Random Thoughts on Witch's Romance: Episodes 1-7Wednesday, June 04, 2014
If anyone of you is following me on Twitter, you probably know that the newest drama on my plate is tvN's romcom Witch's Romance, which I started watching last Wednesday.
The drama is apparently a remake of Taiwanese series My Queen, starring Ethan Ruan and Cheryl Yang. I have not seen the original, though I have heard of it and even planned to watch it at one point. Why I never did, I don't even know. But I am enjoying the Korean version quite well enough, so perhaps I'm willing to give a chance to the original as well.
With 7 episodes watched, I've basically just reached the beginning of the angsty part of the drama, so expect more of my Twitter rants in the days to come and, if I'm feeling particularly vocal, maybe even a follow-up to this post. But until then, I'd like to share some random thoughts on the drama.
I've realized that Witch's Romance is exactly the kind of noona romance that I love. I generally like the noona romance genre quite a lot, but there have been several times when I just haven't been able to get into them.
Perhaps one of the most recent examples was I Hear Your Voice where I found Soo Ha's puppy love for Hye Sung cute, but I didn't really want Hye Sung to reciprocate his feelings cause I was getting a rather motherly vibe from her. The same with Big, where the teacher-student barrier was making things doubly icky for me. To me, unless it's a more serious drama that deals with the relationship in a very informed manner like Secret Love Affair for instance, I feel uncomfortable with noona romances where the male lead is still an inexperienced high school kid who needs a mother more, than a girlfriend.
But that's exactly why I enjoy Witch's Romance so much. Our male lead, while 14 years younger than our female lead, isn't a child. He's in his mid-twenties and has had a real relationship before meeting our heroine. Meanwhile, our heroine wouldn't be committing a horrible taboo act by dating him because she's not his teacher or babysitter or whatever. Both are adults who are free to date each other, if they'd like. The age gap is relatively big, but considering how well these two get along I think it's only a minor obstacle for them. And let's be honest, the chemistry is off the charts.
More bitchy-witchy heroines, please!
RANT: Polar Bear can go back to the North Pole and stay there
When I started watching the drama, I definitely did not expect to hate our second lead this much. He seemed rather nice in the flashback scenes and I would have maybe even forgiven him for his disappearance, if he'd been considerate of Ji Yeon's feelings when he came back. But no, Polar Bear comes back expecting Ji Yeon to drop everything for him and start over again, even though he vanished with no explanation whatsoever 6 years before. The douche even dares to ask her "Have you been well?" which is like one of the worst things you could ask the woman you left at the altar.
I guess you could argue that I we haven't heard his side of the story yet. We got some hints about Shi Hoon maybe having an illness or something (judging from the morphine prescription Dong Ha found in his studio), but honestly, I don't see how it could have stopped him from contacting Ji Yeon during all those years. A simple phone call, an e-mail, or even a frickin' letter in a bottle would have made things so much easier for Ji Yeon. It's impossible that he didn't have a way to contact her in this day and age, and if he purposely decided not to then he's a fucking jerk.
What bothers me even more, at this point, is how Shi Hoon doesn't take Dong Ha seriously. The douche seems so irritatingly confident that he can win Ji Yeon back that he doesn't even see Dong Ha as his competitor. It makes me so angry because you'd have to be blind not to see the closeness between Ji Yeon and Dong Ha, and not take it as a clear sign that there's something deeper going on.
In fact, Polar Bear should be very worried.
Park Seo Joon is a dream
But you know what's funny about Park Seo Joon? He's not really one of those celebrities that you see on a picture and instantly develop a huge crush on.
That is not to say that Park Seo Joon's unattractive. Of course not, far from it. But what I mean is that he doesn't have that conventional filmstar looks like...I dunno Song Seung Heon, for instance. He's rather like one of those really good-looking boys-next-door - yunno, approachable. It isn't until you see him act on screen that you see how charming and dreamy he actually is, especially when he plays a particularly sweet guy like Dong Ha.
Speaking of Dong Ha, doesn't he just make your knees go weak? He's so earnest and kind and always so considerate of others. Who said that nice guys finish last? If I could have Dong Ha for myself, I wouldn't trade him for any bad boy in the world.
Cable channel kisses
All I can say is, praise the drama gods for cable channel kisses!