Reviewing Gu Family Book reminded me of a time (that went on for faaaar too long) when I was watching dramas that put me in a bad mood. Boy, what a waste of watching-hours! Which I doubly realize now because I feel like I’m drowning in good dramas. And it is so, so fun.
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I finished Heartless City at the beginning of the week but it’s still with me. I find myself thinking about different characters at odd points during the day, analyzing plot-points, reminiscing over favorite scenes. It was a perfect drama in many ways — engaging both my head and my heart with its story and its characters; skillfully using both sight and sound to set mood and tone and scene. I will watch it again — the only question is when. And if I can get my husband to join me.
Oh — fun little aside: While in the middle of watching Heartless City I was telling my husband that I was watching this drama and it was amazing and he’d probably like it and I would have waited to watch it with him but I was just too impatient because it was too good. And he looked at me and asked, “Level 7 Civil Servant?” For a joke! Which was funny! And I was literally stunned speechless that he was able to pull that drama-title out of the air so easily and use it so correctly. Apparently he does listen to me when I drama-babble at him! (He earned so many points that day…)
And then came Two Weeks — which I was nervous about. So nervous I almost didn’t watch it. Because what if it wasn’t good? Or — even worse — what if it was middling good but stale and forced compared to Heartless City?!!? But I’d made announcements so I sucked it up and watched and it was good! And I’m excited for the next episodes and I’m fairly confident that such a deftly handled opening will make for a decent drama at the least. Even if the end wobbles a little — there’s a huge difference in watching a drama that fizzles at the end and one that goes off the rails almost immediately. (Though I solemnly swear, if it does go off the rails and watching puts me in a bad mood, I’m going to bail. Ain’t no loyalty rewards in drama-watching.)
Finally… I started I Hear Your Voice. And by “started” I mean I decided sleep is for the weak and am up to episode nine. The discipline I’m showing by doing this post rather than watching episode 10 — I’m amazing myself right now. Though — I can’t pat myself on the back too hard. While watching Heartless City I began this routine where I’d screencap after each episode. It forced me to slow down and breathe between episodes and provided a nice thick folder of screencaps to pull from when I wrote up my reaction posts. Yeah — that went completely out the window with I Hear Your Voice. It’s all one big delightful blur.
But it’s lovely to be have enjoyed a mad-dog marathon like that… (I won’t be finishing I Hear Your Voice today. I’ll admit it — I’m weak. I do need sleep sometimes.) …and lovely to have had such fun and fulfilling drama-watches leading into it. And I’ve got a lovely list of possibilities to choose from for my next watch. Good dramas are so much fun! That’s the flip-side of my lesson learned — the sparkly, cherry-scented side — which is why I’m sure the lesson will stick.