So How About That Ramen?

There are SOOOO many ways to make ramen and so many times I crave it while watching dramas.  I figured this was the perfect time to expand my ramen palate (surprisingly, I avoided the stuff in college) and figure out the best ramen recipe for a newbie ramen fan.  Join me as I go through my cooking process and maybe even help you think of new ways to enjoy this tasty meal. Continue reading

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The Maknae’s Journey through the Classics: The Greatest Love

I’ve figured out lately that I collect biases a little differently than other people. For instance, I will watching anything that Lee Hong Ki is in, not for his looks, but for his adorable personality–his humor just shines through. Lee Dong Wook is masterful at conveying his emotions and has a great sense of comic timing. And now that I’ve watched Hwayugi and The Greatest Love, I am on the Cha Seung Won train–the man is a capable actor who cracks me up even when he’s being ridiculously cheesy. That takes some serious talent, in my estimation.

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First Impressions and Unfiltered Thoughts: My Mister

Gather ’round, y’all, and I’ll tell you a little tale from grad school. As I was earning my master’s degree in English, I had to read many, many books that people thought were the best form of art. Some were great — excellent characters, good humor, moments of lightness, and a well-resolved ending. Some, often extolled as high art or literary fiction, were about the worst of people making the worst of choices and brooding about it for pages in lyrically moody settings.

Guess which kind I hated? If you said literary fiction, or lit fic for short, you can anoint yourself with a gold star. So, read on and see what lit fic and My Mister have in common, and what Kmuse and I think from the first few episodes we watched.

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Drama Geek and the Maknae’s Musings: Will a Trope Destroy the Upcoming Drama Your House Helper?

Hello, beloved readers! Karie the Maknae and Drama Geek here. We saw the announcement of Your House Helper, a webtoon to kdrama adaptation, and had some thoughts about adaptations and tropes and good writing. Join us as the Maknae drives Drama Geek nuts by discussing tropes in general while Drama Geek tries to get her to focus on the possibility of the candy girl trope undermining the great story in Your House Helper.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Y’know what I hate? When a review starts off with a recap of the plot. If I’m interested in the book, I’ve already read the plot synopsis and nothing anyone puts in their review really tops what the publisher/author has already written.

WHEW. So glad I got that off my chest. Here’s what’s on F.C. Yee’s site about The Epic Crush of Genie Lo:

“The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…”

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