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My very deep thoughts upon this Taiwanese miniseries about skullduggery and fashion design:

1. Sui (the heroine, prone to crying fits and somewhat self-absorbed) is very annoying. And dumb as a warren of rabbits. An intellectually challenged hamster could probably out think her.

2. Liang (the hero, who loves unbuttoned shirts) is very pretty. And is also very nice. As he has to put up with the eternally damp Sui as a girlfriend I believe he should run off with evil textile company queen who wants him for his body and his design skills.

3. Evil dad is great. He keeps separating his son (Liang) and Sui with an effortless ease that bespeaks years of evilness and plotting. And he smirks wonderfully and casts an aura of nastiness with careless abandon. I love evil dad.

4. Horrible teen star who is in love with Sui (like every other man except evil dad, who has taste) should run off with her and leave Liang for for the textile company queen. Or maybe just leave Liang to mope in disturbingly attractive pain and woe. Um.

5. Why did they drop the plot of evil dad running off with Sui's mum when Sui was a wee child? At least it gave her revenge fantasies some point.

And in other news, [livejournal.com profile] meyerlemon, who has been posting about CSI: NY for a while (speciically about Danny from that show) posted a link to a picture of the aforementioned Danny. And all I can say is --- well, yes indeed. I do not know what it is about the picture, but despite the fact that I hate these sorts of programmes I now want to watch this show.

And for Doctor Who stuff to do with new pictures what BBC has released )
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Things that I like about this show:

1. Evil dad. He's really, really evil as you can tell by his smirk. His business empire (don't laugh) is built upon a design idea he stole off a 5 year old. The five year old has held a grudge ever since (seriously, she is mad about it, even if it does seem a bit insane as he presumably changed the design a fair bit to make it work. But he also ran off with her mum, which doesn't really seem to faze her.) Anyway, he's great and every show should have one.

2. Liang, the prettiest hero ever. If you don't believe me look at [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's picspam: Click for lovely pictures. It should be illegal to be that pretty and wander around in public. As I find the heroine a bit wearing with her endless tears and wailing about how she will be a famous designer one day, I tend to watch for him and his very well-lit angst.

3. Er...I am not sure I have a 3. But look at the pictures of Liang! Yes.

Things that I don't like:

1. The heroine (Sui) is a bit of a wet blanket. There's a lot of clinging and very fetching tears and whining. She's alright when not whimpering but that's not a lot of the time. And unlike other the few other heroines of taiwanese soaps I've seen she doesn't actually have that much to complain about. Okay, evil designer stole her drawing as a five year old (how the hell did she even know about it? was she reading fashion magazines as a wee child?) and ran off with her mum (which no one - not even dad - seems all that upset about) but in the grand scheme of things it's perhaps not enough to have a desire for revenge that makes some Jacobean tragedy look tame by comparison.

And in incredible animal stories: Sooty shearwaters migrate for 40,000 miles. Really. Sooty Shearwater migration

ETA: I started reading The Lymond Chronicles and I know I've been told it's slow for the first 100 pages but no one said anything about the language! 'His whiskers promenaded!' 'which dislimned every shade of their privacy.'! It's like Walter Scott on acid - which might not necessarily be a bad thing, mind you.

ETA 2: There are wheens of things. And wily choleric eyes (how is that even possible? Surely if your eyes are angry they cannot really simultaneously be wily?) Soon I am sure there will be scrips mentioned! Tell me it is worth continuing with this book because otherwise it is like reading a melange of RL Stevenson and Walter Scott - authors whom I like but who are very much of their time. Which is not the 20th century.

ETA 3: Lymond has been 'infused with fresh, delicate energy' and also used a reference from Horace. One which, I might add, made no sense in this context unless he thinks his male companion is going to feck off with another man and suck his life blood dry. But I do not think I am supposed to imagine Lymond is in love with this man, so I don't quite understand.
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This show has one very moist heroine. She seems to spend about 70% of her time in tears, when she's not shrieking over the loss of her childhood design. (Strangely she seems more upset about this than that the evil fashion designer ran off with her mum. If I were her this would bother me more than my childish drawing being stolen, but this is because I have all my wits about me, which I suspect she does not). She is also a bit droopy in general.

ETA: She also seems to have little in the way of conversation that is not 'I will crush evil fashion designer who stole my design.' I admire her monomania in a way.

But the male hero (Liang) is still ridiculously pretty. And the interesting thing is the way they film him - it's exactly the same way they do the heroine with all of these lingering shots of his pretty, pretty angst bathed in soft light with some sad song playing in the background. I just can't imagine a Western show filming its hero that way. I am enjoying his pain very much.
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On [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's recommendation I am now watching the Taiwanese mini-series 'Tokyo Juliet' about skullduggery and high fashion. It's quite fun, but I do think the heroine (Sui) might be quite bonkers as played. She's fixated on conquering a particular fashion designer because he stole a design from her when she was five. Okay, so it is also connected to him running off with her mum, but that's a hell of a long time to hold a grudge.

There is a terribly pretty hero (Liang) who likes to wear his shirts very unbuttoned and hang around with boys. But he is apparently not gay because he has it bad for Sui without much explanation (though she is very pretty too and hates the same fashion designer he does).

And there is evil fashion designer, Chi, he of the stolen design which he used as a foundation for his collection. He looks evil, even if I can't quite get riled up over the use of a five year old's drawing as inspiration like I am apparently supposed to.

But the two leads are very cute and it looks very fun even if it is not Mars (or Silence, but that one is not subtitled past episode 2 so I cannot really watch).

ETA: Well we've got an explanation for the love: Liang loves Sui because when she was a little girl because she gave him the one happy memory of his childhood. This is all very romantic and sad and as she ran away when he confessed this to her, not all that promising. And no man should be as pretty as Liang. I thought Ling in Mars was pretty, but this is on some new scale of male prettiness as yet uncharted.

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