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1. Gave up on 'Sad Sonata' because there is only so much melodrama and cheese that even I can take. I lasted up till episode 12 or so, which is when the heroine impressed everyone in Korea with her singing, hero creepily decided not to tell heroine that he was still alive but spent huge amounts of time angsting and staring at her and her fiance having physical contact of any sort, and secondary male lead got punched by his dad for selling shares or possibly something else - I was a bit of a ffing machine by that stage. Anyway, I am sure it was one of the doramas where everyone dies unhappy and cries a lot and has terrible emotional crises at pivotal points in the episodes. Heroine was particularly drippy and annoyingly unappreciative and kept moping about her (not actually) dead first love when I felt she should have appreciated falling on her feet with secondary male lead.

2. Started watching multiple doramas at one time. This is probably not a good idea as I suspect I will get them horribly confused and wonder why there are not hot, tortured policemen in shows set in the world of fashion design. Or in coffee shops.

3. And relating to 2, I watched about about an episode and a half of 'Time of Dog and Wolf.' I felt a bit conned by so long being spent with childhood versions of Hero and Heroine at the start as I was really watching this for Joon Ki standing around being attractive and emoting and I was denied this for much longer than was surely necessary. I am not certain what I feel about this: I am not a huge fan of cop shows in general and although this isn't bad it very much is a secret service/cop show. With, of course, the kdrama standards of first love lost and forbidden passion.

4. Kept watching Silence, which is on course to rip my heart out by carefully and cunningly exploiting all the usual cliches. Damn you, and your skillful use of Vic Zhou angsting.

AND ONTO THE DOCTOR WHO PORTION OF THIS POST

5. There's been a lot of gnashing of teeth about the fact that now all of the Doctor companions fall in love with him and then are lost and lonely once he dumps them because their time is up and they are no longer puppyish and attractive. I have the perfect cure for this problem: he needs to find a dorama hero or heroine who already has a first love. As anyone knows who watches a dorama, there is a 95% chance that you will die a sad and lonely person if you cannot find the person you fell in love with when you were 12 and you will never, never love anyone else once you have given your heart in the way that children do. So, basically all the Doctor needs to do is find himself one of those and it wouldn't matter if he regenerated into Jeremy Northam, Hugh Jackman, or whoever, they still wouldn't love him.* The downside is that they might end up dying tragically and beautifully on the console at an inconvenient time but that's a small price to pay for emotional peace in the Tardis.

* One of them resisted Daniel Henney. I think if you can cast aside Daniel Henney in your search for your first love, you'd easily dismiss David Tennant.

Date: 2007-08-08 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
1,2,3 - At the beginning of my dorama watching career I used to finish every drama I started, but after a while I decided that finishing something that is bad doesn't make sense. Nowdays if I don't like a drama after 5 episodes I leave it.. I looked at the first episode of "Time of Dog and Wolf" but I couldn't get over the fact that Joon Ki is going to die by the look of things. Hopefully the titles are misleading but I'll wait until it finishes.

Date: 2007-08-08 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I usually try and finish everything but recently I've found through bitter experience that if I'm not keen on the heroine there's no point. So now if I live the heroine I'll suffer through to the ends.

Time of Dog and Wolf: I've only seen the first 2 episodes. I'm not that sold on it yet and after I've seen the ones that have been subtitled I probably will be content to wait until it finishes before I pick it up again.

Date: 2007-08-08 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
But regarding the Doctor: don't you know that sometimes your first childhood love is false and you need to discover true love instead? See Goong or Full House. So the Doctor still has a 50/50 chance ending up with a pining companion.

Re: 1-3. I promise you it's all LJK from ep 2 on and soon he just joins the mob and goes messed up and angsty and beat up. I am also not sure if he doesn't get amnesia and forgets he is a cop, too. Which is a huge plus. But then I like cop type stories and so...

