KDRAMA REVIEW|| SIX FLYING DRAGON

Hello and welcome!!!

After binge watching all 50 episodes in 4 days straight, I am not over how much power this drama holds. From the characters to the story line, everything is just so beautifully written and structured. Although it was 50 episodes long, it wasn’t slow paced, the story went by so fast that one just had to keep up. After completing this drama and going back to glance through a few other sageuks, I realized that there were a lot of things I over looked because I just didn’t know any better and I just had to accept. But this drama really opened my eyes.

This drama serves as a loose prequel to deep rooted tree.

Title

Six Flying Dragon

Genre

Political

Historical

Year

2015

Cast

Yoo Ah-in

Shin Se-kyung

Yoon Kyun-sang

Byun Yo-han

Kim Myung-min

Chun Ho-jin

Episode

50 episodes

Synopsis

Set during the foundation of the Joseon dynasty, we follow the life of real and fictional characters as they set the roots and laws of the new regime.

Review

Through the whole drama we see 7 different kings on the throne.

You start this drama banking on specific characters because you think they are the good guys then very suddenly without you almost realizing it, the line between good and evil blurs and you can’t tell what is moral anymore. Its almost like they want you to root for the evil person (to me, I don’t even call it evil, its more characters who are willing to do anything to get what they want). I will not go too much into the drama, as I believe it is one that everyone needs to watch at least once in a lifetime. The world and morality is all shades of gray.

I am not going to attempt to talk about all the six dragons but I specifically like Yi Bang-won.

Yi Bang-won is the 3rd king of Joseon who killed his brother the crown prince, he killed Sambong who was his master and also the architect of the the new regime and he killed a lot more people to get himself on the throne. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it because they was something just so good about the evil he did. Because we start with him at the beginning of the drama, where he is trying to find himself in a world filled with corruption. He was not necessarily corrupt and neither was he fighting to remove corruption, he just wanted a world that was structure to ensure that the commoner were happy and peaceful but he also wanted the world to be his i.e. he wanted to rule that world.

There is really something to learn from the drama.

Little Spoiler

They never end up together.

Rating

I gave this drama 10 out of 10 stars

Thanks for reading.

MARCH WRAP-UP

Hello and welcome!!!!!

I can’t believe how fast this month as gone, especially with all the issues going on right now in the world. I was able to read a lot more and watch a lot more movies and dramas and I have a few that I really loved.

I did quite a lot of things during the month, I did the 7 days Lock-down-a-thon which I really enjoyed and I am happy with the response I got. I hope things get better but I want you all to remember that we are in this together and we are going to overcome.

I was able to read quite a lot of books this month, I watched a few Korean dramas and I was introduced to a lot of new and good songs. So as I do, I will briefly list best books, movies and songs that I enjoyed this month, in hopes that you would check them out when you have time.

Top two books I read were Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare and Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker which I both gave 5 stars. I am yet to finally write up a review for Chain of Gold but I absolutely loved it and yes I am a huge Cassie fan. I have to say I had a great reading month, the lowest book I rated was 3 stars which is very generous.

Top 2 dramas I completed this month are Itaewon Class and Kingdom Season 1. I recommend both dramas and they are both available on Netflix. I was unable to sleep because I was afraid after the first night when I watched Kingdom.

I heard a lot of amazing songs this month as a result of being home all day. Most of the songs I listened to were songs that have been out for a while. I don’t know if you will be able to find them on Spotify but they are on YouTube. So check them out

  1. Arirang (The MilYang Version sung by Song So Hee)
  2. Onara by Im Se-hyeon (it is the theme song for Dae Jang Geum Korean drama)
  3. Hidden Tears by Yoo Sung Eun
  4. Diamond by Ha Hyun Woo
  5. Maybe by Sondia

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Thanks for reading.

KDRAMA REVIEW|| THE REBEL

Hello and welcome!!!!!!

Its been a while since I watched a korean drama and the one that i just finished watching is just a jewel of a drama. If you dont know i really like korean traditional dramas as they have so sort of history behind them. One thing i have noticed about a lot of the stories in these dramas are they usually have a correlation, it just seems like each drama is from a different point of view. I really enjoyed this drama, much of my enjoyment goes to the slow progression of the drama and the length of the drama.

I actually remember the title of this drama being, The Thief who stole the people. Which is a better title for the drama based on the story.

Title

The Rebel

Genre

Historical

Romance

Melodrama

Year

2017

Cast

Yoon Kyun-sang

Chae Soo-bin

Kim Ji-seok

Lee Ha-nui

Episode

30 episodes

Synopsis

Set during the reign of tyrant King Yeonsangun (Yi Yung) of the Joseon Dynasty, we follow the story of Hong Gil-dong and his family of rebel thugs who bring down the tyrant government and the vengeful king.

Review

Before I start with the actual drama, I have to point out that the cast really made this drama so special. I have watched a lot of Sageuks at this point that very rarely do I worry about the story line (I know it is always good) but more importantly is the cast that played specific roles.

