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Character Analysis: Jung (Cheese in the Trap)

Character Analysis: Jung (Cheese in the Trap)
A year ago, Cheese in the Trap went on the airwaves and took fans’ emotions by storm. The story of an sweet, introverted college girl, Hong Seol, and her mysterious, is-he-good-or-evil boyfriend, Yoo Jung, was not your typical K-drama fare. But it was so fascinating to watch! It spawned hundreds of online debates about Jung’s personality and the ultimate question of whether or not he was a good person or just a dangerous guy that Seol needed to run away from. I attempt to answer this question (a year later, ha!) with my own thoughts and analysis of Jung (repeat: my own thoughts, lol). Plus there's some ranting over the craziness that was Cheese in the Trap during the last half the show! (Spoilers ahead) The story of Cheese in the Trap revolves around Seol, who is intent on avoiding her college senior, Jung, who she believes dislikes her and is hiding a darker side. But Jung takes notice of Seol and attempts to befriend her. Meanwhile, …

Four Reasons I Love the Beauty and the Beast Fairytale

Four Reasons I Love the Beauty and the Beast Fairytale 
With the well-deserved craze over Disney’s latest live action retelling of their animated classic, the story of Beauty and the Beast has been on a lot of people’s minds. Especially mine!
Watching the new film, and retrospectively thinking about the original cartoon that I absolutely adore, I started thinking about why I love the fairytale so much. Over the years I’ve seen at least a dozen adaptations (some were merely title adaptations, lol) and have honestly enjoyed a good deal of them. And I’ve been a huge fan of the original fairytale itself.
But what makes Beauty and the Beast such a memorable and touching fairytale? I've compiled four reasons I love this story so much and why I think it remains still popular today.
# The Mystery & Wonder

If you’ve read the original fairytale or watched adaptations like La Belle et la Bete (both French versions), then you know that Beauty and the Beast is full of mesmerizing and opulen…

Heroines in Disguise: Cross-Dressing Trope

Historically, it’s not been easy for women living in a man’s world. Both history and fiction have numerous stories of women skirting society restrictions in disguise.
In 17th century Europe, Shakespeare’s plays As You Like It and Twelfth Night gave us two of the most memorable tales of women disguising themselves as men. In 12th century China, The Ballad of Mulan tells us of a young woman who risks her life to take her father’s place as a soldier.
The trope continues to be a popular device, particularly in historical stories, to allow female characters to do things and go places that would’ve been prohibited. Sometimes these shows give us a dramatic tale (like Mulan) and others some humorous escapades (like Twelfth Night). I also enjoy seeing how much effort the show will put in making it convincing – some of these stories force the audience to bring a huge amount of suspension of disbelief as they cast a stunning model and even let her wear makeup!
Here are 12 different stories of h…

Like for Likes

I've been in a movie slump for awhile, mainly watching dramas. So I wasn’t planning on watching this, but then I saw Yoo Ah-In on Like for Likes poster on Dramafever! Of course I had to check out this film right away!
The romantic film focuses on six different couples – a young actor and an older screenwriter, a restaurant owner and his landlady, and a songwriter and drama producer as they connect through Facebook and fall in love.
The movie has been likened to Love Actually (which I haven’t seen) with the concept of several different romance stories being told through different people, some who are friends.
The movie was enjoyable and fun to watch, though it never strayed from typical rom-com territory. With six main characters in 120 mins’ run time, there wasn’t much time to really grow the romances organically or show much, if any, emotional development. Still I liked seeing familiar K-actors on-screen together and enjoyed several of the characters.
My favorite of the 3 romanc…

K-drama Fun: Dream Show & Cast Pt. 2

My second K-drama dream casting!
This time I have a favorite movie that I think needs a K-drama rendition! (After all, there’s already a Bollywood version!)
June Havens is flying home when she unknowingly crosses paths with a secret agent, Roy Miller. When the CIA think June’s assisting Roy, she ends up on the run with him. Despite her constant questioning if Roy is really dangerous or not, the twosome fall in love amidst car chases, shoot-outs, secret hideaways and dangerous train rides.
This is one of my favorite rom-coms! It’s a hilarious blend of action spy flick with zany romantic comedy! The movie has a lot of great, entertaining moments with most of them revolving around the ever-mysterious and adorably-polite secret agent Roy Miller. I think the cast is extremely important as it could make or break the show. Tom Cruise was essentially the glue of the original film, not only because of his solid acting but because of his previous work in spy films. I mean when you th…

Random Fun & Thoughts for March

Just my random thoughts thrown together in a melting pot and then splattered onto Word doc in the wonder of abstract art!
Recapping Again

