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8 Swoonworthy Tropes To Love

I watch a lot of romances.
Fairly obvious since I’m an avid K-drama fan! And while my favorite genres are action-adventure and epic historical, I still want a good romance in every show I watch.
So whether I’m watching a rom-com like Runaway Bride or the latest K-drama or American TV show, there are romantic tropes that are universally used. While tropes can be hit or miss (it really depends on how it’s used), no story is without them. And some of these tropes, well, they get us more than others. Like we’re throwing our popcorn aside and screaming because a swoon-worthy moment JUST HAPPENED!!
So I started thinking about tropes/moments that I react to with the most swoony, happy feels. Here it is – take note drama writers. I’ll be watching and loving! Hehe
#1 The Kiss(es) Yes, I’m like any romance watcher… on the edge of my seat waiting for the kiss of true love to happen. And the more kisses, the merrier. Even Confucius would have to agree with that one!
Worthy Portrayal: W – Worlds Collid…

2016 Year In Review: Shows & Movies I Watched

I seriously can’t believe 2017 is almost here! How did this even happen??

No, really, I need scientific explanation of the increasing speed of time!
Looking over 2016, I have to say I watched a lot of enjoyable shows and movies. Some I was anticipating since 2015 and others I just decided to take a chance on and surprisingly fell in love. Sure, not every drama was great. Some were merely tolerable and I finished them for one reason or another (or dropped them, heh). Here’s a look at the movies and shows that captivated me this year (note: I’m only listing dramas that came out in 2016)!
2016 SHOWS

Cheese in the Trap - How is this possible? It’s  (sorta) almost a year since I watched this immensely popular and heavily criticized drama! Cheese in the Trap’s imminent draw was how different it was from your typical K-drama. The first episode startled me with a hero that felt more like a villain (blame the danger music playing every time he walked onscreen lol); but that was also the show’s big…

2016 Year in Review: K-dramas Meet Fairytales

Looking over the year of dramas I’ve watched, I was struck by an undeniable theme: fairytales. I’ve always adored fairytales and finding that connection really excited me. Some drama had fairytale themes that were merely coincidental; others were intentional; but the motifs were hard to ignore in either. So I’m calling 2016 the year of the K-drama fairytale! Here’s a list of six popular fairytales re-imagined in K-dramas.
Scarlet Heart: Ryeo- I was surprised it took me more than halfway through the show before I realized that this was obviously a Beauty and the Beast story with 4th Prince, the beast; hiding his unwanted “hideous” features (his scar) behind a mask. Hae-Soo is the gentle Beauty who loves him as he is and even becomes trapped in the palace. Her love helps him change and grow.
Cinderella and the Four Knights- I mean Cinderella is in the title, haha. The Cinderella theme is really prominent in the first two episodes, complete with Hyun-Min being h…

News Train: Atypical Sci-fi's, Mermaids, and Intense Dramas

That part of the blog where I talk about shows I’m intrigued about and those that I’m watching at the moment. The news train!
Upcoming Shows I’m Anticipating
Legend of the Blue Sea - just five more days until this highly anticipated K-drama comes out! Starring Lee Min-Ho (Boys Before Flowers, City Hunter) and Jeon Ji-Hyun (My Love From Another Star) about a mermaid who has a romance with a con artist. The first trailer was pretty and intriguing but the second one sealed the deal for me with the hilarious fish-out-of-water rom-com vibes. I can’t wait!

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planet – Just watched the trailer. I’m intrigued. I like scif-fi shows though it wasn’t really the alien world that held my interest as much as the few moments we saw of the couple. They seem a bit atypical, almost like they were taken out of a Tim Burton film. I’ll definitely be on the look-out for the next trailer. This movie comes out July next year. <TRAILER>
Current Shows I’m Watching
Shopping Kin…

News Train: K2, Moon Lovers, Poldark, & More!

Welcome to that part of the blog where I talk about shows I’m intrigued about and those that I’m watching at the moment. I call it… the news train (disclaimer: italic words prefacing this are best read in a spooky whisper).
Upcoming Shows I’m Anticipating
Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy – This is a C-drama that I leaned about not long ago. I’m not certain when it’s coming out… either late this year or next year. Or where it will be licensed in the U.S. at this point. But the trailer blew my mind! I mean, the production quality was on the level of a movie. Seriously just watch the trailer!
Current Shows I’m Watching
The K2 – Very dramatic with a lot of fight scenes (no, I mean a LOT of very long fight scenes!). There’s definitely things I enjoy about this show. But there’s still a lot that I feel that is missing. I’m not quite certain that I can really say what. Perhaps more heart?
Moon Lovers – finished this dramatic retelling of the popular Chinese novel/C-drama with a reverse hare…

Moon Lovers Final Recaps

Scarlet Heart Ryeo Ep 17 & 18 Recap

Scarlet Heart Ryeo Ep 19 & 20 Recap
Final thoughts and feels on this dramatic time traveling romance over on The Silver Petticoat Review!

ScarletHeart Ryeo Episode 16 Recap

ScarletHeart Ryeo Episode 16 Recap
Grab your tissues! This episode will hit you in the feels with heartbreak and the courageous power of love amidst the darkness. Read on for all the tears and epicness!

Bromance Galore!

15 Bromances That I Love
It’s funny how names emerge for things we loved since forever. Even before I knew what bromance was, I was a big fan of bestie love between guys (and girls, though this post will focus on the boys). I’m a very character-focused viewer with relationships being the primary interest of anything I watch. Whether the relationships are familial, romantic, bromantic, antagonist, etc, it’s what makes up the very heart of the story for me. And of course, bromances are some of my favorites. So here we go! (there is no hierarchy to this list and there is some spoilerish info so bewares!)

#1 Neal & Peter (White Collar)
You can’t get more bromantic than this show and its why I absolutely love it. Neal may be a conman and Peter his FBI handler, but they’re pretty much two peas in a pod when it comes to solving White Collar cases. Through the course of the show, Neal becomes a friend, younger brother, and something of a son to Peter Burkes. I love this show for many other r…