Day 23: Drama where the child portion of the story was better than the adult one.
Usually, starting a drama from the characters' childhood can make for a slow and tedious beginning for a story. But sometimes the child portion of the story can be so adorable and so well acted that it ends up being miles better than the adult parts. Here are the kids who I think completely overshadowed the adults:
Okay, this one's a bit easier than the one we had yesterday, but I also feel that I've gotten a lot pickier over time with my noona romances. The idea of older woman-younger man relationships still appeals to me, but dramas with cradle-robbing female leads romancing high school kids don't feel that okay to me anymore, so you won't see me talking about shows like I Hear Your Voice, Big, Hello My Teacher, Flower Boy Ramyun Shopand such.
Well, it turns out that for today's question I don't really have an answer. I think I've only watched a couple of drama series that would count as ahjussi romances and even those haven't impressed me enough to call them favourites.
Day 20: Your favourite drama from a non-romance genre.
A bit late with this one.
So for most of us, romance is the go-to genre when it comes dramas, mostly because almost every drama tends to include romance in some or another way. Sometimes, though, there are dramas that do other genres beside romance, and do it really well.
Day 19: Drama that started your obsession with a particular actor/actress.
I'm not sure if obsession is the word I would use in my case, because I don't get super obsessed with actors/actresses, as in watch anything and everything they're in and organize my entire internet existence around them, but I do get very attached to them and follow their works as much as I can.
For this post, I chose actors who really came out of nowhere for me and shot up right into my bias-list with just one role.
Song Ji Hyo dresses up a bit from her usual Running Man get-up to go on a pretend summer vaction for a photoshoot in InStyle Korea's July issue. Donning a perfect red lip and easy-going but pretty designs, the actress poses in the beautiful location of Hawaii.
Day 18: Your favourite second female lead character in a drama.
Ah, second female leads. We all know too well that it's easier to find a needle in a haystack than a second female lead who isn't a conniving bitch. All is not lost, though, as once in a blue moon a second female turns up who's unexpectedly sympathetic, amusing or just way cooler than the actual leading lady. Those are rare times, but when such characters do show up, they tend to be remembered fondly for a long time.
Day 15: Drama you watched in full, but it was a waste of your time in retrospect.
So, we're half-way done. I gotta say, this challenge has been way more...um...challenging than I thought it would be. As you could imagine, blogging daily is pretty effin' tough.
Anyway, today's question doesn't really apply to my style of drama-watching because I usually drop dramas right away if I feel like they're wasting my time. But I guess sometimes I do complete a series out of stubborness and then realize it was not worth my time at all.
Day 14: Drama villain that you loved to hate or sympathized with.
Generally, drama villains tend to be on the boring side. Yeah, I said it. Most of them are underdeveloped as characters and thus their villainous actions lack believability and motivation. But occasionally some of them stand out to me a bit more than the others.
The happy-looking and radiant Sulli will be gracing the cover of the upcoming July issue of Céci magazine.
In the accompanying interior spread, Sulli can be seen posing against the backdrop of Positano, the beautiful cliffside village in Italy. Wearing simple, yet colorful summer designs and the pretty bags from the French luggage brand Lipault, Sulli looks like she's ready to brace the summer.
Day 13: Western series (or a movie) you think could be adapted into a drama. I actually really like this question and I've had my answer ready from day 1. Here are the three adaptions that I would love to see:
The upcoming July edition of SUREKorea features the lovely Kim Ji Won on its cover page. In the accompanying pictorial, Kim wears earthy-toned colors and smokey eye make-up, while dressed in various outfits that seem to range from glam to more vintage style fashion.
In the last month's issue of Singles magazine, Descendants of the Sun actress Kim Ji Won modelled for a very pink photoshoot. While the explosion of pink might be overwhelming at first, on someone as fresh-faced and youthful as Kim, the end-result still looks fashionable and classy.
Day 12: Actor or actress you dislike for reasons you can't explain.
Hmm...it's hard to think of anyone that I dislike just because. Most of the time I can easily explain why I don't fancy a particular actor/actress, like with Jin Se Yeon or Hwang Jung Eum, but I guess sometimes I do dislike actors/actresses for reasons that I can't explain or for reasons that are pretty irrational. Here are both:
Day 10: Drama pairing that you didn't think would have any chemistry, but they did.
Hmm, good question. I'd say I usually reserve some judgement before claiming that a drama pairing has no chemistry at all in the drama I haven't even seen yet, but I've definitely had issues with lead castings that seem to make no sense to me.
Mostly these have been romantic pairings that have seemed off to me because of a big age gap that I'm not sure would work or pairings that, for some or another reason, I haven't been able to imagine together visually. Sometimes I'm right about that, but occasionally I've been pretty wrong, too.
Man, these questions are starting to get to me. (past me, why are you doing this to the present me?), but I have an easy answer to this one, because the scene I have in mind is also the last time I genuinely cried over a drama.
