Drama Wednesday (7): “Radiant Office” Thoughts

I’ll just start with saying…

 

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I LOVED this drama. Which is not what seems to be the popular opinion, but who cares? Whatever to those who did not like this drama (except to you, my BFF 😉 ), because this one was a winner for me.

So, to give you a little overview, this drama is about a 28 year old woman who has not had much luck in life. She lost her dad, has had many interviews with no success in procuring a position, and when she thinks she is going to get a position (because who fails 100 times?), she is turned down again. Then, through a series of events, she finds out that she might have only 6 months to live.

Yeah, kind of depressing. But trust me, this drama is full of smiles.

What I Liked:

I loved the friendship that developed between the female lead and the two guys she met at the hospital. They have their relational bumps, but overall they’re stinking squad goals. (No, they do not develop romantic attachments to each other)

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Oh, the feels this scene brings, ya’ll. The FEELS.

 

The life issues that this drama portrays were relate-able even though the characters live in a place much different than where I live. This series is, to me, for those who have been through hard times. For those who are struggling and feel like they’re at the bottom of life’s blessings. I just related to the struggles of some of the characters (like my squad shown in photo above). Depression because of life’s sad turns, suicidal thoughts caused by wanting the pain to end, dealing with finding a job (something I was going through when I started watching), and learning to be more responsible… these things are touched upon in the plot, and it attached my heart to this drama. Yet, as sad as this was, the show shows a gradual buildup of happiness that life brings in these areas, especially if we keep going.

No insta-love between leads- Thank you, Radiant Office. I think this may be one reason I’ve read that others find this show boring, but I do not think this was a bad thing. The romance element was portrayed in a way that it wasn’t the  focal part of the story, and that was a nice take. Besides, some of the side characters have their own romantic drama to help tide over waiting for…well, I won’t say anymore. #causethatwouldbemajorspoiling

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The characters. They were all flawed, yet lovable. Their imperfections made them all the more real, and I miss even characters who (most of the time) were pretty much jerks because they were even shown to have some endearing qualities.

Things I Wasn’t So Fond Of:

There were some slow parts, but not enough to ruin the overall show for me.

The ending left me a bit hanging. Most dramas do, which is the reason I have a hard time moving on to new dramas and therefore re-watch the drama I can’t get enough of.

 

*sighs happily*

Overall, I still get a warm feeling when I think on this drama even though its been some days since I completed it. I think the heart of this drama, the reason it touched me so much, is summed up pretty well in this quote from the series when one of the characters reflects on what they learned:

“I learned how special everyday is.”

Drama Wednesday (6)—Favorite Dramas Part Two

Hello everyone! Today I’m here with part two of my favorite dramas. (You can check out part one by clicking here.)

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“Moonriver” is a Taiwanese drama that captured my heart is so many ways. The humor, the sweet heroine, and the tugging of the heartstrings… they just make me happy thinking about it. It’s about a martial artist girl from the country who ends up going to a city college where she soon offends the top students and finds her life entangled with theirs. Okay, so this drama is a lot like “Boys Over Flowers,” but no, I do not think it is a do-over of my beloved BOF. This one has enough fresh elements to make it its own story, and I really like it.

 

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Speaking of “Heartstrings,” another one of my favorite dramas happens to be named just that. I think the main reason I tried this one was because I was not happy who the heroine ended up with in the drama, “You’re Beautiful.” I wanted her to end up with the second male lead (This is a problem I often have.). “Heartstrings” paired the female lead and second male lead from “You’re Beautiful” together as the main couple. While it wasn’t the same as if they had ended up together in “You’re Beautiful,” I suppose it helped salve the pain. This drama is about two students, one a modern music player, the other a traditional Koran music player, and their bumpy path to finding love. It’s cute and fluffy, with enough drama to perhaps cause you to bit your nails in nervous anticipation to know what happens next. Also, there’s plenty of fun music.

 

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“Ice Fantasy” is the only Chinese drama I have finished so far, and I almost gave up on it after watching only the first few episodes. I persevered, though, and it was worth it. Only issue was that there were some intimate romance scenes that made me uncomfortable. Other than that, it was just a fun, other-worldly adventure that has me wanting  its sequel, “Ice Fantasy: Destiny,” right now. Right now.

