it up to 5 out of 5! So many more than the average American show. Head over to my post with the DramaFever Drama club to take a look at all the FEELS!!!

Happy Tinfinity, Coco!

Google tells me that ten years ago today was the first day of freshman orientation at my university.  This means that Coco and I met for the first time exactly ten years ago as awkward 18-year-olds who were both terrified that no one would want to be our friends.

Happy friendiversary, Coco!

In honor of our very own “Tinfinity,” here is my kdrama tribute to Coco:

·        I have thought about this long and hard, and I think that Coco’s kdrama alter-ego would be Sam Soon from My Lovely Sam Soon.  Coco is pretty upbeat and outgoing, and she isn’t afraid to sass you if you get on her bad side.  She also gets really cranky when she’s hungry, so I sometimes wish she were a pastry chef in real life.  That way, she could have a stash of homemade goodies when the food rage sets in!


Saturday, August 24, 2013

K-Drama Texts to a Bestie Part 3: Guest Post At Viki

It’s time for another round of K-drama texts to a bestie! Sometimes we wish we were best friends with heroines from the Korean dramas we watch on Viki. Maybe their lives are a little ridiculous, but at least we would never have boring text conversations. 

See what our past text conversations with our best friends from K-dramas.

And here are more we wish we could have with our besties:

Secret Garden

Kdrama Would You Rather Game: NY Kpop Festival 2013

We all know that characters in Kdramas have some pretty crazy lives. If you had a choice to actually pick which awful Korean drama situation to be in, what would you choose?  I headed over to the NY Kpop Festival, put on by the Korean Cultural Service, a couple of nights ago to play a little game called, "Kdrama Would You Rather" with some Korean drama fans. Let's see how they responded.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Nice Guy (The Innocent Man) Korean Drama Review

My soundtrack for writing this review tonight is this song:
It felt strangely appropriate.  You'll find out why in a minute.

Anyway, I've been trying to step out of my kdrama comfort zone lately.  I am normally a solid rom com kind of girl, and revenge melodramas aren't really my cup of tea. Dying and crying? Blech. Give me lovesick hijinks any day.

After Sungkyunkwan Scandal, however, I really wanted to watch more from the best bromance in the world. After accidentally (completely on purpose) reading a spoiler for Yoo Ah In's Fashion King and realizing that I would really, really hate it, I was left no choice but to go with Song Joong Ki's Nice Guy (also known as Innocent Man). Unfortunately, Song Joong Ki is just leaving for military service, which means no more shows from him for a while. Why now? Just when I've developed a mild obsession!

The basic plot is this: In a case of seriously flawed logic, a guy goes to jail for a murder he doesn't commit.  Once he gets out, he becomes a gigolo (whaaaaaaat?) and then revengey stuff happens. And love stuff happens. And revengey-love stuff happens. Ridiculous.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Kdrama Ghosts: Why You Gotta Be So Creepy?

For my fourth post with the DramaFever Drama Club about Who Are You episodes 1-4, we decided to do an analysis of the way ghosts are used to represent certain themes in Korean Dramas.

One of my professors once told me that all good horror devices actually represent broken human relationships or broken societies. For example, haunted houses represent abuse within a family. Along this line, it seems that the ghosts in Who Are You represent a broken justice system. Like the psychic tells Shi Oh, ghosts appear because they want relief from resentment.

I’ve noticed in several Korean dramas, I Hear Your Voice being the most recent example, that the Korean justice system is often portrayed as unevenly on the side of guilty defendants. People too often get away with crimes, leaving it up to those who are wronged to take matters into their own hands. We see a prime example of this in the scene below.

Some More of Something Completely Different: Youtube Review of The Master's Sun Episodes 1-4

Remember how Coco recently tried doing a Youtube review of Who Are You? And I said I would never, ever do it?

Yeah, me too. 

And then Coco tried to convince me: "But someone has to review The Master's Sun and you're already doing it!" "I can't do it by myself!" "C'mon! It won't be that bad!"

And then I caved and taped a review. And then I gave Coco one of my kidneys. Because she might just be the most convincing person on the planet.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Answer Me 1997 Contest!

