Review: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's CradleCat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vonnegut’s full-blown disillusionment with the modern world is clearly outlined in this book. It’s cynical and readers can draw parallels to current events. Yet, it is also fun to read and laugh over the satirical tidbits. It’s been a while since I last read something by Kurt Vonnegut (4 years actually) and I remember enjoying it as a youngster. Cat’s Cradle follows in the same vein as Slaughterhouse-Five in terms of satirical humor, caustic remarks, and epigrams. Vonnegut’s writing style is sure unique, I thought.  Cat’s Cradle relies heavily on a single character’s driven determination to uncover more information about a famous scientist who helped build the atomic bomb in WWII. This then leads to him encountering more people in his search and a ridiculous string of events that follow. Although the story is arranged into chapters that are the length of one or two pages, the plot is composed of implicit sections in which each take a turn into specific directions. Nevertheless, the short chapters effectively shows the reader independent thoughts and occurrences that eventually intertwine to coherent form the grand picture.

The absolute ridicule that Vonnegut attacks religion with should not be taken seriously. Although there’s a lot of serious issues that he touches upon, he writes about it in a cavalier way that shows how little he’s invested in it. For me, it was a book I would want to read if I wanted something relaxing. The ending is actually tragic but I wouldn’t put too much thought into it. My point for reading it was not for the story line but for the philosophical theses. Anyways, I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot take any Vonnegut that I read seriously.

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Review: Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)Morning Star by Pierce Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb: Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come. But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied – and too glorious to surrender.


 

After: I want to cry but I can’t. This was a gritty, bittersweet ending to a wonderful sci-fi series.

Spoiler-free Review:

I have to give props to Pierce Brown for completing this amazing trilogy within 3 years. What an incredible gift it is to churn out this tomes each year for your readers!
Morning Star starts off nine months after the crazy cliffhanger in Golden Son and whereas the previous books started with a bang, this one was rather miserable. Darrow is disillusioned and suffering mentally from replaying all his mistakes in his mind. Even though he reminisced for over a dozen pages, the writing was engrossing and made up for the lack of action. One of the biggest strengths of this book is the eloquence of the writing and mastery of vocabulary with which each word is chosen.

I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war. My name is Darrow of Lykos. You know my story. It is but an echo of your own. They came to my home and killed my wife, not for singing a song but for daring to question their reign. For daring to have a voice. For centuries millions beneath the soil of Mars have been fed lies from cradle to grave…They expect your obedience, ignore your sacrifice, and hoard the prosperity that your hands create. To hold tight to their reign, they forbid our dreams. Saying a person is only as good as the Colors of their eyes, of their Sigils.

In all honesty, it took me much longer to read these 518 pages because I stopped to absorb the complexity of the sentences. Part of this might also have to do with the wide cast of characters and the long list of scientific terminology for the world. Brown graciously provided us readers with a Dramatis Personae and a helpful map that delineated the political boundaries between the Sovereign, Rim, and other planets.

The story line was fast-paced and had me flipping pages like there was no tomorrow. Darrow goes through a tremendous amount of character development from being reckless, arrogant, and insouciant to valuing rationality, seeking mediation, and humility. I liked this new side of him very much because if fans remembered, his downfall in Golden Son was his extreme sense of righteousness. I liked the epic sprawl of battles in which glory beget glory but this book opened with Darrow steeped in defeat. By tracing back to his roots, it was nostalgic of Red Rising (and Golden Son: “Rise so high, in mud you lie.”) but Darrow is no longer confident that he is the right person to lead this revolution. Oftentimes, people forget that leaders have as much insecurity as a normal person and their abilities to bring change lies not only in themselves but with the help of others. Behind Darrow, stands an amazing crew of loyal friends that took care of the logistics and all minor kinks in the plan. Mustang proved herself to be exceedingly intelligent and supportive of Darrow. Without her, the tides would not shift as strongly as they did. Ahh, true love prevails.

“An outlandish promise,” Roque says. “Darrow is only who he is because of who is around him.”
“Agreed,” Mustang says cheerily.
“And I still have everyone around me, Roque. Who do you have?”
“No one,” Mustang answers. “Just dear old Antonia, who has become my brother’s quisling.”

