my secret love affair

Korean Drama Recommendations/Fangirling:

So! A friend of mine on FB asked me late last night for Korean drama recommendations. She’s never watched kdramas before, so without intending to I just vomited up brief feels, synopses, and titles for her from which to choose. These titles were only the ones that immediately came to mind off the top of my head. Seeing as how I assume some of you adorable follower-humans might enjoy kdramas too, I thought I’d share. Most likely you diehards (pun not intended) out there have already seen these, but here’s some dramas to throw in your face anyway! Since it’s my thing, I’m going to go by genre; so all will have romance as either a main plot line or as a subplot. Brace yourself for the d'awws!

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If you’re in the mood for a serious, beautiful, powerhouse of a drama with adult themes (ie adultery but not really…long story), dreams and money, sacrificing your true self for security to forsake happiness, and of COURSE sex and pianos, then you need to watch Secret Love Affair. It is hot and intense and has an open ended interpretation for a finale that will leave you stunned and happy.

I mean, damn, guys…come on just LOOK at this sexiness!

Plus it’s just a damn good drama all around. So watch it.

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If you’re looking for something that walks the line between comedy and paranormal, you NEED to see The Master’s Sun. Its heroine is an hilariously adorable girl who can see ghosts, and the hero is a skeptic who, when the female lead touches, makes poltergeists disappear. It’s probably one of the best dramas that incorporates creepy horror with perfect comedy!

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If you’re looking for something a bit different, you HAVE to watch Arang and the Magistrate. Same concept as The Master’s Sun, except the female lead is dead and a ghost, the setting is ancient Korea, and there’s gods, goddesses, action, magic, and evil political dudes. Plus the male lead is hilariously apathetic, and the female lead is a badass who kicks ass as a dead girl! It’s funny and dark and heartfelt and will leave you with all of the heart eyes! Plus it has the cutest ending that ever cuted itself.

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If you’re looking for something strictly comedy and a bit silly, with moments of seriousness and more cute than you could shake a stick at, you need King of High School. Take an 18 year old high school guy and make him pose as his older brother as a prestigious CEO in a company that a dowdy, 30 year old over-looked heroine works at and you talk about some of the CUTEST comedy you’ve ever witnessed in your freakin’ life!

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If you’re looking for something hella melodramatic and intense, go with Secret Love. Heroine is engaged to a guy who gets involved in a hit-and-run that kills a girl, and the heroine takes the fall for her fiance. Turns out the victim was the pregnant girlfriend of the male lead. The drama explores the idea of falling in love with someone, even as you hate them. Suffice to say, IT IS INTENSE, and a bit nuts of a drama, but it will leaving you feeling all of your emotions and then some.

6.

If you want some time travel in your drama diet, go with Queen In Hyun’s Man. Hero is an ancient Korean scholar who finds himself traveling to the future, where he meets the female lead, an aspiring actress who lands the role of the Queen from our hero’s time period. Comedy, cuteness, angst, and adorableness ensues. And smexy kisses. OH MY GOD THE SMEXY KISSES!

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Keeping in the same vain as the historical theme, Sungkyunkwan Scandal is adorable and perfect! Set in ancient Korea, in order to protect her family our female lead disguises herself as a boy to get into a university of sorts that only permits men. Cue “male lead finds himself attracted to a boy despite him not being gay” theme and much hilarious ensues. Ignoring the gay panic is a must, but if you can it’s so entertaining and will leave you so damn amused!

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And, last but not least, keeping with the gay-panic theme, Coffee Prince. Coffee Prince is probably one of the best kdramas ever, and it’s basically the same premise as Sungkyunkwan Scandal; female lead lands a job in an all-male working environment to support her family. The only real difference is that in Coffee Prince, our heroine opens and closes the drama as a very tom boyish, masculine girl. She’s never subscribed to gender roles, so it makes her character far more interesting. There’s angst and cute and smexy kisses and great characters and everything you could ever want in a drama!

