Tuesday, February 6, 2018

TV Review: Fight My Way

                                                        Fight My Way Review
Fight My Way is about childhood friends Go Dong man and Choi Ae ra who both start off the series with working dead end jobs while they had put their true dreams on hold. Ae ra had grown up wanting to be an announcer but she had put down pursuing that dream on hold because earning money was more important than getting her dream job which now seems out of reach because she's not as young or experienced as the other girls that are trying out for the announcer position. While Dong man has been avoiding pursuing his dream of being a taekwondo fighter because of an incident that he was involved years ago that caused him so much shame that he's given up on martial arts completely because he no longer believes he deserves to pursue his dream. Eventually both Ae ra and Dong man decided to pursue their dreams despite the doubts that they are both feeling about whether or not they will come true.

As the show goes on it becomes clear to both Dong man and Ae ra have feelings for each other but since they have been friends for the majority of their lives neither one of them knows what to do with their new feelings for each other. It seems that Ae ra has been somewhat aware that she has romantic feelings for Dong man despite not knowing what to do with that while these feelings are new for Dong man and he has no idea what they mean which leads him to being confused and awkward about he feels. As time goes on Dong man and Ae ra figure out their feelings and decide to take a chance on a romantic relationship with each other and their relationship is a joy to watch.

One of the subplots in the series deal with Ae ra and Dong man's friends Baek Seol hee and Kim Joo man who have been dating for years but are still hiding their relationship at work which is something that makes Seol hee feel insecure especially when one of Joo man's new co works start flirting with him even though he keeps turning her down he still doesn't tell her that he isn't single which cause Seol hee to worry. As time goes on it becomes clear that while Seol hee is fine with the way things have been between the two of them even if they don't have a lot of money that Joo man is unhappy with where he is in life because he feels that Seol hee deserves better than what he can give her and he feels like she sacrifice too much for his benefit which causes even more of a rift in their relationship.

Overall I really liked this series, I really enjoyed the characters and I felt like they were pretty realistic and relatable which is something I really enjoyed. I thought that the relationship between the leads was really great and I thought that the relationship between the secondary couple was complicated in way that overall enjoyed even if it was far from perfect. Please tell me your thoughts on this show in the comment section below.

Top 10 Books That Have Been on My to Be Read List for the Longest Time

1. Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin: This book has been on my to be read list since it first came out and while I do still want to read this book I also didn't remember that this book existed until I went back and looked at my old to be read lists.
2. Born Wicked: This was another book that I forgot about until I went back and looked at my list but once I saw the title I remembered what it was about and then I got really excited about reading this book someday, again.
3. A Touch of Power: I'm pretty sure I actually started reading this book but I stopped for some reason but since I don't remember disliking it and I remember the description being good I'm going to still put this on the list.
4. Dash and Lilly's Book of Dares: I have owned this book for years now and I really don't know why I haven't bothered reading it yet but now that I remember that I have this book hopefully I'll read it soon.
5. Will Grayson: Another book I own that I've had for awhile now that I don't understand why I haven't read especially considering that John Green is one of the authors for this book and I'm a big fan of his work.
6. Wither: While I do still want to read this book, I actually do get why I haven't read it yet because honestly I remember being only mildly interested in reading this book but I also quite loved the cover for the series.
7. If I Stay: This is another book that I already own that I haven't read but I was never too terribly interested in reading this book and since my only real interested in this book came from the fact that everyone else was talking about it, I think I'm going to skip it since it really doesn't sound like my kind of thing.
8. Entwined: Yet another book I already own that I feel like I should read but since I can't actually remember what it was about I don't see myself reading it anytime soon.
9. The Gathering: I've wanted to read this book since I finished reading The Darkest Powers series since this book is set in the same universe and since I got this book for Christmas hopefully I'll be able to start reading it soon.
10. Vampire Academy: This is another book that I hope I'll be able to start reading rather soon since I also already own this book.

