Women lived their lives being excluded from the outer realms readily available to their male counterpart during Joseon Dynasty. Their existence was recorded in the history with respect to their natal families or their husbands, and the records were mostly focused on the royal ladies and noble women. This was mainly due to the historians at that time being closely related to the upper class and they had little to no interaction with the lower class citizens. Although they were not as rich as the aristocrats, commoners and the humble births were the main contributors to Joseon’s economy as they were larger in number compared to the yangban. Women of the lower class in Joseon also played important parts in shaping the dynasty to become the Joseon we know today.
If CeCi has rounded up the popular supporting actors for its November spread, Harper’s Bazaar Korea gathers the leading ladies in the dramas. I suspect that it is not simply a coincidence ;) I always welcome any magazine spread of the actors and actresses and this upcoming November, several actresses are going to graze the Korean magazines.
I chanced upon several articles discussing the history behind Secret Door, and thought that the mix of history and the author’s view on the current politics in South Korea are worth the time spent to read them. I realize that the author, Kim Jung-sung, also wrote a series of articles (one of them can be found here) in response to the historical drama airing in 2011, Tree with Deep Roots. One thing that I like about historical dramas is that they have the power to generate the public’s interest in the history used as the settings. As a foreigner, this is an opportunity for me to gain more insights regarding the fascinating history of South Korea.
They are not really rookies anymore since their names are widely known among the drama viewers, so the caption used by one of the magazines is fitting: Super Rookies! These people are just waiting for the right moment for them to ‘graduate’ into leads (except for some of them, who already grabbed the chance) but no worries, I am willing to wait a little longer for their breakout projects! After all, I’m a bit reluctant to lose these awesome sidekicks in dramas..
Forget leads with daddy issues, because this season is for drama daddies with their own issues! Fathers are no longer background characters in dramas because they are more fleshed out now, sometimes possessing threats to the leads, who are no other than their own offspring. There are fathers who are not afraid to risk their own lives in order to protect their family and others who are willing to kill for their children, but there are also fathers who put themselves above everything, even their own children.
One of the perks of watching less dramas is that you slowly get detached from the updates about the currently airing dramas and even the upcoming ones. Am I heading towards a dramaless life? That sounded like an impossible thing few years back but with the crazy life commitments left and right, it is a possibility. Fear not, I’m still watching dramas though not everything under the sun these days, and one upcoming drama is creeping up into my radar: jtbc’s Maids.
When I get tired of doing something I used to like, I always look back and reminisce the first time I did it. It was like falling in love, and that was the same thing happened between me and Korean Dramas. I admit that nowadays, I spend less time watching dramas due to real life commitments and it is normal to feel out of touch at times. The Sunshine Award made me feel nostalgic about my experience of getting acquainted with Korean Dramas and I think I should put it here, lest I forget about it one day.
Riding his popularity in Marriage Not Dating, Yeon Woo-jin further spreads his charms outside the small screen through several magazine features. Gong Ki-tae’s tale might have ended, but this guy still has a lot of things to do, now that his name is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Give this man a lot of fun roles, please!