NerdCon!

What’s up K-Fans!

I’ve got something super fun to share with you! As you know by now, our first K-drama inspired novel, K-Love will be hitting shelves very soon, but what you probably didn’t know is HOW soon.

On April 29th, we will introduce K-Love for the first time at NerdCon! 

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Now, granted, this is a very local, small NerdCon, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to introduce our book with a table and bookmark hand outs. If you’re in the area of Chester County, PA, then please stop by the library and visit us!

What this means for the general opening of K-Love, is that we had to get the book totally finished and ready to go by NerdCon…so that means you can have it, too!

We will officially release K-Love on May 4th! 

So in honor of that, I will be posting character introductions, quotes from the book, and all kinds of K-Love tidbits leading up to that date!

Isn’t it fun that we can put together a crazy awesome book and use our own timetable? I love it!

Also, it was great that we could release this book on “May the fourth be with you” nerdy nerd day. It’s kind of perfect.

We look forward to your support, and of course your reviews on our book very soon!

-Devon-

5 Foods All Kdrama Fans Want to Try

You know what I’m talking about. You’re watching a drama, feelin’ your feels, and then all of a sudden…

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*gulp* Your stomach realizes that it’s a hollow cavern, and that THING ON THE SCREEN is the only thing that will satiate it!

This happens to us Kdrama fans all the time. We see something in a drama that looks unbearably delectable, and we. must. devour it. So believe me when I say that I had a hard time only picking five tasty treats to share in this post.

5.) Kimbap

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I know this looks like sushi, but don’t be fooled! Kimbap is basically like a fancy Korean sandwich, and you see it in dramas when they are eating lunch, or going on a picnic, or want something fast and easy to eat. I think the most appealing part about kimbap is that you can pretty much put whatever you want between that rice and seaweed wrap.

My hankerings for this munchy munchable increased ten-fold when I was watching Healer. Ajumma really sold that kimbap to me.

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4.) Kimchi

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Obviously. I mean, come on, everyone in Korea eats it, and it seems to go with everything. That delightful crunching sound the characters make when they’re munching on their kimchi? OH EM GEE I want it so much! Especially if I can make it with Lee Min Ho. I wouldn’t complain about that scenario.

By the way, I found that kimchi is an acquired taste for me. I was overwhelmed when I first tried it, but now you wouldn’t catch me without it when I’m eating a bowl of ramen.

3.) Jjajangmyun

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Every time I see a character scooping up those black, chewy, slurpy noodles, I want to leap through the screen and steal their chopsticks right from their hands. IT LOOKS SO GOOD. This seems to be the “Big Mac” of Korea. It’s fast, it’s fairly inexpensive, and apparently, it’s awful for you.

I’ll take two.

2.) Ramen

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It’s really not a Kdrama if there isn’t a ramen scene, right? And while I know we have access to ramen here in the states, we don’t necessarily have Kdrama ramen. Theirs looks so delightfully spicy, so salty and red and satisfying, that I just know I’m missing out on something.

Turns out, I was right. My friend from Korea brought a giant box of food with him, and with it? Yup. Ramen. It was so good that it ruined “American ramen” for me entirely! No wonder they eat it so often.

Also, anyone else really want to eat it in one of their convenience stores, with the bar stools in front of the glass-front windows? Yeah. Sign me up for that.

1.) Bibimbap

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I think the best thing about seeing bibimbap in Kdramas is the fact that it is always eaten with ginormous, ladle-sized spoons and shoved into people’s mouths in a perfect spectacle of gluttonous feasting. Characters eat bibimbap when they are emotionally unstable, or half-starving, or in a “who gives a flying fart, let’s just get fat” mood. It’s the emotions on their faces when they shovel that orange cacophony of side dishes and rice into their open mouths that makes this my number one must try Kdrama food.

And I did of course. It’s mind-blowing.

And that does it for my top 5 Kdrama “must try” foods. There are many, many more, and I will have to do a follow-up post to this one, because it was dang hard to choose only five. 

What Korean foods have you wanted to try? Any favorites? Let me know in the comments!

