Day 03: Your Favorite Female Lead Character

Jo Anna - Fantasy Couple



This was an easy one! Made even easier by the fact I already did a post about this amazing woman. You can see it here: You WISH You were Anna.

The basic premise of Fantasy Couple, for those of you who haven't seen it (or the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn movie it's based on), Anna is a rich, haughty woman who has a few unpleasant run-ins with a poor plumber named Chul-soo. He ends up losing money and getting a shovel to the head. After falling off her boat Anna ends up in a hospital bed next to Chul-soo with no memory of who she is. So, in order to recoup some costs, Chul-soo tells her she is his live-in girlfriend named Sang-shil.

Cue shenanigans!





Anna is delightfully bitchy, but also a strong and refreshingly honest character.

30 Days of Kdramas )
Finally got around to this



Following the cut you will find a ranking of my least to most favorite of the dramas (Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese) that I finished this year.

I think the whole this is pretty safe, though I do make a few allusions to plot points. So, I'm just going to cover my bases and say potential spoilers for Coffee House, Dal Ja's Spring, Fantasy Couple, Gumiho: Tale of the Fox's Child, Hotaru no Hikari 2, Iris, Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, Liar Game 2, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku, Oh My Lady, Playful Kiss, Prosecutor Princess, Shokojo Seira, Smile You, Smiling Pasta, Something Happened in Bali, Sunao ni Narenakute, Tsuki no Koibito, and Yankee-kun to Megane-chan.

It's one big ol' image. JSYK )

Final Thoughts: I have to say, 2010 was a bit of a disappointment for me on the drama front. Nothing I watched this year merited a five star ranking on my own personal Drama Rankings. Maybe I'm just getting bitter in my old age, because my top two dramas I adored yet just couldn't bring myself to call them nearly perfect. But honestly, I wonder if I rewatched some of those 5 star dramas if I wouldn't demote them now. I watched them when the world of dramas was still mostly shiny, new, and wonderful. I thought everything was great back then. AH WELL.

What I can say is that there was a crop of excellent female characters, it's just too bad they were stuck in such middling (Eun Young, Coffee House) or straight-up awful (Maemi, Tsuki no Koibito) dramas.

Here is hoping for better results next year! I'm going to start 2011 off by finishing up Joseon X-Files and then either Chuno, Secret Garden, Story of a Man, or City Hall.


Fantasy Couple (or Couple of Fantasy/Couple or Trouble) is a 2006 kdrama based on the 1987 Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell film. It's the story of a bossy and haughty heiress named Jo Anna. VERY IMAGE HEAVY. OH BOY! )
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SO, I finished Something Happened in Bali and quickly moved on to Fantasy Couple because I needed something as light-hearted and fun as Bali was depressing and soul-crushing.

Seriously, I don't believe any other drama has so nearly convinced me that the human race is nothing more than a collection of incredibly selfish and self-serving villains. At least in Maou there were some glimpses of good. In Bali, nothing of the sort. Even our heroine who began the show as a bright spot of spunk and determination despite her situation was soon revealed to be just as money-hungry as everyone else.

I don't think anyone on that show was capable of caring about anything other than their own feelings. Even for how much Jae Min loved Soo Jung, what mattered (in the VERY TRAGIC END) was how he felt. So even though I really wanted to root for him because he had been through so much and fought so hard, it was impossible. Love as no place in the world of Bali, because while Soo Jung claimed to love her pride was always more important. Better to take care of yourself than risk anything.

Liar Game 2 was pretty much what I expected it to be - a weak retread of the original series. Liar Game never really felt like a true drama to me, more like a very fun reality show. The problem that Liar Game faces is keeping people engaged. It's just as easy to get sucked in as it is to have your eyes glaze over. This happens for me whenever the games go on for multiple episodes. It all gets so convoluted that nothing makes sense and you just want Akiyama to win already because you know he will. That was the main issue with LG2, there were too many looooong games, especially that gold-smuggling one. It wasn't even that clever and just went. on. for.e.v.e.r.

That's why I think the movie is going to be really good. They have a small timeframe to work in and I'm sure they will make the best of it.

I just have ONE episode of Fantasy Couple left and I'm not going to be able to get to it for a couple of days and it's killing me. I just want Anna and Chul Soo to have their happily ever after already. The series chugged along so nicely in the beginning, but these last two eps have dragged. It's like the writers realized they wanted some angst so they threw in some half-cooked reason why the leads had to be apart.

It's mopey and not nearly as fun as the rest of the series was. If they wanted angst they should have done more with that girl who loved Chul Soo. Wasted opportunity in my opinion. She was so close to being wickedly evil but never quite reached it.

That being said, I'm pretty sure I want to do a post solely about Jo Anna, because she is AMAZING. What a great character.

Also, Smile, You got extended AGAIN. I'm already behind 5 episodes thanks to viikii hiccuping and links getting broken. I may cry.
Guys, the Drama Boyfriend Super Bowl is neck and neck! Buchou is currently ahead of the coffee prince by one point. If you haven't voted yet, VOTE NOW!.

I really need to make a post about the dramas I've finished recently (Something Happened in Bali and Liar Game 2) but I'm just not motivated enough at the moment. Plus, I'm marathoning Fantasy Couple and loving it. Anna is fantastic.

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