I’m super excited to be recapping again. I was anticipating Strong Woman Do Bong Soon for a little while now and I’m enjoying the show now that is has aired. The 3 leads are pitch-perfect. This is my first Park Bo-Young drama and she is absolutely and utterly adorable. I love her. You can check out my recaps HEREon The Silver Petticoat Review.
Writing Struggles
How to decide what to write? This is something I’ve been struggling with for months and months! I have literally over 10 story ideas (written out on excel) that I like. Equally. I mean every time I think, “I’ll just do this story. I’m going to do it.” Then a couple hours later, I’m second guessing and decide I need to rethink the whole thing and choose another story.
Not to mention I really struggle with editing/post 1st draft stories. Everyone says just write so you can get the first draft do…

K-drama Fun: Dream Show & Cast Pt. 1

Since writing an article for The Silver Petticoat Review where I created dream casts for fairytales that I want to see onscreen (i.e. East of the Wind, West of the Sun withTom Hiddleston as the Prince!), I started thinking up ideas for K-dramas that would be awesome to see onscreen.
Just like Hollywood, K-media is no stranger to adapting material – whether manga (Boys Before Flowers), international shows (The Good Wife, Scarlet Heart), etc. So here is a favorite book (with a lot of great adaptations) that I think needs a K-drama rendition:
Good-hearted Jim Hawkins is left a treasure map by an ex-pirate who warns him of the one-legged pirate who is still after the map. With the help of a sponsor, Jim joins a ship as a cabin boy and goes after the treasure. But a pirate uprising on the ship, led by Jim’s new friend, Long-John Silver, threatens the safety of everyone.
I love pirate stories and Treasure Island is probably the most popular pirate tale that has been written (the…

News Train: 2D1N, Liar Game & More

Shows I’m Currently Watching
Liar Game (J-drama) – Finished the first season! Really love this show. I was a bit disappointed at the last episode because the climax seemed a little tame to me (Nao-chan trusting people who can’t be trusted is fine, just not climax material to me lol). But it did tie up some emotional beats. And now I’m excited to jump into season 2 to see what happens next.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal – Try saying that name 10 times fast. Yeah, not easy, lol. This is an oldie (well, 2010 drama) that I’ve had on my must-watch list for a long time. Finally started watching and I love it! It’s adorable, funny and charming. I love reverse harem dramas and all the actors are great. Since the show is 20 episodes long, I can tell they tend to drag out some plot stuff longer than needed, but overall the show is surprisingly lighthearted and fun.
Hwarang – oh Hwarang. We could’ve had it all. I read the recap of the last episode. And will probably finish the show by reading the recaps. Th…

Korean Reality Show Edition: WGM Favorite Moments

For those who don’t know about it, We Got Married is a Korean reality show that partners two celebrities in a fake “marriage” where they usually have a wedding ceremony, do a photoshoot together, play games, and stay in a house together (when their work schedules allow of course).
I started watching We Got Married: Global Edition with Hong-Ki & Mina and Taecyeon & Emma Wu (Gui Gui) when the show first came on Dramafever. Though I haven’t watched any full episodes after WGM: GE, I found clips of past WGM couples over time, including lots of SoRim couple, that made me laugh and smile.
What is the draw of WGM? It’s obvious that nothing about it is real. It’s fully scripted just like American reality shows. Yet there are still a lot of adorable and cute moments watching these celebrities pretend they like each other. Some couples just have fabulous chemistry which makes them click onscreen effortlessly. It’s really just something cutesy that makes a viewer smile. So here are five of…

Dramas I’m Most Looking Forward to 2017

2017 is flying by! We're already in February!
Every year, there's always shows that I'm looking forwards to. I've compiled a list of the K-dramas that I'm most excited about and can't wait to see!

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Plot: A short, cute girl with incredible physical strength becomes the bodyguard for a CEO. Release Date: February 24 Why I’m Excited: This looks sooo cute! I adore the cast – Park Bo-Young plays the adorable heroine, Park Hyung-Shik the lead, and Ji-Soo the second lead. Also it looks like it’ll be full of laughs and fun antics. Counting down the days until this drama comes on!

My Sassy Girl Plot: Jeon Ji-Hyun’s popular movie, My Sassy Girl, is getting a drama remake -  but this time set in the Joseon Dynasty. Sassy Princess Hyemyung doesn’t follow the rules and falls in love with prickly Gyun-Woo. Release Date: May Why I’m Excited: I’m super stoked for this drama primarily because of the cast – Joo-Won is playing the icy dude and Oh Yeon-Soo (who pla…