The Fangirl Verdict

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What’s Dear kfangurl?

A fairly new addition to the site, Dear kfangurl is an agony unni sort of thing, just specifically geared towards drama and fangirling.

I may not have all the answers you’re looking for, but I can certainly listen. And of course, share my own experiences and perspectives as well. Much like a friend might listen and share and chat with you over tea. πŸ™‚

Index of posts:

Dear kfangurl:

…And more to come, asΒ more questions come in!

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60 thoughts on “DEAR KFANGURL

  1. Okay, this is truly a random question/comment… but it’s one that suddenly occurred to me in the middle of an episode in a drama (A Korean Odyssey), and other than Reddit I didn’t know if there was any where else I could ask this question other than here β€”so here I go…
    Have you/anyone else ever noticed how the male lead in a lot of these new Kdrama (the Netflix ones) progressively dress in a more professional manner as the show progresses? I was sitting there watching my fine Monkey King in A Korean Odyssey, and I was suddenly like, β€œOmg. What happened to his ridiculous furry coats, his punker jackets, bad-ass baggy pants and his sensible action-hero vans?!?” Now he just looks like… every… other… male lead in… every Kdrama there ever was. β€œPolished. Professional. Cool. Snoozeville.” I loved his punker/anime inspired esthetic. His wardrobe added that extra panache to his character. It kinda felt like a return to the golden age of the 2010 Kdramas with the whole β€œbad-boy” vibes he was giving off. I half expected him to have a ring in one ear. πŸ˜‚ Which would have been very, Time Between Dog and Wolf. But I digress… back to my totally random question of why is there currently a trend in Kdrama of making the male lead more sophisticated as the story progresses? I’ve noticed this trend in Crash Landing on You, Itaewon Class and a few other newer ones.


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  3. Hey KFGβ™₯️
    Whenever I talk about kdramas with people who don’t watch them,they’re always like ‘why kdramas specifically?’which I’ve never been able to answer that well,I’ve never really looked that deep into it,I just say that ‘I enjoy them more’. So to phrase my question better ‘What makes kdramas more appealing than western dramas?’ I don’t know if a lot of people can relate to this but ever since I got into kdramas,I honestly can’t watch anything else,I still watch some western shows but it’s not the same,I’m not as drawn in. I know that everyone has got their different reasons for why they prefer/enjoy kdramas but I would really like to hear your take on it,maybe I might able to understand more about why I do as well.


  4. So my question is: Is it just me or is it really hard to find likable leads these days in dramas? I mean most female leads these days annoy me compared to older dramas. But also male leads are just sometimes you know …. facepalm material.

    Is that me or is there actually something changing in dramas? Back in the day I liked 9/10 of the dramas (and their leads) that I watched but now it is more like 3-4/10…

    Am I getting old? πŸ˜€


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  6. Dear kfangurl, I know this is mostly a blog about kdramas, but please do a post on recommended Chinese dramas! I actually found your blog after watching (the terrible) Well-Intended Love, and then read through your posts on NIF and NIF2 (my two *favorite* dramas of all time!). While I mostly watch kdramas, I’m always on the lookout for a good C-drama to brush up on my mandarin skills. Please share your top 10 (or 20!). Since you watch Kdramas and Cdramas, it would be nice to get your perspective. In general I only watch historical Cdramas (and find them more interesting and well-plotted than historical Kdramas) and vice versa for modern dramas (only watch modern Kdramas and find them SO much better than modern Cdramas). So I’d love to hear your perspective on Cdramas or maybe a comparison between Kdrama and Cdrama?? Thank you for considering!


    • Thanks for the question, Nao, I’ve added it to the question pile! πŸ™‚ I don’t know if I’ve seen enough C-dramas that I love, but let me see what I can do! πŸ™‚


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  9. Dear Kfangurl,

    I like reading your witty and thoughtful musings on dramas and their fans. I would like to read your take on one of the most popular drama tropes, the anti-hero (or heroine). I admit that I am fascinated with conflicted characters because I think that inside each of them is hidden the possibility for redemption. And redemption and character growth are the bread and butter of good storytelling. So if and when you are able, please share your insights about what makes a good anti-hero and why do the drama fans like them.