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Torch Songs For Cold Nights: A Spotify Playlist

  1. Nat ‘King’ Cole - “Nature Boy” from Untamed Heart (1993)
  2. Nana Mouskouri - “That’s My Desire” from Beautiful Lies (2010)
  3. Billie Holiday - “Willow Weep For Me” from Eva (1962)
  4. Julie London - “Cry Me a River” from V for Vendetta (2006)
  5. Johnny Hartman - “Easy Living” from The Bridges of Madison County (1995) 
  6. Charles Aznavour - “Emmenez-moi” from C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
  7. Astrud Gilberto - “Once I Loved” from Juno (2007)
  8. Scott Walker - “When Joanna Loved Me” from The Box (2009)
  9. Sarah Vaughan - “Blues Serenade” from The Confessional (1995)
  10. Jackie Paris - “Skylark” from ‘Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris (2009)
  11. Edith Piaf - “La Foule” from My Summer of Love (2004)
  12. Madeleine Peyroux - “Between the Bars” from from Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball (2010)
  13. Chet Baker - “Always Look for the Silver Lining” from L.A. Confidential (1997)
  14. Jo Stafford - “Haunted Heart” from The End of the Affair (1999)
  15. Little Jimmy Scott - “Sycamore Trees” from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
  16. Amália Rodrigues - “Estranha Forma de Vida” from Two Lovers (2008)
  17. Cat Power - “I Found a Reason” from The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
  18. Nina Simone - “Wild is the Wind” from Home (2008)
  19. Frank Sinatra - “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” from What Love I (2007) 
  20. Peggy Lee - “Is That All There Is?” from After Hours (1985)

Listen to this Spotify Playlist & more curated by Rotten Tomatoes here

May I ask you in future not to send me people with whom any conversation is incompatible with my approach for life–people who presume to offer advice to me…people, worst of all, who subject me to their ignorant mystery making in situations where it’s neither necessary nor appropriate. I have no secrets from my time: I have a love-affair with it, I am part of it.
—  Boris Pasternak, from a letter to his parents featured in Family Correspondence: 1921-1960 
Dreamingsnowflake’s Ultimate Asian Male Lead Ranking

As promised, I have done something I previously thought impossible and put together my favourite Asian Male Leads. However, suprisingly it wasn’t that difficult to to pick the TOP10, though the standings are so damn close (except the number one).  All life-ruiners, every single one of them, so proceed with caution, especially if you are single because you just might end up being a spinster once you see this, You can pretty much deduce my favourite Asian female leads and OTPs (plus many others, but these would make the top of the list anyway, though I would have to make at least a TOP30) from them since they are almost identical, except the last one which would be up there if only the actress didn’t act like a 12 year-old to make up for her age. I didn’t include my second lead sydromes because they deserve a post of their own.

These characters own me and they all meet my sky-high expectations and requirements - dreamy, swoonworthy, broad shoulders, eyes that can melt you, men who would die for you,…

1) SEO JUNG HOO (Healer; Ji Chang Wook)

“The things I like: the sound of the camera shutter he makes. his big hands. smiling eyes. and big embraces. Things I hate: anything and everything that keeps me away from the things I like.”  - Chae Young Shin

HEALER-YAAAAAA! No one can ever beat Seo Jung Hoo EVER!

2) HUO QUBING WEI WU JI (Sound of the Desert, Eddie Peng)

It took 3 years before the Chinese censors allowed the adaptation of Da Mo Yao to air after changes to the title and names and during those 3 years Eddie Peng had to take all the hate from fans as not being good enough for HQB and how Huo Ge would have been such a better choice. Fast-foward to 2014-2015 and no one can imagine a more perfect Wei Wu Ji.

3) TAHWAN (Empress Ki, Ji Chang Wook)

THE PUPPY EMPEROR! The man who produced the most adorable baby in Kdramaland. Fascinating, brave, weak, loving, fucked-up,…doomed to be a second male lead by the writers, but the whole kdrama-viewing world fell in love with him, JCW’s inspired performance and his sizzling chemistry with HJW, that Tahwan defied the odds in the real world just like he did in the fictional world - he became the all-powerful Emperor who defeated all his enemies and protected his loved ones and finally won the love of the woman he loved above all else from the moment he met her. Hell, just before the drama premiered the writers published the book where Nyang tells Tahwan in his finally moments she never loved him but in the drama she proclaims her undying love for him - THAT AWESOME WAS HE! I MEAN I WATCHED AND RE-WATCHED 51 FREAKING EPISODES OF SAGEUK!!!