-Devon-

P.S. I know I made you really hungry. #SorryNotSorry

Man Candy Monday: Park Hyung Sik

Today’s eye candy is inspired by my love of the currently airing show, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. It will be ending this week, and I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to these characters! Regardless, I felt like actor Park Hyung Sik needed some spotlight love.

Also I need to ogle him. Let’s do this.

First of all, Park Hyung Sik is a real life chaebol. It’s like he walked out of a Kdrama and onto our computer screens right here.

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And even though he’s a new actor, it hasn’t taken me long to become a fan of his. One fantastic role as a lead chaebol (now we know why he pulls it off so well), and I’m smitten. You don’t mind if I post gratuitous beauty shots of you, do you, oppa?

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See? You heard the man. MOAR PICTURES!

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He looked good in his Sageuk gear too, even if I didn’t manage to finish Hwarang.

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All in all, I’d say that Park Hyung Sik is the cutest kind of man candy imaginable. He’s like the gummy bears of K-actor-land. *squish squish*

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Can we please get the cutie more lead roles? #Kthnxbye

 

What We’re Watching: April

It’s been a while since I did one of these! There’s a lot happening on the other side of this screen, so my Kdrama time has been cut down dramatically. However, we are still watching three dramas when we can!

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

I gave my first impressions on this drama, and they held strong! I’m still waiting anxiously every week for episodes, and my heart breaks at the thought that we are almost done. The humor in this romcom really made me cackle with glee, and although there are slow parts to the plot (those side characters, though…), I LIVE for the OTP moments when we get them.

My favorite part about this drama is how Min Hyuk reacts to pretty much everything Bong Soon does. He adores her. When she’s mad he wants to squish her, and when she’s upset, he wants to take the pain away. And a lot of times he actually gets overwhelmed with feels, and kind of fangirls about his supergirl. I can’t get enough of that!

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It’s safe to say, that this is my favorite, currently-airing drama.

I also went back in time to discover…

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I’m almost done with this one! I immediately understood the appeal it has had for so many people, and y’all had me on board with the very first episode! I stalled because of life happenings, but I’m still averaging about two episodes a week, just like Do Bong Soon. It’s the first drama I run to when I have free time!

I’m almost done, and I can’t wait for the OTP to get over their…what is it…6 year spat? Dang that’s a long time to go without talking to each other. Ah, youth.

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Other than the actual storyline, which is geniusI have to admit that I laughed the most at all the hilarious Kpop fan girl moments. I relate so hard to that, you guys.

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I will definitely give you all a detailed GIF review when I’m done with this little gem!

Last, and…well, yeah, least….

Radiant Office

I gave my first impressions of this drama when it first aired as well. It did pick up a little bit. Just enough to get me to come back this week. But time will tell if I make it all the way through this one. For the most part, my initial thoughts remain the same for this drama–there isn’t a lot of fun or hopeful chemistry to keep me interested. I kind of care about the office drama, but if they don’t give me some OTP soon, I might have to move on.

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Sorry, oppa. I do love you.

And that’s it for now! There is a lot of “writer Devon” going on over here, so “Kdrama fanatic Devon” has to take a chill pill just for a little while. Won’t stop me from blogging about what I can manage to watch, though!

Oh, and Cornwall scored us EXO tickets for the end of this month, so I’M FREAKING EXCITED YOU GUYS AND I’LL TOTALLY TAKE PICS AHHHHHH.

See what I mean about the fan girling? Relate. So hard.

Catch you K-Fans later!

-Devon-

K-Love Official Cover Reveal!

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The day is finally here!

You might have gotten pranked one or two times today, but we mean what we say when we are really, truly showing you our OFFICIAL COVER!

Our cover designer over at Kaye Photography did an incredible job putting this together for us! We had so much fun getting sneak peeks during the photo shoot, and then bouncing around ideas for the graphic design of the cover.

We wanted it to look fun and flirty, with a hint of “Korean drama” essence so it would be familiar to K-fans.

And of course, we want to hear your thoughts!

Without further ado, we present to you…

K-Love!

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And here’s a bigger version:

 

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We just love how it turned out, and think it will look fantastic on bookshelves! What do you think? Are you excited to read more about it?

