1. Do you kpop/cpop/twpop/jpop? If yes, share with me few of your favorite singers and/or groups. I have dipped into k-pop, but only in the lightest of ways. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have favorites! It just means they’re either everyone’s favorites or so overplayed everyone’s sick of them. I enjoy GDragon and T.O.P and Big Bang as a whole. And I love Brown Eyed Girls and Ga-in. And I think Block B is kind of adorable. And Crayon Pop is totally adorable.
2. What is your current krack drama at the moment? Oh, no question — Miss Korea. I’m loving it so, so much. (I hope it doesn’t fail me!!) The drama I’m anticipating with great expectation and bated breath is Secret Love Affair and I really, really hope it becomes a krack drama. So in a way, in this moment, it already is.
3. If you can spend a day shopping or grocery shopping with your favorite star, who would it be? Tough question, because I don’t know a whole lot, personality-wise, about the various celebrities I like. I guess Yoo Ah-in? Because in that one episode of Running Man he looked like he could cook really well and it’d be kind of neat to watch someone, good at cooking Korean food, buy the ingredients and put it all together. (I’m in it for educational purposes. Obviously.)
4. If you’re given a chance to spend time in a drama set, which drama would it be and why? I think it might have been fun to have been a part of (or a fly on the wall for) the filming of White Christmas. I feel like it was a fairly isolated and contained set, so I’m betting some intense bonding and sharing of acting insight and storytelling insight would have gone on. (I could be completely wrong and it was shot in-studio in downtown Seoul — but don’t tell me. It’d break my heart.)
5. Which 3 drama OST’s did you love? Did you love the drama itself or you just love the OST? Heartless City, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, A Wife’s Credentials. Definitely loved the dramas and actually noticed the OST (which I’ve been slow to pay attention to — I’ll blame my computer’s tinny speaker).
6. Who are the most annoying actors and actresses in dramaland? Ooooooh! That’s a really dangerous question!
A big reason I don’t know much about actors’ personalities is I don’t want to know if they’re annoying in real life. But, I can answer the question if I go shallow…
Most annoying actor for me is… Kim Soo-hyun. Don’t kill me! It’s because I hated Moon Embracing the Sun so, so much and his character embodied a lot of what I didn’t like about it. I totally expect to get over this bias once Kim Soo-hyun acts in something I enjoy. Man From Another Star seems quite promising — but I’m waiting until I hear the ending is awesome because I don’t want to entrench these bad thoughts!
Most annoying actress is… Suzy. Don’t kill me! Again, because she was in Gu Family Book and I hated that drama so, so much and her character embodied a lot of what I didn’t like about it. Fortunately, for Suzy’s sake, I recognized what was happening because of poor Kim Soo-hyun. So I kept chanting, “it’s not Suzy, it’s not even the character, it’s the writer! the writer!” But still, a little of the taint transferred. I look forward to her next project, though I’ll make sure it’s something well recommended before I dive in.
7. Who is the most fashionable k-star/c-star/tw-star/j-star? Wow. Am I the wrong person to answer that question… Alright, in strict layman’s terms, I find the Korean red carpet looks to be extremely boring. So many brides. So. Many. Brides. So when I caught pictures of Lee Bo-young in that off the shoulder navy blue number I was thrilled. Thrilled! And she shot right up my fashionable-star list. (Well she would have if I kept such a list.)
8. Name your favorite bromance/sistermance from dramaland. Oh, I love this question! Best frenemies were definitely Hye-sung and Do-yeon in I Hear Your Voice. Best besties were Shi-won and Yoo-jung from Answer Me 1997, and the friendship I loved the most, because it was complex but still so, so sincere, was Soo-min and Jin-suk from Heartless City.
Oh! You asked about the boys, too. Well — the usual suspects certainly apply: The bromances of School 2013, the “best couple” award winners Jae-shin and Go-yong from Sungkyunkwan Scandal. But again, the one that I’ve found most compelling was from Heartless City: Soo and Shi-hyun.
9. Name one drama you love to rewatch again and again and again. Well, now that I’ve been mentioning it… Heartless City.
10. If you can marry your bias, who would it be? I have so many biases. And there’s that “find out as little as possible about them” policy I have. But I still want to play, so… I’ll go with Lee Jong-suk! Because, in that one Running Man he was in, the players were all waiting in separate classrooms for the games to begin, and everyone was all nervous and fidgety, and Lee Jung-suk just pulled a book out of the desk he was sitting at and began reading it, as cool as you please. It’s the kind of thing my husband would do so, based on that solid piece of evidence, I think we’d make a great couple! (That shower scene in I Hear Your Voice has nothing to do with my answer. Nothing!)
