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My Secret Hotel (2014)

My Secret Hotel TYPE: Korean Drama CHANNEL: TvN YEAR: 2014 EPISODES: 16 WHERE TO WATCH: VIKI WHERE TO GET RECAPS:Dramabeans My Rating: 4 out of 5


SYNOPSIS: A divorced couple meets again as the manager of a wedding department of a hotel and as a groom. A murder case takes place.
MY THOUGHTS: A divorced couple reunites at the ex-husband’s wedding event. Oh and a murder disrupts the wedding. Hehe. Well, the last part is definitely something new. The wedding planner falling in love with her client isn’t new material (The Wedding Planner) or divorced couples falling in love as one of the ex’s is about to get married (The Philadelphia Story,The Parent Trap, etc). Granted, 90% of romantic comedy plots aren’t original. It’s just about adequate cute and swoon. My Secret Hotel started out fun and intriguing and full of promise. Halfway through I think it lost itself and meandered around in two-ever-distancing plots: the murder mystery and the romance triangle. But what kept me coming back? The cute, peop…

Liar Game (2014)

Liar Game TYPE: Korean Drama CHANNEL: TvN YEAR: 2014
EPISODES: 12 WHERE TO WATCH:VIKI WHERE TO GET RECAPS:Dramabeans My Rating: 5 out of 5


SYNOPSIS: Nam Da-Jung is an innocent college student who passes a hidden camera audition and is invited to join the reality show Liar Game, a psychological survival game wherein participants trick each other and the one who ultimately succeeds wins the prize money of ₩10 billion (US$9.3 million). Tempted with the chance to pay off her debts, Da-Jung joins the game and gets conned out of the initial money given to her. In desperation, she asks genius ex-con swindler and former psychology professor Ha Woo-Jin to help her win the game. (source: Wikipedia)
My Thoughts: I happened upon Liar Game after seeing it on the front page of VIKI. I knew next to nothing about the drama except that Shin Sung-Rok (the villain in My Love From Another Star) was in it. After 2 episodes, I was totally hooked. I’m not a fan of many manga/manhwa-to-screen adaptations. Shows like…

Liebster Award Questions!

My sister, green-medallion, got a Liebster Award. Yay. So now she’s passed the baton off to anyone (with 200 followers or less) who wants to answer her questions. So I decided to answer her pretty interesting questions. Hehe.
Green-medallion’s Questions:
1) Is there any crazy hairstyle you wish you could pull off? Crazy is an interesting word. Not sure I’d classify it as crazy, though I’ve considered getting my hair cut boy short a few times.
2) What is your dream job? Wow. That is a good question. Probably being an author. That or working as a Disney Princess live character actor at Disneyworld. Or being a painter. Except I can’t paint. We’re talking about jobs I could really handle right, not fantasy? In that case, I guess I’ll be sticking with the first two.
3) What's your favorite type of natural landscape? (I.E. mountains, forests, prairie, etc) Mountains for pictures. Oceans/beaches for vacationing.
4) If you could get lost anywhere in the world, where would you want to get lost…

My Story Journey!

Hello from the land of rough draft writing and editing!

So, I just learned that I can add StoryToolz word count meters to my blog - so viola! I have added it (with the help of my sister because I'm really bad at figuring out stuff like that).
As of right now, I have several short stories I'm writing, a short story I'm editing, a novel that I'm about to edit - aaaand a new story, Alice in Choson, that I've just started on.
Alice in Choson is a working title ( and I've no intention of using it as the real title). It's a historical speculative fiction novel - and a brief plot summary would be: a Korean-American girl time travels back to the Choson/Joseon era (15th-20th century Korea). I'm a big sucker for time travel stories because I think time culture shock is so fascinating and can be amusing or dramatic, oftentimes both.
Writing 80,000 words is intimidating, let me tell you. It's really a goal - and I hope to get as close as I can. I've only wri…

WWW Wednesdays!

WWW Wednesdays March 19!