The funny thing is, I am a completist, so I used to finish dramas I didn't care for, every single one, even with fast-forwarding, but now I am giving up. No way can I keep up otherwise. Still, the amount of dramas I gave up on is tiny, three by last count. I need to get better about it.

Date: 2007-08-08 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
So the Doctor still has a 50/50 chance ending up with a pining companion.

He'd have to be very careful. Surely such a clever man could come up with some way to test for true vs. fake first love?

As for 'Time of Dog and Wolf' I like LJK but there is too much of the annoying emo brother even in the second half of the first one. His whole hissy fit about the LJK and heroine knowing each other really was a bit of a WTF moment. I will probably watch the 4 episodes I have and then wait until it's over as even LJK might not be able to counteract the annoying brother's angst. There's just too many ones coming out at the moment - including Coffee Prince and Capital Scandal.

I have that completist urge too: I am not sure there is any other way to explain my managing to finish Stairway to Heaven... Recently I've gotten a bit more ruthless about cutting them off, though usually I try and watch the last episode or read spoilers.

Date: 2007-08-08 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I actually like the emo brother. Can't help it :) Actually like the drama itself quite a lot and would watch it eve without LJK, which is a rarity for me. No idea why it is...

But I'll let you know if his emoness or his presence lessens. Since you seem very heroine oriented (I am the opposite, if I like the hero, I don't particularly care who/how the girl is) this might not be your thing actually, because this has a much less significant heroine role than a lot of kdramas.

Re: StH. I haven't seen it. I might enjoy it, no idea, but I find that sometimes the really popular and 'traditional' kdramas don't click with me much (Love Story in Harvard is one of only 4 I gave up :P). Sometimes they do though (Bali), so it's a crapshoot.

I think you will really like Coffee Prince and Capital Scandal, btw.

If I were emo brother...

Date: 2007-08-08 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
...I'd look at LJK and realize that he is destined to get the girl. There's no way he can compete with that.

I find myself unable to enjoy most modern media that doesn't have a significant female presence. I don't know why, but I just find myself uninterested otherwise. (It's different from ancient plays, etc., though. I guess I have different expectations there.)

StH is not something one enjoys. It is something that you gape at open-mouthed. But you should watch at least one of the later episodes just so you can see the evil eyes of the stepsister in action.

I am looking forward to both CP and CS - at the very least the costumes in CS look amazing. I'll sit through a lot for good costumes.

Re: If I were emo brother...

Date: 2007-08-08 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
No wonder the emo brother is so emo. LJK is hot AND has dead parents issues. Which guy can compete with that? All emo brother's dates must have left him for LJK...

Re: female presence. I find kdramas generally much better in that respect than jdramas. Most of jdrama females annoy or don't interest me, but it's a rare kdrama heroine that makes me similarly irritated. (Twdramas can be awesome with heroines but I haven't seen as many because of lack of subs issue).

Re: CS. I actually like the heroine of that one a lot. I am going to wait until it's all finished to continue though because I simply cannot watch so many airing dramas with my short attention span.

Date: 2007-08-09 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] koalathebear.livejournal.com
he needs to find a dorama hero or heroine who already has a first love. As anyone knows who watches a dorama, there is a 95% chance that you will die a sad and lonely person if you cannot find the person you fell in love with when you were 12 and you will never, never love anyone else once you have given your heart in the way that children do.

*howls* You know, I don't even watch kdramas but I awlays find your commentary on them so hysterically funny. Bwahahahaha. Come to that, I actually have no idea how we ended up being acquainted but I am very glad we met because you are so funny :D

Date: 2007-08-09 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Kdramas are like crack. I find myself unable to stop acquiring more and more of them even as I frequently gape astonished at some of their preferred plot points.

And I think I ran into you over on Dangermousie's journal and friended you because I love your China and Chinese language posts. Not that I speak a word of that language, but it's so interesting to read about. Though now I fear if I ever learned it I would be accidentally calling people terrible things and they would punch me.

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