I live in a city. A city without houses and walls and where I almost never see my neighbours face to face. We speak in typed print and *sighs* and *swoons* and 140 character sentences peppered with Korean, and occasionally meet up for dinner, but rarely so. In our city, while for one the sun might rise, for another, it is setting and we meet somewhere in the middle and say our goodmornings and goodnights. We share our news, and squee, and console, and laugh, and rant, and sometimes swap recipes. Some of us are students, old and young, some of us are parents, or grandparents, some of us are lawyers or teachers, homemakers or experts in an interesting field. We are a varied, interesting, and diverse city, thriving with loves and joys and tears and heartbreak, which we all share and cry on cyber shoulders or laugh together for a moment. And the interesting thing is that despite our disagreeing sometimes, we are friends. Friends who span continents and yet reside in an intimate and sometimes strange community of people who often seem like family. We are a world, a universe unlike any other I have ever encountered. And I love it.
So my fellow city dwellers in the land of the Korean drama bloggersphere and the Twitterverse, it is a strange, weird, and wonderful world, and I love it. I never really dreamed that this universe teeming with rather intelligent, witty, and hilarious life actually existed, that I would become a part of it, and that I would become friends with people I had never met. But voila! Here I am. And here is this blog - the product of two friends who decided on the crazy idea to intrepidly journey into the K-drama universe. I am so glad we did. When I was in the midst of thesis throes and thinking I would never get to watch another drama episode ever, I would occasionally venture onto Twitter or someone's blog, or reply to a tweet and check in with my drama people. And you were always so friendly and cheered me on. I know I am getting kind of sappy here, but really, I think of you and wonder how you're doing and what dramas you're watching. It gives me hope for a better world; a place where people seek for common ground.
[All the pictures here come from the MV Geeks ft. Ailee - Wash Away] [English Lyrics]
I actually started this post a while ago, and I can't remember if it was before or after kfangirl's really daebak post about this lovely and rather crazy universe we are all a part of. And then I left this draft sitting in the drafts folder and ended up using a completely different way of approaching the Liebster Award post I ended up writing (because this is what this was going to be originally). But tonight I remembered it, and the imagery of the city came to mind, and I had to start writing this post again. Recently the lovely Jaime of The Drama Noona blog and misscupcakees of A Fairytale World nominated me for Liebster Awards, and I ended up answering their questions on their post comment threads...but I've decided to actually turn them into a post. So here goes.
Some of the questions overlapped, and some I skipped in the rewrite of this post.
1. How did you get into blogging about drama?
I was watching Queen In-Hyun's Man as it was airing, and it was impossible to find it subbed anywhere, so I read a lot of recaps etc. and I loved the drama so much and I wanted to say so much about, so my friend (blogging buddy bustered - who's been taking a blogging hiatus) and I started our blog! And we posted some posts about Queen In-Hyun's Man and then actually went kind of viral, and it really surprised us. Here are the posts: Ode to Kim Boong Do, and Queen In-Hyun's Man. I was pretty pleased because never in a million years did I really believe that people wanted to read what I wrote about Korean drama.
As for drama: in about August 2011 a friend who loves Bollywood (and K-drama) said I should try some Korean drama. She suggested My Name is Kim Samsoon. I finally watched in November that year over Thanksgiving break, and I've been hooked ever since! She actually started her own blog at K-What?! And she's the one who suggested that I check out Deeno's blog, Mad Dino Asylum, and then I found out we lived in that same city! So we've hung out a few times, and just went to dinner in fact.
2. What's your all-time favourite drama tope that you can watch over and over again?
Hmmm...that's a hard one. I actually really like the "contract marriage" or "living in the same house" trope. It makes for lots more awkwardness and often funny skinship accidents, as well as the couple actually falling in love. I think it breaks down a lot of social barriers too. And then there are all sorts of funny misunderstandings with friends and parents etc. and just generally funny high-jinks all round.