    Snow Flower

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    • Hi Snow Flower, thanks for this very interesting question! I’ve started thinking of how to answer your question, and hope to post a reply in the not too distant future! πŸ™‚ Stay tuned! ❀️😘


  10. Hey my friend,
    I hope you are safe and well with this virus going wild. It has been a long time no talk. Life has a way to make you focus on things. Sense we talked last I think haha I got divorced. Then met a wonderful lady from Cebu, PH. She was visiting her niece that was going to college at William and Mary. I was at the beach near the school and she stopped and asked how to get to this place to eat. That was the start of a yr long messenger everyday date haha. After yr I went there to meet the family and we got married. I sold my stuff there in the US and moved here. So kind of neighbors now haha. I lost your email and somehow started to get your reviews again. Glad to be able to touch base. How are things? Drop a email when you can. Will tell you more. Cheers my friend Russ


    • Russ! Wow, long time! πŸ™‚ Glad to hear from you! πŸ™‚ And wow, you’ve had A LOT going on, since we last chatted! Feels like I’m reading the summary of a drama, in a way! πŸ˜‰ Glad to know that you’re happy and settled, and doing well in your new home. I’m basically the same, honestly. Not a lot to update, except that I’ve moved house since we last spoke. But unlike you, who moved countries, I only moved neighborhoods, HA. πŸ˜†πŸ˜† I will drop you an email, just so that you have my email addy again! πŸ™‚


  11. I loved the terrible OTP article especially becos you solved my secret garden dilemma…I saw it recently and just didn’t like it…and didn’t understand why you did.. thankfully our tastes mature like wine!!


    • Ahaha! Whoops! I’m sorry for perplexing you! πŸ˜… I was very into SeGa when I watched back when it aired. I didn’t love the ending, but I ate up the rest of it with relish. And now.. I can’t bear to watch it at all! What a turnaround! 😝 Glad you enjoyed the post, and YAY that it helped clear up your dilemma! ❀


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  14. Dear kfangurl,
    thank you very much for your answer to my previous question, the one about strong and nuanced women πŸ˜€
    I already started watching “The Story of Minglan’ and I am loving it so much! (Btw it’s also one of my first C-dramas, so thank you for the new experience!)

    This time too, I have a similar question about couples. I love romance and I’ll never have enough of it, but many times it seems to me that the characters end up together just because it’s a “plot requirement” and because we expect them to get together. So there may be no chemistry at all, or plot holes about their coming together, things can feel clichΓ©d and may lack of depth.

    I read your review of “Crash landing on you” and since you appreciated the OTP, I went to watch the show and yes! The OTP was marvellous! They were very believable and engaging. Thus I ask for your advice once again xD
    Can you recommend me some dramas with believable couples and good chemistry?


  15. I know this maybe hard to answer and it isn’t too specific but “What is the most interesting subplot you have ever seen in a drama?” and/or “What is your worst unsolved subplot in a drama?” like did the writer forgot about this or the resolution was underwhelming.
    I’ll be thanking you if you ever get to read this. And you should also take care amid this COVID-19 scare. I’m just here chilling with my dramas and anime.


    • Hi there Jae.. that’s an interesting question. I’m sure there are others that I’ve encountered, but for today, my answer is the female lead’s supposed bad luck in 2016’s Lucky Romance, which is a driving force that keeps her apart from her loved ones and the guy that she likes, for a very large chunk of the show. But, without explanation, that supposed bad luck is poofed away in the final episode, so that she can get a happy ending. That was bad. :/
      Thanks for your well wishes, Jae, you take care too! πŸ™‚


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  17. Dear kfangurl,
    I love you blog! Your reviews are very interesting!
    I started watching kdramas last year, and haven’t stopped since xD
    I was wondering, can you recommend me any kdramas with good, compiling, interesting female characters? Because I find this aspect kind of lacking D:


    • Hi there Reka, I’ve managed to post an answer to your question. You can find it here. Do also check out the comments coz everyone else has chimed in with suggestions that I either missed or didn’t know about. I hope you enjoy. πŸ™‚


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  19. Dear kfangurl, what makes a kdrama addicting enough that I want to rewatch at least 10 times?
    I’m kinda in the middle of a tough transition period at the moment and I found myself going back to rewatching all my favourite dramas – Healer, My Love From Another Star, Because This Is My First Life, Fight For My Way and Suspicious Partner, but with the FF button when it came to the “evil chaebol” or “bad guy” bits. But when I decided to try a drama that I hadn’t watched but was on my list, I kept dropping them half way. What is it in the above dramas, which I believe you loved as well after reading your reviews (which were amazing btw), or any general drama that makes me come back to these again and again?


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  21. Hi kfangirl it’s me again, I found that your last post reply to my question was very helpful and very well explained so thank you very much and I’m here with another question (sorry). Basically I was wondering why is it that so many dramas employ the same, sometimes very cringeworthy tropes (wrist grabs, accidental kisses, chaebol family drama etc) and viewers like me, who have seen them so many times before, still continue to lap them up? That was a very long winded question sorry, and adding to that why is it that writers continue to add in these tropes. I became interested in this when I began watching Crash Landing on You thanks to my undying Hyun Bin love ever since I watched secret garden. The show definitely has a lot of these tropes and yet I still continue to get sucked in. Am I the only one?


  22. Dear Fangirl,
    I love your reviews. They are well written, insightful and detailed.

    Why do you prefer K dramas to C dramas?

    Can you review more C dramas?


