“Isn’t it my wish?” - “No, it’s mine. My wish is that you will find the book and become human.”
I’d love to as enthusiastic as you. I had a hard time to get into GFB. The general narrative is disconnected. Everything is very dissonant. They’re trying too much to mix all the genres, the drama lost in harmony and I’m myself lost. I wish they’d give more importance to the dramatic/serious side than all this foolishness w/ Kang chil/Yeo wool. Moreover the drama clearly lacks of subtlety at many levels. They literally overused all the sageuk topos/commonplaces in four episodes. I did an overdose. The villain is exaggeratedly wicked (Manichaeism, hello!) and all the characters are a way too schematics. Well, except maybe Chung jo who presents some signs of duality. Many characters on the other side are totally overshadowed or criminally wasted (when they’re not a scapegoat). This poor Tae soo is just a plot device. And let’s not talk about Sung joon. No content to waste his talent, they’re experimenting all the wigs imaginable on his head (it’s entertaining to see though). And I can’t connect with the main characters, which is pretty sad to enjoy the ride. Even the lovable Yeo wool didn’t convinced me, though I loved the fact this girl took some initiatives. GFB has some qualities, the directing is amazing and some plots could benefit to be developed. My main problem is really the writing which spoils the overall drama. (Also the acting to be completely honest but I’ll not start this topic here. I’m too afraid of the reprisals). But I still have hope since daddy and mommy are back we can hope they’ll now focus on this plot. The real drama is starting now for me.
Maybe I sound harsh but it’s more because I was waiting so much more. I asked for a big chocolate cake and they gave me a little cupcake. I’m still hungry. Then again, it’s just MY opinion and only mine. And maybe it’s random but to me the overall atmosphere in a fandom is important and GFB’s fandom doesn’t help. The hateful comments against all the characters that aren’t Kang chil or Yeo wool are just disgusting. And I’ll not start to talk about the misogynists comments against Chung jo.
It’s a fusion sageuk, which means it’s very accessible when you’re not fan of this kind of drama and it’s quite easy to follow, so I could recommend it. Gu family book isn’t fundamentally a bad drama, I can see why people love it, it’s just not my cup of tea.
Concerning the pset, I’m not against doing something. I’m still watching it and I have some free time these days so just ask if you want a particular scene or something.
Oh damn, this is a thing I never managed to do but let’s try. No particular order by the way. And i’ll focus on the “drama actors/actresses”.
Kactors: Hyun bin, Lee jin wook, Gong yoo, Lee dong wook, Kang Ji hwan, Kim nam gil, Shin ha kyun, Lee min ki (not for Sufbb but for his other works. Mostly for the amazing Evasive inquiry agency), Go soo and…. Kim myung min. So sorry. I love “ahjussis”.
Special category (puppies I keep an eye on): Kim soo hyun, Joo won and Kim bum.
Kactresses: Kim so yeon (She’s back!!), Moon chae won, Gong hyo jin, Han hyo joo, Go hyun jung, Han Ji hye, Kim sun ah, Han ji min, Shin min ah and… wait let me see… Jung ryeo won.
Honestly, it’s hard to do because i’m going through some periods during which I can be addict to someone after a drama without being completely delighted over his/her all career. See i’ve never been a Song hye kyo’s fan but her interpretation in TWTWB totally won over me but can I really consider to put her among my favorite actresses? Dilemma.
Jaden Smith, Yeo jin goo and Kim yoo jung (Nylon magazine)
You know, I love Lee min jung, mostly because I follow this girl since 2008 and I came to love her personnality more than her acting. I wouldn’t say she can’t act but she’s far from being a great actress. She’s in the category “I’m doing my job but don’t ask me more”. There are many actors/actresses who can act but don’t deliver an outstanding and unforgettable performance. She tends to overract, she has a lot of facial tics and this annoying nasal voice but to be completely honest I prefer to see that rather than a bland acting. Everyone keeps in mind the failure that was BIG but I blame Hong sister’s writing more than her. Their heroines are almost always underwrittren and they asked them to be cute and naive when they’re in their thirties. Well, Lee min jung is also partially responsible, she doesn’t choose the most challenging roles and doesn’t take any risks in her career. That’s the thing which annoys me the most with her. No wonder why she doesn’t really improved since the beginning of her career. See, she received a lovecall for Knife and flower (a sageuk) but rejected it to join All about my romance instead. That’s why a great majority doesn’t take her seriously, she’s mostly known for her lightweight rom-com but even so I want to trust her and I do believe she can do well. She has some undeniable qualities; she has a very likeable aura and a great ability to create chemistry with all her partners. But let’s say she also needs to be more picky with the role she chooses. Honestly, I was the first one sceptical to see her alongside Shin ha kyun, but she plays her part well in All about my romance. She’ll not win the daesang, but she does her job. Especially since she doesn’t overuse her agyeo for once. And this role kinda reminds me of her kickass roles like Jung in or Jae kyung.
But even if she’s an average actress, the bashing she got lately isn’t justified. And i’m strongly persuaded it has more to do w/ her love story with Lee byun hyun than her acting skills. They didn’t protest that much before. Knetizens love to hate. They bashed Song hye kyo when she was dating Hyun bin and now they put her on a pedestal. Period. It’s Kim tae hee and Lee min jung these days, it’s gonna be someone else next year.
“Closed door, secret experimental dating. Let’s give it a shot”.
SEE. I’ve seen so many pun or gfx (example) that I can’t watch this scene without giggle internally. :(