Coffee Princess K-drama Roundup – January 2024

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🌸☕️🌸 Coffee Prince – (Viki) Yeah. I can’t talk about Lee Sun Kyun. I don’t think I’ll ever not be mad that he’s gone. But watching Coffee Prince again was a way to process some of my tremendous grief at the end of 2023. This show is just so perfect. A poor tomboy girl who is constantly mistaken for a guy helps her rich playboy bff relaunch a coffee shop staffed with adorable misfits called Coffee Prince. Even after so many years the story is still poignant and sensitive. And you can just tell everyone on that set was having fun. You can always tell. I am so glad this show was waiting on me to discover K-dramas…and to become the Coffee Princess I was always meant to be.
Love you all. Always. 🌸☕️🌸

Twinkling Watermelon – (Viki) Okay. I’ve been waiting a very long time for a drama to come along and crash into my Top Ten K-Dramas of All Time…and one finally did. Omg this drama. If you have Viki, just go watch it, right now. It’s a mix of 25/21, Hospital Playlist, and Back to the Future, and the storytelling is MASTERFUL. 100/10. I wept happy tears all the way to the end. (And do make sure to watch all the way to the end!)

Hwarang – (Viki) I desperately needed to plug this hole in my classic K-drama watchlist. This is a historical about the beautiful Hwarang warriors in the age of the Silla Kingdom, starring Park Seo-joon, Park Hyung-sik, Go Ara, V from BTS, Minho from ShinEE, and more. It’s so fun. And well done. A classic for a reason!

Soundrack #1 – (Disney+) Speaking of classics and Park Hyung-sik, when I discovered this one (and Snowdrop!) had been hiding on Disney+, I jumped on it (I’ll be watching Snowdrop next). It’s only 4 episodes, about two people who have been best friends for almost 20 years. He’s been in love with her for the last 8, but she swore to never date him because she didn’t want to lose him as a friend (I sooooo get that). And now she has to write a song about unrequited love…and since she has no experience, she gets help from him. It’s just sweet. And short. Lovely.

Strong Girl Gang Nam Soon – (Netflix) Super cute. Entertaining. Well acted. Strong characters. Weak script. It just didn’t have the same magic as Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, and I really wanted it to. Park Bo-young and Park Hyung-sik (he’s my theme for this month, apparently) remain one of K-drama lovers’ Top Couples of All Time. It was always going to be tough to beat that chemistry!

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