Dear Romance Town,
I’m sorry for judging you on your uninspired title prematurely and putting you on the bottom of my list of May dramas to check out. You are so much more than what your name would suggest and have managed to charm your way into my heart with your wonderfully quirky personality. I love your adorable OTP because their relationship set-up is my favorite, the one where two strangers become friends first before blossoming into romantic partners.
I also love your heroine, who is lovable and spunky, not to mention incredibly pretty. I think I may have a small girlcrush on Soon Geum. And let’s not forget about your hero, who, despite not being attractive to me on a physical level, is endearing in his own way. I’m glad that I gave you a chance and cannot wait to get to know you better. Thanks for being so delightful!
Although objectively, Best Love is the better romcom, for some reason, I find myself rushing off to watch Lie to Me once the subtitles are available for the latest episodes. Perhaps, this means that my standard (not that I have much to begin with) for K-dramas is slipping. Or perhaps, I finally see the charm of this guy.
Episodes 3 and 4 see the gradual buildup of attraction that Dokko Jin has for Ae Jung despite Jin telling himself that she’s so not his type because they’re not on the same level, celebrity status-wise, and after all, he IS the one and only DOKKO JIN. One thing that bugs me about this progression is that I don’t buy into this pairing yet because Jin’s feelings for Ae Jung are developing a bit too quickly for me to believe it wholeheartedly. Plus, the repetition of the “thump thump” song as the connection/catalyst makes me roll my eyes instead of going, “aw shucks… so romantic.” That aside, I’m still enjoying the show immensely because it never fails to make me laugh.
So I just finished watching episodes 1 and 2 of Best Love and Lie to Me and I’m happy to say that I like both. Woot woot!
Notice how the last couple of blog posts are not related to K-dramas? Yeah, I’ve been on a low K-drama diet because not a lot of items on the menu looked appetizing. I’m only watching two shows at the moment, 49 Days and Manny. 49 Days started off slow but gradually built up steam over the past few weeks and is now getting really good and juicy. In contrast, Manny had a delightful beginning but is now becoming predictable and repetitive. I’m sensing yawn-inducing territory up ahead.