Korean Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

If you follow my book reviews an wrap ups, you know that I review book differently than just using the regular star system. I use a point system that I got from Kim Here in YouTube (watch her video here).

But the gist of it is that you have 5 different categories and you can give a certain number of points depending on your thoughts. I’m changing one of the categories to fit into Kdramas and changing the amount of points so that it will fit with the stars on MyDramaList. There will still be 5 categories but I will only be giving 0-2 points for each category.

So let’s discuss the categories:

Acting
Characters
Story
Pacing
Personal Thoughts

So all of them are pretty self-explanitory so I’ll only talk about the difference between “acting” and “characters.”

The characters can be very well thought out but the acting could be poor. So the acting refers to just that and the characters refer to how well written they were.

So let’s just get into this review. If you have any other questions, ask them down below.


Today, I’m reviewing Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. I just finished watching it a few minutes ago and  I just had to review it now!

This drama follows Bong Soon, a woman who just happens to be super strong. She tries to keep this super power a secret from everyone and tries to lead a normal life. That is until she ends up hurting the CEO of a video game company. Now she has to nurse him back to health. All while there is a kidnapper on the loose. Bong Soon’s childhood crush is a detective on the case, which makes things even more entangled.

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Acting

I am giving the acting 2 points.

I personally think that all of the actors did a wonderful job at portraying their characters. There’s not much else to say. I think they did a wonderful job and I’ll be keeping my eyes out for more of their stuff.


Characters

I will have to give the characters 1 point.

The main characters were awesome and they were very fleshed out, in my opinion. But there were just a few side characters that I wish would have been given more time and we were given more of a chance to get to know their personalities.


Story

I’m going to have to give the story 1 point also.

I think that everything was planned out nicely and wrapped up just as nice but I did have some issues.

To me, it seemed like the kidnapper storyline was just a little side story to keep you interested. The romance was the main focus. But I also believe that they could have done this with more emphasis on the kidnapper. I feel like this story could have almost existed without that little snippet. It came into play a couple times but overall, it seemed kind of useless.

I feel like a lot of the side stories were not needed. I feel like they were thrown in just for the fun of it and not necessary. But that kind of made them necessary. Something to get you out of the romance and keep you interested and watching.

But I did love the romance. It was adorable and I knew from the beginning I was going to love it. I loved how the ending showed what happened after everything. That made me very happy. I was even crying at the end, which is always a good sign.


Pacing

Another 2 points.

I think that the pacing was great. Despite the fact there were 16 episodes, each an hour long, you stayed interested in most parts. And if you started to lose interest, something happened and it came back.

It may have taken me a while to get through but I finally did and I still think the pacing was great.


Personal Thoughts

2 points!

I loved this kdrama so much. It had me feeling all sorts of feeling. I usually don’t watch kdramas on my TV because my son either has something on or my husband does. But I just needed to continue and threw it up there. I loved this so much.

I do recommend it, overall. It’s a wonderful kdrama. I don’t know if I’d recommend it as a first kdrama to watch but overall, it was great.

So overall 8 out of 10 points!


So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you’ve seen this and your thoughts on it!

Happy Watching! Bye!

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Weekly Goals (Aug 3-9)

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love!

Today I have my weekly goals for the week of Aug 3 to the 9th.

Let’s do this!

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Kdramas

I would like to try to get through at least one episode a day for my Kdramas. Weekends will be more but for now, I’m going to try for at least one. So my goal is to finish watching Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and get a couple episodes through Age of Youth. I have seen the first episode of that so I should be able to get through to episode 4-ish.

That’s the goal.

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TV Shows

I want to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy so I would like to finish season 2 and get partway through season 3.

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School

I start school this week so I’m going to be working on all of that throughout the week. So I’m going to mention what assignments I have to do.

I’m going to have to do two reading assignments (two chapters in the textbook), 2 discussion assignments, a brainstorming activity, and a journal.


Reading

I want to finish I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson this week. I’d also like to finish Royal Pain by Tracy Wolff. But I’m also going to be beginning Stalking Jack the Ripper on the 4th and reading that through until Hunting Prince Dracula comes out. I plan on starting the arc I have for The Note by Zoe Folbigg. If I get that done, I’ll move onto another ARC. But for now, my plans are to read Royal Pain, The Note, I’ll Give You the Sun, and Stalking Jack the Ripper.


