Normally this would be our “Friday Feature” post, but I was too busy being addicted to a certain weightlifting fairy show that I forgot to feature it. So here are the dramas Cornwall and I are watching right now!
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
I admit it, I thought this sounded dumb. I looked at that title picture right there, and I was like, “Um, this is going to be a pretty model pretending she’s a weightlifter. PASS.”
I’m not wrong about a skinny model pretending to be a weightlifter, and pretending to know what it feels like to be different from the molds of society. HOWEVER. Her pretending (er, acting, really) is so well done, that I don’t care if she doesn’t *look* like a weightlifter. Bok Joo’s personality is a HOOT. I’m 10 episodes in, and almost caught up. This is quickly shaping up to be my favorite drama of the year. It’s light, touching, hysterically funny, and self-reflective all in one adorable, Kdrama ball. Loving it!
Legend of the Blue Sea
I waited all year for this one! I LOVE (love love love) Lee Min Ho, and I couldn’t wait to see him in a drama! I was even more thrilled to see him in something magical like this one, and playing opposite of Jun Ji Hyun in the role of a mermaid. Laaaaa! Magic!
How is it so far?
I’m finding myself wanting the story to just finish. I have really enjoyed watching it, but I have to admit there is something missing from this drama. It’s not Lee Min Ho! He is absolute perfection, and actually, whenever he and Ji Hyun are together, that is when I love the drama the most. But everything around them is just a smidge off. I don’t know what it is, though. Maybe it’s the awkwardly done Joseon era flashbacks, or the fact that they are stretching an 8 episode plot out to 16. I’m not sure exactly, but it’s just not…there. I’ve enjoyed it for what it is, but I probably won’t be coming back to watch this more than once like I have with Lee Min Ho’s past dramas.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God
Okay, I know there are mixed reviews out there on this one, but I LOVE it. Cornwall isn’t as into it as I am. And I can see why, honestly. It’s a little on the slow side–tons of screen time is devoted to close-ups of their faces, while they watch each other, and that gorgeous OST plays in the background. And much of the conflict (actually, almost all of it?) is internal conflict. So it’s a lot of them talking and thinking.
That sounds boring, but it’s not! I swear! Or at least I don’t think it is. There’s enough of the goblin saving her, and them having adorable interactions that I’m left wanting more after every episode. This is one of my favorite dramas of 2016, hands down. I like it better than Descendants of the Sun, actually. Don’t ream me out too much for saying that. 😀
It’s still too early into the series for me to make any calls on this one. But it’s turning out to be pretty much exactly what I thought it would be. Fan service!
The boys (all of them star-studded and smexy) are a lot of fun, and it’s enjoyable to watch some of my favorite K-Pop and Hallyu stars do their thing. I don’t really get the reason for the romance yet. But again, who doesn’t like looking at Go Ara? Her eyes are amazing. O.O
We’ll see how this one goes!
So there you have it! These are the dramas we are currently watching, and I have to say, I’m impressed with how many really good ones are out right now! Usually I only have one or two current dramas in rotation because I end up dopping them at some point. Not this line up! They’re all really well-done, and the creativity is of the charts.
Tons of material to log away for future K-Books 😉
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