    • Hi there Oscar, thanks for enjoying the reviews! πŸ˜€ I guess I’ve reviewed fewer Cdramas coz those tend to be very long, while the kdramas tend to be shorter (except for the family and daily dramas, which have much higher episode counts). Because of their length, it takes me much longer to finish a Cdrama than a kdrama, which is why I manage to write more kdrama reviews. I’ve heard that China’s going to control the number of episodes per drama, so hopefully that will help me to watch – and review – more Cdramas! πŸ™‚


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  25. Dear kfangirl, is it normal that I am so so addicted to kdramas that real life seems dull and I can’t focus on studying because all I want to do is just click for the next episode?


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  27. Hay, hay, hay…it’s me, Reiko! *hugs* Long time no talk ne? Sry, I know it’s been a long while, and possibly maybe too long to even remember when I last used to write comments on your blog either. *sigh* πŸ™„πŸ˜‘πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜­ I guess for a long while (back then), I had to take a long break from watching kdramas. (I know, I know) You’re probably wondering ‘why’ too. lol But, I started up again in wanting to watch, and so far I’ve finished watching ‘Tunnel’, which I LOVED to death! So much so, I REALLY wished that dang research doctor on it would DIE, and thankfully, he did in the end. LOL πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ™Š I usually don’t ever wish for a drama character to die, but in that drama, ohhhhhh you bet I did! hahaha I’m currently watching (2 at once) ‘The Last Empress’ and ‘Devilish Charm’. I’m almost half-done watching The Last Empress and my goodness…talk about a romcom roller coaster ride of the year w/this one! The writers (I felt) were exceptionally fantastic to this storyline because it’s REALLY made me feel all sorts of feelings/emotions. lol Not to mention, the 2 main characters to this one, I SWEAR TO GOD I WANTED THEM DEAD. LOL It’s my honest-to-God feelings on them. (UGHHH) And, when Lee Hyuk had Min Yoo-Ra burn in fire inside of his truck and left her to burn, I took complete happiness knowing she would be left for dead. Both of them were conniving/manipulative/deceitful/cheating/lying characters so, hey…what can I say you know? lol An eye for an eye is what I always say. What goes around, comes around. Both of them got karma back to the bone and deserved every bit of what came to them. Who I really felt sorry for was Oh Ssu-Ni (Jang Na-Ra) and Na Wang-Sik’s (Tae Hang-Ho) characters. Both of them endured so much, and then some. πŸ˜­πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Thankfully, Oh Ssu-Ni was able to stand up for herself mid way into the drama, and I rooted for her even more when she stood up to Lee Hyuk and Min Yoo-Ra, telling them off and not putting up w/their shenanigans anymore. If it were me, I’d tell both of the characters ‘…today is my last straw I put up w/any of your sh*t! No more already!’ lol Oh gosh, I just realized I did it again didn’t I? (revealed too much stuff on here) If you want, just immediately delete the necessary sentences in my comment. Anyway, another thing I wanted to tell you was…I fell for Choi Jin-hyuk BIG TIME since ‘Tunnel’!!!! Ever since that drama, I started looking for more of his dramas, and I finally found a (sort-of) recent one called, ‘Devilish Joy’. Holymoly, I read on certain blogs that his kissing scenes in that drama were SUPER HOT and intense, weren’t they? *dies* Ppl have said it was as if the couple’s kisses were like as if they were married or something. 😍πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ’˜πŸ€©πŸ˜ŽπŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ‘πŸ™†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ (GOOD! lol πŸ™Š) I’ve never seen Choi Jin-hyuk kiss passionately before in a drama so, this I gotta see! haha Well, I’ve seemed to have written too much already and it’s now so late on my end. Pretty soon I have to get up in an hour from now. (I’ve had no sleep again; insomnia.) πŸ™ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ™ˆπŸ˜œ Hope to talk again soon and you tc! Let’s try to keep in touch? I’ll be sure to remember to come back on your blog here and start commenting again! ❀️


    • Hi there Reiko!! It’s lovely to see you again! ❀

      I haven't seen Tunnel, but I did hear some good things, so I'm glad you enjoyed that one! πŸ™‚ YES, Empress is Quite The Ride. So much crazy! I just posted a review on it here, feel free to check it out if you have time. πŸ™‚ I thought Choi Jin Hyuk was very decent in it, but I also thought he has done better. 🀭 He does look great tho! Ah, I did hear that Devilish Joy can be a fun watch, though I haven’t seen it myself. I did dip my toe into E1, but wasn’t in the mood for that kind of romcom at the time, and I haven’t gone back to it since. Many of my twitter friends seemed to enjoy it, so I hope you’ll enjoy your watch too! ❀


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  32. For an unknown reason, the message containing my question is in such a mess. I am so sorry! It doesn’t look at all with my text. Where are all the paragraphs gone??!!


    • Hey serena, I just checked my inbox, and your question arrived fine, don’t worry! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for submitting your questions, I actually find them very interesting – let me chew on them for a while before I post an answer, ok? πŸ™‚ Smooches to ya!


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