Blog/BookTube

Here’s my post schedule for my BookTube:

Tuesday: Back to School Book Tag
Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday (possibly, the prompts aren’t out yet)
Friday: Series I Need To Finish

Here’s my blogging schedule for this week:

Sunday: Weekly Goals
Monday: Book Review for Unexpected
Tuesday: Back to School Book Tag
Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday (refer to BookTube list)
Thursday: New Releases: Sept 10-16
Friday: Series I Need To Finish
Saturday: Book Review for Royal Pain


I hope you all have a good week!

Let me know some of your plans for this week!

Happy Reading/Watching! Bye!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Bromances

Hey Warriors!

Top 5 Wednesdays was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and is moderated by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out the GoodReads group here!

This topic is about your favorite bromances!!! Who doesn’t love a great bromance!

I decided that I wanted to do a mix of books, Korean dramas, manga/anime, and tv shows. So here they are!


Korean Drama

Goblin

I absolutely adored the bromance between the Goblin and the Grim Reaper. It was so hilarious.

This drama follows a girl who believes that she is the Goblin’s wife and it follows their journey as she tries to prove that she is. Oh, and anytime she blows out a flame, he appears before her!

I loved this drama and I do recommend it!


Manga/Anime

Death Note

Another favorite bromance of mine is L and Light. I absolutely love their interaction with one another. They are just so perfect.

Now, before anyone asks, I absolutely despised the live action. It was a giant pile of garbage. Don’t waste your time on it. If you feel the need to watch the live action, don’t and just rewatch the anime.


Books

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

I absolutely loved the tri-bromance between Rhys, Cass, and Az. I just loved these three together. It was always funny or heart wrenching. I felt feelings when I was reading about them and I loved that. They’re so great.

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The Outsiders by SE Hinton

I absolutely loved Ponyboy and Johnny’s bromance. They were seriously the best of friends and so good for each other. They made my soul happy.

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TV Shows

Supernatural

I swear if anyone has seen SupNat and decides to include TV shows in this, they will be including these two. I don’t care what anyone says, Dean and Cas are the best bromance. That is all.

And because Castiel is perfection in angel form, here’s a montage of Cas xD


That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed and I hope you go check out some Death Note (the anime or manga, not the live action). Let me know your favorite bromances!

 


Happy Reading!

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Weekly Wrap Up July 30-Aug 5

Hey Everyone!

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Let’s get right into this!


Korean Dramas

Ha. Yeah. I think we all know how that went.

I have watched nothing!

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TV Shows

I did watch Game of Thrones and I enjoyed the episode. It was good. I loved the final F you at the end. And the speech between Dany and Jon was great, imo.

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Writing

Yeah. Nothing.


Blogging

I got all my posts up except for a Saturday review. I finished Of Fire and Stars on Friday and I didn’t want to write a review Saturday. So I didn’t. Maybe I’ll write one today and get it up this Saturday. Let me know if you want to see that. It’ll be completely spoiler-free.


Books

And finally! The part that always has the most, what I read.

This week I kept track of my reading progress. I started on the 1st so I’ll share with you what I read and how many pages I read of each!

  • Tuesday (8/1): Of Fire and Stars – 96 pgs
  • Wednesday (8/2): Of Fire and Stars – 53 pgs
  • Thursday (8/3): Of Fire and Stars – 95 pgs
  • Friday (8/4): Of Fire and Stars – 87 pgs (Finished)
  • Friday (8/4): Full Metal Alchemist (Vols 1-3) – 247 pgs
  • Saturday (8/5): Full Metal Alchemist (Vols 1-3) – 284 pgs(Finished)
  • Saturday (8/5): Vassa in the Night – 40 pgs
  • Saturday (8/5): The Unexpected Everything – 23 pgs

Stats

  • Finished 2 books
  • Read a total of 925 pgs
  • Read 2 Fantasy, 1 Contemporary, 1 Science Fiction.

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I hope you enjoyed! I want to continue on with Full Metal Alchemist but I have so many other books to read this month! The struggle!

How did your week go?


Happy Reading, Writing, Watching!