We will be sharing the “back cover blurb” in a few weeks’ time, so make sure you’re subscribed to get updates! 

Thanks so much to everyone who has helped us so far, and we look forward to launching this book very soon!

Do us a favor, and share with your friends! That’s how authors find readers. 🙂 Thank you, everyone! 

Cover Reveal Saturday, April 1st!

Hey there K-Fans!!

If you can believe it, the first round of edits on our book is done, and we will zing those back tot he editor by next week and having this K-Love train rolling! I’m SO EXCITED to show this book you to guys!!

As a start, we’ve got our cover reveal on April 1st, and it looks super amazing. It’s exactly what we wanted to convey a fusion between Korean dramas and romance novels! So make sure you head over here on Saturday to take a look and let us know what you think.

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I’m off to get some editing done. *chugs caffeine*

 

 

Man Candy Monday: Ji Chang Wook

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This guy right here made my heart swoon. I still get a little flutter every time I look at him.

Ji Chang Wook stole my heart in “Healer,” which is one of my top dramas ever, actually. I can’t tell you why I loved it so much, but I’m pretty freaking sure it had something to do with that

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And that

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And a ‘lil bit of this

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This is where I’m supposed to insert a comment about his personality, because beauty is within. And it is. But I don’t know him personally…so all I know is he’s hot. And a great actor. And I appreciate the art that is his adorable face.

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Also that finely sculpted body of his. YOWZERS

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That’s what I call fine art.

Word is, he will be joining the army this year, but before he goes, I know he’s been cast in a new drama, “Watch Out For This Woman.”

And that makes me want to do another Kdramas Renamed post. What kinda name…

Well anyway, I love this guy, and can’t wait to see another drama or two before he disappears for two years! We love you, oppa!

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What a great start to our week, huh? Everybody, FIGHTING!

-Devon-

Radiant Office First Impressions

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Something of a black comedy with a slow start, but potential to grow into a decent story.

Honestly, I’m getting flashbacks of My Shy Boss right now–at least the feelings I had while watching it. That is to say, I don’t love the main girl, and I despair at the lack of chemistry between…well anyone.

This story starts off with a despondent female lead, Eun Ho Won, who is both frustrated at the literal years she has gone without a real job, and a lack of mental efficiency to change her circumstances. Did the writers intend for Eun Ho Won to look like HeiHei the chicken wearing a tie and applying for a job at a competitive company intern program?

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I’m not sure. But it sure seemed that way. Not only is she awful at interviewing, largely unqualified despite her insistence that she really really can do a good job, and rather prone to giving people the stink eye, she also gives up at the least resistance in her path. Her character says she’s patient and able to endure. She mutters it to herself constantly. But we don’t see a lot of that in the first three episodes. Or any of it?

On top of sucking at life (doesn’t this show sound uplifting?), she finds out that she might have a terminal illness after she unsuccessfully tried to kill herself. I’m not putting a spoiler alert there because it’s in the premise of the show, and all the trailers, so I figure you know that going into this. This plot point is the one that annoys me the most.

It is SO PAINFULLY OBVIOUS that a simple visit to the doctor would clear up her uncertainty about how long she has to live, or whether she’s even truly sick. But is that sort of logic found here? Of course not! They use all kinds of excuses to keep Eun Ho Won from going to a doctor. She’s too poor, or she doesn’t want to know, or she prefers living her life like she’s dying. It’s super fun!

And I’m sure that the writers have something in mind here, but the choppy excuses to keep Eun Ho Won from the doctor isn’t suspenseful. It’s dumb. And it doesn’t make sense. Or does it? We are talking about HeiHei the intern, here. Darwinism at work.

I will say, that as exasperated as I was for the first three episodes, just hanging in there and waiting for Eun Ho Won to make good on her many promises that despite what it looks like (over and over and over and over and) she is a capable human being worthy of someone’s respect, they did finally give us a glimpse of her fabled work ethic. Episode four showed Eun Ho Won pulling herself up by her bootstraps and fighting for her job.

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Expectation met, kiddo.

And if you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned any male leads or romantic interests, that’s because there are none.

