Because This is My First Life Review

Because This is My First Life Review

Now streaming on Netflix. Rated TV-14.

This k-drama was highly recommended to me by a close friend, and as a huge fan of k-drama, of course, I pushed it all the way to the top of my watchlist. And– thankfully this has become a trend– I did not regret it. Why would I though? Korea has drama mastered!

The acting in k-dramas is not often highlight due to the result of the actors often having to take on a more over-the-top persona. While this drama is not a complete expectation with its own fair amount of over-the-top scenes, but it also is full of moments where the actors take the opportunity to show off their acting chops. There were scenes in which the acting had me absolutely blown away. There are scenes with subtle details, such as a character keeping a straight face while you see their eyes watering, conveying a depth of emotion we rarely see. If you can’t already tell, I was extremely impressed by this.

This show definitely was traditional in its proclivity to have non-stop drama. This is one of those shows that rarely gives you break with drama waiting for you around every corner. That combined with the extremely slow-burn romance makes this show extremely addictive. You start to crave those moments of solace, only for them to be taken away by the end of the episode. This achieves exactly what it’s intended to, cause what do you do then? You watch the next episode! (Seriously, so many k-dramas are like this, thank god they usually are only one or two seasons.)

This is one of those shows who has a bit of something for everyone. Of course, if you’re not a fan of dramas, you may be the exception to this, but I would still recommend giving this show a try. It’s full of laugh-out-loud moments, heart-wrenching, and swoon-worthy moments. Fair warning though: you might want to throw your computer or remote out the window at some point.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’m Not Okay with This Season 1 Review

I’m Not Okay with This Season 1 Review

Now streaming on Netflix. Rated TV-MA.

I’m not quite sure what compelled me to watch this series, but in retrospect, I’m glad I did. As a big fan of superheroes and their lore, I was immediately brought in by the prospect of a young woman developing telepathic abilities. The opening scene that introduces the film added to my interest as it is reminiscent of the horror classic Carrie. In many ways, there are a lot of parallels between I’m Not Okay with This and Carrie, as well as X-Men (and I’m sure many related works that I’m not thinking of at the moment of writing this).

I’m Not Okay with This is a charming coming-of-age story full of angst and sarcasm. We follow as the characters in the series go through very real struggles, and– in the case of our protagonist– mysterious struggles as well. Additionally, we get a considerably accurate depiction of depression, anxiety, and grief. The characters seem very real, as none of them is perfect and their imperfections are beautifully portrayed by the actors flawlessly. 

This show also boasts some pretty impressive special effects that, to me, are reminiscent of the ingenious effects used in films like Chronicle. It’s subtle and seamless, and the sparse use of it is perfect for the tone the show maintains throughout. 

The story is fast-paced and easy to follow, and with only eight 30 minute episodes this is a quick watch. The story, which you can probably infer from what I’ve written thus far, is very much character-driven which culminates into an emotional ride. As the season progresses we are given a glimpse into what this series can become as small details are revealed and questions are raised only to be left unanswered. The questions interesting enough to warrant interest in a second season.

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Romance is a Bonus Book Review

Romance is a Bonus Book Review

Now streaming on Netflix. Rated TV-14.

Is it just me or are Korean dramas absolutely addicting? Romance is a Bonus Book is no exception. It’s many things: a heart-warming slice-of-life, swoon-worthy romance, cheesy comedy, and gripping mystery. And somehow, it manages to wrap all those things up with a neat bow, providing the viewer with an overall all addicting and extremely fun adventure.

This show is definitely– without a doubt– character driven. We follow an ensemble of lovable characters, all of which go through some sort of growth throughout the series. While the focus is primarily on the protagonist Dan-I, we are given enjoyable and easy-to-follow glimpses into the lives of those around her. The show focuses on Dan-I’s struggles, as well as her wins (no matter how small) and her losses; ultimately presenting her as an exceptionally relatable character. As she goes through her own story we see the characters around her go through their own journeys; we have Ms. Song who has to accept the man she loves won’t return her feelings, and we even have (arguably tertiary character) Ji-Yul grows as a person and learns the importance of taking responsibility. If, for whatever reason, you don’t relate to our protagonist I guarantee you’ll find someone you can relate to.

While the series gives you a sympathetic view into the lives of its characters it also gives a unique view into the Korean publishing industry. Though it is presented through a fictional lens there are still things to be learned about the industry as well as work-life and the book industry in Korea. If you are an avid reader, I would recommend this series because of its glimpse into the behind the scenes of the book industry, even if the one it presents differs from that of your home country. 

For a Korean drama, this one may be a little bit on the longer end, but it’s totally worth a watch. But warning: it’s hard to not binge!

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