TV Review: The 100: The Four Horsemen(4.03)

                                         The 100: The Four Horsemen(4.03)Review
  • I find it worrying that the hunting trips are bring back less and less meat because that could be because the radiation is starting to get to the animals in some way and as Raven points out that at the rate their getting their food and with no way to make their own there won't be enough food for everyone to eat one meal a day.
  • I like that when Bellamy causally says that he won't be starving because he won't be inside that Clarke says right away that he will be inside despite the fact that she hasn't made the list of the hundred people that will survive yet because she just won't let herself think of a situation where Bellamy isn't one of the people that is surviving.
  • I like that when some grounders come to the Ark's people for help when they are suffering from an illness that Luna begs them not to turn them away since she didn't help them when they came to her for help.
  • I find it very worrying that the grounders are suffering from an illness brought on by radiation since it means that they don't have much time to find solutions on how to survive.
  • I liked that Roan went to Octavia when the flame was stolen and I liked that she told him that if he can't trust Indra than he can't trust her, I like that Indra points out why they can't search everyone and I like that Octavia pointed out that finding the flame is a better solution than starting a war.
  • I like that Roan can tell that Indra is worried about the person that Octavia has become and the fact that she helped to make her that way.
  • I'm sad that Emori is feeling jealous of the relationship Murphy had with Ontari even though he says multiple times that he didn't have a choice about it and I understand why she finds that hard to believe but he is telling her the truth.
  • I'm sad that Murphy is leaving Emori to steal food from the ark's people because he's a better thief than hunter but I'm glad he's going back there because it means he'll learn about the radiation coming.
  • I liked that when Luna asked Bellamy if he thought she deserved this that he tells her no one deserves to suffer and that this would have happened regardless of the choices she made.
  • I find it very worrisome that it seems like the radiation will end up hitting in two months rather than six months and that it will be very hard to be sure that the ark is going to be ready in that amount of time.
  • I kind of like and find it a bit cruel how Raven points out to Clarke that she is in charge of repairing the ship and making it ready for the fallout while Clarke is the one that decides who lives and who dies.
  • I like that it turns out that Jaha has found out about a fall out shelter that was owned by a doomsday cult that can sustain the lives of a thousand people. I like that Clarke and Bellamy are ready to go see if it's survivable while Raven doesn't want to risk loosing even one day of work being done on the Ark.
  • I like how Raven is thinking of what will become of them all in two months rather than thinking of how they can save people today and I like that Abby sees that as her being the one sentencing those people to die while Raven sees that as preserving their lives.
  • I liked that after Murphy hears about how the world is ending and how Abby wants to save the sick people that he steals the radiation medicine for Abby and tells her and Jackson to go be doctors.
  • I like that Abby decides to give the medicine to the child first and then wait and see if it works before giving to the others so they don't waste medicine on people they can't save.
  • I like that the new flame keeper turned out to be Indra's daughter and I like that Octavia spared her life for Indra's sake.
  • I like that Octavia came up with a plan that made people believe that the flame was destroyed while it was actually safe with Indra's daughter who went on the run with it.
  • I liked that Jaha told Bellamy that Clarke is lucky to have him because he keeps her centered and I liked that Bellamy told him that it's really the other way around.
  • I liked that Jaha doesn't think that Bellamy needs redemption because everything he did was to protect his people and I like that he asks Bellamy how many people does he have to save before he forgives himself.
  • I was sad that the doomsday cult's shelter wasn't one that was able to survive the radiation but I hope that there is a way that they can make it survivable before the radiation hits.
  • I like that Murphy tells Emori that there is something bad coming and that they need to find a way to be on the right side of the door to survive it and I like that she knows that he means that they have to find a way to make themselves useful in order to survive.
  • I like that Clarke puts Bellamy on the list of hundred people who can survive even though he didn't think he deserved to be on that list and she didn't even put her own name on the list.
  • I like that Bellamy tells Clarke that if he's on the list than so is she and then he writes her name down when she refuses to.
  • I like that Bellamy tells Clarke that they should put the list away and hope that they'll never have to use it and I like that he tells Clarke that as long as their still breathing he has hope they can save all their people.
  • I like that Luna being a night blood means that she can survive radiation and I like that Abby plans to try to use that to find a way for them to survive.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