I mean he’s there. His name is Seo Woo Jin, and he has all the personality of a generic Birthday card with a Visa giftcard inside. He’s her boss, and so far, he has done nothing but…well…be her boss. There’s not even anything simmering or bubbling beneath the surface here.

There was one small romantic interaction with the second lead, who is a doctor. Who offered Eun Ho Won a free physical. Which she turned down.

Because she’s a chicken brain.

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But other than that, I guess I will have to wait for this aforementioned “romantic interest” that may or may not develop.

As far as the office drama plot goes, it’s really not too bad. I like the company, and so far, the little challenges they have faced have been enough to keep me interested. With the glimmer of hope given to us in episode four, I’m willing to hang in there to see Eun Ho Won grow a backbone that hopefully extends up to her prefrontal cortex so she can start making rational decisions that don’t make me want to poke attack her through my computer screen.

Two more things:

1.) Eun Ho Won is also maybe schizophrenic? Wtheck is with those weird visions she keeps seeing?

2.) Does everyone in Korea live in rooftop apartments? What do they do with all those rooms underneath?

And that’s pretty much it for my first impressions! I’m glad I waited until watching all four episodes before reviewing it, because believe it or not, this whole rant would have been at least 12x more scathing.

I ended up dropping My Shy Boss, so I’m really hoping Radiant Office picks up and adds some spice to their characters.

Have you watched it yet? What are your thoughts?

Have an awesome weekend, peeps!

-Devon-

 

Tasty Dude Tuesday

As you can see, my “man feature” posts are at the mercy of my inconsistent posting schedule. So we will be doing a Tasty Dude Tuesday this week instead of Man Candy Monday.

I do what I want.

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This week we will sing the praises of one of my favorite Korean actors. I’m talking weak-in-the-knees, don’t care what he’s acting in, yes please let me watch him doing anything and everything…

Gong Yoo

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First of all, it’s that cheeky smile that really won me over when I first saw him in Coffee Prince. But upon closer inspection, one cannot help but notice his smoking…

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Hot…

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Personality.

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For real though, post-military abs aside, that smile is what really melts our hearts.

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Also, it must not be overlooked that he is the best kisser in all of Hallyu. I’m not even accepting opinions on that. He just is.

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And he’s not just a pretty face. He’s got some serious acting chops, and his role in Train to Busan absolutely blew me away.

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And I really did know that in Coffee Prince when he fully convinced me that he had fallen in love with someone he thought was a boy, and was fully prepared to love her anyway. Hence, that infamous “I don’t care if you’re a man or an alien” kiss. He was so confused. And so attracted to her. He just went for it.

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Yeah. He is sheer perfection.

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Don’t be bashful, oppa! It’s the truth! *happy sigh*

What do you all think? Gong Yoo yes? No? Not your cup of tea? Never mind don’t answer that. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.

Happy Tuesday!

-Devon-

GIF Review Beauty and the Beast

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Quick consensus: A thrilling Fantasy with perfectly cast characters and charming songs to tie the story together.

This one is for all my non-K-fans, since I know pretty much everyone has gone to see this movie, and if they haven’t, they’ll likely get roped into it by well-meaning, but rabid family and friends anyway.

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Okay, here we go! My expectations for this movie:

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Which were quickly met with that AMAZING beginning sequence with the dancers, and the dresses, and the singing, and the glam:

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Emma Watson’s endearing, but so very autotuned first musical number:

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Gaston and LeFou as perfect cartoon incarnations:

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The Beast’s CGI:

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EVERY musical number:

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How they made the Beast charming, intelligent, witty, and 100% worthy of Belle’s love:

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All the added songs, backstory, and character building they put in to flesh out the original:

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That moment when the Beast got all hot at the end:

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And basically every moment of this movie, which was tastefully recreated to compliment the wonder of the original, while still adding depth and creativity to stand on its own:

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Thank you, Disney, for bringing my favorite story to life! I left that theater grinning like the crazed fan that I am, and I look forward to watching it again when it is released on DVD!

What did you think of the movie?

Hope you have a magical week!

-Devon-

P.S. But for real, if they were going to autotune Emma that hard…why not just get a dub voice for the singing parts?

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