Of course, we can’t forget our precious Victra who suffers from her own disappointments, fears, and the realization of those very fears. It still harbors a vendetta against Antonia which is well-justified so she was sort of a loose cannon. She’s not quite tamed but her wit made for a lot of entertainment.

“My name is Felicia au…” I feint a whip at her face. She brings her blade up, and Victra goes diagonal and impales her at the belly button. I finish her off with a neat decapitation.
“Bye Felicia.” Victra spits, turning to the last Praetorian. “No substance these days. Are you of the same fiber?”

But I have to say  Sevro’s ultimate blunders takes the cake and makes him one of the best characters so far. One of my favorite scenes that officially made me a fan of Sevro was when he tried to hang himself to prove a point. The mob is set to hang Cassius for being a Gold and murderer, but Darrow’s words do not placate the seething crowd. And then Sevro intercepts.

“I am Ares! I am a murderer too!” He puts his hands on his hip. “And what do we do to murderers?”
This time no one answers.
He never expected them to. He grabs the cable from the neck of one of the kneeling Golds, wraps it around his own neck…winks and backflips off the railing.
…Sevro’s rope snaps taut. He kicks, choking beside Cassius. Feet scrambling. Silent and horrible. Face turning red, on its way to purple like Cassius’s.

It’s powerful and effective because what do you think happened next?
I admit, I still haven’t warmed up to Cassius and I think his twisted sense of honor came around to bite him. Roque carried that pride and honor which is the complete opposite of Darrow’s underhanded methods. However, what’s honor worth when you’re under the reins of the Sovereign? Although these were characters that fought on the wrong side, I still retained a remnant of empathy for their misguided notions. Ultimately, I felt sympathy for the Jackal, Aja, and Octavia because I understand why they did the things they did but in no way did it excuse the tragedies they wrought.

Aside from several major character deaths, the book was still relatively gruesome and the casualties were high for the war. I wouldn’t recommend this book to kids under 14 and this borders onto the adult genre. Although there’s a grim outlook on whatever future the solar system will encounter, the last two books gave me immense faith in Darrow’s abilities. He may have been broken many times but he still emerged as the undisputed leader of the Rising. The powerful ending tied up many loose ends but it also spawned a new trilogy (Iron Gold) for 2017. There are ramifications for all that Darrow has committed and he continues to do whatever he must to achieve his means.

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Look at how pretty and color-coded these books are side by side!

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Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars AboveStars Above by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So the remarkable Marissa Meyer has graciously bestowed upon her legion of fans a beautiful anthology with a bonus story that told of the aftermath of Winter.

For those who couldn’t get enough of the Lunar cast, these stories shed light on these characters’ pasts.

The following chapters below are in order of how they appeared in Stars Above but they are not necessarily chronologically accurate in correspondence to the order of the novels.

THE KEEPER
This gives a deeper look into the impact of Scarlet and Cinder on Michelle Benoit’s life. Although she rarely showed up in Scarlet, she was a crucial person that safeguarded Cinder’s comatose body and sacrificed a normal, secure life in order to preserve Luna’s only hope. Scarlet is the centerpiece in this story because Michelle in a way was also the keeper of her granddaughter. Readers also get to understand Scarlet’s personality much better due to her unstable upbringing.

GLITCHES
This picks up nearly right after The Keeper ends. I’m terrible dealing with sad stories so I went in reading this with dread because Cinder has had it pretty tough. I can tell you, her childhood was no picturesque rainbows and sunshine.

 

THE QUEEN’S ARMY
I actually read this right before I dived into Scarlet which is the perfect order to read in. This is a background story on Wolf and his transition from scraping out an impoverished living with his family to rising up the ranks of the mutated soldiers. I mourn the caring and kind boy that he used to be –not that he still isn’t kind or caring — but his internal battle for compassion, love, and survival was dreary and hard to look away from.

 

CARSWELL’S GUIDE TO BEING LUCKY
While the childhoods of the characters I’ve read so far have been mildly dismal, it seems like Carswell offers a fresh breath of air. He’s mischievous, carefree, and troublesome. This story is briefly mentioned near the end of Cress so it’s better to read the novel first as not to spoil the scene in there. Carswell is such a swoon-worthy character even as a kid who is partially misunderstood. But really, he did bring it on himself most of the time.

