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Posts tagged ‘Star in My Heart’

When Seconds Become First

SKKS Yoo Ah In 2

Ah, secondary male leads. There are two kinds that exist in the K-drama world; the “I want to strangle every time he is on screen” type and the “I will take you oppa if heroine doesn’t want you” type. While the former is usually a sniveling, selfish, self-important douche-bag, the latter tends to be the unrealistically kind and good “best friend” and the silent and stoic sufferer. Often this type of second lead is the better person out the two males vying for the heroine’s affection, and dramas with this type of second lead leave viewers scratching their heads in wonder at why the heroine is so dumb enough to friend-zone such a catch.

I’m sure everyone has suffered at least once from the Second Lead Syndrome (SLS). We fall for the second lead knowing our love for this character has only one ending- self-combustion in a fireball of pain and misery. While healthy fans are rejoicing in a happy end for their main couple, patients of SLS are off huddled in some dark corner like a cat, licking their wounds. I can hear their sad, pathetic, even vicious little meows now- “CURSE THE DRAMA HEAVENS!!!”

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Joonni’s Top Ten Favorite Dramas List

Ah, the top ten list. My most recent version was written four years ago and since then, very few recent dramas have been added. I rank my favorite dramas based on my emotional attachment to them and, perhaps because I am getting older, newer dramas don’t strike me hard as the older ones did.

10. Shut Up Flower Boy Band (tvN 2012)- A story about music, youth, and friendship, this drama would have ranked higher if I was younger. A well-written drama through and through and a breath of fresh air in the K-drama landscape, SUFBB was a wonderful surprise for those tired of black and white characters and bipolar dramatics.

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Joonni’s Korean Pop Culture History

I grew up in the U.S. but my parents raised me with Korean popular culture. Instead of American television and music, I grew up renting Korean television videotapes every week and listening to K-pop cassette tapes.

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