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Am still watching Goong. Would like to report that Crown Prince Shin is still a colossal jerk. You gotta feel sorry for the dude, because he has basically zero control over his life and had to give up his high school sweetheart to marry a complete stranger, but still: colossal jerk.

Meanwhile, new Crown Princess Chae-Kyung (Yoon Eun Hye) continues to be adorable as she tries very hard at being princess and puts up with Shin and his snobby friends, and whenever she cries, I cry. This is a thing with this actress, I think; I have never had anyone to made me tear up at the drop of the hat the way she can. She did it in Coffee Prince, too.

However, this post has a point! Which is that I was watching along and was suddenly struck by this conversation, about the public's opinion of their new crown princess. So much female character hate I've seen could be summed up thusly (with allowances for choppy translation):

FRIEND 1: Not so fast. The Anti-Chae-Kyung Club already has 50,000 members.

CHAE-KYUNG: Anti-Chae-Kyung? What the heck did I do wrong?

FRIEND 2: There are two ways you can get haters. Reason number one, you've said something utterly offensive and it brings in haters. Reason number two, just the fact that you're breathing brings in haters.

CHAE-KYUNG: What the heck? What about me? What the heck is my reason?

FRIENDS 2: You married a prince, when you're a shabby commoner.

(Unrelated note: I'm very curious to know how much the translation of the slang captures the spirit of the original Korean. When Chae-Kyung says 'heck' and 'freaking,' just how informal/uncouth is that in the Korean? At one point she says 'motherfreaking,' and she seems shy of using this language around adults, which makes me wonder if the Korean is pretty darned rude and it's getting cleaned up for the English translation.)
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1. Two goals this month: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang (current progress 11.2k / 20k minimum) and [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen (currently 0/1k minimum, but I know what I'll be writing).

2. Have begun watching Goong, on [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42's recommendation. Stars Yoon Eun Hye, who also starred in Coffee Prince. This time she's a high school girl and a commoner who's chosen to marry the crown prince of the Korean constitutional monarchy. So far the admittedly cracky premise is being given a much crackier treatment than Coffee Prince. The characters are more slapstick and over the top, unlike in Coffee Prince, whose basic mistaken identity premise was totally sold by the sheer heart in the writing and the acting.

Ugh, I lack the terms to make a useful comparison. As I told Lauren, the difference between Goong and Coffee Prince is like the difference between an author who thinks mpreg is hilarious and one who's genuinely interested in the issues that come out of the premise.

All that said, I don't hate Goong; I just don't love it yet. Lauren has promised me a wonderful main ship once things get going, so I shall forge ahead.

3. Have stopped watching TVD. I'm a season and a half in - I just saw 2.09, aka the Katherine Backstory Episode), and I don't hate it. I'm just paralyzed with not caring very much. I'm having trouble articulating why. Maybe it's that I'm fundamentally disinterested in urban fantasy, with the werewolves and the vampires and all? (You laugh, my BtVS peeps, but 'tis true.) Also I'm fundamentally disinterested in teen soaps, which this still has a lot of elements of. And just... I don't know.

I'm not dismissing it for all time; it's possible I'll come back at some point in the future and be all YAY VAMPIRE DIARIES. I had the following conversation with [personal profile] next_to_normal in chat:

Me: I think it might be one of those things where I'm just not in the mood?
Next_to_Normal: you and your MOODS

Heh. Yes.

4. Have been rewatching M*A*S*H off and on, starting with S1. Gah, how is it possible that I hate so many sitcoms and yet I love this one so much? I think it's the underlying gritty realism that saves it for me; I really appreciate the contrast. Plus it's a great stable of actors. I'm particularly fond of Alan Alda, McLean Stevenson, and Gary Burghoff. Also Larry Linville this time around, who's so very perfect as Frank.
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I just finished watching Coffee Prince, which is a Korean drama about a girl who is mistaken for a boy and offered a job in a coffee shop (the latter meaning that of course [personal profile] verity needs to watch it). Only she falls in love with her boss, who's falling for her, too, despite thinking she's a guy and having only ever been interested in girls before. It's delightful and adorable and available free on Hulu. I have a lot of feelings about it, but [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42 has really already said all of them.

However, now I want to read ALL THE FIC, which... isn't going to take long. There are 14 fics on AO3 and 5 on ff.net. Phooey. Yuletide, here we come.

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