One year ago this month I took to my computer and typed out a snarky opinion of the drama I had just completed- Rooftop Prince. The pictures I added were unevenly sized, my thoughts were rambling, and I ended up feeling happy as could be as soon as I clicked “post”. At that point I had been watching and reading about dramas for some time-it felt good to finally write out how these shows made me feel and think.
I was not sure where this adventure would take me, or if anyone would even care. And I think that is why it felt so good; the unknown of blogging was before me and exciting at every turn. I was confident in my love for what I was writing about and my goal was to simply express my fandom through a release of snarky observations and rambling reviews. And I did. And the disjointed thoughts I had previously kept to myself (or shared with the few friends I could count on to put up with my rants) were now on a page. So why am I getting all nostalgic? Well…it is officially Lore in Stone Cities 1st birthday!
It may be a little pathetic to celebrate one’s birthday alone, but hey- it has been a long time since I gave a fig for convention (and…um…it is kind of hard to have a birthday party on a blog post…). With the realization it has been one year since the first post on this blog I feel like I need to say a couple of things. Like:
It means a lot that one person has visited this space. I have found that the entire Korean Drama blogging community- from readers to bloggers, is a family that I am extremely fortunate to be able to interact with.
From reading other blogs I have learned the importance of a review- and the various methods in which one should look at the media they consume. I have been lucky enough to comment with other drama watchers on this blog and others- which helped me learn the value of spazzing over a show with fellow fans. In other word I will begin the birthday ramble with some shout outs to those who continue to inspire this site and help me to become a better blogger, in no particular order (visit these sites, really!):
And the site that started it all for me: Dramabeans
Drama Watching Lessons
A year ago I was getting my feet wet- live watching was not even a series of words I had considered. In the last year I have watched more dramas than ever before (many live), and I feel like I figured out my likes and dislikes:
I should never ever start a drama because of the leads alone (Hello, Level 7 Civil Servant and Faith). I have learned that I really do like a mix of drama types- I need at least a good melo and rom-com at the same time to balance it all out. I have a hard time with shows that switch up the pace of the plot too much and I have a complete distaste for extensions ninety nine percent of the time. I also watched my first Taiwanese drama a few months ago and feel eager to branch out to other country’s dramas. I really like supernatural dramas and geek out over sagueks. But my heart, deep down, will always love a well done romance in any genre. Live watching is a difficult, live watching and recapping a show is even harder. After recapping half of Jang Ok Jung, Live to Love I realized that I have to really love a show to put so much effort in (I gained major respect for consistent re-cappers during this experience). I am still waiting to find a show that I love as much as JOJ (and feel the need to geek out over every episode to) to facilitate a recap.
Stone Cities Newest Resident
In the last year I was fortunate to have a couple of opportunities to post on other blogs. My fellow Running Man fan, Joel (who was the first person to refer to this blog as Stone Cities, a term I have stolen 🙂 was awesome enough to exchange posts over our favorite show. Running Man fighting!
Drama Fever also gave me a great opportunity through their Drama Club concept- I was given the chance to review the drama Monstar with two awesome bloggers, Cypsis and E-Kun. One of those bloggers, E-Kun, has been posting Heartless City reviews on Stone Cities. I appreciate her humor and opinion. We will, as of next week, begin posting a collaborative discussion around Master’s Sun. Cypsis, our drama club maknae, will also post a review in the near future. I am beyond excited- this city is definitely big enough for the three of us!
I Realized I love K-Pop
I started off watching Korean Dramas. I started off having no inkling of K-pop or idols in general. Through watching dramas and variety shows I have learned of the concept of kpop- and…um…kind of like the music. I am a child of musical parents who value an acoustic guitar and rock, I am the wife of a man who plays electric guitar, bass, and drums in the rock n’ roll thread. Yet, I love me some Super Junior. Which is really surprising given my previous distaste over most pop music. I guess I have a hard time resisting my kryptonite:
Running Man Therapy
If I had to note one thing that, in relation to the world of Korean entertainment, has made me the happiest over the last year it would be my discovery of Running Man. I love this show. A lot. So much so that I cannot imagine my life without it. I have never laughed so much or felt such joy while watching a television show.
The chemistry of the cast is unparalleled, and the general feeling while watching the show is….well, therapy. I consider my job, with all of the awful thinking and such, a brain drain. So when I can come home and watch Lee Kwang Soo try to oust Kim Jong Kook I smile and giggle and feel great. I laugh without realizing it. Not that this show is thoughtless, it is just freaking hilarious to the point you cannot help but have fun watching no matter how tired you are. I love you Running Man, and I really think you are my weekly therapy session.
Happy Birthday to me!
Because everyone deserves some kind of birthday present…and this is my ultimate bias. Cheers!