3. Who is your favourite OTP and why?
I am actually not sure if I can really answer this one. I just don't know. One of my recent ones is Do Min Joon and Chun Song Yi in You From Another Star. They are just hilarious together, and they have great chemistry. Chemistry goes a long way on film, and doesn't always have to be sexual either. I LOVE the epic bromance of Lee Jong Seok and Kim Woo Bin which they demonstrated so nicely in School 2013. I also really loved the pairing in King of Dramas, I also really love Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin together in Secret Garden, and of course the sizzling chemistry of our Queen In-Hyun's Man couple (both on and off screen). But I also love Cha Chi Soo and Yang Eun Bi in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop - that kimchi kiss! The Princess' Man is another one that was just epically lovely and smouldery. See, I can't answer this question!
4. Who do you have the most severe SLS (Second Lead Syndrome) towards?
Another impossible one to answer ;) I think I am going to have to go with the beloved Prosecutor in City Hunter because it was the first time I became acquainted with SLS. I would say that the second lead in The Greatest Love is also up there.
5. What is your favourite MV?
I can't even begin to go there! I tried to make a short post about Korean rap and hip-hop, and soon I had 63 songs on the list! And when I made a mixed tape playlist for kfangurl, yeah...that one turned into 74 songs! I don't even know if she's managed to get through all of them ;) One of the most beautiful MVs I've ever seen is Naul's Memory of the Wind (it also stars the pillar from FBRS). It is just gorgeous and wonderful! It won the best MV award category in our 2012 K-Pop Awards.
6. What is one drama you ever regret having started regardless of whether you finished it or not?
You're the Best Lee Soon Shin. I've watched 29 episodes of that sucker and it still hasn't gotten any better...though I have some friends who say I need to carry on watching because it does get better. I do want to see IU-Jo Jung Seok cuteness...so maybe I will. Maybe.
7. Poor girl, rich guy. Write up a drama plot revolving around them.
8. Who are some guys (or girls) that you can just stare at for days and night without them even having to do anything?
Buahahahaha. I have no idea. Jung Kyung Ho is someone I am still pretty hardcore crushing on. Cruel City still makes me all emotional. At dinner the other night, Deeno and I were gushing about that drama. There's just something out him. Hyun Bin is my K-drama first love, so he had better be on the list. Lee Beom Soo is a recent find I love. And Choi Jin Hyuk...man...when he was the Gumiho in Gu Family Book *swoon* and his voice...which reminds me, I need to DL those wake-up calls...
9. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
By coincidence (or fate or something), my blogging buddy and I had both first watched My Name is Kim Samsoon. It was the drama that had gotten us hooked, and with it our addiction would later lead us to becoming BFFs. And being that watching drama is somewhat like Alice down the rabbithole...Samsoon Down the Rabbithole.
10. Do you have someone to watch dramas with?
Sometimes. bustered and I would sometimes watch dramas together, but she's not here right now. I do have a couple of friends though that occasionally get together and watch Korean drama or a Korean film or go out together and eat delicious, delicious Korean food together! And I have plenty of friends here in the dramaverse that I feel like it's sort of like watching drama together.
And I've added some questions from my nomination from Janey of Asian Fixations. (I skipped a few, but I have sort of answered some of them in the questions above, or in the last Liebster post I did. If you want some more answers, I will totally add some Janey).
11. If your life were turned into a drama/movie, who do you want to play you?
Good question. I have no idea. If we go with Korean actresses, I would have to say I would want Shin Min Ah just because I love her...but yeah...I don't know if I am really like her enough. It's hard to know who I identify most with in the Korean actress field. As for western film, I've been told I'm Hermione...
12. What's the one movie you can watch a hundred times and never get tired of?
Hmm...that's hard. I collect films and TV series and I currently own around 370 or so. I often go through and rewatch things (I'm the same way with books). I often rewatch period pieces like Jane Eyre (the Toby Stephens version) or North and South. But I have a wide variety of genre loves, so I can't really just pick one. I also have a pretty vast Bollywood collection, and I'm working on my Korean one.
