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Fated to Love You (Korean version) Episode 3-4 Thoughts

Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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This drama is great. I love a good romantic comedy. It’s funny, with colorful characters, but the characters are also infused with humanity. As over the top as they may be at times, I feel like I can sympathize and relate to them.

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**Contains Episode Spoilers**

Mi Young continues to be one of my favorite characters. She reminds me a little too much of myself in how she’s always thinking about others and how they feel rather than herself. I really understand why she is like this and feel her intentions are so pure, and that she can’t help but be this way. She’s not doing it to impress anyone – it’s in her nature.

Lee Gun is our star. You can’t help but be pulled into his ridiculousness and swoon at this gentleness when he shows how caring he is. In these episodes I really feel he’s been “sucked in” by Mi Young. Her unselfish nature has really seemed to affect him. Unfortunately he’s a super paranoid person, so he’s convinced himself it’s all an act, so I expect we’ll see a lot of melodramatics from him in the episodes to come.

My favorite Lee Gun moments in Episodes 3 and 4 were as follows:

His reaction to seeing the Lawyer

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When he thinks he sees Mi Young

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His gentle side in the storage Room

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Lee Gun stops Mi Young from getting an abortion

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His honest proposal

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His bizarre fear of snails

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So, what do I expect will happen next? At first I was worried that Lee Gun would turn super mean, but Drama Fan had a good point that he’ll more likely throw his temper tantrums rather than actually do something to really upset us. I’ll be observing closely how he treats Mi Young in the episodes to come now that he thinks her kindness is all an act and that she was in on the whole drugging thing.

I’m guessing we’ll see a lot more of Daniel now and that his relationship with Mi Young will start to deepen. I’m curious if she’ll start having feelings for him, or if it’ll be more like he’s a nice person, but no chemistry.

When will Se Ra return and will she be a jealous mess, or will Lee Gun hide the marriage from her?

Please no spoilers if you have seen the Taiwanese version. Plus, the events may not follow the same way anyway.

Episode 3 and 4 rating: 4.8/5

Truly enjoying this!

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Fated to Love You (Kdrama) Fan Art by Zhaoul

Art, Fan Art, Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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Hello! I still have to form together my thoughts of episode 3 and 4 of Fated to Love you. In the meantime, I wanted to draw some more fan art. I will say, I really liked the last two episodes. Lee Gun has been a bit of a roller coaster, but that doesn’t surprise me by any means. His core person is someone I really like, so I do hope that we see more of that in between his paranoid freak-outs.

Mi Young is still extremely likable. I still can’t get past how genuine she is; which is ironic because Lee Gun seems to think she’s this master manipulator now.

That’s all I’ll say for now.

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Mi Young from Fated to Love You Fan Art

Art, Fan Art, Jang Nara, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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Mi Young is really fun to draw. She seems to have such innocence and purity of heart. Most of us don’t like pushover female leads, but I don’t lump her in with the other weak female leads. For one, I don’t think she’s really weak. I think she is too kind to a fault, but I think this is an area in which we might see her grow. I can forgive her flaw also because she seems to have other character strengths. She has an inner beauty which shines; but she doesn’t realize it.

I wanted to capture the moment where Mi Young overhears Lee Gun’s practice proposal. She is so touched by his words that it almost looks like she falls in love in that moment. You can tell she is the hopeless romantic type. To add to the atmosphere of the scene, I decide to keep the original photo background, but I blurred it a bit and removed most of the color to keep the focus on pure heart, lovely, sweet Mi Young.

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I’m still taking requests if you have another Fated to Love Character you would like drawn. You can also let me know if there is a specific scene you have in mind. I’m planning on continuing to make them until I get sick of it.

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More Fated to Love you (Korean Drama) Fan Art by Zhaoul

Art, Fan Art, Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy

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Here’s another piece of fan art I made from Episode two. I love this moment where they are… you know. This illustrate it in such an innocent cute way, while still making it obvious.

I made this one more stylized since the background already had that “cartoonish” look.