AFTER SUNSHINE PASSES BY
So what did I learn from this story? I learned that Cress is brilliant, resourceful, and very lonely. As a shell, she was already isolated from her family and the denizens of Luna. Aside from other shells who are resigned to their imprisonment, she wants more. But her ultimate confinement to a satellite makes me empathize with her more. Despite all these hardships, she is still a resilient character that eventually grows stronger from this experience.

THE PRINCESS AND THE GUARD
This is my personal favorite story because I shipped Jacin and Winter so hard. Their childhood memories are so sweet and their relationship is so intimate that it’s obvious they were meant to be together. As the story takes a darker turn, their times together is tainted by Queen Levana’s manipulations. But Jacin is loyal as ever and it’s heartening to see his determination and love for Winter throughout her tribulations and ultimate descent into madness.

THE LITTLE ANDROID
Only Cinder shows up in this story and it’s a minor part that doesn’t have anything to do with the main series. Based on The Little Mermaid, this story is another retelling that stays true to the original tale.

THE MECHANIC
Kai meets Cinder and this is his point of view on it. *gasps* Automatically fangirls because they are the OTP of this whole series! Readers have got to admit that he is the least developed character in Cinder. We do not really get to know him that well which is why this story is a gem.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
So what happens after Winter? Well, Cinder has done what she has promised to do and now Earth and Luna are in a somewhat precarious alliance. It’s not that bad though because that’s where the ambassadors set in. The world is finally off on a better foot and a certain couple gets married. It was sappy but I admit I enjoyed reading it quite a lot.


Comments:
So I’ve been noticing how well Marissa Meyer writes angst. Most of the stories in this anthology is filled with angst. For some reason, I’m a sucker for angst that ultimately is redeemed through a HEA. Yes, the power of love! Yet, I’m having mixed feelings for her standalone, Heartless, which is the origin of the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland. I’m afraid because you know how the life of the Queen of Hearts ends…

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier: Review

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cute and fluffy. It’s like Hex Hall except the insta-love is lukewarm. 

Gwyneth, our air-headed protagonist, realizes that she, not her cousin Charlotte, was the one who inherited the time travel gene. She finally tells her mom about it but by the time she does, she’s already traveled back to the past three times. I’m telling you though, Gwyn is not frustrating but I pity how helpless she is. The whole series of events leading up to her confession takes up nearly 175 pages. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of interest in the plot and the writer/translator (Anthea Bell who also translated Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider and Inkheart trilogy) was highly proficient but the meandering was not necessary.

If the plot was not as captivating as it was, I would not have tolerated Gwyn’s babbles. I read this book in one sitting because I really wanted to know what would happen next and although I saw where things were going, I wanted to know how it would end. The storyline and concept is what led to my 4 stars. I only wished the author did not spend so much time lingering on Gwyneth’s whole detailed day because it would’ve have fine in a 400-page book but Ruby Red was only 311 pages long. A measly 311 and 175 of it waxed on about Gwyn’s turmoil!

I was also not impressed by the love interest Gideon de Villiers because he was simply an arrogant poop. He’s not the kind that so many girls dream about dating because he’ll very blunt in terms of insults and orders. Sorry, I’d be fine if his jibes were funny and made to build upon a friendship but he literally insults Gwyn by saying ‘she’s not his type’ and indirectly calls her dumb. I don’t know, I guess that would have been okay except Kerstin Gier does not know how to write chemistry or romance because whenever they’re together, it’s dry. Their conversations are not riposte and even worse, it’s insta-love. They’ve known each other for only two days TWO DAYS and Gideon (spoiler alert: kisses her). It was nothing exciting but I really like the time travel because it was done very well and there’s a clear objective. I understand why this book became so famous internationally since Gwyn reminds me very much of a feisty, incompetent girl like Sophie Mercer (from Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins). Those are always a favorite for readers because that means her comments will have a sassiness that coaxes giggles. This book obviously targets teen girls who love romance, a light-hearted fluffy story, and a protagonist that they can relate to. Gwyn is always shoved into the background or compared as inferior to her cousin Charlotte who is supposedly the one with the time travel gene. We all have felt that way at least once in our lifetime before. Families compares their children to others and always finds one lacking and singles out the ‘golden child’ to treat differently.