Park Shin Hye continues to keep herself busy with modelling as she recently took a mock vacation day with Singles magazine to shoot a summery fashion pictorial in the Philippines. Dressed in a chic yet effortless manner, the actress posed against the backdrop of the tropical locale in the city of Pasay.
This one is both easy and difficult for me to answer.
Easy because I can immediately think of four lovely child actors/actresses whose careers I've followed since they were teeny-tiny little kids. But the difficult thing is, they've since kinda grown-up to become not so teeny-tiny, and now they don't really fit in the category of child actors as much as in the category of teen actors. So is it fair to include them in this list? I dunno, but I will anyway.
The upcoming KBS drama Uncomfortably Dull...er, sorry...Uncontrollably Fond is readying itself for July 6th premiere, having recently released a bunch of (awkward) teasers and several pretty posters.
The drama revolves around a couple who got separated in the past because of unforeseen events, but gets another chance at love years later, when Shin Joon Young (Kim Woo Bin) has become a top star and Noh Eul (Suzy) works as documentary producer and their paths cross once more.
During my blogging hiatus, I missed out on many things, but among one of the things I regret most is not supporting my darling Kim Ji Won during her recent acting project. Now while I don't approve of her working with Kim Eun Sook again, I do want her to get more exposure because I've loved her since What's Up? and hope that one of these days she'll score a good leading role.
In the meantime, I want to share some of her recent pictorials that I've missed during my blogging hiatus. Namely, Kim did a lovely photo shoot in the fresh air in the May issue of InStyle, held a romantic couple shoot with Descendants of the Sun beau Jin Goo for Grazia, posed for stylish spread for The Star and modelled a variety of different looks for BNT International.
This is a good one, if I may say so myself. I mean, how many of us really show appreciation for the older actors/actresses in dramaland? They surely deserve some lovin' too, especially as some of them have delivered such memorable performances over the years that their legacy in dramaland is not one soon to be forgotten.
Day 5: Guilty pleasure drama that you love to watch, even though you know it's flawed.
Ok, today I got a little ahead of myself and mistakenly spent time on writing a post for Day 6, which is actually tomorrow. Silly me. So this means I'm making Day 5 a quickie, in order not to waste anymore time today.
This is the concept that I can approve - a puppy with a puppy. In this pictorial for the June edition of Marie Claire, Song Joong Ki poses with a lovely little doggy and seems to be having lots of fun playtime with it.
I've been a bad fan. Song Joong Ki returned from military, made his long-awaited drama comeback after two years, modelled for several fashion pictorials and I shared nothing of it on this blog. I'm sorry, Joong Ki, I'm not sure I can commit to watching another terrible Kim Eun Sook drama, but I will immediately make up for not posting any of the photo shoots you've been in.
Day 4: Corny drama soundtrack that you secretly love to listen to.
Phew, I'm glad today's question is an easy one as it has been a pretty long and tiring day for me and my brain barely works at this point. And yeah, I haven't forgotten that I made these questions. But I'm still allowed to complain about them being hard!
The costars of the upcoming OCN procedural 38 Task Force, Seo In Guk and Ma Dong Suk, seem quite in character for 1st Look's Vol. 112. I love the suited up look with quirky details like Ma's striped socks and Seo's hat (though, the sandals are a miss).
While I'm not yet sure whether I'll be tuning in for the series, I do approve the idea of these two as a mismatched team. The playfulness of Seo and the gruff seriousness of Ma is sure to make their moments of bonding in the drama very entertaining.
Wow. I am looking for words to put into coherent sentences to describe the admiration I have for this incredibly talented man - Hong Kwangho - and his maginificent voice, having just yesterday discovered him through my everyday blog browsing. If only I had been given a heads up about what I was about to experience, perhaps I could have prepared myself for the incoming tsunami of feels. I do want to give him a proper introduction on my blog, though, and not just blabber on about how awesome he sounds like, which he obviously does, but the videos below already speak for themselves. So, let me just start from the beginning.
Welcome back, we're now in day 2 of the drama challenge: Actor(s) that proved you wrong about their acting abilities.
Now this one is something that required me to think a bit longer. The thing is, I don't really think I judge drama actors too hard without seeing them in the role first, but that's actually because I've done that before and it has made me a bit ashamed about being prejudiced before even giving them a chance to show what they got. So I try to be more careful about it nowadays.
So folks, we've got some serious challenge ahead of us and it's one that I've personally set up for myself. If some of you guys remember me doing the classic 30 Day Asian Drama Challenge some time ago on this blog, then you already know what the deal is. But since it's been a few years since I wrote those posts, I thought maybe they're a bit dated now. I'm not too big on doing these chain letter types of things, but this challenge allows me to think back on my years of drama-watching and give some thoughts on the characters, actors and dramas that have been most memorable along the way. As an added bonus, committing to frequent posts may help me to revive this blog from the dead.