All of us have things we’re secretly nerdy about that we don’t really talk to anyone about. Which is silly, because you should never be ashamed of enthusiasm! So, I thought I’d start a segment here on Very Nerdy Curly where I and guests talk about their “nerdy confession.”
I’m sick. It sucks. But it does give me an excuse to binge watch telly. Now I could chip away at my very long list of dramas and comedies that I’ve been meaning to watch for years… or I could get sucked into Korean dramas. Guess which one I chose?
Ding dong! K-Drama! There’s something to be said for the romantic melodrama genre that South Korean has the monopoly on. Mistaken identities. Farcical comedy. Super intense drama. And of course, l’amour. South Korean puts out an alarming amount of dramas ranging from insanely detailed (& beautiful) historical pieces to adaptations of popular comic book series (manwa in Korean). They’re addictive to boot, which is always good for a binge watching session. A lot of them are incredibly charming and can be properly dramatic. A lot of them are sugar coated cotton candy. They’re all great.
I spent all of four days in Seoul, but I really adored the city. Since then I’ve always had an interest in South Korea. My grandfather was a medic in the Korean War, and my time living in Japan has given me a long lasting appreciation and love for Asia and its many cultures. I can’t make heads or tails of Hangul, but I do enjoy their media!
So here’s what I’ve been watching!
You’re Beautiful (미남이시네요) is about a nun-in-training, Minyu, who is asked to pose as her twin brother, Minam, who has joined a popular boy band group called A.N.JELL (see what they did there?). It sounds ridiculous and it is ridiculous, and that’s what I’ve been loving about it. As you can probably guess, one by one each of the band members find out Minam is really Minyu and naturally, they all fall in love with her. But who does she love? Who do you WANT her to love?
Blessed be my poor flatmate who has had to hear me arguing with myself about who she should end up with. What You’re Beautiful does well is make you not necessarily root for the front-runner, but for another guy, and then make you switch you’re mind. It’s infuriating. I think I’ve finally made up my mind and I’m two episodes from the end. Only time will tell.
EDIT: I have finished You’re Beautiful AND IT WAS REALLY STRESSFUL BUT I AM WELL PLEASED.
It’s also interesting because you see the business side of the Korean music business a little bit here too, which is something the Hong Sisters, the powerhouse duo who produced, wrote, AND directed You’re Beautiful along with a ton of other dramas, are very good at.
You’re Beautiful stars Park Shin Hye as Minam, Jang Geun Suk as Tae Kyung, Jung Yong Hwa as Shin Woo, and Lee Hong Ki as Jeremy.
SBS, the station that aired You’re Beautiful, have the entire series on their youtube channel. You can watch it, with English subtitles, here.
Another drama I can recommend, and in the same vain (it’s also by The Hong Sisters) is The Greatest Love.
The Greatest Love (최고의 사랑) follows fallen pop star Goo Ae Jung as she tries to keep up in the entertainment business after a series of scandals set her popularity plummeting. South Korea’s top movie star Dokko Jin gets mixed up with her and the two have a definite love/hate relationship as she begins to rise. Hearts are tested when Ae Jung enters into a reality show that matches her up with doctor, Yoon Pil Joo, who falls for her… meanwhile Dokko Jin’s fake girlfriend Kang Se Ri is in love with Yoon Pil Joo and wants to see Goo Ae Jung fail because THEY use to be in a pop group together and it was Ae Jung’s fault it failed.
The Greatest Love stars Gong Hyo Jin as Goo Ae Jung, Cha Seung Won as Dokko Jin, Yoon Kye Sang as Yoon Pil Joo, and Yoo In Na as Kang Se Ri (god I hated her).
You can watch The Greatest Love on Hulu!
So there’s my nerdy confession for you all. I love Korean dramas! Are any of you a fan? Gonna check these out? Let me know!