“It’s been a really long time since this many wonderful, cracky dramas have been on at the same time. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, Romantic Teacher Kim, Legend of the Blue Sea… I’m drowning in dramas, and it’s glorious.”
So, Weightlifting fairy Kim Bok Joo ended a couple of days ago, Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim is done today, Goblin will be over by the end of the week and starting next week no more The Legend of the Blue Sea…..I am not okay.
End of the year Review: A good year for drama addicts (Part 1)
year has passed and with it another batch of dramas! And this year I have
decided to make my own end of the year review. To make it more digest I have
decided to break this review in several parts, each part covering a subject
that has left an impression on me. So let’s get to it!
be considered a terrible year, the-year-we-do-not-talk-about even, but for
drama addicts this year was a great year, an amazing year. The first half of
the year may have been a little bit dry in terms of dramas but the second half
sure made up for it hence 2016 being considered a good year. I don’t recall a
year that offered me so many dramas to watch at the same time. I said it before
but I haven’t been on a drama shortage since this past June. Of course,
quantity does not usually mean quality – or in our case lovability - yet this
year has proven that we could have both.
It all started
with the long-awaited drama adaptation of Cheese in the Trap which, despite all
the questionable choices made in terms of story, still is a high-quality drama.
The cast was stellar and their performance wonderful. The adaptation in terms
of characters, their development and even their facial features was on point.
The music was perfectly in sync with the drama and the mood. More than anything
though, it started as a refreshing story, as a slice-of-life that I could have
watched for hours and hours. I confess I still watch it regularly because of
how good it is but I know better than to watch further than episode 12.
student life, I moved on with Descendants of the Sun promising
myself I wouldn’t get emotionally attached this time. I kept my promise
intact…for a solid 10 minutes. But what can I say? I am weak to bromance and
gorgeous actors. Song Joong Ki swept me off my feet and Jin Goo knocked me out
with their looks and adorable relationship. And apparently, I was not the only
one to feel that way as the viewers’ ratings went as high as 40% during the
drama broadcast. The visuals were to kill for but the story did play a major
part in its success. It was my first time watching a K-drama about military
life and while it was highly romanticized it was still an eye-opener in term of
Korean military. Just like any dramas, Descendants of the Sun had its own
flaws, flaws that I gladly overlooked as I was not ready for another drama
started a dry period in terms of dramas, at least for me. None of the aired
dramas at that point were catching my attention or at least none that I deemed
good enough to make it on this review.
wasn’t long thankfully and it’s not one but two dramas that kicked out the 2016
good drama extravaganza! To be honest I started Another Oh Hae Young
while I was waiting for Yoon Shi Yoon comeback drama Mirror of the Witch. It
turned out to be good surprised and while the ending was slightly confusing it
still left a deep impression in me. Particularly, it’s Oh Hae Young and her
personality that I found interesting. She was nicely written and broke off the
code of the stereotypical female lead, despite living a life that screamed
stereotypical female lead life. This drama however wouldn’t have made it on
this list if it was not for Oh Hae Young’s parents. They were loving and
supporting parents even if they showed it in an unconventional way. And now
that I think about it this year has showed several supporting and loving
a recurring theme this year but Mirror of the Witch brought it to a
whole new level. The drama perfectly included the magical elements to the
sageuk story not just through the dialogues but through the scenery and the
characters as well. Despite the plot turning too political sometimes the
fantasy and the witch-hunt stayed central to the story. Yoon Si Yoon made me
fall for him all over again, and his ability to deliver the smallest emotion
with his eyes only will never stop to surprise me. My favorite part though, is how
evil Hong Joo was and how much she lost faith in humanity I can say she was my
favorite villain of the year (along with Choi Yoo Jin in The K2).
fantasy, W -Two Worlds, brought another refreshing story using a
different view on “two worlds”. I knew I was going to like it since it was
coming from Queen In Hyun’s Man writer and it did hit my expectations. Lee Jong
Suk and Han Hyo Joo were an adorable pair, the concept of jumping in and out of
manhwa was great and the idea of changing realities kept me wondering about
what was coming next. I do wish they burned the amnesia trope as it completely
changed the dynamic of the story and it ended up being complex to understand
One of my
biggest surprise this year, The Good Wife. I dropped the American
version pretty early-on but the curiosity was too big for me not to try it.
