I have a guilty pleasure. It's partly foreign tv shows (Where are you Versailles? I'm waiting on you) but mostly they hail from one specific country. Yes, I am speaking of K-Dramas. Now, while I had a quick fling with All my Children a decade ago, I have a soft little spot for things like Downton Abbey and miniseries like The Thornbirds, Dr. Thorne, and The Forsyte Saga. None of that really compares to some of the K-dramas I've seen, or that have stayed with me since(You can tell it's been a while with how old some of these are ;)).
Girl is trying to become a nun. Brother is in a k pop band. Brother begs sister to save his ass and cover for him while he's having surgery so that he can keep everything on the DL.
This show is a literal gender swap, with only one or two characters knowing for the majority of the show. It's priceless, endearing, and actually made me chuckle a couple of times.
The boys are adorable, each fulfilling the stereotypes of who is usually in a K-pop band. The Smooth operator, the baby face, the cute one, and the leader.
This was one of the first K-dramas I watched, and I really don't regret the choice. It has so many layers of emotion and nuance that its ending felt more than satisfying when it came to a close.
~Pig Rabbit ~
The premise comes off super campy at times: a prince teleported into modern day Soul is wrapped up in a current family's situation when he is mistaken for a long lost son. This show flips back and forth from historical drama to modern comedy, but once you see it you get it. I did almost cry at the end. It's really enjoyable if you like some comedy mixed up with sobbing on the couch in the dark.
Flower Boy Next Door
A young girl in her early twenties has resigned herself to a hermetic life. She makes a living by editing during the day and having deliveries ordered or sneaking out sporadically to get things necessary to survive. Everything changes when she spots an alluring new neighbor. Using her binoculars she can't help but spy on this interesting and handsome boy across the way. Too bad he's pretty observant. An unrequited love from the neighbor down the hall, and a very aggressive pretty boy across the street start to open up Go Dok-mi's life in ways she never thought possible. Her heart is being put in the position of being vulnerable again. Does she need to run, or find out where her adventurous friends take her?
To The Beautiful You
This is another gender bender, but this has more to do with ambition and idol worship for its own sake. Goo Jae-hee is an avid track and field competitor in the US. Soon enough she starts to idolize a South Korean high jumper Kang Tae-joon. She cuts off her long locks and does her best to disguise her feminine features and transfers to Tae-joon's all boy school to see if she can get to know him better. The added benefit being that she can push herself in track and field.
There have been so many remakes of this. I read the original manga about 16 years ago. It's really enjoyable and has a lot of twists and turns. The ending is perfect-I Promise!
I'm pretty much done with the pile of book reviews I had to do at this point. Yay for catching up!! Now I'm off to Camp Nanowrimo for July. Postings will be a little more sparse but I'll try to make sure I have some good stuff later in the month.