So I've stumbled across a cool weekly meme, that's both simple and fun from MizB at Should Be Reading.





Currently I am reading Entwined, because my sister recommended it. Okay, I asked her if she read it, and then she recommended it. I love fairytales, so this has been a fun read so far. It's a little freaky for a kid's book though, lol. I guess kids nowadays aren't like what I was when I was little - cuz this book would've scared me as a kid.





Loved this book. So much fun and funny! I am a pretty big Austenite. I've read every major book (except Mansfield Park) and I think I've seen just about every Austenite movie adaptation (genuine ones, I'm not counting Clueless here).




 I read a great review about this book, so I'm really interested in reading this one! I've already requested it at my library, so I'm just waiting now.

Austenland

Austenland

Review: Jane has fallen in love; the only unfortunate problem is: it’s with Mr. Darcy. In an unexpected turn of events, she finds herself vacationing in Austenland – a place where she can pretend to be the Austen heroine she always dreamed of. While Jane expects all her dreams to come true, she finds that living the Regency dream is not as enticing as she thought it would be. So let me start with: I adore spoofs/satires! They can be so much fun when well-executed. Perhaps the only two things needed in liking a good spoof is that you’re a fan of what’s being spoofed (trust me, that’s a big deal, lol) – and the writer does it with wit and pizzazz. Austenland fit the bill for me; a well written, playful look at the obsession of Austenites. And we all (at least us period drama girls) have some Austenite love in us. Wonderfully, I was able to connect right away with the heroine, Jane. Her struggle with let-down Austen-world expectations and confused feelings about Austenland was,…

Beastly

Beastly, by Alex Flinn
STARS: 4 out of 5 PLOT: “I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster. You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.” – Beastly’s blurb OPINION: Sometime last year (I’m horrible with dates) I watched Beastly. I thought it was a cute movie, but I had this feeling (which was reiterated by my perceptive sister) that the story would be better as a book. It definitely is. I haven’t read a book this…

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books
So it's "Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!" from The Broke and the Bookish. I chose to do favorite characters. This is my first time doing a a "Top Ten" weekly meme; it was a lot of fun! So here it is - (in no particular order, hehe)
Mr. Tilney(Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen) – Mr. Tilney, though an often overlooked romantic hero, is a huge favorite of mine. He’s funny, witty and sarcastic – and he knows it. He’s also a gentleman, supportive of his sister, and an overall Austen hero.
Gabi (Waterfall: River of Time series by Lisa Bergren) – Gabi rocks! She’s strong, balanced, and intelligent. Gabi protects, loves, and fights (literally!) for her family.
Mac(Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott) – If only Mac existed in this world. “The bookwork”, as his cousins call him, would rather be reading than anything in this world. Hilarious when he’s committing another socially inept incident or endearing when he’s supporting the heroine,…

Austenland

AUSTENLAND RATING: PG-13 STARS: 4.5 out of 5
What can I say? I loved it!
I've been a huge fan of Austen for more than a decade. I remember reading Pride and Prejudice in high school and watching the Colin Firth miniseries with my sisters, mom and aunt. Since then, I've read five of her main six novels (okay, it was Mansfield Park that I skimped on. I admit it.). So what could be more natural than renting a movie where a woman gets to spend a vacation living as an “Austen heroine”? 
Now that’s the dream life, isn't it?
Granted this movie is fluffy, silly and even at times corny. But it’s so funny! I had already read some people say the movie was hilarious, but I still wasn't sure. I actually didn't laugh that much during the beginning – but by the ending, you can’t help laughing at all the insane fun. Then I re-watched it the next day with my sister and laughed even harder the whole way through! Georgia King’s facial expressions nearly stole the show for me.

While I sa…

Ten 10 Brooding Heroes (Or Anti-heroes)

Happy Valentines Day!
They've been around since Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens envisioned them. They are the characters with few words, more likely to roll their eyes and walk away then carry-on a conversation like their emotionally-uncomplicated peers. They are the brooders doomed to a life of angst, loneliness and gut-wrenching heartbreak that leaves their audience drowning in tears.
In honor of Valentines’ Day, I’m giving a little bit of love to all the fictional brooders who made us cry for them and love them as only crazy fangirls could. They will always be our favorites.


