I was a mess last Monday. I have been one since Saturday night when Goblin aired its two-hour finale.😭 I cannot believe the drama I have religiously followed for almost two months has finally ended. Kim Eun Sook defied fan expectations and opted for a bittersweet conclusion to Kim Shin’s journey of finding love and purpose in his almost a thousand year existence. I thought I’d hate it. But after watching the last three episodes in its entirety, I saw the silver lining with how she chose to end their love story.
Goblin is the fourth Kim Eun Sook drama we’ve seen since last year and by now we’ve become familiar with the usual tropes she likes to use sparingly in her stories. Among the noticeable ones are as follows:
My sister and my best friend?!?😱
Imagine the ruckus when lead guy finds out his best friend and his sister are actually in a relationship or were involved at some point. There’s the “how could you betray our friendship?” or “I trusted you” speech but in the end, he relents and offers his blessing because he cannot bear to lose two of the most important people in his life.
Let’s go abroad!
An overseas location, while an added budget, provides breathtaking backdrop for a drama that aims to attract loyal viewers. The farther it’s set, the better. Expect tourism interest for that place to increase as viewers will want to visit locations used in the show.
Sign here, please.
Why not draft a contract to define the terms of your relationship just as you’re developing feelings for each other? This will later come to play when said love is tested, when you feel like giving up but decide to hold on because you believe in what that contract stands for.
If it’s any consolation, her dramas always end on a happy note no matter how unconventional it maybe. Goblin’s ending was far from being perfect (the finale was a mess, editing-wise) but it sure had viewers talking even days after it ended. My Shintak heart is slowly healing and someday, I hope to see Gong Yoo and Go Eun reunite in a project. I’ve never been invested in a K-Drama OTP since Yeom and Min-hwa from TMETS but these two make the roller-coaster of emotions worth it.
Ah sad love, if experiencing you is worth meeting someone like Kim Shin… why not?
We started the year by hauling ourselves off to SM Seaside thinking the crowd would be manageable. I should’ve known better. When bored at home, people these days flock to malls out of habit. Queuing for a cab was a hellish experience (thank goodness for Grab!) not to mention my sister wasn’t feeling well that day due to indigestion. Good thing we managed to squeeze in a few minutes of playtime for Zack who was raring to try Sky Play.
If there’s one thing I’ll miss about the past few days aside from the abundance of food, it would have to be the time we spent watching K-dramas. Oh yes, no Hallmark movies this time. Most of the US shows we follow are slowly returning from winter break while here we are refusing to leave K-drama land. Haha!
I guess we have Descendants of the Sun to thank for that. When we introduced it to Isa around the last quarter of 2016, no one expected it would suck her back into watching Korean dramas. She enjoyed it so much that we began reviewing every Kim Eun Sook-penned dramas after starting with A Gentleman’s Dignity (hilarious, I tell you). Currently, aside from Goblin which I’m completely besotted with, we’re halfway into City Hall. The latter’s an interesting take into small-town politics which I’m sure many of us can relate to.
By now we have become experts in what we call Kim Eun Sook tropes which tend to recur in each of her dramas. I may actually blog about it one of these days if I can gather enough material for a list-icle. In the meantime, we’re off to continue our K-drama backlog. (Huhu, sorry #OneChicago!)
Kim Eun Sook has now officially dethroned the Hong sisters as my favorite K-drama writer. Who knew that within months after Descendants of the Sun was released, I’d be emotionally invested in another series she created? The supernatural drama Goblin is barely a month old and boasts of Korean heartthrobs, Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook, as its lead stars. Unlike DotS, its episodes are not canned. Viewers don’t seem to mind the live shoots though as their ratings are significantly high for a cable show.
The narrative is beautifully structured. There are times the editing doesn’t make sense but you’ll soon realize those scenes will factor in future episodes. They’ve also chosen songs that are worthy of a constant loop on your playlist, each chronicling significant developments in the relationship between the main characters. It’s hard to pick a favorite but I instantly felt a connection to ‘Beautiful’ by Crush.
Have you recovered from the surprises the month of November had sprung on the country and the whole world? I think I’ve ranted enough on Twitter so I’ll spare my blog the negative vibes. 😉 That said, I’m very excited to see what the last few weeks of the year have to offer. 2016 has been a year full of surprises. It has not been financially rewarding but I am thankfully getting by. One only needs to appreciate the good things happening around, no matter how trivial they may be.
And speaking of good vibes, it’s been a while since I’ve managed to finish a book much less continue something that’s part of a series so I am happy to note that I just started with Book 4 (A Chesapeake Shores Christmas) of Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores. The books are the source material for the TV show of the same name which recently concluded its first season on Hallmark. Fondly referred to as a light and heart-warming read, Woods presents her stories like a continuing narrative of a small-town community revolving around the O’Brien family and the people connected to their lives.
The first book, The Inn at Eagle Point, revolves around the eldest O’Brien daughter (Abby) and the circumstances which brought her back to Chesapeake Shores. The second one, Flowers on Main, focuses on another O’Brien sibling (Bree) who’s recently back in town and eager for a fresh start. My favorite of the lot (for now, at least) has to be Harbor Lights which tells the story of how the eldest O’Brien son (Kevin) found a second chance at love after a personal tragedy. While they’ve made several modifications to the story for its small screen adaptation, I kind of wished several parts from the books were retained for more drama.
I haven’t started with Gilmore Girls’ A Year In The Life and everyone’s been buzzing about it over the weekend. Real life just got too busy these days and I barely even have time to finish my TV series backlog! I’ll most probably get to it during the holiday season so that gives me something to look forward too aside from Hallmark movies. Hehe!
I finished The Crown though. And there’s my recent “recommend a foreign rom-com flick” for the month, Casese Quien Pueda. I haven’t even written anything about Nostros los Nobles and it was so much fun!
I went to Fully Booked earlier today and saw the 2017 planners on display. My gaaahhdd, I wanted to buy at least two!!! How is this possible? 😀 I know my finances aren’t exactly in tiptop shape these days but December just ropes you into feeling okay to splurge on things.
That said, it’s officially the last month of the year! Let’s make it count, people! 🙂
Now here’s one series I thought I’d never finish in a week. But for someone who’s obsessed with anything about the British monarchy, I will lap up any drama about them especially if it’s from Peter Morgan and Netflix. If you’re curious, the first season of The Crown covers the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne and it has managed to make me cry, laugh and appreciate the fact that I was born a commoner.
Claire Foy’s a revelation in the title role. She nails everything about Queen’s mannerisms including the accent and her relationship with her husband provides an interesting narrative given their diverse interests. Jared Harris, on the other hand, deserves a special commendation as George VI. His brief but poignant portrayal of the Queen’s father and predecessor was to blame for my tears in Episode 2.
Peter Morgan’s take on the royal family successfully portrays them as human beings who are more often ruled by their emotions and their struggles to appear perfect on the outside because it’s what the public perceives them to be.
- An excellent supporting cast who all brought their A-game into their characters.
- A humanized approach in depicting the royal family.
- Netflix spared no expense in recreating monumental events during the Queen’s early years on the throne.
- Only 10 episodes per season? I need more!