 

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“Dream Knight” is another mini Korean drama that I enjoy. It’s about a orphaned school girl who is protected by a group of magical guys as she goes through life. It’s  sweet, plus it contains a lot of fun music, probably because the main guys are all K-pop artists. Anyways, I wish there was more because the story felt somewhat incomplete. 😦

Drama Wednesday (5): April 2017 Overview

I know, you might have been anticipating part two of my favorite dramas. (At least, I hope someone was.) However, this week happens to be the first week of the month, so this week’s post is to show what I watched in April. (Hopefully, next week will be part two of my favorite dramas.)

Dramas I Finished

Korean:

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While I came close to finishing another one, this little drama was the only one I finished. You can check out some of my thoughts for it here.

Dramas First Time Made Way Through (But Have Yet To Finish)

Chinese Dramas:

While I did not finish either of these, I did make progress in them. (Chinese Dramas are so long, you guys.) I really like the fantasy elements of “Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms,” and I like the wit battled between the hero and heroine of “General and I.”

Korean Dramas:

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“Love Rain”

This is a drama I have seen over the years, but never got past the first few minutes the first time I tried it. But, when I saw it available for download, I decided to give it another chance. I’m glad I did, because I’m loving it. It’s emotionally lovely, and one of the best K-Dramas I’ve first-time watched in awhile. Hope to finish it soon.

Japanese Dramas:

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“Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo”

This is the first time I’ve watched a Japanese drama and made it past the second episode. So far, it is a cute school drama that is fun to watch when I want to see something light hearted and sweet.

Dramas I Rewatched

Korean:

Sometimes, I just want to re-watch some of my favorites. That was the case in April when I decided to watch some episodes of “The Master’s Sun,” “Flower Boys Next Door,” “Boys Over Flowers,” and “The Miracle.”

That concludes my over all drama progress for the month of April. I did a lot of going back and forth, which meant I did not finish much of anything. Maybe in May I can put some of these on my “watched” list, instead of the ever growing “to-watch” list. How was your drama time in April? Any recommendations?

Drama Wednesday (4): Favorite Dramas-Part One

Today I thought I’d share what are some of my favorite dramas in a two part post.

“Gu Family Book”

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This is the drama that got me into Korean dramas, which eventually led to me trying dramas from other Asian countries. Anywho, “Gu Family Book” (chosen at random from a list my friend sent me) grabbed a hold of me more than I could have imagined. Yeah, the ending stinketh. Like, really, it has been years since I first watched it, and I still think they should have made a sequel (which I doubt will ever happen *tears*).

“Flower Boys Next Door”

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“Flower Boys Next Door” is my number two drama. I found it relate-able in so many ways, and still do. The story follows a young woman who almost never leaves her apartment because she has suffered from some bullying, and she feels safest in her little home where she edits books for a living. She’s made a habit of watching her next door neighbor with a pair of binoculars, harboring a secret crush. It is when she is spying one day that she is caught by Enrique, a game maker genius who finds her hermit-like ways a challenge to beat. Such a lovely drama, and one I’ve watched more than once. 😀

“Boys Over Flowers”

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“Boys Over Flowers” is a very popular series, and probably my favorite Korean Drama. I watched the whole thing in like, four days. Maybe less. And then when it was over, I re-watched it.  I now own a DVD set of the series and my very own kissing star necklace, plus my friend sent me a BOF mug that I love to bits. And yes, I kind of want to go and watch it again as I post this. It is indeed the drama I have watched the most, and the one I love the most.

“Brilliant Legacy” a.k.a. “Shining Inheritance”

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“Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy” caught my eye because it is said that, while being aired at the same time, it sometimes had higher ratings than “Boys Over Flowers” in Korea. Like, say what? I decided to watch it, and I found that this Cinderella type story actually was pretty good. So yes, now I’m glad I gave it a try. It’s not as popular as BOF is with the international viewers these days, BUT I can see how it could have garnered higher ratings from others. Yes, I admit that I personally like “Boys Over Flowers” better, but this one is also one of my favorites. If only the dvd sets of it were not so expensive.

“The Master’s Sun”

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“The Master’s Sun” is part scary, part comedy. It’s about a girl who was seriously injured. When she woke up, she could see ghosts! The ghosts like to ask her to do things for them, or sometimes just talk, and the end result is that she gets little sleep because some of the ghosts are frightening or won’t stop bothering her until she does what they ask. One day she meets a guy who, when she touches him, the ghosts disappear… Another series I own on dvd, this one does have its freaky moments, but it also has its humorous and sweet times. I’m actually rewatching it at this time… *along with watching some other dramas. so many dramas, guys, so many.

