Current K-Dramas

My I.D. is Gangnam Beauty- I didn’t expect to like this one much at all and almost didn’t even try it. The cultural differences between my culture and Korean when it comes to plastic surgery and beauty standards are just not easy for me shrug off, so when plastic surgery for appearances is the theme of a show, it saps about half the enjoyment out of it for me. There are still occasional speedbumps connected to the beauty standard here, but they are minor. I have really been delighted by the approach this show takes (you do have to get past some really cringy things in the first episode, but they are generally addressed later). This show is also unexpectedly funny.

Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) has been an outcast and miserable all of her life because she’s overweight and ugly. She loses the weight, but is allegedly still quite plain (they never fully show her face), so she has plastic surgery immediately after high school and before starting college in a school where only her best friend knew her before. But she still has to deal with problems, some of them quite serious, and she has to work on her own self-image, self-confidence, and her own issues about imposing her beauty standards on others- and the show is honest and fair about that without being preachy.
Do Kyung Suk (Cha Eun Woo, who is in the Kpop band Astro)- very tall, really handsome, very rich, highly admired and respected for being utterly,effortlessly cool…. keep watching. That’s all I can say without spoilers, except this character is cracking me up.
Yeon Woo Young (Kwak Dong Yeon)- is a young teaching assistant… Hmmm. No spoilers.
Hyun Soo Ah (Jo Woo Ri)- This character is my least favourite drama trope, but Kyung Suk-i ga just might be my favourite foil.

Kang Mi Rae’s parents are wonderful, and her best friend and room-mate is fabulous. Loving this one.

Thirty but SEventeen- the lead actress and the nephew make this drama. The lead character was in a coma due to a buss accident for 12 years- so she was in the accident at 17 and woke up at 30. She’s trying to adjust to being an adult but she has a lot of catching up to do. The actress does a fabulous job of portraying this.
Of course there is a love interest, and he has a 17 year old nephew he’s temporarily sitting for while the parents are on a long business trip. Their relationship is golden. The love interest is also quirky and odd and has his own issues to deal with.
The housekeeper. She is magnificent. I know I have not really described this one very well, but honestly, the plot isn’t so important. These characters. I want to take them home with me.

Go Back Couple- second watch for me. It’s the one I’m watching with my husband. He’s hooked on K-dramas now, but he won’t watch one I haven’t seen it, because he knows I screen against devastating endings.*
I am enjoying it even more this time around than I did the first.

~ I did have him watch Gu Family Book while I was traveling in the U.S. and he’s still a bit bitter about that one. He completely dismisses the reincarnation ending as utter fantasy (hello? You’re watching a drama about demigods and half human, half fox monsters) and keeps glaring at me and barking at me, “She DIED. She’s dead. He’s live for a thousand years and she is dead.” every time it comes up.

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