We start out being introduced to a slave family who have been working for a specific rich family for over thre generations, certain circumastnace lead to him killing his master (the first part of the drama really pointed out class divide and laws during the era). Then we get to the second part of the drama where we follow Hong Gil Dong who is the son of the slave who killed his master. Gil Dong his a mighty child as they call it, he is supposedly a strong and powerful person that would bring down the corrupt government.

As much as i like the characters and the actors who played them, i was not really invested in the characters as much as i would have liked. They almost seem forgettable and its not really pushing me to watch the drama again. But that did stop me from like the story itself. The story progression was great and that is to be expected from a drama with over 20 episodes.

Little Spoiler

This actually the first scene in the whole drama but he actually shots her in the chest with his arrow.

Rating

I gave this drama a 8.6 out of 10 stars.

Thanks for reading.

LOCK-DOWN-A-THON #7

Hello and welcome!!!

This is going to be a short and sweet post.

I can’t believe I am on the last day already. I don’t believe I will be continuing, as I have other stuff planned which I will start next week. At this point, I have been home for 10 days and I still don’t have an idea when this would be over.

I completed Voyeur by Fiona Cole which marked the 4th book I read during this lock-down-a-thon. I am really proud with the reading I got done. I spent the whole day with my family watching Nigerian movies on Netflix and eating burgers.

I also watched the first 3 episodes of Selfmade: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker on Netflix and I am loving it. It is about Madam C.J. Walker who sort of started this hair product movement that made black women love their hair and build their confidence (I am not doing a good job of explaining this series, watch it yourself). It’s so strong and empowering.

I hope you are with your family during this trying time and I hope we all stay strong together. We will get through this.

Thanks for reading.

LOCK-DOWN-A-THON #6

Hello and welcome!!!!!!

At this point, I have not left my house in 9 days and I am beginning to miss Pizza, which is the least thing anyone should be worried about. Anyways, classes are still going on, I still have essays and portfolios to submit and I have been keeping busy with reading and watching dramas.

Last night because I was unable to sleep I found myself watching Videos of people singing Gugak (which refers to Korean National music) on YouTube and I absolutely loved it. I think I listened to over 10 versions of the Korean Arirang song and my favorite is till the MilYang Arirang that Song So Hee sang. I really like it. You can check it out on YouTube, I am sure you will enjoy it. Note that it is one of the Representative Intangible UNESCO World Heritage. Honestly I have fallen into the Gugak hole and I am not ready to get out of it.

I also continued reading Voyeur by Fiona Cole, at least now I know why she didn’t get the money from her friend who was willing to help her. Anyways so far, she and the guy she met at the club who turns out to be her professor are currently having a sexual relationship and as much as I like not to judge when it comes to books with this trope, I can’t help but cringe.

“Love with an imbalance of power isn’t love” this quote always comes to my mind when I read books like this but the perverted side of me can not help but like it. At least they are both of legal age.

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Thanks for reading.

LOCK-DOWN-A-THON #5

Hello and welcome!!!!!!!!

It’s my birthday, so hurry to me and yes I am still at home, haven’t left the house I almost 8 days. Which is probably the same for a lot of you, so cheer up and I am sure we will overcome this today.

I had classes today online so basically all I did was school work BUT I also finished watching the first season Kingdom (Korean drama) and although I really loved it, I could go to sleep because I kept thinking that a zombie would crawl out from under my bed (lol). I also finished reading Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward and I am going to rate it 4 stars, I really like when books take place over the span of a few years, it builds the anticipation. I have a review up on my Goodreads (follow me if you want).

I have started reading Voyeur by Fiona Cole, it is the first book in the Voyeur series. So far I can tell that the story line will piss me off. So basically it’s about this girl Oaklyn who decides to work at some sort of sex club because her parents used the money for her tuition to buy a car (I don’t know the type of loving family she has, but that should not happen and also the way it was brushed over, was like that wasn’t crazy at all). Then her super rich friend (who by the way, is an heterosexual female who I don’t think would ask her to do anything in return) offers to lend her some money and she says no. NO!!!. I am not buying that shit, so she decides to work in a sex club rather than have her good friend lend her the money. (OH HELL NO). Honestly I have no issues with sex worker, they are doing what they have to do but I don’t think there will be anyone of them who had other options (specifically money from their rich best friend). I am trying not to rant until I finish the book.

What do you think about stories like this?

Thanks for reading. Stay Safe guys

LOCK-DOWN-A-THON #4

Hello and welcome!!!!!!!

We are still on lock-down but we are not going to panic but we are going to stay alert. I am currently reading Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward. You probably know how much I love Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland, and this is the best time for me to read a lot my sweet sweet adult romance books. Since the start of the LOCK-DOWN-A-THON, I have managed to read to finish 2 books which is the most I have read in a go in a while. I am about a half way into The Diviners by Libba Bray and I am loving it.