Staying loyal to the original version yet making its own, The Good Wife proved
once again tvN supremacy in terms of quality dramas. It was quite a surprise as
it was different from all the dramas I watched before. It was more mature
without falling into the ridicule of makjang dramas. The legal cases were all
interesting to watch and the character development well-done. If they ever plan
a second season, count me in.
courtroom we went to the operation room. There were several medical dramas this
year but only two gain my attention, the summer romance Doctors and the true
medical drama which ironically is called Romantic Doctor, Master Kim. I said
it before and I will say it again, Doctors and the role of Hye Jung were a
breakthrough for Park Shin Hye. I am thankful for her choice as it made me see
her under a new light. The student/teacher love story brought a lot of talks
with many disapproving, yet it did quite the opposite to me. I was drawn to
this “forbidden love story” who eventually did not become canon until they both
were adults. Doctors only had doctors in the background to be honest but the
fluttering romance was good enough for me.
that I was unconsciously looking for a true medical drama this year and found
it a little by chance with Romantic Doctor, Master Kim. As I am
writing these words the drama is not over yet but I am already considering it one
of the best dramas of the year. More focused on the medical aspect with drops
of humor and romance, this drama is what I have been looking for in a medical
drama: Interesting cases, life and death equally dealt with, character
development as doctors and a lot of moral/ethical questions. Add to that a
story that keeps me on the edge of my seat each week and an impressive
directing style, there is no way I couldn’t like it.
the first time I watched that many sageuk dramas in such a short period of
time, if Mirror of the Witch was my favorite sageuk this year, Love
in the Moonlight came close second. It did become way too political for
my taste around the end but I loved our Crown Prince falling for our Ra On
pretending to be a eunuch. It reminded me of the special drama Splash Splash
Love minus the fantasy part. It was my first time watching Park Bo Gum on
screen and his charisma almost got me blind. I am definitely looking forward
his next project!
The end of
the year had nothing to envy to the rest of the year with three dramas showing
a lot of promises and fun. The long-awaited Legend of the Blue Sea,
which marked both Lee Min Ho and Jung Ji Hyun comeback on screen, delivered an
exciting and fluttering story. I knew I was not going to be disappointed with
Jung Ji Hyun and You Who Came From the Stars’ writer but I did not expect to
like Lee Min Ho that much. It is for me his best role to date and I am
religiously following the show.
competition but still managing to win the heart of the viewers Weightlifting
Fairy, Kim Bok Joo is the last surprise of the year. Nothing better
than a light and cute love story to end the year. Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo
Hyuk are the sweetest couple this year and I wait for the new episode each week
not certainly not least, marking tvN 10th year anniversary and Gong Yoo’s
comeback on screen is Goblin! I am rarely disappointed in
Kim Eun Sook’s works and this one is no exception. Her way of writing female characters may be
questionable but she is very good when it comes to bromance. Gong Yoo and Lee
Dong Wook bromance is making my Friday and Saturday nights much more exciting
and I can’t be thankful enough for that.
over 40 dramas this year and surprisingly only dropped 4. I tried hard to
choose my favorite drama of the year but it was a major fail! They were all
memorable for so many different reasons. One thing is sure these dramas
entertained me all year long and made me feel alive like never before.
Summary: In which Phil is a thunderstorm and Dan is captivated.
(Otherwise known as the teacher!au)
Genre: Angsty fluff
Word count: 5.4k (I know I’m sorry)
Trigger Warnings: none (I don’t think please let me know if there are)
(author’s note at end)
Dan slammed his mug against the draining board a little too
hard considering the sun was shining. The remaining coffee lashed against the
sides of the mug, spitting out in protest. Dan could feel a headache coming on.
And the guy was still telling the same
The walls peeled orange paint that had long since faded into
beige. Strategically placed frames hung over chips in walls, but they were
overrunning. They owned all the walls. There was little they could do but sit
upon their chairs like moss upon rocks and wait for the end. There was a fog that
constantly clung to the windows no matter how much you scrubbed at them. But
the capped man still cleaned them; every Wednesday at 10am, the scraping ladder
pushed against the bricked wall, a race against the bell.