We thought it would be fun to do a tiny post to express all the things we are thankful for this year at Dramas With A Side of Kimchi. So take a moment from basting those turkeys and dodging those relatives (possibly in a closet to check out your favorite dramas) and join us in giving thanks.
I first would like to give a quick thank you to all our readers who followed us to our new website. It was a big change for us here at the blog and we really appreciate our loyal fans as well as any new readers who have discovered us. On the same note, I would also like to thank our Maknae for all her energy and chutzpa when getting us to that next level of blogging. Don’t be surprised if in the next few months there are new and exciting changes in store (cough… cough… podcast!)
Now that we have the sappy stuff done lets get to some good drama thankful shoutouts. I am thankful to Lee Jong Suk for remaining the Prince of On-Screen kisses. His double timeline kiss with Suzy was a work of art and watching him kiss his co-stars makes me happy. You might wonder why he isn’t the King of Kisses. Sorry LJS fans. That title is held by Seo In Guk and with his talent he will never be dethroned. The closest LJS will ever come is if he is lucky enough to have a smooch scene with Seo In Guk. What? Am I the only one thinking that might actually be the best kiss to ever grace our televisions?
I also think that Kim Nam Gil deserves a shout out for coming back to the small screen and for once not devastating me at the end of his drama. Kim Nam Gil’s performance was perfection and I hope that a whole new wave of drama fans can discover his talent.
Karie the Maknae:
Firstly, I am thankful to my drama sunbaes. Without them to guide me through the jungle of kdramas, I would still think The Heirs is a decent drama. (Yes, Kdrama Jen, that was just for you.)
And here’s the rest of what I’m thankful for:
- Seo Kang Joon as Baek In Ho in Cheese in the Trap (Dog Fur!)
- Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique in Flower Boy Next Door
- Goblin. Just the whole thing. Well, especially the Goblin/Reaper bromance. (“What a vulgar hat.” Cue the best offended face in the history of cinema.)
- Going By the Book. I love that movie!
- Seo In Guk — his humor AND his voice
- Park Bo Gum — his turn as Taek in Reply 1988 branded me a Bo Gummy fangirl for life
- Siwon in She Was Pretty. His character absolutely saved that series for me. (“Pen-ties!”)
- Lee Jong Suk. ‘Nuff said.
- Ahjumma in Healer. She is my spirit animal.
- Park Hyungsik in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. Especially this:
All right. I’ll stop there, even though there is SO MUCH MORE I could add. Kdramas have made my year.
I am SO grateful for all of our readers who keep us on our toes and suggest topics for us to research and blog about.
I am also very thankful for my blogging besties. It is so nice to be able to pick up the phone or send a message that says, “Whatt???” and then immediately there are replies like, “I know, right? It was HIM?” and “I can’t wait until tomorrow!” That is pretty much a complete conversation that would seem absolutely incoherent to just about anyone in my immediate vicinity, but my fellow fangirls totally get it. Because of them I found myself binge watching a Chinese drama locked in my hotel room instead of preparing for my presentation, and staying up all night to binge watch Save Me because I just couldn’t stop, and now here I am watching Forest of Secrets instead of making the pecan pie for Thanksgiving. Hmmm… Maybe my friends are not such a good influence on me… It doesn’t matter. I am still grateful!
I have to agree with Kmuse. Lee Jong Suk and Seo In Guk are definitely Kdrama kiss royalty, but MY final gratitude mention is: BTS! I love this talented, humble and adorable group of artists and I am thankful they are getting worldwide attention. Darn. I have to connect this back to my blogging besties too. Kmuse introduced me to the wonderful world of Bangtan Bombs last year and before I knew it I was driving across the state, staying in a hotel with someone I had only met on the Internet, and fan chanting like a teenager at a BTS concert. Yeah. It was awesome! Happy Thanksgiving!
2017 has been one heck of a year and not all good. One thing that has kept me centered is being able to share my love for kdramas with the readers and my blogging besties. I started watching dramas during a time when I was very depressed and I liked how they made me laugh and feel a part of a bigger world which is exactly what they have done this year. It has helped tremendously to be able to fangirl and lean on my friends. Even if it’s not drama related I can always count on them to be there for me. Big hearteu to all of you.
I am also thankful to the talented writers. 2017 has had some very inspirational stories. Ones that helped me lose myself in the friendships or families onscreen. The topics ranged from light and fluffy to some of the more serious subjects we’ve had the last few weeks. And the writing as shown through in so many. Yay, for solid and powerful writing!!
On a less serious note I am thankful for cross dressing Ji Soo, I won’t ever forget how amazing you look in heels and a sexy dress. I’m thankful for perfect guy liner in The Eternal Love and the bad guy’s alter ego with white hair. The costume really does make the man sometimes. And strong female characters. The drama screen was littered was some really meaty characters this year and I enjoyed how well the actresses stepped up to the plate and delivered some very memorable performances.
I am so thankful for our readers, you like us, you really like us! I’m also thankful for my co-bloggers, they are charming and smart and make me feel like we live right next door to each other even though we are miles apart. Dramas are my way to unwind from my hectic life, reading subs makes my mind slow down from the thousand other things I have running through my brain, so I actually like having to read subs. When my phone lights up with a message that says “Hey, do you want to watch X with me?” I know that means it’s time to grab some snacks, put the kid to bed, and prepare for a movie night with my friends.
This year I am thankful to discover more than Kdramas. I’ve become addicted to Chinese crime shows like Memory Lost, and When a Snail Falls in Love. I’ve also gone down the rabbit hole and discovered that I like Filipino movies and shows, and I’m still 100 episodes in on La Luna Sangre. Of course I’m still watching my first love, Korean dramas, but the world is a big place and I like being able to go visit from my couch. Let’s also give a shout out to ABC and The Good Doctor, it doesn’t suck! While I prefer the original, I’m also that person who loves a good remake, I’ve watched and enjoyed almost every remake of Itazura Na Kiss. I’m so thankful for all of our readers and their recommendations, I get so excited when the little bell goes off on my phone when someone comments on one of my posts!
Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you will find many things to be grateful for in the months to come.
Dramas With A Side of Kimchi