Top 10 Kdramas I Watched in 2017

1. W: Two Worlds: This series is one that dealt with a very creative idea with having one of our leads be a comic book character that discovers that is a fictional character and this leads to quite a few philosophical questions about what it really means to be human and it also I allowed for the plot at least whenever it was in the comic book world to be dictated by story logic rather than real world logic which was a lot of fun. The story also had a very sweet romance at the center of it and it was also a thriller that ended up having a villain that was almost completely unstoppable since he lacked an identity. This show had lots of twists and turns through out and also had characters that I loved rooting for which makes this series one that is very hard to top.
2. While You Were Sleeping: This series is one that deals with the idea of if you can see the future would you actually be able to change the future for the better and if you can't than how will you deal with that. This drama is one that I really ended up loving because of it's characters they were just so well written that I felt like they felt like real people and I really ended up adoring the lead couple because of how well they suited each other and worked together.
3. Because This is My First Life: This series was a really fun one that dealt with our leads finding themselves accidently living together and eventually deciding that getting fake married was the most logical solution to their current problems. I really loved the characters in this drama they were well fleshed out and a bit quirky and I loved seeing them and their relationship develop through out the series.
4. Dream High: This series is a heartwarming story about high schoolers pursuing their dreams to make it in the Kpop industry. This series is one that had a lot of heart to it and really loved that we focused on a group of characters rather than just one or two and I ended up loving them all and enjoying their growth as individuals as well as their relationship development. I also really loved the soundtrack for this series.
5. School 2013: This is a series that dealt with the daily struggles of high school students and teachers and I really loved how this series did such a good job of making you invested in all the characters and making you understand things differently depending on which characters point of view you were viewing the situation from. I really loved how this series was able to make everyday problems feel so high stacks because of how much they matter to the characters.
6. White Christmas: This series is a great psychological thriller and character study that asked interesting questions about humanity. I really loved the mood and atmosphere that series had and I really loved how the series constantly used the threat of violence rather than actually violence to raise the stacks in any given situation.
7. Suspicious Partner: This series was one that was a lot of fun it was romantic comedy that also had a murder mystery and legal drama aspects to it which worked pretty well together in this series. This series had good characters I really enjoyed watching and I found myself invested in it's story for the majority of the series.
8. Cheese in the Trap: This series that dealt with the college life of a girl just finishing up college was one that I found myself relating to and investing in a lot because of how well written the characters were and like School 2013 I felt that this series also did a good job of making the everyday stuff feel high stacks.
9. Witch's Romance: This is a delightful romantic comedy that had great leading characters that worked so very well together and it is honestly one of the series that I find the most fun and romantic to watch.
10. Marriage Not Dating: This series is a hilarious romantic comedy that involves fake dating and surprising amount of character depth and growth as well as being series that can be quite heartwarming at times as well.

Friday, January 26, 2018

TV Review: Heartstrings

                                                          Heartstrings Review
Heartstrings is about a girl named Lee Gyu-won a traditional music who goes to a performing arts college and she ends up challenging Lee Shin a popular male student who is lead singer and guitarist of a band that is very popular at their school especially among the female students. Gyu-won thinks that Shin is a jerk because he's overly harsh when he rejects girls and can come across as quite arrogant when it comes to his music but after the two of them actually have to spend time together they both do end up developing feelings for each other as they get a better understanding of each other as people.

Another one of the main plots of the series revolve around the 100th anniversary performance that the school is having and pretty much all the important characters are working on the show in one way or another. Gyu-won ends up in the running to play the female lead despite having no experience in acting or dancing and very little experience in actual singing which is something that upsets a lot of her fellow students but since the director of the 100th anniversary performance is oddly fixated on Gyu-won she's in the running for the role despite lacking the skills and experience that such a role would require.

