The Fangirl Verdict

Completely biased reviews and fangirling

ABOUT LADY G.

Hello Kfan world! I’m Lady G.

My foray in the Wonderful World of Kdrama started in December of 2012. I was eager to see the new movie “A Werewolf Boy” playing in Manhattan. Long story short – I loved it, cried, wanted to boo the bittersweet ending, but ultimately loved it and came home dying to know who this adorable Song Joong Ki boy (man) was.

I revved up Google search and was immediately taken to a website called Drama Fever. Wow! it’s filled with tons of Korean…Dramas? What’s that? Back to Google. Oh how cool! Foreign Television programs. Back to Drama Fever, and I clicked on “Nice Guy.”

Fast Forward to the present and I’ve seen over 100 dramas, counting many Japanese, a smattering of Taiwanese and a handful of Chinese and Thai. It would probably be closer to 200 if I count how many dramas I started and stopped. But to be fair I don’t count those.

If fans are interested in what LadyG likes to watch, here are my list pages for

Korean Dramas: http://mydramalist.com/list/W47M6NLv

Japanese Dramas: http://mydramalist.com/list/01eAOD1G

Don’t pay attention to my ratings, I’m too lazy to do that right now. But if it’s on the list, it means I took a big enough interest to watch the drama in full and most likely enjoyed it.

I also watch many Korean and other Asian films, but the dramas suck me in the most. They are far different from American Television. I was at a huge loss in 2012. I had literally quit TV. I hated it. I just wasn’t interested in anything on TV anymore. I did find solace in watching classic shows from the 60s-90’s, but that was it. I was burned out from fan-fiction writing since 2006. For once I wanted someone to tell ME a story. To quote a Jennifer Lopez character…”I’ve had ENOUGH!!”

Kdramas blew my mind so far that I rarely and barely turn on my American stations anymore or use the home TV. No joke. If I’m not watching Kdrama, Jdrama or Asian movies, I’m reading or writing and brainstorming ideas for them, blogging, or listening to the marvelous soundtracks every day. (Well, before you think I’m cuckoo, that’s in between everything else I have going on in life!)

I’ve slowly ingratiated myself into the online Kdrama fandom. I tend to do that sometimes with my…ahem…obsessions and have participated in many exciting ventures. I’ve had the privilege of writing blog post reviews both here at The Fangirl Verdict and over at the StuckonHyuk Blog. I enjoy reading many of the Korean themed blogs out there.

I’ve gotten to a point where I’m lost watching something in English. I expect subtitles to pop up because my brain is thinking in Korean and I can’t hear the English. I think it takes a few seconds.

It’s slow going, but I’m trying to learn Korean on my own. It’s amazing how much you pick up by watching the dramas and just listening. To me, language is first about sound. (Unless of course you use Sign Language.) I’m trying to master hangul. It’s the major grammar rules that stumble me. But learning a new language is fun, challenging, and expands the mind!

If you’d like to know more about my OTHER online activities, (Non-Kdrama related) check out these sites:

Voyagers Guidebook: The Ultimate Picture Fansite (You will see what a full blown fangirl can do when it comes to a favorite TV show.)

Like reading? Like Fan Fiction for sometimes obscure American Retro Television shows? Check out:

Mrs. Phineas Bogg’s Fanfic Page and  G~of the Rivers

Thanks for taking the time to read about me. 🙂

~Lady G.

8 thoughts on “ABOUT LADY G.

  1. Pingback: Dreaming of the Drama of my Dreams | The Drama Noona

  2. My first time reading about Lady G. and loved it — I saw my first Kdrama in late winter 2012, “Miss Ripley,” on Netflix and like Lady G. now want to watch nothing else. I have been hooked a bit longer, but she has learned and seen so much more of it than this 82-year-old. When Netflix did not have some I wanted to see, I began to collect dramas and movies, and then discovered Dramafever, so I do not have to spend so much to get my “fixes.” Wish I had someone to study Korean with!

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    • Hello Miss Ann! It’s so nice to see a comment on my page. Thank you. I was just asking other fans about buying DVDS, there are a select few I’d like to own. But they are so costly. Otherwise, I use Drama Fever, NetFlix, SoompiTV, and Viki. Unfortunately my Korean studies came to a halt for a while, but I’m slowly getting back to it. It’s a fun hobby. I recommend using Pimsleur language learning discs, and there is a great book called “Korean for Beginners” that also has a CDrom to listen to on the computer and cd player. You may be able to get these at your local library.

      If it interests you, I finally made a drama list! Here is the list of Korean dramas I’ve seen, maybe something will spark your interest to watch.

      http://mydramalist.com/list/W47M6NLv

      Take care! All the best to you and many more years of fun drama watching. 🙂

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  3. Hey Lady G,

    Welcome to the blog!! This is a little late but I read this blog to find new recs for k-dramas haha (I trust the reviews quite a bit) so thanks and keep up the work! Sending virtual coffee and cookies.

    I popped up to recommend two J-dramas haha, since you watch(ed?) some of them, and I noticed that they weren’t on your list. They’re quite good and quite well rated by other sites though (I watched them and enjoyed them). The first is Liar Game (I read the flash review on here, and it wasn’t /that/ good, eep! I haven’t watched the Korean version but the J version was what got me into J-dramas, so, longer comment on the flash review side haha. Really good casting. Really, really good casting and charisma and use of colours to create atmosphere.