You know how the characters in Korean dramas are always entering ridiculous contests in hopes of winning a cell phone or something? Think Boys over Flowers, where we not only had Jan Di and Jun Pyo's piggyback ride contest, but we also got Jan Di and Ji Hoo's wedding dress photo contest.  In other words, Jan Di was a contest-winning two-timer.

Well, if you've always been jealous of Jan Di and want to enter a contest of your own, look no further!  The guys over at Green Tea Graffiti are hosting an Answer Me 1997 contest!

Who Are You Episodes 1-4 Review: Guest Post at DramaFever

For a little bit of fun, Vivi and I are joining some other cool bloggers to do reviews of two currently airing horror/mystery shows for DramaFever's Drama Club. I'll be reviewing Who Are You, and Vivi will be reviewing The Master's Sun. Here's my written review of Who Are You episodes 1-4 on DramaFever.

Isn't Si Ohn the best?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

How to Fangirl/Fanboy at KCON: Good Idea, Bad Idea

KCON is in a week, and I'm getting really stoked to go and meet a bunch of fellow Kdrama/Kpop fans! If you haven't heard of KCON 2013, it’s an all-things-Hallyu convention organized by the Korean network, Mnet, that will takes place next weekend in Los Angeles. The convention features concerts from top Kpop artists, workshops and panels on Korean pop culture, fun contests, and artist engagements.  I'll be walking around filming footage for some YouTube videos and taking pictures of all the beautiful K-fans for a KCON slideshow.

I don't know about you, but the thought of being around my favorite K-stars makes the inner fangirl in me go a little crazy. Now, I don't want anyone to get too out of control when the time comes, so in order to be ready for KCON this year, let’s review some good ideas and bad ideas about how to fangirl/fanboy.

1. Good Idea: Fangirl/Fanboy so hard that your favorite band feels the love.
    Bad Idea: Fangirl/Fanboy so hard that you faint from too many feels.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Kdrama Writing

I mentioned this in my Dating Agency: Cyrano review, but after starting Nice Guy, I'm starting to wonder if it's really true:

Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

And Now For Something Different: Who Are You Episodes 1-4 YouTube Review

So, I'm trying the unthinkable. I made a YouTube video of my reaction to the first 4 episodes of Who Are You. Being in front of the camera is awkward. Trying not to sound or look stupid on film is awkward. This whole thing was awkward, but it did give me an appreciation for Kdrama actors and actresses. All I had to do was sit there and talk. I wasn't even trying to pretend to be someone else or having to kiss a total stranger. do I get in on the kissing a total Korean stranger thing?

Anyway, hopefully watching this is at least somewhat enjoyable. If not, then I promise never to do it again.  If so, then hopefully I'll become better at it with time.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Summertime Funnertime: Dating Agency: Cyrano Review

Dating Agency: Cyrano just finished its run in July of this year.  Looking for something light and fluffy to watch in what feels like billion-degree weather, I started watching it pretty soon after it ended.
Doesn't this poster just scream "SUMMER!" to you?
The posters didn't lie.  This drama was like a little creamiscle: a light snack for the summer, but so light that it won't stay with you for long.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fashion Face-off Friday: Facial Hair

Well, folks, it's been about a million years since we had one of these fashion face-offs.  Our face-off of rich ladies went to Joo Won's mom in a landslide.  I heartily agree with that decision!

For this week's face-off, I have decided to break from the norm.  We usually cover trends that appear frequently in kdramas, but this time, I wanted to look at the lone wolves fighting against the pack.  And that's why I've chosen facial hair.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kdrama Kitties: Dream High!

We threatened to do it, and we finally have. We present for your cuteness overload: Kdrama Kitties! Everyone loves cute kitties, and everyone loves Kdramas, so there is no better way to experience sublime giddiness than to view this Kdrama Kitties parody of Dream High!

The Original Dream High Poster in case you've forgotten:

Which one is cuter? You be the judge, but I think the answer is clear.
I just so happened to be visiting Vivi this week so I finally got the chance to take photos of her cats and use them as models for our Kdrama Kitties series! 

Up Next for parody: 49 Days

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