One of the students that wants to be the female lead the most is Han Hee-joo who is an extremely hardworking student who has been working on dancing, acting and singing through out her time at the school and is the daughter of the head of school who most people don't like since she's often mean to her classmates because she doesn't want to appear weak in front of them. Another subplot in this series is about how a nerdy drummer named Yeo Joon-hee ends up falling in love with Hee-joo basically at first sight and she ends up falling for him as well because of how he's kind to her and always there for her even after she tells him to go away.

Overall I liked this series a lot I liked the lead characters and most of the supporting characters expect for the director and Gyu-won's grandpa, and I was happily surprised by how well Gyu-won and Shin worked as a couple once they got together and I found them to be very sweet together. I thought that the music in this series was good but since there was a limited amount of songs I felt like the music could become a bit repetitive at times but still enjoyable. Please tell me your thoughts on this series.

TV Review: Shadowhunters: A Door Into the Dark(2.02)

                              Shadowhunters: A Door Into the Dark(2.02)Review
  • I find it a bit disturbing how Valentine has been right about how the Clave is very good at doing their jobs which is why that vampire den was able to survive as long as it did.
  • I like that Jace is clinging to the law now that he is with Valentine because while he hasn't been all that respectful of the law in the past back then he was sure of what the right thing to do was while now he isn't sure of anything anymore.
  • I dislike how Aldtree seems to let Lydia be the head of the institute when something goes wrong simply because he doesn't want to deal with the fact that something could go wrong on his watch.
  • I liked that when Clary and Jocelyn were fighting that Simon tried to keep the peace between the two of them.
  • I like that Clary is mad at her mom for trying to kill Jace and for still keeping things from her even though she had just promised to not do that anymore. I like that Clary doesn't buy Jocelyn's explanation that Jace is evil because he has demon blood because Clary knows good downworlders.
  • I really don't get how Jocelyn believed her child is evil because he made some flowers shrivel up because he was a baby with uncontrollable powers back then who had no idea what he was doing.
  • I dislike how Aldtree tries to get Simon to find out about how that vampire den came to be and threatened him to find out about it and report back to him.
  • I like that Clary tried to check with Alec was okay but I really think she should've known that Alec would lash out at her because he's upset, already dislikes her most of the time and her mom did just try to kill Jace.
  • I think that Alec was right when he pointed out that he has known Jace for way longer than Clary has and that he really doesn't know anything about her so he doesn't really have a whole lot of reasons to trust her but I think that he was way too hard on Clary when he told her that she didn't belong here with them and she never will, I also like that Izzy tried to get Alec to stop but it didn't really help.
  • I think it makes a lot of sense that Valentine is taking people who have already proven themselves as fighters to become shadowhunters.
  • I feel bad for Clary when she wasn't allowed to help out with the mission because she is too inexperienced and too close to the situation and I felt even worse for her when after she tried to join Izzy and Alec that Alec once again told her that she didn't have a place with them.
  • I felt bad for Clary when she told Izzy that Alec's right she doesn't really belong here and she's not really a shadowhunter like they are and I like that Izzy told her that wasn't true and that no matter what happens she'll always belong with her.
  • I really dislike how much Luke's pack is against Simon staying near their places because it's so clear he has no where else to go and he hasn't hurt them in anyway so I just don't get why they dislike him so much.
  • I understand why Raphael is mad that Simon accidently got him in trouble with Clave because Simon implied that the higher ups among the vampires would know about the den and that the Clave blames him now while Camille is the one who is actually responsible for it. I dislike that Raphael is making Simon find Camille but I understand why he thinks that Simon should be the one to bring her in.
  • I like that when Jace saw another young shadowhunter on Valentine's ship that he assumed that he wasn't there willingly and that when it became apparent that he believed in Valentine it's clear that Jace just can't understand why he would choose to be here.
  • I like that Jace refuses to join Valentine's hunt for innocent downworlders because he knows that he's wrong about them.
  • I liked that when some guy tries to flirt with Izzy that Alec tells him that it's funny he thinks he has a chance with her and that he was willing to fight that guy to defend Izzy's honor but I liked it even more when Izzy fought the guy herself and totally kicked his ass while Alec just watched her looking really proud her.