I know where the hype comes from: the uniforms that Gwyn wears is a foreign setting and the fact that it takes place in England certainly piqued everyone’s interests. The casual references to street names in England and the historical twist of dresses, etiquette, and fashion back in 1912 and the late 18th century was fun. Also back in 2009, this is a welcome change in lieu of vampires, angels. werewolves, and other banal premises then.

Still, I encourage people to read this because the story certainly requires no overthinking or analyzing. It’s just semi-frivolous enough to pass the time with.

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: Review

When You Reach MeWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m unable to collect my thoughts coherently enough to express how pleasantly surprised and awed I was by this book. It was so engaging and I literally couldn’t stop reading near the end. It wasn’t super explosive because it’s one of those books that accounts a series of everyday life events. It’s amazingly grounded in reality despite the science fiction element and I loved how invested I was into each character.

Miranda is a stubborn girl and it showed so much through her persistence in rereading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (another great book) and rejecting other books. By now, that should clue you in on what sci-fi genre is incorporated throughout the book. Time travel. I loved that the author didn’t just throw the reader into time travel without explaining some theories surrounding it. Some elementary readers might be perplexed by the ideas because they’re, like Miranda, so immersed in common sense. I always love a good time travel story (ex. All Our Yesterdays, The Time Machine, Hourglass, Harry Potter #3 and I’m about to read Ruby Red) so I’m immensely pleased when the logistics of it and especially the side effects of tessering is talked about. The abstract thoughts of time, relativity, and it being a circle rather than a straight line is hard to digest but I’m glad the author put it in. She does so by generating these discussions between friends and it’s wonderful to see middle schoolers interested in science and architecture. These get the readers to understand that time travel is a possibility and therefore not just used as a simple plot device to drive the story to a convenient ending.

Miranda is very intelligent and perceptive for her age but she’s also has similar worries as any other middle schooler. Her inner thoughts are matter-of-fact and realistic so it’s great for a change when she starts to slowly piece together the clues and figure out and analyze situations.

She shook her head slowly. “I don’t know. I just feel stuck, like I’m afraid to take any steps, in case they’re the wrong ones. I need a little more time to think.” She stood up. “The water’s probably boiling by now. Spaghetti in ten minutes.”
Spaghetti again. We were kind of stuck, I realized. In a lot of ways.

As an advanced reader, I saw several of the plot twists coming but none of it was ruined because I relished how the plot unraveled so naturally. The dialogue between the characters are very casual and easygoing and I loved the themes. There was a lot of conflict in making friendships and doing what is right. The decisions each person made was extremely consequential and unfolded in surprising ways. I always thought of middle school as a tumultuous but necessary self-transformation and priorities change then because kids tend to value certain things over others. A common one is popularity over academics. Sensitive subjects like socioeconomic status and how it affects lives also pervade the story and affect people’s relationships. Certain actions are driven by the need for money, others out of loneliness, some do things out of curiosity, and it ultimately creates a ripple effect. I believe one of the biggest motifs in this book is passivity. People often stand by while the scene unfolds in front of their faces but choose not to intervene. Reasons behind the ‘bystander effect’ are complex and often different for each person but one of the ones that stands out the most is “no obligation”.

“Sometimes you never feel meaner than the moment you stop being mean.It’s like how turning on a light makes you realize how dark the room had gotten. And the way you usually act, the things you would have normally done, are like these ghosts that everyone can see but pretends not to.”

Books for middle-age readers are often dumbed down or rather broken down into simpler words and that seriously turns me off. I sometimes love being able to breeze through text easily but I dislike juvenile writing that has so much potential to be better. That’s how I felt when I used to read books such as the Animal Ark series by Ben M. Baglio in which it was strictly plot-driven because the writing was nothing special.