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New Releases: Aug 6-12

Movies

Annabelle: Creation

August 11
Rated R
Horror/Mystery/Thriller
Starring: Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Miranda Otto (War of the Worlds, Lord of the Rings), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave, Simon vs the Homosapien’s Agenda), Alicia Vela-Bailey (Lights Out)
Director: David F Sandberg

The Glass Castle

August 11
Rated PG-13
Biography/Drama
Starring: Brie Larson (Room, 21 Jump Street, Kong: Skull Island), Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland, Now You See Me), Naomi Watts (King King (2005), The Ring (2002)), Sarah Snook (Predestination, Steve Jobs)
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

The Only Living Boy in New York

August 11
Rated R
Drama
Starring: Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, Tron: Legacy), Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)), Debi Mazar (Goodfellas, Batman Forever (1995))
Director: Marc Webb


TV Shows

Man vs Food

August 7th
Travel Channel
Mondays
Season 5

Difficult People

August 8
Hulu
Season 3

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

August 8
Apple Music
New

The Story of Diana

August 9
ABC
New Mini-series


Korean Dramas

Manhole

August 9th
KBS2
Weds and Thurs 10:00pm

Deserving of the Name

August 12
tvN
Sat and Sun 9:00pm


Books

Reunited by Colleen Houck

August 8
Reawakened Series
Book 3

GoodReads

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

August 8

GoodReads

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Llyod-Jones

August 8

GoodReads

This is Not the End by Chandler Baker

August 8

GoodReads

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

August 8

GoodReads

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

August 8

GoodReads


What new release are you most excited for this week?

I think next week I’ll add in DVD releases also!


Happy Reading and Watching!

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Korean Monday: Most Anticipated March Kdramas

I decided that since I haven’t finished a Kdrama in a while, I was going to list some of the ones that I want to watch that are starting in March.

I’m going to list the ones I want to watch and give a little synopsis about it (at least what I gather). I’ll make sure to put the start date and what days they will be on. And I’ll make sure to mention who some of the actors and actresses are in it.

If you would like for me to do a “first impression” of any of these, let me know. Also, if you would rather I do episode reviews, let me know. I think if I did episode reviews, I would also add a prediction part to it. Then after the next episode, I’ll say if it happened or not.

I was going to say these are in no particular order but I looked at it again and realized they are in alphabetical order. All of the AsianWiki pages will be linked. All photos are from Google.

  1. Lovely Love Lie (The Liar and His Lover)
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    This drama is based off the manga “Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru.” I’m pretty sure that I’ve read this manga before but I can’t be too sure. I plan on reading it before the show starts on March 20th.
    This drama will follow Han Kyeol, a wonderful composer that hides himself from the world. Until he meets So Rim, a high schooler with a lovely voice. And, as you can imagine, romance blossoms, I’m sure.
    This drama will be run on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lee Hyun Woo is going to be Han Kyeol and Joy of Red Velvet will be doing her first drama role as So Rim.
  2. Radiant Office
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    I’m not too sure how I’m going to feel about this drama. I don’t know how it’s going to handle mental illness but it will definitely be triggering for some people. So, warning, if you’re triggered by suicide, stay clear of this drama. This will follow a woman who decides to commit suicide by jumping into the Han River. She is saved and brought to the hospital. While there, she learns that she might not have much time to live. She barely manages to get a job after that. This will follow her journey.
    It starts March 15th and will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ko Ah Sung will be playing Eun Ho Won. Ha Seok Jin will be Seo Woo Jin.
  3. Tunnel
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    This drama follows a detective that is hunting down a serial killer. When he is literally chasing this killer, he ends up running into a tunnel. When he comes out on the other side, he has gone from the year 1986 to the year 2017, where the killer has resumed the killings. Now he needs to work with a detective and a Professor of Criminal Psychology to try to catch this serial killer.
    This drama will air every Saturday and Sunday starting March 25th. It is starring Choi Jin Hyuk, Yoon Hyun Min, and Lee Yoo Young.