Magneto (X-Men First Class)
This movie revealed to us the tragedy that is Magneto: a brooding anti-hero (or villain really) who can’t let go of his past. A man who will never let himself be happy again.

Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
If you haven’t seen this movie, find it now. Sydney Carton is the classic brooding anti-hero. He will break your heart and make you love him.

Li Gexiao (Th…

Five Books I Want To Read This Year!

So I just recently got on Good Reads. Yay! Now I’m drowning in a ridiculously long list of "must-reads" that never end. After contemplating why this is happening - I’ve come to the simple revelation that I’m not reading as many books as I have in the past. And I’m reading too many book review posts on the internet. (my thought process: Ooo, they gave that book 5 stars! Now I have to read it.) Some of these books I'm listing are coming out this year, some are older books that I just recently heard (well, read) about. So here they are, in no particular order (or perhaps a subconscious order unbeknownst to me surfaced?). Either way, let the drumroll begin!

Once Upon A Prince, by Rachel Hauck Plot:When crown prince Nathaniel takes an American holiday to St. Simon's Island, he's not looking for love. Like everything else in his life, the choice of a bride is out of his hands---a matter dictated by his royal position. But when he meets Susanna under the ancient Lover…

Jan/Feb Femnista issue!

Yay! The Jan/Feb. Femnista issue is out!

This is a really cool e-magazine that Charity from www.charitysplace.com puts out - with articles written by blogging girls about movies, history, period costumes, TV, etc. And this month I contributed my own article about Disney's Treasure Planet.

You may notice that the contributor's name is "Faith" and not Fayehope. And yeah, that's because Faith is my real name. I also changed it on my profile. It was getting confusing keeping up with so many different internet names, hehe.

This month's issue is about Disney Animation with articles about Mulan, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and much more!

Click here to read!

Movies and TV I’m looking forward to in 2014 (Part 2)

And the continuation of my great journey – into the heart of TV, both U.S. and worldwide!
TV:

Ongoing: Agents of Shield
This show has had a lot of ups and downs for me. But it’s Marvel. It has secret agents and superheroes. So yeah, I’ll be watching to see where it goes.

January 24: Emergency Couple (Korean drama)
I love Song Ji Hyo and Choi Jin Hyuk! And now they’re playing a couple? I’m so tuning in. Only, it’s a medical drama - blood and surgical knives, eek! It’s also a weekend drama (which can be loooong) but luckily this one is only 20 episodes (normal length for a prime time k-drama).

March 6: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
I like this show despite its predictability, cheesiness and really bad CGI. Lol. Hey, it’s cute and sweet and about fairytale characters. I just hope the writers know where they’re headed with the plot. Otherwise this could be a real short ride.

March 9: Once Upon a Time
Yay it’s coming back! Fairytales rock, people! This show may struggle with some repetitivene…

Movies and TV I’m looking forward to in 2014!

So a lot of these movies I’ve been anticipating since 2012 and 2013. Some of these I’ve just learned about – especially in the TV category. So here goes! Drum roll please!
MOVIES:

February 14: La Belle et la Bete This movie in two words: gut-wrenching beautiful!! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale. I have liked almost every story or rendition I've seen (though Disney's animated version will always be my fav). I want to see this movie so much. I just have no idea when it's coming out in the U.S. *wipes tears away* 

February 14: Winter’s Tale
I saw this trailer at The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Not sure if I’ll see this in theaters, but I might rent it when it comes out.

March 21: Muppets Most Wanted
The Muppets are adorable. I’ll probably rent this one, though, cuz tickets can be expensive - and I've got a lot of movies I want to see this year. Lol.

April 4: Captain America: Winter Soldier
Well, I’ve been looking for to a Captain America sequel since Avengers. M…