    The second is Love Shuffle, which also features the male lead from Liar Game (Matsuda Shota), who’s not really a lead this time, and takes a refreshing look at relationships and sex and fidelity, but really is about friendship, I think. Quite feel-good, though sometimes a little illogical. But very-feel good haha. I picked up quite a lot of silly sayings (not sure what the correct word is) from it, such that when I see other people online using it I feel a sense of community. Yay, Panda!

    in any case, welcome and I hope you enjoy drama watching!

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    • Hello Chameleonboater!

      Thank you for the warm welcome even if it is late. I appreciate it and I’ll enjoy your delicious cookies and coffee. 😀 I can’t say it enough, but Kfangurl’s reviews are completely trustworthy, she puts a lot of heart into them. Even when she doesn’t love a drama, she can still find something good to say about it. That’s where I struggle with review writing. I could rant and rant and be spoilery. Which can be a downer for readers looking for something to watch. She has this writer’s flair for making you interested in a drama without giving away anything important about the plot. Her and I tend to have very different drama tastes, but her reviews are very enticing and I’m usually willing to give something or other a chance. (When my drama plate is not already full! 😉

      I heard a lot of comparison between the Jdrama Liar game and the Kdrama remake. I had high hopes for the Kdrama version, it looked really interesting and mysterious and I love Shin Sung Rok. However I still haven’t made it past episode 8. I frankly found the games confusing and boring. I don’t know if that makes me dumb…I was never very good with games. lol But also some things were not gelling with me, even though I liked the three lead actors. I’m willing to give the J-version a shot. Right now I’m watching Samurai Cat/Neko Zamurai, Kitamura Kazuki is one of my absolute favorite Japanese actors and it’s an adorable series if you ever get a chance to pick it up. They also made a movie, and are in the middle of filming a 2nd one.

      I can’t say it’s not good, but something like Love Shuffle doesn’t appeal to me. I have a more particular taste when it comes to my Japanese dramas. I tend to stick with the crime-mystery shows like Galileo, Ataru, etc. Sometimes I go for the manga based ones if they’re not too whacky. But I’ll still look it up based on your recommendation. 🙂

      Thanks again! And continue to enjoy your drama journey too. A lot of stuff is going on in “Real life” so I’ve kind of been missing from the blog, but I have this huge dream drama in the works for my next post. If you’ve read my first 2, I thank you for your patience. lol

      Take care,
      Lady G.

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  4. Hey, Lady G.! I’m quite new myself in the Dramaland and really new on this blog, so I wanted to say hi too!

    Congratulations on your awesome drama ideas! I’ve had so much fun reading them, especially the tale of the three brothers 🙂 . I haven’t watched Chuno or School 2013 yet (but I am surely getting there), so I’ll re-read your ideas for Chuno Remake and School 2013 Sequel as soon as I watch the original shows 😀

    I started out with j-dramas, especially since I really like japanese and I wanted to learn it, but I dropped them for a couple of years because Real Life (kfangurl’s words 😛 ) kept happening. Then I stumbled upon k-drama Secret Garden, really liked it and went on to You’re Beautiful. Then I got derailed again 😛 Now, I am a proud watcher of at least 2 k-dramas (for now, cause I’ll get back to j-dramas soon 😛 ) a week 😀 I have to admit that I would have probably dropped the journey again because I really get busy at work, but talking about the dramas here with other fans and especially with kfangurl is too much fun ❤ !

    Anyway, Keep up the good work and I just became a fan of your stories ❤ !

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    • Hi again! I think you will love this blog. There’s so much to read and look at at. Kfangirl is a wonderful writer and her reviews are awesome.

      Chuno is a remarkable drama! So good and one of my favorites. The ideas for Chuno 2 and School 2013 are from Kfangirl. I just added a few bits to the Chuno one. That’s how our blog partnership gradually formed, me goofing off with my very first sorta dream drama starring Gong Yoo. I still Wish that one was real!! And then he first official one starring Kim Woo Bin because he’s Kfangirl’s bias. Loved writing that one because of the sci fi time travel romance aspect.

      That’s great you like Japanese dramas. I gradually got used to them and now I love them. Also like Cantonese dramas too. My favorite Jdrama actors are Kitamura Kazuki, Kimura Takuya, Abe Hiroshi. (Yeah, the older guys! Lol)

      I’ve become like a Kdrama ahjumma since I wrote this page. But I’ve mellowed out in watching because Real Life definitely took precedence in the last year. So I didn’t master the Korean Language or Hangul like I hoped. LOL. But I understand so much more now.

      I like finding older Kdrama gems too ad wind up watching them more than new releases. But I’m always playing catch up.

      thanks so much for your support. 😄

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      • Actually, I like this blog so much it’s the only one I come to always 😛 And I agree, kfangurl makes the whole watching and understanding dramas so much more fun and accessible 🙂

        I have so many dramas I want to watch! I actually have sticky notes with the names all over my laptop background :)))) I’ll take the time and watch all the dramas kfangurl has recommended so far and the ones on her favourite list. If you have some recommendations too, I’ll gladly receive them 😀

        I like japanese dramas especially for the language, but I have’t watched any lately because I am so taken with the korean ones 😛 And I’ll make sure to check the actors you’ve mentioned 😀

        Is ahjumma the right term? Maybe Unni would be better 😛 ? I know how Real Life can get in the way of our virtual loves sometimes… Right now, I don’t have an actual plan to learn korean, but I am keeping my ears open and I am trying to pick up as much as I can 😛

        It’s been my pleasure reading your joint work so I’m supporting you for myself as well 😛 ! And do recommend dramas you find interesting 😀

        Have a lovely week 🙂 !

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