Monday, September 30, 2013

Koreans and Corsets: How Kdramas Are Like Jane Austen Novels

A few weeks ago, Outside Seoul's Amanda wrote this post, where she briefly mentioned the similarities between kdrama leading men and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.  Then, a couple of days ago, one of my good friends finished watching her first kdrama (I'm so proud!), and her initial response was that it felt like a "long romcom, but not an American romcom--more like a Jane Austen movie."  These two comments, combined with the fact that I  recently saw Austenland in theaters, have really brought my attention to the many ways in which kdramas mirror Jane Austen novels.

That, and this scene from The Master's Sun this week:

Surely, surely I wasn't the only one who immediately thought of this:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

12 Things We Learned About Korea From Watching Kdramas

The first Kdrama I ever watched was Lie To Me, and the main reason I began watching it was because I didn't know anything about modern Korea and wanted to learn. And boy did I ever! I've even been teaching all the fans over on DramaFever's Facebook page. Here are 12 things I've learned about Korea from watching Kdramas.

Monday, September 23, 2013

To Drop or Not to Drop? 5 Reasons to Abandon a Kdrama

I'm not usually a quitter. When I start to eat, I eat everything on my plate--even if it means that I am immobile for several hours afterwards in fear that my stomach might explode.  I painfully dragged myself through the last few seasons of The Office because I had already committed to see the Dunder Mifflin crew through to the end.  I can count on one hand--okay, one finger--the number of books on my Goodreads list that I started without finishing.

For the record, it was Middlemarch, and I only stopped when I realized that I was 100 pages into it and we were still getting exposition.  Even so, I'm a little ashamed of myself every time I see it in my book list.  It's a sore subject, okay?

So I was pretty far into my kdrama-watching career before it even occurred to me that I could stop watching a show if I wasn't feeling it.  The first time I dropped a show, I felt just a little bit guilty, but also really liberated.  I didn't have to waste 10 more hours watching that show!  I could move on to bigger and better dramas!

Unlike Coco, who is possibly the most fickle show watcher on the planet, I give most dramas the benefit of the doubt for as long as possible.  That being said, here are some of my top reasons for jumping off of a drama ship:

Friday, September 20, 2013

(Not Really) Fashion Face-Off Friday: Kdrama Proposals

I think that our last Fashion Face-Off, the Battle of the Facial Hair, might have been the closest contest we've ever had.  As of this minute, Hyun Bin wins for his character in The Snow Queen, but it's been pretty back-and-forth between him and Cha Seung Won in City Hall this entire time. Can I take this as a sign that we wouldn't mind a little more scruff on our leading men every now and again?

I spent last weekend at my little brother's wedding (I can't believe he's married! Awww, but also weird?), and it put me in the mood to write about kdrama nuptials.  Now, most wedding fashion that appears in these shows doesn't actually make it to the altar.  I feel like the prettiest gowns and suits are usually wasted in those dramatic "Omo, he's marrying the wrong person!" or "We're gonna get married, but in a terrible twist of fate, we need to wait five more episodes!" kinds of scenes.  So instead of writing about wedding fashion, I want to devote this week's face-off to something that isn't clothing, but still requires a lot of style: kdrama proposals.  

Many kdramas leave us with the couple staring off into the sunset and allow us to assume that they will live lives of blissful commitment.  Other dramas fast forward to show us wonderful snippets of future married life.  Other dramas are terrible, stingy buttfaces and don't really give us much romantic closure at all.  But every once in a while, we get to see the actual engagement unfold, and the proposals are usually tailored to match the characters.  This week's contenders might not all be the best kdrama proposals (at least in my opinion), but they are a diverse selection that will hopefully meet everyone's unique tastes.

Obviously, there will be some spoilers here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It’s Korean snack time!

Summer is over and it’s time to head back to school and work. To make this transition a little easier it helps to bring some delicious snacks with you. Instead of grabbing your trusty American snacks, spice things up by trying a Korean snack. In order to determine which Korean snacks are the best, I headed over to K-town to pick some up. I had a hard time deciding because once I see Korean stuff I want to buy it all, but I finally narrowed it down to 5!

The taste testing panel included Min, Jackie, and Stan from DramaFever, and me, Coco.

We scored the snacks on texture, flavor intensity, aftertaste, and balance of sweetness/saltiness. Here are the results:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Partying It Up in the Palace: King 2 Hearts Korean Drama Review

I'm gradually working my way through all of the shows I should have watched back in 2012. After Nice Guy, I went back to something (at least initially) more lighthearted with King 2 Hearts. It seems like this series was somewhat polarizing.   People either loved it, or they kind of hated it.  My answer?  I agree!  With (almost) everyone!  With mad diplomacy skills like these, I deserve to be in the UN, right?  Because I could do a better job than most of the diplomats in this show, that's for sure.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Flower Boy Face-Off: Boys Over Flowers

For our last little video from KCON 2013, we decided to ask Kdrama fans the hardest questions they have ever faced: Who would you ultimately choose to date- Jun Pyo or Jihoo from Boys Over Flowers, or the actors who play them, Lee Min Ho, or Kim Hyun Joong?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Kdrama Speed Dating: Finding the Perfect Male Lead

I've explained in the past that my life is kind of like a Kdrama. The only problem is that I'm still missing the male lead! In a quest to find the perfect Korean drama male lead, I decided to participate in speed dating at KCON 2013. (As a joke, mind you. I mean, 14-18 years olds are a little young for me, even by noona romance standards).

There are basically 5 questions that help you quickly filter out potential male leads in the one minute you have for speed dating.

I subjected several lucky men to these awkward questions and here are the amusing results:

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Coco and Vivi at KCON 2013: A Whirlwind Recap

It's been a week since we got back from KCON, and we've finally settled enough to start posting some of our experiences.  Brace yourselves for an extremely long post containing an absurd amount of photos...

I wasn't even planning on going to KCON because I like to pretend that I'm a responsible adult and can't just drop everything to go to Korean conventions in other states, but when I woke up on Friday and realized I had no plans for the weekend, my husband and I decided to just get in the car and road trip it at the last minute.  I'm so glad I did! KCON was an absolute blast.  Here are some highlights:

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