Top 10: Korean Actors and Actresses (Korean Mondays)

Today, I decided to talk about some of my favorite Korean actors and actresses, obviously. These are some actors/actresses that if I see in a drama or movie, I automatically want to watch it without even knowing what it’s about! This isn’t going to be in any set order, though. Just listed as I think of them! I haven’t seen every drama all of these actors/actresses have been in. So I’ll be listing who I like, why I like them (even though this portion of each will be mainly just because I love them), my favorite I’ve seen, a list of which ones I’ve seen that they’ve been in, and I’ll link to their Instagram if they have it.

  1. Kim Woo Bin
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    I love Kim Woo Bin. He plays such a good bad boy that you just can’t help but to love. Every drama I’ve seen him in, I’ve been on his side of things, knowing that I probably shouldn’t be. I’d have to say my favorite drama I’ve seen him in is Uncontrollably Fond. I’ve seen The Heirs and Uncontrollably Fond. So  I haven’t seen too many with Kim Woo Bin but I still really enjoy his acting. From what I can tell, he doesn’t have Instagram.
  2. Park Shin Hye
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    Park Shin Hye seems to be in all the dramas that I love. She seems to be able to play several different roles without an issue. I have seen Heartstrings, Flower Boy Next Door, The Heirs, and Pinocchio. Pinocchio is my favorite even though Heartstrings was a definitely close second. You can follow her on Instagram here!
  3. Lee Jong Suk
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    The first drama that I saw Lee Jong Suk in was I Can Hear Your Voice and that’s by far my favorite that he’s been in. I just felt so much emotion in that drama. Then I saw him in Pinocchio and he automatically became a favorite of mine. I have since seen him in W and that was another drama I loved. I have yet to see him in a bad drama. You can follow him on Instagram here.
  4. Jang Geun Suk
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    I feel bad. I’ve only seen him in You’re Beautiful and Love Rain, neither of which I have finished. But that hair! I do plan on watching more drama with him but as on right now since I haven’t finished either, my favorite is Love Rain. You can follow him on Instagram here.
  5. Bae Suzy
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    I know a lot of people don’t like Suzy’s acting but I’m fine with it. I’ve only seen her in Dream High and Uncontrollably Fond, which is my favorite. You can tell a difference in her acting skills between the two. At least, I can. I will continue to watch more drama with her. You can follow her Instagram here.
  6. IU
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    Ugh. How freaking adorable is IU? And her voice? Yes! Everything about IU is just perfection. I absolutely love her! I’ve seen Dream High and I’ve seen a lot of You’re The Best. I’d have to say Dream High because it’s the only one I’ve seen through completely and she did a great job. You can follow her Instagram here.
  7. Park Yoo Chun
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    Last year there was a huge scandal surrounding Park Yoo Chun and if you would like more information, I recommend looking it up. But, I am not believing it just yet. He counter-sued for false accusations and blackmail. I am not taking sides until I know the whole truth. I would like to not get into it on this post so please keep it out of the comments. Park Yoo Chun was in the first drama I watched that gave me real adult feels. I Miss You is one of my all time favorite dramas to this day. It was the first that had me literally on the edge of my seat the whole time. It wasn’t a cheesy little romance, not that those are bad. It was very adult and I loved it. I still do.
  8. Ok Taec Yeon
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    I absolutely LOVE Taec Yeon. He is definitely my bias in 2PM. I adored him in We Got Married: Global Edition. He was awesome even though I didn’t like his “wife.” I’ll continue talking about my feelings about this with the next guy! I have watched Dream High completely and started Who Are You. I’m counting Dream High as my favorite because I haven’t finished any others. You can follow him on Instagram here.
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    Lee Hong Ki… Yes. Defintely. His singing voice is perfection. And not to mention, he was perfect in We Got Married. His “marriage” was so adorable that I was wishing it was real. Unfortunately, Hong Ki hasn’t been in any dramas recently. It’s been a few years. You’re Beautiful is the only show I’ve seen with Hong Ki and I haven’t finished it. I need to still. Hong Ki was so funny in it. You can follow him in Instagram here.
  10. Yoo In Na
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    I’ve seen Goblin and some of You’re The Best. I’ve also started My Love From Another Star. I enjoy Yoo In Na’s acting and I really want to see her in more stuff. Everything I’ve seen her in has been a supporting character. I really want to see her as a main character. Goblin was definitely my favorite that I’ve seen her in. I don’t believe she’s got a confirmed Instagram.

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