1) Which manga, anime, book or popular movie would you like to see turned into a Kdrama? My first thought was the anime, Rurouni Kenshin, because I recently watched the live-action movie and missed the depth and details the anime was able to give. So I thought it’d make a great drama. But it’d really have to be a j-drama because it’s so tied to a specific era in Japanese history.
So! I’m going to go with the movie, Hannah. Which maybe wasn’t a popular movie, but I liked it! And I think its world and characters could handle the stretch-out of a k-drama. (It could be argued that Killer Girl K pretty much did it. But I loved how Hannah was so isolated from the world and then how she gets kind of adopted by Sophie and introduced to regular teenage-girl life. That’s the aspect I’d love to see explored. The action stuff was awesome too, of course.)
2) If you were asked to play a part of an English actor in a Kdrama, who would you want to act with? Oh dear God, I am dying inside at the thought of having to do that. *shivers* Okay, lets pretend I’m good at that sort of thing. I’ll say Shin Min-ah. Mainly because she seems kind. Also, she’s a really good actor.
3) Which older actor who usually plays a supporting role do you really enjoy watching? There are so many! I’ll choose Kim Ja-ok, because she’s adorable.
4) If you could kiss any Kdrama actor, who would it be? Hah! I suppose if I say I’m married and would never, that’ll ruin the fun. So I’ll go with Joo Ji-hoon because he’s never given a bad kiss, that I can recall.
6) Can you speak Korean? No. *sobs*
7) When was the last time you watched something that wasn’t Korean or Tawainese or Japanese? Well, if YouTube counts, last night. If not… I’ll say about 4 days or so ago: Once Upon a Time (a tv show).
8) Have you made a lot of friends through blogging? Yes! *cheers* (Keeping in mind for me “a lot” equals more than 3.)
9) Do you think your Kdrama obsession will cool down, stay the same or get worse? I can’t see how it could get worse — I’m blogging, after all. Probably cool at some point. My obsessions always cool. Not something I like to think about though. And not something I’m expecting to happen for a long while yet.
10) On average, how many hours do you spend a week watching Kdramas? Life has been so crazy busy lately that managing 4 hours in a week is a win. *is depressed*
1) Who is your biggest kdrama crush and why? I’ll go with Yoo Ah-in. Force of habit because he was one of my earlier crushes. Also, he’s a good actor and he’s done some good film work and he’s got a bit of a bad-boy, independent vibe to him. Even when he picks a bad project I feel like I can see what attracted him. (Like Fashion King — I feel like they were going for something interesting even though they failed spectacularly.) So I respect him as well.
2) What was your first kdrama you have ever watched? I’m part of the Boys Over Flowers generation.
3) Are you out of the kdrama closet? (do people know of your obsession with Asian dramas?) Yup! They roll with it.
4) How did you get into blogging? A writing friend said writers should have a blog, so here I am!
5) If you could hang out with a kdrama character who would it be? The most fun and relaxing for me would be Go Dok-mi from Flower Boy Next Door. We could talk books and writing, or just hang out and read. It’d be awesome!
6) If you could kill one kdrama character who would it be and why? Huh… actually kill a character… Okay, I’m going to be vague so I don’t spoil anything, but the villain in Heartless City — the swollen spider at the center of the web — him I’d kill. And early, too. Before he had the chance to ruin so many lives to satisfy his own ambition.
7) Have you ever tried making Korean food after watching a kdrama? I am a lazy cook who prefers to make it all up on my own rather than follow a recipe. However! The husband and I have watched some Korean-cooking shows and have vowed to make kimchi. Someday.
8) Have you ever been to Korea? No. *sobs* But I’d love to go someday!
9) Is there anything that annoys you about kdramas? Oh sure, tons of stuff. The thing that annoys me the most, and sometimes it’s a sneaky thing, is sexism.
10) What other shows/movies do you like that aren’t Korean? For tv shows: Game of Thrones, Grimm, HunterxHunter (which is an anime, but that totally counts as tv). I haven’t watched many movies lately — too busy. But I did really enjoy Gravity and Hunger Games: Catching Fire
And there you have it! Even more about me. Since this was more an addendum than the full-fledged Liebster I didn’t post rules or, you know, follow them. (See this post for all that info.)
But since it really is supposed to be a pay-it-forward thing, I thought I’d list out 10 of my favorite blogs. These are the places I check first if I’ve been away from the blog-o-sphere for awhile. They influence me to check out lesser-known dramas, and they push my own blogging to new heights. (Or at least — they get me to try.)
Lore in Stone Cities
Obsessive Compulsive (k)Drama-watching Disorder
Ramblings of a Kdrama Addict
The Drama Corner
The Fangirl Verdict
The Talking Cupboard
You Don’t Know Me