Mr. Tompkin had left a book on my desk. He as always trying to get me to read something new. This one had a picture of a spunky-looking girl on the cover, and some buildings behind her. “

I especially remembered this quote although there’s nothing particularly special about it. However, it rings true in today’s pop culture because it’s so difficult to get people to read books due to the generic cover. The phrase ‘spunky-looking girl on the cover, and some buildings behind her” generates multiple YA books in mind. I would have a nearly impossible time trying to find out the name of the book Mr. Tompkin recommended her. The over-saturation of cliche book covers and of beautiful white girls photoshopped in front of buildings is in actuality a turnoff and does not give off a sense of originality and creativity.

As you can see, When You Reach Me’s cover does not feature a girl but instead, objects inlaid on the map. It looks whimsical and childish but each stroke is deliberate and significant. Yes, there could be a better book cover that can appeal to more readers but the one now pertains to the story and enhances the story. When You Reach Me is a book for all (ages 9 and up?) and for those who believe themselves too old, who are you kidding when you’ve read YA, Dr. Seuss, or picture books?

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Fairest by Marissa Meyer: Review

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.5)Fairest by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marissa Meyer never ceases to amaze me with her simplistic word formations and descriptive, yet easy-to-read writing.

Over the past few years, my tastes for books have grown, and my interests have evolved beyond the simple contemporary stories and leaned towards high fantasy.  Although Meyer is considered a juvenile fantasy/sci-fi writer and her books are targeted towards middle-age readers, her readership is extremely versatile. She strongly reminds me of Rick Riordan whose book series is just as easily enjoyed by people of all ages.

The geared focus on fairy tales is an idea overdone and modified so many times that it’s a wonder Marissa manages to come up with an original, thrilling combination of ideas. Sure, the concept may be simplistic and in the hands of a less talented writer, can result in complete failure. This is where the magic happens. She is amazingly talented and skilled in manipulating interesting characters and weaving plots together.

In Fairest, Marissa Meyer cemented herself as one of the leading literary figures in this decade. Maybe she’s not on the same level as Diane Wynne Jones but she comes close enough with this series and this extremely critical novella. The novella is by no means necessary but the history of Queen Levana is intricate and must be expertly outlined so that she does not come off as a 2-dimensional villain who was born evil. She cannot be too sad of a figure that readers will end up sympathizing with her. The purpose of Fairest is to give readers a glimpse of Levana’s motives behind her actions and the events that drove her to implement extreme measures. Of course, knowing her history is important but that’s not the whole point and I liked that Marissa paced the story reasonably enough to a incorporate a 10 year long timeline.

Unlike the flimsy fairytale, Snow White, where the queen’s obsession with beauty is baseless, Fairest offers reasonable factors that fit seamlessly into the story. Without giving away the core reason of Levana’s glamour, I’d just like to say that it’s understandable why she’s so obsessed with beauty. In Luna’s society, beauty triumphs all and opens all sorts of doors and opportunities. Levana may be mad but her madness has a sort of twisted logic. Her ideas of love and what is right is strongly affected by her sister who was older and the crown princess by birthright. However, all these things are overshadowed by her selfishness. The root of all her problems are her selfishness and everything she does is not truly for the good of the people of Luna (although she thinks she’s ruling so well) but to satisfy her own agenda.

Levana is strongly influenced by her beliefs of righteousness that it consumes her superego. Sure, she knows a lot of times that what she’s doing is wrong but her guilt is minimal and oftentimes justified in her mind. She is very oblivious to the true politics in her court, what people are suffering, and understanding the root of so many problems. Basically, her id (Freud reference) is consuming her and thinks highly of her own methods. Levana was naive as a child and is still naive.

Everyone who hasn’t started the Lunar trilogy, look at these gorgeous covers and go buy it!

And here are the novellas!

K-Drama Review: My Love From Another Star

Small reason why you should watch this: This show was so popular that it’s slated by ABC for a future American remake. So why not watch the original?

I haven’t started another book this week and I feel extremely guilty of it because I spent that time watching the ereaderbooksKorean drama “My Love From Another Star” (and I just finished Dream High and Coffee Prince). Believe it or not, MLFAS is immensely popular in Asia and it has also gained a lot of international fame in various countries which was made easier by the numerous available (now up to 60) language subtitles provided on website platforms like DramaFever, Hulu, and Viki. Note: I’m actually Chinese and don’t understand Korean at all. 5.0 Splendid Stars!!