  • I liked how Simon went to Magnus for help with tracking down Camille since he's the only person Simon knows that knows Camille as well as Raphael does and I like that Magnus points out that he knows her better than Raphael does.
  • I like that Magnus tells Simon that trying to find Camille is a bad idea and that one of Camille's favorite things to do is to hold grudges.
  • I find it creepy how Valentine's followers are so devoted to him that if they are captured they will kill themselves rather than answer questions about him.
  • I like that when Clary left the institute she went back to the art school she was accepted into because she wanted to feel normal again.
  • I like that Luke told Jocelyn that she should've been honest with Clary in the first place and that she should've been honest with him as well.
  • I like how Jocelyn tells Luke that she needs him to talk to Clary for her because she believes that she's more likely to listen to him than she is to her.
  • I liked that when Magnus is at Camille's place that he keeps finding things that are his and collecting them to take back home with him.
  • I like that when Magnus tells Simon to deal with Camille on his own that Simon then sarcastically says why would you need a powerful warlock when you have a scrappy nerd from Brooklyn, I just find the line to be quite funny.
  • I like that Magnus told Simon that he shouldn't be so afraid because as a vampire he's a lot stronger than he thinks he is.
  • I like how Clary tells her mom and Luke how she doesn't really feel like she belongs anywhere anymore because she's not a mundane and she isn't really a shadowhunter either.
  • I was very happy to see that Dot was still alive but I'm sad that she has been forced to work with Valentine.
  • I find it funny how Alec suggests to Izzy that they just take a ship out and see if they run into anything as a way to find Valentine.
  • I like that when Jocelyn comes up with a way to find Jace that Alec doesn't trust her at first because he doesn't really have a reason to but agrees to it because they don't really have a better way at tracking Jace.
  • I liked that when Clary first appears that Jace doesn't trust that it's really her and that she has to tell him a memory that only she would have in order to prove it's really her.
  • I like that Jace only agreed to go on the hunt with Valentine in order to makes sure that Clary didn't go on it in his place.
  • I liked that when Izzy finds out that Alec could die from the using the stone to track Jace that she tried to convince him not do because in her mind it's not worth risking his life but Alec believes that he can't live without Jace so he doesn't mind risking his life to find him.
  • I like that Simon was finally able to use his encanto against a fire breathing snake that Magnus thinks of as his baby.
  • I like that Clary was able to convince Dot to help her and Jace escape from Valentine while using their past relationship to connect with her.
  • I like that Magnus told Simon that since he was alone when he had to figure out the downworld that he vowed to himself that he would help anyone who was in a similar position and that he tells Simon that he'll try and help him out.
  • I was glad that Clary was able to get through to Jace and that the two of them escape thanks to Dot helping them.
  • I was very worried about Alec when he went too deep when trying to track Jace and is now convulsing because of it.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

Friday, January 12, 2018

TV Review: Because This is My First Life

                                            Because This is My First Life Review
Because This is My First Life is about Yoon Ji ho a thirty year old who is still working as an assistant drama writer who finds herself forced out of the apartment that she shares with her brother that has paid the down payment for when she discovers that he has gotten married to girl who he got pregnant during the time Ji ho was off working on the last drama she was helping to write. Around the same time Nam See hee a man who likes his life to be as uneventfully as possible and seems to care about maintaining a sense of order and his cat above all else, has had to kick out his most recent tenant because said tenant not only didn't take care of the recycling and feeding his cat when he worked late like was agreed upon when the tenant moved in but he also caused some property damaged after coming home drunk. It ends up that Ji hoo needs to find a new place to live but discovers that pretty much anywhere that she can afford to live is not really somewhere one should live so she ends up moving in Se hee's apartment without her knowing that she moved in with a guy and Se hee is also unaware that his new roommate is a girl but despite going about a week living together without meeting each other he thinks Ji hoo is the best tenant he has ever had and she quite fond of him as well as landlord both because of the affordable price for the room and because of how nice the apartment is.