If you have any special requests for Fated to Love you fan art let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

 

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Austenland – A Delightful, Hilarious Submersion into the World of Jane Austen: Movie and Book Review

Movie, Period Movies, Romance

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I’m going to let you all in on a little secret (an embarrassing secret). For the last two weeks I’ve developed a new (teeny-tiny obsession) I will name Austenland. It started with boredom. I wanted to watch a movie. Something, cute, sweet, simple and in which didn’t require to much thinking. Then I stumbled upon Austenland.

It’s adorable, tender and simply put, absolutely ridiculous (insert British accent here). I’m not going to claim that it’s a masterpiece, but rather it fulfilled my desire for a little bit of romance, a splash of over-the-top comedy, some sexy British accents and total submersion into the very prim and proper regency era.

So what’s it about? I’ll start by strictly referring to the movie, and will afterwards mention the book (which I have also read and enjoying immensely).

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Quick Synopsis

Jane (played by Keri Russell) is obsessed with Jane Austen’s novels, or more specifically speaking, she is obsessed with Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. Even more specific than that, the obsession really stems down to Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 Mini Series, Pride and Prejudice. Jane is in her 30’s and is stuck with this fantasy of Mr. Darcy. As a result, she has had many failed relationships and finds herself longing for that perfect, happily-ever-after romance. She decides to spends her life savings on Austenland, a truly Austen Experience where the Regency Era comes to life through costume and the rules of etiquette and society at the time. There is promise of romance, and the whole ordeal ends with a ball. There are, of course, paid actors in the mix that are there to please the guests, and make their fantasies become reality. So off Jane goes to Austenland, but the lines between fiction and reality become very blurred as she tries to sort the two.

So what I loved about the Movie

The Soundtrack

The Soundtrack to this movie is really cute, sweet, and fits perfectly with the film. Some of the moments where the music comes in, really adds to the scene. I liked it so much, I bought the soundtrack (I really am becoming more and more like Jane).

Jane

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Alright, I see quite a bit of myself in Jane. When I like something, I really like it to the point of borderline obsession. I mean, come on, let’s be honest, this blog is littered with obsession, whether it be Korean Drama reviews, actors or movies. If I had the opportunity to experience something like Austenland, I would probably jump at the chance. Perhaps not specifically an Austen Experience, but to cosplay a character I love from something I’ve watched, and live the experience myself, that is very tempting.

The Love Triangle

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What is a good Rom Com without a love triangle? This one is especially alluring because both men are attractive and charming in their own sort of way. Also, as viewer, I felt the same way Jane did, unable to decipher fiction from reality. This kept me guessing who she would end up with.

Mr. Nobley

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Alright – Breathe. Mr. Nobley (played by JJ Feild) is the equivalent to Mr. Darcy. He has the same temperament and personality traits. But he’s an actor. Where is the line drawn between actor and person? Jane and Nobley have some deliciously tense banter similar to Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. They are constantly challenging each other.

Mixed in with Nobley’s insufferable personally, is a very considerate gentleman with a cute, half-turned sincere smile and eyes intensely always watching Jane. He is mysterious, handsome and yummy, if I dare say.

A few of my favorite moments

Without giving out the movies outcome, I want to highlight a few moments in the movie I thought were really great.

Mr. Nobley comes to Jane’s rescue in the rain

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Okay, I think this might seriously be my favorite moment in the entire movie. She’s stranded in the rain, and here he comes like a Knight in Shining Armor. He rips apart her dress so she can properly ride the horse, scoots her forward and off they go. The whole scene is very scrumptious. The end of the scene is pretty hilarious as she walks away with her britches exposed.

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Jane and Martin and their daytime date

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Martin (played by Brett McKenzie) makes Jane feel normal in this fabricated Jane Austen world. They spend the day together, laughing, enjoying each other’s company and kissing. He may not be Mr. Darcy, but he feels real. He’s also funny and charming in a rugged way with a very sexy accent.

