Coffee Princess K-drama Roundup – July 2023

I’ve had a tough time concentrating on ANYTHING since writing The Million-Dollar Novel. Mostly I just wanted to re-read it again and again. Which I did. About 12 times. I also managed to finish:

Tale of the Nine-Tailed 1938 – (Amazon Prime) What’s to say? It’s a sequel to one of my favorite K-dramas of all time. It’s over the top fantasy, and it finds a way to get Lee Yeon and Lee Rang back together. SO MUCH LOVE ALL OVER THE PLACE. And there may be a third season now?? SIGN ME UP. (And tell me where to donate money for Lee Dong-wook’s next coffee truck!) Warning: Don’t watch this if you haven’t seen the first season. (TotNT is free on Viki.)

XO, Kitty – (Netflix) The “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” movie trilogy is my comfort food. So I rewatched them, and then went straight into XO, Kitty, which is in more of a K-drama format, with 30-minute episodes spread out over one season. AND I WOULD TOTALLY WATCH SEASON TWO! I hope it performed well enough to warrant one. Here’s to more US/K-drama crossovers!

Happiness – (Viki) After reading The Prince and the Apocalypse in less than a day, I really needed more “It’s the End of the World but Really a Love Story” in my life. So I decided to rewatch Happiness. Because OMG I love it SO much. See…there’s this post-coronavirus plague caused by a bad pharmaceutical whose side effects are: headache, nausea, extreme thirst, and zombie-like behavior. So this one apartment complex is isolated from the rest of the city FOR REASONS, and the storyline evolves into this closed-set mystery filled with amazing characters. But REALLY…it’s a love story. And a beautiful love story, too. 10/10 stars, forever and ever until the end of the world.

Doom: At Your Service – (Netflix, Viki) Because I needed more Love-and-Doom. Park Bo-young’s character discovers she’s got 3 months to live and wishes for the world to end…at the exact same time the immortal Doom (Seo Inguk) wishes for the exact same thing. Because their fates are entwined, don’t you know. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE, because the B-couple-love-triangle almost takes over the show halfway through, with Lee Soohyuk playing the man EVERY WRITER IN THE WORLD WISHES WOULD FALL IN LOVE WITH HER. I mean, you’ll adore him the second he spells out “m-a-n-n-e-r,” so you’ll be EXTRA glad he gets more screen time in the later episodes. I originally watched this drama so long ago that I had NO IDEA (apart from Lee Soohyuk) how many actors I came to love starred in this one — like Kang Tae-oh (Extraordinary Attorney Woo) and Jung Ji So (Imitation) and more! Definitely charming and rewatchable.

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