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When Anna Eom isn’t reading fantasy novels, she’s obsessing over her favorite K-pop group, SUPER. Each boy in the group has a different superpower, but Sungwook stands out from the crowd with his super-speed and super-strength, not to mention his super-hotness.
The day that SUPER’s latest music video drops, Anna’s mom does the worst thing imaginable and cuts the wi-fi to make her clean house instead. All because some old family friends are visiting them from Korea. Not only are the almost-strangers cutting her time short with her favorite K-pop group, but she knows she’s going to be thrown together with a boy she only remembers as a bully.
Caleb might be her age, but the last time she saw him ten years ago he stole her precious Disney princess necklace. What’s worse is Anna’s mom has threatened to clear her bookshelves if she doesn’t greet the old friends at…
You can nominate as many characters for each award as you like.
You may “second” as many characters as you like. (An example of seconding: someone might nominate Susan Pevensie for an award, and if you agree, you can second the nomination.)
Please mention which book/series each nomination is from!
You may not nominate and then second your own recommendation. (At this stage of the awards, you can nominate and second as many characters as you want, but you still get only one vote per character.)
Authors can gladly participate, but they may not nominate/second any of their owncharacters. However, they are welcome to let their readers know about these awards and may suggest characters to their own readers that could be nominated for various awards.
The awards are for fantasy characters only. Sorry, Katniss Everdeen–you’re from a dystopian series.
These are lifetime awards! Last year’s winners are now ineligible.
Again, because Tolkien characters are the standard for the awards, they are also ineligible. (As one of the Silmarillion Awards hosts put it, having Gandalf present an award to himself would be awkward.)
Use #SilmAwards2017 when talking about or promoting the awards on social media!
A Korean drama, in its most simplistic definition is a miniseries television show from South Korea. They usually only run one season and will have a set number of episodes, with 16 to 23 being the usual. (However, this will be changing as they are breaking what was formerly one hour episode to two 30 minute episodes to increase commercial viewing.) A great thing about Dramafever and Viki is, since they are licensed, we get to watch the new episodes of currently airing dramas, usually a day after they have aired in South Korea.
The two main genres are saeguks/historical and contemporary.
One thing that really got me into Korean dramas as the strong family values.
Saeguks that are also a blend of fantasy are my favorite. This includes titles like Gu Family Book. Like a traditional historical, it had real history tied in. (The Japanese fleet was invading, and Admiral Yi had his turtle ships.) And it had fantasy, as it had the love story between Kang-chi, a half 9 tailed fox, and his human love interest.
Contemporaries are modern settings. (That’s easy to remember.) These you can break down further into rom-coms, melodramas, thrillers, etc. Again, the focus is often on family ties.
There is usually two primary leads (male/female) and two secondary leads (male/female.)
Let’s look at the love triangle. (Yep, those are pretty normal even in Korean-TV land.) Often, there’s two male leads, and one female lead. The main lead, especially the male, tend to be a bit rude. Even mean. In my opinion, this is because he’s going to be doing the most growth. The girl is usually naive and innocent. It’s this dynamic that causes the male lead to change. By the end of the show, he’s kinder, more responsible. The girl has also grown up, but usually not as dramatically.
The second male lead. Have you heard of “Second Male Lead Syndrome” yet? (As a writer, one of the best compliments I got over Foxtails was when a reader wrote to tell me she had a serious case of second male lead syndrome, and even third male lead syndrome.) SML Syndrome is when you fall in love with the second male lead. And it’s hard not to. He is often the best friend. He’s the sweetheart that won’t get the girl. He stands by as her support when the male lead is basically being a spoiled mean brat. Sometimes, he even has a show down with the lead.
There may also be a second female lead, who loves the main guy. She’s often the “mean girl,” and a catalyst in the boy loses girl situation. But not always.
Sometimes the second leads aren’t interested in the main leads, and have their own complimentary love story going on.
As in most romance stories, there’s the basic boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back.
A quick word on subtitles and swearing. Different translators will make different choices. For instance on Viki, they sometimes leave some Korean words intact. Dramafever tends to switch them to the giv3n names. (This is why you’ll hear a girl call an older boy Orabeoni in a historical, and it says his name (Eun Ki) on DF, and Viki will say Orabeoni.)
I am a fan of Korean dramas. I love how there is no sex. I love how the kiss is often the romance highlight, and it’s closed mouth. (I don’t want to see them playing tonsil hockey.) I love the strong value placed on family, and family ties.
I don’t mind the patriarchal family and social structure. I like how there is an order. I like how the women are valued and protected.
What I don’t like I show it is considered unfilial to die before your parent, at least historically. Nor how it was unfilial to your husband not to die with him (which was something Prince Sado’s wife wrote about, as she had to deal with his death, and living for her son, as it was also her place to remain for her son.)