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Jane Decides to step up her game and seize her own destiny

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So Jane sort of got gypped with the whole vacation. She finds out she bought the cheapest package and is treated like lower class. She decides to take control of the situation and not let this keep her down or stop her chances of finding love.

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Mr. Nobley and Jane in the garden

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Jane and Nobley have a little chat about what is enjoyable in Austenland. Nr. Nobley grabs Jane’s sketch book and finds out that most of her drawings are of him and his stern face. They have very awkward conversation where Nobley pries a little bit into Jane’s possible feelings.

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Final thoughts on the movie

I really like it but it does have some flaws and a few awkward delivery of lines. But, it was really funny and heartwarming. A feel-good, light and fluffy romance.

Movie Review Rating 4/5 (maybe 3/5 for the skeptical)

Now, onto the Book Austenland by Shannon Hale

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I do recommend this book. I purchased this book after having first watched the movie. It’s a short and easy read. Some of the best lines from the book were kept in the movie version. There were a couple of great scenes, however, that didn’t make the final cut of the movie. The characters are pretty much the same with one main difference with Mr. Nobley, but it doesn’t in any way change his personality or the way he is portrayed. In the book, Jane seems to be more embarrassed of her obsession. She really doesn’t want to admit it, or for anyone to know about it. It seems to be a big shame she is carrying. The book is well written, difficult to put down, and easy to put yourself in the heroine shoes.

Book Review 4/5

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Oldie but Goodie: Successful Story of a Bright Girl (2002) Kdrama Review

Jang Hyuk, Kdrama, Romance, Romantic Comedy

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I needed a breather from intense Kdramas. It wasn’t too long ago that I was living and breathing Chuno. Then I watched Midas, then I started Secret love affair and watched the Flu. After that okay, time to watch Tree with Deep Roots. I’ve watched 3 episodes, and I thought to myself, I need to put this aside for a moment or I’m going to spiral into a deep abyss of tragedy. I love Tree with Deep Roots so Far, but I needed a shot of Kdrama Romance before I continue it so I don’t intense drama overdose.

So the perfect solution? Continue to watch Jang Hyuk, but watch him in the 2002 Romantic Comedy Successful Story of a Bright Girl. My first reaction “Oh Dear… what is up with his hair? Is it blondish orange? Is it brown? I can’t tell. Whenever he’s in the sun it looks blonde. His hair distracted me for the first couple episodes (which I admit is very petty). But once I stopped thinking about that, and accepted it as the style of the time, (along with the now very dated looking style in men’s suits) I started really enjoying this drama. It’s so cute.

With Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk (the two leads in this drama) reuniting this summer in the remake of the Taiwanese Drama “Fated to Love You” I also wanted to see how these two performed together. They have great chemistry in this drama. They argue non-stop, but even with their arguing you can sense the underlying connection and attraction.

Quick Synopsis: Yangsoon (Jang Nara) is a poor, but bright and cheerful country girl with con-artist parents. She meets Kitae (Jang Hyuk) by chance. Kitae is a spoiled, childish CEO of a cosmetic company with severe anger issues. His parents passed away in an unfortunate accident when he was still a child. He has lived alone since he was 15. He didn’t work hard to become CEO but rather inherited the company from his parents. Yangsoon moves to Seoul to become a housemaid and meets up with Kitae again. 

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**The Spoiler part**

Kitae (really by his own stupidity) gets tricked into losing everything. He completely loses his mind and would drown in his own sorrow if it wasn’t for Yangsoon. He eventually pulls himself together to try and win his company back.

Favorite moments

Although the two leads argued about 80 percent of the time, they had some very sweet moments together where you could clearly see how much they meant to each other.

Here are a few of the moments I really appreciated:

Yansoon’s Makeover

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Kitae’s face was priceless when Yansoon had her makeover. It seemed to be the eye opener for him.

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This is really the first time he sees how truly beautiful Yansoon is and I don’t think he sees her the same way after this reveal.

