Reflections of a Drama Loving Fangirl

Here in the States, Thanksgiving is fast approaching and as I usually do around this time of year, I’ve been reflecting on all the things I’m thankful for. During my reflection, I’ve come to realize I’m particularly thankful so many K-pop idols have taken up acting, especially as I’ve worked my way through this most recent round of dramas so I thought I’d share a few that have me feeling particularly thankful.

Screenshot from "My Lovable Girl"
Screenshot from “My Lovable Girl”

My Lovable Girl

The first drama that comes to mind is SBS’s My Lovable Girl (내겐 너무 사랑스러운 그녀). While Rain (비) and Krystal Jung (f(x) (에프엑스)) are technically the stars of this drama, it’s Kim Myung Soo (김명수) or, as he’s more widely known, INFINITE’s (인피니트) L, that has me thankful that sometimes idols take up acting.

Shi Woo (Kim Myung Soo) is easily one of my favorite characters ever and it’s not just because he made my heart pound every time he appeared on-screen. (Well, maybe…) The simple fact of that matter is, as noble as Lee Hyun Wook (Rain) tried to be as he approached the down-and-out Yoon Se Na (Krystal Jung), his actions weren’t enough to sell me and really, both characters and their relationship left much to be desired. (Sorry but I just can’t get behind a guy who falls for his dead girlfriend’s little sister.) In the end, only Shi Woo possessed enough charm and charisma to compel me to love him and I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that he was the only person, in this entire drama, who kept no secrets. (I’m lookin’ at you Hyun Wook!)

Of course all of my Shi Woo love could really be nothing more than my pesky habit of falling for the adorable, wounded and ultimately doomed second. Yes, I am a chronic SLS (Second Lead Syndrome) sufferer so it comes as no surprise that I fell for Shi Woo. A perfect second, Shi Woo broke my heart and made it flutter, all at the same time, and I’m thankful he was around as he made this rather ho-hum drama bearable.

Screenshot from "Boarding House No. 24"
Screenshot from “Boarding House No. 24”

Boarding House No. 24

The next drama that comes to mind, as I continue my reflection, isn’t actually at drama all but MCB Every1’s currently airing sitcom, Boarding House No. 24 (하숙집 24번지). With five out of the seven main characters played by idols, Boarding House No. 24 is a K-pop fangirl’s dream come true though it’s Lee Jae Hwan (이재환) or VIXX’s (빅스) Ken (켄), who has me feeling particularly thankful.

As the straight-laced nerd who’s never had a girlfriend, Lee Jae Hwan takes the character of Lee Jae Hwan and makes him so ridiculously adorable, I can’t help but cheer for him as he clumsily pursues the equally adorable Min Do Hee (played, coincidentally, by Tiny G’s (타이니지), Min Do Hee (민도희)). Oh my goodness! They are seriously the most adorably awkward couple in the history of the world and there’s nothing I enjoy more than watching these two odd-ducks fall in love.

As great as it is to have Jae Hwan and Do Hee to squee over, there are other ships I’m hoping to see sail and that makes me even more thankful I have this silly little show to watch on a weekly basis. I’m convinced Kim Dong Joon (김동준) of ZE:A (제국의 아이들) and Kim Sa Eun (김사은) are destined to be together (though their characters may need a good smack of reality before they realize it) and Li Bang In, played by Im Hyun Tae (임현태) or BIGFLO’s (빅플로) High Top (하이탑), and Cho Hyun Young (조현영) of  Rainbow (레인보우) have somehow managed to take us all by surprise with their sudden and rather passionate relationship. (Yippee!)

With so many couples to cheer for, it’s easy to forget there’s an underlying story unfolding though honestly, it’s a story I’d just as soon forget. I’m sorry but the only thing I’m thankful for when it comes to the creeper Kim Kwang Kyu (김광규) and his quest to find his long-lost offspring, is knowing that in four weeks, I’ll never have to see him again. Boy, does that guy give me the heebie-geebies!

Despite the creeper Kwang Kyu, I find myself thankful to have such a star-studded, couple-filled sitcom to brighten up my Wednesdays, especially when one of those stars happens to be from my ultimate bias group. (Pardon me as my inner-Starlight breaks free for a moment… Ken, Fighting!)

Screenshot from "The Three Musketeers"
Screenshot from “The Three Musketeers”

The Three Musketeers

Rounding out my reflection, I find my mind wandering towards tvN’s rather epic drama, The Three Musketeers (삼총사) which stars CNBLUE’s (씨엔블루) Jung Yong Hwa (정용화) and Oh. My. Word. If ever there was a drama to make you feel thankful for idol/actors, this would be the one!

Starring my very first K-pop love, I was drawn to The Three Musketeers for no other reason than I wanted the chance to squee over Jung Yong Hwa on a weekly basis, but what started out as a bit of fangirl silliness quickly morphed into undying love for a drama that captured both my imagination and my heart. Turning one of my all-time favorite stories into a three season, Joseon-period drama was nothing short of brilliant but what pushed this drama over the top, at least in my nutty fangirl brain, was the fact that for the first time ever, I found myself falling for Yong Hwa’s character more than I fell for the idol himself.

Stepping into the role of Park Dal Hyang, Yong Hwa captures all of the naïve, cockiness of a young man on a mission to change his stars. Crossing paths with the rouge-ish do-gooders who call themselves “The Three Musketeers” Dal Hyang sets down a path that will change his life forever and I can’t tell you how much fun it was to watch this classic story unfold in a new light. Seriously, this drama is so good the episodes fly by and at the end of them all, you find yourself shamelessly begging for more. (Really March, why are you so far away?) In short, this drama is pretty much everything you could ever ask for in a drama and the fact that Yong Hwa is the star doesn’t hurt in the least.

I know there are so many more idol-studded dramas out there, for which we could be thankful, but space is limited and mine is gone. Of course you could always let me know which dramas make you thankful for idol/actors by leaving me a comment below. (Oh, and if you’re wondering where you can watch these idol-filled dramas, My Lovable Girl and Boarding House No. 24  can be found on DramaFever while The Three Musketeers is available on SoompiTV.)

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