But you know, with all cultures there is the beautiful, and the unbeautiful. I choose to focus on the beautiful.
Interested in reading Foxtails?
Elizabeth has to make a choice between two men.
And one of them won’t take no for an answer.
A story covering two generations, interwoven together, comes this tale about love, sacrifice, and redemption.
There are several good dramas airing currently. I thought I’d share the ones I’m currently watching. (And this one really left me hanging this week!)
Ruler of the Mask airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It has romance, intrigue, and suspense. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
This show has been funny so far. Although it’s a time period piece, it has a modern feel to it. That makes for an interesting mix for me. I look forward to seeing how this goes.
Ji Chang Wook. Need I say more?
This show is also called Suspicious Partners.
Law student Eun Bong Hee gets assigned to train under the man voted “Worst Prosecutor,” Noh Ji Wook. When she unwittingly witnesses a murder, and is then framed for one, she calls him for help. What’s the prosecutor to do?
And this has lead me to fill the waiting time for the currently airing shows with…
I’ve become aware that some Kdrama viewers did not like The K2. It’s loaded with action, and has a sweet coming of age and learning to love again vibe to it. So far, I’m enjoying it. My sister has been wanting to watch this with me for awhile, and normally I try to not watch more than two dramas at a time, because when that happens, I end up not finishing some.
Anna is a secluded and naive young woman, who is in danger. K2 is a man on the run, framed for murder of the woman he loved. People that help him tend to get hurt, so he approaches his relationship with Anna that way. Meanwhile, her evil stepmother is trying to get her husband (Anna’s father) the presidency. And when I say evil, I mean evil. I do not either of Anna’s parents.
I’m not sure how things will finish, but I care enough about what happens to Anna and K2, and the family of misfits that consist of the people expected to guard Anna.
What shows are you watching?
Have you seen any of the ones I’ve mentioned above? What do you think of them?
Help keep Kdramas viewable worldwide. Please support and watch on licensed sites, such as Dramafever or Viki.
My Secret Romance is a romantic comedy, heavy on the kisses. I enjoyed it. It got off to a fast start. Cha Jin Wook is a business heir, and as such, his father has high expectations for him. However, Jin Wook is a bit of party boy and irresponsible. His father sends him off to one of their resorts to work as a bellhop. It’s there that Jin Wook meets Lee Yoo Mi.
Lee Yoo Mi ends up at the resort for her mother’s new marriage. (Her mother is an aging erotic actress, who had some unhappiness to deal with. Besides dealing with that, she’s also dealing with unfilled dreams of being a legitimate actress. And rather than realize it’s because she’s just not good at acting she’s blaming getting pregnant with Yoo Mi.)
Yoo Mi is naïve, and never had a boyfriend. She’s also a bit of a social outcast at school, in part because of her mother’s career choice. The other part is she’s afraid to really get to know someone. She’s afraid of getting hurt, and using her mother as her scapegoat. To her it’s because her mother was an erotic actress, so she can never have a relationship. It’s something Yoo Mi clings to. There’s safety behind a blanket statement. Instead of owning the problem, she’s taking the easy way out.
Unhappy, and drunk, Jin Wook and Yoo Mi end up sitting at the beach together. Feeling a connection to her, Jin Wook kisses her. Yoo Mi, probably because she’s drunk and lonely, kisses him back and they have their one night stand.
Three years later, Jin Wook is a hard-working director of his father’s company. Yet he’s not able to forget Yoo Mi. And Yoo Mi has graduated school as a nutritionist and ends up assigned to Jin Wook’s company. Still timid, and still hiding behind her mother’s career choice. (Luckily for her, she has her best friend Jung Hyun Tae.)
When Jin Wook learns she’s working for him, he decides on revenge—he’ll have her make his meals for him. Of course, true love never does run smooth. There’s plenty of steamy kisses in this show, and some of them were a bit too long. I could relate to Yoo Mi’s fear of risking being hurt. She was tremendously hurt. And I found Jin Wooks patience and willingness to let her run, while still loving her, relatable.
Over all this show was enjoyable. I just wish it had kept the momentum and character development going for the last two episodes. I do hope there’s more collaborations between Dramafever and Korean producers, because you know, there’s some books that would make a good K-drama. 😊
The dragon stars are falling, and the land of Joseon is in crisis, but that’s not Beom’s problem. Beom’s problem is what he should do with a sleeping maiden who shimmered into existence and floated to the ground at his feet.
From the writer that brought us the most likeable serial killer in dramaland, and the most awkward tea parties ever. We now have Suspicious Partner. A drama that really has everything. Crackling OTP (One True Pairing) chemistry, witty and fast paced dialogue. A murder mystery worth solving. And most of all PLOT.