Now that the December pictorials for the magazines are slowly being released to the Korean media, it finally hit me that 2014 is really ending soon. This year surely has its ups and downs for everyone, but it’s ending soon! I’m happy to see that the magazines are featuring a handful of actors and actresses for the final edition of the year, because what’s better than spending your time peering at their beautiful faces?
It’s already mid-November and I’ve realized that I only managed to complete a total of four full-length dramas this year. Gasp! The past me would be rushing to finish whatever dramas I’ve put aside throughout the year because I used to hate dropping dramas without finishing them, but since I learned the joy (and relief) of being able to drop dramas, it’s like a new world for me. Definitely less dramas, but more time to deal with more pressing issues of real life. Or is it the other way around? Anyway, I’m back to civilization for these few days and that means..catching up with my dramas!
I initially thought that this pictorial was one of Lee Je-hoon’s older feature in the magazine but I was wrong. Blame this man for his never-changing youthful face! Other actors would have have their matured post-army look but he seems more like his younger self. Is he aging backwards? We have something to thank the army for and he got his wish to flaunt them off, unlike his initial expectation that he’s only going to show his neck in the drama. Hehe! While Yi Sun is getting older and doing some beard-growing in the drama, I’m gonna enjoy the clean and young look of Lee Je-hoon in the November edition of Esquire Korea.
The history bits delve into the weekly issues presented in the drama and with Secret Door already at its halfway mark, things could only go awry and worse for Yeongjo and Yi Sun. As much as I am dreading the ending, these little things about the historical background of the characters distract me a bit from the impending heartbreak. History presents its complicated points and the endless possibility of interpretations in these articles, so I hope that this will be an eye-opener for us, learning about other’s interpretation of the history. After all…
There is not just one truth out there. Everyone involved carries their own form of the truth.
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..