Drama Wednesday (3): Thoughts on “Momo Salon” and “You’re My Vampire.”

This week for Drama Wednesday, I have some thoughts on some smaller Korean works:

“Momo Salon”

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“Momo Salon” is a Korean mini series about a girl who opens up her own salon shop. I found it available to download on Amazon prime, and since I have time at my job (assistant to an elderly lady) where I can watch a little something, I thought this would be a nice, quick choice. It’s only six episodes, and each episode is less than ten minutes long. It was quick, somewhat quirky, and mixed with some sweet points. Honestly, it wasn’t the best mini drama I watched, but it wasn’t horrible. I’d recommend it if you just want some fast fluff. Also, it might make you want to change your hair.

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“You’re My Vampire”

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“You’re My Vampire” had such potential. It’s a Korean film about a writer who thinks her new neighbor is a vampire. Sounds cool, yes? Sadly, I discussed this drama with my friend over the phone, and the one word that popped up to describe it was weird. This is the first Korean film that I have finished. Again, it was another one I downloaded from Amazon prime. As a writer, I thought this one looked good. Yet it was weird (there goes the word again). While some of it was humorous, it, over all, just had a weird strange atmosphere. The ending left me all kinds of confused, and it just… yeah, not a favorite.

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Have a favorite mini series or film to recommend? Please share. 😀

Drama Wednesday (1)

I have this thing for Asian Dramas. It started almost three years ago when I started writing to my very dear friend, Joni (*waves at dear friend*), and she said she liked to watch Korean Dramas. Though I was not sure how anyone could possibly enjoy watching a show where you had to use subtitles to know what everyone is saying, I thought I’d ask her for a list of Dramas she liked. Long story short, a few months later I decided to try one, and it turned me into a monstrous fan-girl lover of Asian shows. So where once I was not sure if I could like them, they are now some of my favorite things to watch.

So, seeing that I like Asian dramas, I thought it would be fun to sometimes come on here and discuss what I’m watching, how I’m liking it… Basically bombarding you with a fandom I share with no one in real life. Perhaps throwing in some western dramas when I feel like it…and am, you know, actually watching a Western set drama. (Btw, by Western, I mean non-Asian, not cowboys.)

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The first one I’m watching is “General and I,” a Chinese historical drama about a general and a maid who are in love, but are from two enemy regions. I think what I like most about this drama is how it sort of reminds me of  “The Winner’s Curse” series by Marie Rutoski. The maid is a skilled battle strategist, and it is interesting watching her as she does things that seem reckless, but turn out to be winning maneuvers for her and her people. Yay for wit battles! Other things I like are the pretty costumes, and the battle scenes are pretty engaging. I’m on episode 11, and so far I’m really liking it!

 

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“Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms” is a fantasy about a girl who falls in love with a god, and ends up forgetting about him. I’m sure there’s more to it, but that seems to be the main selling line. I decided to give it a try because it is apparently pretty popular, and, after watching “Ice Fantasy” and suffering from some Chinese Fantasy withdrawal, maybe it will help. I’ve only seen one episode, but it is interesting with lots of pretty colors and plot twists. Plus, there’s a Chinese version of a Ghumio, and I love me some Ghumio characters. 😀

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Finally, I’m watching the currently airing K-Drama, “Radiant Office.” This show follows a young woman who has finally found a job after trying over 100 times. However, she’s also found out that she’s dying and has only six months. This one is a comedy mixed with some more serious elements. I like how the heroine has such a vivid imagination, showing what she wants to do versus what she really does. Relate-able, this is. It’s also cool how she’s determined to keep going for as long as she has left. I’m not sure how this drama will end, but it has potential for making me cry, just saying.

The Month Finale- March 2017

March has come, and it has gone…

Books I Read

Not such a great reading month, but I did finish these two books. “Hunted” is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and “Three Wishes” is a time-travel book.

Shows I Watched

One of the reasons I did not read as much this month as I did last month is because I was immersed in the Chinese Drama, “Ice Fantasy.” While the show wasn’t perfect, it grabbed my heart to the point that I was sad when it ended (and how it ended). The show is supposed to have a sequel released sometime this year, which is better than some dramas I’ve watched…

I bought a dvd set of the Korean Drama, “Flower Boys Next Door.” It’s one of my favorites, so I’m glad I have it. I’ve been re-watching it for the 3rd or fourth time, and it still makes me smile. 😀