Monday, July 9, 2012

New Feature: Drama Shorts

For quite some time now, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the old Currently Watching posts from this blog’s sidebar. They’re hard to read on the current archive page, so I toyed with the idea of relocating them to Twitter or Tumblr. (Both of which I hate for crotchety old woman reasons: What’s the world coming to when people think 140-character bursts of nothing and “reblogging” are creative output? Get off my lawn you pesky kids!).

Ultimately, though, I decided to inaugurate a new feature here: Drama Shorts. Tidied up into actual posts, the Currently Watching quips become speedy little overviews of all the dramas I watch, including ones that don’t get written about in more depth. They’re not particularly involved or insightful, but my rationalization is that sometimes you just want to know what you’re getting into when you start a new drama. When I finish watching a show I’ll create a new post for it and delete its entries from the Currently Watching sidebar.

Because I’ve got quite a backlog of this stuff—and because I’ve now officially stuck with this blog for six whole months, miracle of miracles—I’ve decided to celebrate by getting a little crazy and posting two Drama Shorts a day for this whole week. That’s the fruit of more than 160 hours of drama watching, horrifyingly enough (which translates into practically every minute of free time I've had since Christmas).

(P.S.  For me, Twitter’s entire existence is justified by this single account: Gosling Literary Agent.)

12 comments:

  1. Nice idea, I approve! I do love your sidebar - dare I say it's a little like living vicariously in your Kdrama mind?
    I'm halfway through Queen InHyun's Man... I finally couldn't stand not having seen it. :O

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    1. Maybe these shorts weren't such a great idea after all: My Kdrama mind is not a place anyone should be living vicariously. There's barely room enough in here for me ;)

      I'll be interested to hear what you think of QIhM—I liked parts, but wasn't as wowed by the whole as a lot of people were. (And, of course, the parts I liked were the parts they hated...)

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    2. Hah. You know the entire Kdrama audience may be so diverse, but is just crazy enough to understand each others' minds ;)

      Well now I'm curious as to what you liked.. we shall discuss sometime. I'm only starting ep 11 today.

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  2. Great idea. I see you're watching Pasta now. That's a good one.

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    1. I'm loving it so far. It's nice to watch a drama that gives Lee Sun Gyun a chance to shine as the male lead—he's a charmer (even when playing a rage-aholic sexist). I've had a good run of shows lately: First the lovely Dal Ja's Spring and now this...

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  3. I agree. Great idea. This also means more posts from you. Good for us!

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    1. We'll see! I've been trying to keep the posts to one a week so I don't burn out...which is probably one of the reasons why I've actually kept writing here this long. ;) Most of my obsessions would have have fizzled by now.

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  4. I really liked The King 2 Hearts, but I agree it was a little too long and I think they could've made Ha Ji Won's character have a little more personality, she kind of lost it a few episodes in and started becoming a submissive boring typical female lead personality, but she did pick it back up again a little in like the last 2 episodes. I thought it was interesting that there was no love triangle in this drama.

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    1. I think the problem with the personality of Ha Ji Won's character was...Ha Ji Won =X I've seen her in a lot of dramas lately, and she always feels robotic and unlikable.

      The King 2 Hearts was really well done, and I can see liking it a lot. There were parts that I was crazily involved in, like (delicately worded to avoid spoilers) the show's first two deaths and the romance between the second leads. For me, the whole thing started to feel frustratingly draggy by the end, though.

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  5. I've only seen her in this and Secret Garden, and she didn't seem robotic at the time, but maybe it was just masked by the awesomeness of being a martial arts stunt woman lol. Yeah K2H definitely dragged towards the end, but I feel that way about most dramas that are more than 16 or so episodes. They usually just start to go in circles after a while. I am afraid that is going to happen to Big if they are not careful (even though I think it is only supposed to be 16), they are already kind of starting to drag it out, and this is coming from a very patient kdrama watcher. Hopefully episode 12 will mix it up and bring back the excitement we saw in the first few episodes.

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    1. I completely agree about Big. I'm still hopeful that sometime later down the road the Hongs will manage to magically bring together all the redundancies and sidetrack stories into one majestically wonderful, Christopher-Nolan-esque finale. But then again, I believed in Santa Claus until I was like 12, so my judgement has been known to be less than sound on these things.

      Ultimately, the cute makes Big worth watching, even if the overarching plot ends up being a total waste of time. ::sigh:: I'd happily watch that Gong Yoo recite from the Seoul phone book, when it comes right down to it.

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  6. Man episode 12 was a disappoinment!! I mean they kissed finally, and that was good but it was just a bunch of stuff almost happening again. Which would be fine if they hadn't already been doing that for 3 episodes lol. Gong Yoo has been amazing, however the combination of Da Ran's character and the actress are really driving me nuts. I mean Kyung Joon is such an amazingly funny, cute, and sweet character, and then Da Ran is boring, indecisive, and pitiful. I mean she lets this 20 year old guy make all the decisions for her, she wouldn't do anything if he didn't push her. And then there is the lack of chemistry between the actor/actress. Jen and I were talking about this on her blog. She just seems kind of so-so towards him, which maybe she is interpreting it as the general reserve of Da Ran's character, but come on!! Even the kiss really sucked on her end. I mean, you're kissing Gong Yoo, if you can't do it right let me take your place lol. But overall, it is still worth watching because of Kyung Joon's character and to find out how they are going to put everything together in the end. I also really enjoy watching Choon Shik and Ma Ri's interactions. They are a hoot lol.

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