13. If you're given the chance to record a duet, what song would you sing and who'd be the one singing with you?
Right now I'm on a bit of a Kim Soo Hyun high...so it might be fun to record "Dreaming" from Dream High with him as a duet (boy can he cry beautifully!). Or maybe something with Hyun Bin (his "That Man" from Secret Garden was the first K-pop song I ever bought (I know he's not really a singer). I also really love Kim Bo Kyung's "Suddenly" from City Hunter. LYn would also be really amazing to sing with! I also loved the OST songs from Cruel City, those I would sing. I am terrible at answering this question. Sorry! (I would also love to meet INFINITE and VIXX). As for the next question...you can always check out the K-Pop Corner for some of my K-pop taste ;). And the movie/drama with the best OST. That's a hard one. I would have to say that in my opinion sageuk have the best OSTs around. The OSTs for The Princess' Man and The Moon that Embraces the Sun have some of the most beautiful music around!
14. "Are monsters born or made?" - White Christmas
What an interesting question! I think that maybe it's a bit of both. I think though that most of the time we have a choice. I think it can get really complicated though and that people who are "monsters" that it's never really one cause, but rather a complicated array of factors known and unknown. I think we know too little about the human mind, chemistry, and the outside influences that might go into the making of a person. So really, I don't know.
And so my dearest neighbours, I want to get to know you a little better. If you want, you are welcome to make another liebster post and link bak to me, or feel free to just comment in the comments section below. I have tried to ask different questions that those I posed last time, so even if I've nominated you before, please check out the new questions.
1. Choose a question from the 10 I just answered that you like and answer it.
2. If I were to visit you in your city/country, what activity/touristy thing would you want to do? (If you want to, please include where that might be)
3. What is your favourite K-drama (or K-pop) trope?
4. What is your favourite Korean food? (Or if you haven't eaten Korean food, just your favourite food)
5. (And I did ask this question last time) Please recommend a K-drama (or Korean film) for me to watch. You can see which dramas and films I have already watched on our ratings page (I'm the one who writes in blue).
And I feel like I've been gone from the bloggersphere for ages, so I want to hear from lots of you! And yeah...I don't even know what the normal rules for the Liebster are anymore because I keep on breaking them...so um...make up your own rules, but I do want to get to know you. Well, the neighbours I want to get to know a bit better are (but anyone please free welcome to join in; it's kind of like a neighbourhood block party or something):
A Korean in America of A Korean in America
Ayesha of What I Luv!!
Conan of We Eat Lemon
Deeno of Mad Dino Asylum
Emily of DramaMarathon
Eun of Spread3Licious
Grace, Jules & Mawiie of Musings of a Twinkie
Jaime of The Drama Noona
Janey of Asian Fixations
JoAnne who squeecaps on the The Problematic of the Unproblematic
Joon J. Lee
Joonni of Scattered Joonni
kakashi of The Problematic of the Unproblematic
Karen D of The Inept Seamstress
KDrama Martyr of Words
kfangurl of The Fangirl Verdict
K-What?! of K-What?!
Leila, Clockwatcher, Goodange & Tessieroo of Couch Kimchi
LoriLou of Hallyu Smash!
MayMay of Drama Talk
mimi of The Talking Cupboard
misscupcakees of A Fairytale World
missienelly of My Myooz
Mystisith of Mystisith ~ Asian Dramas and World Pop Culture
NewKDramaAddict of It's My World-NewKDramaAddict's Drama Sandbox
Orion of Orion's Ramblings
pinkblossom & whitecarrot of Carrotblossom Patch
Raine of Raine's Dichotomy
Ricky a.k.a. Oppa
Shuk of Shukmeister: Musings of a Twisted Mind
SplashOfInspiration of A Splash of Inspiration
TheJawaVillager of Jawaville
The Zombie Mamma of Zombie Mamma
Wei of A Modicum of Courage
So now you know this neighbour of yours a little better (and I will soon get to know you better). This neighbour who lives in a city. A city without houses and walls and where I almost never see my neighbours face to face. But maybe I will, someday.