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.

so sleepy~

Oct. 28th, 2010 03:08 pm
I cut out caffeine this week and it's... not been pretty. Headaches all week long and I'm just dragging something fierce. I think I used up all my concentration on a conference call this morning. Now all I want to do is sleep. I have been sleeping better, so that's a plus, if not exactly a surprise. Although, I do think I'm going to allow myself some coffee for my six hour road trip Friday night. Good times await me on the other end, but I loathe long car trips, especially by myself. They're just so dull.

Craaaaaap. Oh Man-seok is joining the cast of What's Up. Now I'm going to have to watch it, when I really had no desire to before. Pick some projects I like, dammit! :( At least this one is a drama, I can't exactly hop over to Korea for some stage productions.

Finished Playful Kiss. Damn if they didn't take tying up loose ends super seriously. It kind of ended the way my happy-endings-for-everyone mind often wishes: Pair everyone off, make them super happy and successful... THE END! Lovely in theory, but in practice can be a little lacking. I actually thought that Joon-gu and the foreigner were pretty cute together, but it was crazy rushed... and Ju-ri's random haircut-addicted boyfriend was just weird. But I liked that Ha-ni finally felt strong ties to her career of choice beyond their relation to Seung-jo. Adorable drama overall. Watch it for some feel-good, cotton-candy fun. Just... don't think about it too much. Trust me.

Also! Halloween!

1. Playful Kiss ep 14 - I guess that's the most we're going to get from Ha Ni. Sigh. I like that she took some time to actually think about her future, though it took me more than a weekend to decide what I wanted to do with my life. Then again, I still don't really know. I also like that Seung Jo pushed her into actually caring about what she was going to do. I like the way they fit together as a couple. Just like Seung Jo's mom said: they are a pot and a lid. What I don't like is she still kind of ended up with the same decision as before with choosing nursing. Plus, I have doubts as to her actual mental capacity for it. We know she is determined, but she's also not very bright.

2. Saw Secretariat, because I like horse movies. I used to watch Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken ALL the time when I was younger. Secretariat was alright, but I thought Seabiscuit was by far a better made movie. Secretariat felt kind of oddly paced and I never really connected with the characters. I'm not really sure what audience they were looking for, because it's not like it was targeted at kids. But it also didn't have much finesse to it.

3. I think the Colts are trying to give me a heart attack. I don't even know what to make of this team anymore. Sometimes we have an offense, other times we have a defense. Last night NO ONE could hold onto the ball and we somehow managed to win. I don't even know.

4. Doing my best to stay away from Mad Men spoilers. I watched the football game so I haven't seen the finale yet. My fingers keep itching to check out summaries but I don't actually WANT to know what happens before I see it. So I'm also super anxious about looking at my flist... or anything on the internet really.
SO, Playful Kiss ep 12. That happened. I HAVE THOUGHTS. Let me show you them... )
I'm amazed at how much I'm enjoying Playful Kiss, especially considering I really had no desire to check it out in the beginning. But now I'm super invested. One complaint:

What was going on with the editing in episode 11? I never thought of PK as a drama that would make me question reality.

Also: I need for all the jdramas I'm watching to hurry up and get their subs by the end of the month. I will not be distracted from NaNo, dammit!

ETA: Female Character Flowchart - I figure most everyone has already seen this, but I thought I'd link it just in case. Funny how it seems pretty much every female character is a stereotype/trope/poorly written. Hilarious, really. It reminds me of an essay I read about the term "Mary-Sue" and how we need to stop using it. I wish I could find the link, because I'm really not going to be any good at giving the topic justice. Basically, it just serves to undermine female authors.

ETA Dos: Apparently I can't find the link because it's been locked, which is sad because I think everyone should read it. But [ profile] darkeyedwolf found a snippet of it over at Fanlore. Here's a short quote that I think represents the argument well:

Writing "Mary Sues" is empowering. Writing them being awesome is empowering. Calling Mary Sue, and contributing to an environment such as the above, which encourages the denigration of female awesomeness in fiction, which encourages the bullying and harassment of participants in female awesome, is participating in that culture.

Calling "Mary Sue" in this environment is shaming women for empowering themselves.
My Girlfriend is a Gumiho 13 & 14 - Ah, we're entering the final stretch and that means it's time for forced separations and for my attention to wander. Angst and drama just means less time for Shin Min Ah to be completely adorable on my computer screen. I think my main issues lies with Dong Joo. I don't mind that he's not some big bad, but I really wish we had some more information on him, his background, AND WHAT THE HELL HE WANTS. He's just this well of knowledge who likes to say ominous things and stare at people. Mo Min Woo is kind of scary pretty for a man, but he just comes across as so blank on screen. That could be a good thing if used correctly, but I don't think it is.

Playful Kiss 1 - OKAY, SO HOW SUPER CUTE IS THIS SHOW? I kind of love everything about it, from the breezy music and cinematography to Oh Ha Ni herself. I really just wanted her to hand Seung Jo his head because that was an asshole move on his part. How does something like that? Argh. Anyway, I think Jung So Min is totes adorable and will handily fulfill my cuteness quota once MGiaG goes off the air *tears in my eyes*

Also, please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks she has an eerie resemblance to Yoon Eun Hye, especially when she's sporting a little side bun like YEH did in Goong. It kind of freaks me out. Photographic Evidence )



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