After Ji hoo and Se hee realize that they are living with each other they at first find it awkward but after awhile they decide that since it's unlikely they would have romantic feelings for each other it's okay that they live together and that goes well for awhile until Se hee's mother discovers that her son's roommate is a woman and while ee hee is fine with just ignoring his mother's feelings on the subject Ji hoo isn't so she moves out. Later on something happens in the place that Ji hoo is staying that makes her feel unsafe there and so she ends up back at Se hee's apartment again and shortly after that the two decide to set up a contract marriage and well as time goes on the line between being fake married and just being married starts to blur.

The subplots in the series have to do with how one of Ji hoo's closest friend Yang Ho rang wants nothing more than to get married to Sim Won seok ,her boyfriend of seven years while he wasn't even thinking about marriage even though he does love her and wants to be with her forever. The two of them have very different expectations for their relationship and they spend the series figuring out whether or not their love for each other means more to them than having the futures that they picture themselves having even if they aren't with each other. The other main subplot is about the unusual relationship between independent business woman Woo Su ji  and dorky Ma Sang goo who at first seem to be mostly about they hooked up one time in the past and Su ji doesn't remember it while Sang goo does and therefore he wants to hook up with her again to leave a more lasting impression but after Su ji tells Sang goo that she has never dated anyone despite having hooked up with many men he starts to look at her differently and this leads to him wanting be therefore as someone who supports and cares for her in a way that no one has before. I ended up likely the relationship between Su ji and Sang goo much more than I thought I would mainly because of the shift that happened in the relationship early on that changed what the relationship was about and turned it into something unexpectedly sweet.
Overall I really love this series it had a cast of great characters that I couldn't help but invest myself in and I really loved all the relationships in this series and not just the romantic ones(although those were great) but also the platonic ones, my favorite of those was the friendship between Ji hoo, Ho rang and Su ji. This series had a lot of good things to say both about relationships and finding your place in the world and at the same time it was a lot of fun to watch as well. Please tell me your thoughts on this series in the comment section below.

Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

                                          I Believe in a Thing Called Love Review
I Believe in a Thing Called Love is about an overachieving high school senior named Desi Lee who seems to have everything in her life all planed out and going smoothly expect for her love life. Desi has never had a boyfriend because she gets nervous and makes a fool out of herself in front of any boy she likes. After developing a big crush on a new student named Lucas and finally watching some Korean dramas with her dad Desi comes up with the idea of using Kdrama tropes as a way to win Lucas over because she realizes that quite a few Kdramas start off with the heroine embarrassing herself in front of her love interest and still getting her happy ending, so Desi things that she can study the common tropes that appear in Kdramas and making a list of them and finding a way to make them happen so that she can get her happy ending with Lucas.

The character of Desi was one that I really enjoyed because of how she was both very headstrong and smart yet also insecure and nervous about the things in which she can't control in her life. Desi was a character that was likable yet frustrating with how it was obvious to the readers that Lucas like Desi without her having to force them into situations that are similar to ones that occur in dramas yet she didn't give up on her plan because she couldn't just trust that being herself was enough to get Lucas to like her. I liked that we saw quite a bit of the friendships that Desi had as well and I especially liked that we got see quite a bit of time spent on showing the relationship between Desi and her dad as well.

Overall I liked this book quite a bit it had an interesting main character and I really liked the premise since I'm a fan of Kdramas although I'm not sure I exactly agree with the list of tropes that Desi came up with based off of them. I thought that there were a few times that the editor really let the writer down in this book because there were a couple of times were I noticed that a word was missing were one needed to be or added were it shouldn't have been. Please tell me your thoughts on this book in the comment section below.