The official blurb does a terrible job with summing up the story but the description is intriguing enough to reel in viewers:

“You Who Came from the Stars is a South Korean television series about an alien who landed on Earth in the Joseon Dynasty and, 400 years later, falls in love with a top actress in the modern era.”

It nowhere near does the drama any justice and it does not even hint at any of the strong comedic elements, cool CGI effects, and appealing visual scenes. The stunning detail to clothing, parallels to the unforgiving entertainment industry, and the brilliant deliverance of lines by the actors all contributed to this drama’s booming success. The problem is that the Hallyu (aka Korean Hollywood) culture differentiates so much from American culture with its roots cemented in ideals of romanticism, science fiction, and melodrama.

Aside from that, I just wanted to wax poetic on how much talent that was brought onto the scene and how this drama defied norms by giving the viewers a unique heroine who is unique and daring in so many ways. The actress Jun Ji-hyun plays a bubbly 30-year-old woman named Cheon Song-yi who is renowned for her social media blunders and lead roles in popular television shows. She is flawed and insecure despite her grandiosity and what she outwardly presents to the ruthless media that savor publicizing her pain and joy. The woman is hilarious, relatable, and from the viewer’s standpoint, extremely likable. If there’s no incentive for you, at least watch it for the stellar acting and multifaceted facial expressions of Cheon Song Yi. The screenwriting is one of the most enjoyable that I’ve ever seen and just the way Song Yi delivers her punch lines are absolutely perfect. The match up between tone of voice, inflection, action and facial expression all combined to deliver the full impact. She’s literally and figuratively the star of the show and carried the whole show towards popularity. Watch her here: 

Kim Soo Hyun who plays Do Min-Joon, the male lead, is also talented and it genuinely shows when the camera pans in on his face. Sobbing, smiling, Min-joon feeling anger…I felt it all like a punch to the gut. It takes a lot of skill to vicariously affect viewers whether it be crying or fear. AND WAIT. THERE’S MORE. He was so good that I decided to watch his roles in other dramas. Yes, I think I just took things to the next new level but UGH, I was in tears at the end because the show was over and I missed all the characters. I have trouble imagining American actors on par with the ones in MLFAS due to the sheer amount of characterization and characteristic portrayals that play out on screen. Hollywood lean towards action and capturing behavior rather than showing emotions and they rely heavily on music to do so. With kdrama, it’s usually done with a simple shot of the person’s eyes. What I liked about the male lead Do Min Joon is how realistic each of his emotions are and it was never overly done or exaggerated. A lot of problems that stem from a show is overstepping a fine line of true feelings to satirical melodrama. Which is why the acting here is A+.

Although the mere thought of reading subtitles and exuding effort to watch something different/foreign may be frustrating, the rewards are infinitely higher and I personally believe it to be an enriching experience. I dislike the notion of ‘dubbing’ which replaces the original audio voices with new recorded voices in a different language to market towards audience who speak that particular language. It is often done with Japanese anime when the voices are traded out from Japanese to English voice actors in order to appeal to American viewers. It really takes away from the entire impact of the series because there are often meanings, native jokes and insiders, and emotional inflections that get lost between the translations. When poorly done or not explained, a funny jab or jib will render the scene useless and take away the small details that make the show shine.

The show is 21 episodes long and it’s so easy to blow right through them. The plot is tight-knit and storyline starts to pick up rapidly as the minutes go by. The characters are distinct and prominent in differences so they’re not hard to distinguish and it’s easy to keep track of who is who. The setting is outlined well and the stunning set design and city background adds to more joy. The clothes are on point and the fashion statements are super trendy, especially for the famous Song Yi who dons some amazing outfits that flatters her figure. Basically, I fell for everything hook, line, and sinker. It catapulted to my all-time favorite drama and it’ll most likely stay there for a while.

Someone also made an article reporting the mishaps and fanaticism that followed as a result of the drama. This is two-parts hilarious and one part derisively hysterical in terms of obsessive behavior: BuzzFeed Article

Links to start watching: 
Viki (This is the best site to watch it on because there are viewer’s comments which are simply fun to read alongside)
DramaFever
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here’s also Hulu and Netflix so go now!!