Hi-dee-ho, neighbors! It is I, your lovable Maknae, back from another solo journey into KDramaland. Did I survive? I did! And I came away with a greater appreciation for Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin’s acting skills. Let’s talk about School 2013, shall we?
My husband and I often talk about psychology and mental health. We took a few classes together in college and he has a master’s degree in a psychology-related field. We’ve talked about how it seems like Korean culture doesn’t really have an open dialogue about things like depression and anxiety. So when I talked his ear off about Kill Me, Heal Me, his first comment was, “I thought kdramas didn’t deal with mental health!” I laughed. Kill Me, Heal Me is aaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllll about the mental health! And I loved it the whole time I was watching it.
Karie the Maknae: When you hang out with the same set of kdrama friends online, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up watching the same thing so that you can know what your friends are referring to. And perhaps those friends will try to convince you with terms like “grasslands hottie” or “Han Jiang’s sexy feet” (in this humble writer’s opinion, there is no such thing as sexy feet) or “shaman hottie”. LOL. I swear we watch dramas for the stories. Really!
Join Kdrama Jen, me, and our repartee guest Drama Geek as we talk about coming to terms with a drama not being right for you. Continue reading
Oh man, y’all — Signal was an incredible bit of storytelling. Thank you for choosing that drama for me! Fingers crossed for a season 2, right? Let’s chat about what I loved and why I think it DEFINITELY deserves a second season.
Have you ever seen a thousand layer cake? There’s a few versions around the world, in Europe and Indonesia most notably. Sometimes made of crepes, sometimes made of a simple egg/milk/flour plain cake, the appeal of the thousand layer cake is how it comes together — a rich combination of filling and baked good, drizzled in something fabulous. Continue reading
In fantasy, the most successful books have internal consistency – the rules binding magic and/or magical creatures make sense. There’s no pulling rabbits out of a hat without some kind of payment, whether in skill or in physical capacity. Continue reading
You know what always sounds good in theory? Chocolate lava cakes. All that rich chocolate goodness, and then the molten chocolate in the middle to enjoy when the cake runs out. But every time I order one of them, I get to the end of the cake and remember that I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth and it’s a burden to finish the syrup. But I ordered it, so by golly, I will finish it!!
I had a terrible time starting this series, y’all. I was raised to say “please” and “thank you” on a regular basis, and I’m raising my children in Texas, so we add “ma’am” and “sir” when needed. The female lead of I Hear Your Voice, Jang Hye Sung, was NOT raised that way and she got on my nerves at the beginning. There was a point when she finally said “thank you” to someone and I actually said, OUT LOUD, “How did those words taste coming out of your mouth?” Made my husband laugh and he was in a different room!
It’s almost Halloween, and with it will be the end of our Halloween blog post celebration. But there is still time to throw in one last scary themed compilation. This time we are going to be looking at the best of the best dramas involving serial killers. Because who doesn’t love a good mass murderer now and then? Continue reading