Blue over at KDrama Endings has graciously nominated this site for another blogging award. I’m quite excited because not only do I get to participate in another round of questions and answers, but I get to discover a couple of new blogs that I haven’t seen before.
Just in case you’re curious, here are the rules (which I will bend a bit as I am all out of ideas on who to nominate next).
1. Link the blogger who nominated you on your post.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions that were given to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate five blogs and make sure they are aware they are nominated.
6. When you have responded, leave a link in the comment of the person who nominated you.
If for some reason you’ve never checked out Blue’s blog, KDrama Endings, I strongly recommend that you do. Blue happens to have come up with one of my absolute favorite blog concepts in the dramaverse—she blogs about the endings of K-dramas (and does a fab job too, I might add). I am a relatively new convert to her blog only having discovered it about a month ago, but I really look forward to things to come from her. You can find Blue’s blog here.
ANSWERS TO BLUE’S QUESTIONS
- Is there a popular drama that you actually never liked? If so, tell us why.
The recently ended drama Misaeng (aka An Incomplete Life) immediately came to mind when I read this question. Everybody raved about this drama so I checked it out and found it ~okayish~ but nothing to write home about. I kept watching though hoping to see the magic that everyone else seemed to see, but by Episode 8 I just couldn’t do it anymore.
Why did this drama not resonate with me like it did everyone else in dramaland? I have no idea, but I do tend to dislike workplace dramas. And this was solidly a workplace drama. I also found the tone of the show decidedly melancholy, which was not a bad thing, but it made the drama a little slow and boring at times (at least to me). I think the melancholy tone was an outgrowth of the slice-of-life setup of the show. Jang Geu-rae was sad and melancholy and feeling down at first. Perhaps had I kept going after Episode 8 things would have changed, because I knew Geu-rae’s trajectory was suppose to take him out of his initial rut and allow him to fulfill the potential he never knew he had, but I just didn’t care to wait that long—so I didn’t.
- Which drama trapped you forever in Kdramaland? How did you get to know it?
I keep going back and forth between whether Full House or Coffee Prince was the first full K-drama I watched. I really want to say it was Full House (I’m about 75% sure), but either way RAIN became my first (and all-time fav) bias, Coffee Prince claimed the top spot on my list of K-drama favorites, and I became a permanent resident of dramaland.
My introduction was fairly typical. I was in L.A. on a vacation with my sister and our two little ones. The little ones were tired out fairly early each night so I was back in the hotel by 9 p.m. with nothing to do but watch tv. Luckily (for me) the default channel was an Asian tv station so every night when I’d turn on the tv, there was this K-drama showing. The first night, I looked at it for about a minute and changed the channel. The second night I watched about 15 minutes of it before changing the channel. The third night I watched the whole thing and by the fourth night I was rushing my family back to the hotel so I wouldn’t miss my show. Unfortunately I was back home by day six and had no idea what I had been watching (I had never even heard of the term “Korean drama”), but I desperately wanted to find out. That drama ended up being Shining Inheritance (aka Brilliant Legacy), but before I found it, I’d read someone else’s top ten list of their favorite K-dramas (which had Full House and Coffee Prince as numbers one and two) so I watched them first, and the rest is history.
- Is there one unknown/barely known drama that you found amazing? If so why? What was good about it? Take this opportunity to promote it.
I don’t think The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry was objectively that amazing or innovative, but it’s a drama that I’ve always loved that no one else seems to care about. For me, it was the friendship between the ladies that endeared it to me as well as my ability to empathize with each of their dilemmas in different ways.
- What is your favorite drama OST?
I love love love Park Young-min’s Right Beside You from Love Story in Harvard.
- What is your favorite Korean dish?
Kimchi soup. Kimchi fried rice. Radish kimchi. (See a trend here!?)
- What kind of post do you enjoy writing most?
I like writing reviews—which seems odd considering I’ve only written one so far, but I’ll be cranking out more as soon as I have a little bit more time.
- Which actor/actress makes you cry every time they cry?
I tend to cry every. single. time. I see someone cry when I’m watching K-dramas. You’d think I’m an all-around emotional wreck the way I break down over every little thing I see. But I’m not usually a crier. It’s just that K-dramas have an unique ability to produce “the feels” in its viewers and I’m a sucker for “the feels” and end up crying whenever anyone else cries. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be in one of those moods where I can mock the crier. Then I laugh first and cry later, lol!
- Tea, coffee or hot chocoloate?
Definitely TEA! We’re like transplanted British around here. I grew up in a house where we had tea every day. I’m not kidding. It was a part of our lives, like brushing your teeth and making your bed every morning. There was always iced tea in the fridge and hot tea at some point during the day (I have absolutely no idea why) so tea drinking is sort of embedded in my DNA if you will.
- Besides Korean dramas do you watch tv shows from other countries? Which countries?
I’ve watched only one non-Korean tv show and that was the Japanese version of Boys Over Flowers. Otherwise, I stick with American or Korean tv. I do like Bollywood movies though.
- If you could be one Kdrama character for a week, who would you be?
Hmmm, Mitta asked a similar question in her Liebster Award nom (her question was which K-drama protagonist would I want to be). I answered Choi Hee-jin in Queen In-hyun’s Man because I really do love me some Kim Boong-do. But Blue’s question puts an interesting spin on it in that it’s only for one week.
If it’s such a short time, then I may as well have some fun so I’d say I would like to be Yoon Tae-joo in Hyde, Jekyll, Me. He had the funniest and most nonsensical ability to hypnotize people I’ve ever seen. He hypnotized everyone around him seemingly at will. It was so ridiculous, but fun, that instant hypnosis became my new favorite superpower. Becoming Tae-joo for a week would give me the chance to try it out. As Tae-joo, I’d aim for world domination (however short lived it’d be) instead of petty revenge though.
MY QUESTIONS AND NOMINEES
So . . . I don’t have any questions or nominees. I think I’m pretty much tapped out on finding new blogs or blogs that have not already received multiple blogging awards this go-round. But if a new blog pops up and it’s worth the update, I’ll come back and let everyone know. Otherwise, thanks again Blue for the nomination and I hope everyone enjoyed reading.
Liebster Award Nomination