Short Cuts

Guess it’s no surprise to anyone that I’m forever on a different page than the rest of the world when it comes to those popular/hyped up dramas. 😀 It’s just recently that I’ve truly figured out that it’s mainly because I don’t like the writers’ style and how they construct their plots and characters. It’s either ‘I couldn’t care less’ or they irritate me enough for me to give the drama Das Boot.

Take the fishy tale… I mean Lengend of the Blue Sea for instance. I watched the first two episodes and ended up FFing through most of them. The whole thing sure looked pretty but felt like an extended travel advert for Spain. Could not connect to neither the story nor the characters. Yes, some of the mermaid fish-out-of-water high jinks were funny but those scenes felt tacked on and didn’t sit well within the overall flow. Not that this was any sort of surprise, I didn’t particularly care for the Starman thingy either and dropped it very early on. Just didn’t feel the force, besides it gave me a bad case of Kim Soo Hyun allergy, still ongoing. *g*

People also seem to really love dramas based on Ding Mo’s novels… I don’t, ha. I watched Love Me, If You Dare till it became focused on the romance, which is when I lost interest for good. It wasn’t a particularly interesting show to begin with but it went nowhere fast for me after the loveydovey started, especially as I didn’t feel any chemistry in it. Also watched several episodes of currently airing Snail and Memory Lost but found both of them wanting. Guess this will be the last time I’ll try anything based on the writer’s works as her stories just don’t work for me. Never been a big fan of mystery/romance hybrids as it is.

I’ve already said my piece on Dr Qin in my previous post. In terms of execution, writing and acting it’s the best of the currently airing Chinese mystery/detective shows. Pity it’s not subbed and most likely won’t be either.

Rather than Blue Sea I found Weightlifting Fairy and Geum Bi much more to my taste. Both went directly on The List, though Weightlifting Fairy may end up in the rotation if I don’t feel like picking up any of the dramas still on hold.

Dr. Qin Medical Examiner

Is this going to be a ‘thing’ now? Last year around this time I got totally hooked on another Chinese drama with no subs and here we go again. XD With Monks and Masters I was addicted from 1st epi on but it’s taken me a bit longer to get to that point with Dr Qin.^^ It’s ‘got’ me now though.
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A Totally Random Kpop Post

I don’t follow kpop much any longer, which is why I tend to miss comebacks for even the groups I actully DO like. 🙂 Well, this week was the start of promotions for two of my faves, B.A.P and BTOB. I love both of the title tracks, as different as they are… though oddly enough both have “betrayal” as the theme of their MVs.^^
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Thoughts On: Fermentation Family

Oh, I’d totally forgotten I had this sitting in my draft folder. It’s the last one of Archeological Finds aka old posts from my LJ. Somehow 2012 now feels like a lot further away than it truly is. The promo material for Fermentation Family was really uninspiring for a drama with such a pretty setting, even the posters were bland. It really deserved much better.

The background of this drama is a traditional Korean restaurant that is famous with its Kimchi. Through the joyful and touching stories of the restaurant family members, who are not that perfect in their lives, and the variety of stories of the restaurant guests with all kinds of characteristics, the drama suggests a direction of a heart-moving ‘alternative family’.

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Drama Grab Bag

Gosh, it’s been ages since I last wrote anything but comments on other people’s blogs. First I didn’t have enough material to merit a post and now I’m finding it hard to put some time aside to write, so I end up composing these elaborate posts in my head… posts that never see the light of the day, ha. Trust me not to remember anything when I finally do sit in front of the computer. XD

Now that RL is little less busy again, you’d think that I’d start with all those dramas I have on hold but nope, not even close. None of them seem to appeal to me atm, so I’ve mainly just been checking out some of the new fare, to decide which to put on my ever growing drama queue. Of course, I sometimes end up watching more that just a couple of epis, LOL! Too predictable. Continue reading