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Yansoon and Kitae Baseball moments

Yansoon and Kitae both really liked to play baseball. They would often play together and those were the times they seemed to forget everything else and just enjoy each others company. I liked their playfulness and their baseball hand signals.

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Kitae teaches Yansoon how to date

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So at this point Kitae is completely in love with Yansoon, but with many failed attempts he decides to teach her how to date. I guess this is the safe way of asking her out. They hold hands, they laugh.. it’s very sweet.

Yansoon says goodbye **Spoilers**

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Yansoon has made up her mind that it’s best if she leaves so Kitae can continue to fight to get his company back. She doesn’t tell him she’s leaving. They both finally are able to admit they love each other. She shows tenderness towards him, but she looks very sad. This is her way of saying goodbye while surrendering to her feelings.

Another cute moment

So Kitae really is clueless. This scene with Yansoon’s father in the bath house really illustrates that perfectly. Yansoon’s dad just finished scrubbing Kitae’s back as they have a heart to heart.

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When he’s done, he hands the sponge to Kitae, so that Kitae in turn can scrub his back. Clueless Kitae doesn’t get the hint and starts cleaning his arms with the sponge. Haha – Too funny.

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Final thoughts

Although this drama now seems pretty dated and some of the scenes are almost too intense in an over exaggerated sort of way, it’s super charming and easy to watch.

Kitae was like a kid throwing constant temper tantrums. Jang Hyuk’s acting has come a long way since this drama, but I think he acted Kitae very well. There was nothing subtle about Kitae, so I feel Jang Hyuk played the character the way he should have. Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk have beautiful chemistry in their roles which makes me feel even more overjoyed that they will be performing together again this summer in the Korean remake of Fated to Love You. I do hope, and believe though, that their sweet innocent love will be more adult like in Fated to Love you. Here’s hoping for some good smoochy-smoochy (fingers crossed)

If you want to read more reviews on this drama, you should check out DramaFan’s Review. I honestly like her review more than my own. She really does a better analyses and digs a lot deeper than I do. I barely skim the surface. At the bottom of her review, the discussion is also very insightful and opened up my eyes a bit more.

My rating: 4/5

 

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The King of dramas Quick Review

Kdrama, Romance, Romantic Comedy

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What a great drama! At first, I was hesitant because I found the male lead really not attractive or appealing. He seems much older than our female lead and I didn’t see how there would be a romantic connection. Well, it turns out that’s part of the charm of this drama. At least for me.

Synopsis: Lee Go Eun (played by Jung Ryeo Won) is a very likable struggling assistant screen-writer who lives with her mom. They don’t have a lot of money. Her dream is to write dramas. This dream is crushed, then later revived again by the nasty CEO of a drama company named Anthony Kim (played by Kim Myung Min).

I watched this drama probably about 6 months ago. I was attracted to this drama because at the time I was watching lots of dramas with Choi Si Won. He has a secondary role in this drama, but he was absolutely hilarious. Si Won plays Kang Hyun Min, an arrogant, snobbish, silly, spoiled Kdrama star.

What I loved about this drama:

It was really fun to watch the behind the scenes of a drama. I don’t really know if this is an accurate depiction of what happens (in many ways I hope not), but it was really cool to watch all the work that goes into making a drama. It helped me appreciate the process even more. I’ve also seen the Kdrama The World that they live in, but The King of Dramas has a much more organized story line and I found it more interesting. I got bored with The World that they live in.

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I also loved Jung Ryeo Won’s character Lee Go Eun. She was down to earth and really passionate about writing. I found this very inspiring. I was really proud of her too at times when she stuck to her guts as a writer even though other people wanted her to modify her script.

This drama has a quite interesting love story. I like that looks are not the focus in this drama. You really get to see the bond grow between the two leads despite the fact that they butt heads most of the time. I didn’t think I would ever end up liking Anthony Kim, but his character grows quite dramatically.

My Rating 4/5

Have you seen this drama? What did you think?

 

 

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