To be honest, I’ve lost faith in TVB drama years ago. I lost interest in watching TVB dramas back-to-back some time around 2003, and some time around 2007 I’ve lost track on what’s TVB’s newest offerings, only down to one drama every other year. This is in contrast to the 80’s and 90’s when I know every show like the back on my hand. I will dig around and share the first show I ever watched on TVB.
So I was cautiously optimistic when I saw Legal Mavericks. Vincent Wong was pretty good in Over Run Over. Sisley Choi was hard to watch in Speed of Life, but it was probably her first or second drama, so I consider this checking back in to see if she made progress.
I like the back stories so far. Hope Man is a litigator who is also blind. Vincent Wong did his homework and make sure his portrayal of a blind person as a sighted person is convincing. Sisley Choi is better, though I think she’s not taking advantage of how much room she can work with Deanie, a buck tooth, scar-faced paralegal who has feelings for Hope Man.
I must confess, I have a few guilty pleasures when it comes to books. Most girls have Danielle Steele. I have Anthony Bourdain.
As mentioned in previous blog posts, I enjoy reading things that are honest. Bourdain is as honest as writing can get. His emotions are raw (all puns intended), he gave away a piece of himself between the lines. The epilogue that came after the credits reads like an 80’s movie epilogue with updates on whatever happened to people he wrote about in Kitchen Confidential.
Maybe it’s time to go back to re-read Kitchen Confidential and write about it…
P.S. I’m so proud of myself finished reading this as an eBook via public library within the borrowing period. Yay!
It’s really weird where things go. I swear up and down I’d watch more K-dramas and ended up watching none, now I swear up and down I’d watch less TV and ended up watching my 4th drama this year already.
My #1 complaint with Korean shows in general is, the premise is fantastic and promising, and ended up flaming out towards the end of the show. The running joke is, the writing is enough to fill 12 episodes of plot but need to stretch out for 16 episodes. Honestly, Introverted Boss is one of those dramas where it leaves me wonder without the drastic rewrite in the middle, would it have been a better show. Do Bong Soon has her own plot holes but not enough for me to question the writing philosophy behind the show.
I just finished watching Tunnel. It is up there with The Goblin as one of the well fleshed-out, well thought-out dramas on the screenwriting front. The pace is tight and adrenaline-filled in the necessary spots. The emotions and relations are well explained and well used as plot devices without feeling too odd of how people are related on the timeline. It slowed down just a little at the end, but not enough for me to call it dragging out and milking things at the end.
I am not surprised that this is one of the highest rated shows on OCN. I don’t think there’s going to be a season two with this original ensemble, but…I’m all for a spinoff or sister show with similar plot devices should OCN want to plan for season two.
2017 has been a good year so far for Korean Dramas. To be honest I watch very few dramas in the last three years, so to watch three in a row before March is over is quite a record.
The actor to watch in this drama is actually Park Hyung-shik. Ji-soo and Park Bo-young brings their A game as always, but Park Hyung-shik really takes the cake with all his swooniness and craziness to the show.
I hope the subplot of stolen brides will add and not hider the show’s tone. That is something hard to do.
I took up running in the last six months as part of a physical requirement of a test I was taking. The process was long and slow, but my aim was a slow and steady pace of 5 or 6 miles per hour, or 10-12 minute mile.
I had this book in possession for a while. You’ll be surprised that I never read any of Mr. Murakami’s famous books such as Norwegian Wood or 1Q84. I wanted to read a book about running, and was surprised that Mr. Murakami wrote one. His writing is warm, funny, and makes me feel that we are not that different as runners: the struggles, meditation, the journey. I highly recommend this to all runners.
(Edit: WordPress informed me that this is the 100th post. Yay!)
Introvert comes from Latin intro-, “inward,” and vertere, “turning.” It describes a person who tends to turn inward mentally. – Vocabulary.com
In my mind, introverted is quite different from shy. One can overcome shyness, but a person cannot suddenly become an introvert or extrovert overnight. The factors of making a person an introvert and extrovert are both internal and external, with external influences magnified what’s already internal.
I’m picking apart words because the title of this show is also called My Shy Boss, but when you look at the Korean title, 내성적인 is translated from the word introverted, so while the alternative title is less challenging for people whose first language is not English, there’s a loss of flavor with that particular translation. Ok, I’m done with my take on the title.
I’ve been watching fewer Korean dramas in recent years because I’m more strapped for time with my current commitments, so I tend to choose carefully what to watch and tend to not start watching when the premise is not interesting. Honestly, Protect the Boss had a similar premise where the male lead was a beta male learning to step up to become an alpha male, but there are some differences
Different backstory of female lead
Larger ensemble with richer stories for secondary characters
Less likeable second male lead
Yeon Woo Jin is the boss this time
Yeon Woo Jin has caught my attention since Arang and the Magistrate. There is something about him that attracts my eyes. He definitely hit the ball out of the park with his introvert interpretation of the boss. I look forward to having him as one of the A-list Korean actors along the lines of Gong Yoo.
I hope I have time to update this when I’m done watching this drama.
Update: I wish to join the rest of K Drama community and say, Le sigh. This drama has so much promise, especially the premise of an introvert coming out of his shell. There were wonderful signs of that, but there are so many good plot devices going to waste, the writers and editing board decided to rearrange a few things, which really killed the show’s mojo. We can only wonder what happened before the fateful rewrite.
I honestly have not watched K-Drama for quite a while. You can tell from all the posts I’ve been putting up.
I really enjoy Gong Yoo as an actor, not just Coffee Prince, though that is obvious. I even enjoy his performance in the notorious Big (yeah I made a pun, look it up).
I also have a preference of Sci-Fi and supernatural genres, so Goblin really sit well with me.
I am also really invested in the second leads’ story. I can’t believe Lee Dong Wook was rejected numerous times before he got his role. I am only half way into the series, and am anticipating Lee and Yoo Inna’s story line.
I took a expository writing class for one of my last classes in college. I was not very good at it, but walked away with a valuable life lesson taught by my teacher: Good writing starts with honesty.
This book caught my eye as I once practiced Yoga, and wanted to go back to the lonely road of independent practice. If you are reading this book expecting it to teach you Yoga, you are reading the wrong book. This is the author’s sometimes rewarding, sometimes joyful, sometimes cruel, sometimes painful, but honest, truthful, keep-it-at-100 life journey. She used Yoga poses to draw a parallel to a phase of her life she was going through.
The author’s lesson is simple: Life is a journey, and the moment you live in right now comes from all the journeys and choices you made before. The journey you go through today will lead you to future journeys. Life is also mostly 20/20 hindsight.
It’s every girl’s wish to meet a guy that would embrace her shortcomings and quirkiness no matter what that is. Even when you have to pretend to be a guy. Mild spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Bromance”→