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I suck at writing. By which I mean, actually getting words down.

I have been singularly unsuccessful at getting any real work done on my OF manuscript - there is some mental block in my head that is just rebelling at the thought of doing any rewriting.

In the meantime, I have added very few words to AQATWA in a couple of weeks, so fail there too.

It's seriously getting to me.

I have started watching this on Netflix:

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

Netflix is apparently starting to stream Korean dramas. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is a manga-like paranormal rom-com. A slacker college student, in a series of improbable coincidences, releases a gumiho, or nine-tailed fox spirit (yes, the same thing the Japanese call a kitsune), from a painting where she has been trapped for 500 years. She promptly becomes a literal girlfriend from hell.

It's not exactly a high-budget production and much of it is stupid. But they do a lot with minimal special effects, and it's not all comic.

It's also rather slow-paced; the pilot episode does about as much in an hour as an American show would do in half an hour, complete with commercial breaks.

It is one of those dumb things that has temporarily hooked me. However, unless there is some real plot and character development, I doubt I am going to sit through all 16 hours (!) of this series.


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Mar. 4th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Yeah Netflix!
called Shut Up and Let's Go about a bunch of poor kids in a band trying to make it and the lead singer looks for his muse - and the muse is....well...spoilers...

Well - I have the same reaction you did to that show. It was like - meh. The pilot was slow. I would have cut about 30 minutes out of it.

I loved Boys Before Flowers. It really grabbed me, and I've been looking for something to hook me ever since. I have this on my cue. I don't know why BBF worked me up.

I will give this one a try!

Mar. 4th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
The pacing of K-dramas is quite different, and their budget limitations can show in a way that I tend not to see in American television in particular, and it makes me dump some series on account—but when it works well the slower longer episodes can be the ultimate escapism: they're a whole other world, almost paced the same, with as many little detail scenes, with plenty of dwelling on character emotion/mental state, but with an oddball premise that makes it utterly different from the real world.
Mar. 4th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
do you have any k-dramas
that you might recommend?

thanks, D
Mar. 4th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: do you have any k-dramas
I'm midway through Vampire Prosecutor and enjoying it okay, but my one shining success so far was City Hunter. It has a slow start but hits its stride about three episodes in, is bigger budget/much slicker than most K-dramas, and had a lot of character subtlety despite the over the top premise/costuming/martial arts. I really loved it.
Mar. 9th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: do you have any k-dramas
Hulu has a plethora of K-drama collections that beats Netflix in my opinion because Hulu includes ones that are airing in Korea atm.

But definitely check out the Great Queen Seonduk, Sign, Master of Study, and Secret Garden if you're in Netflix mode. Gumiho is pretty stupid even by K-drama standard...
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