When was the last time you saw a series that made you swoon over a college guy and girl engaging in awkward conversation over the public phone? Wait… wait… What? Yeah, sorry I forgot to say that twdrama In A Good Way (我的自由年代) is set in the mid-90s. This new taiwanese series just blows my mind, I tell you. It’s insane because it makes you want to savor each episode like a hard-won treat after a day’s marathon. In a nutshell: What sets it apart from other recent Asian drama hits like The Heirs is its sheer dedication to carve out its characters – Liu Chuan, Jia En, Bai Xue, and Ren Wei. The essence of the drama is its attention to detail (lots of great dialogue), the funny and genuine friendships, the effort put into creating the 90s college era atmosphere, and the awkward yet so real lurveee. And may I say…. Liu Chuan’s eyebaggy, loving glances at Jia En captures it all.
(btw, the fact that I assumed at the beginning that Ren Wei was gonna be the love interest made it all the more exciting when the college-hottie Liu Chuan made his appearance)
I have so many favorite little scenes from this series…. the subtle scenes between Mr. Eyebags (Liu Chuan) and Jia En just kills me. IT makes you want to scream “GET TOGETHER ALREADY!” “HE’S THE 3631 GUY YOU ARE LOOKING FOR”. This is the result of explosive, sparkling, chemistry, I tell you.
The drama is currently at episode 6, and you are looking at 35 episodes (omg 35 episodes of goodness, are you ready?).
Mark your calendars: One episode a week, every Friday night. Meanwhile, you can fangirl along with ze blog, and on Instagram @_inagoodway_.
Perhaps you were scrolling through your Weibo (the most popular Chinese microblog for those who don’t know) feed last night…. and you may have discovered that Kim Woo Bin decided to FINALLY UPDATE his status* after months of inactivity. He wrote it in Korean, therefore nobody could understand it without a quick visit to Google Translator, but that didn’t stop the thousands of comments from flowing in, in response to the surprise update. Turns out, his costar Park Shin Hye and himself were in China, at an awards show, representing The Heirs! Why does it make me so excited that it was Kim Woo Bin instead of Lee Min Ho? And it’s Kim Woo Bin’s first time in China! Haha I feel like two worlds are colliding or something… My chinese and korean fandoms that is. In fact, they were the big guests of the night at the annual year-ends Anhui Drama Festival (watched it last year and the year before)! Award show…. meaning lots of adorable, shippy pictures, and gorgeous eye candy all around. Pictures below! Before I forget here’s other people who attended this awards ceremony: Tang Yan, Qi Wei, Luo Jin, Ying’er, Chen Xiao, Zhao Liying, Liu Tao, Bao Jian Feng, Li Yi Feng, Jimmy Lin, Joe Chen, Nicky Wu, Yan Kuan and his wife.
Keep in mind the official pictures and the program are not released yet, so these stills will have to do for now :3
Young Do, I’m still not over youuuuuuu! =D Love and hate relationship with the Second Lead Syndrome. 😍
Dear Young Do,
It sure sucks being the second lead, doesn’t it?
Don’t worry, you’re only 18. Things are bound to get better. Sure, you like Eun Sang, but look how well that is working out for Kim Tan. You can’t believe that your dad wouldn’t do the same thing. Such is the life of a filthy rich heir.
Please know that you’ve already won over the hearts of women around the world. Your antics and bad-yet-actually-good-boy demeanor is highly attractive. No matter how bad you must feel now after your first love-related rejection, let me assure you, you’re gonna be just fine.
It kills me to watch you suffer. Eun Sang doesn’t realize what she’s missing. Just let her have Kim Tan, you can do better.
For your future love endeavors, here are some tips:
If you like someone, don’t bully them. It’s not the best tactic. I think…
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Casual post wherein I discuss The Heirs and Young Do (played by Kim Woo Bin)
Truthfully, classes and final exams have eaten a huge chunk of my time, so I haven’t kept up with any dramas except for heirs. I didn’t even think I would get to blog about anything until winter break rolled around, but I guess I had to, with all the emotions building up with Heirs episode 15-16.
I have to confess… Lee Minho and Park Shinhye (main couple) bored me to tears in the 1-3 episodes. The only reason I kept watching this series was because the show decided to pick up the pace and relocate to the pretty, elite school in Seoul. Then, Young Do (the badboy and frenemy of Kim Tan) showed up.
In fact, Young Do was the most interesting person in the entire show, three-dimensional and troubled. I didn’t like him very much in the beginning. But then…
Young Do was initially just a character that piqued my interest. He was a charmer, a bully, and always picking on Eun Sang. Nobody is denying that he was a total jerk in the beginning of the show. But now that he’s beginning to soften up and fall head over *sneakers* for our heroine, his love for Eun Sang changes him a lot and Young Do becomes endearing & sweet.
If the feedback (youtube comments) haven’t voiced enough of this sentiment, I gotta say this as well – Kim Woo Bin needs to get his own drama and get the girl! It’s too heartbreaking to see him pinning for Eun Sang when clearly, the girl ain’t fighting against her fated love with Kim Tan. At least bring on the Kim Tan – Young Do bromance. Or give Young Do a chance with Eun Sang (not going to happen, you say? …..Okay *crys*)
Heirs, if weren’t for your star-studded, mega eye-candy ensemble cast, you would’ve dunked into unwatchable land. The show is very cliche. But everyone who is still watching this show despite all it’s flaws… please continue watching it for Young Do! ^^
Eun Sang: What do you want from me?
Young Do: That you’ll answer your own phone calls.
That you’ll reply when I talk to you.
That you’ll say hello when we meet eyes.
Don’t know about anyone else, but Youtube song covers introduce me to most of my new favorites. Youtube should be your default source for new mainstream music, indie music, and originals. I didn’t even know about Diamonds (even though it was popular apparently…) and of course would never have checked out British-indie ballad from Passenger called “Let Her Go” if it wasn’t for these awesome covers.
Melina’s cover of Rihanna’s catchy “Diamonds” (this reminds me of “Airplanes” by B.O.B)
Tyler Ward’s cover of Passenger’s “Let Her Go, a soothing and above all, meaningful ballad
what have you been listening to this week? Share in the comments 😀