quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Life)
In the past month, I've gone to Japan, been shaken by an earthquake while NOT in Japan, tried to ignore some significant anniversaries of major tragedies, applied to a graduate program and before any of that happened saw the final Harry Potter with my brother, completing the set. While each of those are worthy of their own post, I'm not feeling very good with words right now. Instead, I bring you YouTube videos from various shows I've enjoyed over the years. See them before they get reported! :-)

We've got Sorkin, Asian dramas and Charlie Crews, if you're interested... )

Next time I post, I promise it will be Quaggy generated content. :-)
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Hand)
List 10 platonic male/female relationships in fiction that you enjoy.

1. They interact in canon, preferably in a significant (apply your own interpretation of such) way.
2. They are not related. They can, however, view each other as surrogate family.
3. Neither has confessed or implied romantic love for the other in canon.
4. They have not dated, been married, had sex, or made out in canon, on purpose, and of their own free will.
5. A popular fanon ship is ok (though preferably not your ship) but a canon pairing you wish were just friends is out.
6. Try to avoid using the same character or series twice.

I really couldn't resist this one. It was an excellent exercise for me, since I'm such an utter "best friend" shipper. If a male & female character have close friendship in canon, chances are that I'll be shipping them sooner or later, canon or not. I liked proving to myself that I actually can enjoy a male/female friendship without wishing there was more. As it turned out, all ten pairing were from television shows, though 3 of them you've probably never heard of. While some of these pairing on the list are (or at least could be) active ships, I just like their relationship as is.

My Ten Non-Ships )
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Kiki)
So here, we go. It's not my favorite Asian drama of all time (that would be Galileo) or even my favorite Korean drama (that would be Coffee Prince), but there's something about Wish Upon A Star that just sucked me in. The plot was totally over the top and often required to complete suspension of disbelief (Murder plots! Secret births! Blackmail! Kidnappings! Gangsters! Medical Scares! And that was all in just one episode!) But the characters were just a joy to watch. Even without all the crazy storylines (or maybe especially without), I could see the premise working as a regular multi-season series. Not to mention that WUAS is the first Asian drama I've wanted to write fic for. (Well, okay, I did want to write fic for Your Beautiful... but mostly that was because I wanted to rewrite the ending which sort of derailed towards the end.) I'm just not ready to let these characters go!

Pick The Stars

Let me tell you why... )

(This is an image heavy post! Be prepared! Most screencaps came from Dramabeans, but a few came from [livejournal.com profile] folderdropping.)
quaggy: Eun-chan with her head tilted (Pensive)
As many of you know, I've been watching Asian dramas for a couple years now.  More like mini-series, most dramas have a set number of episodes and a full story arc. As it so happens, the three dramas I've been following all ended within a week of each other. So I thought I would share my thoughts.

*Warning* This post is very image heavy!!! I can talk about these dramas forever, but sometimes pictures can convey why I liked a specific show better than if I go into detail about the plot. (Note: I didn't create the screen caps myself. I've picked the images up from a variety of places, but mostly Dramabeans. (Well, at least in the case of the Korean dramas and the .gif at the very end.) I would love to post clips too since a lot of my enjoyment came from the delivery and expressions as it did from the plot, but clips have a sad way of disappearing from their hosting sites. So still images it is!)

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

I talked about this drama before when it first aired. Even though I had pretty major misgivings, I'm happy to say... )

Smile, You
Smile, You

At 45 episodes, Smile, You is by far the longest Asian drama I've watched (so far). It was a sweet family drama, but, contrary to what you'd expect, the series had trouble after... )

Wish Upon A Star
Wish Upon A Star

I'm actually going to save Wish Upon A Star for its own separate post, since that drama turned out to be my favorite and therefore and I have an unreasonably high number of images. But as as a little teaser, here is something completely adorable from the show...
Babies Feeding Babies!
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Audrey)
I just found out that they made a live action version of The Wallflower (or Perfect Girl Evolution, if you prefer), a manga I've been following for years. It's a difficult series to describe. The closest I can come is My (reluctant) Fair Lady as seen by Tim Burton... with a good dose of boy band hysteria mixed in for good measure.

Now, they made an anime adaptation a few years back which was actually pretty good, but I have a feeling that this drama is going to be a train wreak. On the plus side, they cast one of the three leads from Nobuta No Produce (one of my favorite Japanese dramas) as the main guy. On the negative side, they added a cute kid. Now, I have nothing against cute kids, but when you add one to an already established series (or adaptation of an established series in this case) then Law of Cousin Oliver comes into effect... which means this drama might have jumped the shark before it even began.

Oh well, I don't think that's going to stop me. I've been meaning to get into another Japanese drama for a while. (I've just been too distracted by a recent run of excellent Korean dramas... but that's a whole other post.) Worse comes to worse, it might inspire me to rewatch Nobuta or maybe even Hana Kimi. In the mean time, bring on the goths and pretty boys! Oh Japan, you do make me laugh!
quaggy: Eun-chan with her head tilted (Pensive)
Okay, so a fair few of you know of my most recent guilty pleasure: Asian television dramas. I’ve been watching more than a few online. Okay, I became obsessed. With the exception of the Daily Show and a few others, that’s about all I was watching for a while there. Asian dramas are generally short (between 10 to 20 episodes) and have actual ends, which appeals to me. But as soon as I would finish one series, I would start up with another. In some ways, you could say that they became the equivalent of potato chips for me.

It seems my obsession to be tapering off somewhat to normal proportions, with shows like Dollhouse and Life now taking up a large percentage of my attention. There are still plenty of Asian shows I have yet to watch and, in the future, I’ll probably pick up a series here and there, but my television diet is now including more than just Asian fare. So in honor of the fact that I’m turning the page, I thought I would talk a little bit about this (almost) former obsession.

Follow me if you dare... )

P.S. Yes, my icon is from one of my favorite dramas.


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