4) HOSHIKAWA TAKANE (From Five to Nine, Yamashita Tomohisa)

After 2 months of gushing over THE MONK WITH WHO WE FELL IN LOVE what can I add more -  GIVE US THAT SPECIAL, FUJI TV, OR THE FANDOM WILL RIOT!

5) DO MIN JOON (My  Love From Another Star, Kim Soo Hyun)

So alone and so perfect. It would be a noona romance if only the male lead wouldn’t be a 400+ years old alien. Kim Soo Hyun slays!

6) KAMIYA NAOKI (Buzzer Beat, Yamashita Tomohisa)

Probaly the most sane, normal, warm and real male lead from the bunch together with No.8.

7) LEE SUN JAE (Secret Love Affair, Yoo Ah In)

I’m a huge sucker for Noona and forbidden romances, so when I get a 20-year-old virgin piano prodigy in love with a 40-year-old married woman it’s Christmas for me.

8) LEE MIN SEOK (High School King, Seo In Guk)

My favourite high schooler! 

9) LEE SOON (Jang Ok Jung, Yoo Ah In)

“Watch carefully! The sky is about to fall on you.” - Lee Soon

And so it did! YAI was born for sageuk! The King and the love of of his life who died for him. JOJ was pure fiction, a delicious historical romance novel. And still the best bed scene in Kdramaland, ironically considering it’s a sageuk.

10) GU JUN PYO (Boys Over Flowers, Lee Min Ho)

For me LMH’s the most raw and the best performance -  I loved him in City Hunter and Faith but there was something special about GJP. For me he is the perfect Domyouji and that is against some strong competition.

Just below the TOP10: Male leads from City Hunter, Faith, Mary Stayed Out All Night, Kurosagi, Liar Game and You’re Beautiful

Gif sources: soosoosoohyun, herdys, elena-chan, shura, ji-chang-wook-for-you, albatrossfeathers, soompi

In response to the fandom’s low spirits and outrage concerning the recent actions Voltage Inc. has taken these past few days we want to say to our precious followers to not let it ruin your day.

Instead we want to invite everyone to take a moment to remember the good times they had with their favorite games/characters, fellow fangirls and any good experiences they had while being in the fandom!

As a matter of fact, why not send them in and we will post it? :D

We are open to any fluffy good feeling stuff that has to do with being in the fandom but here are a few examples of what could be sent it!

-Friend shout outs
-Funny experiences
-Inside jokes
-When you saw/played your favorite character for the first time
- Favorite posts (that you or someone else has created)
- something amazing you saw someone do (for example someone sent a friend a cheer up fanart)
-Dreams with voltage characters
-Comics

Those are only a few examples but we are open to almost anything!

Spread the love sweeties and don’t let this get you down! You are stronger than that :)

~Admin Tally

#kdramawomensweek - Day 2: Favorite Female Driven Drama

Beyond being one of the greatest love stories, beyond being one of the best kdramas ever written, directed or acted, Secret Love Affair has one of my favorite examples of a female character’s journey. At the start of the drama, Oh Hye Won is oppressed in every facet of her life; her work life is miserable, her love life with her husband abhorrent, and personal life nonexistent. She has a beautiful house, a reputable (on the outside) job, and a respectable status in society, but in all the ways that matter, in all the ways that are important to the human experience, she is forlorn and unhappy.

Watching her find love, experience happiness, and comfort, and realize that she doesn’t have to live in such a rigid way was so delightful. Her struggle with materialistic security, wealth, and prestige vs. emotional fulfillment was also fascinating to watch and is a conflict that is too often dumbed down in kdramas to just black and white. The scene with her in Sun Jae’s apartment, at first so uncomfortable and proper, accidentally stepping on a rat trap, and then paralleling that with the scene where she is in his clothes, sitting comfortably on his bed, hair messy and wet, and smiling brightly and freely at him encompasses the great character development she went through to arrive at a place where she can feel so happy.

The ending of the drama, her in prison, but looking so content and happy, was a perfect ending. It was hopeful without coming across unrealistic and without erasing all the things she’d already been through and experienced. I also loved that the drama ended on that note, with her alone and smiling, because it really drove home the point. This was Oh Hye Won’s story from the very beginning. Everything that happened, all the scenes, all the other characters were there to propel her story and her journey.