I finally watched After on Netflix, having read all the books and actually like it when it was on wattpad (as I also write on wattpad). I know that a lot of people do not like the books and I can understand why but I actually enjoyed it a bit. I know it has a lot of problematic themes but I enjoyed it because of the themes. It is very tropy and that I what I expected and got. Now to the movie, the acting was so bad, that is really what I can say about it. I would give it maybe a 4.5 out of 10 stars.

I also watched the first 4 episodes of Kingdom (Korean drama) and I am absolutely thrilled. I am shaking to my boots to know what would happen next.

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Thanks for reading.

Stay safe.

Vampires and sex|| 2 for 1

Hello and welcome!!!!!!!

I can’t believe I am finally at the point where I can freely rant about how fiction writers have made vampires synonymous to sex, not that I am complaining because I thoroughly enjoy the scenes but let’s not forget that they all can’t be having sex, like what the hell…. (breathe….). Before I go into full rant mode, if you are uncomfortable with explicit sexual description or extreme sexualization of humans and otherworldly creatures, then this is the time you exit.

The world of vampire fiction is so wide, we have books, movies, songs and dramas that have been centered around vampires but what really is the first vampire book ever written or even movies ever made (really curious here). So I searched the web and I found The Vamprye which was written back in 1816 by John William Polidori. A lot of fiction written about vampires stems from this prose.

Hmm… but where does this link between vampires and sex begin. Is there even a link? Hell yes, excuse me but have you read any vampire book with no intense sex, bed breaking, spine snapping, faster than light movement (okay, lets calm down) and amazing sex (or rather they want us to believe).

As I am a sucker for this sort of dark fantasy romance books, I am not complaining but it is just too diluted that we don’t really know the truth anymore.

The Sun: First, we thought vampires couldn’t walk in the sun because they will be burnt to ashes (Vampire Diaries), then we have the sparkling in the sun vampires (Twilight) and suddenly we don’t know what to believe. We have them wearing magical rings and freaking cloaks that protect them from the sun. For all we know, the next book about vampires might have them turning into Teletubbies in the sun and we can’t complain.

The Blood: Then, we have vampires who don’t need to drink blood (Twillight, because they are vegetarian, of course they are) and the ones who have to drink blood but it has to come out of a bag (because they believe in human lives so much), then we have some who drink synthetic blood (so freaking convenient, let’s be consistent, can we writers, I know that you are trying to shake things up but it is hella confusing for me).

The Sex: Now, let’s get to the good part, if vampires are not worried about the sun and they are completely full of blood or they are on a bloody diet (pun definitely intended) then the next big thing in their lives is sex. Sex, Sex, Sex…

Apparently all vampires have freaky, steamy, bed soaking, house on fire sex because every page I turn must have page burning sexual intensity when it comes to vampires. If he is not giving her a brooding dark gaze, he can resist the allure of her blood, there is just something about vampire.

It is almost impossible to find a book about vampires that done have any sex in it, so I decided that what better time than now to recommend a few unrealistic, fantastical, adult romance books that have vampire characters (because as much as I love to rant about this books, I am absolutely trash for them). Most of them are in a series, I blew through them so fast and I am sure you would be able to.

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #1)

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake #1)

Awakened by Brenda K. Davis (Vampire Awakenings #1)

Dark Stranger The Dream by I.T. Lucas (The Children of the Gods #1)

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Thanks for reading. I would like some recommendations, let me know about any book about vampires that you have read.

LOCK-DOWN-A-THON #3

Hello and welcome to another day in lock-down!!!!

I have been making my way slowly through all the books that I have been recommended so far. I just finished reading Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker and I really loved it. This was a 5 star read for me. I do have to say that the start of the book was so slow, the first 10 chapters could have been wrapped up in one chapter and we could just jump to her saving him from a burning car.

If you have been following my blog for a bit, you would know that I like to read multiple books at the same time and it is just because I lose interest in stuff easily. I am currently reading Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon and honestly I don’t know what to say about this book, it is about 384 pages but it seems to be going on forever. I am also reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, I have not made any progress yet but I plan on reading more of it tomorrow.

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Thanks for reading.

Cheer Up.

5 ASIAN DRAMAS ON NETFLIX #1

Hello and welcome!!!

This post is more a response to a lot of questions I have got regarding where to watch Korean dramas and which Korean dramas I really recommend. Usually I watch most of my dramas on Netflix but I also watch dramas on Kissasian and on Dramacool which are websites that are actually illegal but … (don’t arrest me please). Anyways I will just be listing 5 Asian dramas that are on Netflix that I think you would enjoy. They will include a range of dramas from all across Asia, you should note that I will be only listing dramas that I have actually watched so if you think there is one that should absolutely be on this list and isn’t, let me know.

I have in-depth review of some of these dramas on my blog and I will link them below so check them out if you want to. Most of these dramas, I watched before I started my blog, so I don’t have reviews for them.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Mr. Sunshine

Review HERE

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Pinocchio

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Abyss

Review HERE

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Suspicious Partner

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Find Yourself

Review HERE

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You can also check my other Korean drama reviews, most of them are on Netflix.

Thanks for reading. I hope you stay safe during this certain time. Till next time.

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