How to Make a Korean Drama: Lessons From My Favourites

What happens when you are out of ideas for a post and have been sitting on some reviews? You steal from  get inspired by an article elsewhere and apply it to K-drama!

1. Start off on the right foot (Coffee Prince)

Coffee Prince ep 1 Choi Han Kyul steps out of the shower

Opening strong counts for a great deal. But sometimes a drama conflates ‘strong’ with ‘a lot’, and in a desperate bid to hook audiences throws every thing it can at the screen–a car chase here, a shower scene there, a flashback or three. All this frenzy of activity can seem disorienting and muddled instead of clear and assuring. In this light, I’m struck by how lean and efficient Coffee Prince‘s opening is. The first 6 minutes contains everything you need to know about the show in a nutshell. In quick, fun succession, the show introduces the two leads, tells us who they are, and even has them meet! We see Eun Chan zipping around on her motorcycle, and getting thrown out of the sauna when she’s mistaken for a boy–there’s our Candy (with a slight twist). Han Kyul is all playboy charm, toothy, bare-chested and sweet-talking (our resident man-child male lead). And with his brief glance at a photo and slight hesitance on the phone, we see our second leads, Han Seong and Yoo Joo, and get hints of Han Kyul’s complicated relationship with them. Voila! Characters, conflict and set-up all in 6 minutes. It’s a fabulous reminder of that old adage less is more. (For a recent example of the exact opposite, see the first episode of Warm & Cozy.)

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7 Things I Learned From Healer

Healer Ep 18 Young Shin and Jung Ho

I know what you’re thinking. It’s been months since Healer ended, and months since I last wrote, and my first post after a long hiatus is about…Healer? Haven’t I watched anything since then? Have I not moved on??

Well, short answer is yes and no. I’ve only managed to finish two K-dramas, TWO, a clear indicator that I’m having a spate of bad luck with K-dramas since those ended around the same time Healer did ages ago.

But this little K-slump of mine got me thinking about the last drama I was legitimately thrilled about. Plus, I wanted to give the show a decent send-off on this blog, which it never quite got for some reason, and I’m not going to pass up the chance to plaster Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young’s precious faces all over the blog again.

And…okay, fine. The true story is this post was already half-way written, and since I’m short of time, I’m going with the low-hanging fruit today.

So, I present to you my lil’ low-hanging fruit listicle :D.

1. Never ever underestimate the power of a crack drama

Healer Ep 12 Their hands touch

The Healer Handjob of DEATH

I haven’t been watching K-drama for very long (two years-plus now, according to WordPress), much less live-watching shows, but of all the dramas that I’ve watched so far, I think Healer was one that made me truly understand why these particular dramas are called “crack”.  I’ve been into dramas before, or at least I thought I was, but this “crack” business really is what it sounds like–a deep-seated need, a craving emerging from some previously unknown part of your body.

It was a perfect storm circumstance–my mood, a lack of other watchable fare, and an entire day drugged on cold meds that led me to Healer. And the funny thing is, I’m not quite sure why this particular drama fit the bill, though I do have a couple of guesses (see #2), but I do know it was all somewhat bewildering. What drove me to count the days, hours, minutes? To actually look forward to Mondays? To reblog the life out of every single gif on tumblr, giggling and swooning? To seek out fan fiction and, failing to find any, harass people to start writing some??! It was the crack I tell you. The crack made me do it.

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Healer: Where is Bong Sookie When You Need Him?: Episodes 15-16

Healer ep 16: Young Shin depressed

Team Feels is back! And this time, we’ve got dissension in the ranks! What about? Well, I’m not going to spoil here, but it’s safe to say it’s mostly about, what else, our OTP’s canoodling.

If you fancy reading what’re unpopular opinions, heads on over the Sarah’s for our commentary of Healer episodes 15-16. And as always, let us know what you think 🙂

If you missed last week’s instalment, head here. Until next week then!

 

Healer: Baby Bear Feels Episodes 13-14

You see this picture up top? This is exactly how we feel after these episodes. So do not expect squees and such from Team Feels this week okay? Y’all been warned.

And most importantly, we’ve expanded Team Feels! Everyone, please welcome the fabulous Vanessa into the fold. You might have read her comments on our previous check-ins so she did this to herself, really. How could we not recruit her after epic commentary like that?

Usual disclaimers apply: We spoil to glory, there is profanity, and we get real serious.

If you missed last week’s commentary on Episodes 11 – 12, visit Sarah’s blog.

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Healer: The Feels Round 2: Episode 11-12

Healer Episode 11 hand-holding

Sarah and I  are back for round 2 of our Healer commentary collabo! This week we discuss our feels for:

  • Moon Ho, and Myung Hee
  • Young Shin and Jung Hoo/Bong Sook’s hands (yet again) and their everything
  • other things I can’t quite remember now that I’m thinking tomorrow is Monday, which means episode 13 is close! Very very close!

Anyways, scoot on over to Sarah’s blog for this week’s check-in! If you missed last week’s commentary for Episode 9 and 10, head here.

Enjoy 🙂

Healer: Feeding Feels

Healer ep 12 Young Shin and Bong Sook eat

I’m pretty sure this drama is out to kill me. Because at this point I’m so madly in love with Young Shin and Jung Hoo that the slightest touch or look sends me over the edge.

I spend my days mulling over scenes, imagining possibilities, and come Monday and Tuesday I skip to work and back thrilled to know that I will get to see them. I get goosebumps seeing their gifs on tumblr. I break out into random, possibly maniacal looking grins. My chest constricts. My heart races.

This is love, right? Should the hubs be jealous? I know I sound like a crazy person. And maybe that’s because I AM A CRAZY PERSON. But I can’t help it.

I’m not going to talk about their hands. Or the fact that they’re so devastatingly beautiful that I find it almost intolerable. Or the fact that I almost can’t bear to re-watch scenes because the Feels cause physical pain sometimes.

And just when I dared not hope for more epic Feels, in episode 12, Song Ji Na whips out one of those K-drama staples that almost always gets to me–The Feeding Scene.

Healer ep 12 Young Shin's meal

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